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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 Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...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 Paul Leonard Newman was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver, auto racing team owner, environmentalist, social activist and philanthropist. He won numerous ...more

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Alien, Aliens, Alien³ Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and film producer, known for playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, Weaver quickly came ...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 Robert Klein is an American stand-up comedian, singer and actor.

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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 Henry Franklin Winkler, OBE is an American actor, director, comedian, producer and author. Winkler is best known for his role as Arthur Fonzarelli in the 1970s American sitcom Happy Days. ...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 Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti is an American actor. Giamatti began his career as a supporting actor in several films produced during the 1990s including Private Parts, The Truman Show, Saving ...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 David Alan Grier, also known as DAG, is an American actor and comedian. He is 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 Angela Evelyn Bassett Vance is an American actress and film director. She has become well known for her biographical film roles portraying real-life women, including Tina Turner in What's Love ...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 Joan Van Ark is an American actress, most notable for her role as Valene Ewing in the primetime soap opera Knots Landing. A life member of The Actors Studio, she has also received a Theatre ...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 Richard Alva "Dick" Cavett is an American former television talk show host known for his conversational style and in-depth discussions. Cavett appeared regularly on nationally ...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 Sanaa McCoy Lathan is an American actress and voice actress. She has starred in many films, including the box-office hits The Best Man and the 2013 sequel, Love & Basketball, Brown Sugar, ...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 Patricia Davies Clarkson is an American actress. She has starred in many leading and supporting roles in films such as The Station Agent, The Green Mile, Far from Heaven, High Art, Dogville, ...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 John Michael Turturro is an American actor, writer and director known for his roles in the films Do the Right Thing, Miller's Crossing, Barton Fink, Quiz Show, The Big Lebowski, O Brother, Where ...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 Polly Carey Draper is an American actress, writer, producer, and director. Draper received several awards, including a Writers Guild of America Award, and is noted for speaking in a ...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 Courtney Bernard Vance is an American actor. He is notable for his roles in the feature film The Hunt for Red October and the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he ...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 Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is an American playwright, screenwriter, and comic book writer best known for his work for Marvel Comics and for the television series Glee and Big Love. He is Chief ...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 Isaac Liev Schreiber is an American actor, producer, director, and screenwriter. He became known during the late 1990s and early 2000s, having appeared in several independent films, and later ...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 Anthony Marcus "Tony" Shalhoub is an American actor. His television work includes the roles of Antonio Scarpacci in Wings and detective Adrian Monk in the TV series Monk, for which he ...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 Lewis Niles Black is an American comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor. He is known for his angry face, comedy and style, which often includes simulating a mental breakdown, or ...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 Alan Rosenberg is an American actor of both stage and screen. From 2005 to 2009, he was president of the Screen Actors Guild, the principal motion picture industry on-screen performers' union.

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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 Ernest Lee "Ernie" Hudson Sr. is an American actor known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow, and Warden Leo Glynn on

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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 Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. was an American television and film director. He won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty. It was the ...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 Enrico Colantoni is a Canadian actor, best known for portraying Elliot DiMauro in the sitcom Just Shoot Me!, Keith Mars on the television series Veronica Mars, and Sergeant Greg Parker on the ...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 David Clennon is an American actor. Best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Miles Drentel in the ABC series thirtysomething and Once and Again, as well as his role as Palmer in the John ...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 Robin Strasser is an American actress, best known for her role as Dorian Lord on the ABC daytime soap opera One Life to Live.

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Roger L. Simon is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Bustin' Loose, A Better Life, Enemies Roger Lichtenberg Simon is an American novelist and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter. He was formerly CEO of PJ Media. He is the author of ten novels, including the Moses Wine detective ...more

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Jane Kaczmarek is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Malcolm in the Middle, Pleasantville, Uncommon Valor Jane Frances Kaczmarek is an American actress. She is best known for playing the character of Lois on the television series Malcolm in the Middle. Kaczmarek is a three-time Golden Globe and ...more

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Jeff Yagher is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
V, V, Atlas Shrugged: Part II Jeffrey Brian "Jeff" Yagher is an American actor. Born in Lawrence, Kansas, he graduated from Ohio State University and then attended the Yale School of Drama, where he appeared in ...more

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Joanna Russ is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Joanna Russ was an American writer, academic and feminist. She is the author of a number of works of science fiction, fantasy and feminist literary criticism such as How to Suppress Women's ...more

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Mike Kellin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Midnight Express, Sleepaway Camp, Freebie and the Bean Mike Kellin was an American actor.

