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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 shows Jesse James is a Dead Man on Spike ...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

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Neil Campbell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Neil Campbell Scientist Neil Allison Campbell was an American scientist known best for his textbook Biology. First published in 1987, the text is currently in its 10th edition, et al. The title is popular worldwide and ...more

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Joanna Cameron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor Joanna Kara Cameron, sometimes credited as JoAnna Cameron, is an American former actress and model, perhaps best known for her portrayal of the title role on the Saturday morning children's ...more

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Pat Hill is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Pat Hill American Football coach, Coach, American football player Pat Hill is an American football coach and former player. He served as the head football coach at Fresno State from 1997 until his dismissal following the 2011 season. In 15 seasons as head ...more

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Butch Johnson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
American football player Michael "Butch" McColly Johnson is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver in the National Football League for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos. He ...more

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Gary North is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Gary North Writer Gary Kilgore North is an American Christian Reconstructionist theorist and economic historian. North has authored or coauthored over fifty books on topics including Christian theology, ...more

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Ken Mettler is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Politician Ken Mettler is the Immediate Past President of the California Republican Assembly and a conservative political activist. He also served as President of the Republican Assembly of Kern County, a ...more

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Rick Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Rick Rodriguez Baseball player Ricardo "Rick" Rodriguez is a professional baseball coach and former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in parts of four seasons in the major leagues between 1986 and 1990. He ...more

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Kim Allen is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Kim Allen Baseball player Kim Bryant Allen is a former Major League Baseball player. After playing college baseball for the UC Riverside Highlanders and having a nondescript minor league career, Allen briefly earned ...more

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Elizabeth George is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Author Susan Elizabeth George is an American author of mystery novels set in Great Britain. Eleven of her novels featuring her main character, Inspector Lynley, have been adapted for television by the ...more

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Eric Go is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Eric Go Eric Go is an American male badminton player of Chinese-Filipino descent.

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Leonard Beeghley is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Leonard Beeghley Leonard Beeghley is Professor Emeritus of sociology at the University of Florida since 1975. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California at Riverside in 1975 and has since published ...more

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Frank Bidart is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Poet, Professor, Author Frank Bidart is an American academic and poet.

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Lindsay Ridgeway is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Actor Lindsay Elizabeth Ridgeway is a former American child actress in film, television, and theater. She was the second actress to play Morgan Matthews on the TV show Boy Meets World for the last 5 ...more

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Lisa Kekaula is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Lisa Kekaula Singer Lisa Kekaula is the lead singer of American "rock 'n' soul" band The Bellrays. Kekaula was born to an African-American mother, Linda and Native Hawaiian father, Alan Kekaula in Los ...more

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George Bilgere is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
George Bilgere George Bilgere is an American poet. He grew up in Riverside, California, and earned his BA at the University of California, Riverside. He received his MA in English Literature from Washington ...more

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Anthony Shay is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Anthony Shay Anthony Shay is a dancer and choreographer specializing in dances from Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. In 50 years of work he has created over 200 ...more

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James Eagan Holmes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
James Holmes is suspected of carrying out a shooting at an Aurora movie theater in which 12 people died and 59 were injured.

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James D. Savage is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Political scientist James D. Savage is a political science professor at the University of Virginia. He is an expert in government budget policies and budget theory. He completed his undergraduate degrees in ...more

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John Lowenstein is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
John Lowenstein Baseball player John Lee Lowenstein is a former professional baseball player who played Major League Baseball primarily as an outfielder from 1970 to 1985. He attended the University of California, Riverside, ...more

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Peter Steinberger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Peter Steinberger is a professor of political philosophy at Reed College. He was the thirteenth president of Reed College, preceding Colin Diver. Steinberger has served on the Reed College ...more

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Steve Breen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Steve Breen Illustrator, Cartoonist, Author Stephen Paul Breen is a nationally syndicated cartoonist. He twice won the Pulitzer Prize, in 1998 and 2009. He graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 1988 and attended the University of ...more

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Marigold Linton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Marigold Linton Marigold Linton is a cognitive psychologist and member of the Morongo Band of Cahuilla Mission Indians. In 1974 she co–founded the National Indian Education Association. Her research in long ...more

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Kathleen Worley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni

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Paul Cook is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Politician, Professor Paul Cook is an American politician who has been the U.S. Representative for California's 8th congressional district since 2013. Previously, he served as a member of California State Assembly ...more

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David C. Geary is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, Riverside Alumni
Professor, Psychologist David C. Geary is a notable United States cognitive developmental and evolutionary psychologist with interests in mathematical learning and sex differences. He is currently a Curators’ and ...more