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Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to University of Rhode Island and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include Lamar Odom, Masta Ace and many more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Rhode Island?” and “Which celebrities are University of Rhode Island alumni?”
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Lamar Odom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Basketball player, Actor

Age: 39

Birthplace: South Jamaica, New York City, New York, United States of America

Lamar Joseph Odom (born November 6, 1979) is an American professional basketball player. As a member of the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA), he won NBA ...more

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Christiane Amanpour is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Journalist

Age: 61

Birthplace: England, London

Christiane Maria Heideh Amanpour ( (listen); Persian: كرستين امانپور‎, romanized: Kristiane Amānpur; born 12 January 1958) is a British-Iranian journalist and television host. Amanpour is the ...more

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Nancy McKinstry is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 60

Birthplace: Connecticut

Nancy McKinstry (born 4 January 1959), is an American businesswoman, now living in the Netherlands, and is CEO and chairman of the executive board of Wolters Kluwer since September 2003, and a ...more
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Peter Frechette is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island, United States of America

Peter Frechette ( frə-SHET; born October 3, 1956) is an American actor. He is a stage actor with two Tony Award nominations for Eastern Standard and Our Country's Good, and frequently stars in ...more
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Steve Furness is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 50 (1950-2000)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Stephen Robert "Steve" Furness (December 5, 1950 – February 9, 2000) was an American defensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Detroit Lions of the National Football League, and ...more
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Peter Courtney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

Age: 75

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Peter C. Courtney (born June 18, 1943) is an American politician, lawyer, and professor who is currently a Democratic member of the Oregon State Senate, representing the 11th District (in Marion ...more
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Lincoln Almond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 82

Birthplace: Central Falls, Rhode Island, United States of America

Lincoln Carter Almond (born June 16, 1936) is an American attorney, politician and member of the Republican Party. Almond served as United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island from ...more
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James J. Roberts is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Journalist, Drummer

Age: 72

James J. Roberts (born 1947) is an American writer, journalist, radio and television news anchor, documentarian, and commentator. Primarily a journalist, Roberts received national recognition ...more
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John F. McBurney III is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 68

Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States of America

John F. McBurney III (born December 8, 1950) was a Democratic member of the Rhode Island Senate, representing the 15th district from 1974 to 2010. McBurney first won election to the Senate in ...more
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J. T. Walsh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 55 (1943-1998)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

James Thomas Patrick "J. T." Walsh (September 28, 1943 – February 27, 1998) was an American actor. He appeared in many films, notably Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), A Few Good Men ...more
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Leon J. LaPorte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

Age: 72

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island

Leon J. LaPorte (born October 5, 1946) is a retired United States Army General who served as Commander, 1st Cavalry Division from 1995 through 1997 and as Commander, United States Forces Korea ...more
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Robert Weygand is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Politician, Architect

Age: 70

Birthplace: Bristol County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Massachusetts, + more

Robert A. "Bob" Weygand (born May 10, 1948) was a member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 until 2001. He is a Democrat from Rhode Island.
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John King is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Journalist, Actor

Age: 55

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

John King (born August 30, 1963) is an American news anchor. He is CNN's chief national correspondent, based in Washington, DC, and is anchor of its roundtable political discussion program ...more
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Charles J. Fogarty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Politician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

Charles Joseph Fogarty, Jr., also known as Charlie Fogarty (born September 15, 1955) was the 67th lieutenant governor of the U.S. State of Rhode Island. He is a Democrat. Fogarty served two full ...more
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Rick Moser is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Actor, American football player

Age: 62

Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America

Richard Avery Moser (born December 18, 1956) is an American actor and a former football running back who played for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs, and Tampa Bay ...more
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Jeff Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Jeff Williams American football player

Age: 63

Birthplace: Gloucester, Massachusetts

Jeffrey Scott Williams (born April 15, 1955) is a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for the Los Angeles Rams, Washington Redskins, San Diego ...more
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Lou Abbruzzi is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 65 (1917-1982)

Birthplace: Warren, Rhode Island

Louis John "Duke" Abbruzzi (April 3, 1917 – December 6, 1982) was an American football player. He spent one season with the Boston Yanks of the National Football League (NFL) as a ...more
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Cuttino Mobley is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played from 1998 to 2008 in the NBA.

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Dana Quigley is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Dana Quigley Golfer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Lynnfield, Massachusetts

Dana C. Quigley (born April 14, 1947) is an American professional golfer. Quigley was born in Lynnfield, Massachusetts. He graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 1969 and turned ...more
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Frank Ferrara is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Stunt Performer, Actor, American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Frank Ferrara, Jr. (born November 7, 1975) is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League, playing three years for the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles. He ...more
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James M. Loy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

Age: 76

Birthplace: Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States of America

James Milton Loy is a former United States Coast Guard admiral who served as the acting U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security in 2005 and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security from December ...more
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J. Joseph Garrahy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 82 (1930-2012)

Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America

John Joseph Garrahy (November 26, 1930 – January 24, 2012), known to Rhode Islanders as J. Joseph Garrahy or just "Joe", was an American politician. He served as the 69th Governor of ...more
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Mary Jane Clark is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni
Mary Jane Clark Novelist, Author

Age: 65

Mary Jane Clark (born 1954; Mary Jane Elizabeth Behrends) is an American author of two series of suspense novels. Her first twelve books are media thrillers influenced by her three decades of ...more
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James W. Carey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

Age: Dec. at 71 (1935-2006)

James William Carey (7 September 1934 – 23 May 2006) was an American communication theorist, media critic, and a journalism instructor at the University of Illinois, and later at Columbia ...more
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Pat Abbruzzi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

Age: Dec. at 66 (1932-1998)

Birthplace: Warren, Rhode Island

Pasquale "Pat" Abbruzzi, (August 29, 1932 – June 3, 1998) was an American college and professional Canadian football running back and a successful high school football coach. Abbruzzi ...more