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Famous Wake Forest University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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!
  • 1
    Arnold Palmer

    Arnold Palmer

    Designer, Professional golfer


    BirthplaceLatrobe, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Arnold Daniel Palmer (September 10, 1929 – September 25, 2016) was an American professional... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Tim Duncan

    Tim Duncan

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceChristiansted, United States Virgin Islands

    Timothy Theodore Duncan (born April 25, 1976) is an American professional basketball coach and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Chris Paul

    Chris Paul

    Basketball player, Athlete


    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina, United States of America

    Christopher Emmanuel Paul (born May 6, 1985) is an American professional basketball player for... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Carroll O'Connor

    Carroll O'Connor

    Television director, Comedian

    AgeDec. at 77 (1924-2001)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    John Carroll O'Connor (August 2, 1924 – June 21, 2001) was an American actor, producer, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Frank Thompson

    Frank Thompson

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 71 (1918-1989)

    BirthplaceTrenton, New Jersey, United States of America

    Frank Thompson Jr. (July 26, 1918 – July 22, 1989) was a Democratic Party politician from New... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Jesse Helms

    Jesse Helms

    Politician, Journalist

    AgeDec. at 87 (1921-2008)

    BirthplaceMonroe, North Carolina, USA

    Jesse Alexander Helms Jr. (October 18, 1921 – July 4, 2008) was an American politician and a... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    David Chase

    David Chase

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceContiguous United States, New York, Westchester County, Mount Vernon, United States of America

    David Henry Chase (born August 22, 1945) is an American screenwriter, director, and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Carol Barbee

    Carol Barbee

    Television producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceConcord, North Carolina, United States of America

    Carol Denise Barbee (born May 22, 1959 in Concord, North Carolina) is an American television... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    Muggsy Bogues

    Muggsy Bogues

    Basketball player, Coach


    BirthplaceBaltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    Tyrone Curtis "Muggsy" Bogues (born January 9, 1965) is a retired American basketball player.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Curtis Strange



    Curtis Northrup Strange (born January 30, 1955) is an American professional golfer and TV... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Michael Gerald Ford

    Michael Gerald Ford



    Michael Gerald Ford (born March 14, 1950) is the oldest of four children of U.S. President... more on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Kay Hagan

    Kay Hagan



    BirthplaceShelby, North Carolina, USA

    Janet Kay Hagan (née Ruthven; May 26, 1953) is an American lobbyist and retired politician who... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Creigh Deeds

    Creigh Deeds

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceRichmond, Virginia, United States of America

    Robert Creigh Deeds (; born January 4, 1958) is an American politician serving as a member of... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Donna Edwards

    Donna Edwards

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceCaswell County, Yanceyville, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Donna F. Edwards (born June 28, 1958) is an American politician who served as the U.S.... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Bob Ehrlich

    Bob Ehrlich

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceArbutus, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

    For the entrepreneur and businessman, see Robert Ehrlich (businessman).Robert Leroy Ehrlich... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Al Hunt

    Al Hunt

    Editor, Journalist


    BirthplaceCharlottesville, Virginia

    Albert Reinold Hunt Jr. (born December 4, 1942) is an American journalist, formerly a... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    A. R. Ammons

    A. R. Ammons

    Poet, Author

    AgeDec. at 75 (1926-2001)

    BirthplaceWhiteville, North Carolina

    Archie Randolph Ammons (February 18, 1926 – February 25, 2001) was an American poet who won... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Melissa Harris-Perry

    Melissa Harris-Perry

    Professor, Political scientist


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry (born October 2, 1973), formerly known as Melissa Victoria... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Charlie Crist

    Charlie Crist

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceAltoona, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Charles Joseph Crist Jr. (; born July 24, 1956) is an American politician and lawyer who has... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Desmond Clark

    Desmond Clark

    American football player


    BirthplaceLakeland, Florida, United States of America

    Desmond Darice Clark (born April 20, 1977 in Bartow, Florida) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    Arvind Swamy


    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Arvind Swamy is an Indian film actor, model, entrepreneur and television presenter known for... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Ryan Plackemeier

    Ryan Plackemeier

    American football player


    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado

    Ryan Steven Plackemeier (born March 5, 1984) is a former American football punter. He played... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Joseph J. Davis

    Joseph J. Davis

    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 64 (1828-1892)

    BirthplaceLouisburg, North Carolina, United States of America

    Joseph Jonathan Davis (April 13, 1828 – August 7, 1892) was an American lawyer and judge who... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Josh Howard

    Josh Howard

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceWinston-Salem, North Carolina

    Joshua Jay Howard (born April 28, 1980) is an American former professional basketball player... more on Wikipedia

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  • 25
    Thomas Marshburn

    Thomas Marshburn

    Astronaut, Physician


    BirthplaceStatesville, North Carolina

    Thomas Henry "Tom" Marshburn (born August 29, 1960) is an American physician and a NASA... more on Wikipedia