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Famous William Paterson University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 9.2k views29 items

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

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

A list made up of graduates like Dick Vitale and Ian Ziering.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to William Paterson University?” and “Which celebrities are William Paterson University alumni?”
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    Television producer, Actor

    Age57

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Ian Andrew Ziering (; born March 30, 1964) is an American actor and voice actor best known for his role as Steve Sanders on the television series Beverly Hills, 90210, which he played from 1990 to...  more

    #38 of 44 '90s Celebrities You Should Be Following on Instagram#5 of 17 The Best Dance Partner of Cheryl Burke on DWTS#6 of 6 The Best Actors Who Played Harry Osborn

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    Commentator, Coach

    Age82

    BirthplacePassaic, New Jersey, USA

    NationalityItaly, United States of America

    Richard John "Dick" Vitale (; born June 9, 1939), also known as "Dickie V", is an American basketball sportscaster. A former head coach in the college and professional ranks, he is well known as a...  more

    #34 of 67 The Best Sports Personalities on ESPN#20 of 31 The Best Pistons Coaches of All Time, Ranked#8 of 29 Celebrities Who You Never Knew Were Partially Blind

  • 3
    Songwriter, Musician

    Age55

    BirthplaceDes Moines, Iowa

    William Harris Stewart (born October 18, 1966, in Des Moines, Iowa) is an American jazz drummer. He has performed with Maceo Parker, John Scofield, Joe Lovano, Michael Brecker, Pat Metheny, Lonnie...  more
  • 4
    Baseball player

    Age60

    BirthplaceYonkers, New York

    Daniel Anthony Pasqua (born October 17, 1961, Yonkers, New York), is a former Major League Baseball outfielder. The left handed power hitter works as a community representative for the Chicago White...  more
  • 5
    Novelist, Author

    Age54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    NationalityUnited States of America, Bahamas

    Wendy Coakley-Thompson (born Wendy Cecille Thompson on December 27, 1966, in Brooklyn, New York), is a mainstream fiction author. Coakley-Thompson's work is part of emerging millennial contemporary...  more
  • 6

    Age82

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Joseph Dominick "Joe" Pistone (born September 17, 1939), alias Donnie Brasco, is a former FBI agent who worked undercover for six years infiltrating the Bonanno crime family and to a lesser extent...  more
  • 7
    Businessperson, Politician

    Age65

    BirthplaceTeaneck, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Steven Mark "Steve" Lonegan (born April 27, 1956) is an American businessman and politician. He served as Mayor of Bogota, New Jersey, from 1995 to 2007. A member of the Republican Party, Lonegan was...  more
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    Record producer, Songwriter

    Age63

    BirthplaceClarendon Hills, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    William D. Evans (born February 8, 1958) is an American jazz saxophonist who was a member of the Miles Davis group in the 1980s and has since led several of his own bands, including Push and...  more
  • 9
    Editor, Film critic

    Age62

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Glenn Kenny is an American film critic and journalist....  more
  • 10
    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age73

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Dr. Christos M. Cotsakos is founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of EndPlay, Inc....  more
  • 11
    Politician

    Age78

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Elease Evans (born June 6, 1943) is an American Democratic Party politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from November 2007 until January 2012, representing the 35th legislative...  more
  • 12
    Basketball player

    Age47

    BirthplaceElizabeth, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Horace Jenkins (born October 14, 1974) is an American former professional basketball player who played in the NBA and several teams in Europe and Israel....  more
  • 13

    Age53

    BirthplaceIllinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Eric Alexander (born August 4, 1968) is an American jazz saxophonist....  more
  • 14

    Age41

    Mark Guiliana is an American drummer, composer, and leader of the band Beat Music. He is known for his playing with Avishai Cohen, Brad Mehldau, David Bowie, Meshell Ndegeocello, Gretchen Parlato,...  more
  • 15
    Drummer, Composer

    Age52

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Dana Hall (born March 13, 1969) is an American jazz drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, and ethnomusicologist. After spending the first few years of his life in Brooklyn, New York (his...  more
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    Lois A. Cuccinello has served on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders since 1997, winning re-election in 2000 and 2003. In January 1999 she was selected to serve as Freeholder Director,...  more
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    Politician
    Bruce James is an American social worker and Democratic party politician from Clifton, New Jersey. Originally elected in 2005, James currently serves on the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders....  more
  • 19
    Actor, Drummer

    Age60

    BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Carl Allen (born April 25, 1961) is an American jazz drummer. Allen attended William Paterson University.He has worked with a wide variety of musicians, including Freddie Hubbard, Jackie McLean,...  more
  • 20
    Journalist

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tom Fitzgerald is a Television News Reporter, Host and Anchor for Fox 5 News WTTG in Washington D.C., which he joined in 2003....  more
  • 21
    Tareq Abboushi is a Palestinian-American musician and composer. He earned his B.M. in Jazz Piano from William Paterson University. However, he has been playing the buzuq, a long-necked lute, since...  more
  • 22

    Age53

    Joseph Allen Farnsworth (born February 21, 1968, Holyoke, Massachusetts) is an American jazz drummer. Farnsworth was one of five sons born to trumpeter and bandleader Roger Farnsworth; one of the...  more
  • 23
    Drummer, Composer

    Age41

    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Tyshawn Sorey (born July 8, 1980) is an American drummer and composer. His work has been reviewed in The Wire, The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Modern Drummer and Down Beat. In...  more
  • 24
    Record producer, Pianist

    Age40

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Sam Barsh (born 1981) is an American songwriter, keyboardist and record producer. He has worked in the genres of jazz, R&B, hip hop and pop....  more
  • 25
    Journalist

    Age47

    NationalityUnited States of America

    Kevin Burkhardt (born March 2, 1974) is an American sportscaster. Currently one of the play-by-play voices for Fox NFL and formerly a reporter with SportsNet New York (SNY), Burkhardt was the field...  more