Grinnell College

Discover the notable alumni of Grinnell College. The list includes people like Gary Cooper, Kumail Nanjiani, Emily Bergl, Robert Noyce & John Garang. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, musicians, inventors & discoverers, engineers and business people etc.
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Gary Cooper
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Gary Cooper
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Birthdate: May 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Helena, Montana, United States
Died: May 13, 1961

Gary Cooper was one of the most popular and versatile American actors of all time. Known for his understated acting style, Cooper won the adulation of critics, fans, and fellow movie stars. A major movie star throughout the golden age of cinema, Cooper was ranked 11th on the 25 greatest male stars of classic Hollywood cinema list published by AFI.

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Kumail Nanjiani
(Known for His Role in The HBO Comedy Series 'Silicon Valley')
Kumail Nanjiani
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Birthdate: May 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American actor, comedian, and screenwriter. In 2018, Kumail Nanjiani became the first screenwriter of Pakistani origin to be nominated for an Oscar under the Best Original Screenplay category; he received the nomination for the 2017 film The Big Sick. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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Herbie Hancock
(Singer-songwriter, Bandleader, Conductor, Jazz musician, Keyboardist, Actor, Musician, Pianist, Film score composer)
Herbie Hancock
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 12, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
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Peter Coyote
(Actor, Screenwriter, Director)
Peter Coyote
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Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Peter Coyote is known for his performances in movies such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Erin Brockovich, and A Walk to Remember. He became the first Academy Award announcer to appear on camera. He has delivered Emmy-winning narration in the documentary series The Pacific Century and The Roosevelts.

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Robert Noyce
(Co-inventor of the integrated circuit)
Robert Noyce
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Birthdate: December 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: June 3, 1990

American engineer Robert Noyce, who co-invented the integrated circuit, later gained the nickname the Mayor of Silicon Valley. The co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, Noyce is also said to have given Silicon Valley its name with his invention that included a silicon microchip. He was also a swimming champion.

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Bernice King
(American Lawyer, Minister, and the Youngest Child of Martin Luther King Jr. And Coretta Scott King)
Bernice King
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 28, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Bernice King is an American minister best known as the daughter of the popular activist and leader Martin Luther King Jr. Over the years, Barnice King has supported many noble causes for which she has been honored with several awards. In 2009, she was honored at the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Convention for her service to women.

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Emily Bergl
(Actress)
Emily Bergl
1
Birthdate: April 25, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Milton Keynes
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Joe J. Walsh
(Politician)
Joe J. Walsh
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
 9 
Jack Taylor
(Basketball player)
Jack Taylor
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 12, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lakeside, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John Garang
(Politician)
John Garang
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Twic East County
Died: July 30, 2005

Revolutionary leader and president of Southern Sudan John Garang was the man behind the term "Sudanism," which promoted cohesiveness among the people of Sudan. Orphaned at 10, he completed his education on scholarships but later rejected an offer from UCB to go to Tanzania. He died in a helicopter crash.

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Harry Hopkins
(Politician)
Harry Hopkins
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sioux City, Iowa Sioux City, Iowa U.S.
Died: January 29, 1946
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Amy Clampitt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Providence, Iowa
Died: September 10, 1994
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Thomas Cech
(Chemist)
Thomas Cech
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
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Iresh Zaker
(Actor)
Iresh Zaker
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Iresh Zaker is a Bangladeshi actor, musician, and advertising executive. He is currently serving as the managing director of a marketing and advertising company called Asiatic 360, which is owned by his parents, Sara Zaker and Aly Zaker. As an actor, Zaker is best known for winning the National Film Award for his portrayal of Danny in Chuye Dile Mon.

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Mary Anthony
(Choreographer)
Mary Anthony
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: November 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Newport, Kentucky, United States
Died: May 31, 2014
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Taimur Rahman
(Pakistani Professor and Political Activist)
Taimur Rahman
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan

Taimur Rahman is a Pakistani musician and political activist. He is best known as the spokesperson and lead guitarist of the famous progressive music band Laal. A fierce critic of religious fundamentalism and capitalist exploitation in Pakistan, Rahman won the Akhtar Hameed Khan Memorial Award in 2012 for his book The Class Structure of Pakistan.