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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 Richard Tiffany Gere is an American actor and activist. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to ...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 Michael Blakey is a record producer, composer, musician, arranger, songwriter and artist manager. Blakey has either produced musical tracks or worked as a musician for a number of notable ...more

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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 William Henry "Bill" Cosby Jr. is an American stand-up comedian, actor, author, and activist. Cosby's start in stand-up began at the hungry i in San Francisco which was followed by ...more

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Bridget Moynahan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Model, Actor Kathryn Bridget Moynahan, known as Bridget Moynahan, is an American actress and model. She graduated from Longmeadow High School, in Massachusetts, in 1989 and began pursuing a career in ...more

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Catherine Coleman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Chemist, Astronaut Catherine Grace "Cady" Coleman is an American chemist, a former United States Air Force officer, and a current NASA astronaut. She is a veteran of two Space Shuttle missions, and ...more

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Natalie Cole is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Performer, Songwriter, Pianist Natalie Maria Cole is an American singer, songwriter, and performer. The daughter of Nat King Cole, Cole rose to musical success in the mid-1970s as a R&B artist with the hits "This ...more

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Rob Corddry is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Robert William "Rob" Corddry is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work as a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and for his starring role in the comedy ...more

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Maura Murray is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
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 Tina Liebling is a Minnesota politician and member of the Minnesota House of Representatives. A member of the Minnesota Democratic–Farmer–Labor Party, she represents District 26A, which consists ...more

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Jack Welch is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson, Manager, Author John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. is a retired American business executive, author and chemical engineer. He was chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his ...more

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Julius Erving is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player, Actor Julius Winfield Erving II, commonly known by the nickname Dr. J, is a retired American basketball player who helped launch a modern style of play that emphasizes leaping and play above the rim. ...more

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Marcus Camby is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player Marcus D. Camby is an American former professional basketball player. He was named Defensive Player of the Year during the 2006–07 NBA season, leading the league in blocked shots per game. Camby ...more

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Jill Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Firefighter, Journalist, Writer Jill Carroll is an American former journalist who was kidnapped and ultimately released in Iraq. Carroll was a reporter for the Christian Science Monitor at the time of her kidnapping. After ...more

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Gail Collins is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Journalist Gail Collins 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 editorial board, from 2001 ...more

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John F. Smith, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson John Francis "Jack" Smith, Jr. 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 since 2000. From 1996 ...more

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Bonnie Dumanis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Bonnie Michelle Dumanis is currently the District Attorney of San Diego County, California. Dumanis has been the District Attorney since 2003, when she defeated incumbent Paul Pfingst. She ran ...more

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Jeffrey C. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson Jeff Taylor is a founder of the online jobs site Monster.com. He is a graduate of the University Without Walls program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In August 2005, he left Monster ...more

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Ken Ober is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Comedian, Actor Ken Ober 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 Dana John Gould is an American stand-up comedian and comedy writer 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 the current 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 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 Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...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 William James "Bill" Pullman is an American actor. Pullman made his film debut in the 1986 film Ruthless People. He has since gone on to star in other films, including Spaceballs, ...more

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Stephane Lasme is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball player Yann Ulrich Stéphane Lasme is a Gabonese professional basketball player who currently plays for Anadolu Efes of the Turkish Basketball League. He played NCAA college basketball at the ...more

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Fardeen Khan is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Actor Fardeen Khan is an Indian former film actor known for his work in Bollywood. Fardeen made his Hindi film acting debut in 1998 with Prem Aggan, for which he garnered the Filmfare Best Debut ...more

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Russell Alan Hulse is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Physicist, Astronomer Russell Alan Hulse is an American physicist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with his thesis advisor Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr., "for the discovery of a new type of pulsar, a ...more

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Paul Theroux is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Author Paul Edward Theroux is an American travel writer and novelist, whose best known work of travel writing is perhaps The Great Railway Bazaar. He has published numerous works of fiction, some of ...more

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John Michael Hayes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Screenwriter John Michael Hayes was an American screenwriter, who scripted several of Alfred Hitchcock's films in the 1950s.

