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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.

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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 James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

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Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., known by his stage name Lil Wayne, is an American rapper, songwriter, and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1991, at the age of nine, Lil Wayne joined Cash ...more

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Dennis Quaid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Television producer, Musician, Actor Dennis William Quaid is an American actor known for his comedic and dramatic roles. First gaining widespread attention in the 1980s, his career rebounded in the 1990s after he overcame an ...more

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Tom DeLay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Entrepreneur Thomas Dale "Tom" DeLay is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Texas's 22nd congressional district from 1985 until 2006. He was Republican Party ...more

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Randy Quaid is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Musician, Film Producer, Actor Randall Rudy "Randy" Quaid is an American actor nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for his role in The Last Detail. Quaid also won a Golden Globe ...more

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Jim Parsons is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor, Voice acting James Joseph "Jim" Parsons is an American actor. He is best known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory, with his performance often cited as a significant ...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 Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. ...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 Percy Robert Miller known by his stage name Master P or his business name P. Miller, is an American rapper, actor, entrepreneur, investor, author, filmmaker, record producer, philanthropist. He ...more

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William Frederick Fisher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Physician William Frederick Fisher is an American physician and a former NASA astronaut.

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David Cobb is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Social activist, Lawyer David Keith Cobb is an American activist. In 2004 he was the standard bearer for the Green Party of the United States as its 2004 presidential candidate.

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Paul Wall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Rapper, Promoter, Disc jockey Paul Michael Slayton, better known by his stage name Paul Wall, is an American rapper. He is currently affiliated with Swishahouse Records, having released several albums under the label as well ...more

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Bonnie J. Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar is a former NASA astronaut. She retired from NASA in September 2005. She then served as president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010. Dr. Dunbar now leads the ...more

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Kimberly Holland is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Nude Glamour Model

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Akihiko Hoshide is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Akihiko Hoshide is a Japanese engineer and a 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) 15 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Actor Brent Jay Spiner is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of the android Lieutenant Commander Data in the television series Star Trek: The Next Generation and four subsequent films. ...more

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Elizabeth Warren is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Professor, Author Elizabeth Ann Warren is an American academic and politician who is the senior United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. She was previously a Harvard Law ...more

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Johnny Chan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Businessperson, Professional Poker Player, Actor Johnny Chan is a Chinese-born American professional poker player. He has won 10 World Series of Poker bracelets, including the 1987 and 1988 World Series of Poker main events consecutively.

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Meredith L. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Researcher, Author Meredith L. Patterson is an American technologist, science fiction writer, and journalist. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is also a blogger and ...more

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Chamillionaire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Songwriter, Rapper Hakeem Seriki, better known by his stage name Chamillionaire, is an American rapper and entrepreneur from Houston, Texas. He is the CEO of Chamillitary Entertainment. Chamillionaire was also the ...more

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Matt Mullenweg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Entrepreneur Matthew Charles "Matt" Mullenweg is an American online social media entrepreneur, web developer and musician living in San Francisco, California. He is best known for developing the ...more

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Jack Valenti is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician, Lobbyist Jack Joseph Valenti was a longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America. During his 38-year tenure in the MPAA, he created the MPAA film rating system, and he was generally ...more

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Aafia Siddiqui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Scientist, Neuroscientist Aafia Siddiqui is a Pakistani who studied neuroscience in the United States. She immigrated to the US in 1990 and obtained a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 2001. In early 2003, during the ...more

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C. Anthony Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Philosopher Curtis Anthony Anderson is a contemporary American philosopher, presently Professor of Philosophy at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He earned his Ph.D. in philosophy from ...more

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Loretta Devine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer Loretta Devine 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 Webber on the Shonda ...more

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Larry Hovis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Larry Hovis 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) 26 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Record producer, Musician, Actor Leila Bela is an Iranian-born American avant-garde musician, writer, photographer, actress, multi-instrumentalist, playwright and record producer from Austin, Texas.

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Larry Gatlin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Actor Larry Wayne Gatlin is an American country music singer/songwriter. He is perhaps best known for teaming up with his brothers Steve and Rudy in the late 1970s, becoming one of country music's ...more

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Robert Wuhl is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Robert Wuhl is an American actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series Arliss.

