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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Western Kentucky University and be of some renown.

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

Alumni include John Carpenter, Michael Rosenbaum and many additional graduates as well.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Western Kentucky University?” and “Which celebrities are Western Kentucky University alumni?”
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Charles Napier is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Soldier, Author, Actor

Age: Dec. at 75 (1936-2011)

Birthplace: USA, Kentucky

Charles Lewis Napier (April 12, 1936 – October 5, 2011) was an American character actor in film and television, known for his prolific career playing memorable supporting and leading roles in ...more
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John Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 71

Birthplace: Carthage, New York, United States of America

John Howard Carpenter (born January 16, 1948) is an American filmmaker, screenwriter and composer. Although Carpenter has worked with various movie genres, he is associated most commonly with ...more

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Michael Card is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Singer-songwriter, Composer, Singer

Age: 61

Birthplace: Madison, Tennessee

Michael Card (born April 11, 1957) is an American, Christian singer-songwriter, musician, author, and radio host from Franklin, Tennessee. He is best known for his contributions in contemporary ...more

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Steve Gorman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Musician, Drummer, Percussionist

Age: 53

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Muskegon

Steve Gorman (born August 17, 1965, Muskegon, Michigan) is an American musician and sports talk radio host. Gorman is best known as the drummer of the American Americana rock/blues rock band The ...more
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Rick Loomis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Educator, Lecturer, Photojournalist

Age: 49

Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina

Rick Loomis is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist.
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Michael Rosenbaum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Michael Rosenbaum Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Oceanside, New York, USA

Michael Owen Rosenbaum (born July 11, 1972) is an American actor, producer, singer and comedian. He is known for his performance in Sorority Boys and for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman ...more

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Jeremi Johnson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Jeremi Ray Johnson (born September 4, 1980) is a former American football fullback. He was drafted by the Bengals in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at Indiana ...more
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William D. Mounce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Educator

Age: 66

Birthplace: Pasadena, California

William D. Mounce (born 17 February 1953) is a scholar of New Testament Greek. William Mounce is the son of noted scholar Robert H. Mounce. He lives as a writer in Washougal, Washington. He is ...more
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Terrence W. Wilcutt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Astronaut

Age: 69

Birthplace: Russellville, Kentucky

Terrence Wade Wilcutt (born October 31, 1949) is a United States Marine Corps officer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. Wilcutt is currently the Director of ...more
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Matt Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Matt Long Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: Winchester, Kentucky, USA

Matthew Clayton Long (born May 18, 1980) is an American actor. He is best known for his roles in the television series Jack & Bobby (2004–2005), and the films Ghost Rider (2007) and Sydney ...more

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Mel Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Mel Mitchell American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Rockledge, Florida

Mel Mitchell III (born February 10, 1979) is a former American football safety. He was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fifth round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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Romeo Crennel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Coach, American football player

Age: 71

Birthplace: Lynchburg, Virginia

Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947) is an American football coach who is the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Houston Texans of the National Football League (NFL). He has ...more
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Anthony Oakley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Houston, Texas

Anthony Oakley (born August 16, 1981) is a former American football guard. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2004. He played college football at Western ...more
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Russell E. Dougherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)

Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky

General Russell Elliott Dougherty (November 15, 1920 – September 7, 2007) was commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command and director of strategic target planning (Joint Strategic Target ...more
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Kenny Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Golfer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Elizabethtown, Kentucky

James Kenneth Perry (born August 10, 1960) is an American professional golfer who currently plays on the PGA Tour Champions. He won 14 PGA Tour events and has won nine PGA Tour Champions events ...more
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Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Singer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Danville, Kentucky

Larnelle Steward Harris (born July 6, 1947) is an American gospel singer and songwriter. During his 40-plus years of ministry, Harris has recorded 18 albums, won five Grammy Awards and 11 Dove ...more

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Darnell Mee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 48

Birthplace: Cleveland, Tennessee

LaFarrell Darnell Mee (born February 11, 1971) is an American-Australian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. He was selected by the Golden State ...more
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Tellis Frank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Tellis Joseph Frank Jr. (born April 26, 1965) is an American former professional basketball player and former assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream of the Women's National Basketball Association ...more
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Harry B. Gray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Chemist, Professor

Age: 83

Birthplace: Woodburn, Kentucky

Harry Barkus Gray (born 14 November 1935 in Woodburn, Kentucky, U.S.A.) is the Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology.
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Beegie Adair is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Jazz Pianist, Pianist

Age: 82

Birthplace: Kentucky

Bobbe Gorin "Beegie" Adair, née Long (born December 11, 1937, Barren County, Kentucky, United States) is an American jazz pianist. She studied piano at Western Kentucky ...more
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Bobby Sippio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player

Age: 38

Birthplace: Orlando, Florida, United States of America

Robert Lee "Bobby" Sippio, Jr. (born December 4, 1980) is a former American football wide receiver. He was signed by the Peoria Pirates in 2002. He played college football at Western ...more
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Pete Marcus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 80 (1917-1997)

Birthplace: Pennsylvania

Peter Paul Marcus (December 17, 1917 – April 20, 1997) was an American football end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He attended the University of Kentucky and ...more
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Ronald Spears is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Businessperson
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William Huston Natcher ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)

Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States of America

William Huston Natcher (September 11, 1909 – March 29, 1994) was a Democratic congressman, serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 until his death from heart failure in ...more
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Billy Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Singer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1919-1991)

Birthplace: Glasgow, Kentucky, United States of America

William Richard Vaughn (April 12, 1919 – September 26, 1991) was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader, and A&R man for Dot Records.