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

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

A factual list, featuring graduates like Jay Cutler and Molly Sims.

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

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Molly Sims is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Model, Supermodel, Actor
Molly Sims is an American model and actress. She rose to prominence for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issues and her role as Delinda Deline in the NBC drama Las Vegas.

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James Patterson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Television producer, Novelist, Film Producer
James Patterson was born in March 22, 1947 and is one of the biggest bestselling authors and novelists of all times and an award winning American Author. Hes the author of 39 New York Times ...more

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Dinah Shore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Presenter
Dinah Shore was an American singer, actress, television personality, and the top-charting female vocalist of the 1940s. She reached the height of her popularity as a recording artist during the ...more

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John Amaechi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete
John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE is an English retired basketball player who currently works as an educator and broadcaster in Europe and the United States. In February 2007, after his retirement ...more

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John D. Arnold is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Trader, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
John Douglas Arnold is an American billionaire and former hedge fund manager who specialized in natural gas trading. His firm, Centaurus Advisors, LLC, was a Houston-based hedge fund that ...more

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Robert Penn Warren is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Novelist
Robert Penn Warren was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic and was one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He ...more

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Amy Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Record producer, Singer-songwriter
Amy Elizabeth Ray is an American singer-songwriter and member of the contemporary folk duo Indigo Girls. She also pursues a solo career and has released six albums under her own name, and ...more

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James Dickey is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Lecturer
James Lafayette Dickey was an American poet and novelist. He was appointed the eighteenth Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress in 1966. He also received the Order of the ...more

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John J. Tigert is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Professor, Coach
John James Tigert, IV was an American university president, university professor and administrator, college sports coach and the U.S. Commissioner of Education. Tigert was a native of Tennessee ...more

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Jay Cutler is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Athlete, American football player
Jay Christopher Cutler is an American football quarterback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the first round of the 2006 NFL Draft. ...more

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Richard Quest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Journalist, TV Journalist, Presenter
Richard Austin Quest is an English journalist and a CNN International anchor and reporter, based in New York City, New York. He anchors Quest Means Business. In addition to anchoring the ...more

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Amy Grant is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter
Amy Lee Grant is an American singer-songwriter, musician, author, media personality and actress, best known for performing Christian music. She has been referred to as "The Queen of ...more

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Allen Tate is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
John Orley Allen Tate was an American poet, essayist, social commentator, and Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1943 to 1944.

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Delbert Mann is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Director
Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. was an American television and film director. He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty. It was the ...more

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Jack Thompson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Lawyer
John Bruce "Jack" Thompson is an American activist and disbarred attorney, based in Coral Gables, Florida. Thompson is known for his role as an anti-video-game activist, particularly ...more

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Brendan Synnott is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Entrepreneur
Brendan Synnott is scheduled to appear on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of reality show Survivor.

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John Barrett is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Journalist, Diplomat
John Barrett was a United States diplomat and one of the most influential early directors general of the Pan American Union. On his death, the New York Times commented that he had "done ...more

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John Lowden Knight is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
John Lowden Knight was a professor, university administrator, and a Methodist theologian. He was President of Nebraska Wesleyan University, Lincoln, Nebraska; the fourth president of ...more

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David Boaz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
David Boaz
David Boaz is the executive vice president of the Cato Institute, an American libertarian think tank. He is the author of Libertarianism: A Primer, published in 1997 by the Free Press and ...more

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Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Public speaker, Politician, Journalist
Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

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Bernie Machen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Professor
James Bernard Machen is an American university professor and administrator. Machen is a native of Mississippi, and earned multiple academic degrees before becoming a university administrator and ...more

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Randall Jarrell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Author
Randall Jarrell was an American poet, literary critic, children's author, essayist, novelist, and the 11th Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress, a position that now bears the title ...more

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David Brinkley is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Journalist, Screenwriter
David McClure Brinkley was an American newscaster for NBC and ABC in a career lasting from 1943 to 1997. From 1956 through 1970, he co-anchored NBC's top-rated nightly news program, The ...more

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Norman Shumway is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Surgeon
Norman Edward Shumway was a pioneer of heart surgery at Stanford University. He is widely regarded as the father of heart transplantation.

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Steve Cohen is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Stephen Ira "Steve" Cohen is the U.S. Representative for Tennessee's 9th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Tennessee's 9th district ...more