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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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Hugh Hefner Editor, Publisher, Businessperson Hugh Marston Hefner is an American adult magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native is a former journalist for Esquire and World War II veteran but ...more

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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Larry Ellison Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company ...more

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Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Jesse Jackson Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist and Baptist minister. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1984 and 1988 and served as a shadow U.S. ...more

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Dan Savage is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dan Savage Editor, Commentator, Theatre Director Daniel Keenan "Dan" Savage is an American gay activist, author, media pundit, and journalist. Savage writes the internationally syndicated relationship and sex advice column Savage ...more

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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Roger Ebert Film critic, Journalist, Television producer Roger Joseph Ebert was an American film critic, journalist, and screenwriter. He was a film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1967 until his death in 2013. In 1975, Ebert was the first film ...more

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Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Marc Andreessen Programmer, Software Engineer, Investor Marc Lowell Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, investor, and software engineer. He is best known as coauthor of Mosaic, the first widely used Web browser; as cofounder of Netscape ...more

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Arnold Orville Beckman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Arnold Orville Beckman Businessperson, Chemist, Inventor Arnold Orville Beckman was an American chemist, inventor, investor, and philanthropist. While a professor at Caltech, he founded Beckman Instruments based on his 1934 invention of the pH meter, ...more

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Dianne Chandler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dianne Chandler Nude Glamour Model Dianne Chandler is an American model who served as both a Playboy Playmate of the Month and as a Playboy Bunny. She was Miss September 1966; her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar.

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Donna Mills is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Donna Mills Film Producer, Actor Donna Mills is an American actress and producer. She began her television career in 1966 with a recurring role on The Secret Storm, and in the same year appeared on Broadway in the Woody Allen ...more

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Andy Richter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Andy Richter Announcer, Comedian, Television producer Paul Andrew "Andy" Richter is an American actor, writer, comedian, and late night talk show announcer. He is best known for his role as the sidekick of Conan O'Brien on each of the ...more

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Ron Popeil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Ron Popeil Businessperson, Inventor Ronald M. "Ron" Popeil is an American inventor and marketing personality, best known for his direct response marketing company Ronco. He is well known for his appearances in ...more

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Arte Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Arte Johnson Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Arthur Stanton Eric "Arte" Johnson is an American comic actor who was a regular on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. His best-remembered character was that of a German ...more

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Nick Holonyak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Nick Holonyak Physicist, Inventor Nick Holonyak, Jr. is an American engineer and educator. He is noted particularly for his 1962 invention of a light-emitting diode that emitted visible red light instead of infrared light; ...more

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Red Grange is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Red Grange American football player Harold Edward "Red" Grange, nicknamed "The Galloping Ghost", was a college and professional American football halfback for the University of Illinois, the Chicago Bears, and ...more

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Mitch Altman is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Mitch Altman Inventor, Engineer Mitch Altman is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known for inventing TV-B-Gone, as featured speaker at hacker conferences, as international expert on the hackerspace movement, and ...more

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Stephen Tobolowsky is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Stephen Tobolowsky Theatre Director, Screenwriter, Actor Stephen Harold Tobolowsky is an American actor, author and musician. He played annoying insurance salesman Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day, as well as such television characters as Commissioner ...more

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Melville W. Beardsley is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Melville W. Beardsley Inventor Melville Whitnel Beardsley was the American inventor and aeronautical engineer whose pioneering efforts may have contributed to the invention of the Hovercraft. Melville Beardsley was born in ...more

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Wallace Carothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Wallace Carothers Chemist, Inventor, Scientist Wallace Hume Carothers was an American chemist, inventor and the leader of organic chemistry at DuPont, credited with the invention of nylon. Carothers was a group leader at the DuPont ...more

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Gloria Root is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Gloria Root Nude Glamour Model Gloria Root was Playboy magazine's Playmate of the Month for the December 1969 issue. Her centerfold was photographed by Pompeo Posar.

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Ross Freeman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Ross Freeman Inventor Ross Freeman was an American electrical engineer and inventor, and co-founder of the leading FPGA developer Xilinx.

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Scott D. Altman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Scott D. Altman Astronaut, Fighter pilot Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman is a United States Navy Captain test pilot and former NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. His fourth mission on STS-125 was ...more

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George Halas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
George Halas American Football coach, Businessperson, Baseball player George Stanley Halas, Sr., nicknamed "Papa Bear" and "Mr. Everything", was a player, coach, owner and pioneer in professional American football. He was the iconic founder and ...more

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Max Levchin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Max Levchin Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchyn is a Ukrainian-born American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur. He is the former chief technology officer of PayPal, which he ...more

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Steven R. Nagel is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Steven R. Nagel Astronaut Steven Ray Nagel, was an American astronaut, aeronautical and mechanical engineer, test pilot and a United States Air Force pilot.

