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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

Age: 42

Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland

Anna Kay Faris (; born November 29, 1976) is an American actress, voice artist, producer, podcaster, and author. Faris rose to prominence for her work in comedic roles, particularly the lead ...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

Age: Dec. at 33 (1940-1973)

Birthplace: Chinatown, California, United States of America

Lee Jun-fan (Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973), known professionally as Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍), was a Hong Kong-American actor, director, martial artist, martial arts ...more

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Ted Bundy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Criminal

Age: Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Burlington, Vermont, United States of America

Theodore Robert Bundy (born Theodore Robert Cowell; November 24, 1946 – January 24, 1989) was an American serial killer and necrophile who kidnapped, raped, and murdered numerous young women and ...more

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Jim Caviezel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor

Age: 50

Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Washington, United States of America

James Patrick Caviezel (; born September 26, 1968) is an American actor. Caviezel is known for his portrayal of Jesus Christ in the film The Passion of the Christ (2004) and for his starring ...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

Age: 53

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Rainn Dietrich Wilson (born January 20, 1966) is an American actor, comedian, writer, director, businessman, and producer. He is best known for his role as Dwight Schrute on the NBC sitcom The ...more
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Julia Sweeney is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Accountant, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 59

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

Julia Anne Sweeney (born October 10, 1958) is an American actress, comedian and author. She was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1990 to 1994. She played Mrs. Keeper in the film Stuart ...more

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David Kopay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
American football player

Age: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

David Marquette Kopay (born June 28, 1942) 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

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Waldo Semon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 101 (1898-1999)

Birthplace: Demopolis, Alabama

Waldo Lonsbury Semon (September 10, 1898 – May 26, 1999) was an 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
Actor

Age: 49

Birthplace: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Marko Liias is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Politician

Age: 37

Birthplace: Edmonds, Washington

Marko Liias (born July 17, 1981) is an American politician from Washington. He is a Democratic member of the Washington State Senate, representing the 21st legislative district. The district, ...more
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Ken Jennings is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Ken Jennings Software Engineer, Computer scientist, Writer

Age: 44

Birthplace: Edmonds, Washington, United States of America

Kenneth Wayne Jennings III (born May 23, 1974) is an American game show contestant, computer scientist, and author. He is the second highest-earning American game show contestant of all time. ...more
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George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut, Actor

Age: 68

Birthplace: Charles City, Iowa

George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born (1950-07-13)July 13, 1950) 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

Age: 53

Birthplace: San Diego, California

Stanley Glen Love, Ph.D. (born June 8, 1965) is an American scientist and a NASA astronaut from Oregon.
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Willis Harman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Professor, Researcher, Electrical engineer

Age: Dec. at 79 (1918-1997)

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Willis W. Harman (August 16, 1918 – January 30, 1997) was an American engineer, futurist, and author associated with the human potential movement. He was convinced that late industrial ...more
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Donald Bren is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Businessperson, Real estate development

Age: 86

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Donald Leroy Bren (born May 11, 1932) is an American businessman who is chairman and sole owner of the Irvine Company, a US real estate investment company. Bren's net worth is approximately ...more
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Jacob Appelbaum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Programmer, Researcher, Hacker

Age: 36

Jacob Appelbaum (born 1 April 1983) is an American doctoral candidate in cryptography, independent journalist, computer security researcher, artist, and hacker. He studies at the Eindhoven ...more
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Bonnie J. Dunbar is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut, Scientist, Engineer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Sunnyside, Washington

Bonnie Jeanne Dunbar (born March 3, 1949) is a former NASA astronaut. She retired from NASA in September 2005 then served as president and CEO of The Museum of Flight until April 2010. From ...more
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Dominic A. Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 51

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Dominic Anthony "Tony" Antonelli (born August 23, 1967) is a retired NASA astronaut. Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in both Indiana and North Carolina. He is ...more
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Patrick Duffy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Television director, Actor

Age: 69

Birthplace: Townsend, Montana, United States of America

Patrick Duffy (born March 17, 1949) is an American actor, best known for his role on the CBS primetime soap opera Dallas, where he played Bobby Ewing, the youngest son of Miss Ellie and the ...more

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Joel McHale is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 47

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Joel Edward McHale (born November 20, 1971) is an American comedian, actor, writer, producer, and television host. He is known for hosting The Soup and portraying Jeff Winger on the NBC/Yahoo! ...more

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Robinson Jeffers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Poet, Environmentalist

Age: Dec. at 75 (1887-1962)

Birthplace: Allegheny, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

John Robinson Jeffers (January 10, 1887 – January 20, 1962) was an American poet, known for his work about the central California coast. Much of Jeffers' poetry was written in narrative and epic ...more

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Gregory C. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 64

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Gregory Carl "Ray J" Johnson (born July 30, 1954), (Capt, USNR, Ret.), is a former American naval officer and aviator, test pilot, aerospace engineer, and NASA astronaut. He spent his ...more
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Imogen Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Actor, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1883-1976)

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Imogen Cunningham (; April 12, 1883 – June 23, 1976) was an American photographer known for her botanical photography, nudes, and industrial landscapes. Cunningham was a member of the ...more
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George H. Hitchings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni

Age: Dec. at 93 (1905-1998)

Birthplace: Hoquiam, Washington

George Herbert Hitchings (April 18, 1905 – February 27, 1998) was an American doctor who shared the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Sir James Black and Gertrude Elion "for ...more
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John Michael Greer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Washington Alumni
Environmentalist, Conservationist

Age: 57

Birthplace: Bremerton, Washington

John Michael Greer (born 1962) is an American author who writes on ecology, religion, philosophy, politics, appropriate technology, oil depletion and the occult. He served from December 2003 to ...more