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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
Charles Napier 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
John Carpenter 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
Michael Card 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
Steve Gorman 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
Rick Loomis 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
Michael Rosenbaum 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
Jeremi Johnson 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
William D. Mounce 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
Terrence W. Wilcutt 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
Matt Long 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
Romeo Crennel 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
Anthony Oakley 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
Russell E. Dougherty 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
Kenny Perry 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
Larnelle Harris 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
Darnell Mee 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
Tellis Frank 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
Harry B. Gray 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
Beegie Adair 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
Bobby Sippio 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
Pete Marcus 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
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William Huston Natcher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
William Huston Natcher 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
Billy Vaughn Singer William Richard "Billy" Vaughn was an American singer, multi-instrumentalist, orchestra leader, and A&R man for Dot Records.

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Jay Wilkison is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Jay Wilkison Actor John Norton "Jay" Wilkison is an American movie, television and stage actor. Wilkison was born in Nashville, Tennessee. He played Riley Colson on the ABC soap One Life to Live from ...more

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Joe Bolton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Joe Bolton Joe Bolton was an American poet. He was born in Cadiz, Kentucky. He completed a Masters degree at the University of Florida in 1988. In 1990, after completing his Master of Fine Arts, he ...more

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Rod Smart is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Rod Smart American football player Torrold DeShaun "Rod" Smart is a former professional American football player. He played college football for the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers, and began his professional ...more

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Dale Lindsey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Dale Lindsey American Football coach, American football player Phillip Dale Lindsey is a former American football linebacker and coach in the National Football League. He also spent time as a coach in the Canadian Football League and the United States ...more

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Joseph Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Joseph Jefferson American football player Joseph Jerome Jefferson, Jr. is a former American football cornerback in the National Football League. Before playing for the NFL, Jefferson was a standout football and basketball player at ...more

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David Carter is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
David Carter American football player David Carter is a former American football offensive guard and center who played 9 seasons in the National Football League for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints. He played college ...more

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Jim McDaniels is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Jim McDaniels Basketball player James Ronald McDaniels is an American former professional basketball player. A 6'11" power forward/center, McDaniels averaged nearly 40 points per game as a senior at Allen County ...more

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Bobby William Austin is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Bobby William Austin Professor, Writer Bobby William Austin is an American sociologist, lecturer, and writer. He is a leading scholar on African-American men and boys and was the first person, as a Program Officer with the W.K. ...more

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Clem Haskins is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Clem Haskins Basketball player, Coach Clem Smith Haskins is a retired American college and professional basketball player and college basketball coach. He and star player Dwight Smith became the first black athletes to integrate the ...more

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Joe Bugel is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Joe Bugel Coach, American football player Joseph John 'Buges' Bugel was the Offensive line coach for the Washington Redskins from 1981 to 1989 and from 2004 to 2009. He served as offensive line coach or assistant for the Detroit Lions ...more

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Claire Donahue is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Claire Donahue Swimmer Claire Christine Donahue is an American competition swimmer. She won two gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games and finished second at the 2011 National Championships in the 100-meter ...more

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Courtney Lee is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Courtney Lee Courtney Lee is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for the Memphis Grizzlies of the National Basketball Association. He was drafted by the Orlando Magic with the 22nd ...more

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David L. Grange is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
David L. Grange David L. Grange is a retired United States Army Major General. He served with the 101st Airborne during the Vietnam War. He was later assigned to Delta Force, commanding a squadron during the ...more

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Larry Elmore is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Larry Elmore Larry Elmore is an American fantasy artist whose work includes creating illustrations for video games, comics, magazines, and fantasy books. His list of work includes illustrations for Dungeons ...more

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Will Hoge is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Will Hoge Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter Will Hoge is a Grammy-nominated American Americana country music singer, songwriter, and musician from Nashville, Tennessee.

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Andrew Stahl is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Andrew Stahl Songwriter, Musician, Actor Andrew Render Stahl is an American actor who has been acting for over 20 years. Two of his more memorable roles were Tom McHone in the Christy series and General Armand Stassi in seaQuest 2032.

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Chris Knight is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Chris Knight Songwriter, Singer Chris Knight is an American singer-songwriter from Slaughters, Kentucky. In addition to releasing solo records of his own material, Knight has had a successful career writing songs that have ...more

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Sandra Blanton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Sandra Blanton Accountant Sandra "Sandy" Clark Blanton is a Democratic member of the Indiana House of Representatives, having represented the 62nd District since 2007. She was reelected in 2012 to a fourth ...more

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Duncan Hines is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Duncan Hines Businessperson, Food critic, Writer Duncan Hines was an American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers. He is best known today for the brand of food products that bears his name.

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Lowell H. Harrison is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Lowell H. Harrison Historian Lowell Hayes Harrison was an American historian specializing in Kentucky. Harrison graduated from College High. He received a B.A. from Western Kentucky University in 1946, then enrolled at New ...more

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Japeth Aguilar is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Japeth Aguilar Japeth Paul C. Aguilar is a Filipino professional basketball player. He is currently playing for the Barangay Ginebra San Miguel in the Philippine Basketball Association. He also played for ...more

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Chris Turner is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Chris Turner Baseball player Christopher Wan Turner is a former Major League Baseball player. He is an alumnus of Western Kentucky University.

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Carl Brazley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Carl Brazley Carl Brazley was a football player in the Canadian Football League for thirteen years. Brazley played defensive back for the Montreal Alouettes, Ottawa Rough Riders and Toronto Argonauts from ...more

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Jack Keane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Jack Keane John M. "Jack" Keane is a retired four-star general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and a defense analyst currently serving as Chairman of the Board for the ...more

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Kannard Johnson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni
Kannard Johnson Basketball player Kannard Johnson is a retired American professional basketball player. He was selected by the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers with the 41st overall pick of the 1987 NBA ...more