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Dick Butkus is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dick Butkus Actor, American football player Richard Marvin "Dick" Butkus is a former American football linebacker who played for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted in 1965 and he is also widely ...more

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Jerry Orbach is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Jerry Orbach Actor, Singer Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach was an American actor and singer, described at his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on ...more

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Dale Gardner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dale Gardner Seaman, Astronaut Dale Allan Gardner was a NASA astronaut who flew two Space Shuttle missions during the early 1980s.

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Suze Orman is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Suze Orman Businessperson, Television producer, Financial adviser Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked ...more

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Steven Best is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Steven Best Philosopher Steven Best is an American animal rights advocate, author, and associate professor of philosophy at the University of Texas at El Paso. A writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education described ...more

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Robert Novak is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Robert Novak Commentator, Journalist, Author Robert David Sanders "Bob" Novak was an American syndicated columnist, journalist, television personality, author, and conservative political commentator. After working for two ...more

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Lew Allen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Lew Allen Lew Allen, Jr. was a United States Air Force four-star General who served as the tenth Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force. As the Chief-of-Staff, Allen served as the senior uniformed Air Force ...more

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Lynne Thigpen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Lynne Thigpen Actor, Voice acting, Teacher Cherlynne Theresa "Lynne" Thigpen was an American actress, best known for her role as "The Chief" in the various Carmen Sandiego television series from 1991-1997.

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Henry Jones is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Henry Jones American football player Henry Louis Jones is a former American football Safety in the National Football League. He played for the Buffalo Bills, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Atlanta Falcons.

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Amo Bessone is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Amo Bessone Amos "Betts" Bessone was a collegiate ice hockey player and head coach. Bessone was born in Sagamore, Massachusetts, on Cape Cod, and raised in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he ...more

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Gene Hackman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Gene Hackman Novelist, Film Producer, Author Eugene "Gene" Allen Hackman is an American actor and novelist. In a career spanning five decades, Hackman has been nominated for five Academy Awards, winning two, including best actor ...more

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Jack Welch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Jack Welch Businessperson, Manager, Author John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. is a retired American business executive, author and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his ...more

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Barbara Bain is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Barbara Bain Model, Actor, Dancer Barbara Bain is an American film and television actress.

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Robert L. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Robert L. Johnson Businessperson, Entrepreneur Robert L. Johnson is an American businessman and the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET). He is currently the chairman of RLJ Development which he is also founder and majority-owner ...more

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Ann Weldy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Ann Weldy Novelist, Writer Ann Bannon is an American author who, from 1957 to 1962, wrote six lesbian pulp fiction novels known as The Beebo Brinker Chronicles. The books' enduring popularity and impact on lesbian ...more

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Jon Corzine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Jon Corzine Politician, Business Jon Stevens Corzine is an American financial executive and politician. A Democrat, he was a United States Senator from New Jersey from 2001 to 2006 and was the 54th Governor of New Jersey from ...more

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Allan Sandage is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Allan Sandage Scientist, Astronomer Allan Rex Sandage was an American astronomer. He was Staff Member Emeritus with the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, California. He determined the first reasonably accurate values for the ...more

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David A. Johnston is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
David A. Johnston David Alexander Johnston was an American USGS volcanologist who died during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. A principal scientist on the monitoring team, Johnston perished ...more

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Stuart M. Kaminsky is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Stuart M. Kaminsky Novelist, Author, Writer Stuart M. Kaminsky was an American mystery writer and film professor. He is known for three long-running series of mystery novels featuring the protagonists Toby Peters, a private detective in ...more

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Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Gautam Radhakrishna Desiraju Chemist Gautam Desiraju has played a major role in the development of crystal engineering for nearly three decades. He, among others, has been responsible in recent times for the acceptance of the theme ...more

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Iris Chang is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Iris Chang Journalist, Historian, Author Iris Chang is a writer.

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Greg Lewis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Greg Lewis American football player Gregory Alan "Greg" Lewis, Jr. is an American football coach for the New Orleans Saints and former wide receiver. After playing college football for Illinois, he was signed by the ...more

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Bill Geist is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Bill Geist Journalist, Writer William "Bill" Geist is an American author, columnist, and television journalist.

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Dave Winters is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dave Winters Farmer Dave Winters is a former Illinois State Representative for the 68th district, serving from 1995 to 2012.

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Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Temple Grandin Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist Mary Temple Grandin is an American professor of animal science at Colorado State University, a best-selling author, an autistic activist, and a consultant to the livestock industry on animal ...more

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Dirk Meyer is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
Dirk Meyer Businessperson Dirk Meyer is president and chief operating officer of AMD. In this role, he shares leadership and management of AMD with Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board Hector Ruiz. Meyer ...more