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Famous Yale University Alumni

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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?”
  • George W. Bush1

    George W. Bush

    Pilot, Businessperson


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946) is an American politician and businessman who served as...  more

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  • Hillary Clinton2

    Hillary Clinton

    Spokesperson, Politician


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

    Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton (born Hillary Diane Rodham, October 26, 1947) is an American...  more

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  • Dick Cheney3

    Dick Cheney

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

    Richard Bruce Cheney (; born January 30, 1941) is an American politician and businessman who...  more

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  • Eli Whitney4

    Eli Whitney

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 60 (1765-1825)

    BirthplaceWestborough, Massachusetts

    Eli Whitney (December 8, 1765 – January 8, 1825) was an American inventor best known for...  more
  • Glenn Beck5

    Glenn Beck

    Spokesperson, Commentator


    BirthplaceEverett, Washington, United States of America

    Glenn Lee Beck (born February 10, 1964) is an American conservative political commentator,...  more

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  • James Franco6

    James Franco

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplacePalo Alto, California, United States of America

    James Edward Franco (born April 19, 1978) is an American actor and filmmaker. For his role in...  more

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  • Lewis Black7

    Lewis Black

    Social Critic, Commentator


    BirthplaceSilver Spring, Maryland, United States of America

    Lewis Niles Black (born August 30, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian, author, playwright,...  more

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  • Oliver Stone8

    Oliver Stone

    Television director, Soldier


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American filmmaker, director, writer and...  more

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  • Anderson Cooper9

    Anderson Cooper

    Journalist, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, television personality,...  more

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  • Samuel Morse10

    Samuel Morse

    Painter, Inventor

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    BirthplaceCharlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

    Samuel Finley Breese Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872) was an American painter and...  more

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  • Paul Newman11

    Paul Newman

    Activist, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 83 (1925-2008)

    BirthplaceShaker Heights, Ohio, United States of America

    Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film...  more

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  • Meryl Streep12

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor


    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

    Mary Louise "Meryl" Streep (born June 22, 1949) is an American actress. Often described as the...  more

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  • Edward Norton13

    Edward Norton

    Journalist, Environmentalist


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Edward Harrison Norton (born August 18, 1969) is an American actor and filmmaker. He has...  more

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  • Christophe Beck14

    Christophe Beck

    Film Score Composer


    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    DJean-Christophe Beck (born 1968/1969) is a Canadian television and film score composer and...  more
  • Jodie Foster15

    Jodie Foster

    Musician, Film Producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Alicia Christian "Jodie" Foster (born November 19, 1962) is an American actress, director, and...  more

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  • Jordana Brewster16


    BirthplacePanama City, Panama

    Jordana Brewster (born April 26, 1980) is an American actress and model. She made her acting...  more

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  • William Howard Taft17

    William Howard Taft

    Judge, Jurist

    AgeDec. at 73 (1857-1930)

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio, United States of America

    William Howard Taft (September 15, 1857 – March 8, 1930) was the 27th president of the United...  more

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  • Paul Giamatti18

    Paul Giamatti

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Paul Edward Valentine Giamatti (; born June 6, 1967) is an American actor and producer. He...  more

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  • Jennifer Connelly19

    Jennifer Connelly

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceCairo, New York, United States of America

    Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American actress who began her career as...  more

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  • Sigourney Weaver20

    Sigourney Weaver

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (; born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. Dubbed...  more

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  • Henry Winkler21

    Henry Winkler

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, director,...  more

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  • Mia Farrow22

    Mia Farrow

    Model, Actor


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

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  • Claire Danes23

    Claire Danes

    Television producer, Actor


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American actor. She is the recipient of...  more

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  • Paul Krugman24

    Paul Krugman

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    BirthplaceAlbany, New York, United States of America

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  • George H. W. Bush25

    George H. W. Bush

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts, United States of America

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