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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 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) 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