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Famous West Virginia University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 29.2k views51 items

List RulesPeople 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!
  • Billy Mays1

    Billy Mays


    AgeDec. at 51 (1958-2009)

    BirthplaceMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    William Darrell "Billy" Mays Jr. (July 20, 1958 – June 28, 2009) was an American television...  more
  • Jerry West2

    Jerry West

    Basketball Coach, Basketball player


    BirthplaceChelyan, West Virginia

    Jerome Alan West (born May 28, 1938) is an American basketball executive and former player....  more

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    #19 of 256 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#1232 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • Pat White3

    Pat White

    Athlete, American football player


    BirthplaceDaphne, Alabama

    Patrick Christian White (born February 25, 1986) is an American football coach and former...  more

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    #57 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#1 of 54 The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

  • Don Knotts4

    Don Knotts

    Comedian, Actor

    AgeDec. at 82 (1924-2006)

    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, USA

    Jesse Donald Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor and comedian,...  more

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    #294 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#178 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive

  • Steve Harvey5

    Steve Harvey

    Comedian, Television producer


    BirthplaceWelch, West Virginia, United States of America

    Broderick Stephen Harvey (born January 17, 1957) is an American comedian, television host,...  more

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    #57 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time#585 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • Mary Lou Retton6

    Mary Lou Retton

    Gymnast, Actor


    BirthplaceFairmont, West Virginia, USA

    Mary Lou Retton (born January 24, 1968) is a retired American gymnast. At the 1984 Summer...  more

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    #121 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#159 of 568 American Public Figures Who Are National Treasures

  • Cheryl Hines7

    Cheryl Hines

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceMiami Beach, Florida, USA

    Cheryl Ruth Hines (born September 21, 1965) is an American actress, director and comedian who...  more

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    #84 of 101 Celebrating The Funniest Women Of The 2010s#17 of 19 Stories of Celebrities Who Are Awful To Their Assistants

  • Bill Eadie8

    Bill Eadie

    Wrestler, Coach


    BirthplaceUSA, Brownsville, Pennsylvania

    William Reid "Bill" Eadie (born December 27, 1947) is an American professional wrestler who...  more

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    #49 of 86 The Best WWE Superstars of the '80s#50 of 69 The Best WWE Superstars of the '90s

  • Jon McBride9

    Jon McBride

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot


    BirthplaceCharleston, West Virginia

    Jon Andrew McBride (born August 14, 1943), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a retired American naval...  more
  • Gene Okerlund10

    Gene Okerlund

    Spokesperson, Announcer


    BirthplaceRobbinsdale, Minnesota, United States of America

    Eugene Arthur Okerlund (December 19, 1942 – January 2, 2019), better known by his ring name...  more
  • Conchata Ferrell11


    BirthplaceCharleston, West Virginia, United States of America

    Conchata Galen Ferrell (March 28, 1943-October 12, 2020) was an American actress. Although she...  more
  • John T. Chambers12

    John T. Chambers



    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    John Thomas Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is the former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco...  more
  • Tim Mahoney13

    Tim Mahoney



    BirthplaceAurora, Illinois, United States of America

    Timothy Edward "Tim" Mahoney (born August 16, 1956) is a former U.S. Representative for...  more
  • Jeff Chase14

    Jeff Chase

    Stunt Performer, Actor


    BirthplaceUSA, Paterson, New Jersey

    Jeff Chase (born January 17, 1968) is an American film and television actor who played for the...  more
  • Stephen Coonts15

    Stephen Coonts

    Novelist, Author


    BirthplaceBuckhannon, West Virginia

    Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist....  more
  • Jerry Porter16

    Jerry Porter

    American football player



    Jerry Porter (born July 14, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted...  more
  • Antoine Fuqua17

    Antoine Fuqua

    Film Producer, Music video director


    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966 or May 30, 1966) (sources differ) is an American film...  more
  • Adam Jones18
  • Robert Walker19

    Robert Walker

    American football player


    BirthplaceHuntington, West Virginia

    Robert Walker (born June 26, 1972) was an American football running back for the West Virginia...  more
  • David Selby20

    David Selby

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceMorgantown, West Virginia, United States of America

    David Lynn Selby (born February 5, 1941) is an American film, television and stage actor. He...  more
  • Raymond J. Lane21

    Raymond J. Lane

    Venture capitalist


    BirthplaceMcKeesport, Pennsylvania

    Raymond J. "Ray" Lane is an American business executive and strategist specializing in...  more
  • Cecil H. Underwood22

    Cecil H. Underwood

    Politician, Educator

    AgeDec. at 86 (1922-2008)

    BirthplaceWest Virginia, United States of America

    Cecil Harland Underwood (November 5, 1922 – November 24, 2008) was an American Republican...  more
  • Chris Henry23

    Chris Henry

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 26 (1983-2009)

    BirthplaceBelle Chasse, Louisiana, United States of America

    Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who...  more
  • Asra Nomani24

    Asra Nomani

    Journalist, Author


    BirthplaceIndia, Mumbai

    Asra Quratulain Nomani (born 1965) is an American author and former Georgetown University...  more
  • Chris Sarandon25

    Chris Sarandon

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceBeckley, West Virginia, USA

    Christopher Sarandon Jr. (; born July 24, 1942) is an American actor. He is known best for...  more

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