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

This list contains notable UNC Tar Heels like Michael Jordan, Stuart Scott, and many other famous North Carolina Alumni who proudly rocked the "North Carolina" blue.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill?” and “Which celebrities are University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill alumni?”

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Michael Jordan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Spokesperson, Basketball player, Entrepreneur Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player. He is also an entrepreneur, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte ...more

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer Lewis Niles Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or ...more

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Chris Matthews is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Commentator, Talk show host, Journalist Christopher John "Chris" Matthews is an American political commentator and news anchor known for his nightly hour-long talk show, Hardball with Chris Matthews, which is televised on ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer Johnny Reid "John" Edwards is an American politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate ...more

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Stuart Scott is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Sports commentator Stuart Orlando Scott was an American sportscaster and anchor on ESPN, most notably on the network's SportsCenter. Well known for his hip-hop style and use of catchphrases, Scott was also a ...more

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Elizabeth Edwards is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Author, Lawyer Mary Elizabeth Anania Edwards was an American attorney, a best-selling author and a health care activist. She was married to John Edwards, the former U.S. Senator from North Carolina who was the ...more

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James K. Polk is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician, Farmer, Lawyer James Knox Polk was the 11th President of the United States. Polk was born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. He later lived in and represented Tennessee. A Democrat, Polk served as the 17th ...more

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Andy Griffith is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Andy Samuel Griffith was an American actor, television producer, Grammy Award-winning Southern-gospel singer, and writer. He was a Tony Award nominee for two roles, and gained prominence in the ...more

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John Forsythe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Film Producer, Actor John Forsythe was an American stage, television, and film actor. Forsythe starred in three television series, spanning four decades and three genres: as single playboy father, Bentley Gregg, in ...more

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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor, Sports commentator, American football player Lawrence Julius Taylor, nicknamed "L.T.", is a Hall of Fame former American football player. Taylor played his entire professional career as a linebacker for the New York Giants in the ...more

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Vince Carter is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete Vincent Lamar "Vince" Carter is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He is 6'6" and can ...more

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Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Pilot, Painter, Journalist Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in ...more

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Liza Huber is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor Liza Victoria Huber is an American television actress, best known for her role as Gwen Hotchkiss on the daytime soap Passions. She is the daughter of actress Susan Lucci. She is of Italian, ...more

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Sallie Krawcheck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Businessperson Ms. Krawcheck is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Global Wealth Management. Until March 2007, Ms. Krawcheck served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy for Citigroup

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Allard K. Lowenstein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician Allard Kenneth Lowenstein was a Democratic politician, a one-term congressman representing the 5th District in Nassau County, New York from 1969 until 1971. His work on civil rights and the ...more

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Rick Fox is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player, Actor, Athlete Ulrich Alexander "Rick" Fox is a Canadian television actor and retired professional basketball player who last played for the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.

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Jim Neal is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur

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Thomas Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Novelist, Author, Writer Thomas Clayton Wolfe was a major American novelist of the early twentieth century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing ...more

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Rives Kistler is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Judge Rives Kistler is an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. After college and law school on the East Coast, he moved to Oregon where he worked in private practice before joining the ...more

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Julian Robertson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Julian H. Robertson Jr. KNZM is an American former hedge fund manager. Now retired, Robertson invests directly in other hedge funds, most run by former employees of Robertson's defunct hedge ...more

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Brian Hargrove is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Brian Hargrove is an American television writer and producer. He was a co-creator of the television series Titus, along with Christopher Titus and Jack Kenny.

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Frank Bruni is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Journalist, Author, Food critic Frank Anthony Bruni is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of the New York Times, from 2004 to 2009. In June 2011, he was named an Op-Ed columnist for the newspaper—its ...more

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Charles Kuralt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Journalist Charles Kuralt was an American journalist. He was most widely known for his long career with CBS, first for his "On the Road" segments on The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, and ...more

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Minnie Bruce Pratt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Poet, Educator, Essayist Minnie Bruce Pratt is an American educator, activist and essayist. She is a Professor of Writing and Women’s Studies at Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York where she was invited to help ...more

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Julius Peppers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Athlete, American football player Julius Frazier Peppers is an American football player for the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for the University of North Carolina, and was ...more

