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Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni

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

List features graduates like Jamie Chung and Jesse James.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of California, Riverside?” and “Which celebrities are University of California, Riverside alumni?”
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Jesse James is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur

Age: 49

Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

Jesse Gregory James (born April 19, 1969) is an American television personality and former CEO of Austin, Texas-based Austin Speed Shop. James was the host of the reality TV shows Jesse James Is ...more

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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor

Age: 32

Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA

Jamie Jilynn Chung (born April 10, 1983) is an American actress, and former reality television personality. She first gained fame in 2004 as a cast member on the MTV reality series The Real ...more

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France A. Córdova... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni

Age: 71

Birthplace: Paris, France

France Anne-Dominic Córdova (born August 5, 1947) is an American astrophysicist and administrator, who is the fourteenth director of the National Science Foundation. Previously, she was ...more
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Charles E. Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor

Age: 87

Birthplace: Highland, California

Charles Emmett Young (born December 30, 1931), nicknamed Chuck Young, is an American retired university administrator and professor. A native of California, Young led the University of ...more
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Lauren Tewes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor

Age: 65

Birthplace: Braddock, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Cynthia Lauren Tewes (; born October 26, 1953) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Julie McCoy on the television comedy anthology series The Love Boat, which originally ...more
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Arthur Riggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Arthur Riggs (born 1939) is a geneticist who worked with Genentech to express the first artificial gene in bacteria. His work was critical to the modern biotechnology industry because it was the ...more
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Jack Sarfatti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Physicist, Science writer

Age: 79

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Jack Sarfatti (born September 14, 1939) is an American theoretical physicist. Working largely outside academia, most of Sarfatti's publications revolve around quantum physics and consciousness. ...more
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Stefanie Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America

Stefanie Schaeffer (born Stefani Lynn Schaeffer; May 31, 1974) is an American defense attorney and television presenter from California. She was the focus of The Apprentice: Los Angeles, the ...more
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Gloria Romero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside 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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Tim D. White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Anthropologist, Professor

Age: 68

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Tim D. White (born August 24, 1950) is an American paleoanthropologist and Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is best known for leading the team which ...more
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Martin J. Pasqualetti is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor of Geogrpahical Sciences

Age: 74

Birthplace: California

Martin J. "Mike" Pasqualetti is a professor of geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He is also a member of ...more
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Katherine Fugate is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 53

Birthplace: California

Katherine Fugate (born July 14, 1965) is an American film and television writer and producer.
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Richard R. Schrock is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Chemist, Professor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Berne, Monroe Township, Indiana

Richard Royce Schrock (born January 4, 1945) is an American chemist and Nobel laureate recognized for his contributions to the olefin metathesis reaction used in organic chemistry.
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Matthew Haughey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Programmer, Writer

Age: 46

Matthew Haughey (born October 10, 1972) is an American programmer, web designer, and blogger best known as the founder of the community weblog MetaFilter, where he is known as mathowie.
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Billy Collins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

William James Collins, known as Billy Collins, (born March 22, 1941) is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. In 2016, Collins retired from his ...more

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Tim Tackett is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Martial Arts Instructor, Military Officer, Author

Birthplace: California

Tim Tackett is a martial arts instructor and author from Redlands, California who runs a non-profit group dedicated to preserving Bruce Lee's art of Jeet Kune Do.
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Gary McCord is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Commentator, Announcer, Golfer

Age: 70

Birthplace: San Gabriel, California, United States of America

Gary Dennis McCord (born May 23, 1948) is an American professional golfer, commentator and author.
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Ann Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Ann Maxwell (born April 5, 1944 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin), also known as A.E. Maxwell and Elizabeth Lowell, is an American writer. She has individually, and with co-author and husband Evan, ...more
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Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Fontana, California

Troy Eugene Percival (born August 9, 1969) is a former Major League Baseball pitcher and current head coach at UC Riverside. He gained fame as a closer. During a 14-year baseball career, he ...more
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Brian Barney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, United States of America

Brian Barney is an American director and actor. Born in Nashua, New Hampshire, Barney trained at the University of California, Riverside's Department of Theatre, earning a Bachelor of Arts ...more
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Mariko Shiga is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Mariko Shiga Singer

Age: Dec. at 20 (1969-1989)

Birthplace: Kawasaki, Japan

Mariko Shiga was an idol star and voice actress born in Funabashi, Chiba Prefecture. She attended and graduated from Funabashi Municipal High School before enrolling in the University of ...more
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John W. Henry is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States of America

John William Henry II (born September 13, 1949) is an American businessman and investor and the founder of John W. Henry & Company, an investment management firm. He is the principal owner ...more
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Deborah Digges is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Poet, Writer, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 59 (1950-2009)

Birthplace: Jefferson City, Missouri

Deborah Digges (February 6, 1950 – April 10, 2009) was an American poet and teacher.
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Rigoberto Gonzále... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor, Writer, Critic

Age: 48

Birthplace: Bakersfield, California

Rigoberto González (born 1970) is an American writer and book critic. He is an editor and author of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and bilingual children's books, and self-identifies in his ...more
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Barbara Hambly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Barbara Hambly (born August 28, 1951) is an American novelist and screenwriter within the genres of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction. She has a bestselling mystery ...more