vote on everything
READ
49.2k readers

Famous Yale University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 49.2k 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?”
...more
  • 1
    George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    George W. Bush

    Pilot, Public speaker

    Age74

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

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

    More George W. Bush 

    All 33 George W. Bush Original Paintings That Were Made PublicBush-isms: Funny George Bush Quotes

  • 2
    Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Hillary Clinton

    Spokesperson, Politician

    Age72

    BirthplaceUSA, Chicago, Illinois

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

    More Hillary Clinton 

    26 Things You Might Not Know About Hillary Rodham Clinton#969 of 1,357 The Greatest Minds of All Time

  • 3
    Dick Cheney is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Dick Cheney

    Businessperson, Politician

    Age79

    BirthplaceLincoln, Nebraska, United States of America

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

    More Dick Cheney 

    #68 of 107 Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With#211 of 269 The Most Influential Politicians in American History

  • 4
    Eli Whitney is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Glenn Beck is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Glenn Beck

    Spokesperson, Commentator

    Age56

    BirthplaceEverett, Washington, United States of America

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

    More Glenn Beck 

    #4 of 74 Mormon Celebrities#2201 of 2,443 The Most Influential People of All Time

  • 6
    James Franco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    James Franco

    Film Producer, Model

    Age42

    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 on Wikipedia

    More James Franco 

    The 25 Weirdest Things James Franco Has Ever DoneThe Best James Franco Movies

  • 7
    Lewis Black is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Lewis Black

    Social Critic, Commentator

    Age72

    BirthplaceMontgomery County, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Silver Spring

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

    More Lewis Black 

    The Best Lewis Black Albums of All Time#49 of 233 The Funniest Stand Up Comedians Of All Time

  • 8
    Oliver Stone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Oliver Stone

    Television director, Soldier

    Age74

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

    More Oliver Stone 

    #80 of 101 The Most Beloved US Veterans#169 of 198 Celebrities Who Should Run for President

  • 9
    Anderson Cooper is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Anderson Cooper

    Journalist, Television producer

    Age53

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

    More Anderson Cooper 

    #29 of 30 The Most Eligible Bachelors Of 2020#33 of 65 The Most Influential News Anchors of All Time

  • 10
    Samuel Morse is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Samuel Morse

    Painter, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 81 (1791-1872)

    BirthplaceCharlestown, Boston, Massachusetts

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

    More Samuel Morse 

    #449 of 753 People We Wish Were Still Alive#49 of 433 The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

  • 11
    Paul Newman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Meryl Streep

    Spokesperson, Actor

    Age71

    BirthplaceSummit, New Jersey, United States of America

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

    More Meryl Streep 

    The Best Meryl Streep MoviesWhich Actress Do You Think Will Be The Next Meryl Streep?

  • 13
    Edward Norton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Edward Norton

    Journalist, Environmentalist

    Age51

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

    More Edward Norton 

    The Best Edward Norton CharactersThe Best Edward Norton Movies

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

    Christophe Beck

    Film Score Composer

    Age48

    BirthplaceMontreal, Canada

    DJean-Christophe Beck (born 1968/1969) is a Canadian television and film score composer and... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Jodie Foster is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Jodie Foster

    Musician, Film Producer

    Age57

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

    More Jodie Foster 

    The Best Jodie Foster MoviesThe Greatest Characters Played by Jodie Foster, Ranked

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

    Age40

    BirthplacePanama City, Panama

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

    More Jordana Brewster 

    #246 of 348 The Best American Actresses Working Today#797 of 1,883 The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

  • 17
    William Howard Taft is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

    More William Howard Taft 

    The Best William Howard Taft QuotesJealous Of The Teddy Bear, President Taft Tried To Make Billy Possum Happen

  • 18
    Paul Giamatti is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Paul Giamatti

    Film Producer, Actor

    Age53

    BirthplaceUSA, Connecticut, New Haven

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

    More Paul Giamatti 

    #59 of 301 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#162 of 1,030 The Best Actors in Film History

  • 19
    Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Jennifer Connelly

    Model, Actor

    Age49

    BirthplaceCairo, New York, United States of America

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

    More Jennifer Connelly 

    Whatever Happened To Jennifer Connelly?#24 of 409 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2020, Ranked

  • 20
    Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Sigourney Weaver

    Actor, Voice acting

    Age70

    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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

    More Sigourney Weaver 

    The Best Sigourney Weaver Movies#39 of 853 The Best Actresses in Film History

  • 21
    Henry Winkler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Henry Winkler

    Television director, Television producer

    Age74

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, USA

    Henry Franklin Winkler OBE (born October 30, 1945) is an American actor, comedian, director,... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Mia Farrow is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Mia Farrow

    Model, Actor

    Age75

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

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

    More Mia Farrow 

    #92 of 192 The Greatest Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)#66 of 70 Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

  • 23
    Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Claire Danes

    Television producer, Actor

    Age41

    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 on Wikipedia

    More Claire Danes 

    The Best Claire Danes Movies#3 of 19 Television Actors Who Overact Way Too Hard

  • 24
    Paul Krugman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    Paul Krugman

    Commentator, Journalist

    Age67

    BirthplaceAlbany, New York, United States of America

    Paul Robin Krugman ( (listen) KRUUG-mən; born February 28, 1953) is an American economist who... more on Wikipedia

    More Paul Krugman 

    #91 of 160 The Most Ridiculous Political Pundits#59 of 105 The Most Influential Contemporary Americans

  • 25
    George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Yale University Alumni

    George H. W. Bush

    Businessperson, Politician

    Age96

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Milton, New England, Norfolk County, United States of America

    George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 – November 30, 2018) was an American politician and... more on Wikipedia

    More George H. W. Bush 

    #158 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#15 of 44 Which US Presidents Do You Wish Were In Charge Right Now?

People