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Famous Texas Tech University Alumni

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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

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    John Denver

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Angela Braly
    Angela Fick Braly (born July 2, 1961; Dallas, Texas) is an American executive. She served as... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Barry Corbin

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Natalie Maines

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Harry L. ("Nick") Tredennick is an American manager, inventor, VLSI design engineer and author... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Paul Lockhart
    Paul Scott "Paco" Lockhart (born April 28, 1956) is an American aerospace engineer, retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Sheryl Swoopes

    Sheryl Swoopes

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Brownfield

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


    #2 of 48 The Top WNBA Players of All Time#129 of 238 The Best Female Athletes of All Time

  • 9
    Johnny Hardwick

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Lauro Cavazos

    Lauro Cavazos



    BirthplaceKingsville, Texas, United States of America

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

    George Eads

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas, USA

    George Eads III (born March 1, 1967), is an American actor, known for his role as Nick Stokes... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    G.W. Bailey


    BirthplacePort Arthur, Texas, United States of America

    George William Bailey (born August 27, 1944) is an American actor. Although he appeared in... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    John Hinckley, Jr.
    John Warnock Hinckley Jr. (born May 29, 1955) is an American man who, on March 30, 1981,... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Charles Bassett

    AgeDec. at 35 (1931-1966)

    BirthplaceDayton, Ohio

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

    Rick Husband


    AgeDec. at 46 (1957-2003)

    BirthplaceAmarillo, Texas

    Rick Douglas Husband (July 12, 1957 – February 1, 2003) (Colonel, USAF) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Jeremy Polen
  • 17
    Jim Marrs

    Jim Marrs

    Journalist, Ufologist


    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Jim Marrs, born James Farrell Marrs Jr. (December 5, 1943 – August 2, 2017), was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 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 on Wikipedia
  • 19

    Lane Crockett

    Journalist, Newspaper


    BirthplaceBallinger, Texas

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

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 21
    Zach Thomas

    Zach Thomas

    American football player


    BirthplacePampa, Texas

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

    Graham Harrell

    American football player


    BirthplaceBrownwood, Texas

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

    Daniel Loper

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas

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


    BirthplaceTexas, Amarillo, Potter County, Contiguous United States, Area code 806

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