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Famous University Of Iowa Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Ashton Kutcher1

    Ashton Kutcher

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    Christopher Ashton Kutcher (; born February 7, 1978) is an American actor, producer, and...  more

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  • Tennessee Williams2

    Tennessee Williams

    Screenwriter, Writer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1911-1983)

    BirthplaceColumbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States

    Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name...  more

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  • Jean Seberg3

    AgeDec. at 41 (1938-1979)

    BirthplaceMarshalltown, Iowa, United States of America

    Jean Dorothy Seberg (; French: [ʒɑ̃ seˈbɛʁg]; November 13, 1938 – August 30, 1979) was an...  more

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    #396 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#171 of 186 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Tom Arnold4

    Tom Arnold

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceUSA, Ottumwa, Iowa

    Thomas Duane Arnold (born March 6, 1959) is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in...  more

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  • Patricia Barber5

    Patricia Barber

    Jazz Pianist, Songwriter


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Patricia Barber (born November 8, 1955) is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist,...  more

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  • Michael Cunningham6

    Michael Cunningham

    Novelist, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceOhio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Michael Cunningham (born November 6, 1952) is an American novelist and screenwriter. He is...  more
  • Harry F. Olson7

    Harry F. Olson

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 81 (1901-1982)

    BirthplaceMount Pleasant, Iowa

    Harry Ferdinand Olson (December 28, 1901 – April 1, 1982) was a prominent engineer at RCA...  more
  • George Nissen8

    AgeDec. at 96 (1914-2010)

    BirthplaceBlairstown, Iowa

    George Peter Nissen (February 3, 1914 – April 7, 2010) was an American gymnast and inventor...  more
  • Diablo Cody9

    Diablo Cody

    Stripper, Journalist


    BirthplaceUSA, Lemont, Illinois

    Brook Busey-Maurio (born June 14, 1978), better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an...  more
  • Gene Wilder10

    Gene Wilder

    Comedian, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    Jerome Silberman (June 11, 1933 – August 29, 2016), known professionally as Gene Wilder, was...  more

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  • Flannery O'Connor11

    Flannery O'Connor

    Novelist, Author

    AgeDec. at 39 (1925-1964)

    BirthplaceSavannah, Georgia

    Mary Flannery O'Connor (March 25, 1925 – August 3, 1964) was an American novelist, short story...  more

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  • Alex Karras12

    Alex Karras

    Wrestler, Television producer

    AgeDied at 77 (1935-2012)

    BirthplaceGary, Indiana, United States of America

    Alexander George Karras (July 15, 1935 – October 10, 2012) was an American football player,...  more

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  • 13

    David Milch

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceBuffalo, New York, United States of America

    David Sanford Milch (born March 23, 1945) is an American writer and producer of television...  more
  • Greg Morris14

    AgeDec. at 63 (1933-1996)

    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio, USA

    Francis Gregory Alan Morris (September 27, 1933 – August 27, 1996) was an American actor. He...  more
  • Paul Lisicky15

    Paul Lisicky

    Novelist, Writer


    Paul Lisicky (born July 9, 1959) is an American novelist and memoirist. He is an associate...  more
  • David Drake16

    David Drake

    Novelist, Writer


    BirthplaceDubuque, Iowa

    David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy...  more
  • Don DeFore17

    AgeDec. at 80 (1913-1993)

    BirthplaceCedar Rapids, Iowa, United States of America

    Donald John DeFore (August 25, 1913 – December 22, 1993) was an American actor. He is best...  more
  • Robert Ferro18

    Robert Ferro

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 47 (1941-1988)

    BirthplaceCranford, New Jersey

    Robert Ferro (October 21, 1941 – July 11, 1988) was an American novelist whose...  more
  • Haki R. Madhubuti19

    Haki R. Madhubuti

    Poet, Professor


    BirthplaceLittle Rock, Arkansas, United States of America

    Haki R. Madhubuti (born Don Luther Lee on February 23, 1942, in Little Rock, Arkansas, United...  more
  • Macdonald Carey20

    AgeDec. at 81 (1913-1994)

    BirthplaceSioux City, Iowa, USA

    Edward Macdonald Carey (March 15, 1913 – March 21, 1994) was an American actor, best known for...  more
  • Vilhjalmur Stefansson21
    Vilhjalmur Stefansson (Icelandic: Vilhjálmur Stefánsson) (November 3, 1879 – August 26, 1962)...  more
  • Richard McCann22

    Richard McCann

    Professor, Writer



    Richard McCann is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. He lives in Washington, D.C.,...  more
  • Meredith L. Patterson23

    Meredith L. Patterson

    Researcher, Author


    Meredith L. Patterson (born April 30, 1977) is an American technologist, science fiction...  more
  • Mark Strand24

    Mark Strand

    Poet, Novelist


    BirthplaceSummerside, Canada

    Mark Strand (April 11, 1934 – November 29, 2014) was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist...  more
  • Reza Aslan25

    Reza Aslan

    Professor, Author


    BirthplaceTehran, Iran, Tehran Province, Eurasia, Greater Tehran

    Reza Aslan (Persian: رضا اصلان‎, IPA: [ˈɾezɒː æsˈlɒːn]; born May 3, 1972) is an...  more