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Francis Collins is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Geneticist, Scientist, Author Francis Sellers Collins is an American physician-geneticist noted for his discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project. He is director of the National Institutes ...more

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Holden Thorp is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Chemist, Teacher Herbert Holden Thorp is an American chemist, inventor, musician, professor, and entrepreneur. He served as the tenth chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Thorp assumed ...more

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Dan Cortese is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Spokesperson, Television director, VJ Daniel James "Dan" Cortese is an American actor, professional wrestler, director and spokesperson. He is the former WCWF Heavyweight Champion, and one of the innovators of the American ...more

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Rick Dees is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Businessperson, Songwriter, Comedian Rigdon Osmond "Rick" Dees III is an American radio personality, stand-up comedian, actor, and voice artist, best known for his internationally syndicated radio show The Rick Dees ...more

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Sam Ervin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician Samuel James "Sam" Ervin, Jr. was an American politician. A Democrat, he served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina from 1954 to 1974. A native of Morganton, he liked to call himself ...more

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Rashad McCants is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player Rashad Dion McCants is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for Trotamundos de Carabobo of the Liga Profesional de Baloncesto.

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Sharon Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor Sharon Elizabeth Lawrence is an American actress, singer, and dancer. She is best known for the role of Sylvia Costas Sipowicz in the ABC drama series NYPD Blue. The role garnered her a ...more

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Wyatt Cenac is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Wyatt Cenac is an American stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. He is a former correspondent and writer on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, airing his last segment on December 13, 2012.

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Zach Wamp is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Zachary Paul "Zach" Wamp is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 3rd congressional district from 1995 to 2011. He is a member of the Republican Party. ...more

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Mitch Kupchak is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Mitchell "Mitch" Kupchak is a retired American basketball player and current general manager of the Los Angeles Lakers.

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John S. Arrowood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Judge, Lawyer John S. Arrowood is an American attorney and judge who, in August 2007, was appointed to the North Carolina Court of Appeals by Governor Mike Easley, replacing Judge Eric L. Levinson, who had ...more

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R. G. Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor, Playwright Robert Golden Armstrong, Jr., known as R. G. Armstrong, was an American actor and playwright. A veteran character actor who appeared in dozens of Westerns over the course of his 40-year career, ...more

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Rasheed Wallace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player Rasheed Abdul "Sheed" Wallace is a retired American professional basketball forward who played 16 seasons in the National Basketball Association. A native of Philadelphia, ...more

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Erwin Raphael McManus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Public speaker, Poet, Musician Erwin Raphael McManus is an American author, lecturer, and pastor of Salvadorean descent. McManus is the lead pastor of Mosaic Church, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California which has ...more

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David Price is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician, Political scientist David Eugene Price is a professor and the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 4th congressional district, serving since 1997 and previously from 1987 to 1995. He is a member of the ...more

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David Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Journalist, Screenwriter David McClure Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The ...more

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Charles E. Brady, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Astronaut, Physician Charles Eldon Brady, Jr. was an American physician, a Captain in the United States Navy and a NASA astronaut.

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Larry Brown is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Coach Lawrence Harvey "Larry" Brown is an American basketball coach, who is currently the head coach at Southern Methodist University. He is the only coach in basketball history to win both ...more

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Charles Moose is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Police officer, Writer Charles Alexander Moose is an American author and former police officer. He is best known for his role as being the primary official in charge of the efforts to apprehend the D.C. snipers in ...more

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Jim Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Politician James Hayes Shofner "Jim" Cooper is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 5th congressional district, serving since 2003. He is a member of the Democratic Party and the Blue Dog ...more

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Lionel Stander is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Lionel Jay Stander was an American actor in films, radio, theater and television.

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Brandan Wright is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player Brandan Keith Wright is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association. Growing up in Tennessee, Wright fast became a ...more

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Samarendra Nath Roy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Mathematician, Statistician Samarendra Nath Roy or S. N. Roy was an Indian-born American mathematician and an applied statistician.

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Kenny Smith is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Basketball player, Actor, Sports commentator Kenneth "Kenny" Smith is a retired American professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association and went on to become a TV basketball analyst, primarily ...more

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Billy Crudup is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill Alumni
Actor, Voice acting William Gaither "Billy" Crudup is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Russell Hammond in Almost Famous, Will Bloom in Big Fish, and as the voice of the MasterCard ...more