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Famous University Of Kansas Alumni

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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?”
  • 1
    Don Johnson

    Don Johnson

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceFlat Creek Township, Missouri, United States of America

    Donald Wayne Johnson (born December 15, 1949) is an American actor, producer, director,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Paul Rudd

    Paul Rudd

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, United States of America

    Paul Rudd (born April 6, 1969) is an American actor, comedian, writer, and film producer. Rudd... more on Wikipedia

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    Facts That Prove, Conclusively, Paul Rudd Is The Most Charming Human Man Alive#20 of 272 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today

  • 3
    Kirstie Alley

    Kirstie Alley

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Kirstie Louise Alley (born January 12, 1951) is an American actress and spokesmodel. She first... more on Wikipedia

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    #45 of 289 The Best 'Dancing With The Stars' Contestants, Ranked#327 of 339 The Funniest People Of All Time

  • 4
    George Tiller

    George Tiller


    AgeDec. at 68 (1941-2009)

    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

    George Richard Tiller (August 8, 1941 – May 31, 2009) was an American physician from Wichita,... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Alan Mulally

    Alan Mulally

    Businessperson, Engineer


    BirthplaceOakland, California

    Alan Roger Mulally (born August 4, 1945) is an American engineer, business executive, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Paul Pierce

    Paul Pierce

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceOakland, California, United States of America

    Paul Anthony Pierce (born October 13, 1977) is an American former professional basketball... more on Wikipedia

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    #33 of 770 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#6 of 133 The Best Boston Celtics of All Time

  • 7

    William Allen White

    Editor, Politician

    AgeDec. at 76 (1868-1944)

    BirthplaceEmporia, Kansas

    William Allen White (February 10, 1868 – January 29, 1944) was an American newspaper editor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Cynthia Carroll

    Cynthia Carroll

    Businessperson, Petroleum geologist


    BirthplaceNew Jersey

    Cynthia Blum Carroll (born November 13, 1956) is a British businesswoman. She was the chief... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Bob Dole

    Bob Dole



    BirthplaceRussell, Kansas, United States of America

    Robert Joseph Dole (born July 22, 1923) is a retired American politician, statesman, and... more on Wikipedia

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    #33 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#68 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • 10
    Ronald Evans

    Ronald Evans

    Astronaut, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 57 (1933-1990)

    BirthplaceSt. Francis, Kansas

    Ronald or Ron Evans may refer to: Ronald Evans (astronaut) (1933–1990), American naval... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Steven Hawley

    Steven Hawley



    BirthplaceOttawa, Kansas

    Steven Alan Hawley (born December 12, 1951) is a former NASA astronaut who flew on five U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kathleen Sebelius

    Kathleen Sebelius

    Politician, Legislator


    BirthplaceOhio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Kathleen Sebelius (; née Gilligan; born May 15, 1948) is an American businesswoman and... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Sheila Bair

    Sheila Bair

    Professor, Lawyer


    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas, United States of America

    Sheila Colleen Bair (born April 3, 1954) was the 19th Chair of the U.S. Federal Deposit... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    William Inge

    William Inge

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 60 (1913-1973)

    BirthplaceIndependence, Kansas, United States of America

    William Motter Inge (; May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973) was an American playwright and novelist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 15

    Philip Anschutz

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceRussell, Kansas

    Philip Frederick Anschutz ( AN-shoots; born December 28, 1939) is an American billionaire... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Vernon L. Smith

    Vernon L. Smith

    Professor, Economist


    BirthplaceWichita, Kansas

    Vernon Lomax Smith (born January 1, 1927) is an American economist and professor of business... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Charles "Buddy" Rogers

    Charles "Buddy" Rogers

    Film Producer, Actor

    AgeDec. at 95 (1904-1999)

    BirthplaceOlathe, Kansas, United States of America

    Charles Edward "Buddy" Rogers (August 13, 1904 – April 21, 1999) was an American film actor... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Kate Spade

    Kate Spade

    Fashion designer


    BirthplaceKansas City, Missouri, United States of America

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

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    #41 of 69 The Most Influential Fashion Designers Of All Time#105 of 154 The Most Influential People in Fashion

  • 19
    Christopher A. Sinclair


    BirthplaceHong Kong, China

    Christopher A. Sinclair (born September 5, 1950) is an American businessman. He is the... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Karen McCarthy

    Karen McCarthy


    AgeDec. at 63 (1947-2010)

    BirthplaceHaverhill, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Massachusetts

    Karen McCarthy (March 18, 1947 – October 5, 2010) was an American politician. She served as... more on Wikipedia

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    #118 of 211 200+ Celebrities Who Went to Rehab#6 of 10 Politicians Who Went To Rehab

  • 21
    Neil LaBute

    Neil LaBute

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Detroit

    Neil N. LaBute (born March 19, 1963) is an American playwright, film director, screenwriter,... more on Wikipedia

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    #540 of 742 The Greatest Directors In Movie History#118 of 120 The Best Comedy Directors in Film History

  • 22
    Susan Ford

    Susan Ford

    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Susan Elizabeth Ford Bales (born July 6, 1957) is an American author, photojournalist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Paul R. Ehrlich

    Paul R. Ehrlich

    Biologist, Educator


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Paul Ralph Ehrlich (born May 29, 1932) is an American biologist, best known for his warnings... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Juan Manuel Santos


    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (Spanish: [ˈxwam maˈnwel ˈsantos kaldeˈɾon]; born 10 August 1951)... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Sam Farha

    Sam Farha

    Professional Poker Player


    BirthplaceLebanon, Beirut

    Ihsan "Sam" Farha (Arabic: إحسان فرحة‎; born 1959 in Beirut, Lebanon) is a professional poker... more on Wikipedia