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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
Arnold Daniel Palmer is a retired American professional golfer, who is generally regarded as one of the greatest players in men's professional golf history. He has won numerous events on both ...more
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Tim Duncan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player
Timothy Theodore "Tim" Duncan is an American professional basketball player who has played his entire career for the San Antonio Spurs of the National Basketball Association. The ...more
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Chris Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player, Athlete
Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the ...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
Carroll O'Connor was an American actor, producer and director whose television career spanned four decades. A life-member of The Actors Studio, O'Connor first attracted attention as Major ...more
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Frank Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Frank Thompson, Jr. was a Democratic Party politician from New Jersey. Thompson represented New Jersey's 4th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1955 to
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Jesse Helms is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Journalist
Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr. was an American politician and leader of the conservative movement. He was elected five times as a Republican to the United States Senate from North Carolina. As ...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
David Chase is an American writer, director and television producer. Chase has worked in television for 40 years; he has produced and written for such shows as The Rockford Files, I'll Fly Away, ...more
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Carol Barbee is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Carol Denise Barbee 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
Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues is an American retired professional basketball player and current head coach of the United Faith Christian Academy boys' basketball team. The shortest ...more
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Curtis Strange is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Golfer
Curtis Northrup Strange is an American professional golfer. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and Virginia Sports Hall of Fame. He spent over 200 weeks in the top-10 of the Official ...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
Michael Gerald Ford 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. However, Ford's father ...more
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Kay Hagan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Lawyer
Janet Kay Ruthven Hagan is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from North Carolina from 2009 to 2015. Previously she served in the North Carolina Senate from 1999 to ...more
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Creigh Deeds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Robert Creigh Deeds is an American politician. He is a member of the Senate of Virginia representing the 25th district since 2001. Previously, he was the Democratic nominee for Attorney General ...more
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Donna Edwards is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Donna F. Edwards is the U.S. Representative for Maryland's 4th congressional district, serving since a special election in 2008. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes ...more
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Bob Ehrlich is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Robert Leroy "Bob" Ehrlich, Jr. is an American attorney and politician, who served as the 60th Governor of Maryland from 2003 to 2007. A Republican, he was elected while defeating ...more
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Al Hunt is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Editor, Journalist
Albert Reinold "Al" Hunt, Jr. is an American columnist for Bloomberg View, the editorial arm of Bloomberg News. Hunt hosts the Sunday morning talk show Political Capital on Bloomberg ...more
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A. R. Ammons is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Poet, Author, Essayist
Archie Randolph Ammons was an American poet who won the annual National Book Award for Poetry in 1973 and 1993. He wrote about humanity's relationship to nature in alternately comic and solemn
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Melissa Harris-Perry is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Professor, Political scientist, Writer
Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry ...more
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Charlie Crist is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011. Crist began his political career as a ...more
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Desmond Clark is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
American football player
Desmond Darice Clark is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played ...more
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Arvind Swamy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Actor
Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema. He was introduced as an actor by Mani Ratnam in the drama film Thalapathi and subsequently went on to play ...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
Ryan Steven Plackemeier is a former American college and professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League for three seasons in the late 2000s. He played college ...more
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Joseph J. Davis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Lawyer
Joseph Jonathan Davis was an American lawyer and judge who represented his native North Carolina's 4th congressional district from 1875 to 1881. Born near the small North Carolina town of ...more
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Josh Howard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Basketball player
Joshua Jay Howard is an American professional basketball player. At 6 ft 7 in and 210 lb, he plays as a small forward.
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Thomas Marshburn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Astronaut, Physician
Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. Marshburn was born in Statesville, North Carolina. He trained in emergency medicine and worked in emergency ...more