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Famous Yale University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 50.2k views78 items

List RulesPeople 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

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    James Franco

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    Oliver Stone

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    Anderson Cooper

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  • Samuel Morse10

    Samuel Morse

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  • Paul Newman11

    Paul Newman

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    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Meryl Streep12

    Meryl Streep

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  • Edward Norton13

    Edward Norton

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  • Christophe Beck14

    Christophe Beck

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  • Jodie Foster15

    Jodie Foster

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  • Jordana Brewster16

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  • William Howard Taft17

    William Howard Taft

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  • Paul Giamatti18

    Paul Giamatti

    Film Producer, Actor

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  • Jennifer Connelly19

    Jennifer Connelly

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    Sigourney Weaver

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  • Henry Winkler21

    Henry Winkler

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    Mia Farrow

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    María de Lourdes Villiers "Mia" Farrow (born February 9, 1945) is an American actress,...  more

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  • Claire Danes23

    Claire Danes

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    Paul Krugman

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    George H. W. Bush

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