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Famous Western Kentucky University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 12.2k views90 items

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

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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?”
  • 1

    Charles Napier

    Soldier, Author

    AgeDec. at 75 (1936-2011)

    BirthplaceUSA, 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 genre...  more
  • 2

    John Carpenter

    Film Score Composer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceCarthage, New York, USA

    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 horror,...  more

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  • 3

    Michael Card

    Singer-songwriter, Composer


    BirthplaceMadison, 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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  • 4

    Steve Gorman

    Musician, Drummer


    BirthplaceMichigan, 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
  • 5

    Rick Loomis

    Educator, Lecturer


    BirthplaceRaleigh, North Carolina

    Rick Loomis is a Pulitzer-prize winning photojournalist....  more
  • 6

    Michael Rosenbaum

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceOceanside, New York, United States of America

    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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  • 7

    Jeremi Johnson

    American football player


    BirthplaceLouisville, Kentucky, United States of America

    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
  • 8


    BirthplacePasadena, 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 the...  more
  • 9


    BirthplaceRussellville, 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 Safety...  more
  • 10

    Matt Long



    BirthplaceWinchester, 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 White...  more

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  • 11

    Mel Mitchell

    American football player


    BirthplaceRockledge, 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
  • 12

    Romeo Crennel

    Coach, American football player


    BirthplaceLynchburg, 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 been...  more
  • 13

    Anthony Oakley

    American football player


    BirthplaceHouston, 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
  • 14
    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
  • 15


    BirthplaceElizabethtown, 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
  • 16


    BirthplaceDanville, 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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  • 17

    Darnell Mee

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceCleveland, 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 Warriors...  more
  • 18

    Tellis Frank

    Basketball player


    BirthplaceGary, 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
  • 19

    Harry B. Gray

    Chemist, Professor


    BirthplaceWoodburn, 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....  more
  • 20

    Beegie Adair

    Jazz Pianist, Pianist



    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 University. She moved to...  more
  • 21

    Bobby Sippio

    American football player


    BirthplaceOrlando, 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 Kentucky. During...  more
  • 22

    Pete Marcus

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 79 (1917-1997)


    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 Western...  more
  • 23

    Ronald Spears

  • 24
    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
  • 25

    AgeDec. at 72 (1919-1991)

    BirthplaceGlasgow, 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....  more