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Famous University Of Tennessee Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 41.3k views476 items

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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different graduates, including Peyton Manning and Terrell Owens.

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

    Peyton Manning

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Peyton Williams Manning (born March 24, 1976) is a former American football quarterback who played 18 seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the Indianapolis Colts. Considered...  more

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  • 2


    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, USA

    Tina Marie Wesson is an American nurse, motivational speaker, and reality TV personality who won $1,000,000 as the winner of the second season of Survivor, on Survivor: The Australian Outback in...  more
  • 3

    AgeDec. at 70 (1939-2010)

    BirthplaceMcLemoresville, Tennessee, USA

    Dixie Virginia Carter (May 25, 1939 – April 10, 2010) was an American film, television and stage actress and singer. She starred as Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom Designing Women (1986–93), and as...  more

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  • 4

    Bernard King

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bernard King (born December 4, 1956) is an American retired professional basketball player at the small forward position in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played 14 seasons with the...  more

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  • 5

    Jeffrey Ashby



    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Jeffrey Shears "Bones" Ashby (born June 16, 1954) is an American mechanical engineer, and former naval officer and aviator, test pilot and NASA astronaut, a veteran of three Space Shuttle missions....  more
  • 6


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Logan Marshall-Green (born November 1, 1976) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the television series 24, The O.C., Traveler, Dark Blue and Quarry, as well as his roles in the films...  more

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  • 7

    Min Kao



    BirthplaceZhushan, Nantou

    Min H. Kao (traditional Chinese: 高民環; simplified Chinese: 高民环; pinyin: Gāo Mínhuán) is a Taiwanese-born American electrical engineer, businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Garmin...  more
  • 8

    Albert Haynesworth

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceHartsville, South Carolina

    Albert George Haynesworth III (born June 17, 1981) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football at the...  more

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  • 9

    Candace Parker

    Basketball player, Actor


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Candace Nicole Parker (born April 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball player who plays for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She was the first...  more
  • 10

    Lou Albano

    Wrestler, Actor

    AgeDec. at 76 (1933-2009)

    Alternative Name"Captain" Lou Albano

    Louis Vincent Albano (29 July 1933 – 14 October 2009) was an Italian-American professional wrestler, manager and actor. He was active as a professional wrestler from 1953 until 1969 before becoming a...  more


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  • 11

    Jason Allen

    American football player


    BirthplaceMuscle Shoals, Alabama

    Jason Jamar Allen (born July 5, 1983) is a former American football defensive back. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins 16th overall of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football at Tennessee....  more

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  • 12

    Charlie Ergen



    BirthplaceOakridge, Tennessee

    Charles William Ergen (born March 1, 1953) is an American businessman. He is co-founder and current Chairman of Dish Network and EchoStar. He stepped down as CEO of Dish in May 2011 in favor of...  more
  • 13

    Mel Tillis

    Singer-songwriter, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, Florida, Dover

    Lonnie Melvin Tillis (August 8, 1932 – November 19, 2017) was an American country music singer and songwriter. Although he recorded songs since the late 1950s, his biggest success occurred in the...  more

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  • 14

    Clarence Brown

    Film Producer, Film Editor

    AgeDec. at 97 (1890-1987)

    BirthplaceClinton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Clarence Leon Brown (May 10, 1890 – August 17, 1987) was an American film director....  more
  • 15
    Zachary Paul Wamp (born October 28, 1957) 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...  more
  • 16
    Benjamin "Coach" Wade is an American reality television personality best known for being a contestant on Survivor: Tocantins, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: South Pacific. Born in...  more

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  • 17
    Christopher Bryan Moneymaker (born November 21, 1975, in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American poker player who won the Main Event at the 2003 World Series of Poker (WSOP). His 2003 win is said to have...  more
  • 18

    Henry Cho

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceKnoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Henry Cho (born December 30, 1962) is an American stand-up comedian. His work can be heard nationwide several times weekly on XM Radio's Channel 151, Laugh USA, Sirius Radio's Blue Collar Radio...  more


    #201 of 279 American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the USA#16 of 33 The Funniest Clean Comedians of All Time

  • 19

    Reggie White

    Actor, American football player

    AgeDec. at 43 (1961-2004)

    BirthplaceChattanooga, Tennessee, United States of America

    Reginald Howard White (December 19, 1961 – December 26, 2004) was an American professional football player who played defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for 15 seasons during the...  more

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  • 20

    Margaret Rhea Seddon

    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplaceMurfreesboro, Tennessee

    Margaret Rhea Seddon (born November 8, 1947) is a physician and retired NASA astronaut. After being selected as part of the first group of astronauts to include women, she flew on three Space Shuttle...  more
  • 21

    Scott Kelly

    Flight engineer, Astronaut


    BirthplaceOrange, New Jersey, USA

    Scott Kelly may refer to: Scott Kelly (astronaut) (born 1964), American astronaut Scott Kelly (musician) (born 1967), American musician Scott Kelly (politician) (1927–2005), American politician...  more
  • 22

    C. J. Watson

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Charles "C. J." Akeem Watson Jr. (born April 17, 1984) is an American professional basketball player for Uşak Sportif of the Turkish Basketball Super League. He played college basketball for the...  more
  • 23

    Phil Roe



    BirthplaceClarksville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Philip or Phil Roe may refer to: Phil Roe (politician) (born 1945), American politician and U.S. Representative Phil Roe (footballer) (born 1991), English footballer Philip L. Roe, British professor...  more
  • 24

    Heath Shuler

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceBryson City, North Carolina, United States of America

    Joseph Heath Shuler (born December 31, 1971) is an American businessman, former NFL quarterback, and former U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 11th congressional district from 2007 to 2013. He...  more
  • 25

    Randolph Bresnik

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot


    BirthplaceFort Knox, Kentucky

    Randolph James "Komrade" Bresnik (born September 11, 1967) is a retired officer in the United States Marine Corps and an active NASA astronaut. A Marine Aviator by trade, Bresnik was selected as a...  more
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List Rules: People on this list must have gone to University of Tennessee and be of some renown.