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Famous University Of Houston Alumni

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

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

Lil Wayne and James Franco are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Houston?” and “Which celebrities are University of Houston alumni?”
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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in 127 Hours (2010), he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor. Franco is known for his ...more

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter

Age: 36

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana

Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. (born September 27, 1982), known professionally as Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, entrepreneur, and actor. His career began in ...more

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Dennis Quaid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Television producer, Musician, Actor

Age: 64

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor known for a wide variety of dramatic and comedic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, some of his notable ...more

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Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Entrepreneur

Age: 71

Birthplace: Laredo, Texas, United States of America

Thomas Dale DeLay (; born April 8, 1947) is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1985 until 2006. He was ...more

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Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Musician, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 68

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Randy Randall Rudy Quaid (born October 1, 1950) is an American film and television actor and Oscar nominee known for his roles in both serious drama and light comedy. He was nominated for a ...more

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Jim Parsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 45

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

James Joseph Parsons (born March 24, 1973) is an American actor and producer. Parsons is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory (2007–2019). He has received ...more

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Carl Lewis is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor, Track and field athlete

Age: 57

Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete who won nine Olympic gold medals, one Olympic silver medal, and 10 World Championships ...more

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Master P is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Basketball player, Record producer, Rapper

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, New Orleans, Louisiana

Percy Robert Miller (born April 29, 1970), also known by his stage name Master P, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, record producer, philanthropist, and former basketball player. He is ...more

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William Frederick Fisher... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Physician

Age: 72

Birthplace: Dallas, Texas

William Frederick Fisher (born April 1, 1946) is an American physician and a former NASA astronaut. Fisher went into space in 1985 on board the Space Shuttle. He retired from NASA in 1992 and ...more
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David Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Social activist, Lawyer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Texas, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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Paul Wall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Rapper, Promoter, Disc jockey

Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Paul Michael Slayton (born March 11, 1981), better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper and occasional actor from Houston, Texas. He has spent much of his career affiliated ...more

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Bonnie J. Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Sunnyside, Washington

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Akihiko Hoshide is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: 50

Birthplace: Setagaya, Japan

Akihiko Hoshide (星出 彰彦, Hoshide Akihiko, born December 28, 1968) is a Japanese engineer and JAXA astronaut. On August 30, 2012, Hoshide became the third Japanese astronaut to walk in space.
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Brent Spiner is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Brent Spiner Comedian, Musician, Actor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Professor, Author

Age: 69

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

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Johnny Chan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Businessperson, Professional Poker Player, Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Guangzhou, China

Johnny Chan (Chinese: 陳金海; born in Guangzhou, China in 1957) is a Chinese-American professional poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, including the 1987 and 1988 World ...more
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Meredith L. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Researcher, Author

Age: 41

Meredith L. Patterson (born April 30, 1977) is an American technologist, science fiction writer, and journalist. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is ...more
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Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper

Age: 39

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Hakeem Seriki (born November 28, 1979), better known by his stage name Chamillionaire (), is an American rapper, entrepreneur, and investor from Houston, Texas. He began his career independently ...more

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Matt Mullenweg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Entrepreneur

Age: 35

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Matthew Charles "Matt" Mullenweg (born January 11, 1984) is an American online social media entrepreneur and web developer living in San Francisco. He is best known for developing the ...more
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Jack Valenti is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1921-2007)

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

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Aafia Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Scientist, Neuroscientist

Age: 46

Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Aafia Siddiqui ( (listen); Urdu: عافیہ صدیقی‎; born 2 March 1972) is a Pakistani neuroscientist with degrees from MIT and Brandeis University, who was convicted of multiple felonies. In 2010, ...more
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C. Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Philosopher

Age: 78

Curtis Anthony Anderson (born May 29, 1940) is a contemporary American philosopher, currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned his Ph.D. in ...more
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Loretta Devine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston

Loretta Devine (born August 21, 1949) is an American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series Boston Public, and for her recurring role as Adele ...more

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Larry Hovis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 67 (1936-2003)

Birthplace: Wapato, Washington, USA

Larry Hovis (February 20, 1936 – September 9, 2003) was an American singer and actor best known for playing Sergeant Carter on the 1960s television sitcom Hogan's Heroes.
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Leila Bela is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Actor

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

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