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Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni

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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!
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Jon Lovitz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Businessperson, Comedian, Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Jonathan Michael Lovitz (; born July 21, 1957) is an American comedian, actor, voice actor, and singer. He is best known as a cast member of Saturday Night Live from 1985 to 1990. He starred as ...more

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Greg Louganis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model, Author, Coach

Age: 59

Birthplace: El Cajon, California, United States of America

Gregory Efthimios Louganis (;born January 29, 1960) is an American Olympic diver, LGBT activist, and author who won gold medals at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics, on both the springboard and ...more

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Lisa Marie Scott is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model

Age: 45

Birthplace: Pensacola, Florida, United States of America

Lisa Marie Scott (born February 1, 1974) is an Asian American model and actress, known for her appearances in Playboy magazine. She first appeared as the Playmate of the Month for February 1995 ...more
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Tonantzin Carmelo is listed (or ranked) 4 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 a Native American ...more
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Coco Lee is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Coco Lee Songwriter, Actor, Singer

Age: 43

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Coco Lee (Chinese: 李玟; pinyin: Lǐ Wén; born Ferren Lee, 17 January 1975, Hong Kong) is a Hong Kong-born American singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress. Lee's career ...more

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Tyler Hoechlin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Baseball player, Actor

Age: 31

Birthplace: Corona, California, USA

Tyler Lee Hoechlin (; born September 11, 1987) is an American actor. Initially earning recognition for starring as Michael Sullivan Jr. in the 2002 film Road to Perdition, Hoechlin went on to ...more

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David Benioff is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Novelist

Age: 48

Birthplace: New York City, New York

David Benioff (; born David Friedman ; September 25, 1970) is an American screenwriter and television producer, writer, and director. Along with his collaborator D. B. Weiss, he is best known as ...more
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Erin Gruwell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Author, Motivational speaker, Teacher

Age: 49

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Erin Gruwell (born August 15, 1969) 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 ...more
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Joseph McGinty Nichol is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Television producer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan

Joseph McGinty Nichol (born August 9, 1968), known professionally as McG, is an American director, producer, and former record producer. He began his career in the music industry, directing ...more
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Michael Chabon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 55

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Michael Chabon ( SHAY-bon; born May 24, 1963) is an American novelist, screenwriter, columnist and short story writer.Chabon's first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), was published when ...more
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Sarah Lancaster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor

Age: 39

Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas, United States of America

Sarah Lancaster (born February 12, 1980) 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 ...more

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Brady Anderson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 55

Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

Brady Kevin Anderson (born January 18, 1964) is a baseball executive and former outfielder. He made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox on April 4, 1988, and also played for the ...more
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Andrea Lowell is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 36

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States of America

Andrea Lowell (born January 17, 1983) 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.
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Brian Flemming is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Film Director, Playwright

Age: 52

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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 Boy: ...more
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Mike Powell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Mike Powell Track and field athlete

Age: 55

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Anthony Powell (born November 10, 1963) is an American former track and field athlete, and the holder of the long jump world record. He is a two-time world champion in this event and ...more
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Nazanin Boniadi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Actor, Human rights activist

Age: 38

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Nazanin Boniadi (; Persian: نازنین بنیادی‎ [nɑzæˈniːn bonjɑˈdiː]; (born 22 May 1979) is an Iranian-British actress and human rights defender.

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Aras Baskauskas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Businessperson, Actor

Age: 37

Birthplace: Venice, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Aras Baskauskas (Lithuanian: Baškauskas) (born September 26, 1981) is an American yogi, musician, and reality TV personality who won Survivor: Panama and competed in Survivor: Blood vs. Water. ...more
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Jeff Sheng is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Photographer

Age: 39

Birthplace: California

Jeff Sheng (born California) 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 ...more
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Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 55

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

Alice Sebold (born September 6, 1963) is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007).
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Lawrence L. Larmore is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Mathematician, Computer scientist
Lawrence L. Larmore is an American mathematician and theoretical computer scientist, currently tenuring as the professor of computer science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He is ...more
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Gloria Romero is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Politician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Barstow, California, United States of America

Gloria J. Romero (born July 10, 1955) is active in the charter school industry in California, a former California State Senator and the Democratic majority leader of the California State Senate ...more
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Aimee Bender is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Aimee Bender (born June 28, 1969) is an American novelist and short story writer, known for her surreal plots and characters.
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James Turrell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Light Sculptor, Artist

Age: 75

Birthplace: Pasadena, California

James Turrell (born May 6, 1943) 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 ...more
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Janet Nguyen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Janet Nguyen Politician

Age: 42

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Janet Q. Nguyen (born May 1, 1976) is an American politician who served in the California State Senate. A Republican, she represented the 34th district, encompassing parts of Long Beach and ...more
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Jill Ciment is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Irvine Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Writer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Jill Ciment (born March 19, 1953) is an American writer.