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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
Jesse Gregory James is an American television personality and former CEO of Austin, Texas-based Austin Speed Shop. James was the host of the reality TV show Monster Garage, on the Discovery ...more

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Jamie Chung is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor
Jamie Jilynn Chung 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 World: San Diego and ...more

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France A. Córdova is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
France Anne-Dominic Córdova is an American astrophysicist, researcher and university administrator. As of March 2014, she is the director of the National Science Foundation. Previously, ...more

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Charles E. Young is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor
Charles E. Young, nicknamed Chuck Young, is an American former university administrator and professor. Young is a native of California, and earned bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees ...more

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Lauren Tewes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor
Lauren Tewes is an American actress. She is known for her role on the television comedy anthology series The Love Boat, which originally aired on ABC from 1977 to 1986.

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Arthur Riggs is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Dr. Arthur Riggs Ph.D, 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 enabled ...more

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Jack Sarfatti is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Physicist, Science writer
Jack Sarfatti is an American theoretical physicist. Working largely outside academia, Sarfatti specializes in the idea that there is a relationship between quantum physics and consciousness. He ...more

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Stefanie Schaeffer is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer
Stefanie Schaeffer is an American defense attorney from California. She was named Season 6 Apprentice on the reality show of the same name. She is currently the host of Know Your Rights TV, a ...more

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Gloria Romero is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside 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

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Tim D. White is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Anthropologist, Professor
Tim D. White is an American paleoanthropologist and Professor of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is most famous for his work on Lucy as Australopithecus ...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
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
Katherine Fugate 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
Richard Royce Schrock 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
Matthew Haughey 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
William James "Billy" Collins is an American poet, appointed as Poet Laureate of the United States from 2001 to 2003. He is a Distinguished Professor at Lehman College of the City ...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
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
Gary Dennis McCord is an American professional golfer, commentator, author, and actor.

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Ann Maxwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Novelist, Writer
Ann Maxwell, also known as A.E. Maxwell and Elizabeth Lowell, has individually, and with co-author and husband Evan, written over 50 novels and one non-fiction book. These novels range from ...more

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Troy Percival is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Baseball player
Troy Eugene Percival is a retired Major League Baseball pitcher. He gained fame as a closer. During a 14-year baseball career, he pitched from 1995–2009 for four different teams, pitching ...more

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Brian Barney is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor
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
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
John William Henry II is an American businessman and investor. He founded John W. Henry & Company. He is the principal owner of the The Boston Globe, Boston Red Sox and Liverpool Football ...more

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Deborah Digges is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Poet, Writer, Teacher
Deborah Digges was an American poet and teacher.

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Rigoberto González is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor, Writer, Critic
Rigoberto González 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 writing as ...more

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Barbara Hambly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Barbara Hambly is an American novelist and screenwriter within the genres of fantasy, science fiction, mystery, and historical fiction. She has a bestselling mystery series featuring a free man ...more