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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
Editor, Publisher, Businessperson
Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher, businessman, and a well-known playboy. This Chicago, Illinois native was a former journalist for ...more
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Larry Ellison is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
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
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
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 column Savage Love. In 2010, ...more
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Roger Ebert is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
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. In 1975, Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize ...more
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Marc Andreessen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
Arthur Stanton Eric "Arte" Johnson (January 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019) was an American comic actor who was a regular on television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. His best-remembered ...more
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Nick Holonyak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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