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.
Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980, American
Actress
Stephen ColbertStephen Colbert
13 May 1964, American
American comedian

David SchwimmerDavid Schwimmer
02 November 1966, American
Actor

Julia Louis-DreyfusJulia Louis-Dreyfus
13 January 1961, American
Actress

Meghan MarkleMeghan Markle
04 August 1981, American
Actress

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926, American
Founder of Playboy Magazine
Cindy CrawfordCindy Crawford
20 February 1966, American
 

Warren BeattyWarren Beatty
30 March 1937, American
Actor

Jerry SpringerJerry Springer
13 February 1944, British, American
Talk Show Host, Former Politician, Former News

Charlton HestonCharlton Heston
04 October 1923, American
Actor
Dermot MulroneyDermot Mulroney
31 October 1963, American
Actor

Ann-MargretAnn-Margret
28 April 1941, Swedish, American
Actress
Noah WyleNoah Wyle
04 June 1971, American
Actor

Cloris LeachmanCloris Leachman
30 April 1926, American
Comedian, Actress

Seth MeyersSeth Meyers
28 December 1973, American
American Comedian
Shelley LongShelley Long
23 August 1949, American
Actress

Kristen SchaalKristen Schaal
24 January 1978, American
Actress
Robert Philip HanssenRobert Hanssen
18 April 1944, American
Former FBI Agent & Spy for the Soviet Union

Zach BraffZach Braff
06 April 1975, American
Actor, Director

James R. Jim JarmuschJim Jarmusch
22 January 1953, American
American film director
Paul LyndePaul Lynde
13 June 1926, American
 

Marg HelgenbergerMarg Helgenberger
16 November 1958, American
Actress
William Jennings BryanWilliam Jennings Bryan
19 March 1860, American
Former United States Secretary of State

Richard KindRichard Kind
22 November 1956, American
Actor

McLean StevensonMcLean Stevenson
14 November 1927, American
Actor

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II
05 February 1900, American
 
Aneta CorsautAneta Corsaut
03 November 1933, American
Actress, Writer
Claude AkinsClaude Akins
25 May 1926, American
Actor

Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones
02 March 1919, American
Actress

Anne DudekAnne Dudek
22 March 1975, American
Actress

Charlie BakerCharlie Baker
13 November 1956, American
72nd Governor of Massachusetts
Peter StraussPeter Strauss
20 February 1947, American
Actor

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Saul Bellow Saul Bellow
10 June 1915, American
Novelist

Richard BenjaminRichard Benjamin
22 May 1938, American
Actor

Maulik PancholyMaulik Pancholy
18 January 1974, American
Actor

Allan CarrAllan Carr
27 May 1937, American
American Producer
Virginia SatirVirginia Satir
26 June 1916, American
American author

Cheddi JaganCheddi Jagan
22 March 1918, Guyanese
Guyana's Father of Nation
James R. ThompsonJames R. Thompson
08 May 1936, American
Lawyer, Politician

Charles Horace MayoCharles Horace Mayo
19 July 1865, American
Surgeon

George Joseph StiglerGeorge Joseph Stigler
17 January 1911, American
Economist
James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923, American
Writer

Billy EichnerBilly Eichner
18 September 1978, American
Comedian
Clancy BrownClancy Brown
05 January 1959, American
Film actor

Kathryn HahnKathryn Hahn
23 July 1973, American
Actress

Nicolle WallaceNicolle Wallace
04 February 1972, American
Political Commentator

Anna GunnAnna Gunn
11 August 1968, American
Actress

Aimee GarciaAimee Garcia
28 November 1978, American
Actress
William DanielsWilliam Daniels
31 March 1927, American
Actor

Jeffrey HunterJeffrey Hunter
25 November 1926, American
Actor

Brad HallBrad Hall
21 March 1958, American
Actor

Robin Lord TaylorRobin Lord Taylor
04 June 1978, American
Actor
Robert ConradRobert Conrad
01 March 1935, American
Actor

Anita BryantAnita Bryant
25 March 1940, American
Singer
Zach GilfordZach Gilford
14 January 1982, American
Actor

Gillian FlynnGillian Flynn
24 February 1971, American
Writer

Nicole SullivanNicole Sullivan
21 April 1970, American
Actress
Patti DavisPatti Davis
21 October 1952, American
Actress

Andrew BirdAndrew Bird
11 July 1973, American
Musician
Greg BerlantiGreg Berlanti
24 May 1972, American
Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer,

George NewbernGeorge Newbern
30 December 1964, American
Actor

David BoiesDavid Boies
11 March 1941, American
Lawyer
Adrienne C. MooreAdrienne C. Moore
14 August 1980, American
Actress

Ginni RomettyGinni Rometty
29 July 1957, American
Businesswomen
James KeachJames Keach
07 December 1947, American
Actor

Ira GlassIra Glass
03 March 1959, American
Radio producer, Radio personality, Actor

Sidney SheldonSidney Sheldon
11 February 1917, American
Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film

Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948, American
Writer
Steve AlbiniSteve Albini
22 July 1962, American
Record producer, Singer, Engineer, Audio engineer,
Claire CoffeeClaire Coffee
14 April 1980, American
Actress

Otto GrahamOtto Graham
06 December 1921, American
American Football Player

Brent MusburgerBrent Musburger
26 May 1939, American
Sportscaster

Edgar BergenEdgar Bergen
16 February 1903, American
Actor, Radio personality
Jaime Ray NewmanJaime Ray Newman
02 April 1978, American
Actress

Bonnie BartlettBonnie Bartlett
20 June 1929, American
Actress

John Cameron MitchellJohn Cameron Mitchell
21 April 1963, American
Actor

Fred WilliamsonFred Williamson
05 March 1938, American
Actor

Harry LennixHarry Lennix
16 November 1964, American
Actor
Jennie EisenhowerJennie Eisenhower
15 August 1978, American
Actress

Shawn FanningShawn Fanning
22 November 1980, American
Computer scientist, Programmer
Craig BierkoCraig Bierko
18 August 1964, American
Actor

Greta LeeGreta Lee
07 March 1983, American
Actress

Jayne AtkinsonJayne Atkinson
18 February 1959, British, American
Actress
Howard Warren BuffettHoward Warren Buffett
14 October 1983, American
Professor

Gwynne ShotwellGwynne Shotwell
23 November 1963, American
Businesswoman
Rich EisenRich Eisen
24 June 1969, American
Journalist

Mara Brock AkilMara Brock Akil
27 May 1970, American
ScreenWriter

Kirsten NelsonKirsten Nelson
03 October 1970, American
Actress

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
1904 AD, American
 
Aarti SequeiraAarti Sequeira
19 August 1978, Indian
Chef

Craig SagerCraig Sager
29 June 1951, American
Journalist
Julie PlecJulie Plec
26 May 1972, American
Producer

John HoevenJohn Hoeven
13 March 1957, American
Politician
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
15 June 1929, American
Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter,

George StiglerGeorge Stigler
17 January 1911, American
Economist
John MeriwetherJohn Meriwether
10 August 1947, American
Banker, Financier

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.