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List Rules People 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?”

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Mel Brooks is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Television producer, Theatrical producer, Film Producer
Melvin James "Mel" Brooks is an American film director, screenwriter, comedian, actor, producer, composer, and songwriter. He is best known as a creator of broad film farces and comic ...more
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Fred Willard is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
Frederic Willard is an American actor, comedian, voice actor, and writer, best known for his improvisational comedy. He is known for his roles in the Rob Reiner mockumentary film This Is Spinal ...more
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Dabney Coleman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
Dabney Wharton Coleman is an American actor best known for roles in the films 9 to 5, Cloak & Dagger, Tootsie, WarGames, You've Got Mail and on TV as Louis "The Commodore" Kaestner ...more
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Richard E. Byrd is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Pilot, Naval Officer, Explorer
Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN was an American naval officer who specialized in feats of exploration. He was a pioneering American aviator, polar explorer, and organizer of polar ...more
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George Brett is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
George Brett
George Howard Brett was a United States Army Air Forces General during World War II. An Early Bird of Aviation, Brett served as a staff officer in World War I. In 1941, following the outbreak of ...more
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Moses Jacob Ezekiel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Soldier, Artist
Moses Jacob Ezekiel was an American sculptor who lived and worked in Rome for the majority of his career.
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Walton Walker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Walton Walker
Walton Harris Walker was a United States Army general who was the first commander of the Eighth United States Army in Korea at the beginning of the Korean War. He died in a jeep accident in ...more
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William Mahone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Politician
William Mahone was a civil engineer, railroad executive, soldier and politician. As a young man, Mahone was prominent in the building of Virginia’s roads and railroads. As chief engineer of the ...more
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Tom C. Clark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Jurist, Lawyer
Tom Campbell Clark was United States Attorney General from 1945 to 1949 and an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1949 to 1967.
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James A. Walker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Lawyer
James Alexander Walker was a Virginia lawyer, politician, and Confederate general during the American Civil War, later serving as a United States Congressman for two terms. He earned the ...more
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Robert Q. Marston is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Scientist, Physician
Robert Quarles Marston was an American physician, research scientist, governmental appointee and university administrator. Marston was a native of Virginia, and, after earning his bachelor's, ...more
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Reuben Lindsay Walker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Civil engineer
Reuben Lindsay Walker was a Confederate general who served in the artillery during the American Civil War.
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Frank J. Breth is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Frank J. Breth was a United States Marine Corps brigadier general who was the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruit Depot and the Western Recruiting Region, San Diego, California.
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John P. Jumper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Businessperson
John P. Jumper is a retired United States Air Force general, who served as 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force from September 6, 2001 to September 2, 2005. He retired from the Air ...more
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Walter H. Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Lawyer
Walter Herron Taylor was an American banker, lawyer, soldier, politician, author, and railroad executive from Norfolk, Virginia. During the American Civil War, he was an officer in the ...more
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J. H. Binford Peay III is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
J. H. Binford Peay III
James Henry Binford "Binnie" Peay III is a retired four-star general from the United States Army and is currently the 14th Superintendent of the Virginia Military Institute. He is also ...more
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Bobby Ross is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Coach, American football player
Robert Joseph Ross is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at The Citadel, the University of Maryland, College Park, the Georgia Institute of ...more
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Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Lemuel Cornick Shepherd, Jr. was a four-star general of the United States Marine Corps. A veteran of World War I, World War II, and the Korean War, he was the 20th Commandant of the Marine ...more
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Sun Li-jen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Politician
Sun Li-jen was a Kuomintang General, best known for his leadership in the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War. His achievements earned him the laudatory nickname "Rommel of ...more
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Joe Fortunato is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
American football player
Joseph Francis Fortunato is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. Fortunato played 12 seasons for the Chicago Bears. As a linebacker, he made the Pro Bowl five ...more
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David M. Maddox is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
David M. Maddox
David M. Maddox is a retired United States Army four-star general who served as Commander in Chief, United States Army Europe/Commander, Central Army Group from 1992 to 1993; Commander in Chief, ...more
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Jonathan Daniels is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Jonathan Daniels
Jonathan Myrick Daniels was an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist. He was murdered in Hayneville, Alabama, when he saved a young woman activist, while they were working on the Civil ...more
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Douglas Macgregor is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Douglas Macgregor
Douglas A. Macgregor is a U.S. Army Colonel, author, and consultant.
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Edward Almond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
Edward Mallory "Ned" Almond was a United States Army general best known as the commander of the Army's X Corps during the Korean War.
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William H. F. Payne is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Virginia Military Institute Alumni
William H. F. Payne
William Henry Fitzhugh Payne was a general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War.