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

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Newt Gingrich and Matt Forté.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tulane University?” and “Which celebrities are Tulane University alumni?”

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Newt Gingrich is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Newton Leroy "Newt" Gingrich is an American politician, historian, author and political consultant. He represented Georgia's 6th congressional district as a Republican from 1979 until ...more

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Lauren Hutton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Television producer, Model, Actor Lauren Hutton is an American model and actress. Hutton notably appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine on 28 occasions and earned more than any other model within a decade-long period.

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A. Baldwin Wood is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Albert Baldwin Wood was an inventor and engineer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1899. Wood was hired by ...more

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Henry Hobson Richardson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Architect Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and other cities. The style he popularized is named ...more

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Huey Long is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Lawyer Huey Pierce Long, Jr., nicknamed The Kingfish, was an American politician who served as the 40th Governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and as a member of the United States Senate from 1932 ...more

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David Filo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur David Filo is an American businessman and the co-founder of Yahoo! with Jerry Yang. His Filo Server Program, written in the C programming language, was the server-side software used to ...more

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Jim Garrison is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer Earling Carothers "Jim" Garrison – who changed his first name to Jim in the early 1960s – was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the ...more

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Douglas G. Hurley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Astronaut Douglas Gerald Hurley is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-127, which launched July 15, 2009. He was assigned and flew as pilot for STS-135, the final flight ...more

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Paul Michael Glaser is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Paul Michael Glaser is an American actor and director perhaps best known for his role as Detective David Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky and Hutch. Glaser also appeared as ...more

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Emily Saliers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Restaurateur Emily Saliers is an American singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and many other instruments.

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Hale Boggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Thomas Hale Boggs, Sr. was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was the House majority leader and a member of the ...more

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Ed Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Actor Edwin Stafford "Ed" Nelson was an American actor best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place. He was a native of New Orleans, Louisiana. ...more

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James H. Clark is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Computer scientist James Henry Clark is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape Communications ...more

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Bobby Jindal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Piyush "Bobby" Jindal is an American politician who is the 55th and current Governor of Louisiana and the Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Jindal was born in ...more

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David Vitter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer David Bruce Vitter is the senior United States Senator from Louisiana and a member of the Republican Party. Previously, he served in the United States House of Representatives, representing the ...more

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Michael E. DeBakey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Physician, Surgeon Michael Ellis DeBakey was a world-renowned American cardiac surgeon, innovator, scientist, medical educator, and international medical statesman. DeBakey was the chancellor emeritus of Baylor ...more

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Bob Wise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician Robert Ellsworth "Bob" Wise, Jr. is an American politician. A Democrat, Wise served as the 33rd Governor of West Virginia from January 2001 to January 2005.

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Harold Rosen is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Electrical engineer, Engineer Harold A. Rosen is an American electrical engineer, known as "the father of the geostationary satellite", and "father of the communications satellite". He formed and led the ...more

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Andrew Breitbart is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Publisher Andrew James Breitbart was an American conservative publisher, commentator for The Washington Times, author, and occasional guest commentator on various news programs, who served as an editor ...more

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John Kennedy Toole is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Journalist, Soldier, Professor John Kennedy Toole was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. He also wrote The Neon ...more

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Bruce Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Television director, Theatre Director, Television producer Bruce Weigert Paltrow was an American television and film director and producer. He was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, and was the father of actress Gwyneth Paltrow and director Jake

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Bob Livingston is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert Linlithgow "Bob" Livingston, Jr. is a Washington, D.C.-based lobbyist and a former Republican U.S. Representative from Louisiana. He was Chairman of the Appropriations Committee ...more

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Lisa P. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician Lisa Perez Jackson is an American chemical engineer who served as the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency from 2009 to 2013. In May 2013, it was announced that ...more

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Geoffrey Beene is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Fashion designer, Designer Geoffrey Beene was an American fashion designer. Beene was one of New York's most famous fashion designers, recognized for his artistic and technical skills and for creating simple, comfortable ...more

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Alexi Giannoulias is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Lawyer Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias is an American politician who served as Illinois Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. A Democrat, Giannoulias defeated Republican candidate State Senator ...more

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Harold Sylvester is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Harold Sylvester is an American film and television actor.

