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Famous University Of California, San Diego Alumni

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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?”
  • 1

    Benicio del Toro

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceSan 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 portrayal...  more

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  • 2
    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 estate...  more

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  • 3

    Ricardo Antonio Chavira

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas, USA

    Alternative NameRicardo Chavira

    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)....  more
  • 4
    Paul Phillips (born August 9, 1972 in San Francisco, California) is an American software developer, entrepreneur and poker player....  more
  • 5

    Angela Davis

    Activist, Educator


    BirthplaceBirmingham, 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 Party...  more

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  • 6

    K. Megan McArthur

    Astronaut, Oceanographer


    BirthplaceHonolulu, 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 (CAPCOM)...  more
  • 7

    David Brin

    Astrophysicist, Novelist


    BirthplaceGlendale, California, USA

    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
  • 8

    Kip Fulbeck

    Professor, Artist


    BirthplaceFontana, 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 Cantonese, English,...  more
  • 9

    Mike Judge

    Film Score Composer, Television director


    BirthplaceGuayaquil, Ecuador

    Alternative NameMike Judge

    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. Judge...  more
  • 10

    Vernor Vinge

    Mathematician, Novelist


    BirthplaceWaukesha, 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 is the...  more
  • 11

    Kim Stanley Robinson

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceWaukegan, 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 has...  more
  • 12

    Russell Lieblich

    Musician, Game programmer

    AgeDec. at 51 (1953-2005)

    BirthplaceNew 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 doing...  more
  • 13


    BirthplaceLos 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 academic...  more
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    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 first scientist to clone HIV...  more
  • 15
    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
  • 16

    Cara Capuano

    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 anchor...  more
  • 17

    Yolanda Lopez

    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 of Mexican...  more
  • 18

    Fred Zyda

    Computer scientist


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

  • 19

    Erik Brown

    Programmer, Software Engineer


    BirthplaceFair Oaks, California

    I'm a software developer. I work on this website....  more
  • 20

    Craig Venter

    Geneticist, Biologist


    BirthplaceSalt 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 assembled...  more
  • 21

    Khaled Hosseini

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceKabul, 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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  • 22

    Catherynne M. Valente

    Poet, Literary critic


    BirthplaceSeattle, 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
  • 23

    Jef Raskin

    Computer scientist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 61 (1943-2005)

    BirthplaceNew 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
  • 24

    John Hoagland

    Journalist, Photojournalist

    AgeDec. at 36 (1947-1984)

    BirthplaceSan 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 in El...  more
  • 25

    Greg Papadopoulos

    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 markets are...  more
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