READ

Famous West Virginia University Alumni

Reference
Updated June 14, 2019 27.9k views 51 items

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!
1
Billy Mays is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Pitchman

Age: Dec. at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States of America

William Darrell "Billy" Mays Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television direct-response advertisement salesperson most notable for promoting Fix-It, OxiClean, ...more

More Billy Mays 

#259 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #27 of 370 340+ Uncircumcised Celebrities #419 of 428 Here's a List of Every Known Republican Celebrity

2
Jerry West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player

Age: 80

Birthplace: Chelyan, West Virginia, West Virginia

Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player. During his active career West played professionally for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National ...more

More Jerry West 

#15 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #1,502 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #5 of 162 The Greatest Point Guards in NBA History

3
Pat White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Daphne, Alabama

Patrick Christian White (born February 25, 1986) is an American football coach and former quarterback who currently serves as the quarterbacks coach for Alcorn State. He was drafted by the Miami ...more

More Pat White 

#48 of 122 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time #1 of 55 The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time #46 of 60 Famous Athletes Who Could Have Dominated a Second Sport

4
Don Knotts is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Comedian, Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 82 (1924-2006)

Birthplace: Morgantown, USA, West Virginia

Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian, best known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for ...more

More Don Knotts 

#365 of 1,139 The Best Actors in Film History #182 of 925 People We Wish Were Still Alive #39 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

5
Steve Harvey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 62

Birthplace: Welch, USA, West Virginia

Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host, producer, radio personality, actor, and author. He hosts The Steve Harvey Morning Show, the Steve talk ...more

More Steve Harvey 

#85 of 261 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time #60 of 256 Celebrities Who Should Run for President #134 of 362 The Funniest People Of All Time

6
Mary Lou Retton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Gymnast, Actor

Age: 51

Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States of America

Mary Lou Retton (born January 24, 1968) is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, she won a gold medal in the individual all-around competition, as well as two ...more

More Mary Lou Retton 

#872 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #115 of 771 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasureslisted on Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative

7
Cheryl Hines is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Miami Beach, Florida, USA

Cheryl Ruth Hines (born September 21, 1965) is an American actress, director and comedian who played the role of Larry David's wife, Cheryl, on HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm, for which she was ...more

More Cheryl Hines 

#75 of 101 Celebrating The Funniest Women Of The 2010s #17 of 19 Stories of Celebrities Who Are Awful To Their Assistants #28 of 88 Famous Groundlings Members and Alumni

8
Bill Eadie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Wrestler, Coach, Actor

Age: 71

Birthplace: USA, Brownsville, Pennsylvania

William Reid "Bill" Eadie (born December 27, 1947) is an American professional wrestler who has competed under the names of Ax as part of Demolition and The Masked Superstar. He was a ...more

More Bill Eadie 

#187 of 211 The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time #44 of 86 The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s #44 of 70 The Best WWE Superstars of the '90s

9
Jon McBride is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Astronaut, Fighter pilot

Age: 75

Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia

Jon Andrew McBride (born August 14, 1943), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a retired American naval officer and aviator, fighter pilot, test pilot, aeronautical engineer, and a former NASA astronaut.
10
Gene Okerlund is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Spokesperson, Announcer, Actor

Age: 76

Birthplace: Robbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America

Eugene Arthur Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019), better known by his ring name "Mean" Gene Okerlund, was an American professional wrestling interviewer, announcer and ...more

More Gene Okerlund 

#121 of 211 The Greatest WWE Superstars of All Time #35 of 86 The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s #16 of 157 Ranking The Greatest WWE Hall of Fame Inductees

11
Conchata Ferrell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor

Age: 75

Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States of America

Conchata Galen Ferrell (born March 28, 1943) is an American actress. Although she has been a regular castmember of five TV sitcom series, she is best known for playing Berta the housekeeper for ...more
12
John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 69

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

John Thomas Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is the former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems.
13
Tim Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 62

Birthplace: Aurora, Illinois, United States of America

Timothy Edward "Tim" Mahoney (born August 16, 1956) is a former U.S. Representative for Florida's 16th congressional district and a member of the Democratic Party. He was elected in ...more
14
Jeff Chase is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Stunt Performer, Actor, Footballer

Age: 51

Birthplace: USA, Paterson, New Jersey

Jeff Chase (born January 17, 1968) is an American film and television actor who played for the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League.. Chase was born Jeffrey L. Sniffen in Paterson, New ...more
15
Stephen Coonts is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Novelist, Author

Age: 72

Birthplace: Buckhannon, West Virginia

Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist.
16
Jerry Porter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Washington

Jerry Porter (born July 14, 1978) 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 ...more

More Jerry Porter 

#200 of 248 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time #43 of 55 The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time #64 of 173 The Best Oakland Raiders Of All Time

17
Antoine Fuqua is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Film Producer, Music video director, Film Director

Age: 53

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966 or May 30, 1966) (sources differ) is an American film director and producer. Initially active as a music video director, he has worked primarily in the ...more
18
Adam Jones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni

Age: 36

19
Robert Walker is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Robert Walker American football player

Age: 46

Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia

Robert Walker (born June 26, 1972) was an American football running back for the West Virginia Mountaineers. Walker is most remembered for his game-winning run against Miami in 1993.
20
David Selby is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Writer

Age: 78

Birthplace: Morgantown, USA, West Virginia

David Lynn Selby (born February 5, 1941) is an American film, television and stage actor. He is best known for playing Quentin Collins in the daytime soap opera Dark Shadows (1968–71), and ...more
21
Raymond J. Lane is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Venture capitalist

Age: 72

Birthplace: McKeesport, Pennsylvania

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
22
Cecil H. Underwood is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Politician, Educator

Age: Dec. at 86 (1922-2008)

Birthplace: West Virginia, United States of America

Cecil Harland Underwood (November 5, 1922 – November 24, 2008) was an American Republican Party politician from West Virginia, known for the length of his career. He was the 25th and 32nd ...more
23
Chris Henry is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 26 (1983-2009)

Birthplace: Belle Chasse, Louisiana, United States of America

Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who played five seasons in the National Football League for the Cincinnati Bengals. He played college ...more
24
Asra Nomani is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: 54

Birthplace: India, Mumbai

Asra Quratulain Nomani (born 1965) is an American author and former Georgetown University professor. She is co-director of the Pearl Project, a faculty-student, investigative-reporting project ...more
25
Chris Sarandon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous West Virginia University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 76

Birthplace: USA, West Virginia, Beckley

Christopher Sarandon Jr. (; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor. He is known best for playing Prince Humperdinck in the movie The Princess Bride, the vampire Jerry Dandrige in Fright Night, ...more