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Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 44.9k views983 items

List RulesPeople 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
    Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher,...  more

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    Larry Ellison

    Businessperson, Investor
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    Jesse Jackson

    Politician, Film Producer
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    Dan Savage

    Editor, Commentator

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    Roger Ebert

    Film critic, Journalist
    Roger Joseph Ebert (; June 18, 1942 – April 4, 2013) was an American film critic, historian,...  more

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    Marc Andreessen

    Programmer, Software Engineer
    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur,...  more
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    Arnold Orville Beckman

    Businessperson, Chemist
    Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) was an American chemist, inventor,...  more
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    Donna Mills

    Film Producer, Actor
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    Andy Richter

    Announcer, Comedian
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    Ron Popeil

    Businessperson, Inventor
    Ronald M. Popeil (; born May 3, 1935) is an American inventor and marketing personality, best...  more
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    Arte Johnson

    Comedian, Actor
    Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson (January 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019) was an American comic actor who...  more
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    Nick Holonyak

    Physicist, Inventor
    Nick Holonyak Jr. (born November 3, 1928) is an American engineer and educator. He is noted...  more
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    Red Grange

    American football player
    Harold Edward "Red" Grange (June 13, 1903 – January 28, 1991), nicknamed "The Galloping...  more
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    Mitch Altman

    Inventor, Engineer
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    Stephen Tobolowsky

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter
    Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an American actor. He is known for film roles...  more
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    Wallace Carothers

    Chemist, Inventor
    Wallace Hume Carothers (; April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937) was an American chemist, inventor...  more
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    Ross Freeman

    Inventor
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  • 19

    Scott D. Altman

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot
    Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman (born August 15, 1959) is a retired United States Navy Captain,...  more
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    George Halas

    American Football coach, Businessperson
    George Stanley Halas Sr. (; February 2, 1895 – October 31, 1983), nicknamed "Papa Bear" and...  more

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    Max Levchin

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
    Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchin (Ukrainian: Максиміліан Рафаїлович Левчин; born July 11,...  more
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    Steven Ray Nagel (October 27, 1946 – August 21, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut,...  more
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    Dick Butkus

    Actor, American football player
    Richard Marvin Butkus (born December 9, 1942) is an American former football player, sports...  more

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    Jerry Orbach

    Actor, Singer
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    Dale Gardner

    Seaman, Astronaut
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