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Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Fargo, Mississippi Burning, Almost Famous Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress. She married director and writer Joel Coen in 1984 and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films, including Blood Simple, Raising ...more

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Charles S. Dutton is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Seven, Rudy, A Time to Kill Charles Stanley Dutton is an American stage, film, and television actor and director, best known for his roles as "Fortune" in the film Rudy, "Dillon" in Alien 3, and the ...more

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Tom Noonan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Heat, RoboCop 2, Manhunter Tom Noonan is a film score composer, voice actor, film editor and producer.

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Wendy Wasserstein is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The Object of My Affection, An American Daughter, Life with Mikey Wendy Wasserstein was an American playwright. She was an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University. She received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama ...more

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Lynn Nottage is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Side Streets Lynn Nottage is an American playwright whose work often deals with the lives of women of African descent. She is an associate professor of theater at Columbia University and a lecturer in ...more

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Sandra Boynton is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
When Pigs Fly, Alligator Stroll Sandra Keith Boynton is an American humorist, songwriter, director, music producer, children's author and illustrator. Boynton has written and illustrated more than fifty books for both children ...more

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Kate Burton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, Big Trouble in Little China Katherine "Kate" Burton is a Swiss-born Welsh-American actress and the daughter of actor Richard Burton and Sybil Burton. On television, Burton received critical acclaim for ...more

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Frank D. Gilroy is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
From Noon till Three, Jinxed!, Burke's Law Frank Daniel Gilroy is an American playwright, screenwriter, and film producer and director. He received the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play The Subject ...more

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Geoff Pierson is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Dexter, Jack and Jill, Get Smart Geoff Pierson is an American actor known for his role on The WB series Unhappily Ever After as Jack Malloy, the father of a dysfunctional family whose best friend is a stuffed animal rabbit ...more

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Chris Bauer is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
True Blood, The Wire, The Devil's Advocate Mark Christopher "Chris" Bauer is an American film and television actor. Bauer's work includes roles in 8mm, The Devil's Advocate, The Conspirator, and Snow White: A Tale of Terror. ...more

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Ron Livingston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Office Space, Sex and the City, Boardwalk Empire Ronald Joseph "Ron" Livingston is an American actor. His early roles in Office Space and the miniseries Band of Brothers have been noted as two of his best-known.

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Raymond J. Barry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Training Day, Justified, Cool Runnings Raymond John Barry is an American film, television and stage actor.

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Thomas McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Up, The Wire, Meet the Parents Thomas Joseph McCarthy is an American actor, writer, and film director who has appeared in several movies, including Meet the Parents and Good Night, and Good Luck, and television shows such as ...more

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Lance Reddick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Fringe, The Wire, Godzilla Lance Reddick is an American actor and musician. He is best known for portraying Cedric Daniels in The Wire and Phillip Broyles in Fringe. He is also known for playing Detective Johnny Basil on ...more

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Kathryn Hahn is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Dictator Kathryn Hahn is an American actress. She played Lily Lebowski on the television series Crossing Jordan.

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Andrew Nelson Lytle is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
A Name for Evil Andrew Nelson Lytle was an American novelist, dramatist, essayist and professor of literature. He was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and early in his life planned to be an actor and ...more

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Ken Howard is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Rambo, Michael Clayton, In Her Shoes Kenneth Joseph "Ken" Howard, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his roles as Thomas Jefferson in 1776 and as basketball coach and former Chicago Bulls player Ken Reeves in the ...more

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Ernest K. Gann is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
The High and the Mighty, Masada, Island in the Sky Ernest Kellogg Gann was an American aviator, author, sailor, and conservationist.

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Willie Garson is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
Groundhog Day, Being John Malkovich, There's Something About Mary Willie Garson is an American character actor. He has appeared in over fifty movies, usually playing minor roles. He is known for playing Stanford Blatch on the HBO series Sex and the City and in ...more

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Maulik Pancholy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yale School Of Drama Alumni
30 Rock, Phineas and Ferb, Hitch Maulik Navin Pancholy is an American actor known for his recurring role as Sanjay Patel on Weeds, his role as Jonathan on 30 Rock, voice acting as Baljeet Tjinder in Phineas and Ferb, and as ...more