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List Rules People on this list must have gone to York University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from York University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from York University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished York University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended York 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 York University.

This list below has a variety of graduates, like Angelina Jolie and Lady Gaga, in it.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to York University?” and “Which celebrities are York University alumni?”
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Rachel McAdams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: London, Canada

Rachel Anne McAdams (born November 17, 1978) is a Canadian actress and activist. After graduating from a four-year theatre degree program at York University in 2001, she worked in Canadian ...more

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Malin Åkerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Television producer, Model, Actor

Age: 40

Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden

Malin Maria Åkerman (born 12 May 1978) is a Swedish-American actress, model and singer. Born in Stockholm to Swedish parents, she was raised in Ontario, Canada, where the family relocated ...more

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Laura Vandervoort is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor

Age: 34

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Laura Dianne Vandervoort (born September 22, 1984) is a Canadian actress. She is best known for her roles as Sadie Harrison in the CTV teen drama series Instant Star, Arla "The Bolt-Gun ...more

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Jay Manuel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Art Director, Model, Photographer

Age: 46

Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America

Jay Manuel (born August 14, 1972) is an American-born Canadian TV host, Creative Director and Make-up Artist. He is most recognizable as the former Creative Director on the popular reality ...more
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Scott Thompson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter

Age: 59

Birthplace: North Bay, Canada

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Rachel Perry is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous York University Alumni

Age: 43

Birthplace: Brockville, Canada

Rachel Perry (born January 20, 1976) is a Canadian- born TV personality working in the United States. The former MuchMusic VJ is the host of All Access on VH1, and is the narrator for Web Junk ...more
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Thea Gill is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor, Singer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Thea Louise Gill (; born April 5, 1970) is a Canadian actress best known for her starring role as Lindsay Peterson in the Showtime television series Queer as Folk.
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Shyam Selvadurai is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: 54

Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Shyam Selvadurai (born 12 February 1965) is a Sri Lankan Canadian novelist who wrote Funny Boy (1994), which won the Books in Canada First Novel Award, and Cinnamon Gardens (1998). He currently ...more
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Daniel David Moses is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Writer, Playwright

Age: 67

Birthplace: Ohsweken, Ontario, Canada

Daniel David Moses (born February 18, 1952) is a First Nations poet and playwright from Canada. Moses, of Delaware descent on his father's side and Tuscarora descent on his mother's, was born in ...more
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Melyssa Ford is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Fashion Model, Actor

Age: 42

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Melyssa Savannah Ford (born November 7, 1976) is a Canadian media personality, actress, and former video vixen. She attended York University and studied in the field of forensic psychology. ...more
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Scott Speedman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: London, United Kingdom

Robert Scott Speedman (born September 1, 1975) is a British-Canadian film and television actor. He is known for playing Ben Covington in the coming-of-age drama television series Felicity, ...more

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Steve MacLean is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut

Age: 64

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Steven Glenwood MacLean (born December 14, 1954) is a Canadian astronaut. He was the President of the Canadian Space Agency, from September 1, 2008 to February 1, 2013.He was born in Ottawa, ...more
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Trish Stratus is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Wrestler, Model

Age: 43

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Spencer Rice is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 57

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Spencer Nolan "Spenny" Rice (born April 14, 1963) is a Canadian writer, director, producer, musician and comedian. He was the co-star of Kenny vs. Spenny along with Kenny Hotz.
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Ian Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Politician

Age: Dec. at 72 (1934-2006)

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Ian Gilmour Scott, (July 13, 1934 – October 10, 2006) was a Canadian politician and lawyer in Ontario, Canada. He was a Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1992 ...more
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Sergio Marchionne is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Accountant, Businessperson

Age: 66

Birthplace: Chieti, Italy

Sergio Marchionne (Italian: [ˈsɛrdʒo marˈkjɔnne]; June 17, 1952 – July 25, 2018) was an Italian-Canadian businessman, widely known for his turnarounds of the automakers Fiat and Chrysler, his ...more
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Orville Lloyd Douglas is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Journalist, Writer

Age: 42

Orville Lloyd Douglas (born September 26, 1976) is a Canadian essayist, poet and writer.
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Henry Czerny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor

Age: 60

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Henry Czerny ( CHAIR-nee; born February 8, 1959) is a Canadian film, stage and television actor. He is known for his roles in the films The Boys of St. Vincent, Mission: Impossible, Clear and ...more
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Victoria Pratt is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Model, Author, Actor

Age: 48

Birthplace: Chesley, Ontario, Canada

Victoria Ainslie Pratt (born December 18, 1970) is a Canadian actress, author, and fitness model.
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Belinda Stronach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Philanthropist

Age: 52

Birthplace: Newmarket, Canada

Belinda Caroline Stronach, (born May 2, 1966) is a Canadian businesswoman, philanthropist and former Member of Parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Canada from 2004 to 2008. Originally ...more
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Stacey Farber is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Actor

Age: 31

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Stacey Farber (born August 25, 1987) is a Canadian actress. She is known for playing Ellie Nash in seasons 2 through 7 of the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. From 2010–2011, she ...more
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John Tory is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Lobbyist

Age: 64

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

John Howard Tory, (listen; born May 28, 1954) is a Canadian politician serving as the 65th and current Mayor of Toronto since 2014. After a career as a lawyer, political strategist and ...more
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Conrad Black is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Investor

Age: 74

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Conrad Moffat Black, Baron Black of Crossharbour, KCSG (born August 25, 1944), is a Canadian-born British former newspaper publisher and author. In 2007, he was convicted on four counts of fraud ...more
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Gordon O'Connor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Soldier, Consultant

Age: 79

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

Gordon James O'Connor, (born May 18, 1939) is a retired Brigadier-General, businessman, lobbyist, and was a Conservative Member of Parliament from 2004 to 2015. He served as Minister of National ...more
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Tim Crane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous York University Alumni
Educator, Philosopher

Age: 57

Timothy Martin "Tim" Crane is a philosopher who works mostly on the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His contributions to philosophy include a defense of a non-physicalist account ...more