Fordham University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Fordham University. The list includes people like Donald Trump, Denzel Washington, Alan Alda, Adam Smith & Annie Parisse. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as media personalities, film & theater personalities, miscellaneous, writers and business people etc.
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Denzel Washington
(One of the Most Profound Actors Best Known for His Academy Award Winning Movie 'Training Day')
Denzel Washington
85
Birthdate: December 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, New York, United States

Actor, director, and producer, Denzel Washington, is famous for portraying strong real-life characters like anti-apartheid activist, Steve Biko, and human rights activist, Malcolm X, in films. Well-built and ruggedly handsome, he became the first black star to be named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1996. 

 2 
Lana Del Rey
(Singer and Songwriter)
Lana Del Rey
93
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Singer and songwriter, Lana Del Rey broke into the world of music when her debut single, Video Games, became viral in 2011. She then gained international fame with her debut album Born to Die in 2012. Over the years, she has released a numerous chart-topping albums. Violet Bent Backwards over the Grass, a collection of poetry, is her first book.

 3 
Alan Alda
(Actor, Director and Screenwriter Best Known for His Role in the TV Series 'M*A*S*H')
Alan Alda
21
Birthdate: January 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
Alan Alda is best known for his Emmy-winning roles of Hawkeye in M*A*S*H and Arnold Vinick in The West Wing. Fans also loved him in The Aviator. He has a keen interest in cosmology, serves on the boards of various science and technology institutes, and has received several honorary degrees.
 4 
Dylan McDermott
(Actor known for his role as lawyer and law firm head Bobby Donnell on the legal drama series The Practice)
Dylan McDermott
6
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 5 
Regina Hall
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Brenda Meeks’ in ‘Scary Movie’ Film Series)
Regina Hall
37
Birthdate: December 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Regina Hall is best known as Brenda Meeks from the Scary Movie franchise and as Corretta Lipp from Ally McBeal. She appeared in the movies The Best Man and Think Like a Man and their respective sequels. She supports the Scleroderma Research Foundation and endorses Elizabeth Taylor's White Diamonds.
 6 
Taylor Schilling
(Actress known for her role as Piper Chapman on the Netflix original comedy-drama series Orange Is the New Black (2013–2019))
Taylor Schilling
16
Birthdate: July 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 7 
Patricia Clarkson
(Actress)
Patricia Clarkson
20
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
Betty Gilpin
(Actress)
Betty Gilpin
10
Birthdate: July 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 9 
David Copperfield
(American Magician Known for Making the ‘Statue of Liberty’ Disappear and Walking Through the ‘Great Wall of China’)
David Copperfield
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Metuchen, New Jersey, United States

David Copperfield is a famous American magician. Such is his popularity that his TV specials have received 38 Emmy Award nominations, out of which they have won 21 awards. He also has 11 Guinness World Records under his belt. Also known for his charitable activities, Copperfield founded a rehabilitation program called Project Magic, which is used in over 1100 hospitals.

 10 
Faith Evans
(R&B Singer Known for Her Albums 'Faith', 'Keep the Faith' and 'Faithfully')
Faith Evans
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 10, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lakeland, Florida, United States
R&B and hip-hop artist Faith Evans is the first female artist to sign with Sean Combs’s label. She was married to rapper The Notorious B.I.G., who was killed in a shooting. Evans later won a Grammy for the song I'll Be Missing You, released in memory of her late husband.
 11 
Raul Julia
(Golden Globe- and Emmy-Winning Puerto Rican Actor)
Raul Julia
18
Birthdate: March 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24, 1994
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 12 
Vince Lombardi
(One of the Greatest Coaches and Leaders in the History of All American Sports)
Vince Lombardi
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 3, 1970

Football coach, Vince Lombardi, is best known for being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. Beginning his career as a high school coach, he eventually started coaching  National Football League (NFL) teams. As a head coach in the NFL, he never had a losing season. He died of cancer in 1970.

 13 
Vin Scully
(One of the Greatest Baseball Broadcaster of All Time)
Vin Scully
3
Birthdate: November 29, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: August 2, 2022
Vincent Edward Scully, or Vin Scully, is best remembered for his 67-season stint of calling games with the MLB team Los Angeles Dodgers, making him the longest-tenured broadcaster of a single team in the history of sports. He  also served as the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC
 14 
Geraldine Ferraro
(Politician)
Geraldine Ferraro
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 2011
 15 
Andrew Cuomo
(56th Governor of New York)
Andrew Cuomo
88
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 6, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

The 56th governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo has been holding office since 2011. The son of a prominent politician, he earned a degree in law before following in his father’s footsteps. He began his political career in the 1990s and oversaw the passage of the 2011 Marriage Equality Act during his governorship.

 16 
Annie Parisse
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Alexandra Borgia’ in the TV Series ‘Law & Order’)
Annie Parisse
22
Birthdate: July 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anchorage, Alaska, United States

Annie Parisse is an American actress known for her portrayal of Julia Snyder in the TV soap opera As the World Turns, for which she received a Daytime Emmy Award nomination under the Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series category. Parisse is also known for playing important roles in TV series like Law & Order and Friends from College.

 17 
Jonathan Harris
5
Birthdate: November 6, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 3, 2002
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 18 
Chris Cuomo
(American Television Journalist and Former Presenter of the New Show 'Cuomo Prime Time')
Chris Cuomo
26
Birthdate: August 9, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse. 

