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

List includes Nicole Richie, Kourtney Kardashian and other notable Arizona Wildcats.

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

Take a look at this list of University of Arizona Alums. There are many famous people who went to UA.

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Jerry Bruckheimer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Jerry Bruckheimer Television producer, Film Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is a film and television producer.

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Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Bob Dole Politician Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is an American politician who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996 and in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. In the ...more

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Kourtney Kardashian is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Kourtney Kardashian Fashion designer, Socialite, Businessperson Kourtney Mary Kardashian is an American television personality and model. In 2007, she and her family were commissioned to star in the reality television series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. ...more

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Garry Shandling is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Garry Shandling Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer Garry Emmanuel Shandling is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and director. He is best known for his work in It's Garry Shandling's Show and The Larry Sanders Show. Shandling began ...more

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Kate Walsh is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Kate Walsh Businessperson, Model, Actor Kathleen Erin "Kate" Walsh is an American film and television actress, best known for her role as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC dramas Grey's Anatomy and Private Practice. She ...more

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Nicole Richie is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Nicole Richie Fashion designer, Designer, Author Nicole Camille Richie is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. Richie rose to prominence for her role in the Fox reality television series, The Simple Life, ...more

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Geraldo Rivera is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Geraldo Rivera Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer Gerald Michael Riviera, better known as Geraldo Rivera, is an American attorney, news spinner, author, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears ...more

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Amanda Beard is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Amanda Beard Model, Swimmer Amanda Ray Beard is an American swimmer and a seven-time Olympic medalist. She is a former world record holder in the 200-meter breaststroke. Beard's success has earned her the American Swimmer ...more

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Kristen Wiig is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Kristen Wiig Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Kristen Carroll Wiig is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer, well known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, and such films as Knocked Up, Walk Hard: ...more

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Kenny Lofton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Kenny Lofton Baseball player Kenneth "Kenny" Lofton is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. Lofton was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner, and at retirement, was ranked fifteenth among ...more

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Samaire Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Samaire Armstrong Fashion designer, Fashion Model, Actor Samaire Rhys Armstrong is an American actress, fashion designer and model. She is known for her roles in Stay Alive, The O.C., It's a Boy Girl Thing, and as Juliet Darling in the ABC television ...more

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Sherman Fairchild is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Sherman Fairchild Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Sherman Mills Fairchild was an American businessman, investor and inventor. He founded over 70 companies, including Fairchild Aircraft, Fairchild Industries, Fairchild Aviation Corporation, and ...more

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Greg Kinnear is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Greg Kinnear Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Gregory Buck "Greg" Kinnear is an American actor and television personality who first rose to stardom in 1991. He has appeared in over 40 films and was nominated for an Academy Award ...more

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Dean Kamen is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Dean Kamen Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Dean L. Kamen is an American entrepreneur and inventor from New Hampshire. Born on Long Island, New York, he attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute, but dropped out before graduating after ...more

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Donald Pettit is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Donald Pettit Chemical engineer, Astronaut Donald Roy Pettit is an American chemical engineer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of two long-duration stays aboard the International Space Station, one space shuttle mission and a ...more

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Dick Scobee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Dick Scobee Astronaut, Military aviator Francis Richard "Dick" Scobee was an American astronaut. He was killed commanding the Space Shuttle Challenger, which suffered catastrophic booster failure during launch of the ...more

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Stuart Roosa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Stuart Roosa Astronaut Stuart Allen "Stu" Roosa, was an American aeronautical engineer, United States Air Force pilot, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 14 ...more

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Christopher Langton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Christopher Langton Researcher, Computer scientist Christopher Langton is an American computer scientist and one of the founders of the field of artificial life. He coined the term in the late 1980s when he organized the first "Workshop on ...more

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Lew Ayres is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Lew Ayres Pianist, Musician, Actor Lew Ayres was an American actor, best known for starring as German soldier Paul Bäumer in the film classic All Quiet on the Western Front and for playing Dr. Kildare in nine movies.

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Joseph M. Acaba is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Joseph M. Acaba Mathematician, Astronaut, Scientist Joseph Michael "Joe" Acaba is an educator, hydrogeologist, and NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut ...more

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Terry J. Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Terry J. Lundgren Businessperson Terry J. Lundgren is an American department store executive and is the CEO, Chairman of the Board, President, and Director at Macy's, Inc., the parent company of Macy's and Bloomingdale's ...more

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Salim Stoudamire is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Salim Stoudamire Basketball player Charles Salim Stoudamire is an American professional basketball player. He is a cousin of former NBA point guard and 1996 NBA Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamire and current NBA player Terrence ...more

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Richard Siken is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Richard Siken Writer Richard Siken is an American poet, painter and filmmaker. He is the author of the collection Crush, which won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Competition in 2004. His second book of poems, War ...more

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Bison Dele is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Bison Dele Basketball player Bison Dele was an American professional basketball player who played center. He played for the NBA's Orlando Magic, Denver Nuggets, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Detroit Pistons. He ...more

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Arte Moreno is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Arte Moreno Businessperson Arturo "Arte" Moreno is an American businessman. On May 15, 2003, he became the first Mexican American to own a major sports team in the United States when he purchased the Anaheim ...more

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George H. Smith is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
George H. Smith Philosopher George Hamilton Smith is an American author, editor, educator and speaker, known for his writings on atheism and libertarianism.

