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Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Virginia Military Institute and be of some renown.

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

List is made up of many different graduates, including Mel Brooks, George S. Patton and other famous VMI alumni!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Virginia Military Institute?” and “Which celebrities are Virginia Military Institute alumni?”

Let's go Keydets! Check out this list of notable VMI graduates.
  • Mel Brooks1

    Mel Brooks

    Television producer, Theatrical producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Mel Brooks (born Melvin Kaminsky, Yiddish: מעלווין קאמינסקי‎; June 28, 1926) is an American...  more

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  • Fred Willard2

    Fred Willard

    Comedian, Actor


    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, USA

    Frederick Charles Willard (September 8, 1933 – May 15, 2020) was an American actor, comedian,...  more

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    #62 of 110 Celebrities Who Were In The Military#77 of 163 Famous People Who Died In 2020

  • Dabney Coleman3

    Dabney Coleman

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceTexas, USA, Austin

    Dabney Wharton Coleman (born January 3, 1932) is an American actor. Coleman's best known films...  more


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  • Richard E. Byrd4

    Richard E. Byrd

    Pilot, Naval Officer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1888-1957)


    Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval...  more
  • George Brett5

    George Brett

    George Howard Brett (7 February 1886 – 2 December 1963) was a United States Army Air Forces...  more
  • Moses Jacob Ezekiel6

    Moses Jacob Ezekiel

    Soldier, Artist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1844-1917)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Moses Jacob Ezekiel, also known as Moses "Ritter von" Ezekiel (October 28, 1844 – March 27,...  more
  • Walton Walker7

    Walton Walker

    Walton Harris Walker (December 3, 1889 – December 23, 1950) was a United States Army four-star...  more
  • William Mahone8

    William Mahone


    AgeDec. at 69 (1826-1895)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    William Mahone (December 1, 1826 – October 8, 1895) was an American civil engineer, railroad...  more
  • Tom C. Clark9

    Tom C. Clark

    Jurist, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 78 (1899-1977)

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas, United States of America

    Thomas Campbell Clark (September 23, 1899 – June 13, 1977) was an American lawyer who served...  more
  • James A. Walker10

    AgeDec. at 69 (1832-1901)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    James Alexander Walker (August 27, 1832 – October 21, 1901) was a Virginia lawyer, politician,...  more
  • Robert Q. Marston11

    Robert Q. Marston

    Scientist, Physician

    AgeDec. at 76 (1923-1999)

    BirthplaceToano, Virginia

    Robert Quarles Marston (February 12, 1923 – March 14, 1999) was an American physician,...  more
  • Reuben Lindsay Walker12

    Reuben Lindsay Walker

    Civil engineer

    AgeDec. at 63 (1827-1890)

    BirthplaceLogan, West Virginia

    Reuben Lindsay Walker (May 29, 1827 – June 7, 1890) was a Confederate general who served in...  more
  • Frank J. Breth13
    Frank J. Breth (1937–2003) was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general who was the...  more
  • John P. Jumper14

    John P. Jumper



    BirthplaceParis, Texas

    John P. Jumper (born February 4, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force general, who...  more
  • Walter H. Taylor15

    AgeDec. at 78 (1838-1916)


    Walter Herron Taylor (June 13, 1838 – March 1, 1916) was an American banker, lawyer, soldier,...  more
  • J. H. Binford Peay III16

    J. H. Binford Peay III

    James Henry Binford "Binnie" Peay III (born May 10, 1940, in Richmond, Virginia) is a retired...  more
  • Bobby Ross17

    Bobby Ross

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

    Robert Joseph Ross (born December 23, 1936) is a former American football player and coach. ...  more
  • Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.18
    Lemuel Cornick Shepherd Jr. (February 10, 1896 – August 6, 1990) was a four-star general of...  more
  • Sun Li-jen19

    Sun Li-jen


    AgeDec. at 90 (1900-1990)

    BirthplaceAnhui, China

    Sun Li-jen (traditional Chinese: 孫立人; simplified Chinese: 孙立人; pinyin: Sūn Lìrén) (December 8,...  more
  • Joe Fortunato20

    Joe Fortunato

    American football player


    BirthplaceSteubenville Township, Mingo Junction, Ohio

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  • David M. Maddox21

    David M. Maddox

    David M. Maddox (born April 5, 1938) is a retired United States Army four-star general who...  more
  • Jonathan Daniels22

    Jonathan Daniels

    Jonathan Myrick Daniels (March 20, 1939 – August 20, 1965) was an Episcopal seminarian and...  more
  • Douglas Macgregor23

    Douglas Macgregor

    Douglas A. Macgregor is a U.S. Army Colonel (retired), author, and consultant....  more
  • Edward Almond24
    Edward Mallory "Ned" Almond (December 12, 1892 – June 11, 1979) was a senior United States...  more
  • William H. F. Payne25

    William H. F. Payne

    For the American university president, see William H. Payne. William Henry Fitzhugh Payne...  more