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Famous Wake Forest University Alumni

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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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  • 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 Association ...more
  • Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He has won the NBA Rookie of the Year ...more
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Carol Denise Barbee (born May 22, 1959 in Concord, North Carolina) is an American television writer, actress and producer.
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  • 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 of ...more
  • 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
  • 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 Democratic ...more
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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 focus on ...more
  • 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 44th ...more
  • 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 sixth ...more
  • 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 (1991) and ...more
  • 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 by ...more
  • 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.
  • 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 for ...more
  • 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 TMA-07M crew which ...more