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

A list made up of graduates like Benicio del Toro and Aria Giovanni.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of California, San Diego?” and “Which celebrities are University of California, San Diego alumni?”
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Benicio del Toro is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Film Director

Age: 52

Birthplace: San Germán, Puerto Rico

Benicio Monserrate Rafael del Toro Sánchez (born February 19, 1967) is a Puerto Rican actor. He won an Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for his ...more

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Andrew Cunanan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni

Age: Dec. at 28 (1969-1997)

Birthplace: National City, California

Andrew Phillip Cunanan (August 31, 1969 – July 23, 1997) was an American serial killer known to have murdered five people, including Italian fashion designer Gianni Versace and Chicago real ...more
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Ricardo Antonio Chavira ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 47

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Austin

Ricardo Antonio Chavira (born September 1, 1971) is an American actor, known for his role as Carlos Solis in the ABC comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives (2004–12).
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Paul Phillips is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni

Age: 46

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Paul Phillips (born August 9, 1972 in San Francisco, California) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and poker player.
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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Activist, Educator, Author

Age: 75

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Angela Yvonne Davis (born January 26, 1944) is an American political activist, academic, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist in the 1960s working with the Communist ...more

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K. Megan McArthur is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Astronaut, Oceanographer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

Katherine Megan McArthur (born August 30, 1971) is an American oceanographer and a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut. She has served as a Capsule Communicator ...more

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David Brin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Astrophysicist, Novelist, Scientist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Glendale, California, United States of America

Glen David Brin (born October 6, 1950) is an American scientist and author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His novel The Postman was adapted as a ...more
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Kip Fulbeck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Professor, Artist

Age: 53

Birthplace: Fontana, California, United States of America

Lawrence Keith "Kip" Fulbeck is an American artist, spoken word performer, filmmaker and author. Fulbeck's work explores identity politics.His mixed race ethnic background is ...more
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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Michael Craig Judge (born October 17, 1962) is an Ecuadorian-born American animator, cartoonist, actor, voice actor, comedian, screenwriter, musician, composer, filmmaker, and former physicist. ...more

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Vernor Vinge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Mathematician, Novelist, Computer scientist

Age: 74

Birthplace: Waukesha, Wisconsin

Vernor Steffen Vinge ( (listen); born October 2, 1944) is an American science fiction author and retired professor. He taught mathematics and computer science at San Diego State University. He ...more
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Kim Stanley Robinson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, United States of America

Kim Stanley Robinson (born March 23, 1952) is an American writer of science fiction. He has published nineteen novels and numerous short stories but is best known for his Mars trilogy. His work ...more

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Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Musician, Game programmer, Game designer

Age: Dec. at 52 (1953-2005)

Birthplace: New York

Russell Lieblich (March 2, 1953 – January 26, 2005) was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as ...more
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Antony Garrett Lisi is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Physicist

Age: 51

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Antony Garrett Lisi (born January 24, 1968), known as Garrett Lisi, is an American theoretical physicist and adventure sports enthusiast. Lisi works as an independent researcher without an ...more
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Flossie Wong-Staal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Scientist

Age: 71

Birthplace: China

Flossie Wong-Staal (born August 27, 1947), née Wong Yee Ching (Chinese: 黄以静; pinyin: Huáng Yǐjìng), is a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the ...more
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John LeMoncheck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
A seasoned electronics executive, LeMoncheck hails from Silicon Image where he was Vice President of the company's Consumer Electronics and PC/Display business. In that role, LeMoncheck was ...more
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Cara Capuano is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Journalist
Cara Capuano is an American sports anchor for ESPNU. Before joining ESPNU in 2008, she was a former sports reporter for FSN. She joined Fox Sports Northwest in August 2004, as a reporter and ...more
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Yolanda Lopez is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Yolanda Lopez

Age: 77

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Yolanda M. López (born 1942) is an American painter, printmaker, educator, and film producer living in San Francisco, California. She is known for her work that focuses on the experience ...more
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Fred Zyda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Computer scientist

Age: 36

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

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Erik Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Programmer, Software Engineer

Age: 40

Birthplace: Fair Oaks, California

I'm a software developer. I work on this website.
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Craig Venter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Geneticist, Biologist, Entrepreneur

Age: 72

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America

John Craig Venter (born October 14, 1946) is an American biotechnologist, biochemist, geneticist, and businessman. He is known for leading the first draft sequence of the human genome and ...more
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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician

Age: 53

Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan

Khaled Hosseini (Persian: خالد حسینی‎ [ˈxɒled hoˈsejni]; ; born March 4, 1965) is an Afghan-American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, a ...more

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Catherynne M. Valente is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Novelist

Age: 39

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Catherynne M. Valente (born Bethany Thomas, May 5, 1979) is an American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic. For her speculative fiction novels she has won the annual James Tiptree, Andre ...more
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Jef Raskin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 62 (1943-2005)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Jef Raskin (born Jeff Raskin; March 9, 1943 – February 26, 2005) was an American human–computer interface expert best known for conceiving and starting the Macintosh project at Apple in the late ...more
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John Hoagland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 37 (1947-1984)

Birthplace: San Diego, California

John Hoagland (June 15, 1947 – March 16, 1984), an experienced American photojournalist and war correspondent for Newsweek from San Diego, California, who was covering the Salvadoran Civil War ...more
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Greg Papadopoulos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Gregory Michael Papadopoulos (born 1958) is a Greek-American engineer, executive, and venture capitalist. He is the creator and lead proponent for Redshift, a theory on whether technology ...more