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 Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 2 George R. R. Martin

George R. R. Martin
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Famous As: Author of Epic Fantasy Novels 'A Song of Ice and Fire'
Birthdate: September 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States

 3 Meghan Markle

Meghan Markle
103
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: The Duchess of Sussex
Birthdate: August 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 4 Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel
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Famous As: Known for Her Deadpan Roles in Comedy Films
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 5 Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford
14
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: DeKalb, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 6 Stephen Colbert

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

 7 David Schwimmer

David Schwimmer
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Famous As: Known for His Performance in Sitcom 'Friends'
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 8 Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston
19
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Died: April 5, 2008
Height: 6'3" (190 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 Zach Braff

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

 12 Cloris Leachman

Cloris Leachman
9
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 27, 2021
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 13 Dermot Mulroney

Dermot Mulroney
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 14 Warren Beatty

Warren Beatty
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Famous As: Only Perosn to be Nominated at the Oscars Twice for Acting, Directing, Writing and Producing his Movies 'Heaven Can Wait' and 'Reds'
Birthdate: March 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 15 Maude Apatow

Maude Apatow
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 15, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Banos, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 16 Megan Mullally

Megan Mullally
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 17 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)

 18 Kristen Schaal

Kristen Schaal
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longmont, Colorado, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 19 Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician, Son of Abraham Lincoln
Birthdate: August 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: July 25, 1926
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 20 Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers
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Famous As: Host of 'Late Night with Seth Meyers' and Former Cast Member of 'Saturday Night Live;
Birthdate: December 28, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 21 Shelley Long

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

 22 Clancy Brown

Clancy Brown
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Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Urbana, Ohio, U.S.
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 23 Kimberly Williams Paisley

Kimberly Williams Paisley
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rye, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 24 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

 25 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)

 26 Garry Marshall

Garry Marshall
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Famous As: Screenwriter & Producer Known for 'A League of Their Own', 'Never Been Kissed' & 'Pretty Woman'
Birthdate: November 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 19, 2016

 27 Zoe Perry

Zoe Perry
3
Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 28 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)

 29 Paul Lynde

Paul Lynde
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: June 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Ohio, United States
Died: January 10, 1982

 30 Mamie Gummer

Mamie Gummer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 31 Jerry Springer

Jerry Springer
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Famous As: Broadcaster, 56th Mayor of Cincinnati
Birthdate: February 13, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highgate, London, England

 32 Robert Conrad

Robert Conrad
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 33 Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal
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Famous As: 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
Birthdate: January 20, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Packard, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 8, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 34 Aimee Garcia

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

 35 Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 36 Robert Loggia

Robert Loggia
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: December 4, 2015
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 37 Nigel Ng

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

 38 Marg Helgenberger

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

 39 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)

 40 Robert Knepper

Robert Knepper
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 41 Noah Wyle

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

 42 Richard Kind

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

 43 William Jennings Bryan

William Jennings Bryan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 41st United States Secretary of State (1913-15)
Birthdate: March 19, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salem, Illinois, United States
Died: July 26, 1925

 44 McLean Stevenson

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

 45 Saul Bellow

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

 46 Saule Omarova

Saule Omarova
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: November 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Kazakhstan Province, Kazakhstan

 47 Karen Black

Karen Black
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Park Ridge, Illinois, United States
Died: August 8, 2013
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 48 Otto Graham

Otto Graham
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 6, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Died: December 17, 2003
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 49 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)

 50 Ginni Rometty

Ginni Rometty
0
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businesswomen
Birthdate: July 29, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
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