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Famous University Of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 44.3k 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 Hefner1

    Hugh Hefner

    Editor, Publisher

    Age94

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

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  • Larry Ellison2

    Larry Ellison

    Businessperson, Investor

    Age76

    BirthplaceLower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Lawrence Joseph Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and...  more

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  • Jesse Jackson3

    Jesse Jackson

    Politician, Film Producer

    Age79

    BirthplaceGreenville, South Carolina, United States of America

    Jesse Louis Jackson Sr. (né Burns; born October 8, 1941) is an American civil rights activist,...  more

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  • Dan Savage4

    Dan Savage

    Editor, Commentator

    Age55

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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  • Roger Ebert5

    Roger Ebert

    Film critic, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 71 (1942-2013)

    BirthplaceUSA, Urbana, Illinois

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

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  • Marc Andreessen6

    Marc Andreessen

    Programmer, Software Engineer

    Age49

    BirthplaceCedar Falls, Iowa

    Marc Lowell Andreessen ( ann-DREE-sən; born July 9, 1971) is an American entrepreneur,...  more
  • Arnold Orville Beckman7

    Arnold Orville Beckman

    Businessperson, Chemist

    AgeDec. at 104 (1900-2004)

    BirthplaceCullom, Illinois

    Arnold Orville Beckman (April 10, 1900 – May 18, 2004) was an American chemist, inventor,...  more
  • Donna Mills8

    Donna Mills

    Film Producer, Actor

    Age79

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

    Donna Jean Miller, better known as Donna Mills (born December 11, 1940), is an American...  more

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  • Andy Richter9

    Andy Richter

    Announcer, Comedian

    Age53

    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

    Paul Andrew Richter (born October 28, 1966) is an American actor, voice actor, writer,...  more

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  • Ron Popeil10

    Ron Popeil

    Businessperson, Inventor

    Age85

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Ronald M. Popeil (; born May 3, 1935) is an American inventor and marketing personality, best...  more
  • Arte Johnson11

    Arte Johnson

    Comedian, Actor

    Age91

    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Benton Harbor

    Arthur Stanton Eric Johnson (January 20, 1929 – July 3, 2019) was an American comic actor who...  more
  • Nick Holonyak12

    Nick Holonyak

    Physicist, Inventor

    Age91

    BirthplaceZeigler, Illinois

    Nick Holonyak Jr. (born November 3, 1928) is an American engineer and educator. He is noted...  more
  • Red Grange13

    Red Grange

    American football player

    AgeDied at 88 (1903-1991)

    BirthplaceForksville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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  • Mitch Altman14

    Mitch Altman

    Inventor, Engineer

    Age63

    Mitch Altman (born December 22, 1956) is a San Francisco-based hacker and inventor, best known...  more
  • Stephen Tobolowsky15

    Stephen Tobolowsky

    Theatre Director, Screenwriter

    Age69

    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Dallas

    Stephen Harold Tobolowsky (born May 30, 1951) is an American actor. He is known for film roles...  more
  • 16

    AgeDec. at 85 (1913-1998)

    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri

    Melville Whitnel Beardsley (10 October 1913 in Kansas City, Missouri – 26 November 1998 in...  more
  • Wallace Carothers17

    Wallace Carothers

    Chemist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 41 (1896-1937)

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa

    Wallace Hume Carothers (; April 27, 1896 – April 29, 1937) was an American chemist, inventor...  more
  • 18

    Ross Freeman

    Inventor
    Ross Freeman (July 26, 1948 – October 22, 1989), was an American electrical engineer and...  more
  • Scott D. Altman19

    Scott D. Altman

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot

    Age61

    BirthplaceLincoln, Illinois

    Scott Douglas "Scooter" Altman (born August 15, 1959) is a retired United States Navy Captain,...  more
  • George Halas20

    George Halas

    American Football coach, Businessperson

    AgeDied at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • Max Levchin21

    Max Levchin

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age45

    BirthplaceKiev, Ukrainian SSR

    Maksymilian Rafailovych "Max" Levchin (Ukrainian: Максиміліан Рафаїлович Левчин; born July 11,...  more
  • Steven R. Nagel22

    AgeDec. at 68 (1946-2014)

    BirthplaceCanton, Illinois

    Steven Ray Nagel (October 27, 1946 – August 21, 2014), (Col, USAF), was an American astronaut,...  more
  • Dick Butkus23

    Dick Butkus

    Actor, American football player

    Age73

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • Jerry Orbach24

    Jerry Orbach

    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1935-2004)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Jerome Bernard Orbach (October 20, 1935 – December 28, 2004) was an American actor and singer,...  more

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  • Dale Gardner25

    Dale Gardner

    Seaman, Astronaut

    AgeDec. at 66 (1948-2014)

    BirthplaceFairmont, Minnesota

    Dale Allan Gardner (November 8, 1948 – February 19, 2014) was a NASA astronaut who flew two...  more