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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 Bob Dylan is an American singer-songwriter, artist, and writer. He has been influential in popular music and culture for more than five decades. Much of his most celebrated work dates from the ...more

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Henry Fonda is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Soldier, Television producer, Actor Henry Jaynes Fonda was an American film and stage actor with a career spanning five decades. He made his Hollywood debut in 1935, and his career gained momentum after his Academy Award-nominated ...more

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Jessica Lange is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Television producer, Model, Actor Jessica Phyllis Lange is an American actress who has worked in film, theater and television. She has won several awards, including two Oscars, three Emmys, five Golden Globes, one SAG Award and ...more

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Peter Graves is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Television director, Actor Peter Duesler Aurness, known professionally as Peter Graves, was an American film and television actor. He was best known for his starring role in the CBS television series Mission: Impossible ...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 Thomas Friedman appeared in The Revenge of the Electric Car documentary film.

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Loni Anderson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Loni Kaye Anderson is an American actress who is known for her four-year run as Jennifer Marlowe on WKRP in Cincinnati, for playing Jayne Mansfield and Thelma Todd in television movies, and for ...more

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Eddie Albert is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer Edward Albert Heimberger, known professionally as Eddie Albert, was an American actor and activist. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in 1954 for his performance ...more

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David Durenberger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Politician, Lawyer David Ferdinand Durenberger 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 Minor Martin White was an American photographer, theoretician, critic and educator. He combined an intense interest in how people viewed and understood photographs with a personal vision that ...more

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Maria Schneider is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Arranger, Composer Maria Schneider is an American composer and big-band-leader. Her 2004 album Concert in the Garden won a Grammy for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album,. Her 2007 composition "Cerulean ...more

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Walter Houser Brattain is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist Walter Houser Brattain was an American physicist at Bell Labs who, along with John Bardeen and William Shockley, invented the transistor. They shared the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their ...more

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Ron Perlman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Ronald N. "Ron" Perlman is an American television, film, and voice actor. He is best known for his roles as Vincent in the television series Beauty and the Beast, as the comic book ...more

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Anthony Adducci is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Anthony J. Adducci was a pioneer of the medical device industry in Minnesota. He is best known for co-founding Guidant Corp. precursor Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc., now part of Boston Scientific, ...more

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Nick Clegg is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician Nicholas William Peter "Nick" Clegg is a British politician who since 2010 has been Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Lord President of the Council, as part of the ...more

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Arthur Fry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Inventor Arthur Fry 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, Post-it note products ...more

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Hubert Humphrey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Pharmacist, Politician, Instructor Hubert Horatio Humphrey Jr. was an American politician who served as the 38th Vice President of the United States under President Lyndon B. Johnson, from 1965 to 1969. Humphrey twice served in ...more

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Arlene Dahl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor Arlene Carol Dahl is an American actress and former MGM contract star, who achieved notability during the 1950s. She is the mother of actor Lorenzo Lamas.

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Robert Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor Robert Francis Vaughn is an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; ...more

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Kevin Sorbo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Bouncer, Spokesperson, Television producer Kevin David Sorbo is an American actor best known for the role of Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda, and Kull in Kull the Conqueror.

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Ric Flair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Actor, Writer Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr is a semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE. He is better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature ...more

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Rick Sanchez is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Journalist Ricardo "Rick" Sánchez, known professionally as Rick Sanchez, is a Cuban-American journalist, radio host, and author. He is currently a FOX News contributor, a columnist for FOX ...more

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Brock Lesnar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Athlete, American football player Brock Edward Lesnar is an American professional wrestler and former professional mixed martial artist, currently signed to WWE. Lesnar is a four-time WWE World Heavyweight Champion, a former UFC ...more

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Maria Bamford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Maria Bamford is an American stand-up comedian, actress and voice actress. She is best known for her portrayal of her dysfunctional family and self-deprecating comedy involving jokes about ...more

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Carl Stokes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Judge, Politician, Newsreader Carl Burton Stokes was an American politician of the Democratic party who served as the 51st mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. Elected on November 7, 1967, and taking office on January 1, 1968, he was ...more

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Melvin Calvin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Chemist, Scientist Melvin Ellis Calvin was an American chemist most famed for discovering the Calvin cycle along with Andrew Benson and James Bassham, for which he was awarded the 1961 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. He ...more

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Harry Reasoner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader Harry Truman Reasoner was an American journalist for ABC and CBS News, known for his inventive use of language as a television commentator, and as a founder of the 60 Minutes program. Over the ...more

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Edward B. Lewis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Edward B. Lewis was an American geneticist, a corecipient of the 1995 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Greg Raymer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Patent attorney Gregory Raymer nicknamed "Fossilman," is a professional poker player. He is best known for winning the 2004 World Series of Poker Main Event.

