READ Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni

Reference
19.2k views 52 items

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

Items here include everything from Aubrey O'Day to Jon Lovitz and other famous UC Irvine alumni. 

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

What is UC Irvine known for? Well, these famous alumni of course! Go Ant Eaters!

1
Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Businessperson, Comedian, Actor Jonathan Michael "Jon" Lovitz is an American comedian, actor, and singer. He is best known as a cast member of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990.

2
Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model, Author, Coach Gregory Efthimios "Greg" Louganis is an American Olympic diver and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games on both the springboard and platform. He is the only ...more

3
Aubrey O'Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Fashion designer, Singer-songwriter, Model Aubrey Morgan O'Day, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, fashion designer, reality television personality, and a former member of the girl group Danity Kane. Following discord among the ...more

4
Lisa Marie Scott is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model Lisa Marie Scott is an American model and actress. She was born in Pensacola, Florida to an American serviceman and his Japanese wife, from the island of Okinawa. Scott is known through her ...more

5
Tonantzin Carmelo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor, Dancer Tonantzín Carmelo is an American actress. Descending on her mother's side from Tongva and Kumeyaay Native Americans of Southern California, she grew up performing in an Native American ...more

6
Coco Lee is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Singer Coco Lee is a Hong Kong-born American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Lee's career began in Hong Kong and then expanded to Taiwan. Her single, "Do You Want My ...more

7
Tyler Hoechlin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Baseball player, Actor Tyler Lee Hoechlin is an American actor who got his big break starring as Tom Hanks' son in the film Road to Perdition. For television he is known for playing the role of Martin Brewer on 7th ...more

8
David Benioff is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Novelist David Benioff is an American novelist, screenwriter and television producer. He is the co-creator and showrunner of the widely acclaimed award-winning HBO series Game of Thrones.

9
Erin Gruwell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Author, Motivational speaker, Teacher Erin Gruwell is an American teacher known for her unique teaching method, which led to the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves ...more

10
Joseph McGinty Nichol is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer Joseph McGinty "McG" Nichol, is an American film director, film and television producer, and former record producer. He began his career in the music industry, directing music videos ...more

11
Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Michael Chabon is a Jewish American author and "one of the most celebrated writers of his generation," according to The Virginia Quarterly Review. Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries ...more

12
Sarah Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor Sarah Lancaster is an American actress. She is known for her long-running roles as Rachel Meyers in the NBC series Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Ellie Bartowski in the NBC comedy-spy ...more

13
Brady Anderson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Baseball player Brady Kevin Anderson is recognized mostly for his time spent with the Baltimore Orioles from 1988-2001 as a defensive outfielder run scorer, is now the organization's Vice President of Baseball ...more

14
Andrea Lowell is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model, Actor Andrea Lowell is an American actress and model most recognizable from her Playboy magazine nude pictorials and on air work for a variety of Playboy TV programs.

15
Aurora Snow is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Pornographic actor, Actor, Film Director Aurora Snow is the stage name of an American former pornographic actress and director.

16
Brian Flemming is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Film Director, Playwright Brian Flemming is an American film director, playwright, and activist. His films include Hang Your Dog in the Wind, Nothing So Strange, and The God Who Wasn't There. His musicals include Bat ...more

17
Mike Powell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Track and field athlete Michael "Mike" Anthony Powell is an American former track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. Mike Powell was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a ...more

18
Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor, Human rights activist Nazanin Boniadi (born 22 May 1980) is an Iranian-British actress. Boniadi changed her career path from science and started pursuing acting in 2006. Her first major acting role was as Leyla Mir ...more

19
Aras Baskauskas is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Businessperson, Actor Aras Baskauskas is a reality TV personality who won Survivor: Panama and competed in Survivor: Blood vs. Water.

20
Jeff Sheng is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Photographer Jeff Sheng is an American artist and photographer. He was a visiting guest professor of photography at Harvard University in 2011. He taught as a visiting assistant professor at the University ...more

21
Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Alice Sebold is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky, The Lovely Bones, and The Almost Moon.

22
Lawrence L. Larmore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist Lawrence L. Larmore, PhD, is an American mathematician and theoretical computer scientist, currently tenuring as the professor of computer science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is ...more

23
Gloria Romero is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Politician Gloria J. Romero, Ph.D. is active in education reform in California, a former California State Senator and the Democratic majority leader of the California State Senate from 2001 until 2008. She ...more

24
Aimee Bender is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Aimee Bender is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters.

