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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Trinity College and be of some renown.

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

List features graduates like Courtney Love, Oscar Wilde and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Trinity College?” and “Which celebrities are Trinity College alumni?”
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Billy Graham is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Evangelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 100

Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America

William Franklin Graham Jr. (November 7, 1918 – February 21, 2018) was an American evangelist, a prominent evangelical Christian figure, and an ordained Southern Baptist minister who became ...more

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George Will is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author

Age: 77

Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States of America

George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is an American conservative political commentator. He writes regular columns for The Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC. In ...more

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Kelly Killoren Bensimon ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Editor, Socialite, Entrepreneur

Age: 50

Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, United States of America

Kelly Jean Killoren Bensimon (born May 1, 1968) is an American author, socialite and former editor of Elle Accessories and a former model. She appeared as a full-time cast member on the Bravo ...more

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Edward Albee is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Screenwriter, Author, Writer

Age: 90

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Virginia, + more

Edward Franklin Albee III ( AWL-bee; March 12, 1928 – September 16, 2016) was an American playwright known for works such as The Zoo Story (1958), The Sandbox (1959), Who's Afraid of Virginia ...more

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Mary McCormack is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Television producer, Actor

Age: 50

Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States of America

Mary Catherine McCormack (born February 8, 1969) is an American actress. She has had leading roles as Justine Appleton in the series Murder One (1995–97), as Deputy National Security Adviser ...more
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Jane Swift is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Politician

Age: 54

Birthplace: Berkshire County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, North Adams, + more

Jane Maria Swift (born February 24, 1965) is an education executive, speaker and former political leader who served as the 69th Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts from 1999 to 2003 and ...more
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Richard Barthelmess is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 68 (1895-1963)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Richard Semler Barthelmess (May 9, 1895 – August 17, 1963) was an American film actor, principally of the Hollywood silent era. He starred opposite Lillian Gish in D. W. Griffith's Broken ...more
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David Gottesman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
David Gottesman Businessperson

Age: 92

Birthplace: New York City, New York

David Sanford "Sandy" Gottesman (born April 26, 1926) is an American businessman and billionaire who founded First Manhattan Co. (FMC).
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Mike Kellin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Soldier, Military Officer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 61 (1922-1983)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Mike Kellin (born Myron Kellin, April 26, 1922 – August 26, 1983) was an American actor.
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Ari Graynor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Photographer

Age: 35

Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts

Ariel Geltman "Ari" Graynor (born April 27, 1983) is an American actress, known for her roles in TV series such as The Sopranos and Fringe, in stage productions such as Brooklyn Boy ...more
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Loel Guinness is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Pilot, Business magnate, Socialite

Age: Dec. at 31 (1957-1988)

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Loel Patrick Guinness is a philanthropist, film producer and adventurer. He is descended from Samuel Guinness, a Dublin goldsmith, the younger brother of the Guinness brewery's founder Arthur ...more
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Thomas S. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Businessperson, Banker

Age: 79

Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin

Thomas S. Johnson is an American banker. He was chairman and CEO GreenPoint Financial Corp. and GreenPoint Bank and since April 23, 2001; he served there from 1993 to 2004. He has chaired the ...more
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Cathleen Black is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson

Age: 74

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Cathleen Prunty "Cathie" Black is a former New York City Schools Chancellor. On April 7, 2011, Black stepped down from her position after 95 days on the job. Her appointment to replace ...more
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David Chang is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Actor, Chef

Age: 41

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

David Chang (Korean: Chang Seok-ho 장석호; born August 5, 1977) is an American restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes ...more

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Jim D. DeVries is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Businessperson
James DeVries is senior vice president, human resources for the Allstate Insurance Company and is a member of Allstate's senior management team. As senior vice president human resources, DeVries ...more
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Jim Shepard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author

Age: 62

Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States of America

Jim Shepard (born 1956) is an American novelist and short story writer, who teaches creative writing and film at Williams College.
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Rodney Frelinghuysen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Politician

Age: 72

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Rodney Procter Frelinghuysen (born April 29, 1946) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 11th congressional district from 1995 to 2019. The district ...more
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Joseph Cross is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Guitarist, Actor

Age: 32

Birthplace: New Brunswick, USA, New Jersey

Joseph Michael Cross (born May 28, 1986) is an American actor and producer. He began work as a child actor, starring in the 1998 films Desperate Measures, Wide Awake, and Jack Frost. He won the ...more
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Stephen Gyllenhaal is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Television director, Poet, Television producer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Stephen Roark Gyllenhaal (; born October 4, 1949) is an American film director and poet. He is the father of actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Maggie Gyllenhaal.
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Kevin Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Kevin Sullivan Politician

Age: 70

Kevin B. Sullivan (born August 20, 1949) is a Democrat, was the 86th Lieutenant Governor of Connecticut, from 2004 to 2007. He was elected to the Connecticut State Senate in 1986 and served as ...more
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Jimmy G. Tharpe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Clergy

Age: Dec. at 78 (1930-2008)

Birthplace: Sibley, Louisiana

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A. E. Douglass is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 95 (1867-1962)

Birthplace: Windsor, Vermont

A. E. (Andrew Ellicott) Douglass (July 5, 1867 in Windsor, Vermont – March 20, 1962 in Tucson, Arizona) was an American astronomer. He discovered a correlation between tree rings and the sunspot ...more
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John James McCook is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
John James McCook Chaplain

Age: Dec. at 84 (1843-1927)

Birthplace: Lisbon, Ohio

John James McCook, Jr. (February 4, 1843 – January 9, 1927) was a chaplain in the Union Army during the American Civil War, and postbellum lawyer, professor, and theologian. He was a member of ...more
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Charles McLean Andrews ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author

Age: Dec. at 80 (1863-1943)

Birthplace: Wethersfield, Connecticut

Charles McLean Andrews (February 22, 1863 – September 9, 1943) was one of the most distinguished American historians of his time as a leading authority on American colonial history. He wrote 102 ...more
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Thomas Joseph Meskill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Trinity College Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 79 (1928-2007)

Birthplace: New Britain, Connecticut, United States of America

Thomas Joseph Meskill Jr. (January 30, 1928 – October 29, 2007) was a longtime United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He previously served as ...more