Columbia College

Discover the notable alumni of Columbia College. The list includes people like Pat Sajak, Becky Lynch, Jake Lloyd, Nelsan Ellis & John Jay. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as miscellaneous, media personalities, leaders, film & theater personalities and writers etc.
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Lou Gehrig
(One of the Most Durable Players in American Professional Baseball and One of its Great Hitters)
Lou Gehrig
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Yorkville, New York, United States
Died: June 2, 1941

Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player. Nicknamed The Iron Horse for his durability and prowess as a hitter, Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball (MLB). His life and career inspired the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees in which he was portrayed by actor Gary Cooper.

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Georgia O'Keeffe
(American Modernist Artist Known for Her Flowers and New York Skyscrapers Paintings)
Georgia O'Keeffe
25
Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
Died: March 6, 1986
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe enriched American modernism and precisionism with her artwork, mostly water color and charcoal paintings. She was the first female artist to have a retrospective at New York’s MOMA. Her paintings focused on the cityscapes and landscapes of New York and New Mexico, and abstract flowers.
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Amanda Peet
(Actress)
Amanda Peet
29
Birthdate: January 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Actress Amanda Peet achieved wider recognition with crime comedy film The Whole Nine Yards. She later worked in a wide range of films including The Way, Way Back and Sleeping With Other People. The actress, who began her career on Broadway and did several commercials, has also appeared in television series Jack & Jill and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

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James Cagney
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of the Golden Age of Hollywood)
James Cagney
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Birthdate: July 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Died: March 30, 1986

James Cagney was an American dancer and actor who won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1942 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1984, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was named in the American Film Institute's Greatest Male Stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema list.

 5 
Ben Stein
(Writer, Actor, Lawyer)
Ben Stein
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Ben Stein initially worked as a speechwriter for American presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. He then plunged into the entertainment world, starring in films such as Ferris Bueller's Day Off and hosting shows such as Win Ben Stein's Money. He also appeared as Arthur Neuman in The Mask franchise.
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Ron Stallworth
(Police officer)
Ron Stallworth
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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Sofia Vassilieva
7
Birthdate: October 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Actress Sofia, Vassilieva. is best known for playing the children's book character Eloise in the TV film, Eloise at the Plaza. She began modeling as a child and received training at the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School before venturing into acting. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, My Sister's Keeper. 

 8 
Nelsan Ellis
8
Birthdate: November 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harvey
Died: July 8, 2017

Nelsan Ellis was an American playwright and actor who achieved critical appreciation for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the popular TV series, True Blood. After years of struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, Ellis made an attempt to quit drinking on his own, which led to complications from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, eventually resulting in his death at the age of 39.

 9 
Jake Lloyd
(Child Actor)
Jake Lloyd
23
Birthdate: March 5, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Jake Lloyd is a former child actor best known for playing the young Anakin Skywalker in the film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He retired from acting in 2001, later explaining that he quit acting due to harassment by the press and bullying at school. In 2020, it was stated that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.

 10 
Konrad Lorenz
(Austrian Zoologist, Ethologist, Ornithologist and Winner of 1973 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Konrad Lorenz
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 7, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 21, 1989

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party

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Benjamin Cardozo
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States from 1932 to 1938)
Benjamin Cardozo
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 9, 1938

American lawyer Benjamin Cardozo had served as the Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. More of a liberal, he supported the modification of existing legal principles to make them more modern. He is remembered for his mild-mannered nature and for his contribution to the American common law.

 12 
Eddie Collins
(Baseball Player)
Eddie Collins
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1887
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Millerton, New York, United States
Died: March 24, 1951
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Arliss Howard
(Actor, Screenwriter, Director)
Arliss Howard
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Birthdate: October 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
After appearing in various low-budget TV movies and features, Arliss Howard first tasted success with Full Metal Jacket. Since then there's been no looking back. He is well-known for his phenomenal roles in Men Don't Leave, The Lost World: Jurrasic Park and Tequila Sunrise. He has extensive stage credits, too.
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Jeremih
(Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Record producer, Rapper, Singer)
Jeremih
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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John Vernou Bouvier III
(Stockbroker)
John Vernou Bouvier III
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1891
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: East Hampton, New York, United States
Died: August 3, 1957
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Vladimir Pozner Jr.
(Journalist, TV Personality)
Vladimir Pozner Jr.
1
Birthdate: April 1, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Toomas Hendrik Ilves
(Politician, Journalist, Diplomat)
Toomas Hendrik Ilves
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm

Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician who served as the President of Estonia from 9 October 2006 to 10 October 2016. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Toomas Hendrik Ilves also led the Social Democratic Party during the 1990s.

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Sally Rand
(Actress)
Sally Rand
1
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elkton, Missouri, U.S.
Died: August 31, 1979
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Robert Schwentke
(screenwriter, film director)
Robert Schwentke
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: Stuttgart
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Benjamin Guggenheim
(Businesspeople)
Benjamin Guggenheim
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 26, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 15, 1912
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Kim Smith
(Model)
Kim Smith
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Odessa, Texas, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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David Bromberg
(Musician, Singer)
David Bromberg
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
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Nicholas Murray Butler
(Philosopher, Educator)
Nicholas Murray Butler
2
Birthdate: April 2, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elizabeth
Died: December 7, 1947
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Arthur Hays Sulzberger
(Publisher)
Arthur Hays Sulzberger
1
Birthdate: September 12, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 11, 1968
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Hamilton Fish
(Politician)
Hamilton Fish
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1808
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: September 7, 1893
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Richard Axel
(American Molecular Biologist and Winner of the 2004 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Richard Axel
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
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John Randolph of Roanoke
(Politician)
John Randolph of Roanoke
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1773
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hopewell, Virginia, United States
Died: May 24, 1833
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Vinnie Ream
(Sculptor)
Vinnie Ream
0
Birthdate: September 25, 1847
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 12, 1914
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Scott Atran
(American-French Cultural Anthropologist)
Scott Atran
0
Birthdate: February 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
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Joaquin Miller
(Poet)
Joaquin Miller
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 8, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Union County, Indiana, United States
Died: February 17, 1913
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Randolph Silliman Bourne
(American Writer)
Randolph Silliman Bourne
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 30, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bloomfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 22, 1918
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Erik Friedlander
(Jazz musician, Cellist)
Erik Friedlander
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Henry Demarest Lloyd
(Journalist)
Henry Demarest Lloyd
0
Birthdate: May 1, 1847
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1903
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Gerald Green
(Writer)
Gerald Green
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: August 29, 2006
 35 
James Lenox
(Philanthropist)
James Lenox
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 19, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 17, 1880
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Brander Matthews
(Writer)
Brander Matthews
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1852
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: March 31, 1929
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Ian Ballantine
(Publisher)
Ian Ballantine
0
Birthdate: February 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1995
 38 
Evert Augustus Duyckinck
(Publisher)
Evert Augustus Duyckinck
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 13, 1878
 39 
John M. Mason
(Preacher)
John M. Mason
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 26, 1829

John M. Mason was an American theologian and preacher who served as the Provost of Columbia College in the 1810s. In the early-1820s, he also served as the president of Dickinson College. An excellent orator, John M. Mason served as a pastor for 17 years.

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Edward Washburn Hopkins
(American Sanskrit-language Scholar and Professor)
Edward Washburn Hopkins
0
Birthdate: September 8, 1857
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 16, 1932
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James Henry Hackett
(Actor)
James Henry Hackett
0
Birthdate: March 15, 1800
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 28, 1871
 42 
Milton Handler
(Lawyer)
Milton Handler
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1903 AD
Birthplace: United States
Died: November 10, 1998