 19 
Michaela McManus
6
Birthdate: May 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Warwick, Rhode Island, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 20 
G. Gordon Liddy
(FBI Agent Who was Convicted for His Role in the Watergate Scandal)
G. Gordon Liddy
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 30, 2021
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 21 
Tommy Dorfman
12
Birthdate: May 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Edmond O'Brien
(American Actor Who Mainly Played Character Roles)
Edmond O'Brien
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 9, 1985

Edmond O'Brien was an American film director and actor. During his illustrious career, that spanned almost four decades, O'Brien recieved several prestigious awards like an Academy Award and Golden Globe Awards. He also has a couple of stars on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 23 
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
(Albert II, Prince of Monaco's Daughter, Actress)
Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
4
Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, United States
 24 
Robert Munsch
(Author)
Robert Munsch
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 11, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
 25 
Mary Higgins Clark
(Novelist)
Mary Higgins Clark
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: January 31, 2020
 26 
John N. Mitchell
(Served as the 67th Attorney General of the United States Under President Richard Nixon)
John N. Mitchell
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 15, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: November 9, 1988
John N. Mitchell served as the U.S. Attorney General under President Nixon, from 1969 to 1972. A qualified lawyer, he had also chaired Nixon’s presidential campaigns. He spent 19 months in prison due to his crimes related to the Watergate scandal. He had served the Navy during World War II.
 27 
Julie White
(Film actress)
Julie White
1
Birthdate: June 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Frankie Frisch
(Baseball Player)
Frankie Frisch
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1973
 29 
Hunter Tylo
(Actress)
Hunter Tylo
7
Birthdate: July 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 30 
Don DeLillo
(Writer, Playwright, Screenwriter, Novelist, Essayist, Journalist)
Don DeLillo
2
Listed In:
Birthdate: November 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City
John Benjamin Hickey
2
Birthdate: June 25, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Kamie Crawford
(Model, Television Host)
Kamie Crawford
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 33 
Paddy Chayefsky
(Screenwriter)
Paddy Chayefsky
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 1, 1981
 34 
Julia Cameron
(Screenwriter, Film director, Novelist, Poet)
Julia Cameron
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Libertyville
 35 
Wellington Mara
(Co-owner of the 'New York Giants' of the National Football League)
Wellington Mara
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: October 25, 2005

Wellington Mara co-owned the NFL team New York Giants, as he inherited the team from his father and the team’s founder, Tim Mara. The Giants players named him The Duke, as it was believed he was named after the Duke of Wellington. He died of lymphoma at age 89.

 36 
John O Brennan
(Former Director of CIA)
John O Brennan
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Bergen, New Jersey, United States
A former American intelligence officer, John O Brennan was the first individual of the agency to rise through the ranks to become its director, since Robert M. Gates. He also served Barak Obama as chief counterterriorism advisor. During the 2008 election campaign and the presidential transition, he also advised Obama on intelligence issues and foreign policy. 
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Kether Donohue
(Actress)
Kether Donohue
1
Birthdate: October 31, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, USA
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 38 
Ilyasah Shabazz
(Author)
Ilyasah Shabazz
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens
 39 
Jerrold Nadler
(Politician)
Jerrold Nadler
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 13, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
 40 
Pat Harrington Jr.
(Actor)
Pat Harrington Jr.
1
Birthdate: August 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 6, 2016
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 41 
Michael Kay
(Broadcaster)
Michael Kay
0
Birthdate: February 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 42 
Virginia Williams
(Actress)
Virginia Williams
1
Birthdate: March 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 43 
Rosa DeLauro
(Politician)
Rosa DeLauro
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut New Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
 44 
P. J. Carlesimo
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
P. J. Carlesimo
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 45 
Tom Leykis
(Radio personality)
Tom Leykis
0
Birthdate: August 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 46 
Mike Breen
(Sports commentator)
Mike Breen
2
Birthdate: May 22, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
 47 
Hage Geingob
(Politician)
Hage Geingob
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Otjiwarongo, Namibia
 48 
Robert Mulligan
(Director)
Robert Mulligan
0
Birthdate: August 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 20, 2008
 49 
Amanda Hearst
(American Socialite, Activist, Fashion Model and Heiress)
Amanda Hearst
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 50 
Smush Parker
(Basketball player)
Smush Parker
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
Founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York in 1841, Fordham University is a private non-profit research university based out of New York. Being deemed 60th in the classification of ‘more selective’ universities by U.S. News & World Report, Fordham University has a combined enrollment of approximately 15,000 students. The university offers graduate, post graduate, doctoral and professional degrees wherein the academic ideals are drawn from its Jesuit influences. Fordham University offers various programs in the fields of Business, Law, Social Service, Arts & Science, Education, and Religion and so on. It has been deemed as a doctoral university with high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Fordham University has also bagged the 60th place in the category of America’s Best Colleges: National Universities, as per the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Reports. Additionally, Fordham University is renowned for its curriculum which incorporates wisdom, critical and innovative thinking, creative problem-solving and integrity. All these core values are reflected in its principles, ideals and teachings. The campus is so diverse in ethnicity and culture that it is the perfect amalgamation of openhearted cultures from across the globe. Not only does it give foreign students the opportunity to study in the exquisite campus, but provides all its students with over 130 study abroad opportunities to hone their skills. Some of its esteemed alumni’s include Denzel Washington, Mary Higgins Clark, Vince Lombardi and Geraldine Ferraro. Keep reading to know more remarkable personalities who studied at Fordham University.