Brown University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Brown University. The list includes people like John Krasinski, Emma Watson, John F. Kennedy Jr., Allegra Versace & Marin Hinkle. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous, film & theater personalities and media personalities etc.
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Emma Watson
(Actress and Activist Best Known for Her Role of 'Hermione Granger' in the 'Harry Potter' Film Series)
Emma Watson
371
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France

English actress, model, and activist, Emma Watson first gained prominence as a child artiste in the Harry Potter film series. The daughter of lawyers, she was determined to go to college despite her busy acting career and graduated from Brown University. A staunch feminist, she is actively involved with organizations that work for the betterment of women.

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John Krasinski
(Known For His Role as Jim Halpert on the NBC sitcom 'The Office')
John Krasinski
82
Birthdate: October 20, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
The charming actor John Krasinski is best recognised for playing Jim Halpert in the famous American television show, The Office. Apart from working in numerous other film and television projects as well as commercials, John Krasinski further cemented his position in the entertainment world by branching out into writing, producing and directing movies like The Promised Land and The Hollars.
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John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 16, 1999

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 4 
Laura Linney
(American actress known for her films: ‘Sight Unseen’, ‘Time Stands Still’ and ‘My Name Is Lucy Barton’)
Laura Linney
17
Birthdate: February 5, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 5 
Julie Bowen
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Claire Dunphy’ on the TV Series ‘Modern Family’)
Julie Bowen
33
Birthdate: March 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Julie Bowen is an American actress whose performance in the television series Modern Family earned her six successive Primetime Emmy Award nominations, out of which she won twice. But what's really impressive and inspirational about this Marylander is that she achieved all this wearing a pacemaker in her chest all the way through—a real-life Iron Woman!

 6 
Tracee Ellis Ross
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series ‘Girlfriends’ and ‘Black-ish’)
Tracee Ellis Ross
40
Birthdate: October 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Tracee Ellis Ross is an actress and TV host best known for her performance in TV series like Girlfriends and Black-ish. One of the few actresses to sport a distinguishable curly hairstyle, Tracee owns a hair-care line called Pattern Beauty, which is exclusively meant for curly hair.

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Blake Edwards
(American Film Director, Producer and Screenwriter)
Blake Edwards
12
Birthdate: July 26, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: December 15, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 8 
Jessica Capshaw
20
Birthdate: August 9, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbia
Jessica Capshaw, daughter of actor Kate Capshaw and stepdaughter of director Steven Spielberg, is best known for her roles of Dr. Arizona Robbins in Grey's Anatomy and Jamie Stringer in The Practice. She has also been seen in the series Bones and Odd Man Out, and the movie Minority Report
 9 
Leelee Sobieski
(American Retired Actress Known for Her TV Film 'Joan of Arc' and Miniseries 'Uprising')
Leelee Sobieski
15
Birthdate: June 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York,New York City, United States
Leelee Sobieski is best known for her Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated titular role in the miniseries Joan of Arc. Audiences also loved her in Uprising and the movies Deep Impact, The Glass House, and Eyes Wide Shut. She retired in 2012 and now paints and sculpts as "Leelee Kimmel."
 10 
Tim Blake Nelson
(Actor)
Tim Blake Nelson
17
Birthdate: May 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 11 
Eva Amurri
(American Lifestyle Blogger and Actress)
Eva Amurri
9
Birthdate: March 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Eva Amurri, daughter of American actor Susan Sarandon and Italian director Franco Amurri, is best known for her performances in films such as The Banger Sisters, Saved!, and Middle of Nowhere, co-starring with her mother in many projects. She has also appeared in series such as Californication and Undateable.

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Allegra Versace
(Italian Heiress, Director of ‘Gianni Versace S.p.A.’ and Daughter of Fashion Designer Donatella Versace )
Allegra Versace
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 30, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Italian-American socialite Allegra Versace is the heiress of the international fashion line Versace. Daughter of designer Donatella Versace and model Paul Beck, Allegra has previously worked as a theatrical dresser and is the director of Gianni Versace S.p.A. She has had a long battle with anorexia.
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Marin Hinkle
(Actress)
Marin Hinkle
15
Birthdate: March 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Matin Hinkle is an American actress who wanted to become a ballet dancer but turned to acting after ankle injury dashed her hopes of becoming a professional ballet dancer. She made a mark on the small screen with her role in the drama, Once and Again. Apart from television and movies, she has also performed on the stage; her role as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet being a notable one.

