Northwestern University Notable Alumni

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 2 Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 3 Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 4 Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford.
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 5 Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert.
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Famous As: American comedian
Birthdate: May 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 6 Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston.
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: April 5, 2008
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 7 Hugh Hefner

Hugh Hefner.
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Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 27, 2017
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 8 David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York City, New York
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 9 Ann-Margret

Ann-Margret.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Valsjöbyn, Sweden
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 10 Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westchester, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 11 Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 12 Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney.
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 13 Zach Braff

Zach Braff.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: April 6, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 14 Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman.
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Famous As: Comedian, Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 15 Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers.
1
Famous As: American Comedian
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 16 Shelley Long

Shelley Long.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 23, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 17 Zoe Perry

Zoe Perry
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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 18 Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 19 Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal.
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 20 Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News Anchor
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Robert Reed

Robert Reed
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 12, 1992
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 22 Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: December 17, 2009

 23 Billy Eichner

Billy Eichner
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: September 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 24 Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde.
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Birthdate: June 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, U.S.
Died: January 10, 1982

 25 Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 26 Robert Hanssen

Robert Hanssen.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Former FBI Agent & Spy for the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 18, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago

 27 Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 28 Aimee Garcia

Aimee Garcia
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 28, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 29 William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: March 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salem
Died: July 26, 1925

 30 Nigel Ng

Nigel Ng
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: March 15, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 31 Marg Helgenberger

Marg Helgenberger.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 16, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fremont, Nebraska
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 32 Noah Wyle

Noah Wyle.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 33 William Daniels

William Daniels
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 34 Richard Kind

Richard Kind.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 35 Denis O'Hare

Denis O'Hare
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 36 McLean Stevenson

McLean Stevenson.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois
Died: February 15, 1996
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 37 Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 10, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lachine, Quebec, Canada
Died: April 5, 2005

 38 Jeffrey Hunter

Jeffrey Hunter
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Died: May 27, 1969
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 39 Robin Lord Taylor

Robin Lord Taylor
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shueyville, Iowa, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 40 Steve Albini

Steve Albini
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer, Singer-songwriter, Guitarist, Journalist, Music journalist
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena

 41 Brad Hall

Brad Hall
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 42 Aneta Corsaut

Aneta Corsaut.
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Famous As: Actress, Writer
Birthdate: November 3, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hutchinson, Kansas
Died: November 6, 1995
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 43 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

 44 Gillian Flynn

Gillian Flynn
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 24, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, USA

 45 Patti Davis

Patti Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 21, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 46 Brian d'Arcy James

Brian d'Arcy James
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 47 Claude Akins

Claude Akins.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nelson, Georgia, United States
Died: January 27, 1994
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 48 Craig Sager

Craig Sager
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Batavia, Illinois, U.S.
Died: December 15, 2016

 49 Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 72nd Governor of Massachusetts
Birthdate: November 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elmira, New York, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 50 Anne Dudek

Anne Dudek.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Northwestern University or NU is a private research university based out of Evanston, Illinois. The university has branched out to touch more lives with its quality education, with its branches in Chicago, San Francisco and Doha. The university traces its foundation back to the mid 1800’s and has striven to attain its current position of having the tenth largest university endowment in the United States of America. Being on the sustainable side, Northwestern University was also listed as one of the top 10 universities in the country purchasing renewable power, as per the Green Power Partnership in 2009. The university offers way over 2100 bachelor’s degrees, 3000 master’s degrees, 500 doctoral degrees and 400 professional degrees in several areas of study. Selection process and admissions are characterized as “most selective” as per the U.S. News & World Report, with an elite group of handpicked students who make the cut every year. With the student body comprising of 21,000 students from over 100 countries, the university is a mix of diverse cultures, which perfectly blend to provide an ideal learning environment. The notable board of faculty includes an esteemed list of individuals who have gone to accomplish great things in their areas of study. Some of its prominent alumni include David Schwimmer, Stephen Colbert, Julia-Louis-Dreyfus, Saul Bellow and so on. Presenting to you, a detailed list of outstanding achievers born out of Northwestern University.