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

Examples of graduates on this list include Rebecca Romijn and Maya Rudolph.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of California, Santa Cruz?” and “Which celebrities are University of California, Santa Cruz alumni?”
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Rebecca Romijn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Television producer, Fashion Model, Musician

Age: 46

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Rebecca Alie Romijn ( roh-MAYN; Dutch: [roːˈmɛin]; born November 6, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She is known for her role as Mystique in the trilogy of the X-Men film series, ...more

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Susie Bright is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Actor, Writer, Teacher

Age: 60

Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America

Susannah Bright, also known as Susie Sexpert (born March 25, 1958), is an American feminist, author, journalist, critic, editor, publisher, producer, and performer, often on the subject of ...more
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Miranda July is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Performer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 45

Birthplace: Barre, Vermont, United States of America

Miranda July (born Miranda Jennifer Grossinger; February 15, 1974) is an American film director, screenwriter, singer, actress, author and artist. Her body of work includes film, fiction, ...more
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Andy Samberg is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician

Age: 40

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

David A.J. "Andy" Samberg (born August 18, 1978) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, and musician. He is a member of the comedy music group The Lonely Island and was a ...more

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Bradley Nowell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: Dec. at 28 (1968-1996)

Birthplace: Belmont Shore, Long Beach, California

Bradley James Nowell (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) was an American musician and the lead singer and guitarist of the ska punk band Sublime. Born and raised in Belmont Shore, Long Beach, ...more

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Anohni is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Chichester, United Kingdom

Anohni (styled as ANOHNI; born Antony Hegarty, October 24, 1971) is an English-born singer, composer, and visual artist. She was formerly known as Antony, the lead singer of the band Antony and ...more

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Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 50

Birthplace: California

Susan Diane Wojcicki is an American businesswoman and CEO of YouTube.

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Maya Rudolph is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 46

Birthplace: USA, Florida, Gainesville

Maya Khabira Rudolph (born July 27, 1972) is an American actress, voice artist, comedian, and singer. Rudolph first gained prominence in the mid-1990s as a member of the alternative rock band ...more

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Huey P. Newton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Political Activist

Age: Dec. at 47 (1942-1989)

Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States of America

Huey Percy Newton (February 17, 1942 – August 22, 1989) was a revolutionary African-American political activist who, along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. In 1967, ...more
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Steven Hawley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 67

Birthplace: Ottawa, Kansas

Steven Alan Hawley (born December 12, 1951) is a former NASA astronaut who flew on five U.S. Space Shuttle flights. He is professor of physics and astronomy and director of engineering physics ...more
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Gloria E. Anzaldú... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Poet, Scholar, Author

Age: Dec. at 62 (1942-2004)

Birthplace: Rio Grande Valley

Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (September 26, 1942 – May 15, 2004) was an American scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known ...more
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Bell Hooks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Author, Writer, Philosopher

Age: 66

Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States of America

Gloria Jean Watkins (born September 25, 1952), better known by her pen name bell hooks, is an American author, professor, feminist, and social activist. The name "bell hooks" is ...more
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Geoffrey Marcy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Professor, Astronomer

Age: 64

Geoffrey William Marcy (born September 29, 1954) is an American astronomer. He is one of the pioneers and leaders in the discovery and characterization of exoplanets. Marcy was Professor of ...more
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Matthew Gray Gubler is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Television director, Fashion Model, Cinematographer

Age: 38

Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States of America

Matthew Gray Gubler (born March 9, 1980) is an American actor, filmmaker, fashion model, painter, and author. He is best known for his role as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS ...more

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Chris Tashima is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Scenic Designer, Theatre Director, Screenwriter

Age: 58

Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States of America

Christopher Inadomi "Chris" Tashima (born March 24, 1960) is a Japanese American actor and director. He is co-founder of the entertainment company Cedar Grove Productions and Artistic ...more
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Gillian Welch is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Singer

Age: 51

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Gillian Howard Welch (; born October 2, 1967) is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which ...more

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Camryn Manheim is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Sign Language Interpreter, Actor

Age: 57

Birthplace: Caldwell, USA, New Jersey

Camryn Manheim (born March 8, 1961) is an American actress known primarily for her roles as attorney Ellenor Frutt on ABC's The Practice, Delia Banks on CBS's Ghost Whisperer, as Elvis's mother, ...more
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Victor Davis Hanson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Historian, Professor, Author

Age: 65

Birthplace: Fowler, California

Victor Davis Hanson (born September 5, 1953) is an American classicist, military historian, columnist and farmer. He has been a commentator on modern and ancient warfare and contemporary ...more
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Tod R. Lauer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Astronomer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Ohio

Tod R. Lauer (born 1957) is an American astronomer on the research staff of the National Optical Astronomy Observatory. He was a member of the Hubble Space Telescope Wide Field and Planetary ...more
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Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Amy Tan (born February 19, 1952) is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese American experience. Her novel The Joy Luck Club was adapted into a film ...more

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Gus Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni

Age: 45

Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Gustav "Gus" Hansen (born Gustav Jacobsen on 13 February 1974 outside Copenhagen, Denmark) is a professional Danish poker player who has lived in Monaco since 2003. In his poker ...more
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Sandy Stone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Writer

Age: 83

Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey

Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone (born c. 1936) is an American academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is currently Associate Professor and ...more
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Azadeh Moaveni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 43

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California

Azadeh Moaveni (Persian: آزاده معاونى‎, born 1976 in Palo Alto, California) is an Iranian–American journalist and writer.
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Jello Biafra is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Jello Biafra Politician, Musician, Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: USA, Boulder, Colorado

Eric Reed Boucher (born June 17, 1958), better known by his professional name Jello Biafra, is an American singer, musician, and spoken word artist. He is the former lead singer and songwriter ...more

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Kipling Inscore is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Programmer, Electrical engineer

Age: 34

Birthplace: Sacramento, California