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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Iowa and be of some renown.

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

Ashton Kutcher and Gene Wilder are included on this list along with many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Iowa?” and “Which celebrities are University of Iowa alumni?”
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Ashton Kutcher is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Entrepreneur

Age: 41

Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and entrepreneur. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom That '70s Show ...more

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)

Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States, + more

Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, ...more

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Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 41 (1938-1979)

Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States of America

Jean Dorothy Seberg (; French: [ʒɑ̃ seˈbɛʁg]; November 13, 1938 – August 30, 1979) was an American actress who lived half her life in France. Her performance in Jean-Luc Godard's 1960 film ...more

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Tom Arnold is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Ottumwa, Iowa, USA

Thomas Duane Arnold (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in several films, including Nine Months (1995), The Stupids (1996), McHale's Navy (1997), Animal ...more

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Patricia Barber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in the Creative Arts – Music ...more

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Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 66

Birthplace: Ohio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner ...more

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Harry F. Olson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 81 (1901-1982)

Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Harry Ferdinand Olson (December 28, 1901 – April 1, 1982) was a prominent engineer at RCA Victor and a pioneer in the field of 20th century acoustical engineering.
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George Nissen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)

Birthplace: Blairstown, Iowa

George Peter Nissen (February 3, 1914 – April 7, 2010) was an American gymnast and inventor who developed the modern trampoline and made trampolining a worldwide sport and recreation.
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Diablo Cody is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Stripper, Journalist, Memoirist

Age: 40

Birthplace: USA, Lemont, Illinois

Brook Busey-Maurio (born June 14, 1978), better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American writer and producer. She first became known for her candid memoir, Candy Girl: A Year in the ...more

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Author

Age: 85

Birthplace: USA, Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer, singer-songwriter and author. Wilder began his ...more

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Flannery O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Author, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 39 (1925-1964)

Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia

Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short story writer and essayist. She wrote two novels and thirty-two short stories, as well as a number of ...more
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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Wrestler, Television producer, Actor

Age: Died at 77 (1935-2012)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Alexander George Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012) was an American football player, professional wrestler, sportscaster, and actor. He was a four-time Pro Bowl player with the Detroit ...more

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David Milch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America

David Sanford Milch (born March 23, 1945) is an American writer and producer of television series. He has created several television shows, including NYPD Blue (co-created with Steven Bochco) ...more
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Greg Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 63 (1933-1996)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Francis Gregory Alan Morris (September 27, 1933 – August 27, 1996) was an American actor. He was best known for portraying Barney Collier on Mission: Impossible and Lt. David Nelson on Vega$.

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Paul Lisicky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 59

Paul Lisicky (born July 9, 1959) is an American novelist and memoirist. He is an associate professor in the MFA Program at Rutgers University-Camden, and the author of several books.
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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa

David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now a writer in the military ...more
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Don DeFore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1913-1993)

Birthplace: USA, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Donald John DeFore (August 25, 1913 – December 22, 1993) was an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet from 1952 to 1957 and the sitcom ...more
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Robert Ferro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 47 (1941-1988)

Birthplace: Cranford, New Jersey

Robert Ferro (October 21, 1941 – July 11, 1988) was an American novelist whose semi-autobiographical fiction explored the uneasy integration of homosexuality and traditional American upper ...more
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Haki R. Madhubuti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee on February 23, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States) is an African-American author, educator, and poet, as well as a publisher and operator of ...more
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Macdonald Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 81 (1913-1994)

Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa, USA

Edward Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913 – March 21, 1994) was an American actor, best known for his role as the patriarch Dr. Tom Horton on NBC's soap opera Days of Our Lives. For almost three ...more
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Vilhjalmur Stefansson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni

Age: Dec. at 83 (1879-1962)

Birthplace: Gimli, Canada

Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Icelandic: Vilhjálmur Stefánsson) (November 3, 1879 – August 26, 1962) was an Icelandic American Arctic explorer and ethnologist. He was born in Manitoba
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Richard McCann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Writer

Age: 70

Birthplace: Maryland

Richard McCann is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He lives in Washington, D.C., where he is a longtime professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at American University. A gay ...more
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Meredith L. Patterson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Researcher, Author

Age: 41

Meredith L. Patterson (born April 30, 1977) is an American technologist, science fiction writer, and journalist. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is ...more
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Mark Strand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Essayist

Age: 84

Birthplace: Summerside, Canada

Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in ...more
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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an Iranian-American scholar of religious studies, writer, and television host. He has written three books on ...more