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Lucy DeVito
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Stephanie in TV Sitcom ‘Melissa and Joey’)
Lucy DeVito
13
Birthdate: March 11, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Lucy DeVito is an American actress best known for her work in theatre. In 2008, she portrayed the title role in the Intiman Theatre's production of Anne Frank. She has also appeared in films, such as Leaves of Grass and The Comedian. The daughter of Rhea Perlman and Danny DeVito, Lucy has simply followed in the footsteps of her parents.

 15 
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
(American Financier, Philanthropist and the Only Son of 'Standard Oil' Co-Founder John D. Rockefeller)
John D. Rockefeller Jr.
19
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 29, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: May 11, 1960

Financier and philanthropist John D. Rockefeller Jr. Was the only son of Standard Oil co-founder, John D. Rockefeller. An alumnus of Brown University, he was very principled and careful with money from an early age. He joined his father’s business and went on to become one of the largest real estate holders in Manhattan.

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Rhonda Ross Kendrick
(Actress and Singer, Best Known as the Daughter of Singer and Actress 'Diana Ross')
Rhonda Ross Kendrick
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Rhonda Ross Kendrick, daughter of singer Diana Ross and Motown founder Berry Gordy, is best known for her Emmy-nominated portrayal of Toni Burrell in the soap Another World. She has also appeared in series such as The Temptations and Cosby. She grew up believing Robert Ellis Silberstein was her father. 
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Bobby Jindal
(55th Governor of Louisiana (2008 - 2016))
Bobby Jindal
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Bobby Jindal has been the governor of Louisiana from 2008 to 2016. He was also a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Louisiana's 1st district, becoming the second Indian-American and the first Indian-American Republican in the U.S. Congress. He opposes abortion and same-sex marriage and supports gun rights.
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Aunjanue L. Ellis
4
Birthdate: February 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Julie Nixon Eisenhower
(Writer and Daughter of Former U.S. President Richard Nixon)
Julie Nixon Eisenhower
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Youngest daughter of the 37th President of United States, Richard Nixon, Julie Nixon Eisenhower is an author who wrote Pat Nixon: The Untold Story, which became a New York Times best-seller. She is also one of the board of directors of the Richard Nixon Foundation. 
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Alicia Sacramone
(Former American Artistic Gymnast)
Alicia Sacramone
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Alicia Sacramone is a retired artistic gymnast who won a silver medal with the United States team at the 2008 Summer Olympics. With a total of 11 Olympic and World Championship medals, she is one of the most decorated U.S. female gymnasts. She is also a spokeswoman for a fitness company and has appeared in a few commercials. 

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Yaya DaCosta
(Actress)
Yaya DaCosta
11
Birthdate: November 15, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Larry Elder
(Radio Host)
Larry Elder
13
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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Lois Lowry
(Writer)
Lois Lowry
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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Masi Oka
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Heroes’ and ‘Hawaii Five-0’)
Masi Oka
8
Birthdate: December 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan
Masi Oka soared to fame with his Emmy-nominated and Saturn Award-winning role of Hiro Nakamura in the superhero series Heroes. The Hawaii Five-0 star is a black belt in Japanese fencing and an avid chess player. He is also multilingual and has been a translator at the 1992 Summer Olympics.
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Max Joseph
(Filmmaker)
Max Joseph
4
Birthdate: January 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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JoBeth Williams
(Actress)
JoBeth Williams
8
Birthdate: December 6, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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Chris Berman
(Sports commentator)
Chris Berman
8
Birthdate: May 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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Ted Turner
(Founder of the Cable News Network)
Ted Turner
19
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 19, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Ted Turner, nicknamed Captain Outrageous for his controversial statements, revolutionized the media sphere by founding CNN, the world's first 24-hour cable news channel. With WTBS, he established the idea of the superstation. A devoted philanthropist, he is remembered for creating the United Nations Foundation, Goodwill Games, and the NTI
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Wendy Carlos
(Musician)
Wendy Carlos
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA
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Rory Kennedy
(Filmmaker)
Rory Kennedy
5
Birthdate: December 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
 31 
John Sculley
(Businessman)
John Sculley
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
 32 
Mary Chapin Carpenter
(Singer)
Mary Chapin Carpenter
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
 33 
Kerry Kennedy
(American Lawyer, Author and Human Rights Activist)
Kerry Kennedy
8
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

The daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, Kerry Kennedy serves as a human rights activist. She is the president of a non-profit organization called Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, which advocates human rights. Over the years, Kerry Kennedy has worked in over 60 countries on various human rights issues like child labor, ethnic violence, indigenous land rights, and freedom of expression.

