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Famous Villanova University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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.
  • 1

    Toby Keith

    Record producer, Guitarist


    BirthplaceClinton, 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 Blue...  more

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  • 2

    Bradley Cooper

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


    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 Award...  more

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  • 3

    Maria Bello

    Activist, Businessperson


    BirthplaceNorristown, Pennsylvania, USA


    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 of...  more

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  • 4

    Howie Long

    Actor, American football player


    BirthplaceCharlestown, 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 spent...  more

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  • 5


    BirthplaceRichboro, 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. He flew three...  more
  • 6

    Ed Rendell

    Politician, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America


    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 2003...  more
  • 7

    Richard Trumka



    BirthplaceNemacolin, 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
  • 8

    Jim Croce

    Musician, Singer-songwriter

    AgeDec. at 30 (1943-1973)

    BirthplaceSouth 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 was...  more

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  • 9

    Jamie Hyneman

    Television producer, Special Effects Technician


    BirthplaceMarshall, Michigan, USA


    James Franklin Hyneman (born September 25, 1956) is an American special effects expert who is best known as the co-host of the television series MythBusters alongside Adam Savage. He is also the...  more

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  • 10

    Jon Polito

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA


    Alternative NameJon Polito

    Jon Raymond Polito (December 29, 1950 – September 1, 2016) was an American character actor and voice artist. In a film and television career spanning 35 years, he amassed over 220 credits. Notable...  more

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  • 11

    Barbara Harris

    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. ...  more
  • 12
    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 officer...  more
  • 13

    Michael Steele

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceAndrews 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 Maryland...  more
  • 14

    AgeDec. at 80 (1920-2000)

    BirthplacePhiladelphia, 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 cardinal...  more
  • 15

    Jill Biden

    Professor, Teacher


    BirthplaceHammonton, New Jersey, United States of America


    Jill Tracy Biden (née Jacobs, previously Stevenson; born June 3, 1951) is an American educator who is the First Lady of the United States. She was the Second Lady of the United States from 2009 to...  more
  • 16

    William J. Fallon

    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
  • 17

    John G. Rowland

    Politician, Legislator


    BirthplaceWaterbury, 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 (; 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 the...  more
  • 19

    Leonard J. Gatti

    Accountant, Businessperson


    Leonard J. Gatti serves as Vice President, Financial Reporting for Comcast Corporation....  more
  • 20

    William J. Martini

    Judge, Politician


    BirthplacePassaic, 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, having been in...  more
  • 21

    Patrick Kerins

    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
  • 22

    Jerramiah Healy




    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 the...  more
  • 23

    Marjorie Rendell

    Judge, Lawyer


    BirthplaceWilmington, Delaware, United States of America


    Marjorie "Midge" Osterlund Rendell (born February 13, 1947) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and a former First Lady of...  more
  • 24

    Buddy Cianci

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceCranston, 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, politician, and...  more
  • 25

    Brian Westbrook

    American football player


    BirthplaceFort Washington, Maryland, United States of America


    Brian Collins Westbrook (born September 2, 1979) is a former American football running back who played for nine seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Philadelphia...  more

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