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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 Donnie Wayne "Don" Johnson is an American actor, producer, director, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his role as 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 Paul Stephen Rudd is an American actor, comedian, writer, and producer. He has primarily appeared in comedies, and is known for his roles in the films Clueless, Wet Hot American Summer, ...more

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Kirstie Alley is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Kirstie Louise Alley is an American actress and comedian known for her role in the TV series Cheers, in which she played Rebecca Howe from 1987 to 1993, winning an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe ...more

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George Tiller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Physician George Richard Tiller, MD was an American physician from Wichita, Kansas. He gained national attention as the medical director of Women's Health Care Services, one of only three clinics ...more

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Alan Mulally is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Engineer Alan Roger Mulally is an American engineer, business executive, and former President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ford Motor Company. He retired from Ford Motor Company on July 1, 2014. ...more

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Paul Pierce is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Basketball player Paul Anthony Pierce is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. Pierce was a high school McDonald's ...more

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William Allen White is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Editor, Politician, Journalist William Allen White was a renowned American newspaper editor, politician, author, and leader of the Progressive movement. Between 1896 and his death, White became the iconic spokesman for middle ...more

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Cynthia Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Petroleum geologist Cynthia Blum Carroll is an American businessperson. She was the chief executive officer of Anglo American PLC, a British mining company, which, among other things, is the world's largest ...more

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Scott Heim is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Novelist, Writer Scott Heim is an American novelist from Hutchinson, Kansas, currently living in Massachusetts. Heim's first novel, Mysterious Skin, was published in 1995.

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Bob Dole is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician Robert Joseph "Bob" Dole is an American politician who represented Kansas in the United States Senate from 1969 to 1996 and in the House of Representatives from 1961 to 1969. In the ...more

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Ronald Evans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer Ronald Ellwin "Ron" Evans, Jr., was an American naval officer and aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut, also one of only 24 people to have flown to ...more

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Steven Hawley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Astronaut Steven Alan Hawley 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 at the University of

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Kathleen Sebelius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician, Legislator Kathleen Sebelius is an American politician who served as the 21st United States Secretary of Health and Human Services from 2009 until 2014. Previously, she was Governor of Kansas from 2003 to ...more

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Sheila Bair is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professor, Lawyer Sheila Colleen Bair served as the 19th Chairperson of the U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She was appointed to the post for a five-year term on June 26, 2006 by George W. Bush. Bair ...more

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William Inge is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer William Motter Inge was an American playwright and novelist, whose works typically feature solitary protagonists encumbered with strained sexual relations. In the early 1950s, he had a string of ...more

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Philip Anschutz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Financier Philip Frederick Anschutz is an American entrepreneur. Anschutz bought out his father's drilling company, Circle A Drilling, in 1961 and earned large returns in Wyoming. He has invested in ...more

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Vernon L. Smith is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professor, Economist Vernon Lomax Smith is professor of economics at Chapman University's Argyros School of Business and Economics and School of Law in Orange, California, a research scholar at George Mason ...more

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Charles
Film Producer, Actor, Jazz Musician Charles Edward “Buddy” Rogers was an American actor and jazz musician.

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Kate Spade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Fashion designer Kate Brosnahan Spade is the co-founder and namesake of the designer brand, Kate Spade New York.

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Christopher A. Sinclair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson Christopher A. Sinclair is an American businessman. He is the chairman and chief executive officer of Mattel, Inc., the world's largest toy company, and a non-executive director of Reckitt ...more

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Karen McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician Karen McCarthy was a Missouri 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) 22 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Neil N. LaBute is an American film director, screenwriter and playwright.

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Susan Ford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Journalist, Author, Actor Susan Elizabeth Ford Bales is an American author, photojournalist, and former chair of the board of the Betty Ford Center for alcohol and drug abuse.

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Paul R. Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Biologist, Educator, Population Biologist Paul Ralph Ehrlich is an American biologist and educator who is the Bing Professor of Population Studies in the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University and president of ...more

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Juan Manuel Santos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Economist Juan Manuel Santos Calderón is the 32nd and current President of Colombia, in office since 2010. He was Minister of Defence from 2006 to 2009. An economist by profession and a journalist ...more

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Sam Farha is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Professional Poker Player Ihsan "Sam" Farha is a professional poker player. He is best known for finishing as runner up in the World Series of Poker main event in 2003 and has won three bracelets at the WSOP.

