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

Items on this list include Gina Carano and Benjamin Wade.

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

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Jennifer Harman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Professional Poker Player, Actor Jennifer C. Harman-Traniello is an American professional poker player. She has won two World Series of Poker bracelets in open events, one of only two women to have done so.

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Gina Carano is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Mixed Martial Artist, Model, Actor Gina Joy Carano is an American actress, television personality, fitness model, and former mixed martial artist. Carano began her training with straight Muay Thai to competitive MMA where she had ...more

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Pat McCarran is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Patrick Anthony McCarran was a Democratic United States Senator from Nevada from 1933 until 1954, and was noted for his strong anticommunism. He is also the namesake of McCarran International ...more

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Benjamin Wade is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Benjamin "Coach" Wade is an American reality television personality best known for being a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: South ...more

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Michelle More is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Michelle More Michelle More is a professional American beach volleyball player. Michelle grew up in Southern California and attended the University of Nevada-Reno. At Nevada-Reno, More met fellow volleyball ...more

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Suzanne Stonebarger is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Suzanne Stonebarger is a professional American beach volleyball player. Stonebarger is an alumna of the University of Nevada-Reno, where she played college volleyball. At Nevada-Reno Stonebarger ...more

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Nick Fazekas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player Nick Fazekas is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Toshiba Brave Thunders in the Japan Basketball League.

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Ramon Sessions is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player Ramon Sessions is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Washington Wizards of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks with the ...more

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Stacey Cook is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Alpine skier, Athlete Stacey Janelle Cook is a World Cup alpine ski racer from the United States, and specializes in the speed events.

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Richard Bryan is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer Richard Hudson "Dick" Bryan is an American attorney and politician. He served as the 25th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada from 1983 to 1989 and as a United States Senator from ...more

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Alan Bible is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Lawyer Alan Harvey Bible was an American lawyer and politician. A member of the Democratic Party, he served as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1954 to 1974. He previously served as Attorney ...more

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Helen Delich Bentley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Businessperson Helen Delich Bentley is an American politician who was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Maryland from 1985 to 1995.

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Edgar Jones is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player Edgar Jones is a retired American professional basketball player who had a career the NBA from 1980 to 1986. While playing college basketball for the University of Nevada, Reno, Edgar Jones set ...more

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Lyle Overbay is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Baseball player Lyle Stefan Overbay is an American professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Arizona Diamondbacks, Toronto Blue Jays, Pittsburgh ...more

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Marion Motley is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Marion Motley was an American Football fullback and linebacker who played for the Cleveland Browns in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. He was a leading ...more

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Grant Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Lawyer Frank Grant Sawyer was an American politician. He was the 21st Governor of Nevada from 1959 to 1967. He was a member of the Democratic Party. Sawyer was born on December 14, 1918, in Twin Falls, ...more

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Harvey Dahl is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Harvey Dahl is an American football guard who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent in 2005. He played college football at Nevada-Reno. Dahl ...more

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Tony Moll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Tony Moll is an American football guard and offensive tackle in the National Football League, who is currently a free agent. He was drafted in the fifth round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Green ...more

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Mills Lane is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Judge, Soldier, Referee Mills Bee Lane III is a retired boxing referee, a former boxer, was a two-term Washoe County District Court Judge and television personality. He is best known for having officiated several major ...more

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Walter S. Baring, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Teacher Walter Stephan Baring, Jr. was a United States Representative from Nevada.

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Barbara Buckley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Lawyer Barbara Buckley is an attorney and Democratic Party politician who served as a member of the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 8 from 1994 to 2011. She served as Assembly ...more

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Jorge Cordova is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Jorge Cordova is a former American football linebacker. Cordova, who is of Mexican American descent, was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He attended ...more

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Brock Marion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Brock Elliot Marion is a former American football free safety who played twelve seasons in the National Football League. After playing college football for the University of Nevada, Reno, he was ...more

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Donato Cabrera is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Conductor, Musician Donato Cabrera is an American conductor with an active international career. He is the Resident Conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, the Wattis Foundation Music Director of the San Francisco ...more

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JaVale McGee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player JaVale Lindy McGee is an American professional basketball player who last played for the Philadelphia 76ers of the National Basketball Association. He was selected 18th overall by the Washington ...more

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Frank Hawkins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Frank Hawkins Politician, American football player Frank Hawkins, Jr. is a former professional football player, a running back who played seven seasons in the NFL with the Oakland/Los Angeles Raiders, from 1981 to 1987.

