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

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

Items on this list include Jerry West, Don Knotts and other famous WVU Mountaineers!

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

What is West Virginia University known for? Well, these famous WVU alumni for one!

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Billy Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Pitchman William Darrell "Billy" Mays, Jr. was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting OxiClean, Orange Glo, Kaboom, and other cleaning, ...more

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Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player Jerry Alan West is a retired American basketball player who played his entire professional career for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association. His nicknames include ...more

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Pat White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Patrick Christian White is a former American football quarterback. He was drafted by the Miami Dolphins in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft. White has also been a baseball outfielder. He ...more

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Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting Jesse Donald "Don" Knotts was an American comedic actor best known for a 1968 film The Shakiest Gun in the West as Jesse W. Haywood and for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s ...more

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Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Broderick Steven "Steve" Harvey is an American comedian, television host, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey, and Family Feud. ...more

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Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Gymnast, Actor Mary Lou Retton is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two silver medals and two bronze medals. Her ...more

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Cheryl Hines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Cheryl Ruth Hines is an American actress, comedian, producer and director, known for her role as Larry David's wife Cheryl on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which she was nominated for two Emmy ...more

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Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Wrestler, Coach, Actor Bill Eadie is a professional wrestler who has competed under the names of Ax as part of Demolition and The Masked Superstar. He was a high school teacher and coach at Cambridge High School in ...more

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Jon McBride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Astronaut, Fighter pilot Jon Andrew McBride is retired United States Navy officer and a former NASA astronaut.

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Gene Okerlund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Spokesperson, Announcer, Actor Eugene Arthur "Mean Gene" Okerlund is a semi-retired American professional wrestling interviewer and announcer. He is best known for his work in the World Wrestling Federation and ...more

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Conchata Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor The revision #0 of the page named "Conchata Ferrell" does not exist. This is usually caused by following an outdated history link to a page that has been deleted.Details can be found ...more

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John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Businessperson John Thomas Chambers is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.

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Tim Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Businessperson Timothy Edward "Tim" Mahoney was a U.S. Representative for Florida's 16th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected in November 2006 after his ...more

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Jeff Chase is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Stunt Performer, Actor, Footballer Jeff Chase is an American film and television actor. Chase was born Jeffrey L. Sniffen in Paterson, New Jersey. He attended West Virginia University and, as Jeff Sniffen, played offensive tackle ...more

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Stephen Coonts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Novelist, Author Stephen Coonts is an American thriller and suspense novelist. Coonts grew up in Buckhannon, West Virginia, a small coal-mining town, and earned a B.A. degree in political science at West ...more

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Jerry Porter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Jerry Porter is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft, after playing college football at West Virginia. He has ...more

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Antoine Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Film Producer, Music video director, Film Director Antoine Fuqua is an American film director. His first feature film was the action film The Replacement Killers. He then directed the crime thriller Training Day, in which star Denzel Washington ...more

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Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni

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Robert Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Robert Walker American football player Robert Walker was an American football running back for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Walker is most remembered for his game-winning run against Miami in 1993.

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David Selby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Writer David Lynn Selby is an American character and stage actor. He has worked in movies, soap operas and television. Selby is best known for playing the roles of Quentin Collins on the ABC-TV serial ...more

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Raymond J. Lane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Venture capitalist Raymond J. "Ray" Lane is an American business executive and strategist specializing in technology and finance. Lane is best known for assisting corporations with technology strategy, ...more

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Cecil H. Underwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Politician, Educator Cecil Harland Underwood was an American Republican Party politician from West Virginia, known for the length of his career. He was the 25th and 32nd Governor of West Virginia from 1957 until ...more

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Chris Henry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Rookie Runningback for the NFL Tennessee Titans, as of 2007.

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Asra Nomani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Asra Quratulain Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author, and feminist, known as an activist involved in the Muslim reform and Islamic feminist movements. She teaches journalism at ...more

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Chris Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Christopher "Chris" Sarandon, Jr. is an American actor who is best known for playing Prince Humperdinck in the film The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night and ...more

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Paul Dooley is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Cartoonist Paul Dooley is an American actor, writer, and comedian.

