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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 Christopher Ashton Kutcher is an American actor, producer, investor and former model. Kutcher began his career as a model. He began his acting career portraying Michael Kelso in the Fox sitcom ...more

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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more

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Jean Seberg is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Jean Dorothy Seberg was an American actress. She starred in 34 films in Hollywood and in Europe, including Saint Joan, Breathless, Lilith, Moment to Moment, A Fine Madness, Paint Your Wagon, ...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 Thomas Duane "Tom" Arnold is an American actor and comedian. He has appeared in many films and starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies. He was the host of The Best Damn ...more

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Patricia Barber is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Songwriter, Musician Patricia Barber is an American jazz and blues singer, pianist, songwriter, and bandleader. She was awarded Guggenheim Fellowship in 2003 in Creative Arts - Music Composition field.

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Michael Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Michael Cunningham is an American writer. He is best known for his 1998 novel The Hours, which won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1999. Cunningham is a senior ...more

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Harry F. Olson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Inventor, Engineer Harry Ferdinand Olson was a prominent engineer at RCA Victor.

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George Nissen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Inventor George P. Nissen was an American gymnast and inventor who developed the modern trampoline and made trampolining a worldwide sport.

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Diablo Cody is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Stripper, Journalist, Memoirist Brook Busey-Maurio, better known by the pen name Diablo Cody, is an American screenwriter, producer and director. Later, Cody achieved critical acclaim for her debut script Juno, winning awards ...more

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Gene Wilder is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Author Jerome Silberman, known professionally as Gene Wilder, is an American stage and screen comic actor, director, screenwriter, author, and activist. Wilder began his career on stage, and made 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 Mary Flannery O'Connor was an American writer and essayist. An important voice in American literature, she wrote two novels and 32 short stories, as well as a number of reviews and commentaries. ...more

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Alex Karras is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Wrestler, Television producer, Actor Alexander George "Alex" Karras, nicknamed "The Mad Duck", was an American football player, professional wrestler, and actor. He played football with the Detroit Lions in the ...more

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David Milch is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter David S. Milch is an American writer and producer of television series. He has created several television shows, including NYPD Blue and Deadwood.

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Greg Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Francis Gregory Alan "Greg" Morris was an American television and movie actor.

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Paul Lisicky is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer Paul Lisicky is an American novelist and memoirist.

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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction

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Don DeFore is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Donald John "Don" DeFore was an American film, radio, and television actor. DeFore is best known as Erskin "Thorny" Thornberry, the Nelson family's neighbor on the long ...more

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Robert Ferro is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer Robert Ferro was an American novelist whose semi-autobiographical fiction explored the uneasy integration of homosexuality and traditional American upper-middle-class values.

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Haki R. Madhubuti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Haki R. Madhubuti is an African-American author, educator, and poet. Madhubuti is a much sought-after poet and lecturer, and has convened workshops and served as guest/keynote speaker at ...more

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Macdonald Carey is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Edward Macdonald Carey 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 decades, he was the show's central ...more

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Vilhjalmur Stefansson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Vilhjalmur Stefansson was a Canadian Arctic explorer and ethnologist.

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Richard McCann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Writer 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 Meredith L. Patterson is an American technologist, science fiction writer, and journalist. She has spoken at numerous industry conferences on a wide range of topics. She is also a blogger and ...more

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Mark Strand is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Essayist Mark Strand was a Canadian-born American poet, essayist and translator. He was appointed Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1990 and received the Wallace Stevens ...more

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Reza Aslan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Author, Writer Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, scholar of religious studies and a professor of creative writing at the University of California, Riverside. He is a member of American Academy of ...more