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

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

A list made up of graduates like Tim Duncan, Chris Paul, and other Wake Forest alumni and Wake Forest basketball alumi. Let's go Demon Deacons!

Wake Forest is also known for its football and golf programs.

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

Take a look at this list of WFU alumni!
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Arnold Palmer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Designer, Professional golfer, Architect

Age: 89

Birthplace: Latrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest and most charismatic players in the sport's ...more

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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Christiansted, United States Virgin Islands

Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and former player who is an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball ...more

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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete

Age: 33

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie ...more

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Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 77 (1924-2001)

Birthplace: New York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and director whose television career spanned four decades. A lifelong member of the Actors Studio, in 1970 ...more

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Frank Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 71 (1918-1989)

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States of America

Frank Thompson Jr. (July 26, 1918 – July 22, 1989) was a Democratic Party politician from New Jersey. Thompson represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of ...more

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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Journalist

Age: Dec. at 87 (1921-2008)

Birthplace: Monroe, North Carolina, United States of America

Jesse Alexander Helms Jr. (October 18, 1921 – July 4, 2008) was an American politician and a leader in the conservative movement. He served from 1973 until 2003, and was elected five times as a ...more

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David Chase is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 73

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, New York, Westchester County, Mount Vernon, United States of America, + more

David Henry Chase (born August 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter, director, and television producer. He is best known for writing and producing the HBO drama The Sopranos which aired for six ...more

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Carol Barbee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina, Concord

Carol Denise Barbee (born May 22, 1959 in Concord, North Carolina) is an American television writer, actress and producer.
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Muggsy Bogues is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player, Coach, Actor

Age: 54

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player. The shortest player ever to play in the National Basketball Association, the 5 ft 3 in ...more

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Curtis Strange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Golfer

Age: 64

Birthplace: Virginia

Curtis Northrup Strange (born January 30, 1955) is an American professional golfer and TV color commentator. He is the winner of consecutive U.S. Open titles and a member of the World Golf Hall ...more
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Michael Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Michael Gerald Ford Politician

Age: 68

Michael Gerald Ford (born March 14, 1950) is the oldest of four children of U.S. President Gerald R. Ford and Betty Ford. Prior to his birth, Ford's mother wanted to name him after his father. ...more
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Kay Hagan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Shelby, North Carolina, USA

Janet Kay Hagan (née Ruthven; May 26, 1953) is an American lobbyist and retired politician who served as a United States Senator from North Carolina from 2009 to 2015. A member of the ...more
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Creigh Deeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States of America

Robert Creigh Deeds (; born January 4, 1958) is an American politician serving as a member of the Senate of Virginia representing the 25th district since 2001. Previously, he was the Democratic ...more
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Donna Edwards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 60

Birthplace: Caswell County, Yanceyville, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

Donna F. Edwards (born June 28, 1958) is an American politician who served as the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district from 2008 to 2017. The district includes most of ...more
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Bob Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Arbutus, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

For the entrepreneur and businessman, see Robert Ehrlich (businessman).Robert Leroy Ehrlich Jr. (born November 25, 1957) is an American lawyer and politician who served as the 60th Governor of ...more
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Al Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Editor, Journalist

Age: 76

Birthplace: Charlottesville, Virginia

Albert Reinold Hunt Jr. (born December 4, 1942) is an American journalist, formerly a columnist for Bloomberg View (from which he retired at the end of 2018), the editorial arm of Bloomberg News ...more
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A. R. Ammons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Poet, Author, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 75 (1926-2001)

Birthplace: Whiteville, North Carolina

Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993.
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Melissa Harris-Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Professor, Political scientist, Writer

Age: 45

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry (born October 2, 1973), formerly known as Melissa Victoria Harris-Lacewell, is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a ...more
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Charlie Crist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Altoona, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Charles Joseph Crist Jr. (; born July 24, 1956) is an American politician and lawyer who has been the U.S. Representative from Florida's 13th congressional district since 2017. He served as the ...more
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Desmond Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida, United States of America

Desmond Darice Clark (born April 20, 1977 in Bartow, Florida) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the ...more
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Arvind Swamy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor, model, entrepreneur and television presenter known for his work in Tamil cinema. He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam with the film Thalapathi ...more
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Ryan Plackemeier is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Ryan Plackemeier American football player

Age: 34

Birthplace: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Ryan Steven Plackemeier (born March 5, 1984) is a former American football punter. He played college football for Wake Forest University, and earned unanimous All-American honors. He was drafted ...more
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Joseph J. Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1828-1892)

Birthplace: Louisburg, North Carolina, United States of America

Joseph Jonathan Davis (April 13, 1828 – August 7, 1892) was an American lawyer and judge who represented his native North Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1875 to 1881.
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Josh Howard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player who is currently the head coach of Piedmont International University. He played college basketball ...more

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Thomas Marshburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Astronaut, Physician

Age: 58

Birthplace: Statesville, North Carolina

Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn (born August 29, 1960) is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. He served as a Mission Specialist on STS-127. Marshburn was a member of the Soyuz ...more