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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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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