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

List features graduates like Dan Fouts, Norm Van Brocklin, and many more famous Oregon Ducks.

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

Take a look at this list of notable Oregon alumni.

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Chuck Palahniuk is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Chuck Palahniuk Journalist, Novelist, Screenwriter Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk is an American novelist and freelance journalist, who describes his work as transgressional fiction. He is the author of the award-winning novel Fight ...more

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Ty Burrell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Ty Burrell Businessperson, Comedian, Actor Tyler Gerald "Ty" Burrell is an American actor and comedian who is known for his role as Phil Dunphy in the ABC comedy Modern Family, for which he has won the Primetime Emmy Award for ...more

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Lindsay Wagner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Lindsay Wagner Model, Author, Actor Lindsay Jean Wagner is an American actress. She is best known for her portrayal of Jaime Sommers in the 1970s television series The Bionic Woman, though she has maintained a lengthy career in a ...more

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David Ogden Stiers is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
David Ogden Stiers Conductor, Television director, Musician David Ogden Stiers is a voice actor.

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Kaitlin Olson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Kaitlin Olson Actor Kaitlin Willow Olson is an American actress. A native of Oregon, Olson studied theatre in college and began her acting career as a member of the improvisational group Groundlings in Los Angeles. ...more

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Phil Knight is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Phil Knight Businessperson, Entrepreneur Philip H. Knight was born on February 24, 1938 in Portland, Oregon. He is the co-founder and Chairman of Nike, Inc... Knight attended the University of Oregon, where he received his bachelor's ...more

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Chael Sonnen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Chael Sonnen Entrepreneur, Promoter, Actor Chael Patrick Sonnen is an American former mixed martial artist who last competed in the light heavyweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Sonnen failed three drug tests in his ...more

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Ann Curry is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Ann Curry Newsreader, Photojournalist, Actor Ann Curry is an American television personality, news journalist and photojournalist. In June 2012, she became the National and International Correspondent/Anchor for NBC News and the Anchor at ...more

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Sam Adams is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Sam Adams American football player Sam Adams is a former professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League for fourteen seasons. He played college football at Texas A&M University, and ...more

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Walter Houser Brattain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Walter Houser Brattain 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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Ben Hogan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Ben Hogan Golfer William Ben Hogan was an American professional golfer, generally considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game. Born within six months of two other acknowledged golf greats ...more

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Randy Shilts is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Randy Shilts Journalist, Author Randy Shilts was a pioneering gay American journalist and author. He worked as a freelance reporter for both The Advocate and the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as for San Francisco Bay Area ...more

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Howard Hesseman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Howard Hesseman Comedian, Radio jockey, Actor Howard Hesseman is an American actor best known for playing disc jockey Johnny Fever on WKRP in Cincinnati and schoolteacher Charlie Moore on Head of the Class.

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Edgar Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Edgar Buchanan Actor, Dentist Edgar Buchanan was an American actor with a long career in both film and television, most familiar today as Uncle Joe Carson from the Petticoat Junction, Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies ...more

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Patty Larkin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Patty Larkin Singer-songwriter, Singer Patty Larkin is a Boston-based singer-songwriter and guitarist. Her music has been described as folk-urban pop music.

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Ann Bancroft is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Ann Bancroft Ann Bancroft is an American author, teacher, and adventurer. She was the first woman to successfully finish a number of arduous expeditions to the Arctic and Antarctic. She was inducted as ...more

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Jeff Whitty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Jeff Whitty Actor, Writer, Playwright Jeff Whitty is an American playwright. For the stage musical Avenue Q, he won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical.

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Stephen J. Cannell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Stephen J. Cannell Television director, Television producer, Novelist Stephen Joseph Cannell was an American television producer, writer, novelist and occasional actor, and the founder of Cannell Entertainment and The Cannell Studios.

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Dan Fouts is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Dan Fouts Athlete, American football player Daniel Francis Fouts is a retired Hall of Fame American football quarterback in the National Football League. Fouts played his entire professional career with the San Diego Chargers from 1973 ...more

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Neil Goldschmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Neil Goldschmidt Politician Neil Edward Goldschmidt is an American businessman and former Democratic politician from Oregon who held local, state and federal offices over three decades. After serving as the governor of ...more

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Maurine Neuberger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Maurine Neuberger Maurine Brown Neuberger-Solomon, best known as Maurine Neuberger was a United States senator for the State of Oregon from November 1960 to January 1967. She was the fourth woman elected to the ...more

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Ben Masters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Ben Masters Actor Ben Masters is an American actor who is best known for his portrayal of Julian Crane in daytime drama Passions from July 8, 1999 to the show's final episode on August 7, 2008.

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Don Simpson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Don Simpson Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Donald Clarence "Don" Simpson was an American film producer, screenwriter, and actor. Simpson, along with his producing partner Jerry Bruckheimer, produced such hit films as ...more

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Allison Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Allison Wolfe Songwriter, Singer Allison Wolfe is a Washington, DC-based singer, songwriter, and zine writer who has been the lead vocalist for several punk rock groups including Bratmobile and Partyline.

