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

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

List ranges from Bruce Lee to Anna Faris and more.

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

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Anna Faris is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer Anna Kay Faris is an American actress and singer. She is known for her comedic roles as Cindy Campbell in the Wayans brothers' Scary Movie film series, Kelly in Lost in Translation, Shelley in ...more

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Bruce Lee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Martial Arts Instructor, Film Producer, Screenwriter Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese ...more

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Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Criminal Theodore Robert "Ted" Bundy was an American serial killer, kidnapper, rapist, and necrophile who assaulted and murdered numerous young women and girls during the 1970s and possibly ...more

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Jim Caviezel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor James Patrick "Jim" Caviezel is an American actor. He is perhaps best known for portraying Jesus Christ in the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. Other notable roles include the ...more

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Rainn Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Rainn Dietrich Wilson is an American actor who is well known for his Emmy-nominated role as the egomaniac Dwight Schrute on the American version of the television comedy The Office. He also ...more

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Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Accountant, Comedian, Television producer Julia Anne Sweeney is an American actress, comedian and author. She is known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for her autobiographical solo shows. She played Mrs. Keeper ...more

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David Kopay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
American football player David Marquette Kopay is a former American football running back in the National Football League who in 1975 became one of the first professional athletes to come out as gay. Kopay attended ...more

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Waldo Semon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Inventor Waldo Lonsbury Semon was a renowned American inventor born in Demopolis, Alabama. He is credited with inventing methods for making polyvinyl chloride useful.

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Angela Melini is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni

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Marko Liias is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Politician Marko Liias is an American politician from Washington. He is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing the 21st legislative district. The district, located entirely within ...more

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Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Writer Kenneth Wayne "Ken" Jennings III is an American game show contestant and author. Jennings holds the record for the longest winning streak on the U.S. syndicated game show Jeopardy! and ...more

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George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut, Actor George Driver "Pinky" Nelson, Ph.D. is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

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Stanley G. Love is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut Dr. Stanley G. Love, Ph.D. is an American scientist and a NASA astronaut.

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Willis Harman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Professor, Researcher, Electrical engineer Willis Harman was an American engineer, social scientist, academic, futurist, writer, and visionary. He is best remembered for his work with SRI International, for being president of the ...more

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Donald Bren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Businessperson, Real estate development Donald Bren is the son of Milton H. Bren.

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Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Programmer, Researcher, Hacker Appelbaum is a Staff Research Scientist in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on computer security and privacy with a ...more

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Bonnie J. Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar is a former NASA astronaut. She retired from NASA in September 2005. She then served as president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010. Dr. Dunbar now leads the ...more

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Dominic A. Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut Dominic Anthony "Tony" Antonelli is a NASA astronaut. Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in both Indiana and North Carolina. He is married and has two children.

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Patrick Duffy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Television director, Actor Patrick Duffy is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing from 1978 to 1985 and from 1986 to 1991. Duffy returned to reprise ...more

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Joel McHale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Joel Edward McHale is an American comedian, actor, writer, television producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC comedy series ...more

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Robinson Jeffers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Poet, Environmentalist John Robinson Jeffers was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Most of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic form, but today he is also known for ...more

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Gregory C. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut Gregory Carl "Ray J" Johnson, is a NASA astronaut and a retired captain in the United States Navy who spent his military career in both the Regular United States Navy and the Navy ...more

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Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor, Artist, Photographer Imogen Cunningham was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the California-based Group f/64, known for its ...more

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George H. Hitchings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
George Herbert Hitchings was an American doctor who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir James Black and Gertrude Elion "for their discoveries of important ...more

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John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Environmentalist, Conservationist

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Edward Felten is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Professor, Computer scientist Edward William Felten is a Professor of Computer Science and Public Affairs at Princeton University. On November 4, 2010, he was named the Chief Technologist for the Federal Trade Commission, a ...more

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Jessamyn West is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Librarian Jessamyn Charity West is an American librarian and blogger, best known as the creator of librarian.net and for her unconventional views on her profession. She is a former member of the American ...more