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Marc Bulger is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Marc Robert Bulger is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for eleven seasons. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the sixth round of the ...more

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Alan Mollohan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Alan Bowlby Mollohan is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for West Virginia's 1st congressional district from 1983 to 2011. He is a member of the Democratic Party and a ...more

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Joe Manchin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician Joseph "Joe" Manchin III is the senior United States Senator from West Virginia. Manchin, a member of the Democratic Party, previously served as the Governor of West Virginia from 2005 ...more

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Antonio Brown is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Antonio Duval Brown is a former American football wide receiver. Brown played with the Buffalo Bills and the Washington Redskins in the National Football League. He played college football at ...more

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Harley M. Kilgore is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Judge, Politician, Soldier Harley Martin Kilgore was a United States Senator from West Virginia. Born in Brown, West Virginia, he attended the public schools and graduated from the law department of West Virginia ...more

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Jack Harris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Radio personality, Presenter Jack Harris is an American radio and television personality based in Tampa, Florida who co-hosts the morning drive time program on 970 WFLA and is a broadcaster with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ...more

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Owen Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Owen Schmitt is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He played college football at West Virginia University. ...more

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Rod Hundley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Rodney Clark "Hot Rod" Hundley was an American professional basketball player and television broadcaster. Hundley's life revolved around the game of basketball. His love and talent for ...more

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Todd Sauerbrun is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Todd Scott Sauerbrun is a former American college and professional football player who was a punter in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for West ...more

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John Thornton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player John Jason Thornton is a former American football defensive tackle of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played ...more

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Bob Huggins is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Coach Robert Edward "Bob" Huggins, nicknamed "Huggy Bear", is the head coach of the West Virginia Mountaineers men's basketball team. Huggins previously held the head coaching ...more

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Kathy Mattea is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor Kathleen Alice "Kathy" Mattea is an American country music and bluegrass performer who often brings folk, Celtic and traditional country sounds to her music. Active since 1983 as a ...more

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Darius Reynaud is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Darius Reynaud is an American football running back and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played ...more

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Oliver Luck is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Oliver Francis Luck is an executive with the National Collegiate Athletic Association in charge of the organization's regulatory functions. Prior to that, he was Director of Intercollegiate ...more

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Mike Vanderjagt is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Michael John "Mike" Vanderjagt is a former American and Canadian football placekicker and punter who has played in the Arena Football League, the Canadian Football League and National ...more

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Matt Carson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Matt Carson Novelist, Author, Writer Matthew "Matt" Carson is an American author from Virginia. Carson's recent works include The Attic, A Christmas Story and most recently On A Hill They Call Capital. In 2009 he ran as ...more

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Eric Wicks is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Eric Wicks American football player Eric Wicks is a former American football safety. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2008. He played college football at West Virginia.

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Robert C. Frasure is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Robert C. Frasure was an American diplomat and the first United States Ambassador to Estonia following Estonia's regained independence from the Soviet Union.

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William E. Glasscock is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
William E. Glasscock Politician William Ellsworth Glasscock was an American politician who served as the 13th Governor of West Virginia as a Republican from 1909 to 1913. Glasscock was born in Monongalia County, West Virginia ...more

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Amos Zereoué is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Amos Zereoué is a former American football player in the National Football League, who last played for the New England Patriots. During his college career Zereoué played for West ...more

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Pat McAfee is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Patrick Vincent McAfee is an American football punter for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He was a placekicker, punter, and soccer player at West Virginia.

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Anthony McAuliffe is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
General Anthony Clement "Nuts" McAuliffe was the United States Army general who was the acting division commander of the 101st Airborne Division troops defending Bastogne, Belgium, ...more

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Chuck Howley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Charles Louis "Chuck" Howley is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He spent his career with the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

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Jock Sanders is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player Jock Sanders is a gridiron football slotback and running back for the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. He was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent in ...more