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Famous University Of Arkansas Alumni

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

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

List includes Joe Johnson, Derek Fisher and more.

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

    John Daly



    BirthplaceCarmichael, California, United States of America

    John Patrick Daly (born April 28, 1966) is an American professional golfer on the PGA Tour.Daly is known primarily for his driving distance off the tee (earning him the nickname "Long John"), his...  more

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  • 2

    E. Lynn Harris

    Author, Writer

    AgeDec. at 54 (1955-2009)

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Everette Lynn Harris (June 20, 1955 – July 23, 2009) was an American author. Openly gay, he was best known for his depictions of African-American men who were on the down-low and closeted. He...  more
  • 3

    Jerry Jones

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Jerral Wayne Jones (born October 13, 1942) is an American billionaire businessman and has been the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Dallas Cowboys since 1989....  more
  • 4

    S. Robson Walton



    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma

    Samuel Robson "Rob" Walton (born October 28, 1944) is an heir to the fortune of Walmart, the world's largest retailer. He is the eldest son of Helen Walton and Sam Walton. He served as Chairman of...  more
  • 5

    Pat Summerall

    Announcer, Sports commentator

    AgeDec. at 83 (1930-2013)

    BirthplaceLake City, Florida, United States of America

    George Allen "Pat" Summerall (May 10, 1930 – April 16, 2013) was an American football player and television sportscaster who worked for CBS, Fox, and ESPN. In addition to football, he also announced...  more

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  • 6

    Sarah Caldwell

    Opera conductor

    AgeDec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceMaryville, Missouri, United States of America

    Sarah Caldwell (March 6, 1924 – March 23, 2006) was an American opera conductor, impresario, and stage director....  more
  • 7


    BirthplaceUSA, Fort Smith, Arkansas

    Laurence George Luckinbill (born November 21, 1934) is an American actor, playwright and director. He has worked in television, film, and theatre, doing triple duty in the theatre by writing,...  more
  • 8
    Joseph Taylor Robinson (August 26, 1872 – July 14, 1937), also known as Joe T. Robinson, was an American politician from Arkansas. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as the 23rd Governor of...  more
  • 9

    Wilma Mankiller

    Tribal chief, Writer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1945-2010)

    BirthplaceTahlequah, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Wilma Pearl Mankiller (Cherokee name: A-ji-luhsgi Asgaya-dihi, November 18, 1945 – April 6, 2010) was a Cherokee activist, social worker, community developer and the first woman elected to serve as...  more
  • 10

    John Hennessey

    Poet, Lecturer
    Hennessy is the author of Bridge and Tunnel, a collection of poems. He has published fiction, poetry, and a variety of literary and critical essays in many journals and anthologies. He is the...  more
  • 11

    Elizabeth Barnes

    Casting Director

    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee

    Elizabeth Barnes is a casting director....
  • 12

    William Clyde Martin

    Bishop, Pastor

    AgeDec. at 91 (1893-1984)

    BirthplaceRandolph, Tennessee

    William Clyde Martin (July 28, 1893–August 30, 1984) was a Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, The Methodist Church and the United Methodist Church. He distinguished himself in military...  more
  • 13

    John A. White Jr.



    John Austin White, Jr, Ph.D., P.E. was the fourth chancellor of the University of Arkansas. He succeeded Daniel Ferritor in 1997 after previously serving as the dean of Georgia Institute of...  more
  • 14

    J. William Fulbright

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 90 (1905-1995)

    BirthplaceSumner, Missouri, United States of America

    James William Fulbright (April 9, 1905 – February 9, 1995) was a United States Senator representing Arkansas from January 1945 until his resignation in December 1974. Fulbright is the longest serving...  more
  • 15

    Joe Johnson

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Joe Marcus Johnson (born June 29, 1981) is a retired American professional basketball player who has played 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played high school basketball...  more

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  • 16

    Matt Jones

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceFort Smith, Arkansas

    Matthew Jones (born April 22, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver and former sports radio personality. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the 2005 NFL...  more
  • 17

    Dan Hampton

    American football player


    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Daniel Oliver Hampton also known as "Danimal" (born September 19, 1957) is a retired Hall of Fame American football defensive tackle who played twelve seasons for the Chicago Bears from 1979 to 1990...  more

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  • 18

    Mark Pryor

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceFayetteville, Arkansas, United States of America

    Mark Lunsford Pryor (born January 10, 1963) is an American attorney and politician who served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 2003 to 2015. While he ran for office as a Democrat and...  more
  • 19

    AgeDec. at 74 (1905-1979)

    BirthplaceBentonville, Arkansas

    Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden (November 12, 1905 – November 9, 1979) was an American aviation pioneer, holder of numerous aviation records, and the first woman to win the Bendix trophy, alongside...  more
  • 20

    Tim Hutchinson

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceBentonville, Arkansas, United States of America

    Young Timothy Hutchinson (born August 11, 1949) is an American Republican politician, lobbyist, and former United States senator from the state of Arkansas....  more
  • 21

    Mike Beebe

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceAmagon, Arkansas, United States of America

    Mickey Dale Beebe (born December 28, 1946) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 45th Governor of Arkansas from 2007 to 2015.Born in Amagon, Arkansas, Beebe is a graduate of...  more
  • 22

    Dale Bumpers

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceCharleston, Arkansas, United States of America

    Dale Leon Bumpers (August 12, 1925 – January 1, 2016) was an American politician who served as the 38th Governor of Arkansas (1971–1975) and in the United States Senate (1975–1999). He was a member...  more
  • 23

    Darren McFadden

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceNorth Little Rock, Arkansas

    Darren McFadden (born August 27, 1987) is a former American football running back. He played college football for the University of Arkansas, and was picked fourth overall by the Oakland Raiders in...  more

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  • 24

    David Pryor

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceCamden, Arkansas, United States of America

    David Hampton Pryor (born August 29, 1934) is an American politician and former Democratic United States Representative and United States Senator from the State of Arkansas. Pryor also served as 39th...  more
  • 25

    Ken Hamlin

    American football player


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Ken Hamlin (born January 20, 1981) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2003 NFL Draft and also...  more