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Bob Sapp is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist, Comedian Robert Malcolm "Bob" Sapp is an American professional wrestler, actor, comedian and former American football player best known for his career as a kickboxer and mixed martial artist. ...more

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Tom Foley is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Thomas Stephen "Tom" Foley was an American lawyer and politician from the state of Washington. He was the 57th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, serving from 1989 ...more

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Mark Brunell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
American football player Mark Allen Brunell is an American football coach and former quarterback who is the current head coach at the Episcopal School of Jacksonville. He was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the ...more

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Tank Johnson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
American football player Terry "Tank" Johnson is a former American professional football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the second round of the 2004 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Ella Raines is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor Ella Wallace Raines was an American film and television actress.

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Frances Farmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor Frances Elena Farmer was an American actress and television host. She is perhaps better known for sensationalized accounts of her life, especially her involuntary commitment to a mental ...more

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Dyan Cannon is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Screenwriter Dyan Cannon is an American film and television actress, director, screenwriter, editor, and producer.

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William H. Gates, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Lawyer William Henry "Bill" Gates, Sr. is a retired American attorney and philanthropist and author of the book Showing Up for Life: Thoughts on the Gifts of a Lifetime. He is the father of ...more

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Howard Percy Robertson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Mathematician, Physicist Howard Percy Robertson was an American mathematician and physicist known for contributions related to physical cosmology and the uncertainty principle. He was Professor of Mathematical Physics ...more

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David A. Johnston is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
David Alexander Johnston was an American USGS volcanologist who died during the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington. A principal scientist on the monitoring team, Johnston perished ...more

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Michael Forest is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Gerald Michael Charlebois, better known as Michael Forest is an American actor who provides the voices for many animated titles. At the age of 71, he played the voice of Prince Olympius in Power ...more

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Steven Rogel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Steven R. Rogel is the former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Weyerhaeuser Company. Rogel has been a member of the company's board of directors since December 1, 1997, and ...more

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Dawn Wells is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor Dawn Elberta Wells is an American actress widely known for her role as Mary Ann Summers on the CBS sitcom, Gilligan's Island, during its run from 1964 until 1967.

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Brock Adams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Politician, Sailor, Lawyer Brockman "Brock" Adams was an American politician and member of Congress. Adams was a Democrat from Washington and served as a U.S. Representative, Senator, and United States Secretary ...more

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Jerry Pournelle is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Essayist Jerry Eugene Pournelle is an American science fiction writer, essayist and journalist who contributed for many years to the computer magazine Byte. Pournelle served as President of the Science ...more

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Kim Thayil is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician Kim Thayil is an American musician best known as the lead guitarist of the Seattle-based rock band Soundgarden, which he cofounded with singer Chris Cornell and bassist Hiro Yamamoto in 1984. ...more

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Barry White is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter Barry White, was an American composer and singer-songwriter. A 3-time Grammy Award-winner known for his distinctive bass-baritone voice and romantic image, White's greatest success came in the ...more

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Chuck Close is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor, Artist, Photographer Charles Thomas "Chuck" Close is an American painter and photographer who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Close is known for using creative and ...more

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Nathan Gregory Silvermaster is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Businessperson Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, an economist with the United States War Production Board during World War II, was the head of a large ring of Communist spies in the U.S. government. It is from him ...more

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Tess Gallagher is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Poet Tess Gallagher is an American poet, essayist, and short story writer. She attended the University of Washington, where she studied creative writing with Theodore Roethke and later Nelson Bentley ...more

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Robert Osborne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Historian, Author, Actor Robert Jolin Osborne is an American actor and film historian best known as the primary host for Turner Classic Movies. Prior to TCM, Osborne had been a host on The Movie Channel.

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Alice B. Toklas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Writer Alice B. Toklas was an American-born member of the Parisian avant-garde of the early 20th century.

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Keye Luke is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Painter, Actor, Voice acting Keye Luke was a Chinese-born American actor. He was known for playing Lee Chan, the "Number One Son" in the Charlie Chan films, the original Kato in the 1939-1941 Green Hornet film ...more