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

Items on this list include Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Kansas?” and “Which celebrities are University of Kansas alumni?”
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Don Johnson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Musician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Flat Creek Township, Missouri, United States of America

Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He played the role of James "Sonny" Crockett in the 1980s television ...more

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Paul Rudd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America

Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd studied theater at the University of Kansas and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, before ...more

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Kirstie Alley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, Wichita, Kansas

Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first achieved recognition in 1982, playing Saavik in the science fiction film Star Trek II: The Wrath of ...more

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George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Physician

Age: Dec. at 68 (1941-2009)

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

George Richard Tiller (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009) was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of ...more
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Alan Mulally is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Engineer

Age: 73

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Alan Roger Mulally (born August 4, 1945) is an American engineer, business executive, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford Motor ...more
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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States of America

Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball player who played 19 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an analyst on ...more

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William Allen White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Editor, Politician, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 76 (1868-1944)

Birthplace: Emporia, Kansas

William Allen White (February 10, 1868 – January 29, 1944) was an American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became ...more
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Cynthia Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Petroleum geologist

Age: 62

Birthplace: New Jersey

Cynthia Blum Carroll (born November 13, 1956) is a British businesswoman. She was the chief executive officer of Anglo American PLC, a British mining company, which, among other things, is the ...more
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Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician

Age: 95

Birthplace: Russell, Kansas, United States of America

Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician, statesman, and attorney who represented Kansas in the U.S House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969 and in the U.S. ...more

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Ronald Evans is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 57 (1933-1990)

Birthplace: St. Francis, Kansas

Ronald or Ron Evans may refer to: Ronald Evans (astronaut) (1933–1990), American naval officer and astronaut Ronald Evans (rugby league) (1933–2010), English rugby league footballer Ronald M. ...more
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Steven Hawley is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 67

Birthplace: Ottawa, Kansas

Steven Alan Hawley (born December 12, 1951) is a former NASA astronaut who flew on five U.S. Space Shuttle flights. He is professor of physics and astronomy and director of engineering physics ...more
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Kathleen Sebelius is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician, Legislator

Age: 70

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

Kathleen Sebelius (; née Gilligan; born May 15, 1948) is an American businesswoman and politician who served as the 21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009 ...more

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Sheila Bair is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professor, Lawyer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States of America

Sheila Colleen Bair (born April 3, 1954) was the 19th Chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC), during which time she assumed a prominent role in the government's response ...more
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William Inge is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer

Age: Dec. at 60 (1913-1973)

Birthplace: Independence, Kansas, United States of America

William Motter Inge (; May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the ...more
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Philip Anschutz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Financier

Age: 79

Birthplace: Russell, Kansas

Philip Frederick Anschutz ( AN-shoots; born December 28, 1939) is an American billionaire businessman who owns or controls many companies in a variety of businesses, including energy, railroads, ...more
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Vernon L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professor, Economist

Age: 92

Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas

Vernon Lomax Smith (born January 1, 1927) is an American economist and professor of business economics and law at Chapman University. He was formerly a professor of economics and law at George ...more
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Charles "Buddy"... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Jazz Musician

Age: Dec. at 95 (1904-1999)

Birthplace: Olathe, Kansas, United States of America

Charles Edward "Buddy" Rogers (August 13, 1904 – April 21, 1999) was an American film actor and musician. During the peak of his popularity in the late 1920s and early 1930s he was ...more
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Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Fashion designer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States of America

Kate Brosnahan Spade was the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.

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Christopher A. Sinclair ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 68

Birthplace: Hong Kong, China

Christopher A. Sinclair (born September 5, 1950) is an American businessman. He is the chairman of Reckitt Benckiser plc, the consumer health and household products company. He is the former ...more
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Karen McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 63 (1947-2010)

Birthplace: Haverhill, Massachusetts, United States of America

Karen McCarthy (March 18, 1947 – October 5, 2010) was an American politician. She served as the U.S. Representative for the fifth district of Missouri from 1995 to 2005.

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Neil LaBute is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 55

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is best-known for a play that he wrote and later adapted for film, In the Company of ...more
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Susan Ford is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Journalist, Author, Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Susan Elizabeth Ford Bales (born July 6, 1957) is an American author, photojournalist, and former chair of the board of the Betty Ford Center for alcohol and drug abuse. She is the daughter of ...more
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Paul R. Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Biologist, Educator, Population Biologist

Age: 86

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932) is an American biologist, best known for his warnings about the consequences of population growth and limited resources. He is the Bing Professor of ...more
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Juan Manuel Santos is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Economist

Age: 67

Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia

Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (Spanish: [ˈxwam maˈnwel ˈsantos kaldeˈɾon]; born 10 August 1951) is a Colombian politician. From 2010 to 2018, he was the President of Colombia. He was the ...more
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Sam Farha is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professional Poker Player

Age: 60

Birthplace: Lebanon, Beirut

Ihsan "Sam" Farha (Arabic: إحسان فرحة‎; born 1959 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a professional poker player. He is best known for finishing as runner up in the World Series of Poker (WSOP) ...more