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Famous Vanderbilt University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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?”
  • Molly Sims1

    Molly Sims

    Model, Supermodel


    BirthplaceMurray, Kentucky, USA

    Molly Sims (born May 25, 1973) is an American model and actress. She has appeared in the...  more

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  • James Patterson2

    James Patterson

    Television producer, Novelist


    BirthplaceNewburgh, New York, United States of America

    James Brendan Patterson (born March 22, 1947) is an American author and philanthropist. Among...  more

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  • Dinah Shore3

    Dinah Shore

    Actor, Singer

    AgeDec. at 78 (1916-1994)

    BirthplaceTennessee, USA, Winchester

    Dinah Shore (born Fannye Rose Shore; February 29, 1916 – February 24, 1994) was a 20th century...  more

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  • John Amaechi4

    John Amaechi

    Basketball player, Athlete


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    John Uzoma Ekwugha Amaechi, OBE (; born 26 November 1970) is an English psychologist,...  more

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  • John D. Arnold5

    John D. Arnold

    Trader, Businessperson


    John Douglas Arnold (born 1974) is an American billionaire, former hedge fund manager, and...  more
  • Robert Penn Warren6

    Robert Penn Warren

    Poet, Literary critic

    AgeDec. at 84 (1905-1989)

    BirthplaceGuthrie, Kentucky

    Robert Penn Warren (April 24, 1905 – September 15, 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and...  more

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  • Amy Ray7

    Amy Ray

    Record producer, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceDecatur, Georgia, United States of America

    Amy Elizabeth Ray (born April 12, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter and member of the...  more
  • James Dickey8

    James Dickey

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 74 (1923-1997)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    James Lafayette Dickey (February 2, 1923 – January 19, 1997) was an American poet and...  more

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  • John J. Tigert9

    John J. Tigert

    Professor, Coach

    AgeDec. at 83 (1882-1965)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    John James Tigert IV (February 11, 1882 – January 21, 1965) was an American university...  more
  • Jay Cutler10

    Jay Cutler

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceCarter Township, Santa Claus, Indiana

    Jay Christopher Cutler (born April 29, 1983) is a former American football quarterback who...  more
  • Richard Quest11

    Richard Quest

    Journalist, TV Journalist


    BirthplaceLiverpool, United Kingdom

    Richard Austin Quest (born 9 March 1962) is an English journalist and a CNN International...  more
  • Amy Grant12

    Amy Grant

    Guitarist, Musician


    BirthplaceAugusta, Georgia, United States of America

    Amy Lee Grant (born November 25, 1960) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, author and...  more

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  • Allen Tate13

    Allen Tate

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 80 (1899-1979)

    BirthplaceWinchester, Kentucky

    John Orley Allen Tate (November 19, 1899 – February 9, 1979), known professionally as Allen...  more
  • Delbert Mann14

    Delbert Mann

    Television director, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 87 (1920-2007)

    BirthplaceLawrence, Kansas, United States of America

    Delbert Martin Mann Jr. (January 30, 1920 – November 11, 2007) was an American television and...  more
  • Jack Thompson15


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    John Bruce Thompson (born July 25, 1951) is an American activist and disbarred attorney, based...  more
  • Brendan Synnott16

    Brendan Synnott




    Brendan Synnott is scheduled to appear on Survivor: Tocantins, the eighteenth season of...  more
  • 17

    John Barrett

    Journalist, Diplomat

    AgeDec. at 72 (1866-1938)

    BirthplaceGrafton, Vermont, United States of America

    John Barrett (November 28, 1866 – October 17, 1938) was a United States diplomat and one of...  more
  • 18
    John Lowden Knight (November 2, 1915 – July 21, 2001) was a professor, university...  more
  • David Boaz19

    David Boaz

    David Boaz (; born August 29, 1953, Mayfield, Kentucky) is the executive vice president of the...  more
  • Fred Thompson20

    Fred Thompson

    Public speaker, Politician


    BirthplaceSheffield, Alabama, United States of America

    Freddie Dalton Thompson (August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician,...  more

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  • Bernie Machen21

    Bernie Machen



    BirthplaceGreenwood, Mississippi

    James Bernard Machen (; born March 26, 1944) is an American university professor and...  more
  • Randall Jarrell22

    Randall Jarrell

    Poet, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 51 (1914-1965)

    BirthplaceNashville, Tennessee

    Randall Jarrell (May 6, 1914 – October 14, 1965) was an American poet, literary critic,...  more
  • David Brinkley23

    David Brinkley

    Journalist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 83 (1920-2003)

    BirthplaceWilmington, USA, North Carolina

    David McClure Brinkley (July 10, 1920 – June 11, 2003) was an American newscaster for NBC and...  more

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  • Norman Shumway24

    AgeDec. at 83 (1923-2006)

    BirthplaceKalamazoo, Michigan

    Norman Edward Shumway (February 9, 1923 – February 10, 2006) was a pioneer of heart surgery at...  more
  • Steve Cohen25

    Steve Cohen

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceArea code 901, Tennessee, Shelby County, United States of America, United States

    Stephen Ira Cohen (born May 24, 1949) is an American politician serving as the U.S....  more