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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Williams College and be of some renown.

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

David Strathairn, James A. Garfield are a great starting point for your to rank your favorites on this list of WIlliams alumni.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Williams College?” and “Which celebrities are Williams College alumni?”

Take a look at this list of Williams College famous alumni! This could serve as your own personal Williams College alumni directory.
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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Investor

Age: Dec. at 80 (1930-2010)

Birthplace: Rocky River, USA, Ohio

George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During ...more

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Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter

Age: 88

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for more than a half-century of contributions to musical theatre. Sondheim has received an Academy Award, ...more

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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Elia Kazan Theatre Director, Novelist, Film Producer

Age: Died at 94 (1909-2003)

Birthplace: Istanbul, Constantinople, Turkey

Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 – September 28, 2003) was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York ...more

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David Strathairn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor

Age: 66

Birthplace: California, United States of America

David Russell Strathairn (born January 26, 1949) is an American actor. Strathairn came to prominence in the 1980s and the 1990s performing in the films of fellow Williams grad John Sayles, ...more

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William Windom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: Dec. at 89 (1923-2012)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

William Windom (September 28, 1923 – August 16, 2012) was an American actor. He played a wide variety of roles in both film and television during a near 60 year career, but is perhaps best known ...more
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Jeb Stuart Magruder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 80 (1934-2014)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Jeb Stuart Magruder (November 5, 1934 – May 11, 2014) was an American businessman and high-level political operative in the Republican Party who served time in prison for his role in the ...more
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John Sayles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 68

Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America

John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and novelist. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best ...more

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James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Laity, Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 50 (1831-1881)

Birthplace: Moreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 4, 1881 until his death by assassination six and a half months ...more

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Max Gail is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 75

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr. (born April 5, 1943), known as Max Gail, is an American actor who has starred in stage, television, and film roles. He is best known for his role as Detective Stan ...more
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Erin Burnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist

Age: 42

Birthplace: Mardela Springs, Maryland, United States of America

Erin Isabelle Burnett (born July 2, 1976) is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of her own show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront. She previously worked for CNBC as co-anchor of Squawk on ...more

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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Artist, Photographer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1903-1975)

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of ...more

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Rives Kistler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Judge

Age: 70

Rives Kistler (born 1949) is an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. After college and law school on the East Coast, he moved to Oregon where he worked in private practice before ...more
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Dominick Dunne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Novelist

Age: Dec. at 84 (1925-2009)

Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America

Dominick John Dunne (October 29, 1925 – August 26, 2009) was an American writer, investigative journalist, and producer. He began his career as a producer in film and television, noted for ...more
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Martha Coakley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States of America

Martha Mary Coakley (born July 14, 1953) is an American lawyer and former Attorney General of Massachusetts. Prior to serving as Attorney General, she was District Attorney of Middlesex County, ...more
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John L. Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
John L. Stoddard

Age: Dec. at 81 (1850-1931)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts

John Lawson Stoddard was an American writer, hymn writer and lecturer who gained popularity through his travelogues.
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Timothy Barrows is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Timothy A. Barrows, based in the Waltham, MA office of Matrix, has more than 21 years of experience in the venture industry, investing in early-stage information technology companies. Tim has ...more
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Stephen Johnson Field is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni

Age: Dec. at 83 (1816-1899)

Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States of America

Stephen Johnson Field (November 4, 1816 – April 9, 1899) was an American jurist. He was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from May 20, 1863, to December 1, 1897, the second ...more
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Graham Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 73 (1930-2003)

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Graham Powley Jarvis (August 25, 1930 – April 16, 2003) was a Canadian character actor in American films and television from the 1960s to the early 2000s.
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Norah Vincent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Norah Vincent Journalist, Writer
Norah Vincent (born September 20, 1968, Detroit, Michigan) is an American writer. She attended Williams College, where she graduated with a BA in philosophy in 1990. Vincent was a weekly ...more
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Josh Ain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Software Engineer

Age: 37

Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts

Joshua "Josh" Ain is an American software engineer best known for his work building intuitive, easy to use software applications.
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Steve Case is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Investor, Entrepreneur

Age: 60

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii

Stephen McConnell Case (born August 21, 1958) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and businessman best known as the former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online (AOL). Case ...more
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Kevin White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 83 (1929-2012)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Kevin Hagan White (September 25, 1929 – January 27, 2012) was an American politician best known as the Mayor of Boston, an office he was first elected to at the age of 38, and which he held for ...more
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David G. Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Editor, Literary critic

Age: 77

Birthplace: Salem, Massachusetts

David Geddes Hartwell (July 10, 1941 – January 20, 2016) was an American critic, publisher, and editor of thousands of science fiction and fantasy novels. He was best known for work with Signet, ...more
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G. Stanley Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Psychologist, Science writer

Age: Dec. at 80 (1844-1924)

Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts

Granville Stanley Hall (February 1, 1846 – April 24, 1924) was a pioneering American psychologist and educator. His interests focused on childhood development and evolutionary theory. Hall was ...more
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John Frankenheimer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Film Producer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1930-2002)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and television director known for social dramas and action/suspense films. Among his credits were Birdman of ...more