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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Gwyneth Paltrow and Michael Douglas.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of California, Santa Barbara?” and “Which celebrities are University of California, Santa Barbara alumni?”

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Gwyneth Paltrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Gwyneth Paltrow Businessperson, Comedian, Model Gwyneth Kate Paltrow is an American actress, singer, and food writer. Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as the psychological thriller Seven, opposite Brad Pitt and the ...more

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Michael Douglas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Michael Douglas Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Michael Kirk Douglas is an American actor and producer, primarily in movies and television. He has won four Golden Globes, including the Cecil B. DeMille Award, two Academy Awards—as producer of ...more

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Harvey Levin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Harvey Levin Editor, Journalist, Television producer Harvey Robert Levin is an American television producer, lawyer, legal analyst and a celebrity reporter. He is the founder of celebrity gossip website TMZ.com and producer of Famous in 12, a 2014 ...more

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Tera Patrick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Tera Patrick Pornographic actor, Nude Glamour Model, Actor Tera Patrick is the stage name of an American pornographic actress and model. Patrick is the Penthouse Pet of the Month for February 2000 and is an inductee for the NightMoves, AVN and XRCO ...more

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Jack Johnson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jack Johnson Businessperson, Guitarist, Musician Jack Johnson is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, and former professional surfer. Johnson is known primarily for his work in the folk rock, soft rock, and ...more

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Leroy Chiao is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Leroy Chiao Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Leroy Chiao is an American engineer, former NASA astronaut, entrepreneur, motivational speaker and engineering consultant. Chiao flew on three shuttle flights, and was the commander of ...more

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Benjamin Bratt is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Benjamin Bratt Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Benjamin Bratt is an American actor. He is best known for his role as NYPD Detective Rey Curtis on the legal/crime drama series Law & Order and his appearances in the movies Miss ...more

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Joseph M. Acaba is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Joseph M. Acaba Mathematician, Astronaut, Scientist Joseph Michael "Joe" Acaba is an educator, hydrogeologist, and NASA astronaut. In May 2004 he became the first person of Puerto Rican heritage to be named as a NASA astronaut ...more

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Eric Roth is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Eric Roth Television producer, Screenwriter Eric Roth is an American screenwriter. He won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Forrest Gump. He also co-wrote the screenplays for several Oscar-nominated films: The Insider, ...more

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Bob Yari is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Bob Yari Television producer, Film Producer Bob Yari is an Iranian-American film producer. Yari was born in Tehran, Iran. He grew up in New York City, and studied cinematography at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Producers of ...more

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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Reza Aslan Professor, Author, Writer Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more

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Alexei Filippenko is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Alexei Filippenko Astrophysicist, Professor, Astronomer Alexei Vladimir "Alex" Filippenko is an American astrophysicist and professor of astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley. Filippenko graduated from Dos Pueblos High School ...more

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Bahar Soomekh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Bahar Soomekh Activist, Actor Bahar Soomekh is an Iranian-American actress and environmental activist. She is best known for her roles in the films Crash and Saw III.

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Ralph Larkin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Ralph Larkin Ralph Wild Larkin is an American sociologist and research consultant. He is the author of Suburban Youth in Cultural Crisis, Beyond Revolution: A New Theory of Social Movements, and ...more

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Alan Lang is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Alan Lang Alan Lang serves as Vice President, Engineering at Business.com, where he is responsible for managing all technology functions including development, operations, quality assurance, project ...more

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Valerie Baker Fairbank is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Valerie Baker Fairbank Judge, Lawyer Valerie Lynn Baker Fairbank is a Senior United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

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Charles Garabedian is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Charles Garabedian Artist Charles Garabedian is an American artist known for his imaginative paintings and drawings rich in references to Greek and Chinese symbolism. His detailed artwork reveals a deeply personal world ...more

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Jerry Trainor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jerry Trainor Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Gerald William "Jerry" Trainor is an American actor, widely known for playing Crazy Steve on Drake & Josh and Spencer Shay on iCarly. He also voiced the title character Dudley ...more

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Larry Estrada is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Larry Estrada Dr. Lawrence J. Estrada is Director of American Cultural Studies and Associate Professor at Fairhaven College, Western Washington University. He is responsible for the administration and ...more

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Grady Booch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Grady Booch Software Engineer, Computer scientist Grady Booch is an American software engineer, best known for developing the Unified Modeling Language with Ivar Jacobson and James Rumbaugh. He is recognized internationally for his innovative ...more

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Ryan Garver is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Ryan Garver Software Architect

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Max Rible Kaehn is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Max Rible Kaehn Programmer "Max Rible Kaehn" is my married name; I was "Max Rible" as a bachelor.

