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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 Rebecca Alie Romijn is an American actress and former fashion model. She is best known for her role as Mystique in the X-Men films and Joan from The Punisher, both from Marvel Comics. She also ...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 Susannah "Susie" Bright is an American feminist, author, journalist, critic, editor, publisher, producer, and performer, often on the subject of sexual politics and sexuality. She is ...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 Miranda Jennifer July is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, author and artist. Her body of work includes film, fiction, monologue, digital media presentations, and live performance ...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 David A. J. "Andy" Samberg is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He is a member of the comedy group The Lonely Island and was a cast member on Saturday Night Live, ...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 Bradley James Nowell was an American musician who served as the founder, lead singer, and guitarist of the band Sublime. He died at the age of 28 from a heroin overdose shortly before the ...more

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Antony Hegarty is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Antony Hegarty, often referred to simply as Antony, is an English singer, composer, and visual artist, best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Antony was born in the ...more

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Susan Wojcicki is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Businessperson 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 Maya Khabira Rudolph is an American actress and comedian. She rose to prominence on the NBC television show Saturday Night Live, where she was a cast member from 2000 to 2007. She has also ...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 Huey Percy Newton was an African-American political activist and revolutionary, who along with Bobby Seale, co-founded the Black Panther Party in 1966. Newton had a long series of confrontations ...more

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Steven Hawley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Astronaut Steven Alan Hawley 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 at the University of

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Gloria E. Anzaldúa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Poet, Scholar, Author Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. She loosely based her best-known book, Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza, on ...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 Gloria Jean Watkins, better known by her pen name Bell Hooks, is an American author, feminist and social activist. Watkins derived the name "bell hooks" from that of her maternal ...more

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Geoffrey Marcy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Professor, Astronomer Geoffrey W. Marcy is an American astronomer, who is currently Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley, famous for discovering more extrasolar planets than anyone else, ...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 Matthew Gray Gubler is an American actor, director, fashion model, painter and filmmaker. He is best known for his role as criminal profiler Dr. Spencer Reid in the CBS television show Criminal ...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 Chris Tashima is a Japanese American actor and director. He is co-founder of the entertainment company Cedar Grove Productions and Artistic Director of its Asian American theatre company, Cedar ...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 Gillian Welch is an American singer-songwriter. She performs with her musical partner, guitarist David Rawlings. Their sparse and dark musical style, which combines elements of Appalachian ...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 Camryn Manheim 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 and as Elvis's mother, Gladys Presley in ...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 Victor Davis Hanson is an American military historian, columnist, former classics professor, and scholar of ancient warfare. He has been a commentator on modern warfare and contemporary politics ...more

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Tod R. Lauer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Astronomer Tod R. Lauer 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 Camera team, ...more

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Amy Tan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Novelist, Writer Amy Tan is an American writer whose works explore mother-daughter relationships and the Chinese-American experience. Her best-known work is The Joy Luck Club, which has been translated into 35 ...more

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Gus Hansen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Gustav "Gus" Hansen is a professional Danish poker player who lives in Monaco. In his poker career, Hansen has won three World Poker Tour open titles, the 2007 Aussie Millions main ...more

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Sandy Stone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Writer Allucquére Rosanne "Sandy" Stone is an American academic theorist, media theorist, author, and performance artist. She is currently Associate Professor and Founding Director of ...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 Azadeh Moaveni 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
Politician, Musician, Actor Jello Biafra is the former lead singer and songwriter for San Francisco punk rock band Dead Kennedys, and is currently a musician and spoken word artist. After he left the Dead Kennedys, he took ...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

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Jim Kent is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Programmer, Bioinformatician, Scientist William James (Jim) Kent (born February 10, 1960) is an American research scientist and computer programmer. He has been a contributor to genome database projects and the 2003 winner of the ...more

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Kathryn D. Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Astronaut, Geologist Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan is an American geologist and a former NASA astronaut. A crew member on three Space Shuttle missions, she is the first American woman to walk in space. She was confirmed by ...more

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Jayne Ann Krentz is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Jayne Ann Krentz, née Jayne Castle, is an American writer of romance novels. Krentz is the author of a string of New York Times bestsellers under seven different pseudonyms. Now, she only ...more

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John Peterson is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Lecturer John Peterson is academic staff in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric at Stanford University.

