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Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Massachusetts Amherst and be of some renown.

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

Items include everything from Julius Erving to Richard Gere.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Massachusetts Amherst?” and “Which celebrities are University of Massachusetts Amherst alumni?”
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Richard Gere is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Pianist, Musician, Film Producer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Richard Tiffany Gere (IPA: geer; born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. He began in films in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977) and a starring role in ...more

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Michael Blakey is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Record producer

Age: 60

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Michael Blakey may refer to: Michael Blakey (anthropologist) (born 1953), professor at the College of William & Mary Michael Robert Blakey (born 1975), business angel, venture capitalist
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Bill Cosby is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Activist, Film Score Composer, Television director

Age: 81

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

William Henry Cosby Jr. (; born July 12, 1937) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, musician, author, and convicted sex offender. He held an active career for over six decades before being ...more

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Bridget Moynahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, Binghamton, New York

Kathryn Bridget Moynahan (born April 28, 1971 is an American actress and model. Moynahan is known for her role in the police drama Blue Bloods. She graduated from Longmeadow High School in ...more

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Catherine Coleman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Chemist, Astronaut

Age: 58

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman (born December 14, 1960) is an American chemist, a former United States Air Force officer, and a retired NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space ...more

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Performer, Songwriter, Pianist

Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Natalie Maria Cole (February 6, 1950 – December 31, 2015) was an American singer, voice actress, songwriter, and actress. Cole was the daughter of American singer and jazz pianist Nat King Cole. ...more

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Rob Corddry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Rob Corddry Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Weymouth, Massachusetts, United States of America

Robert William Corddry (born February 4, 1971) is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (2002–2006) and for his starring ...more
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Maura Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni

Birthplace: Hanson, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Maura Murray disappeared the evening of February 9, 2004, after crashing her car on Route 112 in Haverhill, New Hampshire. A nursing student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Murray ...more

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Tina Liebling is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Politician, Legislator, Lawyer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Tina Liebling (born 1953) is a Minnesota attorney and politician who is a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party (DFL), she ...more
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Jack Welch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson, Manager, Author

Age: 83

Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts

John Francis "Jack" Welch Jr. (born November 19, 1935) is an American business executive, author, and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Roosevelt, New York, United States of America

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Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 44

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Marcus Dion Camby (born March 22, 1974) is a American retired professional basketball player who played 17 seasons in the National Basketball Association. He was named Defensive Player of the ...more

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Jill Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Firefighter, Journalist, Writer

Age: 41

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Gail Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Journalist

Age: 73

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

Gail Collins (born November 25, 1945) is an American journalist, op-ed columnist and author, most recognized for her work with the New York Times. Joining the Times in 1995 as a member of the ...more
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John F. Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 80

John Francis "Jack" Smith Jr. (born April 6, 1938) is the non-executive chairman of the board of directors of Delta Air Lines. Smith has been a member of Delta's board of directors ...more
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Bonnie Dumanis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Brockton, Massachusetts

Bonnie Michelle Dumanis (born December 16, 1951) was the District Attorney of San Diego County, California. She held the office 2003 to 2017. Dumanis is a Republican, though the office she held ...more
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Jeffrey C. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson
Jeffrey or Jeff Taylor may refer to: Jeffery Taylor (born 1989), Swedish basketball player; son of basketball player Jeff Taylor Jeff Taylor (footballer) (1930–2010), British footballer Jeff ...more
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Ken Ober is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Comedian, Actor

Age: Dec. at 52 (1957-2009)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

Ken Ober (July 3, 1957 – November 15, 2009) was an American game show host, comedian, and actor.

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Manoj Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Manoj Gandhi joined Synopsys with the company's merger with Viewlogic in December 1997. In his current position, Mr. Gandhi and his organization are responsible for Synopsys' verification ...more
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Dana Gould is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 54

Birthplace: Hopedale, Massachusetts, United States of America

Dana John Gould (born August 24, 1964) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and voice artist who has been featured on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central.
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Dana Mohler-Faria is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Dana Mohler-Faria is a former president of Bridgewater State University and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. He was formerly the Special Advisor for ...more
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Marc Forgione is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Marc Forgione Chef

Age: 40

Birthplace: Bellerose, New York, United States of America

Marc Forgione is one of the Iron Chefs competing on Food Network's Iron Chef America and owner of restaurant Marc Forgione in New York City. He was born on December 16, 1978, and raised in ...more
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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Musician, Flautist, Author

Age: Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA

Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community ...more

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Bill Pullman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Age: 65

Birthplace: Hornell, New York, United States of America

William James Pullman (born December 17, 1953) is an American film, stage, and television actor. After graduating with a Master of Fine Arts degree in theater, Pullman worked as an adjunct ...more

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Stephane Lasme is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Port-Gentil, Bendje Department, Gabon

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