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Barry Zito is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Barry Zito Baseball player Barry William Zito is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. He stands 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. He has also previously played in ...more

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Orlando Johnson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Orlando Johnson Basketball player Orlando Vincent Johnson is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

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Carol W. Greider is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Carol W. Greider Molecular Biologist, Professor Carolyn Widney "Carol" Greider is an American molecular biologist. She is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor, Daniel Nathans Professor and Director of Molecular Biology and Genetics ...more

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Jim Rome is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jim Rome Journalist, Screenwriter, Actor James Phillip "Jim" Rome is an American sports radio talk show host syndicated by CBS Sports Radio. Broadcasting from a studio near Los Angeles, California, Rome hosts The Jim Rome ...more

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Mark D. Kingdon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Mark D. Kingdon Angel investor, Information Technologist, Internet Executive Mark Kingdon is an American angel investor. He has invested in companies such as Twitter, SAY Media, Kidzui, 140 Proof, NiftyThrifty, and Fab.com. Previously, he spent two years as CEO of Linden ...more

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Richard Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Richard Nelson Anthropologist, Writer Richard K. Nelson is an American cultural anthropologist and writer. His work has focused primarily on the indigenous cultures of Alaska and, more generally, the relationships between people and ...more

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Martha G. Russell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Martha G. Russell Scholar Martha G. Russell is Executive Director of Media X at Stanford University, Senior Research Scholar at the Human Sciences and Technology Advanced Research (H*STAR) Institute at Stanford ...more

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Lois Capps is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Lois Capps Nurse, Politician, Professor Lois Capps is the U.S. Representative for California's 24th congressional district, serving in Congress since 1998. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, numbered as the 22nd ...more

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Enrique Martinez Celaya is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Enrique Martinez Celaya Writer Enrique Martínez Celaya is an artist whose work consists of paintings, sculpture, photography, poetry, and prose presented in contexts he calls Environments. His artistic project pushes ...more

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Paige Hemmis is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Paige Hemmis Emergency medical technician, Entrepreneur, Carpenter Paige Huff-Hemmis is an American television host and entrepreneur most famous for her time on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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Mark di Suvero is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Mark di Suvero Sculptor, Artist Marco Polo "Mark" di Suvero is an abstract expressionist sculptor and 2010 National Medal of Arts recipient.

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Lindsay Taylor is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Lindsay Taylor Basketball player Lindsay Corine Taylor is an American professional basketball player and a former college player who has played in the Women's National Basketball Association, Turkish Women's Basketball League, ...more

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Virgil Vasquez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Virgil Vasquez Baseball player Virgil Matthew Vasquez is a retired right-handed professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Detroit Tigers and Pittsburgh Pirates.

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Jason Lezak is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jason Lezak Motivational speaker, Swimmer Jason Edward Lezak is an American competition swimmer who is a four-time Olympic gold medalist. He formerly swam for Irvine Novaquatics. He graduated from Irvine High School in 1994, and then ...more

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Clark G. Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Clark G. Reynolds Historian Dr. Clark Gilbert Reynolds, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. was an historian of naval warfare, with a particular interest in the development of U.S. naval aviation. In addition, he made contributions to the ...more

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Ravi Viswanathan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Ravi Viswanathan Venture capitalist Ravi joined NEA in February 2004 as a Principal and became a Partner in December 2004. He focuses on information technology investments with special emphasis in hardware, energy, wireless, and ...more

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Joseph C. Wilson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Joseph C. Wilson Businessperson, Diplomat, Writer Joseph Charles Wilson IV is a former United States diplomat best known for his 2002 trip to Niger to investigate allegations that Saddam Hussein was attempting to purchase yellowcake uranium; ...more

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Barbara Bodine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Barbara Bodine Diplomat Barbara K. Bodine is an American academic and former diplomat. Bodine directs the Scholars in the Nation’s Service Initiative and lectures at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and ...more

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Beverly Archer is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Beverly Archer Screenwriter, Actor Beverly Archer is an American actress. She was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but raised in California. She attended Alverno Heights High School, and both San Francisco State University and UC ...more

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Michael Young is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Michael Young Baseball player Michael Brian Young is an American former professional baseball infielder who played with the Texas Rangers, Philadelphia Phillies, and Los Angeles Dodgers during his 14-year career. Originally ...more

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Thiago Martins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Thiago Martins Thiago Martins is a retired Brazilian footballer who played professionally in the United States and Norway.

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Jose M. Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jose M. Hernandez Flight engineer, Astronaut, Engineer José Moreno Hernández, is an American engineer and a former NASA astronaut. Hernández was born in French Camp, California, but calls Stockton, California, his hometown. His ...more

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Edi Gathegi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Edi Gathegi Actor Edi Mue Gathegi is a Kenyan-American film, stage and television actor. He appeared as recurring character Dr. Jeffrey Cole in the television series House, as Cheese in the 2007 film Gone Baby ...more

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Cynthia Breazeal is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Cynthia Breazeal Engineer Cynthia Lynn Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she is the director of the Personal Robots Group at the MIT Media ...more

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Jeffrey O. Henley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Jeffrey O. Henley Businessperson, Entrepreneur Jeffrey O. Henley is the Vice-Chairman of Oracle Corporation and served as Chairman between January 2004 to September 2014, prior to which he was the Chief Financial Officer and an Executive ...more

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Kayte Christensen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Kayte Christensen Basketball player Kayte Lauren Christensen is an American color commentator and former professional Women's National Basketball Association player.

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Tony Lochhead is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Tony Lochhead Soccer Player Tony James Lochhead is a New Zealand footballer who last played with Chivas USA of Major League Soccer.

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Michael Gough is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Barbara Alumni
Michael Gough Actor, Voice acting, Singer Michael J. Gough is an American voice actor and singer.