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Famous Williams College Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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.
  • George Steinbrenner1

    George Steinbrenner

    Businessperson, Theatrical producer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1930-2010)

    BirthplaceRocky River, USA, Ohio

    George Michael Steinbrenner III (July 4, 1930 – July 13, 2010) was an American businessman who...  more

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  • Stephen Sondheim2

    Stephen Sondheim

    Film Score Composer, Songwriter


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Stephen Joshua Sondheim (born March 22, 1930) is an American composer and lyricist known for...  more

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  • Elia Kazan3

    Elia Kazan

    Theatre Director, Novelist

    AgeDied at 94 (1909-2003)

    BirthplaceIstanbul, Constantinople, Turkey

    Elia Kazan (; born Elias Kazantzoglou (Greek: Ηλίας Καζαντζόγλου); September 7, 1909 –...  more


    #4 of 13 Infamous Snitches Who Avoided Life in Prison#40 of 51 Famous People Of Greek Descent

  • David Strathairn4


    BirthplaceCalifornia, United States of America

    David Russell Strathairn (born January 26, 1949) is an American actor. Strathairn came to...  more

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    #299 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#161 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • William Windom5

    William Windom

    Actor, Voice acting

    AgeDec. at 89 (1923-2012)

    BirthplaceManhattan, 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...  more
  • Jeb Stuart Magruder6
    Jeb Stuart Magruder (November 5, 1934 – May 11, 2014) was an American businessman and...  more
  • John Sayles7

    John Sayles

    Film Score Composer, Film Producer


    BirthplaceSchenectady, New York, United States of America

    John Thomas Sayles (born September 28, 1950) is an American independent film director,...  more

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    #28 of 30 The Best Directors of the '90s#313 of 743 The Greatest Directors In Movie History

  • James A. Garfield8

    James A. Garfield

    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 50 (1831-1881)

    BirthplaceMoreland Hills, Ohio, United States of America

    James Abram Garfield (November 19, 1831 – September 19, 1881) was the 20th president of the...  more

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  • Max Gail9

    Max Gail

    Businessperson, Film Producer


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Maxwell Trowbridge Gail Jr. (born April 5, 1943), known as Max Gail, is an American actor who...  more
  • Erin Burnett10

    Erin Burnett



    BirthplaceMardela Springs, Maryland, United States of America

    Erin Isabelle Burnett (born July 2, 1976) is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of...  more

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  • Walker Evans11

    Walker Evans

    Journalist, Artist

    AgeDec. at 72 (1903-1975)

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri

    Walker Evans (November 3, 1903 – April 10, 1975) was an American photographer and...  more
  • Rives Kistler12


    Rives Kistler (born 1949) is an American attorney and judge in the state of Oregon. After...  more
  • Dominick Dunne13

    Dominick Dunne

    Journalist, Television producer

    AgeDec. at 84 (1925-2009)

    BirthplaceHartford, Connecticut, United States of America

    Dominick John Dunne (October 29, 1925 – August 26, 2009) was an American writer, investigative...  more
  • Martha Coakley14

    Martha Coakley

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplacePittsfield, Berkshire County, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Martha Mary Coakley (born July 14, 1953) is an American lawyer and former Attorney General of...  more
  • John L. Stoddard15

    John L. Stoddard

    John Lawson Stoddard was an American writer, hymn writer and lecturer who gained popularity...  more
  • Timothy Barrows16
    Timothy A. Barrows, based in the Waltham, MA office of Matrix, has more than 21 years of...  more
  • Stephen Johnson Field17
    Stephen Johnson Field (November 4, 1816 – April 9, 1899) was an American jurist. He was an...  more
  • Graham Jarvis18

    AgeDec. at 73 (1930-2003)

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Graham Powley Jarvis (August 25, 1930 – April 16, 2003) was a Canadian character actor in...  more
  • Norah Vincent19

    Norah Vincent

    Journalist, Writer
    Norah Vincent (born September 20, 1968, Detroit, Michigan) is an American writer. She attended...  more
  • Josh Ain20

    Josh Ain

    Software Engineer


    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts

    Joshua "Josh" Ain is an American software engineer best known for his work building intuitive,...  more
  • Steve Case21

    Steve Case

    Investor, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceHonolulu, Hawaii

    Stephen McConnell Case (born August 21, 1958) is an American entrepreneur, investor, and...  more
  • Kevin White22

    Kevin White


    AgeDec. at 83 (1929-2012)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England, United States of America

    Kevin Hagan White (September 25, 1929 – January 27, 2012) was an American politician best...  more
  • David G. Hartwell23

    David G. Hartwell

    Editor, Literary critic


    BirthplaceSalem, Massachusetts

    David Geddes Hartwell (July 10, 1941 – January 20, 2016) was an American critic, publisher,...  more
  • G. Stanley Hall24

    G. Stanley Hall

    Psychologist, Science writer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1844-1924)

    BirthplaceAshfield, Massachusetts

    Granville Stanley Hall (February 1, 1846 – April 24, 1924) was a pioneering American...  more
  • John Frankenheimer25

    John Frankenheimer

    Television director, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 72 (1930-2002)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    John Michael Frankenheimer (February 19, 1930 – July 6, 2002) was an American film and...  more