Hofstra University

Discover the notable alumni of Hofstra University. The list includes people like Christopher Walken, Francis Ford Coppola, Susan Sullivan, Robert Davi & Michael Franzese. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, writers, musicians, sportspersons and fashion etc.
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Christopher Walken
(Actor Best Known for His Films: 'The Deer Hunter', 'Catch Me If You Can' and 'Pulp Fiction’)
Christopher Walken
25
Birthdate: March 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States

Christopher Walken is one of the highest-grossing American actors as his films have generated over $1 billion in the US alone. He has a unique distinction of appearing in over 100 films and TV programs. A man of many talents, Christopher Walken is also known for his comedic, singing, screenwriting, directing, and dancing skills.

 2 
Francis Ford Coppola
(One of the Best and Most Infulential Filmmakers of the 20th-Century)
Francis Ford Coppola
20
Birthdate: April 7, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Francis Ford Coppola is an American filmmaker. Widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers ever, Francis Ford Coppola was a prominent figure in the Hollywood Renaissance filmmaking movement of the 1960s and 1970s. A much revered and celebrated filmmaker, he is credited with directing some of the greatest films of all time, including The Godfather movie series.

 3 
James Caan
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sonny Corleone’ in the Film ‘The Godfather’)
James Caan
21
Birthdate: March 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 6, 2022

Best known for playing the iconic character of Sonny Corleone in the movie, The Godfather, James Caan is a practising martial artist, apart from being an actor and director. He has trained under Japanese-American master of karate, Takayuki Kubota, for almost 30 years. For his contributions to arts, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 4 
Madeline Kahn
(Known for Her Comedic Roles in Films)
Madeline Kahn
15
Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 3, 1999

Madeline Kahn was an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best remembered for her comedic roles in movies like Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I, and High Anxiety. Over the course of her career, Madeline Kahn received several prestigious awards such as the Drama Desk Award, People's Choice Award, and Daytime Emmy Award.

 5 
Rosemarie DeWitt
(American Actress Known for Her TV Series ‘Standoff')
Rosemarie DeWitt
3
Birthdate: October 26, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Rosemarie DeWitt is best known for her award-winning portrayal of Rachel in Rachel Getting Married. She also appeared as Emily Lehman in the series Standoff and was seen in the 2015 remake of The Poltergeist. Fans also loved her as Charmaine Craine in United States of Tara.
 6 
Robert Davi
(Actor and Singer)
Robert Davi
3
Birthdate: June 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Robert Davi is best known as Jake Fratelli from The Goonies, Johnson from Die Hard, and Franz Sanchez from Licence to Kill. He also appeared as Bailey Malone in the series Profiler. A trained classical singer, he has released a Billboard-charting jazz album. He has also been a radio host.
 7 
Lainie Kazan
(Actress)
Lainie Kazan
8
Birthdate: May 15, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 8 
Joe Morton
(Actor)
Joe Morton
3
Birthdate: October 18, 1947
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 9 
Chris Weidman
(Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Chris Weidman
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baldwin, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 10 
Carol Alt
(Actress, Model)
Carol Alt
3
Birthdate: December 1, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 11 
Katie Nolan
(Television host)
Katie Nolan
5
Birthdate: January 28, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
 12 
Monica Horan
(American Actress)
Monica Horan
11
Birthdate: January 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Darby, Pennsylvania, United States
Monica Horan soared to fame with her role as Amy MacDougall-Barone, Robert Barone's girlfriend, and then wife, in the iconic series Everybody Loves Raymond. She later married the executive producer of the show, Philip Rosenthal. She also delivered an Emmy-nominated performance, as Kieran Cannistra, in The Bold and the Beautiful.
 13 
Michael Franzese
(Motivational Speaker, Former Mobster and Member of Colombo Crime Family)
Michael Franzese
57
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Michael Franzese's story of being an influential member of the Colombo crime family to becoming a motivational speaker and writer inspired several works of art, including Martin Scorsese's 1990 film Goodfellas where he was played by actor Joseph Bono. In 1986, he was named in Fortune magazine's list of Fifty Most Wealthy and Powerful Mafia Bosses.

