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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
Charles Lewis Napier was a prolific American actor, who after his film debut mainly worked in supporting roles. Napier's strong voice, steely gaze and distinctive broad jutting chin made him ...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
John Howard Carpenter is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and composer. Although Carpenter has worked in numerous film genres, he is most commonly associated with horror ...more

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

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Steve Gorman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Musician, Drummer, Percussionist
Steve Gorman is an American musician, best known as the drummer of the American hard rock band The Black Crowes. He also spent some time as the drummer for British rock band Stereophonics.

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Rick Loomis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Educator, Lecturer, Photojournalist
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
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Michael Owen Rosenbaum is an American film and TV actor, director, producer, writer and comedian. He is best known for his performance in Sorority Boys and for portraying Lex Luthor on the ...more

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

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William D. Mounce is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Educator
William D. Mounce is a scholar of New Testament Greek. William Mounce is the son of Robert H. Mounce. He lives as a writer in Washougal, Washington. He is the President of BiblicalTraining, a ...more

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Terrence W. Wilcutt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Astronaut
Terrence Wade Wilcutt is a United States Marine Corps officer and a NASA astronaut. He is a veteran of four Space Shuttle missions. Wilcutt is currently the Deputy Director, Safety and Mission ...more

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Matt Long is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Actor
Matthew Clayton "Matt" Long is an American actor. He played the teenaged Jack McCallister on Jack & Bobby, the younger Johnny Blaze in Ghost Rider, and Tyler Prince in Sydney

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

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Romeo Crennel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Coach, American football player
Romeo "Rac" Crennel is an American football defensive coordinator for the Houston Texans. Though he has spent much of his career as a defensive assistant, he has been the head coach of ...more

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Anthony Oakley is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player
Anthony Oakley 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 Kentucky. Oakley has also been ...more

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Russell E. Dougherty is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
General Russell Elliott Dougherty was commander in chief of the Strategic Air Command and director of strategic target planning, at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. General Dougherty graduated ...more

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Kenny Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Golfer
James Kenneth Perry is an American professional golfer who currently plays on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour, for which he became eligible following his 50th birthday. On June 30, ...more

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Larnelle Harris is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Singer
Larnelle Steward Harris is an American gospel singer and songwriter. During his 30-plus years of ministry, Harris has recorded 18 albums, won five Grammy Awards and 18 Dove Awards, and has had ...more

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Darnell Mee is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Basketball player
LaFarrell Darnell Mee is an American-Australian former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and other leagues. He was selected by the Golden State Warriors with the 34th overall ...more

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Tellis Frank is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Basketball player
Tellis Joseph Frank Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player. Frank is a 1983 graduate of Lew Wallace High School. Frank was selected by the Golden State Warriors in the first ...more

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Harry B. Gray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Chemist, Professor
Harry Barkus Gray 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
Bobbe Gorin "Beegie" Adair, née Long is a jazz pianist. She studied piano at Western Kentucky University. She moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she did graduate work at ...more

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Bobby Sippio is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player
Robert Lee "Bobby" Sippio, Jr. is a former American football wide receiver. Sippio was suspended following his arrest for an undisclosed time frame. He was signed by the Peoria Pirates ...more

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Pete Marcus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
American football player
Peter Paul Marcus was an American football end in the National Football League for the Washington Redskins. He attended the University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University.

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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
William Huston Natcher was a Democratic congressman, serving in the United States House of Representatives from 1953 to 1994.

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Billy Vaughn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Singer
William Richard "Billy" Vaughn was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader, and A&R man for Dot Records.