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Robert Poydasheff is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Robert S. "Bob" Poydasheff is an American politician and former mayor of Columbus, Georgia. Poydasheff served as mayor of Columbus from 2003 through 2006, having previously served on ...more

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Gregory Mocek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Gregory Mocek is the former Director of Enforcement for the United States Commodity Futures Trading Commission in Washington, D.C. A native of Lafayette, Louisiana, he was appointed to that ...more

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Anthony Jeselnik is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Anthony Jeselnik is an American comedian, television host, writer, producer, and actor. Jeselnik is known for his dark comedy style, which emphasizes misdirection, non-sequiturs, biting insults, ...more

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John Morton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Professor is at Stanford University.

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Howard K. Smith is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Journalist, Actor Howard Kingsbury Smith was an American journalist, radio reporter, television anchorman, political commentator, and film actor. He was one of the original Edward R. Murrow boys.

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Courtney Hazlett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist Courtney Brooke Hazlett is the supervising entertainment editor for NBC News' digital properties, NBCNews.com and TODAY.com. Prior to that she was a columnist and Celebrity Correspondent for ...more

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James H.
Commentator, Politician, Writer James Harvey "Jim" Brown, Jr., is a political consultant and political commentator based in Baton Rouge long active in Louisiana Democratic politics. In 1972, he was elected to both ...more

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William H. Pryor, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Jurist, Lawyer William Holcombe "Bill" Pryor, Jr. is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission. ...more

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Dave Winer is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Dave Winer is an American software developer, entrepreneur and writer in New York City. Winer is noted for his contributions to outliners, scripting, content management, and web services, as ...more

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Ross Capdeville is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni

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Charlton Lyons is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Lawyer Charlton Havard Lyons, Sr., also known as Big Papa Lyons, was a Shreveport oilman who in March 1964 waged the first determined Republican bid for the Louisiana governorship since Reconstruction. ...more

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Muhamed Sacirbey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Diplomat, Investment Banker, Lawyer Muhamed Sacirbey is a Bosnian American lawyer, businessman and diplomat. Sacirbey rose to prominence in the 1990s when Bosnia and Herzegovina appointed him to be its ambassador to the United ...more

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Dave Treen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer David Conner "Dave" Treen, Sr., was an American attorney and politician from Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana – the first Republican Governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana ...more

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Lawrence Gordon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Lawrence Gordon is an American producer and motion picture executive. He specializes in producing action-oriented films. Some of his most popular productions include Predator, Die Hard and Lara ...more

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Timothy Sykes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor Timothy Sykes is an American stock trader, entrepreneur, and penny stock expert. He is best known for turning his bar mitzvah money into over $1 million by day trading in-between classes at ...more

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Patrick Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
American football player Patrick Allen Ramsey is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Washington Redskins 32nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tulane. Ramsey has ...more

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Jean Boese is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Poet, Politician Elsie Jean McGivney Boese, known as Jean Boese, was the poet laureate of Louisiana from 1972 to 1980, and from 1984 until her death. She was also the Republican national committeewoman from ...more

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Karen Carter Peterson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Karen Carter Peterson is a Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate, having represented the 5th District since 2010. She is also the current Chairwoman of the Louisiana Democratic Party. ...more

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Lindy Boggs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Marie Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs, usually known as Lindy Boggs, was a United States political figure who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and later as United States ...more

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John Minor Wisdom is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Judge, Jurist John Minor Wisdom, one of the "Fifth Circuit Four", and a Republican from Louisiana, was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit during the 1950s and 1960s, ...more

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John Rarick is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer John Richard Rarick was a lawyer who served as a Louisiana state district court judge from 1961 to 1966 in St. Francisville, Louisiana, the seat of West Feliciana Parish, and as a Democratic ...more

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Ned Randolph is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Edward Gordon "Ned" Randolph, Jr., is a veteran Democratic politician who served as the mayor of Alexandria in central Louisiana from 1986 to 2006. Randolph was also a member of the ...more

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Jock Scott is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Historian, Lawyer John Wyeth Scott, II, known as Jock Scott, was a lawyer and college professor in Alexandria, Louisiana, who served three terms from District 26 in the Louisiana House of Representatives, first ...more

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Ed Karst is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Tulane University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Charles Edward Karst, known as Ed Karst, was an attorney and politician remembered for his controversial tenure as the mayor of Alexandria, the seat of Rapides parish and the largest city in ...more