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Ronald C. Arkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Roboticist, Professor, Author Ronald Craig Arkin is an American roboticist and roboethicist, and a Regents' Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is ...more

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Betty Shabazz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Nurse, Teacher Betty Shabazz, born Betty Dean Sanders and also known as Betty X, was an American educator and civil rights advocate. She was the wife of Malcolm X. Shabazz grew up in Detroit, Michigan, where ...more

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Ronald A. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Public speaker, Psychotherapist, Psychologist

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William Monahan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Film Producer William J. Monahan is an American screenwriter and novelist. His second produced screenplay was The Departed, a film that earned him a WGA award and an Academy Award for Best Adapted

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Inder Sidhu is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Businessperson, Engineer Inder Sidhu is Senior Vice President of Strategy Planning, Worldwide Operations at Cisco. He also coleads Ciscos Enterprise Business Council which is responsible for Ciscos enterprise business ...more

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Makanda Ken McIntyre is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Musician, Oboist Makanda Ken McIntyre was an American jazz musician and composer.

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Marcel Shipp is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
American football player Marcel Cornelius Shipp is a American football coach and former player. He played as a running back in the National Football League from 2001 to 2008 for the Arizona Cardinals and Houston Texans. ...more

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Unita Blackwell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Civil Rights Leader Unita Blackwell is an American civil rights activist who was the first African-American woman, and the tenth African American, to be elected mayor in the U.S. state of Mississippi. Blackwell was ...more

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Natasha Trethewey is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Poet, Professor, Writer Natasha Trethewey is an American poet who was appointed United States Poet Laureate in June 2012; she began her official duties in September. She won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her ...more

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Walker Connor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Political Science Walker Connor is Distinguished Visiting Professor of Political Science at Middlebury College. Connor is best known for his work on nationalism, and is considered one of the founders of the ...more

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Jeff Corwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Biologist, Television producer, Conservationist Jeffrey Corwin is an American animal and nature conservationist, known as host and executive producer of the Animal Planet cable channel television programs The Jeff Corwin Experience and ...more

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Patrick Smith is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Animator Pat Smith is an installation artist, animator and filmmaker now based in Tribeca, New York City. Smith studied at University of Massachusetts Amherst and has since then been working as an ...more

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Rick Pitino is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Basketball Coach Richard Andrew "Rick" Pitino is an American basketball coach. Since 2001, he has been the head coach at the University of Louisville, and coached the Cardinals to the 2013 NCAA Men's ...more

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Jeffrey Donovan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Actor Jeffrey Donovan is an American television, film and stage actor. He played the lead character Michael Westen on the long-running American cable television series Burn Notice. Notable starring ...more

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Andrea Chow is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Andrea Chow Journalist

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William Manchester is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Editor, Journalist, Biographer William Raymond Manchester was an American author, biographer, and historian. He was the author of 18 books which have been translated into over 20 languages. He was awarded the National ...more

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Jeremy Cain is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
American football player Jeremy Robert Cain is an American football long snapper who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at ...more

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Phil Laak is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Commentator, Professional Poker Player, Actor Philip "Phil" C. Laak is an Irish-American professional poker player and a poker commentator, now residing in Los Angeles, California. Laak holds a World Poker Tour title, a World ...more

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Jane Yolen is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Editor, Poet, Novelist Jane Hyatt Yolen is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction, and children's books. She is the author or editor of more than 280 books, of which the best known is The Devil's Arithmetic, a ...more

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Nancy Oliver is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Playwright Nancy Oliver is an American playwright and screenwriter who is best known for her work on the successful TV series Six Feet Under, Oliver was nominated for an Academy Award for Writing Original ...more

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Jonathan Quick is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni
Ice Hockey Player, Athlete Jonathan Douglas Quick is an American professional ice hockey goaltender for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League. The Kings selected Quick with the 72nd overall pick in the 2005 ...more