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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
Arnold Palmer 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
Tim Duncan 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
Chris Paul Basketball player, Athlete Christopher Emmanuel "Chris" Paul is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. Standing at 6 ft 0 in and weighing ...more

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Carroll O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Carroll O'Connor 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
Frank Thompson 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
Jesse Helms 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
David Chase 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
Carol Barbee 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
Muggsy Bogues 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
Curtis Strange 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
Kay Hagan 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
Creigh Deeds 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
Donna Edwards 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
Bob Ehrlich 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
Al Hunt 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
A. R. Ammons 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
Melissa Harris-Perry 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
Charlie Crist 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
Desmond Clark 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
Arvind Swamy 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
Joseph J. Davis 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
Josh Howard 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
Thomas Marshburn 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

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Darius Songaila is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Darius Songaila Basketball player Darius Songaila is a Lithuanian professional basketball player for BC Žalgiris of the Lithuanian Basketball League. He has also played for the Lithuania national team. He can play power forward ...more

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Marc Blucas is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Marc Blucas Actor Marcus Paul "Marc" Blucas is an American actor, known for playing Riley Finn in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Matthew Donnelly on Necessary Roughness.

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Phillip Griffiths is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Phillip Griffiths Mathematician Phillip Augustus Griffiths IV is an American mathematician, known for his work in the field of geometry, and in particular for the complex manifold approach to algebraic geometry. He was a major ...more

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Betty Siegel is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Betty Siegel Betty L. Siegel is an author and the former president of Kennesaw State University. She was the first female president of the University System of Georgia. She served in that position for 25 ...more

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Larry Kissell is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Larry Kissell Teacher Lawrence Webb "Larry" Kissell was the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 8th congressional district, serving from 2009 to 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The ...more

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Lee Norris is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Lee Norris Actor Lee Michael Norris is an American actor, best known for his roles as Stuart Minkus on Boy Meets World and its spin-off Girl Meets World, as well as Marvin "Mouth" McFadden on One Tree

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Loren Woods is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Loren Woods Basketball player Loren Woods is a Lebanese American professional basketball player who last played for with Lebanese team Al Riyadi Beirut. He is also a former NBA player.

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Thomas Dixon, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Thomas Dixon, Jr. Politician, Novelist, Screenwriter Thomas Frederick Dixon, Jr. was a Southern Baptist minister, playwright, lecturer, North Carolina state legislator, lawyer, and author, perhaps best known for writing The Clansman — which was to ...more

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Calvin Pace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Calvin Pace American football player Calvin Lamar Pace is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He was drafted by Arizona Cardinals in the first round in the 2003 NFL Draft. ...more

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Fred Robbins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Fred Robbins American football player Fred Robbins is a former American football defensive tackle. He was drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest. Robbins ...more

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Joe Zelenka is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Joe Zelenka American football player Joseph John Zelenka is a former American football long snapper. He was signed by the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent in 1999. He played college football at Wake Forest. Zelenka ...more

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Jeff Teague is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Jeff Teague Basketball player Jeffrey Demarco "Jeff" Teague is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Atlanta Hawks of the National Basketball Association. Teague played college ...more

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Cory Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Cory Sullivan Baseball player Cory Sullivan is an American former professional baseball outfielder. He played for the Colorado Rockies, New York Mets, Houston Astros, and Philadelphia Phillies organizations.

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Hunter Kemper is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Hunter Kemper Triathlete Hunter Craig Kemper is a triathlete from the United States. He won the silver medal at the 1999 Pan American Games, behind Venezuela's Gilberto González, followed by the gold four years ...more

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Justin Moose is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Justin Moose Justin Moose is an American soccer player currently playing for Wilmington Hammerheads in the USL Pro.

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Brian Carroll is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Brian Carroll Brian Carroll is an American soccer player who currently plays for Philadelphia Union in Major League Soccer.

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Richard Burr is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Richard Burr Politician Richard Mauze Burr is the senior United States Senator from North Carolina having served since 2005. A member of the Republican Party, Burr represented North Carolina's 5th congressional ...more

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James Riley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
James Riley Footballer James Riley is an American soccer player who currently plays for Colorado Rapids in Major League Soccer.

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Jay Haas is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Jay Haas Golfer Jay Dean Haas is an American professional golfer formerly of the PGA Tour who now plays on the Champions Tour. Haas was born in St. Louis, Missouri, and grew up in Belleville, Illinois. He ...more

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Robert Burren Morgan is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Robert Burren Morgan Robert Burren Morgan is a Democratic former United States Senator from the state of North Carolina, a position that he filled for a single term from 1975 until 1981. Born in Lillington, North ...more

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Ryan Hoag is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Ryan Hoag American football player Ryan Scott Hoag is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders with the final pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, earning him the title of Mr. Irrelevant. He played ...more

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Ovie Mughelli is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Ovie Mughelli American football player Ovie Phillip Mughelli is a former American football fullback who last played for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League. After playing college football for Wake Forest University, ...more

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Ben Mauk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Ben Mauk American football player Gary Benjamin "Ben" Mauk is a former American football quarterback. He completed his college football career in 2007 for the Cincinnati Bearcats. He attended high school at Kenton High ...more

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Al-Farouq Aminu is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Al-Farouq Aminu Basketball player Al-Farouq Ajiede Aminu is an American-Nigerian professional basketball forward with the Dallas Mavericks of the National Basketball Association. He plays internationally with the Nigeria ...more

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Samuel Howard is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Wake Forest University Alumni
Samuel Howard Samuel Johnson Howard is the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Florida in the U.S. Episcopal Church. Howard was elected bishop coadjutor on May 16, 2003, and entered office on January 29, 2004.