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Craig T. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Craig T. Nelson Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Craig The Nelson is an American actor. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the ...more

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John Hughes is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
John Hughes Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor John Wilden Hughes, Jr. was an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He directed or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s, including the ...more

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Barbara Kingsolver is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Barbara Kingsolver Poet, Novelist, Author Barbara Kingsolver is an American novelist, essayist and poet. She was raised in rural Kentucky and lived briefly in the Congo in her early childhood. Kingsolver earned degrees in biology at ...more

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Gene Kiniski is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Gene Kiniski Wrestler Eugene Nicholas "Gene" Kiniski was a Canadian professional wrestler and the father of wrestlers Nick Kiniski and Kelly Kiniski. "Canada's Greatest Athlete", as he billed ...more

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Dan Hicks is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Dan Hicks Commentator, Announcer, Sports commentator John Daniel "Dan" Hicks is an American sportscaster, currently with the NBC television network.

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Jennie Finch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Jennie Finch Softball Player Jennie Lynn Finch, who occasionally uses her husband's surname Daigle, is an American, former collegiate All-American, right-handed hitting softball pitcher and first-baseman originally from La ...more

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Michael Murphy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Michael Murphy Actor, Teacher Michael George Murphy is an American film, television and stage actor. He often plays unethical or morally ambiguous characters in positions of authority, including politicians, executives and ...more

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David Foster Wallace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
David Foster Wallace Professor, Novelist, Essayist David Foster Wallace was an American author of novels, short stories and essays, as well as a professor of English and creative writing. Wallace is widely known for his 1996 novel Infinite Jest, ...more

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Sean Elliott is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Sean Elliott Basketball player Sean Michael Elliott is a retired American professional basketball player who starred at small forward in both the college and professional ranks. He attended the University of Arizona, where he ...more

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Henry Eyring is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Henry Eyring Chemist Henry Eyring was a Mexican-born American theoretical chemist whose primary contribution was in the study of chemical reaction rates and intermediates. A prolific writer, he authored more than ...more

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Michael Everson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Michael Everson Michael Everson is an American and Irish linguist, script encoder, typesetter, font designer, and publisher. He runs a publishing company called Evertype, through which he has published over a ...more

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Kurt Busch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Kurt Busch Race car driver Kurt Thomas Busch is an American stock car racing driver. He currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, driving the No. 41 Haas Automation / State Water Heaters-sponsored Chevrolet SS ...more

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Denise Austin is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Denise Austin Fitness professional, Entrepreneur, Personal trainer Denise Austin is an American fitness instructor, author, columnist, and former member of the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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Stephen Spinella is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Stephen Spinella Actor Stephen Nicholas Spinella is an American stage, television, and film actor.

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Hector Avalos is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Hector Avalos Professor, Philosopher Hector Avalos is a professor of Religious Studies at Iowa State University and the author of several books about religion. He is a former Pentecostal preacher and child evangelist. He has a ...more

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Aline Kominsky-Crumb is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Aline Kominsky-Crumb Painter, Cartoonist, Writer Aline Kominsky-Crumb is an American underground comics artist.

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Paula Aboud is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Paula Aboud Politician, Property manager Paula Aboud is an American politician who is a member of the Arizona Senate, representing the 28th District. A Democrat, she serves as the Senate's minority whip.

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Ashley Tappin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Ashley Tappin Ashley Tara Tappin is an American former competition swimmer and three-time Olympic champion. Tappin was born in Marietta, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia. Tappin competed at the 1992 ...more

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Richard W. Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Richard W. Aldrich Richard Warren Aldrich is an American neuroscientist who is currently the Karl Folkers Chair of Interdisciplinary Medical Research and Professor of Neurobiology in the School of Biological ...more

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Gilbert Arenas is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Gilbert Arenas Basketball player, Athlete Gilbert Jay Arenas, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association. Arenas attended Grant High School in the ...more

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Jessica Cox is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Jessica Cox Pilot, Motivational speaker Jessica Cox is the world's first licensed armless pilot, as well as the first armless black-belt in the American Taekwondo Association. She was born without arms due to a rare birth defect. She ...more

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Mike Bibby is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Mike Bibby Basketball player Michael "Mike" Bibby is an American former professional basketball player who played 14 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He is 6'2" and attended Shadow Mountain ...more

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August Busch IV is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
August Busch IV Businessperson August Adolphus Busch IV is the former CEO of Anheuser-Busch who ended the family control of the company in 2008 when it was sold to InBev.

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Ed Hochuli is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Arizona Alumni
Ed Hochuli Referee, American Football Official, American football player Edward G. Hochuli is an attorney for the firm of Jones, Skelton & Hochuli, P.L.C. since 1983, and has been an American football official in the National Football League since the 1990 NFL ...more