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Charles H. Russell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Politician, Teacher Charles Hinton Russell was an American politician. He was the 20th Governor of Nevada. He was a member of the Republican Party.

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Jeff Rowe is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Jeff Rowe American football player Jeff Rowe is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. He played college football at Nevada. He has also been a ...more

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Jim Vogt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Jim Vogt brings to Trapeze Networks over 20 years of business and technology experience in the voice and data network and communications market place. Prior to joining Trapeze, Jim was president ...more

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Nate Burleson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Nathaniel Eugene "Nate" Burleson is a Canadian-born American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He played college football for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack and ...more

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Ed Sharkey is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Edward Joseph Sharkey is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League for the New York Yanks, Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Colts, Philadelphia Eagles, and the San ...more

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Chris Dickerson is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Baseball player Christopher Charles Dickerson is an American professional baseball outfielder in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He has played in Major League Baseball for the Cincinnati Reds, Milwaukee ...more

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Barrik Van Winkle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Anthropologist Barrik Van Winkle is an American linguistic and legal anthropologist who has done research on the language and culture of the Washoe Nation and on gang violence in the U.S. He received a B.A. ...more

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Jill Derby is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Politician Jill Talbot Derby served from 1988 to 2006 as an elected Regent for the Nevada System of Higher Education, serving three terms as Board Chair. She ran as the Democratic candidate for the open ...more

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Kirk Snyder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player Kirk Patrick Snyder is an American former professional basketball player.

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Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Athlete, American football player Colin Rand Kaepernick is an American football quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Nevada Wolf Pack. At ...more

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Charles Mann is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Charles Andre Mann is a businessman and former American football player. He played as a defensive end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Mann ...more

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Shar Pourdanesh is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Shar Pourdanesh American football player Shahriar Pourdanesh is a former American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Oakland Raiders from 1996 to ...more

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Horace Gillom is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Horace Albert "Big Horse" Gillom was an American football punter and end in the All-America Football Conference and National Football League. He played ten seasons for the Cleveland ...more

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Terry Hermeling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Terry Hermeling American football player Terry Allen Hermeling is a former American football offensive lineman for the Washington Redskins of the National Football League. He helped the Redskins win the 1972 NFC Championship and lead ...more

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Derek Kennard is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Derek Craig Kennard is a former American football guard and center who played 11 seasons in the National Football League for the St. Louis/Phoenix Cardinals, New Orleans Saints, and the Dallas ...more

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Maurice Mann is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Maurice Mann American football player Maurice Mann is a Canadian football wide receiver in the Canadian Football League who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the fifth round of the 2004 NFL ...more

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Vic Carroll is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Vic Carroll American football player Victor Eugene Carroll was an American football offensive lineman in the National Football League for the Boston/Washington Redskins and the New York Giants. He played college football at the ...more

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Johnny High is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Basketball player Johnny Harold "Sky" High was an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the NBA. He spent four seasons with Phoenix and missed only one game in his first three ...more

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Sheila Leslie is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Sheila Leslie is an American politician. She was a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, represented the Washoe County District 1 from 2010 to 2012. She was a member of the Nevada Assembly, ...more

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William Raggio is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Lawyer William Raggio was an American politician and a former Republican member of the Nevada Senate. He represented Washoe County's 3rd district from 1972 until his retirement in 2011. He is the ...more

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John Dutton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
John Dutton American football player John Dutton is an Arena Football League quarterback who is currently a free agent. He was drafted out of Nevada in the 6th round of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins but never played in ...more

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Rishard Matthews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Rishard Andre Matthews is an American football wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League. He played college football at the University of Nevada. He was drafted by the ...more

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John Etchemendy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
Philosopher John W. Etchemendy is Stanford University's twelfth and current Provost. He succeeded John L. Hennessy to the post on September 1, 2000. John Etchemendy received his bachelor's and master's ...more

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Eric Sanders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Nevada, Reno Alumni
American football player Eric Sanders was a guard and tackle who played 12 seasons in the National Football League.