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Famous Texas A&M University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Texas A&M University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Texas A&M University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Texas A&M University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Texas A&M University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Texas A&M University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Texas A&M University.

Famous Aggies include Eva Longoria, Rick Perry and more. Texas A&M has some truly distinguished alumni.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Texas A&M University&” and “Which celebrities are Texas A&M University alumni."

Take a look at this list of famous Texas A&M University students.
  • 1

    Rick Perry

    Politician, Farmer


    BirthplacePaint Creek, Texas, United States of America

    James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is an American politician who is the 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump. Prior to becoming...  more
  • 2

    Johnny Manziel

    American football player


    BirthplaceTyler, Texas

    Jonathan Paul Manziel, also known by his nickname "Johnny Football", is an American football quarterback for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Browns with...  more

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  • 3

    Sammy Davis

    American football player


    BirthplaceHumble, Texas

    Sammy James Davis, Jr. (born April 8, 1980) is a former American football cornerback. He is a businessman and owner of the Austin Capitals, an American Basketball Association franchise. He was...  more
  • 4

    Rip Torn

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceTemple, Texas, USA

    Elmore Rual "Rip" Torn Jr. (February 6, 1931 – July 9, 2019) was an American actor and voice actor, and had a career that spanned over 60 years. Torn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best...  more

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  • 5

    Lyle Lovett

    Record producer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceKlein, Texas, United States of America

    Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Active since 1980, he has recorded 13 albums and released 25 singles to date, including his...  more

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  • 6

    Cliff Pennington

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceCorpus Christi, Texas

    Clifton Randolph Pennington (born June 15, 1984) is an American former professional baseball infielder and current baseball coach at Texas A&M. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the...  more
  • 7

    Steven Swanson

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceSyracuse, New York

    Steven Ray Swanson (born December 3, 1960 in Syracuse, New York) is an American Engineer and a retired NASA astronaut. He is married and has three children. He has received numerous awards and...  more
  • 8

    T. Boone Pickens, Jr.

    Businessperson, Investor


    BirthplaceHoldenville, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Thomas Boone Pickens Jr. (born May 22, 1928) is an American capitalist. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. He was a very well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the...  more
  • 9

    Jason Castro

    Singer-songwriter, Drummer


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Jason René Castro (born March 25, 1987) is an American acoustic/folk-pop singer and songwriter. He was the fourth place finalist on season seven of American Idol. After Idol, he signed a recording...  more

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  • 10

    Dahr Jamail

    Journalist, Author



    Dahr Jamail (born 1968) is an American journalist who was one of the few unembedded journalists to report extensively from Iraq during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. He spent eight months in Iraq,...  more
  • 11

    Martellus Bennett

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceAlief, Houston, Texas, United States of America

    Martellus Demond Bennett (born March 10, 1987) is a former American football tight end and children's author. The Dallas Cowboys drafted him in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft after playing...  more
  • 12

    George P. Mitchell

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    AgeDec. at 94 (1919-2013)

    BirthplaceGalveston, Texas

    George Phydias Mitchell (May 21, 1919 – July 26, 2013) was an American businessman, real estate developer and philanthropist from Texas credited with pioneering the economic extraction of shale...  more
  • 13

    Ilan Mitchell-Smith

    Actor, Teacher


    BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA

    Ilan Mitchell-Smith (born June 29, 1969) is an American academic and former actor best known as a co-star of the film Weird Science (1985)....  more
  • 14

    Neal Boortz

    Pilot, Commentator


    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Neal A Boortz Jr. (born April 6, 1945) is an American author, former attorney, and former conservative radio host. His nationally syndicated talk show, The Neal Boortz Show, which ended in 2013, was...  more
  • 15

    Andrew Davis Bruce

    Soldier, Military Officer

    AgeDec. at 75 (1894-1969)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Lieutenant General Andrew Davis Bruce (September 14, 1894 – July 28, 1969) was an American academic and soldier who served as the third president of the University of Houston. He retired from the...  more
  • 16

    Patricia Gras

    Talk show host, Songwriter


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Patricia Elizabeth Gras (born August 12, 1960) is an American journalist, television anchor, reporter and producer....  more
  • 17

    William A. Pailes

    Astronaut, Computer scientist


    BirthplaceHackensack, New Jersey

    William Arthur Pailes (Colonel, USAF) (born June 26, 1952) was a USAF astronaut in the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program during the mid-1980s. He served as a Payload Specialist on STS-51-J...  more
  • 18

    Mike Montgomery

    Basketball Coach, Coach


    BirthplaceLong Beach, California

    Michael John Montgomery (born February 27, 1947) is a retired American basketball coach. He is best known for his 18-year tenure at Stanford (1986–2004), where he led the program to 12 NCAA...  more
  • 19

    Steve Largent

    Politician, American football player


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Stephen Michael Largent (born September 28, 1954) is an American former football player, enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and a former Republican politician, having served in the U.S....  more

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  • 20


    BirthplaceSioux Falls, South Dakota

    Michael Edward Fossum (born December 19, 1957 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota) is a former American astronaut and the Chief Operating Officer of Texas A&M University at Galveston. He flew into space on...  more
  • 21

    Henry Cuellar

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceLaredo, Texas, United States of America

    Henry Roberto Cuellar (; born September 19, 1955) is the U.S Representative for Texas's 28th congressional district, a position he has held since 2005. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The...  more
  • 22

    Acie Law

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Acie Law IV (born January 25, 1985) is an American former professional basketball player. In his four seasons at Texas A&M University, Law scored 1,653 points and was credited with 540 assists....  more
  • 23

    Shane Lechler

    American football player


    BirthplaceEast Bernard, Texas

    Edward Shane Lechler (; born August 7, 1976) is a former American football punter who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas A&M, and was drafted...  more
  • 24

    C. Wright Mills


    AgeDec. at 46 (1916-1962)

    BirthplaceWaco, Texas

    Charles Wright Mills (1916–1962) was an American sociologist, and a professor of sociology at Columbia University from 1946 until his death in 1962. Mills was published widely in popular and...  more
  • 25

    Ray Rothrock

    Venture capitalist

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Ray joined Venrock in 1988 and after nearly 20 years and over 40 investments, his passion for building companies continues. His venture capital career has its roots at Yankee Atomic Electric as a...  more