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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Chicago and be of some renown.

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

Examples of graduates on this list include Misha Collins and Ed Asner.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Chicago?” and “Which celebrities are University of Chicago alumni?”
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Robin Harper is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Robin Harper
In her initial years at Linden Lab, Robin led the emergence of the Second Life brand, including naming, positioning and the other marketing efforts supporting introduction of this life-changing ...more
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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Age: 74

Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

Lawrence Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer (CTO) of ...more

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Harvey Levin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Harvey Robert Levin (born September 2, 1950) is an American television producer, legal analyst, celebrity reporter, and former lawyer. He is the founder of celebrity news website TMZ, and the ...more
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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Film critic, Journalist, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1942-2013)

Birthplace: USA, Urbana, Illinois

Roger Joseph Ebert (; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian, journalist, screenwriter, and author. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until ...more

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David Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Statesman, Businessperson, Banker

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

David Rockefeller (June 12, 1915 – March 20, 2017) was an American banker who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He was the oldest living member of the third ...more

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Harry Morgan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Salesperson, Television director, Actor

Age: Dec. at 96 (1915-2011)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Harry Morgan (born Harry Bratsberg; April 10, 1915 – December 7, 2011) was an American actor and director whose television and film career spanned six decades. Morgan's major roles included Pete ...more

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Will Geer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Actor, Singer, Botanist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1902-1978)

Birthplace: Frankfort, Center Township, Indiana, United States of America

Will Geer (born William Aughe Ghere, March 9, 1902 – April 22, 1978) was an American actor and social activist, who was active in labor organizing and other movements in New York and Southern ...more

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Paul Goodman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 61 (1911-1972)

Birthplace: Manhattan, Greenwich Village, Contiguous United States, New York, 10014, + more

Paul Goodman (September 9, 1911 – August 2, 1972) was an American novelist, playwright, poet, literary critic, and psychotherapist, although now best known as a social critic and anarchist ...more

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Kurt Vonnegut is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: Dec. at 85 (1922-2007)

Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. (; November 11, 1922 – April 11, 2007) was an American writer. In a career spanning over 50 years, Vonnegut published fourteen novels, three short story collections, five ...more

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Ed Asner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 89

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Yitzhak Edward Asner (; born November 15, 1929) is an American actor, voice actor and a former president of the Screen Actors Guild. He is primarily known for his role as Lou Grant during the ...more

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Nicholas Ray is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director

Age: Dec. at 68 (1911-1979)

Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, United States of America

Nicholas Ray (born Raymond Nicholas Kienzle Jr., August 7, 1911 – June 16, 1979) was an American film director best known for the movie Rebel Without a Cause. Ray is also appreciated for a large ...more
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John Dewey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Psychologist, Philosopher

Age: Dec. at 93 (1859-1952)

Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont

John Dewey (; October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer whose ideas have been influential in education and social reform. Dewey is one ...more

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Patricia Roberts Harris ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 61 (1924-1985)

Birthplace: Mattoon, Illinois, United States of America

Patricia Roberts Harris (May 31, 1924 – March 23, 1985) served in the American administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United ...more

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Harvey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 97 (1884-1981)

Birthplace: Provo, Utah

Harvey Fletcher (September 11, 1884 – July 23, 1981) was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound," he is credited with the invention of the 2-A audiometer and ...more
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Carter G. Woodson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Journalist, Historian, Author

Age: Dec. at 75 (1875-1950)

Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia

Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History. He ...more
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Calvin Souther Fuller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 92 (1902-1994)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Calvin Souther Fuller (May 25, 1902 – October 28, 1994) was a physical chemist at AT&T Bell Laboratories where he worked for 37 years from 1930 to 1967. Fuller was part of a team in basic ...more
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Henry Cecil McBay is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: Mexia, Texas

Henry Ransom Cecil McBay (1914–1995) was an African - American chemist and a teacher.
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Robert Weitbrecht is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 63 (1920-1983)

Birthplace: Orange, California

Robert Haig Weitbrecht was an engineer at SRI International and later the spin-off company Weitbrecht Communications who invented a type of a modem (a form of acoustic coupler).
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Lloyd Hall is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Chemist, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1894-1971)

Birthplace: Elgin, Illinois

Lloyd Augustus Hall (June 20, 1894 – January 2, 1971) was an African American chemist, who contributed to the science of food preservation. By the end of his career, Hall had amassed 59 United ...more
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Jeb Stuart Magruder is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni

Age: Dec. at 80 (1934-2014)

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

Jeb Stuart Magruder (November 5, 1934 – May 11, 2014) was an American businessman and high-level political operative in the Republican Party who served time in prison for his role in the ...more
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William Thetford is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni

Age: Dec. at 65 (1923-1988)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

William Thetford (April 25, 1923 – July 4, 1988) was an American psychologist, medical psychologist and professor. He is best known for his collaboration with Helen Schucman in typing the ...more
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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Novelist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)

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

Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in ...more

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Susan Sontag is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Cultural critic, Novelist, Screenwriter

Age: Dec. at 71 (1933-2004)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Susan Sontag (; January 16, 1933 – December 28, 2004) was an American writer, filmmaker, philosopher, teacher, and political activist. She mostly wrote essays, but also published novels; she ...more

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Edwin Hubble is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Physicist, Astronomer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1889-1953)

Birthplace: Marshfield, Missouri

Edwin Powell Hubble (November 20, 1889 – September 28, 1953) was an American astronomer. He played a crucial role in establishing the fields of extragalactic astronomy and observational ...more

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Anna Chlumsky is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Chicago Alumni
Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Anna M. Chlumsky (; born December 3, 1980) is an American actress. She began her career as a child actress, best known playing the lead role of Vada Sultenfuss in My Girl (1991) and its 1994 ...more

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