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Famous University Of New Orleans Alumni

Updated October 13, 2018 4.3k views59 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to University of New Orleans and be of some renown.

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

A factual list, featuring graduates like Ellen DeGeneres and Frank Ocean.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of New Orleans?” and “Which celebrities are University of New Orleans alumni?”
  • 1

    Ellen DeGeneres

    Television presenter, Comedian


    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana, United States of America

    Ellen Lee DeGeneres ( də-JEN-ər-əs; born January 26, 1958) is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer. She starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has...  more

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  • 2

    James H. Clark

    Entrepreneur, Computer scientist


    BirthplacePlainview, Texas

    James Henry Clark (born March 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape...  more
  • 3

    Wayne Cooper

    Fashion designer, Basketball player



    Artis Wayne Cooper (born November 16, 1956) is a retired American professional basketball player. He was born in Milan, Georgia. Cooper was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the second round...  more

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  • 4

    Allison Harvard

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, USA

    Allison Elizabeth Harvard (born January 8, 1988) is an American model, artist, actress, and Internet celebrity, best known as the runner-up of both cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model and America's...  more
  • 5

    Nicholas Payton

    Musician, Trumpeter


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Nicholas Payton (born September 26, 1973) is an American trumpet player and multi-instrumentalist. A Grammy Award winner, he is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is also a prolific and provocative...  more

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  • 6


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    James J. "Jim" Donelon has been the Republican insurance commissioner of Louisiana since February 15, 2006. Donelon won a full-term as commissioner in the October 20, 2007 nonpartisan blanket...  more
  • 7

    Joel Chaisson

    Politician, Lawyer


    Joel Thomas Chaisson, II (born August 21, 1960) is an American Democratic politician who is currently the District Attorney in St. Charles Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. Chaisson is a...  more
  • 8

    Ervin Johnson

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Ervin Johnson (born December 21, 1967) is an American retired professional basketball center who played in the National Basketball Association from 1993 to 2006. He currently resides in Colorado as a...  more
  • 9

    Harry Watters

    Musician, Bandleader

    BirthplaceHuntsville, Alabama

    Harry Watters (born in Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.) is a noted jazz trombonist. He has performed across the United States with many jazz artists including Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, Shirley Jones, and...  more
  • 10

    Taryn Terrell

    Stunt Performer, Wrestler


    BirthplaceUSA, New Orleans, Louisiana

    Taryn Nicole Dryden (née Terrell; born December 28, 1985) is a ring announcer, referee, model, actress, stunt woman and retired professional wrestler . She is best known for her time with Total...  more
  • 11

    Melinda Schwegmann

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Melinda B. Schwegmann (born October 25, 1946) is a former lieutenant governor of the U.S. state of Louisiana. With service from 1992 to 1996, she is the first woman to have held the position. She...  more
  • 12

    Carl Crane

    Businessperson, Politician


    Carl Norman Crane (born October 28, 1939) is a Republican former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives in which he served from 1982 to 2008. He represented District 70 in East Baton Rouge...  more
  • 13

    Ruben Armiñana

    Ruben Armiñana (born May 15, 1947) is a political scientist who served as the sixth president of Sonoma State University from 1992 to 2016. He is the first Cuban-American to head a campus in the...  more
  • 14

    Tony Harris

    Tony Dwayne Harris (born May 13, 1967) is a retired American basketball player. After spending high school at Roosevelt in East Chicago, he later went to University of New Orleans. Harris debuted in...  more
  • 15

    Walter Boasso

    Politician, Business


    BirthplaceArabi, Louisiana, United States of America

    Walter Joseph Boasso (born May 10, 1960) is an American businessman and Democratic former state senator from Chalmette, the seat of government of St. Bernard Parish in south Louisiana. He was...  more
  • 16

    Wilbur Holland

    Wilbur Holland (born November 8, 1951) is a retired American basketball player. A 6'0" guard from Columbus, Georgia, Holland played college basketball at the University of New Orleans, where he led...  more
  • 17

    Humberto Fontova

    Commentator, Author


    BirthplaceHavana, Cuba

    Humberto Fontova (born 1954) is a Cuban-American author, blogger, political commentator, and conservative polemicist. A critic of the Cuban government, many of his works are aimed at correcting the...  more
  • 18

    Héctor Romero

    Héctor Orlando Romero Rivas (born January 3, 1980) is a Venezuelan former professional basketball player....  more
  • 19
    Andrew John Seigle (born May 15, 1972 in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is a Filipino-American retired professional basketball player in the Philippine Basketball Association. He was also a member of the...  more
  • 20

    Mike Quade

    Manager, Coach


    BirthplaceEvanston, Illinois

    Gregory Mike Quade (pronounced: KWAH-dee) (born March 12, 1957) is an American professional baseball coach and manager. The manager of the Rochester Red Wings, Triple-A farm system affiliate of the...  more
  • 21

    Charles Foti

    Sheriff, Lawyer


    Charles Carmen Foti, Jr. (born November 30, 1937), is a lawyer in New Orleans and a politician who served a single term from 2004 to 2008 as the Democratic Attorney General of the U.S. state of...  more
  • 22


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Peter Halley (born September 24, 1953) is an American artist and a central figure in the Neo-Conceptualist movement of the 1980s. Known for his Day-Glo geometric paintings, Halley is also regarded as...  more
  • 23

    Max Hardberger

    Florian Max Hardberger (born November 19, 1948) is an American adventurer, ship captain, aviator, ship recovery specialist, admiralty lawyer and author of maritime fiction and non-fiction adventures....  more
  • 24

    Michael L. Kurtz

    Historian, Professor


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Michael L. Kurtz is an American historian. A Southeastern Louisiana University professor emeritus of history, he is known for his research into the assassination of John F. Kennedy, in which Kurtz...  more
  • 25
    Jeremy Davenport (born 1970 in St. Louis, Missouri) is an American jazz trumpeter and singer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. Jeremy Davenport was born in St. Louis, Missouri into a family of...  more