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Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 21.5k views271 items

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

List of famous alumni from Texas Tech University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Texas Tech University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Texas Tech University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Texas Tech 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 Tech University.

This list below has a variety of graduates, like Wes Welker and John Denver, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Texas Tech University?” and “Which celebrities are Texas Tech University alumni?”
  • 1

    Colby Donaldson

    Actor, Automobile designer


    BirthplaceChristoval, Texas, United States of America


    Colby Donaldson (born April 1, 1974) is an American actor and television personality, best...  more

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    John Denver

    Pilot, Record producer

    AgeDec. at 54 (1943-1997)

    BirthplaceRoswell, New Mexico, United States of America


    Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as...  more

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    Angela Fick Braly (born July 2, 1961; Dallas, Texas) is an American executive. She served as...  more
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    Barry Corbin

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceLamesa, Texas, United States of America


    Leonard Barrie "Barry" Corbin (born October 16, 1940) is an American actor. His most...  more
  • 5

    Natalie Maines

    Songwriter, Musician


    BirthplaceLubbock, Texas, United States of America


    Natalie Louise Maines (born October 14, 1974) is an American singer-songwriter and activist...  more

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    Harry L. ("Nick") Tredennick is an American manager, inventor, VLSI design engineer and author...  more
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    Paul Scott "Paco" Lockhart (born April 28, 1956) is an American aerospace engineer, retired...  more
  • 8

    Sheryl Swoopes

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceBrownfield, Texas, United States of America


    Sheryl Denise Swoopes (born March 25, 1971) is a retired American professional basketball...  more


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  • 9

    Johnny Hardwick

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, United States of America


    John Michael Hardwick (born December 21, 1958 in Houston, Texas) is an American stand-up...  more
  • 10

    Lauro Cavazos



    BirthplaceKingsville, Texas, United States of America


    Lauro Fred Cavazos Jr. (born January 4, 1927) is an American educator and politician. He...  more
  • 11

    George Eads

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, United States of America


    George Eads III (born March 1, 1967), is an American actor, known for his role as Nick Stokes...  more
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    BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas, United States of America


    George William Bailey (born August 27, 1944) is an American actor. Although he appeared in...  more
  • 13
    John Warnock Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955) is an American man who, on March 30, 1981,...  more

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  • 14

    AgeDec. at 35 (1931-1966)

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio


    Charles Arthur "Charlie" Bassett II, Major, USAF (December 30, 1931 – February 28, 1966) was...  more
  • 15

    Rick Husband


    AgeDec. at 46 (1957-2003)

    BirthplaceAmarillo, Texas


    Rick Douglas Husband (July 12, 1957 – February 1, 2003) (Colonel, USAF) was an American...  more
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    Jim Marrs

    Journalist, Ufologist


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas


    Jim Marrs, born James Farrell Marrs Jr. (December 5, 1943 – August 2, 2017), was an American...  more
  • 18

    Jo Carr

    Clergy, Writer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1926-2007)

    BirthplaceGreenville, Mississippi


    Bettye Jo Crisler Carr (September 29, 1926 – July 7, 2007) was a preacher, a teacher, an...  more
  • 19

    Lane Crockett

    Journalist, Newspaper


    BirthplaceBallinger, Texas


    Lane Tyler Crockett is the retired entertainment writer and theater/arts critic of the...  more
  • 20

    Wes Welker

    American football player


    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma


    Wesley Carter Welker (born May 1, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who is...  more
  • 21

    Zach Thomas

    American football player


    BirthplacePampa, Texas


    Zachary Michael Thomas (born September 1, 1973) is a former American college and professional...  more
  • 22

    Graham Harrell

    American football player


    BirthplaceBrownwood, Texas


    Graham Stanton Harrell (born May 22, 1985) is an American football coach and former...  more
  • 23

    Daniel Loper

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas


    Daniel Robert Loper (born January 15, 1982) is a former American football guard. He was...  more
  • 24


    BirthplaceAmarillo, Texas, United States of America


    John True Smithee (born September 7, 1951) is an Amarillo attorney who has been since January...  more
  • 25

    Waggoner Carr

    Author, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 86 (1918-2004)

    BirthplaceTexas, United States of America


    Vincent Waggoner Carr (October 1, 1918 – February 25, 2004) was a Democratic Speaker of the...  more