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Famous University Of Kentucky Alumni

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

Everything from Rajon Rondo to Ashley Judd is included on this list along with other famous people from Kentucky. The University. Go Wildcats! There is of course plenty of Kentucky basketball alumni on this list as UK is known for its men's basketball program.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Kentucky?” and “Which celebrities are University of Kentucky alumni?”
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  • 1
    Biophysicist, Public speaker

    Age86

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Franklin Story Musgrave, M.D. (born August 19, 1935) is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds...  more
  • 2
    Etymologist, Spokesperson

    Age53

    BirthplaceGranada Hills, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

    Ashley Judd (born April 19, 1968) is an American actress, and a political activist. She grew up in a family of performing artists: she is the daughter of country music singer Naomi Judd and the...  more

    #185 of 349 The Best Actresses In Film History#126 of 201 The Best Actresses Working Today#150 of 199 Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

  • 3
    Songwriter, Television producer

    Age57

    BirthplaceAshland, Kentucky, USA

    Wynonna Ellen Judd (; born Christina Claire Ciminella; May 30, 1964) is a multi award-winning American country music and Adult contemporary pop singer. Her solo albums and singles are all credited to...  more

    #160 of 500 The Best Female Vocalists Ever#121 of 297 The Top Country Artists of All Time#544 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time

  • 4
    Basketball Coach, Coach

    Age76

    BirthplaceRome, New York, United States of America

    Patrick James Riley (born March 20, 1945) is an American professional basketball executive, and a former coach and player in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has been the team president...  more

    The Best Pat Riley Quotes#99 of 232 The Best White Players in NBA History#4 of 78 The All Time Greatest NBA Coaches

  • 5
    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 88 (1923-2012)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    William Windom (September 28, 1923 – August 16, 2012) was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60 year career, but is perhaps best known for...  more
  • 6
    Judge, Politician

    Age69

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    Ernesto Scorsone is a notable LGBT advocate, American lawyer, politician and judge from Kentucky....  more
  • 7

    Age54

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    Stephen J. Flesch (born May 23, 1967) is an American professional golfer and TV golf analyst. Flesch was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended Covington Catholic High School in Park Hills, Kentucky....  more
  • 8
    TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

    Age47

    BirthplaceLexington, Kentucky

    Meteorologist ' ' 'Kristen Cornett' ' ' joined the 4 Warn Storm Team in October 2007, She provides the weather for weekends for News 4, Saturdays at 6 and 10 pm and Sundays at 5:30 and 10 pm, She...  more
  • 9
    Thomas Hunt Morgan (September 25, 1866 – December 4, 1945) was an American evolutionary biologist, geneticist, embryologist, and science author who won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in ...  more
  • 10
    Politician, Corporate officer

    Age84

    BirthplaceKentucky, Lawrence County, United States, with Territories

    Paul Edward Patton (born May 26, 1937) is an American politician who served as the 59th governor of Kentucky from 1995 to 2003. Because of a 1992 amendment to the Kentucky Constitution, he was the...  more
  • 11

    Age43

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

  • 12
    Basketball player, Athlete

    Age35

    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky

    Rajon Pierre Rondo (born February 22, 1986) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Rondo played two years of college...  more

    #3 of 38 The Best Oak Hill Academy Alumni#92 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#11 of 141 The Greatest Kentucky Basketball Players of All Time

  • 13

    AgeDec. at 42 (1960-2003)

    Elizabeth Ann Hulette (November 19, 1960 – May 1, 2003), best known in professional wrestling circles as Miss Elizabeth, was an American professional wrestling manager and occasional professional...  more

    #76 of 448 The Greatest Pro Wrestlers of All Time#13 of 86 The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s#7 of 20 The Best Managers and Valets in WWE History

  • 14

    Age82

    BirthplaceKansas City, Kansas, United States of America

    James Wilson Holsinger Jr., (born May 11, 1939) is an American physician. A former major general in the U.S. Army Reserve (1962 to 1993), he has worked primarily in public health for over thirty...  more
  • 15
    Basketball player

    Age41

    BirthplaceCompton, California, United States of America

    Tayshaun Durell Prince (born February 28, 1980) is an American professional basketball executive and former player. The 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) small forward graduated from Dominguez High School before...  more
  • 16
    Basketball player

    Age37

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Kelenna David Azubuike (born 16 December 1983) is an American former professional basketball player and currently the Golden State Warriors television color analyst on NBC Sports Bay Area. Born in...  more

    #127 of 131 The Best European NBA Players of All Time#33 of 51 The Greatest African NBA Players of All Time#88 of 105 The Best Golden State Warriors of All Time

  • 17
    Real Estate Broker, Farmer

    AgeDec. at 79 (1874-1954)

    BirthplaceKentucky, United States of America

    William Jason Fields (December 29, 1874 – October 21, 1954) was an American politician from the U.S. state of Kentucky. Known as "Honest Bill from Olive Hill", he represented Kentucky's Ninth...  more
  • 18
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age68

    BirthplaceBurkesville, Kentucky, United States of America

    David or Dave Williams may refer to:...  more
  • 19
    Politician

    Age75

    BirthplaceHuntington-Ashland-Ironton metropolitan area, Kentucky, Greenup County, United States of America, South Shore

    Ronald E. "Ron" Lewis (born September 14, 1946) is an American retired politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1994 to 2009, having represented the...  more
  • 20
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 83 (1927-2010)

    BirthplaceYoungwood, Pennsylvania

    George Frederick Blanda (September 17, 1927 – September 27, 2010) was an American football quarterback and placekicker who played professionally in the American Football League (AFL) and National...  more

    #34 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#35 of 81 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the 1970s#135 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever

  • 21
    American football player

    Age37

    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Glenn Holt, Jr. (born July 31, 1984) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at...  more
  • 22

    Age84

    BirthplaceLouisville metropolitan area, Kentucky, Shelby County, Bagdad, United States of America

    Martha Layne Collins (née Hall; born December 7, 1936) is an American former businesswoman and politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky; she was elected as the state's 56th governor from 1983 to...  more
  • 23
    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Dewayne Jamar Robertson (born October 16, 1981) is a former defensive tackle in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New York Jets fourth overall in the 2003 NFL Draft and has also...  more
  • 24
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 92 (1898-1991)

    BirthplaceCorydon, Kentucky, United States of America

    Albert Benjamin "Happy" Chandler Sr. (July 14, 1898 – June 15, 1991) was an American politician from the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He represented the Commonwealth in the U.S. Senate and served as its...  more
  • 25
    American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceCovington, Kentucky

    Jared Raymond Lorenzen (February 14, 1981 – July 3, 2019) was an American football quarterback and administrator. Following a successful college football career at Kentucky, he played in the National...  more
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