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Marti Noxon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Martha Mills "Marti" Noxon is an American television and film writer first known for writing and producing Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Gershom Gorenberg is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Journalist, Historian Gershom Gorenberg is an American-born Israeli historian, journalist and blogger, specializing in Middle Eastern politics and the interaction of religion and politics. He is currently a senior ...more

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Richard Bandler is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Author, Writer, Motivational speaker Richard Wayne Bandler is an American author and trainer in the field of self-help. He is best known as the co-creator of Neuro-linguistic programming, a methodology to understand and change ...more

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Kent Nagano is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Conductor, Music Director Kent George Nagano is an American conductor and opera administrator. He is currently the music director of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and the Bavarian State Opera.

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Lawrence Weschler is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Lawrence Weschler is an author of works of creative nonfiction. A graduate of Cowell College of the University of California, Santa Cruz, Weschler was for over twenty years a staff writer at The ...more

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Norman Packard is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Physicist Norman Harry Packard is a chaos theory physicist and one of the founders of the Prediction Company and ProtoLife. He is an alumnus of Reed College and the University of California, Santa Cruz. ...more

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Jesse Reklaw is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Cartoonist Jesse Reklaw is an American cartoonist and painter, author of the syndicated dream-based comic strip Slow Wave.

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Brenda Shaughnessy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Editor, Poet, Professor Brenda Shaughnessy is an American poet.

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John Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Politician John Taylor Doolittle, American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1991 to 2009, representing California's 4th congressional district. In the ...more

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Brandon Bird is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Artist Brandon Bird is an artist. He was born in 1980 in Carmichael, California, a suburb of Sacramento. He attended University of California, Santa Cruz and was an artist-in-residence from 2004-2006 ...more

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Robert Dilts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Robert Dilts Author, Writer, Motivational speaker Robert Dilts has been a developer, author, trainer and consultant in the field of neuro-linguistic programming since its creation in 1975 by John Grinder and Richard Bandler. Dilts has made many ...more

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Cary Fukunaga is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Cary Joji Fukunaga is an American film director, writer, and cinematographer. He is best known for writing and directing the 2009 film Sin Nombre, directing the 2011 film Jane Eyre, and for ...more

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Ron Gonzales is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Politician Ronald R. Gonzales is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party, who served as the 63rd Mayor of San Jose, California. Gonzales was the first Hispanic Mayor of San Jose since ...more

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Ally Walker is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Allene Damian "Ally" Walker is an American actress, producer, director and screenwriter. Walker is best known for her roles as Doctor Samantha Waters on the NBC crime drama series ...more

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Thomas Bass is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Journalist, Professor Thomas Alden Bass is an American writer and professor in literature and history.

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Aaron Lanes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Aaron Lanes

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Joseph DeRisi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Molecular Biologist Joseph DeRisi is an American biochemist, specializing in molecular biology, parasitology, genomics, virology, and computational biology.

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Aaron Peskin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Politician Aaron Peskin is a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. He was first elected to the Board in 2000, and was re-elected in 2004. In January 2005, his colleagues elected him ...more

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Steve Bearman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Counselor, Counseling Teacher, Social Psychologist

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Will Bagley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Historian, Writer Will Bagley is a historian specializing in the history of the Western United States and the American Old West. Bagley has written about the fur trade, overland emigration, American Indians, ...more

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Dana Priest is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of California, Santa Cruz Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Dana Louise Priest is an American academic, journalist and writer. She became the third John S. and James L. Knight Chair in Public Affairs Journalism at the University of Maryland's Philip ...more