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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
Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson

Age: 72

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He had previously served as the 46th ...more

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Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Spokesperson, Politician, Diplomat

Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American politician, diplomat, lawyer, writer and public speaker. She was First Lady of the United States from ...more

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Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Author

Age: 78

Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

Richard Bruce Cheney (; born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who served as the 46th vice president of the United States from 2001 to 2009. He has been cited as the ...more

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Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Inventor, Engineer, Teacher

Age: Dec. at 60 (1765-1825)

Birthplace: Westborough, Massachusetts

Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) 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 ...more
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Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Spokesperson, Commentator, Talk show host

Age: 55

Birthplace: Everett, Washington, United States of America

Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American conservative political commentator, radio host and television producer. He is the CEO, founder, and owner of Mercury Radio Arts, the parent ...more

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James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter

Age: 40

Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America

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Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Social Critic, Commentator, Television producer

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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Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Television director, Soldier, Television producer

Age: 72

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

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Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 51

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

Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, television personality, and author. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is ...more

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Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Painter, Inventor, Artist

Age: Dec. at 81 (1791-1872)

Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and inventor. After having established his reputation as a portrait painter, in his middle age Morse ...more

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Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Activist, Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 83 (1925-2008)

Birthplace: Shaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 69

Birthplace: Summit, New Jersey, United States of America

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Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Journalist, Environmentalist, Film Producer

Age: 49

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Christophe Beck is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Film Score Composer

Age: 47

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

DJean-Christophe Beck (born 1968/1969) is a Canadian television and film score composer and conductor. 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
Musician, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 56

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Jordana Brewster is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: Panama City, Panama

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William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Judge, Jurist, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 73 (1857-1930)

Birthplace: Ohio, Cincinnati, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more

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Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 51

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Model, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 48

Birthplace: USA, Cairo, New York

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting

Age: 69

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

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Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 70

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

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Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Model, Actor, Singer

Age: 74

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 39

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

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Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Professor

Age: 66

Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States of America

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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur

Age: 94

Birthplace: Eastern United States, Milton, New England, Norfolk County, United States of America, + more

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