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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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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