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Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni

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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Yale School of Drama and be of some renown.

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

A list made up of graduates like Meryl Streep and Paul Newman.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Yale School of Drama?” and “Which celebrities are Yale School of Drama alumni?”
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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Devil Wears Prada, Doubt, Fantastic Mr. Fox

Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the "best actress of her generation", Streep is particularly known for her ...more

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, producer, race car driver, IndyCar owner, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He won and was ...more

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Alien, Aliens, Alien³

Age: 69

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

Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (; born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. Dubbed "The Sci-Fi Queen", Weaver is considered to be a pioneer of action heroines in ...more

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Robert Klein is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Last Unicorn, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Reign Over Me

Age: 77

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Robert Klein (born February 8, 1942) is an American stand-up comedian, singer, and actor. He had several comedy albums in the 1970s, was nominated for a Best Actor in a Musical Tony Award for ...more

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Waterboy, Night Shift, Happy Days

Age: 70

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, director, producer, and author. He played the role of greaser Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli, the ...more

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Sideways, Saving Private Ryan, The Illusionist

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He first garnered attention for his breakout role in Private Parts (1997) as Kenny "Pig Vomit" ...more

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David Alan Grier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
In Living Color, Jumanji, The Woodsman

Age: 62

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

David Alan Grier (born June 30, 1956) is an American actor and comedian. He is best known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Boyz n the Hood, Meet the Robinsons, Malcolm X

Age: 60

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

Angela Evelyn Bassett (born August 16, 1958) is an American actress and activist known for her biographical film roles, most notably her performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What's Love Got ...more

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Joan Van Ark is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Knots Landing, Frogs, McMillan & Wife

Age: 75

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

Joan Van Ark (born June 16, 1943) is an American actress, known for her role as Valene Ewing on the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she made her Broadway ...more

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Dick Cavett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Forrest Gump, Beetlejuice, Annie Hall

Age: 82

Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska, United States of America

Richard Alva Cavett (; born November 19, 1936) is an American television personality, comedian and former talk show host notable for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. He ...more

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Sanaa Lathan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
AVP: Alien vs. Predator, Blade, Out of Time

Age: 47

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Sanaa McCoy Lathan (born September 19, 1971) is an American actress. As a voice actress, from 2009 to 2013, she voiced Donna Tubbs in The Cleveland Show and in all concurrent and subsequent ...more

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Patricia Clarkson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Shutter Island, The Green Mile, Friends with Benefits

Age: 59

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Patricia Davies Clarkson (born December 29, 1959) is an American actress. She has starred in numerous leading and supporting roles in a variety of films, ranging from independent features to ...more

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John Turturro is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Transformers

Age: 61

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

John Michael Turturro (born February 28, 1957) is an American character actor, writer and filmmaker known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing (1989), Miller's Crossing (1990), Barton ...more

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Polly Draper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Thirtysomething, Our Idiot Brother, Obvious Child

Age: 63

Birthplace: USA, Indiana, Gary

Polly Carey Draper (born June 15, 1955) is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. Draper has received several awards, including a Writers Guild of America Award (WGA), and is noted ...more
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Courtney B. Vance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Hunt for Red October, Final Destination 5, Law & Order: Criminal Intent

Age: 58

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Courtney Bernard Vance (born March 12, 1960) is an American actor notable for his roles in the feature films Hamburger Hill and The Hunt for Red October, the television series Law & Order: ...more

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Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Carrie, The Town That Dreaded Sundown

Age: 46

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (born 1973) is a Nicaraguan-American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics and for the television series Glee, Big ...more
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Liev Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Scream 3, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Salt

Age: 51

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Isaac Liev Schreiber (; born October 4, 1967) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, and producer. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several ...more

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Tony Shalhoub is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Monk, Men in Black, Wings

Age: 65

Birthplace: Green Bay, Wisconsin, United States of America

Anthony Marcus Shalhoub ( shəL-HOOB; born October 9, 1953) is an American actor. He is widely recognized for his work as a character actor, having won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – ...more

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Daily Show, The Aristocrats, Lewis Black: Black on Broadway

Age: 70

Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic, voice actor, and actor. He is best known for his angry demeanour and belligerent ...more

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Alan Rosenberg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
NYPD Blue, The Last Temptation of Christ, L.A. Law

Age: 68

Birthplace: Passaic, USA, New Jersey

Alan Rosenberg (born October 4, 1950) is an American stage and screen actor. Rosenberg is perhaps best known for his character Eli Levinson which appeared in both the series Civil Wars and the ...more
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Ernie Hudson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Ghostbusters, The Crow, Ghostbusters II

Age: 73

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Benton Harbor

Earnest Lee Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American character actor. He has appeared in dozens of film and television roles throughout his career, but is perhaps best known for his roles ...more

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Delbert Mann is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Lover Come Back, Marty, That Touch of Mink

Age: Dec. at 87 (1920-2007)

Birthplace: Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America

Delbert Martin Mann Jr. (January 30, 1920 – November 11, 2007) was an American television and film director. He won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty (1955), adapted from a ...more
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Enrico Colantoni is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Veronica Mars, Galaxy Quest, A.I. Artificial Intelligence

Age: 56

Birthplace: Canada, Ontario, Toronto, Americas

Enrico Colantoni (born February 14, 1963) is a Canadian actor and director, best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Keith Mars on the television series Veronica ...more
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David Clennon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Thing, Being There, Syriana

Age: 75

Birthplace: Waukegan, USA, Illinois

David Clennon (born May 10, 1943) is an American actor. He is known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Miles Drentell in the ABC series thirtysomething and Once and Again, as well as his role ...more
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Robin Strasser is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
One Life to Live, Another World, White Hot: The Mysterious Murder of Thelma Todd

Age: 73

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Robin Strasser (born May 7, 1945) is an American actress, best known for her role as Dorian Lord on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live.