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

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

List features graduates like Derrick Rose, Jerry Lawler, and many more

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Memphis?” and “Which celebrities are University of Memphis alumni?”

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Dixie Carter is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Dixie Carter Actor Dixie Virginia Carter was an American film, television, and stage actress. From 1986 to 1993, she starred as Julia Sugarbaker in the CBS sitcom Designing Women. Carter made her professional ...more

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Michael Jeter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Michael Jeter Actor Michael Jeter was an American actor of film, stage, and television. His notable television roles are as Herman Stiles on Evening Shade from 1990 until 1994 and for playing Mr. Noodle's brother ...more

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Wink Martindale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Wink Martindale Game Show Host, Presenter Winston Conrad "Wink" Martindale is an American disc jockey and television game show host.

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John Dye is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
John Dye Actor John Carroll Dye was an American film and television actor known for his role as Andrew in the television series Touched by an Angel.

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Nancy Walton Laurie is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Nancy Walton Laurie Nancy Walton Laurie is an American heiress to the Wal-Mart fortune, businesswoman and philanthropist.

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Jerry Lawler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
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Derrick Rose is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Derrick Rose Basketball player, Athlete Derrick Martell Rose is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves of the National Basketball Association. He played one year of college ...more

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Rahul N. Merchant is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
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Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Fred Thompson Public speaker, Politician, Journalist Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

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Steve Cohen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Steve Cohen Politician, Lawyer Stephen Ira "Steve" Cohen is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Tennessee's 9th district ...more

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Isaac Bruce is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Isaac Bruce American football player Isaac Isidore Bruce is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Penny Hardaway is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Penny Hardaway Basketball player, Actor Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association, specializing as an unconventionally tall point ...more

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Clare Grant is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Clare Grant Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Clare Grant is an American actress, voice actress, producer, model and singer.

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Lorenzen Wright is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Lorenzen Wright Basketball player Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright was an American professional basketball player who died mysteriously in July 2010, shortly after leaving his ex-wife's home.

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Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Stephen Gostkowski American football player Stephen Carroll Gostkowski is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft with the ...more

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Carolyn D. Wright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Carolyn D. Wright Poet, Writer Carolyn D. "C. D." Wright is an American poet.

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William R. Lucas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
William R. Lucas Sailor William R. Lucas was the fourth Director of the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. He served as director from June 15, 1974 to July 3, 1986; when he retired as a result of the Challenger

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Keith Butler is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Keith Butler Coach, American football player Keith Butler is the defensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played with the NFL's Seattle Seahawks for 10 years and retired after the 1987 NFL season.

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Shawne Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Shawne Williams Basketball player Shawne Brian Williams is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Detroit Pistons of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 17th overall in the 2006 ...more

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Artis Hicks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Artis Hicks American football player Artis Hicks is an American football guard for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 2002. He played college ...more

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Mike McKenzie is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Mike McKenzie American football player Michael Terrance McKenzie is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in the third round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He also ...more

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Tony Brown is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Tony Brown American football player Robert Anthony "Tony" Brown, Jr. is a former American football defensive tackle. He was signed by the Carolina Panthers as an undrafted free agent in 2003. He played college football ...more

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Wade Smith is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Wade Smith American football player Wade Leon Smith is a former American football offensive tackle who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Memphis, and was ...more

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William Sanderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
William Sanderson Actor, Voice acting William Sanderson is an American character actor famous for his role as Larry on the 1980s television series Newhart.

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Derrick Ballard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Derrick Ballard American football player

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Tyreke Evans is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Tyreke Evans Basketball player Tyreke Jamir Evans is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball at the ...more

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Dan Uggla is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Dan Uggla Baseball player Daniel Cooley Uggla is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He has played for the Florida Marlins, the Atlanta Braves, and the ...more

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Andy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Andy Nelson American football player Andrew Vaughan Nelson is a former American football safety in the National Football League for the Baltimore Colts and New York Giants. He played college football at the University of Memphis ...more

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David Vaughn III is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
David Vaughn III Basketball player David Vaughn III is a retired American professional basketball player. Born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vaughn attended Whites Creek High School in Tennessee, and was a USA Today All-USA First-Team ...more

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William Duane Benton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
William Duane Benton Judge William Duane Benton is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.

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DeAngelo Williams is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
DeAngelo Williams Athlete, American football player DeAngelo Chondon Williams is an American football running back for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League. He played college football at Memphis, and was drafted by the Carolina ...more

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Joe Gray Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Joe Gray Taylor Historian, Professor, Writer Joe Gray Taylor was a historian of the American South who published fifteen essays and eight books, including Louisiana: a Bicentennial History. A World War II hero, Taylor was affiliated for ...more

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Tammy Irons is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Tammy Irons Politician, Lawyer Tammy Irons was a Democratic member of the Alabama State Senate, representing the 1st District from 2006, after a special election, until 2014. The district includes Florence.

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W. W. Herenton is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
W. W. Herenton Politician Willie Wilbert Herenton is an American politician who was elected in 1991 as the first African-American mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, and re-elected to a total of five terms. He resigned in 2008 ...more

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Brandon McDonald is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Brandon McDonald American football player Brandon Randolph McDonald is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Danny Pierce is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Danny Pierce American football player John Daniel Pierce is a former American football running back in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He played college football at the University of Memphis and Mississippi ...more

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Charlie Bryant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Charlie Bryant American football player Charlie Bryant is an American football defensive tackle.

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Darrell Castle is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Darrell Castle Lawyer Darrell Castle is an American political figure, activist and attorney from Memphis, Tennessee, and was the vice presidential candidate of the Constitution Party in the 2008 United States ...more

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Marvin R. Ellison is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Marvin R. Ellison Marvin R. Ellison is president of the Northern Division for The Home Depot. He joined the Company in 2002.During this time he has held several officer positions including senior vice president ...more

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Larry Kenon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Larry Kenon Basketball player Larry Joe Kenon is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'9" forward who had a productive career in both the American Basketball Association and the National Basketball ...more

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Dayton O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Dayton O'Brien Dayton O’Brien is an American soccer player, currently without a club.

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Jerome Woods is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Jerome Woods American football player Jerome Harlan Woods is a retired American football safety who played his entire ten-year career with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. With Kansas City, he produced 720 ...more

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Marcus Bell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Marcus Bell American football player Marcus Bell is a former American football defensive lineman. He has previously played for the Arizona Cardinals, the Detroit Lions, and the New York Giants.

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Will Renfro is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Will Renfro American football player Will Ellis Renfro was an American football offensive tackle in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college ...more

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Tamika Whitmore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Tamika Whitmore Basketball player Tamika Whitmore is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the WNBA.

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John Bramlett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
John Bramlett American football player John "the Bull" Bramlett was an American football linebacker who played from 1965 to 1971 on four teams, the Denver Broncos, the Miami Dolphins and the Boston Patriots in the American ...more

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Terdell Middleton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Terdell Middleton American football player Terdell Middleton was a professional American football player who played running back for seven seasons in the NFL. Born in Memphis, Tennessee, he was originally a third round pick in the 1977 ...more

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Earl Barron is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Earl Barron Basketball player Earl Daniel Barron, Jr. is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. He played college basketball for the ...more

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Tim Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
Tim Harris American football player Timothy David Harris is a former American football linebacker and defensive end who played for the Green Bay Packers, the San Francisco 49ers, and the Philadelphia Eagles. He played college ...more

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David D. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Memphis Alumni
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