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Brian Moynihan
(Chairman and CEO of 'Bank of America')
Brian Moynihan
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States

Brian Moynihan is an American businessman and investment banker. He is best known as the CEO and chairman of Bank of America. In 2020, Chief Executive Magazine named him the CEO of the Year.

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Andrew Yang
(Entrepreneur - A Candidate in the 2020 Democratic Party Presidential Primaries)
Andrew Yang
15
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
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E. Howard Hunt
(American Intelligence Officer Who Served in the CIA)
E. Howard Hunt
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23, 2007

E. Howard Hunt was an American author and intelligence officer. He is best remembered for his service in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1949 to 1970, during which he served as an officer. E. Howard Hunt was part of the White House Special Investigations Unit during the presidency of Richard Nixon.

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Lady Gabriella Windsor
(British Writer and Contributing Editor)
Lady Gabriella Windsor
3
Birthdate: April 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St Mary's Hospital, London, England

Lady Gabriella Windsor is an English writer and one of the members of the British royal family. A freelance journalist, Lady Gabriella contributes immensely to several publications, including The London Magazine. A humanist, she also works closely with the nonprofit organization Playing for Change Foundation where she is a board director.

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Janet Yellen
(First Woman to Hold the Post of the United States Secretary of the Treasury)
Janet Yellen
19
Birthdate: August 13, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Economist Janet Yellen has had an illustrious career as an academic and researcher, and has taught at Harvard University and other reputed institutes. After chairing the Federal Reserve for 4 years, she is now the United States Secretary of the Treasury. She is married to Nobel-winning economist George Akerlof.

 39 
Alex Wagner
(Television host and author)
Alex Wagner
1
Birthdate: November 27, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 40 
Joe Paterno
(Former American Football Player and Head Coach for 'Penn State Nittany Lions')
Joe Paterno
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 22, 2012

College football player, athletic director, and coach, Joe Paterno, is best remembered for being the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 to 2011. In his extensive coaching career, he registered 409 victories. His career ended abruptly when he was dismissed as a result of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal. He died shortly after.

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Zoë Chao
(TV and stage Actress and screenwriter prominently known for her role as Isobel in Strangers)
Zoë Chao
1
Birthdate: September 19, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhode Island, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Julie Warner
(Actress)
Julie Warner
10
Birthdate: February 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
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Silas Weir Mitchell
3
Birthdate: September 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 44 
Davis Guggenheim
(Film and television director)
Davis Guggenheim
3
Birthdate: November 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Horace Mann
(Educator & Politician)
Horace Mann
30
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 4, 1796
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin
Died: August 2, 1859
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Bill O'Brien
(American football coach)
Bill O'Brien
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 23, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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Tom Perez
(Politician)
Tom Perez
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York Buffalo, New York (state) New York, U.S.
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Dhani Harrison
(English Musician, Singer and Son of George Harrison)
Dhani Harrison
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 1, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Windsor

Dhani Harrison is an English musician, singer-songwriter, and composer. Best known as the son of George Harrison, Dhani started his career by assisting his father record his final album, Brainwashed. He then went on to form his own band called Thenewno2. Dhani Harrison also established himself as a composer, scoring music for TV shows like Good Girls Revolt and Outsiders.

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Doug Liman
(Director)
Doug Liman
0
Birthdate: July 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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David Hedison
(Actor)
David Hedison
8
Birthdate: May 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
The famous ‘Brown University’, situated in Rhode Island, definitely deserves a mention if a few good American universities are to be enlisted. It is well-known for being the first educational institution in the whole of United States to accept students from all strata of society, irrespective of their religious background. According to a 2014 article published in the ‘U.S News & World Report’, Brown’s medical school was ranked 5th in all of the United States. The notable alumni association of ‘Brown University’ includes several Nobel laureates, more than 50 Rhodes Scholars and around 19 ex-students who have bagged the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. A popular online source had once listed notable alumni from ‘Brown University’ who have been immensely successful in their endeavors. This compilation of former ‘Brown University’ students includes several famous names such as noted businessman and philanthropist John D Rockefeller, ‘Harry Potter’ actress Emma Watson, radio host Ira Glass, noted athlete Alicia Saremone and musician Lisa Loeb. Business honcho John D Rockefeller is considered one of the greatest icons of American history, mainly for his various philanthropic initiatives, mainly ‘The Rockefeller Foundation’. Emma Watson, who started her career at a tender age with the role of Hermoine in the ‘Harry Potter’ movies, went on to do several remarkable films. She is also considered one of the most glamorous actresses in the world today. We are presenting you a list of notable Brown University alumni, who are admired all over the world for their outstanding accomplishments.