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Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni

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

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

Harold Ramis and Tennessee Williams are included in this list.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Washington University in St. Louis?” and “Which celebrities are Washington University in St. Louis alumni?”
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Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 72 (1911-1983)

Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, Lowndes County, United States of America, United States, + more

Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name Tennessee Williams, was an American playwright. Along with contemporaries Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller, ...more

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Dwight F. Davis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Tennis player, Basketball player, Politician

Age: Dec. at 66 (1879-1945)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Dwight Filley Davis, Sr. (July 5, 1879 – November 28, 1945) was an American tennis player and politician. He is best remembered as the founder of the Davis Cup international tennis competition. ...more

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Pooja Kumar is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Television Show Host, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 42

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Pooja Kumar is an Indo-American actress known for her work in Indian films. After winning the title of Miss India USA, she started her global career as an American actress, producer, and model. ...more
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John Henry Kinealy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Inventor, Mechanical engineer, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 64 (1864-1928)

John Henry Kinealy (1864–1928) was an American mechanical engineer. He was born at Hannibal, Missouri, and was educated in the public schools of St. Louis and at Washington University (M.E., ...more
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Mary Wickes is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 85 (1910-1995)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Mary Wickes (born Mary Isabella Wickenhauser; June 13, 1910 – October 22, 1995) was an American film and television character actress. She often played supporting roles as prim, professional ...more
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Robert L. Behnken is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Test engineer, Astronaut

Age: 48

Birthplace: Creve Coeur, St. Louis, Missouri

Robert Louis "Bob" Behnken (born July 28, 1970 in Creve Coeur, Missouri) is a United States Air Force officer, NASA astronaut and former Chief of the Astronaut Office. Behnken holds a ...more
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Robert Guillaume is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Robert Guillaume Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 91

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Robert Guillaume (born Robert Peter Williams; November 30, 1927 – October 24, 2017) was an American actor and singer, known for his role as Isaac Jaffe on Sports Night and as Benson in the ...more

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Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: Dec. at 70 (1944-2014)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Harold Allen Ramis (; November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, writer, and comedian. His best-known film acting roles were as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) ...more

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Adolph Dubs is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Diplomat

Age: Dec. at 59 (1920-1979)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois

Adolph "Spike" Dubs (August 4, 1920 – February 14, 1979) was the United States Ambassador to Afghanistan from May 13, 1978, until his death in 1979. He was killed during a rescue ...more
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Dan Piraro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 61

Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri

Daniel Charles Piraro (born 1958) is a painter, illustrator, and cartoonist best known for his syndicated cartoon panel Bizarro. Piraro's cartoons have been reprinted in 16 book collections (as ...more
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Laud Humphreys is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Writer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1930-1988)

Robert Allan "Laud" Humphreys (October 16, 1930 – August 23, 1988) was an American sociologist and author. He is noted for his research into sexual encounters between men in public ...more
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Phyllis Schlafly is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Activist, Author, Writer

Age: 94

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Phyllis Stewart Schlafly (; born Phyllis McAlpin Stewart; August 15, 1924 – September 5, 2016) was an American constitutional lawyer and movement conservative. She held staunchly conservative ...more

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John Gardner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 49 (1933-1982)

Birthplace: Batavia, New York

Not to be confused with John Gardner (British writer)John Champlin Gardner Jr. (July 21, 1933 – September 14, 1982) was an American novelist, essayist, literary critic and university professor. ...more
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Peter Sarsgaard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, United States of America

John Peter Sarsgaard (; born March 7, 1971) is an American actor. His first feature role was in Dead Man Walking in 1995. He then appeared in the 1998 independent films Another Day in Paradise ...more

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David L. Norton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Philosopher

Age: Dec. at 65 (1930-1995)

David Lloyd Norton (March 27, 1930 – July 24, 1995) was an American philosopher. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, March 27, 1930, to Cecil V. Norton and (Adelene) Ruth Essick Norton. He was ...more
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Walter R. Evans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni

Age: Dec. at 79 (1920-1999)

Walter Richard Evans (January 15, 1920 – July 10, 1999) was a noted American control theorist and the inventor of the root locus method in 1948. He was the recipient of the 1987 American Society ...more
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Jeff Gill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Jefferson Morris Gill (born December 22, 1960) is Distinguished Professor of Government, Professor of Mathematics & Statistics, the Director of the Center for Data Science, the Editor of ...more
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Clark Clifford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 92 (1906-1998)

Birthplace: Fort Scott, Kansas, United States of America

Clark McAdams Clifford (December 25, 1906 – October 10, 1998) was an American lawyer who served as an important political adviser to Democratic presidents Harry S. Truman, John F. Kennedy, ...more
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Marvin Miller is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Announcer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 72 (1913-1985)

Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri

Marvin Elliott Miller (July 18, 1913 – February 8, 1985) was an American radio, film, and voice-over actor. Possessing a deep, baritone voice, he began his career in radio in St. Louis, ...more
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Luis Alvarez Renta is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Financier

Age: 68

Luis Álvarez Renta (born April 9, 1950) is a Dominican economist. Álvarez Renta was found liable by a federal jury in Miami of civil racketeering and illegal money transfers in a ...more
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George Zimmer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Entrepreneur

Age: 70

Birthplace: New York City, New York

For others with a similar name see George Zimmerman (disambiguation)George Zimmer (born November 21, 1948) is an American entrepreneur. He is widely known as the founder, former Executive ...more
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Thomas B. Curtis is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni

Age: Dec. at 82 (1911-1993)

Thomas Bradford Curtis (May 14, 1911 – January 10, 1993) was a U.S. Representative from Missouri.Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Curtis attended the public schools of Webster Groves, Missouri. He ...more
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Elizabeth A. Craig is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Elizabeth A. Craig is a Steenbock Professor of Microbial Science and faculty member in the Biochemistry Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was elected to the National Academy ...more
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Michael Safyan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Software Engineer

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Mike Simpson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Washington University In St. Louis Alumni
Politician, Dentist

Age: 68

Birthplace: Burley, Idaho, United States of America

Michael Keith Simpson (born September 8, 1950) is an American politician serving as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Idaho's 2nd congressional district. First ...more