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Famous West Virginia University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 29.6k 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!
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    Billy Mays

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

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

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    Pat White

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

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    #59 of 119 The Greatest College Football Quarterbacks of All Time#2 of 54 The Best West Virginia Football Players of All Time

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    Don Knotts

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

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    #307 of 1,017 The Best Actors In Film History#65 of 362 The Greatest Entertainers Of All Time

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    Steve Harvey

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

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    Mary Lou Retton

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

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

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    Bill Eadie

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

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    Jon McBride

    Astronaut, Fighter pilot
    Jon Andrew McBride (born August 14, 1943), (Capt, USN, Ret.), is a retired American naval...  more
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    Gene Okerlund

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

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

    John T. Chambers

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

    Businessperson
    Timothy Edward "Tim" Mahoney (born August 16, 1956) is a former U.S. Representative for...  more
  • 14

    Jeff Chase

    Stunt Performer, Actor
    Jeff Chase (born January 17, 1968) is an American film and television actor who played for the...  more
  • 15

    Stephen Coonts

    Novelist, Author
    Stephen Coonts (born July 19, 1946) is an American thriller and suspense novelist....  more
  • 16

    Jerry Porter

    American football player
    Jerry Porter (born July 14, 1978) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted...  more
  • 17

    Antoine Fuqua

    Film Producer, Music video director
    Antoine Fuqua (born January 19, 1966 or May 30, 1966) (sources differ) is an American film...  more
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    Robert Walker

    American football player
    Robert Walker (born June 26, 1972) was an American football running back for the West Virginia...  more
  • 20

    David Selby

    Actor, Voice acting
    David Lynn Selby (born February 5, 1941) is an American film, television and stage actor. He...  more
  • 21

    Raymond J. Lane

    Venture capitalist
    Raymond J. "Ray" Lane is an American business executive and strategist specializing in...  more
  • 22

    Cecil H. Underwood

    Politician, Educator
    Cecil Harland Underwood (November 5, 1922 – November 24, 2008) was an American Republican...  more
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    Chris Henry

    American football player
    Chris Henry (May 17, 1983 – December 17, 2009) was an American football wide receiver who...  more
  • 24

    Asra Nomani

    Journalist, Author
    Asra Quratulain Nomani (born 1965) is an American author and former Georgetown University...  more
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    Chris Sarandon

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

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