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Kevin McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor Kevin McCarthy was an American stage, film, and television actor who appeared in over two hundred television and film roles, including the lead role in 1956 horror science fiction film Invasion ...more

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Eric Sevareid is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Screenwriter Arnold Eric Sevareid was a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977. He was one of a group of elite war correspondents hired by pioneering CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow, and thus dubbed ...more

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Kristen Pfaff is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Bassist, Songwriter, Musician Kristen Marie Pfaff was an American musician, best known as the bassist for alternative rock band Hole from 1993 to 1994. Prior to Hole, Pfaff also served as the bassist and backing vocalist for ...more

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Everett Dirksen is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Politician, Entrepreneur Everett McKinley Dirksen was an American politician of the Republican Party. He represented Illinois in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. As Senate Minority Leader for a decade, ...more

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Tina Liebling is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota 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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Shelton Benjamin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Actor Shelton James Benjamin is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler best known for his tenure in World Wrestling Entertainment. He wrestled for Ring of Honor for two years, ...more

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Malcolm Moos is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Political scientist Malcolm Charles Moos was an American political scientist. He received his bachelors and master's degrees in political science from the University of Minnesota. He went on to receive his ...more

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Eric Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Television producer, Entrepreneur Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker, on-screen personality and occasional wrestler. He is best known for serving as Executive ...more

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Geir Haarde is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Politician, Journalist, Economist Geir Hilmar Haarde is an Icelandic politician and former head of government. In August 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Iceland to the United States and several Latin American countries. He ...more

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Leo Nomellini is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, American football player Leo Joseph Nomellini was a Hall of Fame American football player with the San Francisco 49ers. He was born at Lucca in Italy and immigrated to the United States as an infant. However Nomellini ...more

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Nicole, Erica and Jaclyn Dahm is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Nude Glamour Model Nicole, Erica, and Jaclyn Dahm are identical triplets.

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Richard Dix is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor Richard Dix was an American motion picture actor who achieved popularity in both silent and sound film. His standard on-screen image was that of the rugged and stalwart hero. He was nominated ...more

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Linda Kelsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Actor Linda Kelsey is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Billie Newman on the CBS-TV drama series Lou Grant.

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Joseph H. Ball is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Politician Joseph Hurst Ball was an American journalist, politician and businessman. Ball served as a Republican senator from Minnesota from 1940 to 1949. He was a conservative in domestic policy and a ...more

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Verne Gagne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Wrestler, Promoter, American football player Laverne Clarence "Verne" Gagne, is a retired American professional wrestler, football player, and professional wrestling trainer and promoter. He was the former owner/promoter of the ...more

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Richard Eberhart is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Poet, Author, Writer Richard Ghormley Eberhart was an American poet who published more than a dozen books of poetry and approximately twenty works in total. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry for Selected Poems, ...more

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Kris Humphries is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete Kris Nathan Humphries is an American professional basketball player, who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He was briefly married to TV ...more

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Eugene McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Poet, Politician Eugene Joseph "Gene" McCarthy was an American politician, poet, and a long-time member of the United States Congress from Minnesota. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from ...more

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Richard Carlson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Television director, Screenwriter, Actor Richard Carlson was an actor, television director, film director, screenwriter, and teacher.

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Freddy Moore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Songwriter, Musician, Singer Frederick George "Freddy" Moore is an American rock musician, noted as an early proponent of power pop. He is probably best known for his 1980 song "It's Not A Rumour", which ...more

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John H. Hammergren is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Businessperson John H Hammergren is the Chairman, President, and CEO of McKesson Corporation, an American Medical and Scientific supplies company.

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James Hong is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Minnesota Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor James Hong is an American actor and director. A prolific acting veteran, Hong's career spans more than 61 years and includes more than 350 roles in film, television, and video games. He is a ...more