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Famous University Of Memphis Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 8.8k views140 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Dixie Carter1

    AgeDec. at 71 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceMcLemoresville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010) was an American film, television and...  more

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  • Michael Jeter2

    Michael Jeter


    AgeDec. at 51 (1952-2003)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Lawrenceburg

    Michael Jeter (August 26, 1952 – March 30, 2003) was an American actor of film, stage, and...  more


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  • Wink Martindale3

    Wink Martindale

    Game Show Host, Presenter


    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee, United States of America

    Winston Conrad "Wink" Martindale (born December 4, 1933) is an American disc jockey, radio...  more

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  • John Dye4

    AgeDec. at 48 (1963-2011)

    BirthplaceAmory, Mississippi, USA

    John Carroll Dye (January 31, 1963 – January 10, 2011) was an American film and television...  more
  • Nancy Walton Laurie5
    Nancy Walton Laurie (born May 15, 1951) is an American heir to the Walmart fortune. She is...  more
  • Jerry Lawler6

    Jerry Lawler

    Commentator, Businessperson


    Jerry O'Neil Lawler (born November 29, 1949), better known as Jerry "The King" Lawler, is an...  more

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  • Derrick Rose7

    Derrick Rose

    Basketball player, Athlete


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Derrick Martell Rose (born October 4, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for...  more

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  • Rahul N. Merchant8
    Rahul N. Merchant is Fannie Mae's executive vice president and chief information officer...  more
  • Fred Thompson9

    Fred Thompson

    Public speaker, Politician


    BirthplaceSheffield, Alabama, United States of America

    Freddie Dalton Thompson (August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician,...  more

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  • Steve Cohen10

    Steve Cohen

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceArea code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County, United States of America, United States

    Stephen Ira Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S....  more
  • Isaac Bruce11

    Isaac Bruce

    American football player


    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    Isaac Isidore Bruce (born November 10, 1972) is a former American football wide receiver in...  more

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  • Penny Hardaway12

    Penny Hardaway

    Basketball player, Actor


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Anfernee Deon "Penny" Hardaway (born July 18, 1971) is an American college basketball coach...  more

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  • Clare Grant13

    Clare Grant

    Television producer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee, United States of America

    Clare Camille Johnson (born August 23, 1979), known professionally as Clare Grant, is an...  more
  • Lorenzen Wright14

    Lorenzen Wright

    Basketball player

    AgeDec. at 35 (1975-2010)

    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Lorenzen Vern-Gagne Wright (November 4, 1975 – July 19, 2010) was an American professional...  more
  • Stephen Gostkowski15

    Stephen Gostkowski

    American football player


    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Stephen Haunt Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American...  more

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  • Carolyn D. Wright16

    Carolyn D. Wright

    Poet, Writer


    BirthplaceMountain Home, Arkansas

    Carolyn D. "C. D." Wright (January 6, 1949 – January 12, 2016) was an American poet. She was a...  more
  • William R. Lucas17

    William R. Lucas



    BirthplaceNewbern, Tennessee

    William R. Lucas (born March 1, 1922) was the fourth Director of the NASA Marshall Space...  more
  • Keith Butler18

    Keith Butler

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceAnniston, Alabama

    John Keith Butler (born May 16, 1956) is an American football coach who is the defensive...  more

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  • Shawne Williams19

    Shawne Williams

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceMemphis, Tennessee

    Shawne Brian Williams (born February 16, 1986) is an American professional basketball player...  more
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    Artis Hicks

    American football player


    BirthplaceJackson, Tennessee

    Artis Hicks (born November 28, 1978) is a former American football guard of the National...  more
  • Mike McKenzie21

    Mike McKenzie

    American football player


    BirthplaceMiami, Florida

    Mike or Michael McKenzie or MacKenzie may refer to: Michael MacKenzie (rugby player) (born...  more
  • Tony Brown22

    Tony Brown

    American football player


    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee

    Tony Brown may refer to:...  more
  • Wade Smith23

    Wade Smith

    American football player


    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Wade Leon Smith (born April 26, 1981) is a former American football offensive tackle who...  more
  • William Sanderson24

    William Sanderson

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Memphis

    William Sanderson (born January 10, 1944) is an American character actor famous for his roles...  more

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  • Derrick Ballard25

    Derrick Ballard

    American football player


    BirthplaceMadison, Georgia