Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni

List Rules
People on this list must have gone to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and be of some renown.

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

Deron Williams and Gene Hackman are included in this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign?” and “Which celebrities are University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign alumni?”
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  • Hugh Hefner
    Editor, Publisher, Businessperson
    • Age: Dec. at 91 (1926-2017)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Larry Ellison
    Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Jesse Jackson
    Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion
    • Age: 80
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
  • Dan Savage
    Editor, Commentator, Theatre Director
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Roger Ebert
    Film critic, Journalist, Television producer
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1942-2013)
    • Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois, United States of America
  • Marc Andreessen
    Programmer, Software Engineer, Investor
    • Age: 51
    • Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa
  • Arnold Orville Beckman
    Businessperson, Chemist, Inventor
    • Age: Dec. at 104 (1900-2004)
    • Birthplace: Cullom, Illinois
  • Donna Mills
    Film Producer, Actor
    • Age: 81
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
  • Andy Richter
    Announcer, Comedian, Television producer
    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Grand Rapids
  • Ron Popeil
    Businessperson, Inventor
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Arte Johnson
    Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Age: Dec. at 90 (1929-2019)
    • Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
  • Nick Holonyak
    Physicist, Inventor
    • Age: 93
    • Birthplace: Zeigler, Illinois
  • Red Grange
    American football player
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1903-1991)
    • Birthplace: Forksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • Mitch Altman
    Inventor, Engineer
    • Age: 65
  • Stephen Tobolowsky
    Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Dallas
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1913-1998)
    • Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri
  • Wallace Carothers
    Chemist, Inventor, Scientist
    • Age: Dec. at 41 (1896-1937)
    • Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa
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    • Scott D. Altman
      Astronaut, Fighter pilot
      • Age: 63
      • Birthplace: Lincoln, Illinois
    • George Halas
      American Football coach, Businessperson, Baseball player
      • Age: Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Max Levchin
      Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist
      • Age: 47
      • Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine
      • Age: Dec. at 67 (1946-2014)
      • Birthplace: Canton, Illinois
    • Dick Butkus
      Actor, American football player
      • Age: 79
      • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Jerry Orbach
      Actor, Singer
      • Age: Dec. at 69 (1935-2004)
      • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Dale Gardner
      Seaman, Astronaut
      • Age: Dec. at 65 (1948-2014)
      • Birthplace: Fairmont, Minnesota