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Jamison Green is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Jamison Green Writer Jamison "James" Green is a leader in the transgender rights movement.

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Stephen Dow Beckham is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Stephen Dow Beckham Historian Stephen Dow Beckham is a noted American historian known for his work with Native Americans and the American West, especially the Pacific Northwest and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. He has ...more

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Paula Gunn Allen is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Paula Gunn Allen Poet, Novelist, Writer Paula Gunn Allen was a Native American poet, literary critic, lesbian activist, and novelist. Of mixed-race European-American and Native American descent, she identified with the Laguna Pueblo ...more

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John Essick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni

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Daniel Park is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Daniel Park Programmer, Software Engineer

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Lee Bollinger is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Lee Bollinger Professor, Lawyer Lee Carroll Bollinger is an American lawyer and educator who is serving as the 19th president of Columbia University. Formerly the president of the University of Michigan, he is a noted legal ...more

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Greg Behrendt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Greg Behrendt Comedian, Television producer, Musician Gregory Behrendt is an American comedian and author. His work as a script consultant to the HBO sitcom Sex and the City, starring Sarah Jessica Parker, paved the way for co-authoring of the New ...more

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Douglas Hofstadter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Douglas Hofstadter Professor, Author, Science writer Douglas Richard Hofstadter is an American professor of cognitive science whose research focuses on the sense of "I", consciousness, analogy-making, artistic creation, literary ...more

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Charles M. Lillis is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Charles M. Lillis Businessperson Charles M. Lillies, Ph.D. leads Castle Pines Capital LLC (CPC) strategy initiatives and is a member of CPCs Executive Credit Committee. Previously, he founded LoneTree Capitals investment and ...more

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Aaron Brooks is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Aaron Brooks Basketball player Aaron Jamal Brooks is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA. He was selected 26th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft. He won the NBA Most ...more

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Paul Peek is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Paul Peek Politician, Lawyer Paul Peek was an American attorney, Democratic politician and jurist. Peek practiced law in southern California prior to his election in 1936 to the California Assembly, where he served as ...more

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John Alan Robinson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
John Alan Robinson Mathematician, Journalist, Computer scientist John Alan Robinson is a philosopher, mathematician and computer scientist. He is University Professor Emeritus at Syracuse University, United States. Alan Robinson's major contribution is to the ...more

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John Markoff is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
John Markoff Journalist, Writer John Markoff is a journalist best known for his work at The New York Times, and a book and series of articles about the 1990s pursuit and capture of hacker Kevin Mitnick.

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Gary Stevens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Gary Stevens Politician Gary Stevens is a Republican member of the Alaska Senate, representing the R District since his appointment in February 2003. He was previously a member of the Alaska House of Representatives ...more

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Alfred E. Reames is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Alfred E. Reames Lawyer Alfred Evan Reames was an American attorney and politician from the state of Oregon. A native Oregonian, he served as a United States Senator for nine months in 1938. A Democrat, he practiced ...more

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Joey Harrington is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Joey Harrington American football player John Joseph "Joey" Harrington, Jr. is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions third overall in the 2002 NFL Draft, where he played for most of his ...more

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Chris Brant is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni

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David Cass is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
David Cass David Cass was a professor of economics at the University of Pennsylvania, mostly known for his contributions to general equilibrium theory. His most famous work was on the Ramsey–Cass–Koopmans ...more

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David Mack is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
David Mack Police officer David Anthony Mack, is a former Los Angeles Police Department Rampart Division Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums officer. He was one of the central figures in the LAPD Rampart police ...more

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Keith Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Keith Lewis American football player Keith D'Andre Lewis is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round in 2004 NFL Draft. He played college football at Oregon. Lewis has also ...more

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William V. Roth, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
William V. Roth, Jr. Lawyer William Victor "Bill" Roth, Jr. was an American lawyer and politician from Wilmington, Delaware. He was a veteran of World War II and a member of the Republican Party, who served as ...more

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Kenneth Snelson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Kenneth Snelson Sculptor, Artist, Photographer Kenneth Snelson is an American contemporary sculptor and photographer. His sculptural works are composed of flexible and rigid components arranged according to the idea of 'tensegrity'. Snelson ...more

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Reuben Droughns is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Reuben Droughns American football player Reuben Droughns is a retired American football running back who is currently the assistant coach for the Serbian team Vukovi Beograd, the two-time champions of the Central European Football ...more

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Maurice Morris is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Maurice Morris American football player Maurice Autora Morris is a former American football running back. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft and also played for the Detroit Lions. He ...more

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Kent Beck is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Kent Beck Software Engineer Kent Beck is an American software engineer and the creator of Extreme Programming, a software development methodology which eschews rigid formal specification for a collaborative and iterative ...more

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Peter DeFazio is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Oregon Alumni
Peter DeFazio Politician Peter Anthony DeFazio is the U.S. Representative for Oregon's 4th congressional district, serving since 1987. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes Eugene, Springfield, ...more