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Famous Villanova University Alumni

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

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

List features Bradley Cooper, Toby Keith and other famous Wildcats from the Nova Nation.

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

Take a look at these notable Villanova University graduates. So many famous Villanova alums.
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Toby Keith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter

Age: 57

Birthplace: Clinton, Oklahoma, United States of America

Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country singer, songwriter, actor, and record producer. Keith released his first four studio albums—1993's Toby Keith, 1994's Boomtown, 1996's ...more

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Bradley Cooper is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor

Age: 44

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Bradley Charles Cooper (born January 5, 1975) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has been nominated for many awards, including seven Academy Awards and a Tony Award, and has won a Grammy ...more

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Maria Bello is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Maria Elena Bello (born April 18, 1967) is an American actress and writer. Her many film roles include Permanent Midnight (1998), Payback (1999), Coyote Ugly (2000), The Cooler (2003), A History ...more

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Howie Long is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Actor, American football player

Age: 59

Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Howard Matthew Moses Long (born January 6, 1960) is an American former National Football League (NFL) defensive end, actor, and current sports analyst. He played in the NFL for 13 seasons and ...more

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Andrew M. Allen is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 63

Birthplace: Richboro, Pennsylvania

Andrew Michael "Andy" Allen (born 4 August 1955) is a retired American astronaut. A former Marine aviator and lieutenant colonel, he worked as a test pilot before joining NASA in 1987. ...more
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Ed Rendell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician, Actor, Lawyer

Age: 75

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Edward Gene Rendell (; born January 5, 1944) is an American lawyer, prosecutor, politician, and author who, as a member of the Democratic Party, served as the 45th Governor of Pennsylvania from ...more
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Richard Trumka is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician

Age: 69

Birthplace: Nemacolin, Pennsylvania

Richard Louis Trumka (born July 24, 1949) is an organized labor leader in the United States. He was elected president of the AFL-CIO on September 16, 2009, at the federation's convention in ...more
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Jim Croce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 30 (1943-1973)

Birthplace: South Philadelphia, United States of America

James Joseph Croce (; January 10, 1943 – September 20, 1973) was an American folk and rock singer-songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, Croce released five studio albums and numerous singles. He ...more

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Jamie Hyneman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Television producer, Special Effects Technician, Actor

Age: 62

Birthplace: Marshall, Michigan, United States of America

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Jon Polito is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 68

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Barbara Harris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Barbara Harris

Age: 88

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Barbara Clementine Harris (born June 12, 1930) is a retired American bishop of the Episcopal Church. She was the first woman ordained a bishop in the Anglican Communion.
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James F Orr III is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
hairman of the Rockefeller Foundation since December 2000, Orr in 1995 first became a trustee of the global foundation. From May 2000 to December 2001, Orr was president and chief executive ...more
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Michael Steele is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, United States of America

Michael Stephen Steele (born October 19, 1958) is an American conservative political commentator and former Republican Party politician. Steele served as the seventh lieutenant governor of ...more
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John Joseph O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Chaplain

Age: Dec. at 80 (1920-2000)

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

John Joseph O'Connor (January 15, 1920 – May 3, 2000) was an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as Archbishop of New York from 1984 until his death in 2000, and was created a ...more
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Jill Biden is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Professor, Teacher

Age: 67

Birthplace: Hammonton, New Jersey, United States of America

Jill Tracy Biden (née Jacobs, previously Stevenson; born June 3, 1951) is an American educator. She is the wife of the 47th vice president of the United States, Joe Biden, and served as ...more
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William J. Fallon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
William J. Fallon

Age: 74

Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey

William Joseph Fallon (born December 30, 1944) is a retired United States Navy four-star admiral who retired after serving for over 41 years. His last military assignment was as Commander, U.S. ...more
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John G. Rowland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician, Legislator

Age: 61

Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States of America

John Grosvenor Rowland (born May 24, 1957) is an American politician, author, and convicted felon who served as the 86th Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 2004. A Republican, he served two ...more
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Tim Donaghy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Referee

Age: 52

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Tim Donaghy (; born January 7, 1967) is a former professional basketball referee who worked in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for 13 seasons from 1994 to 2007. During his career in ...more
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Leonard J. Gatti is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Accountant, Businessperson
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William J. Martini is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States of America

William J. "Bill" Martini (born February 10, 1947 in Passaic, New Jersey) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, ...more
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Patrick Kerins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Venture capitalist
Patrick joined NEA in 2006 as General Partner focusing on a broad range of information technology investments with particular emphasis on enterprise software, network infrastructure and Internet ...more
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Jerramiah Healy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician

Age: 68

Jerramiah T. Healy (born December 16, 1950) is a New Jersey based politician who served as the 48th mayor of Jersey City, New Jersey serving from 2004 to 2013. He ran for the unexpired term of ...more
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Marjorie Rendell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Judge, Lawyer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States of America

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Buddy Cianci is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Cranston, Rhode Island, United States of America

Vincent Albert "Buddy" Cianci Jr. (, see-AN-see; Italian pronunciation: [ˈtʃaŋtʃi], CHAHN-chee; April 30, 1941 – January 28, 2016) was an American lawyer, radio talk show host, ...more
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Brian Westbrook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Villanova University Alumni
American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States of America

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