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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
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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