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

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

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including George W. Bush and Jennifer Connelly.

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

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
George W. Bush Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest ...more

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Hillary Clinton Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of ...more

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Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Dick Cheney Businessperson, Politician, Author Richard Bruce Cheney (born January 30, 1941) served as the 46th Vice President of the United States from 2001 to 2009 in the administration of George W. Bush. Cheney was born in Lincoln, ...more

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Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Eli Whitney Inventor, Engineer, Teacher Eli Whitney was an American inventor best known for inventing the cotton gin. This was one of the key inventions of the Industrial Revolution and shaped the economy of the Antebellum South. ...more

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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Glenn Beck Spokesperson, Commentator, Talk show host Glenn Lee Beck is an American television personality and radio host, conservative political commentator, author, television network producer, filmmaker, and entrepreneur. He hosts the Glenn Beck ...more

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
James Franco Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, and teacher. His first prominent acting role was the lead character Daniel Desario on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and ...more

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Lewis Black Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer 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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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Oliver Stone Television director, Soldier, Television producer William Oliver Stone is an American film director, screenwriter, producer and military veteran. Stone came to public prominence between the mid-1980s and the early 1990s for writing and ...more

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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Anderson Cooper Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live ...more

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Samuel Morse Painter, Inventor, Artist Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse contributed to the invention of a ...more

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Newman Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur 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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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Meryl Streep Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting 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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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Edward Norton Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer Edward Harrison Norton is an American actor, screenwriter, director, producer and activist. He has been nominated for three Academy Awards for his work in the films Primal Fear, American History ...more

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Christophe Beck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Christophe Beck Film Score Composer Christophe Beck, also credited as Chris Beck, is a Canadian television and film score composer. He is a brother of the noted pianist Chilly Gonzales.

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Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Jodie Foster Musician, Film Producer, Actor Alicia Christian Foster, known professionally as Jodie Foster, is an American actress, film director, and producer. Foster began acting in commercials at the age of three, and her first ...more

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Jordana Brewster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Jordana Brewster Actor Jordana Brewster is an American actress. She began her acting career in her late teens, with a 1995 episode of the soap opera All My Children. She followed that appearance with the recurring ...more

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
William Howard Taft Judge, Jurist, Lawyer William Howard Taft was the 27th President of the United States and later the tenth Chief Justice of the United States. He is the only person to have served in both of these offices. Before ...more

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Giamatti Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting 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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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Jennifer Connelly Model, Actor, Voice acting Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the ...more

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sigourney Weaver Actor, Voice acting 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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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Henry Winkler Television director, Television producer, Film Producer 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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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Mia Farrow Model, Actor, Singer María de Lourdes Villiers Farrow, known professionally as Mia Farrow, is an American actress, activist and former fashion model. She first gained notice for her role as Allison MacKenzie ...more

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Claire Danes Television producer, Actor, Voice acting Claire Catherine Danes is an American actress, who first came to prominence with her role as Angela Chase in the 1994 series My So-Called Life. The role won her the first of four Golden Globe ...more

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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Paul Krugman Commentator, Journalist, Professor Paul Robin Krugman is an American economist, Professor of Economics and International Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, Centenary ...more

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
George H. W. Bush Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur George Herbert Walker Bush is a retired American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. A Republican, he had previously served as the 43rd Vice ...more

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Joe DiMaggio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Joe DiMaggio Baseball player, Actor Joseph Paul "Joe" DiMaggio, born Giuseppe Paolo DiMaggio, nicknamed "Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper", was an American Major League Baseball center fielder who ...more

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Demetri Martin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Demetri Martin Film Score Composer, Humorist, Comedian Demetri Evan Martin is an American comedian, actor, artist, musician, writer, and humorist. Martin is best known for his work as a stand-up comedian, being a contributor on The Daily Show and ...more

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Donald Gips is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Donald Gips Donald H. Gips, born February 1, 1960, was U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa from 2009-2013. Ambassador Gips was appointed by President Barack Obama on June 4 and confirmed by the ...more

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
David Duchovny Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the science fiction horror drama series The X-Files and the alcoholic, ...more

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Charles Rivkin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Charles Rivkin Charles H. Rivkin is the current Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs. Confirmed by the U.S. Senate on February 12, 2014, Rivkin assumed office the following day, and ...more

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Fred Cohen is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Fred Cohen Fred is a Managing Director at TPG (Texas Pacific Group) Ventures. He also retains a position as a Professor of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology at the University of California, San ...more

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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Lee de Forest Film Producer, Cinematographer, Inventor Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the ...more

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Leslie A. Dach is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Leslie A. Dach Leslie Dach is Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Government Relations for Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. He is responsible for reputation management, public affairs, corporate ...more

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Cole Porter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Cole Porter Songwriter, Screenwriter, Lyricist Cole Albert Porter was an American composer and songwriter. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana, he defied the wishes of his domineering grandfather and took up music as a profession. ...more

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Ben Stein Commentator, Financial adviser, Author Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

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Larry Kramer is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Larry Kramer Novelist, Film Producer, Screenwriter Larry Kramer is an American playwright, author, public health advocate, and LGBT rights activist. He began his career rewriting scripts while working for Columbia Pictures, which led him to ...more

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Joy Bryant is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Joy Bryant Model, Actor Joy Bryant is an American actress and former fashion model, who is best known for starring as Jasmine Trussell in the NBC family drama Parenthood.

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Robert Klein is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Robert Klein Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Robert Klein is an American stand-up comedian, singer and actor.

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Rebecca Walker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Rebecca Walker Author, Actor, Writer Rebecca Walker is an American writer. She has been named by Time as one of the 50 future leaders of America.

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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Cory Booker Politician, Lawyer Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Booker was ...more

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Pat Robertson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Pat Robertson Businessperson, Environmentalist, Entrepreneur Marion Gordon "Pat" Robertson is an American media mogul, executive chairman, and a former Southern Baptist minister, who generally supports conservative Christian ideals. He presently ...more

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Ron Reagan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Ron Reagan Ballet Dancer, Commentator, Talk show host Ronald Prescott "Ron" Reagan is a former talk radio host and political analyst for KIRO radio and later, Air America Radio, where he hosted his own daily three-hour show. He is a ...more

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Sara Gilbert is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sara Gilbert Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Sara Gilbert is an American actress, best known for her role as Darlene Conner on the ABC sitcom Roseanne from 1988 to 1997, as co-host and creator of the daytime talk show The Talk and for her ...more

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Sinclair Lewis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Sinclair Lewis Novelist, Author, Writer Harry Sinclair Lewis was an American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright. In 1930, he became the first writer from the United States to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, which was ...more

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Mark Rothko is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Mark Rothko Artist Mark Rothko was an American painter of Russian Jewish descent. He is generally identified as an Abstract Expressionist. With Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning, he is one of the most famous ...more

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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Abraham L. Brick Abraham Lincoln Brick was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on his father's farm, near South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Brick attended the common schools and was graduated from the ...more

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Thornton Wilder Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and ...more

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James Whitmore is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
James Whitmore Actor James Allen Whitmore, Jr. was an American film, theatre and television actor. He won a Tony Award, a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award, and was nominated for two Academy Awards.

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Hart Crane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Hart Crane Poet, Writer Harold Hart Crane was an American poet. Finding both inspiration and provocation in the poetry of T. S. Eliot, Crane wrote modernist poetry that was difficult, highly stylized, and ambitious in ...more

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Norman Foster is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Norman Foster Designer, Architect Norman Robert Foster, Baron Foster of Thames Bank, OM, HonFREng is an English architect whose company, Foster + Partners, maintains an international design practice famous for high-tech ...more