25
James Turrell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Light Sculptor, Artist James Turrell is an American artist primarily concerned with light and space. Turrell was a MacArthur Fellow in 1984. Turrell is best known for his work in progress, Roden Crater, a natural ...more

26
Janet Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Janet Nguyen Politician Janet Q. Nguyen is an American politician currently serving in the California State Senate. She is a Republican representing the 34th district, encompassing parts of Long Beach and Orange ...more

27
Jill Ciment is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Writer Jill Ciment is an American writer.

28
Van Tran is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Van Thai Tran is an attorney and politician in California, formerly serving as a Republican member of the California State Assembly, representing portions of Orange County. Tran and Texas State ...more

29
Crista Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Crista Flanagan is an American comedic actress best known for her work as a cast member on the FOX sketch comedy series MADtv from 2005 to 2009 and for her recurring role as Lois Sadler on the ...more

30
Danzy Senna is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Writer Danzy Senna is an American writer.

31
Jim Sherriff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Businessperson Jim Sherriff is Chairman and CEO of Cisco China. He and his team are focused on aligning and coordinating all of Ciscos business functions in China, including sales, service, research and ...more

32
James LeGros is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor James LeGros is an American actor.

33
Chris Burden is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Artist Christopher "Chris" Burden is an American artist working in performance, sculpture, and installation art.

34
Ralph Angel is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Poet, Professor, Translator Ralph Angel is a second-generation American of Sephardic Jewish descent, born in Seattle, Washington. He attended inner-city public schools there, and, while working freight trains for the Union ...more

35
Danny Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Editor, Journalist Danny Sullivan is the Chief Content Officer at Third Door Media, and co-founder of Search Engine Land, an industry publication that covers news and information about search engines, and search ...more

36
Garrett Hongo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Garrett Kaoru Hongo is an American poet and author. He graduated from Pomona College with a B.A. in 1973, and from University of California, Irvine with an M.F.A. in 1980. He studied at ...more

37
Scott Brooks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player Scott William Brooks (born July 31, 1965) is an American professional basketball coach. He is the head coach of the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and a former ...more

38
Neal Shusterman is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Neal Shusterman Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Neal Shusterman is a popular and successful American writer of young-adult fiction.

39
Thuy Trang is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor Thuy Trang was a South Vietnamese-born American actress. She was best known for her role as Trini Kwan, the original Yellow Ranger in the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers television series. Trang ...more

40
Jawad Salehi is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Jawad Salehi Scientist Jawad A. Salehi, IEEE Fellow, born in Kazemain, Iraq, on December 22, 1956 is an Iranian electrical and computer engineer, pioneer of optical code division multiple access and a highly cited ...more

41
T. Jefferson Parker is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author T. Jefferson Parker is an American novelist. Parker's books are police procedurals set in Southern California.

42
Charlotte Ayanna is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Spokesperson, Actor Charlotte Ayanna is a Puerto Rican American actress and former Miss Teen USA.

43
Yusef Komunyakaa is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Yusef Komunyakaa is an American poet who teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, ...more

44
Jonathan M. Dorfan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Jonathan M. Dorfan Jonathan M. Dorfan is a particle physicist and current president of the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, Graduate University. He is a former director of the Stanford Linear ...more

45
Chelsea Cain is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Chelsea Cain Chelsea Snow Cain is an American novelist and columnist.

46
Bob Flanagan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Poet, Songwriter, Comedian Bob Flanagan was an American performance artist, comic, writer, poet, and musician.

47
Joshua Ferris is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Joshua Ferris is an American author best known for his debut 2007 novel Then We Came to the End. The book is a comedy about the American workplace, told in the first-person plural. It takes ...more

48
Bob Gunton is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Soldier, Actor, Voice acting Robert Patrick "Bob" Gunton, Jr. is an American actor. He is known for playing strict, authoritarian characters, with his best known roles as Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison ...more

49
J.T. Tepnapa is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter J. T. Tepnapa is an American writer, producer, actor, and director. Tepnapa has made several short films since 2000 with his company, Blue Seraph Productions. His most awarded film is ...more

50
Miracle Laurie is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model, Actor Miracle Laurie is an American actress best known for portraying Mellie, November and Madeleine on the Joss Whedon drama Dollhouse. She is of Filipino descent on her mother's side. Laurie ...more