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Famous Western Illinois University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 14.7k views66 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Western Illinois University and be of some renown.

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

Items include everything from Rodney Harrison to John Mahoney.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Western Illinois University?” and “Which celebrities are Western Illinois University alumni?”
  • Mary Matalin1

    Mary Matalin

    Editor, Commentator


    BirthplaceCalumet City, Illinois, United States of America

    Mary Joe Matalin (born August 19, 1953) is an American political consultant well known for her... more on Wikipedia
  • John Mahoney2

    John Mahoney

    Journalist, Actor


    BirthplaceBispham, Blackpool

    Charles John Mahoney (June 20, 1940 – February 4, 2018) was an English-American actor of... more on Wikipedia

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    #282 of 461 The Best TV Actors of All Time#62 of 82 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won An Emmy (For Acting)

  • Robert Nardelli3

    Robert Nardelli



    BirthplaceOld Forge, Pennsylvania

    Robert Louis Nardelli (born May 17, 1948) is an American businessman. He was the chairman and... more on Wikipedia
  • Lyra O'Brien4

    Lyra O'Brien

    TV Meteorologist, Meteorologist

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

    A Chicago native, Lyra's move to Milwaukee to join WISN 12 News Team as weekend morning...
  • Mike Scifres5

    Mike Scifres

    American football player


    BirthplaceMetairie, Louisiana

    Michael T. Scifres (born October 8, 1980) is a former American football punter. He played the... more on Wikipedia
  • Rodney Harrison6

    Rodney Harrison

    American football player


    BirthplaceMarkham, Illinois

    Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1971) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia

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    #191 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#127 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History

  • Bryan Cox7

    Bryan Cox

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Bryan Keith Cox (born February 17, 1968) is an American football coach and former player. His... more on Wikipedia

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    #86 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time#120 of 246 The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

  • Aaron Stecker8

    Aaron Stecker

    American football player


    BirthplaceGreen Bay, Wisconsin

    Aaron Stecker (born November 13, 1975) is a former American football running back. He was... more on Wikipedia
  • 9

    Kenneth L. Dixon

    Journalist, Newspaper

    AgeDec. at 71 (1915-1986)

    BirthplaceColchester, Illinois

    Kenneth Lee "Ken" Dixon (April 3, 1915 - June 29, 1986), was a prominent journalist who... more on Wikipedia
  • David Bowens10

    David Bowens

    American football player


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    David Walter Bowens (born July 3, 1977) is a former American football linebacker who played... more on Wikipedia
  • William James11

    William James

    American football player


    BirthplaceUniontown, Pennsylvania

    William James (born William James Peterson, Jr.; June 15, 1979) is a former American football... more on Wikipedia
  • Angela Hutti12

    Angela Hutti



    FOX 2 Meteorologist ' ' ' Angela Hutti ' ' ' joined FOX 2 in October 2006 as a Weather...
  • Dot Richardson13


    BirthplaceOrlando, Florida

    Dorothy Gay Richardson (born September 22, 1961 in Orlando, Florida) is an American physician... more on Wikipedia
  • 14

    Rich Seubert

    American football player


    BirthplaceStratford, Wisconsin

    Richard T. "Rich" Seubert (; born March 30, 1979) is a former American football guard who... more on Wikipedia
  • Tom Soehn15

    Tom Soehn



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Tom Soehn (born April 15, 1966) is an American soccer coach who is the head coach of USL... more on Wikipedia
  • Edgerton Hartwell16

    Edgerton Hartwell

    American football player


    BirthplaceLas Vegas, Nevada

    Edgerton "Ed" Hartwell II (born May 27, 1978) is a former American football linebacker. He... more on Wikipedia
  • Mike Wagner17

    Mike Wagner

    American football player


    BirthplaceWaukegan, Illinois

    Michael Robert Wagner (born June 22, 1949) is a former professional football player, a safety... more on Wikipedia
  • Frank Winters18

    Frank Winters

    American football player


    BirthplaceHoboken, New Jersey

    Frank Mitchell Winters (born January 23, 1964) is a former American football center in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 19

    Frisman Jackson

    American football player


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    Frisman Jackson (born June 12, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver for the... more on Wikipedia
  • Booker Edgerson20

    Booker Edgerson

    American football player



    Booker Tyrone Edgerson (born July 5, 1939) is a former American football player. This... more on Wikipedia
  • 21

    Kimberly A. Lightford



    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Kimberly Lightford (born May 10, 1968) is a Democratic member of the Illinois Senate,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22

    Russ Michna

    American football player


    BirthplaceElk Grove Village, Illinois

    Russell Walter Michna (born February 3, 1981) is a former arena football quarterback. A... more on Wikipedia
  • 23


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Kirk W. Dillard (born June 1, 1955) is a former Republican member of the Illinois State... more on Wikipedia
  • Larry Garron24

    Larry Garron

    American football player


    BirthplaceMarks, Mississippi

    Larry Garron is an American former professional football player. A fullback, he played... more on Wikipedia
  • 25

    Leroy Jackson

    American football player


    BirthplaceChicago Heights, Illinois

    Leroy Jackson (born December 8, 1939 in Chicago Heights, Illinois) is a former American... more on Wikipedia