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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. She first became known for her candid chronicling of her year as a stripper in ...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

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Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Journalist, Screenwriter, Author Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw is an American television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The ...more

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John Gardner is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Essayist John Champlin Gardner Jr. was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. He is perhaps most noted for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth from the ...more

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John Irving is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author John Winslow Irving, is an American novelist and Academy Award-winning screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp ...more

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Arthur T. Ippen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Engineer Arthur Thomas Ippen was a noted hydrologist and engineer and was an Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Born to German parents, he attended high school and college ...more

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Dave Keuning is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician David Brent "Dave" Keuning is the guitarist for the American rock band The Killers.

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Tess Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Poet Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke and later Nelson Bentley ...more

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Mildred Benson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson was an American journalist and author of children's books, in particular the earliest Nancy Drew mysteries. Writing under Stratemeyer Syndicate pen name Carolyn ...more

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S. Torriano Berry is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Film Director Steven Torriano Berry is an award-winning American film producer, writer and director. He directed Noh Matta Wat!, the first Belizean dramatic television series, which first aired on November ...more

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Brad Lohaus is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Bradley Allen "Brad" Lohaus is an American retired professional basketball player who was selected by the Boston Celtics in the second round of the 1987 NBA Draft. A 6'11" ...more

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John Getz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor John Getz is a stage-trained American actor.

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Arthur M. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Politician Arthur Mastick Hyde was an American Republican politician, who served as the 35th Governor of Missouri from 1921 to 1925, and as the United States Secretary of Agriculture for President Herbert ...more

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Mahbod Seraji is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Mahbod Seraji Ph.D., is an Iranian - American author whose critically acclaimed novel, "Rooftops of Tehran", was published by NAL an imprint of Penguin in May 2009. Mahbod's short ...more

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Tanna Frederick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Tanna Marie Frederick is a stage and independent film actress who rose to prominence for her title role in Henry Jaglom's Hollywood Dreams, for which she received the Best Actress Award at the ...more

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Charles Ray is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Charles Ray Charles Ray is a Los Angeles-based American sculptor. He is known for his strange and enigmatic sculptures that draw the viewer’s perceptual judgments into question in jarring and unexpected ...more

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Bernie Machen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor James Bernard Machen is an American university professor and administrator. Machen is a native of Mississippi, and earned multiple academic degrees before becoming a university administrator and ...more

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Terry O'Quinn is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Actor Terry O'Quinn is an American actor, most famous for playing John Locke on the TV series Lost. O'Quinn became known for playing the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II and was cast in ...more

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Bharati Mukherjee is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Author Bharati Mukherjee is an Indian-born American writer who is currently a professor in the department of English at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Asa Baber is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Writer Asa Baber was an American author, former Marine, and columnist for Playboy. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, Baber was involved in several incidents of petty mischief before his ...more

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Harry Kalas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Announcer, Sports commentator Harry Norbert Kalas was an American sportscaster, best known for his Ford C. Frick Award-winning role as lead play-by-play announcer for Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies, a position ...more

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Sylvester John Hemleben is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Educator, Author Sylvester John Hemleben was born February 25, 1902, in La Crosse, Wisconsin, a descendant of an ancient German family which emigrated to America to practice medicine and pharmacy in pioneer ...more

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Aaron Kampman is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
American football player Aaron Allan Kampman is a former American football defensive end and outside linebacker who played ten seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of ...more

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Kirtland I. Perky is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Lawyer Kirtland Irving Perky was a United States Senator from Idaho.

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Stephanie A. Burns is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Chemist Dr. Stephanie Burns is the Chairman, President and CEO of Dow Corning, a global leader in silicone based technology. Dr. Burns is a chemist that joined the company as a researcher in 1983. She ...more

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Jim Yong Kim is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Professor, Physician, Public Health Physician Jim Yong Kim MD, PhD, also known as Kim Yong, is a Korean American physician and anthropologist who became the 12th President of the World Bank on July 1, 2012. He was President of Dartmouth ...more

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James Hynes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Iowa Alumni
Novelist, Writer James Hynes is an American novelist. He was born in Okemos, Michigan, and grew up in Big Rapids, Michigan. He lived for many years in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and currently resides in Austin, Texas, ...more