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Famous Washington State University Alumni

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

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

This list is made up of graduates like Drew Bledsoe and Dolph Lundgren and other famous people from Washington State!

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

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in ...more

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Programmer, Businessperson, Television producer

Age: 66

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, investor, researcher, humanitarian, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in ...more

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Edward R. Murrow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 57 (1908-1965)

Birthplace: USA, North Carolina

Edward Roscoe Murrow (born Egbert Roscoe Murrow; April 25, 1908 – April 27, 1965) was an American broadcast journalist and war correspondent. He first gained prominence during World War II with ...more

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Edmund O. Schweitzer, II... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer

Age: 72

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois

Edmund O. Schweitzer III (born 1947, Evanston, Illinois) is an electrical engineer, inventor, and founder of Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories (SEL). Schweitzer launched SEL in 1982 in ...more
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Timothy Leary is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Psychologist, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: Dec. at 76 (1920-1996)

Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

Timothy Francis Leary (October 22, 1920 – May 31, 1996) was an American psychologist and writer known for advocating the exploration of the therapeutic potential of psychedelic drugs under ...more

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Teresa Noreen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Model, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington, United States of America

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Bianca Kajlich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 41

Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle

Bianca Maria Kajlich ( KY-lik; born March 26, 1977) is an American actress. Kajlich has had starring and supporting roles in television and film including the role of Jennifer on the CBS comedy ...more
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Jim Moeller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 63

Birthplace: Vancouver, Washington

James C. Moeller is an American politician and mental health professional from Washington State and a member of the Washington State House of Representatives representing the 49th Legislative ...more
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John Olerud is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 50

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

John Garrett Olerud (; born August 5, 1968), nicknamed Johnny O and Big Rude, is a left-handed American former Major League Baseball first baseman. Olerud played with the Toronto Blue Jays ...more

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Michael B. Bair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Mike Bair is vice president of Business Strategy Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes and is responsible for leading strategic business planning and marketing for the organization's ...more
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Terence Knox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Actor

Age: 72

Birthplace: Tri-Cities, Richland, Washington, USA

Terence Knox (born December 16, 1946) is an American film, stage, and television actor. He made his debut in Robert Zemeckis's Used Cars (1980), and appeared in numerous television series, ...more
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Jackson Douglas is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Television director, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 50

Birthplace: Kent, Washington, United States of America

Alexandrea Borstein (born February 15, 1971) is an American actress, writer, producer, and comedian. She is known for voicing Lois Griffin on the animated comedy series Family Guy ...more
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Irwin Rose is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Biologist

Age: 92

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Irwin Allan Rose (July 16, 1926 – June 2, 2015) was an American biologist. Along with Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ...more
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Keith Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Announcer, Journalist, Author

Age: 90

Birthplace: Roopville, Georgia, United States of America

Keith Max Jackson (October 18, 1928 – January 12, 2018) was an American sports commentator, journalist, author and radio personality, known for his career with ABC Sports (1966–2006). While he ...more
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John M. Fabian is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Pilot, Astronaut

Age: 80

Birthplace: Baytown, Texas

John McCreary Fabian (born January 28, 1939) is a former NASA astronaut, Air Force officer, and director who flew two Space Shuttle missions and on the development of the Shuttle's robotic arm. ...more
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Jason Hanson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Spokane, Washington

Jason Hanson (born June 17, 1970) is an American retired football player who was a placekicker that spent his entire 21-year career with the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). ...more

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Mark Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Author, Pastor, Writer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Grand Forks, North Dakota

Mark A. Driscoll (born 1970) is an American evangelical pastor and author. He serves as Senior and Founding Pastor of The Trinity Church in Scottsdale, Arizona, which was founded in 2016.In ...more

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Sherman Alexie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Poet, Comedian, Novelist

Age: 52

Birthplace: Wellpinit, Washington, United States of America

Sherman Joseph Alexie Jr. (born October 7, 1966) is a Spokane-Coeur d'Alene-American novelist, short story writer, poet, and filmmaker. His writings draw on his experiences as an Indigenous ...more
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Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
American football player

Age: 43

Birthplace: Ellensburg, Washington, United States of America

Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England ...more

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Karl Paymah is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Karl Paymah American football player

Age: 36

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts

Karl Paymah (born November 29, 1982 in Boston, Massachusetts) is an American football cornerback who is currently a free agent. He most recently played for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was ...more
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Charles Glen King is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Biochemist, Chemist

Age: Dec. at 92 (1896-1988)

Birthplace: Entiat, Washington

Charles Glen King (October 22, 1896 – January 23, 1988) was an American biochemist who was a pioneer in the field of nutrition research and who isolated vitamin C at the same time as Albert ...more
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Marcus Trufant is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Marcus Trufant American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington

Marcus Lavon Trufant (born December 25, 1980) is a former American football player who was a cornerback in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons. He played college football for ...more
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George Nethercutt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Washington, Western United States, Northwestern United States, Spokane, United States of America, + more

George R. Nethercutt Jr. (born October 7, 1944) is an American politician, author, consultant, columnist and commentator. Nethercutt is the founder and chairman of The George Nethercutt ...more
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Patrick Rothfuss is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Lecturer, Author, Writer

Age: 45

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

Patrick James Rothfuss (born June 6, 1973) is an American writer of epic fantasy. He is best known for his series The Kingkiller Chronicle, which won him several awards, including the 2007 Quill ...more
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The Game is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Washington State University Alumni
Songwriter, Rapper, Musician

Age: 39

Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California

Jayceon Terrell Taylor (born November 29, 1979), better known by his stage name The Game (or simply Game), is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer and actor. He is best known as a ...more

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