Northwestern University Notable Alumni

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Discover the notable alumni of Northwestern University. The list includes people like Zooey Deschanel, David Schwimmer, Meghan Markle, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Ann-Margret. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, media personalities, leaders, writers and musicians etc.
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 1 
Pharrell Williams
(Lead Vocalist of the of the Hip Hop Band ‘N.E.R.D’)
Pharrell Williams
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 2 
George R. R. Martin
(Author of Epic Fantasy Novels 'A Song of Ice and Fire')
George R. R. Martin
13
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
 3 
Zooey Deschanel
(Known for Her Deadpan Roles in Comedy Films)
Zooey Deschanel
49
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 4 
Meghan Markle
(The Duchess of Sussex)
Meghan Markle
127
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 5 
Cindy Crawford
(One of the Most Popular Supermodels During the 1980s and 1990s and a Ubiquitous Presence on Magazine Covers)
Cindy Crawford
15
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 6 
Stephen Colbert
(Host of the Satirical Comedy Central Show 'The Colbert Report')
Stephen Colbert
31
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 7 
David Schwimmer
(Famous for Portraying 'Ross Geller' in the Sitcom 'Friends')
David Schwimmer
43
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 8 
Charlton Heston
(Actor and Political Activist )
Charlton Heston
21
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: April 5, 2008
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Hugh Hefner
(Founder of 'Playboy' Magazine)
Hugh Hefner
43
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 27, 2017
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Kathryn Hahn
(Best Known for Her Role as 'Lily Lebowski' in the NBC Crime Drama Series 'Crossing Jordan')
Kathryn Hahn
21
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westchester, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 11 
Ann-Margret
(Actress & Singer)
Ann-Margret
27
Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Sweden
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 12 
Zach Braff
(Actor and Filmmaker Best Known for His Role as ‘J.D.’ in TV Series ‘Scrubs’)
Zach Braff
22
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 13 
Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
10
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 27, 2021
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 14 
Dermot Mulroney
(American Actor Who is Known for His Roles in Romantic Comedy, Western, and Drama Films)
Dermot Mulroney
7
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 15 
Jeri Ryan
(Actress)
Jeri Ryan
7
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Robert Todd Lincoln
(35th United States Secretary of War & Son of Abraham Lincoln)
Robert Todd Lincoln
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: July 25, 1926
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 17 
Kristen Schaal
(Actress, Known for Her Voice Roles on “Bob's Burgers” and “Mabel Pines” on Disney's “Gravity Falls”)
Kristen Schaal
16
Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Maude Apatow
(American Actress Best Known for Her Role as ‘Lexi Howard’ in the TV Series ‘Euphoria’)
Maude Apatow
12
Birthdate: December 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Banos, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 19 
Warren Beatty
(Only Perosn to be Nominated at the Oscars Twice for Acting, Directing, Writing and Producing his Movies 'Heaven Can Wait' and 'Reds')
Warren Beatty
13
Birthdate: March 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 20 
Megan Mullally
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Her Role as ‘Karen Walker’ on the NBC Sitcom ‘Will & Grace’)
Megan Mullally
8
Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 21 
Seth Meyers
(Host of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' and Former Cast Member of 'Saturday Night Live;)
Seth Meyers
10
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Kimberly Williams Paisley
(Actress Known for Her Co-Starring Roles)
Kimberly Williams Paisley
6
Birthdate: September 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 23 
Clancy Brown
(American Actor Who Is Known for His Villainous Roles)
Clancy Brown
10
Birthdate: January 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 24 
Shelley Long
(Actress)
Shelley Long
25
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 25 
Jennifer Jones
6
Birthdate: March 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2009
 26 
Billy Eichner
(Comedian)
Billy Eichner
5
Birthdate: September 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 27 
Garry Marshall
(Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director & Producer)
Garry Marshall
4
Birthdate: November 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 19, 2016
 28 
Melissa Hart
(First Celebrity to Win the $1 Million Top Prize on TV Game Show 'Celebrity Wheel of Fortune')
Melissa Hart
9
Birthdate: April 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Smithtown, New York, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 29 
Mamie Gummer
(Actress)
Mamie Gummer
0
Birthdate: August 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 30 
Robert Reed
5
Birthdate: October 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 12, 1992
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 31 
Zoe Perry
(Film actress)
Zoe Perry
4
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 32 
Jerry Springer
(Broadcaster, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati)
Jerry Springer
15
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England
 33 
Paul Lynde
(Comedian)
Paul Lynde
7
Birthdate: June 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
Died: January 10, 1982
 34 
Nicolle Wallace
(American Television Host and Former White House Communications Director (2005 - 2006))
Nicolle Wallace
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Orange County, California, United States
 35 
Anna Gunn
(Actress)
Anna Gunn
8
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 36 
Robert Conrad
5
Birthdate: March 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 37 
Patricia Neal
(A major star of the 1950s and 60s, she was the recipient of an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and two British Academy Film Awards)
Patricia Neal
6
Birthdate: January 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Packard, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 8, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
Robert Loggia
(Actor and Director)
Robert Loggia
4
Birthdate: January 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: December 4, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
Nigel Ng
(Comedian)
Nigel Ng
3
Birthdate: March 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
 40 
Marg Helgenberger
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Catherine Willows’ in the TV Series ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’)
Marg Helgenberger
4
Birthdate: November 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fremont, Nebraska, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 41 
Noah Wyle
(Best Known for His Role as ‘John Carter’ in the TV Series ‘ER’)
Noah Wyle
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 42 
Aimee Garcia
(Actress and Writer)
Aimee Garcia
8
Birthdate: November 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 43 
William Daniels
3
Birthdate: March 31, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Karen Black
(American Actress, Screenwriter and Singer)
Karen Black
4
Birthdate: July 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Died: August 8, 2013
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 45 
Robert Knepper
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 46 
McLean Stevenson
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lieutenant Colonel Henry Blake’ in the TV Series ‘M*A*S*H’)
McLean Stevenson
8
Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, United States
Died: February 15, 1996
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 47 
Richard Kind
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Mark Devanow’ in the TV Series ‘Mad About You’)
Richard Kind
2
Birthdate: November 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 48 
Saul Bellow
(Writer)
Saul Bellow
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachine, Montreal, Canada
Died: April 5, 2005
 49 
Jeffrey Hunter
(Actor Known for His 1965 Role as 'Captain Christopher Pike' in the Original Pilot Episode of 'Star Trek')
Jeffrey Hunter
3
Birthdate: November 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 27, 1969
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 50 
William Jennings Bryan
(41st United States Secretary of State (1913 - 1915))
William Jennings Bryan
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salem, Illinois, United States
Died: July 26, 1925
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