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Hal Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Evangelist, Author, Writer Harold Lee "Hal" Lindsey is an American evangelist and Christian writer. He is a Christian Zionist and dispensationalist author. He currently resides in Texas.

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Larry Blyden is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Game Show Host, Actor Larry Blyden was an American actor, stage producer and director and game show host. He made his Broadway stage debut in 1948 and went on to appear in numerous productions on and off Broadway. In ...more

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Pauline Oliveros is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Accordionist, Composer Pauline Oliveros is an American composer and accordionist who is a central figure in the development of experimental and post-war electronic art music. She was a founding member of the San ...more

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Cindy Pickett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Actor Cindy Pickett is an American actress. She is known for her 1970s role as Jackie Marler-Spaulding on the CBS soap Guiding Light; her role as Dr. Carol Novino on the television drama St. Elsewhere ...more

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Andrea Yates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Andrea Pia Kennedy Yates is a former resident of Houston, Texas, who confessed to drowning her five children in their bathtub on June 20, 2001. She had been suffering for some time with very ...more

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Rex J. Walheim is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Flight engineer, Military Officer, Astronaut Rex Joseph Walheim is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He has flown three space shuttle missions, STS-110, STS-122, and STS-135. Rex has logged over 566 hours in space, ...more

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Bernard A. Harris, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Businessperson, Astronaut, Physician Bernard Anthony Harris, Jr. is a former NASA astronaut. On February 9, 1995, Harris became the first African American to perform an extra-vehicular activity, during the second of his two Space ...more

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John D. Olivas is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer John Daniel "Danny" Olivas is an American engineer of Mexican descent and a former NASA astronaut. Olivas has flown on two space shuttle missions, STS-117 and STS-128. He performed ...more

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Hakeem Olajuwon is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Basketball player Hakeem Abdul Olajuwon, formerly known as Akeem Olajuwon, is a retired Nigerian-American professional basketball player. From 1984 to 2002, he played the center position in the National ...more

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Jim Nantz is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Commentator, Actor, Sports commentator James William "Jim" Nantz, III is an American sportscaster who has worked on telecasts of the National Football League, National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I men's ...more

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Julian Schnabel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Artist, Film Director Julian Schnabel is an American artist and filmmaker. In the 1980s, Schnabel received international media attention for his "plate paintings"—large-scale paintings set on broken ceramic ...more

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Eni Faleomavaega is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Politician Eni Fa'aua'a Hunkin Faleomavaega, Jr. is a former non-voting Delegate to the United States House of Representatives from American Samoa's At-large congressional district.

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Jeff Burns is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Jeff Burns Professional golfer

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Peter Hoyt Brown is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Architect, Urban planner Peter Hoyt Brown is a politician who held office as an at-large Council Member in the city of Houston, Texas. Known locally as "Peter Brown," he was a candidate for the 2009 Houston ...more

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Ted Poe is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Judge, Politician Lloyd "Ted" Poe is a Republican politician currently representing Texas's 2nd congressional district in the United States House of Representatives. The district includes many eastern ...more

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Tom Landry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
American Football coach, Coach, American football player Thomas Wade "Tom" Landry was an American football player and coach. He is ranked as one of the greatest and most innovative coaches in National Football League history, creating many ...more

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Alice Sebold is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Alice Sebold is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky, The Lovely Bones, and The Almost Moon.

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Shannon Miller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Gymnast Shannon Lee Miller is a former artistic gymnast from Edmond, Oklahoma. She was the 1993 and 1994 World All-Around Champion, the 1996 Olympics balance beam gold medalist, the 1995 Pan Am Games ...more

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Stanford Routt is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
American football player Stanford Bermond Routt is an American football cornerback who recently played for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. After playing college football for Houston, he was drafted ...more

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Kenneth Lay is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Businessperson Kenneth Lee "Ken" Lay was an American businessman. He played a leading role in the corruption scandal that led to the downfall of Enron Corporation. Lay and Enron became synonymous ...more

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Adrees Latif is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Photojournalist Adrees Latif is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist.

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Aylwin B. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Houston Alumni
Businessperson Aylwin B. Lewis is a businessman. He is formerly the interim Chief Executive Officer and President of Sears Holdings Corporation and currently the Chairman, CEO and President of Potbelly ...more