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Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 37.2k views42 items

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.
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  • 1
    Mel Brooks

    Mel Brooks

    Television producer, Theatrical producer

    Age94

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 2
    Fred Willard

    Fred Willard

    Comedian, Actor

    Age81

    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, USA

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

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  • 3
    Dabney Coleman

    Dabney Coleman

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age83

    BirthplaceAustin, Texas, USA

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

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  • 4
    Richard E. Byrd

    Richard E. Byrd

    Pilot, Naval Officer

    AgeDec. at 69 (1888-1957)

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Rear Admiral Richard Evelyn Byrd Jr. (October 25, 1888 – March 11, 1957) was an American naval... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    George Brett

    George Brett

    George Howard Brett (7 February 1886 – 2 December 1963) was a United States Army Air Forces... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Moses Jacob Ezekiel

    Moses Jacob Ezekiel

    Soldier, Artist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1844-1917)

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

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  • 7
    Walton Walker

    Walton Walker

    Walton Harris Walker (December 3, 1889 – December 23, 1950) was a United States Army four-star... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    William Mahone

    William Mahone

    Politician

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Tom C. Clark

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 10
    James A. Walker

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Robert Q. Marston

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Reuben Lindsay Walker

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Frank J. Breth
    Frank J. Breth (1937–2003) was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general who was the... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    John P. Jumper

    John P. Jumper

    Businessperson

    Age75

    BirthplaceParis, Texas

    John P. Jumper (born February 4, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force general, who... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Walter H. Taylor

    AgeDec. at 78 (1838-1916)

    BirthplaceVirginia

    Walter Herron Taylor (June 13, 1838 – March 1, 1916) was an American banker, lawyer, soldier,... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    J. H. Binford Peay III

    J. H. Binford Peay III

    James Henry Binford "Binnie" Peay III (born May 10, 1940, in Richmond, Virginia) is a retired... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Bobby Ross

    Bobby Ross

    Coach, American football player

    Age83

    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia

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  • 18
    Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr.
    Lemuel Cornick Shepherd Jr. (February 10, 1896 – August 6, 1990) was a four-star general of... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Sun Li-jen

    Sun Li-jen

    Politician

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Joe Fortunato

    Joe Fortunato

    American football player

    Age90

    BirthplaceSteubenville Township, Mingo Junction, Ohio

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  • 21
    David M. Maddox

    David M. Maddox

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  • 22
    Jonathan Daniels

    Jonathan Daniels

    Jonathan Myrick Daniels (March 20, 1939 – August 20, 1965) was an Episcopal seminarian and... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Douglas Macgregor

    Douglas Macgregor

    Douglas A. Macgregor is a U.S. Army Colonel (retired), author, and consultant.
  • 24
    Edward Almond
    Edward Mallory "Ned" Almond (December 12, 1892 – June 11, 1979) was a senior United States... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    William H. F. Payne

    William H. F. Payne

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