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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
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez, better known as Benicio Del Toro, is a Puerto Rican actor, film producer and film director. He won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, a ...more

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Andrew Cunanan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Andrew Phillip Cunanan was an American serial killer who murdered at least five people, including fashion designer Gianni Versace, during a three-month period in 1997. On June 12, 1997, Cunanan ...more

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Aria Giovanni is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model
Aria Giovanni is an American pornographic actress and model who was Penthouse magazine's Pet for the month of September 2000. She has modeled in a range of photographic styles and has also had ...more

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Ricardo Antonio Chavira is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Ricardo Antonio Chavira is an American actor, known for his role as Carlos Solis in the ABC comedy-drama series, Desperate Housewives.

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Paul Phillips is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Paul Phillips is an American software developer, entrepreneur and poker player.

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Angela Davis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Activist, Educator, Author
Angela Yvonne Davis is an American political activist, scholar, and author. She emerged as a prominent counterculture activist and radical in the 1960s as a leader of the Communist Party USA, ...more

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K. Megan McArthur is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Astronaut, Oceanographer
Katherine Megan McArthur is an American oceanographer and a NASA astronaut. She has served as a CAPCOM for both the space shuttle and space station. Megan McArthur has flown one space shuttle ...more

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David Brin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Astrophysicist, Novelist, Scientist
Glen David Brin is an American scientist and award-winning author of science fiction. He has received the Hugo, Locus, Campbell and Nebula Awards. His Campbell Award winning novel The Postman ...more

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Kip Fulbeck is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Professor, Artist
Kip Fulbeck is an American artist, spoken word performer, filmmaker and author. Fulbeck's work explores identity politics. His mixed race ethnic background is Cantonese, English, Irish, and ...more

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Mike Judge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer
Michael Craig "Mike" Judge, is an American actor, animator, writer, producer, director, musician, and cartoonist. He created and starred in the animated television series Beavis and ...more

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Vernor Vinge is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Mathematician, Novelist, Computer scientist
Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels and ...more

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Kim Stanley Robinson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer
Kim Stanley Robinson is an American science fiction writer, best known for his Mars trilogy. Robinson's work has been labeled by reviewers as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly ...more

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Russell Lieblich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Musician, Game programmer, Game designer
Russell Lieblich was a game designer, programmer and musician who first came to prominence for his music for Activision and Intellivision games, as well as doing the Commodore 64 music ...more

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Antony Garrett Lisi is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Physicist
Antony Garrett Lisi, known as Garrett Lisi, is an American theoretical physicist and adventure sports enthusiast. Lisi works as an independent researcher without an academic position. He is a ...more

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Flossie Wong-Staal is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Scientist
Flossie Wong-Staal, born Yee Ching Wong, is a Chinese-American virologist and molecular biologist. She was the first scientist to clone HIV and determine the function of its genes, a major step ...more

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John LeMoncheck is listed (or ranked) 16 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) 17 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) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Yolanda Lopez
Yolanda M. López is an American painter, printmaker, educator, and film producer. Her work focuses on the experience of Mexican American women and often challenges ethnic stereotypes ...more

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Fred Zyda is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Computer scientist

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Erik Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Programmer, Software Engineer
I'm a software developer. I work on this website.

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Craig Venter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Geneticist, Biologist, Entrepreneur
John Craig Venter is an American biochemist, geneticist, and entrepreneur. He is known for being one of the first to sequence the human genome and the first to transfect a cell with a synthetic ...more

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Khaled Hosseini is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan-born American novelist and physician. After graduating from college, he worked as a doctor in California, an occupation that he likened to "an arranged ...more

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Catherynne M. Valente is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Novelist
Catherynne M. Valente is an American fiction writer, poet, and literary critic. For her speculative fiction novels she has won the annual James Tiptree, Andre Norton, and Mythopoeic Fantasy ...more

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Jef Raskin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Computer scientist, Scientist, Writer
Jef Raskin was an American human–computer interface expert best known for conceiving and starting the Macintosh project for Apple in the late 1970s.

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John Hoagland is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni
Journalist, Photojournalist, Photographer
John Hoagland was a war photographer and photojournalist noted for his documentation of civil conflicts in Nicaragua, Lebanon, and El Salvador. Hoagland was born in San Diego, California, and ...more