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Famous University Of Rhode Island Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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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  • 1
    Basketball player, Actor

    Age41

    BirthplaceSouth 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 championships...  more

    #281 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#35 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time#70 of 133 The Best Small Forwards of All Time

  • 2

    Age63

    BirthplaceEngland, 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 Chief...  more

    #8 of 154 Famous Iranian Americans#34 of 65 The Most Influential News Anchors of All Time#141 of 269 The Most Powerful Women Of All Time

  • 3
    Businessperson

    Age62

    BirthplaceConnecticut

    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 member...  more
  • 4

    Age65

    BirthplaceWarwick, Rhode Island, USA

    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 the...  more
  • 5
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 49 (1950-2000)

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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 a member of...  more
  • 6
    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
  • 7
    Politician, Lawyer

    Age85

    BirthplaceCentral 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 1969...  more
  • 8
    Journalist, Drummer

    Age74

    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 for his...  more
  • 9

    Age70

    BirthplacePawtucket, 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 1974,...  more
  • 10

    AgeDec. at 54 (1943-1998)

    BirthplaceUSA, California, San Francisco

    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 (1992), Hoffa...  more

    #17 of 23 Actors Who Are the Best at Playing Sleazeballs#83 of 108 Famous People Who Use Initials In Their Names

  • 11
    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 until...  more
  • 12
    Politician, Architect

    Age73

    BirthplaceAttleboro, Massachusetts, United States of America

    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....  more
  • 13
    Journalist, Actor

    Age58

    BirthplaceDorchester, 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 Inside...  more
  • 14

    Age66

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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
  • 15
    Actor, American football player

    Age64

    BirthplaceWhite 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
  • 16
    American football player

    Age66

    BirthplaceGloucester, 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 Chargers,...  more
  • 17
    American football player

    AgeDec. at 65 (1917-1982)

    BirthplaceWarren, 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 special teams...  more
  • 18
    Basketball player

    Age46

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania

    Cuttino Rashawn Mobley (born September 1, 1975) is an American retired professional basketball player who played from 1998 to 2008 in the NBA....  more
  • 19

    Age74

    BirthplaceLynnfield, 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
  • 20
    Stunt Performer, Actor

    Age45

    BirthplaceNew 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 played...  more
  • 21
    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 4,...  more
  • 22

    AgeDec. at 81 (1930-2012)

    BirthplaceProvidence, 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 Rhode Island...  more
  • 23
    Novelist, Author

    Age67

    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
  • 24
    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 University....  more
  • 25
    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 played...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Rhode Island and be of some renown.