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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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 The Truman Show, The Negotiator, and Man ...more

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
Businessperson, Politician, Soldier George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the ...more