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

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

Alumni include Andy Dick, Dana Delany and many additional graduates as well.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wesleyan University?” and “Which celebrities are Wesleyan University alumni?”
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Kim Stolz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Fashion Model, Model, Presenter
Kimberly Lynn "Kim" Stolz is an American fashion model, television personality, author, and financial executive. Stolz was a correspondent for MTV News, and served as video jockey and ...more
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Amanda Palmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Songwriter, Pianist, Musician
Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer is an American performer who first rose to prominence as the lead singer, pianist, and lyricist/composer of the duo the Dresden Dolls. She has had a successful ...more
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Matthew Weiner is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter
Matthew Weiner is an American writer, director and producer. He is the creator of the AMC television drama series Mad Men. He is also noted for his work on the HBO drama series The Sopranos, on ...more
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Mike White is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer
Mike White is a film soundtrack writer.
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Michael Bay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer
Michael Benjamin Bay is an American film director and producer. He is known for directing big-budget action films characterized by fast edits, stylistic visuals and extreme use of special ...more
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Ram Dass is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Psychologist, Author, Actor
Ram Dass is an American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University ...more
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Bradley Whitford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Bradley Whitford is an American film and television actor. He has played White House Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman on the NBC television drama The West Wing, Danny Tripp on Studio 60 on the ...more
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Timothy Hutton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Businessperson, Television producer
Timothy Tarquin Hutton is an American actor and director. He is the youngest actor to win the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, which he won at the age of 20 for his performance as Conrad ...more
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Fremont Rider is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Librarian, Inventor, Writer
Arthur Fremont Rider was an American writer, poet, editor, inventor, genealogist, and librarian. He studied under Melvil Dewey, of whom he wrote a biography for the ALA. Throughout his life he ...more
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George Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Inventor
George Kellogg was an American inventor and patent expert. Kellogg was born at New Hartford, Connecticut in 1812 to Isaac Kellogg and Aurilla Barney. George graduated from Wesleyan University in ...more
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John Perry Barlow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Poet, Lyricist, Essayist
John Perry Barlow is an American poet and essayist, a retired Wyoming cattle rancher, and a cyberlibertarian political activist who has been associated with both the Democratic and Republican ...more
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Dana Delany is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
Dana Welles Delany is an American film, stage, and television actress, producer, presenter, and health activist. Delany has been active in show business since the late 1970s. Following small ...more
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Paul Weitz is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Paul John Weitz is an American film producer, screenwriter, actor, and film director. He is the brother of filmmaker Chris Weitz.
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William Christopher is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor
William Christopher is an American actor who is best known for playing Father Mulcahy on the television series M*A*S*H and Private Lester Hummel on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
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Stephen Trask is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Musician, Composer
Stephen Trask is an American musician and composer, who graduated from Wesleyan University. He changed his surname to Trask, that of his longtime partner, so as not to be confused with Stephen ...more
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Ariel Levy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Journalist, Writer
Ariel Levy is a staff writer at The New Yorker magazine and author of the book Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New ...more
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Art Feltman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Arthur J. Fletman, commonly known as Art Feltman, is an American politician from the state of Connecticut. A Democrat, he served for 12 years as a member of the Connecticut House of ...more
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William R. Moses is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Actor
William Remington Moses is an American actor.
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David Kohan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television producer, Screenwriter
David Sanford Kohan is an American television producer and writer. After writing for The Wonder Years and The Dennis Miller Show, Kohan co-created and produced Will & Grace, Boston Common, ...more
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Joss Whedon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Comic book creator, Film Score Composer, Television director
Joseph Hill "Joss" Whedon is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer and actor. He is the founder of Mutant ...more
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Daniel Dennett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Cognitive scientist, Professor, Author
Daniel Clement Dennett III is an American philosopher, writer, and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, ...more
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Akiva Goldsman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Akiva J. Goldsman from Manhattan, New York is an American film and television writer, director, and producer. He received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 film, A ...more
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Elliot Aronson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Psychologist
Elliot Aronson is an American psychologist. He is listed among the 100 most eminent psychologists of the 20th Century and is best known for the invention of the Jigsaw Classroom as a method of ...more
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Robin Cook is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Novelist, Author, Physician
Dr. Robert Brian "Robin" Cook is an American physician and novelist who writes about medicine and topics affecting public health. He is best known for combining medical writing with ...more
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Stephen Talbot is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wesleyan University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter
Stephen Henderson Talbot is an Emmy award-winning American TV documentary producer, writer and reporter who had an earlier career as a television child actor in the late 1950s and early 1960s. ...more