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Bobby Douglass is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
American football player Robert Gilchrist Douglass is a former American football quarterback in the NFL, who played most of his career with the Chicago Bears, who drafted him in the second round of the 1969 NFL Draft. ...more

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William Powell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Actor William Horatio Powell was an American actor. He typically played highly self-confident characters, with a sophisticated sense of humor and wit. A major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he was ...more

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David G. Booth is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
David G. Booth is an American businessman. He is the co-founder and co-CEO of Dimensional Fund Advisors. In 2008, he donated $300 million to the University of Chicago Graduate School of ...more

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Marj Dusay is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Actor Marj Dusay is an American actress known for her roles on American soap operas. She is especially known for her role as "Alexandra Spaulding" on Guiding Light, a role she played on and ...more

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Ray McIntire is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Inventor Otis Ray McIntire was born in Gardner, Kansas on August 24, 1918. After graduating from the University of Kansas with a B.S. degree in engineering in 1940, he went to work as a research engineer ...more

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Kenneth Irby is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Kenneth Irby is an American poet. He won a 2010 Shelley Memorial Award. He is sometimes associated with the Black Mountain poets, especially with Robert Duncan, Robert Creeley, and Ed Dorn. He ...more

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Wilt Chamberlain is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Basketball player, Screenwriter, Coach Wilton Norman "Wilt" Chamberlain was an American basketball player. He played for the Philadelphia/San Francisco Warriors, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA; ...more

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Sam Brownback is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer Samuel Dale "Sam" Brownback is an American politician currently serving as Governor of Kansas. A member of the Republican Party, Brownback was first elected to the U.S. House of ...more

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Steve Doocy is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author Stephen James "Steve" Doocy is an American network-television personality on the Fox News Channel and a best-selling author.

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Joe Engle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut, Engineer Joseph Henry "Joe" Engle, is an American pilot who served in the United States Air Force, test pilot for the North American X-15 program, aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA ...more

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Francisco Santos Calderón is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician, Journalist Francisco Santos Calderón also known as Pacho Santos born 14 August 1961 in the city of Bogotá, is a Colombian politician and journalist. Santos was elected as Álvaro ...more

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Elmer Verner McCollum is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Biochemist, Chemist Elmer Verner McCollum ForMemRS was an American biochemist known for his work on the influence of diet on health.

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Clyde Tombaugh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Astronomer Clyde William Tombaugh was an American astronomer. Although he is best known for discovering the dwarf-planet Pluto in 1930, the first object to be discovered in what would later be identified ...more

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Mandy Patinkin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Actor, Singer Mandel Bruce "Mandy" Patinkin is an American actor, tenor singer, voice artist, and comedian. Patinkin is well known for his portrayal of Inigo Montoya in the 1987 movie The Princess ...more

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Gale Sayers is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Entrepreneur, Screenwriter, Actor Gale Eugene Sayers, also known as "The Kansas Comet", is a former American college and professional football player who was a running back in the National Football League for seven ...more

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Deane Waldo Malott is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson Deane Waldo Malott was an American academic and administrator. The son of a banker, Malott was born in Abilene, Kansas and went on to study at the University of Kansas. While at school there, he ...more

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Julian Wright is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Basketball player Julian Emil-Jamaal Wright is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Bnei Herzliya of the Israeli Premier League. He played collegiately for the University of Kansas.

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Phill Kline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Phillip D. "Phill" Kline is a former Kansas state legislator, the former district attorney of Johnson County, and from January 2003 to January 2007, he was the Attorney General of ...more

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Scott Bakula is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting Scott Stewart Bakula is an American actor known for his role as Sam Beckett in the television series Quantum Leap and for the role of Captain Jonathan Archer in Star Trek: Enterprise. Bakula has ...more

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Bruce A Smith is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Businessperson Bruce Smith joined Tesoro as Chief Financial Officer in 1992, became President of the companys exploration and production business, and in 1995, was named President and Chief Executive Officer ...more

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Loren Eiseley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Science writer, Writer Loren Eiseley was an American anthropologist, educator, philosopher, and natural science writer, who taught and published books from the 1950s through the 1970s. During this period he received ...more

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Mario Chalmers is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Basketball player Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 34th overall in the 2008 NBA ...more

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Dee Wallace is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Public speaker, Comedian, Author Dee Wallace, also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress and scream queen. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films mainly in the horror genre. Her most ...more

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Raymond Thorsteinsson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Kansas Alumni
Geologist Raymond Thorsteinsson, OC FRSC was an award-winning Canadian geologist who focused on the geology of the high Arctic. He was a Fellow of The Arctic Institute of North America, primarily known ...more