 14 
Susan Sullivan
3
Birthdate: November 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 15 
Maryanne Trump Barry
(Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit from 2011 to 2019)
Maryanne Trump Barry
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Attorney Maryanne Trump Barry, eldest sister of American president Donald Trump, is a former U.S. federal judge. She was an assistant U.S. attorney earlier and has been a judge of the U.S. District of New Jersey. Bill Clinton appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
 16 
Avi Arad
(CEO and founder of Marvel Studios)
Avi Arad
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ramat Gan, Israelr

Avi Arad is an Israeli-American businessman and film producer. He became a prominent business figure as the CEO of the company Toy Biz in the 1990s. He then proceeded to become the chief creative officer of Marvel Entertainment and founded Marvel Studios. In 2006, he resigned from his Marvel positions and formed his own production company, Arad Productions. 

 17 
Margaret Colin
(Actress)
Margaret Colin
3
Birthdate: May 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 18 
Philip Rosenthal
(Producer)
Philip Rosenthal
9
Birthdate: January 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: September 27, 2001
 19 
Mary Matalin
(American Political Consultant Who Worked Under Former Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush)
Mary Matalin
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calumet City, Illinois, United States

Mary Matalin is an American political consultant. Renowned for her work with the Republican Party, Matalin has worked with prominent personalities like Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. Mary Matalin is also known for her work as an animal rights activist and was honored with PETA's Person of the Year award in December 2016.

 20 
Ron Kovic
(Anti-War Activist)
Ron Kovic
5
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ladysmith, Wisconsin, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 21 
Meredith Eaton
5
Birthdate: August 26, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
Height: 4'0" (122 cm)
 22 
Alan Colmes
(Radio personality, Journalist)
Alan Colmes
5
Birthdate: September 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 23, 2017
 23 
Ellie Greenwich
(Singer-songwriter, Composer, Songwriter, Record producer)
Ellie Greenwich
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 26, 2009
 24 
August Coppola
(Academic)
August Coppola
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Died: October 27, 2009
 25 
David Paterson
(Politician)
David Paterson
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
 26 
Raheem Morris
(American Football coach)
Raheem Morris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 3, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
 27 
Marques Colston
(American Football Player)
Marques Colston
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 5, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 28 
Peter Dante
(Actor)
Peter Dante
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 29 
Gian Villante
(Mixed Martial Artist)
Gian Villante
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wantagh, New York
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 30 
Devale Ellis
(American Football Player, Actor)
Devale Ellis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 31 
Nelson DeMille
(Author of Action, Adventure and Suspense Novels)
Nelson DeMille
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
 32 
Peter Friedman
(Actor)
Peter Friedman
3
Birthdate: April 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 33 
Michael Lombardi
(American Football Player)
Michael Lombardi
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ocean City, New Jersey, United States
 34 
Joey Styles
(Commentator)
Joey Styles
0
Birthdate: July 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 35 
Norm Coleman
(Politician)
Norm Coleman
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn New York City, New York (state) New York, United States U.S.
 36 
Andrew Rea
(Chef Who Created the Binging with Babish Show)
Andrew Rea
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 2, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mendon, New York, United States
 37 
Giovanni Carmazzi
(American football player)
Giovanni Carmazzi
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 38 
Wayne Chrebet
(American football player)
Wayne Chrebet
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garfield, New Jersey, United States
 39 
Lisa Ortiz
(Voice actress)
Lisa Ortiz
1
Birthdate: December 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 40 
Zeke Upshaw
(Basketball player)
Zeke Upshaw
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 26, 2018
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 41 
Ken Singleton
(Baseball Player)
Ken Singleton
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 42 
Speedy Claxton
(Basketball coach, Basketball player)
Speedy Claxton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hempstead, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 43 
Charles Jenkins
(Basketball player)
Charles Jenkins
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 44 
Bob McKillop
(Basketball player)
Bob McKillop
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
 45 
Randy Levine
(Businessman)
Randy Levine
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

New York Yankees president Randy Levine is also a qualified lawyer and a New York Bar member. An animal lover, too, he supports equine-assisted therapy for army veterans. He was also named to BusinessWeek’s list of the 100 most influential people. He also won an Emmy as a sports show executive director.

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Tim Cluess
(Basketball Coach)
Tim Cluess
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
 47 
Cynthia Gregory
(Prima Ballerina)
Cynthia Gregory
0
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: July 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 48 
Lance Schulters
(American football player)
Lance Schulters
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guyana
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 49 
Amaka Agugua-Hamilton
(Basketball Coach)
Amaka Agugua-Hamilton
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herndon, Virginia, United States
 50 
Vivian Paley
(Educator, Writer)
Vivian Paley
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 26, 2019