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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.

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

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George Steinbrenner is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Theatrical producer, Investor
George Michael Steinbrenner III was an American businessman who was the principal owner and managing partner of Major League Baseball's New York Yankees. During Steinbrenner's 37-year ownership ...more
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Stephen Sondheim is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Stephen Joshua Sondheim is an American composer and lyricist known for his contributions to musical theatre for over 50 years. He is the winner of an Academy Award, eight Tony Awards including ...more
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Elia Kazan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Theatre Director, Novelist, Film Producer
Elia Kazan was a Greek-American director, producer, writer and actor, described by The New York Times as "one of the most honored and influential directors in Broadway and Hollywood ...more
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David Strathairn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor
David Russell Strathairn is an American actor who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actor for portraying journalist Edward R. Murrow in Good Night, and Good Luck. He is recognized for ...more
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William Windom is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor, Voice acting
William Windom was an American actor. He was perhaps best known for his work on television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone. He portrayed Glen Morley, a fictional congressman from ...more
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Jeb Stuart Magruder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Jeb Stuart Magruder was an American Presbyterian minister, businessman, civil servant and author. A Deputy Director of Richard Nixon's Committee to Re-Elect the President, he pleaded guilty to ...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
John Thomas Sayles is an American independent film director, screenwriter, editor, actor and author. He has twice been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Passion ...more
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James A. Garfield is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer, Teacher
James Abram Garfield served as the 20th President of the United States, after serving nine terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. Garfield was raised in humble circumstances on an Ohio farm ...more
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Max Gail is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor
Max Gail is an actor.
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Erin Burnett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist
Erin Isabelle Burnett is an American news anchor, currently the anchor of her own news show on CNN, Erin Burnett OutFront. She was previously the co-anchor of CNBC's Squawk on the Street program ...more
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Walker Evans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Artist, Photographer
Walker Evans was an American photographer best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration documenting the effects of the Great Depression. Much of Evans's work from the FSA period ...more
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Rives Kistler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Judge
Rives Kistler 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 joining the ...more
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Dominick Dunne is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Novelist
Dominick John Dunne was an American writer and investigative journalist whose subjects frequently hinged on the ways in which high society interacts with the judicial system. He was a movie ...more
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Martha Coakley is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Martha Mary Coakley is a former Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Democratic nominee for governor in 2014, but lost to Republican Charlie Baker. Prior to serving as ...more
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John L. Stoddard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
John L. Stoddard
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
Stephen Johnson Field was an American jurist. He was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from March 10, 1863, to December 1, 1897. Prior to this, he was the 5th Chief Justice ...more
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Graham Jarvis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Actor
Graham Powley Jarvis was a Canadian character actor in American films and television from the 1960s.
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Norah Vincent is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Norah Vincent Journalist, Writer
Norah Vincent is an American writer. She was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 20, 1968 She moved with her family to England in 1979 and attended the American School in London, where she ...more
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Josh Ain is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Software Engineer
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
Stephen McConnell "Steve" Case is an American entrepreneur, investor, and businessman best known as the co-founder and former chief executive officer and chairman of America Online. ...more
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Kevin White is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Politician
Kevin Hagan White was a United States politician best known as the Mayor of Boston, an office he was first elected at the age of 38, and that he held for four terms, amounting to 16 years, from ...more
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David G. Hartwell is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Editor, Literary critic
David Geddes Hartwell is an American editor of science fiction and fantasy. He has worked for Signet, Berkley Putnam, Pocket, and Tor Books, and has published numerous anthologies. Since 1995, ...more
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G. Stanley Hall is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Psychologist, Science writer
Granville Stanley Hall was a pioneering American psychologist and educator. His interests focused on childhood development and evolutionary theory. Hall was the first president of the American ...more
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John Frankenheimer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Williams College Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Film Producer
John Michael Frankenheimer was an American film and television director known for social dramas and action/suspense films. Among his credits were Birdman of Alcatraz, The Manchurian Candidate, ...more