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Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni

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

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

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates, like Bob Dylan and Brock Lesnar, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Minnesota?” and “Which celebrities are University of Minnesota alumni?”
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Bob Dylan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet

Age: 77

Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America

Bob Dylan (born May 24, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter, author, poet, and visual artist who has been a major figure in popular culture for more than fifty years. Much of his most ...more

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Soldier, Television producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 77 (1905-1982)

Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States of America

Henry Jaynes Fonda (May 16, 1905 – August 12, 1982) was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. Fonda made his mark early as a Broadway actor. He also appeared in ...more

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Television producer, Model, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States of America

Jessica Phyllis Lange (; born April 20, 1949) is an American actress. She is the thirteenth actress in history to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting, having won two Academy Awards, three ...more

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Peter Graves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Television director, Actor

Age: Dec. at 84 (1926-2010)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Peter Graves (born Peter Duesler Aurness; March 18, 1926 – March 14, 2010) was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his role as Jim Phelps in the CBS television series ...more

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Thomas L. Friedman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer

Age: 65

Birthplace: St. Louis Park, Minnesota, United States of America

Thomas Loren Friedman (; born July 20, 1953) is an American political commentator and author. He is a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner who is a weekly columnist for The New York Times. He has ...more

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Loni Anderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 73

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States of America

Loni Kaye Anderson (born August 5, 1945) is an American actress. She is known for her role as receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the CBS sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978–1982), which earned her ...more

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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer

Age: Dec. at 99 (1906-2005)

Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States of America

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David Durenberger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 84

Birthplace: St. Cloud, Minnesota, USA

David Ferdinand Durenberger (born August 19, 1934) is an American politician and a former Republican member of the U.S. Senate from Minnesota.

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Minor White is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 68 (1908-1976)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minor Martin White (July 9, 1908 – June 24, 1976) was an American photographer, theoretician, critic and educator. He combined an intense interest in how people viewed and understood photographs ...more
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Maria Schneider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Arranger, Composer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Windom, Minnesota

Maria Lynn Schneider (born November 27, 1960) is an American composer and jazz orchestra leader who has won multiple Grammy Awards.
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Walter Houser Brattain ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 85 (1902-1987)

Birthplace: China-Amoy

Walter Houser Brattain (; February 10, 1902 – October 13, 1987) was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with fellow scientists John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the ...more
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Ron Perlman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 68

Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York City, New York, United States of America

Ronald Jay Perlman (born April 13, 1950) is an American actor and voice actor. He played the role of Vincent on the television series Beauty and the Beast (1987–1990), for which he won a Golden ...more

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Anthony Adducci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor

Age: Dec. at 69 (1937-2006)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Anthony J. Adducci ( August 14, 1937 – September 19, 2006) was a pioneer of the medical device industry in Minnesota. He is best known for co-founding Guidant Corp. precursor Cardiac Pacemakers, ...more
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Nick Clegg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician

Age: 52

Birthplace: Chalfont St Giles, United Kingdom

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Arthur Fry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Inventor

Age: 87

Birthplace: Owatonna, Minnesota

Arthur Fry (born 19 August 1931) is a retired American inventor and scientist. He is credited as the co-creator of the Post-it Note, an item of office stationery manufactured by 3M. As of 2006, ...more
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Hubert Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Pharmacist, Politician, Instructor

Age: Dec. at 67 (1911-1978)

Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, United States of America

Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. (May 27, 1911 – January 13, 1978) was an American politician who served as the 38th vice president of the United States from 1965 to 1969. He twice served in the ...more

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Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor

Age: 93

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

Arlene Carol Dahl (born August 11, 1925) is an American actress and former Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She has three children, the eldest of whom ...more
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Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor

Age: 86

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Robert Francis Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016) was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known television roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo ...more

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Kevin Sorbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Kevin Sorbo Bouncer, Spokesperson, Television producer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, United States of America

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Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Actor, Writer

Age: 70

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Rick Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Journalist

Age: 60

Birthplace: Guanabacoa, Cuba

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Athlete, American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of America

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Port Hueneme, California, USA

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Carl Stokes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Judge, Politician, Newsreader

Age: Dec. at 69 (1927-1996)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Carl Burton Stokes (June 21, 1927 – April 3, 1996) was an American politician and diplomat of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, ...more
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Melvin Calvin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Chemist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 86 (1911-1997)

Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Melvin Ellis Calvin (April 8, 1911 – January 8, 1997) was an American biochemist known for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the ...more