Ohio State University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Ohio State University. The list includes people like Jesse Owens, Kirk Herbstreit, Jack Nicklaus, Roy Lichtenstein & Jayaprakash Narayan. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as sportspersons, writers, media personalities, intellectuals & academics and business people etc.
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Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
37
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31, 1980

Widely regarded as one of the greatest track and field athletes of all time, Jesse Owens' three world records in less than an hour in 1935 came to be known as the greatest 45 minutes ever in sports. He was credited with destroying Adolf Hitler's myth of Aryan supremacy when he won four gold medals at the 1936 Summer Olympics.

 2 
Jack Nicklaus
(One of the Greatest Golfers of All Time)
Jack Nicklaus
28
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Jack Nicklaus, also known as “The Golden Bear,” has 18 major golf championships to his credit. He has been part of 164 major golf tournaments and has won 117. He now designs golf courses through his company, Nicklaus Design. He has also authored many golf-related books, including an autobiography.

 3 
Alexa Bliss
(Professional Wrestler: Two-time SmackDown Women's Champion)
Alexa Bliss
57
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
WWE wrestler Alexa Bliss began her career with the Arnold Classic professional bodybuilding event. She later became the first woman to earn the SmackDown Women's Championship title twice. She is also the first woman to win both the Raw and SmackDown Women's titles and the second Women's Triple Crown Champion.
 4 
Patricia Heaton
(Actress)
Patricia Heaton
28
Birthdate: March 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 5 
Ezekiel Elliott
(American Football Running Back for the Dallas Cowboys Team)
Ezekiel Elliott
26
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 2, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alton, Illinois, United States
Named to Pro Bowl thrice, Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott has been the NFL rushing yards leader twice and helped the Cowboys reach the first place in the NFC. He initially played for Ohio State and became a second-team All-American.  He owns stakes in OnCore Golf Technology, Inc. 
 6 
Urban Meyer
(Former American Football Player and Coach)
Urban Meyer
30
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States

Urban Meyer is an American football coach who is currently serving as the head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars which competes in the NFL. He has also coached college football teams like the Ohio State Buckeyes, helping the team win its maiden Big Ten Conference title. He has also worked as an analyst for popular TV networks like Fox Sports.

 7 
D'Angelo Russell
(Basketball player)
D'Angelo Russell
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1996
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 8 
Dwight Yoakam
(Singer-Songwriter, Actor and Director)
Dwight Yoakam
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 23, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pikeville, Kentucky, United States

Dwight Yoakam is an American musician, singer-songwriter, and actor. He is credited with popularizing honky tonk music, which he pioneered. In 2014, his song Guitars, Cadillacs was named in Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest country songs list. Yoakam has also starred in several films, such as Sling Blade, Panic Room, and The Minus Man.

 9 
R. L. Stine
(American Novelist Who was Best Known for His Horror Books for Children)
R. L. Stine
29
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 8, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Novelist and short-story writer R. L. Stine is popularly referred to as the "Stephen King of children's literature." He has published 100s of horror fiction novels and numerous joke books among others. He is the recipient of many awards, including the Inkpot Award. He is also a TV producer, screenwriter, and executive editor.

 10 
Roy Lichtenstein
(American Pop Artist Who Became a Major Figure in the New Art Movement During the 1960s)
Roy Lichtenstein
18
Birthdate: October 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: September 29, 1997
Roy Lichtenstein was an American pop artist who became a major figure in the new art movement during the 1960s alongside artists like Andy Warhol and James Rosenquist. Among his most famous works are Drowning Girl and Whaam! Roy Lichtenstein was honored with the prestigious National Medal of the Arts in 1995.
 11 
Dwayne Haskins
(American football player)
Dwayne Haskins
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1997
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Highland Park, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 12 
John Havlicek
(Basketball player)
John Havlicek
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Martins Ferry, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 13 
Greg Oden
(Basketball player)
Greg Oden
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1988
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
 14 
Curtis Lemay
(General)
Curtis Lemay
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 15, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: October 1, 1990
 15 
Kim Deal
(Singer)
Kim Deal
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 10, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 16 
Richard Lewis
(Comedian & Actor)
Richard Lewis
10
Birthdate: June 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S

Richard Lewis is an American actor and stand-up comedian. Well-known for his self-deprecating humor, Lewis was named in Comedy Central's 100 Greatest Standups of All Time list. He has also written comic articles for popular publications like Playboy. As an actor, Richard Lewis is best known for playing Marty Gold in the popular sitcom, Anything But Love.

 17 
Floriana Lima
(American Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Maggie Sawyer’ on the TV Series ‘Supergirl’)
Floriana Lima
8
Birthdate: March 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Floriana Lima is best known as Maggie Sawyer from the series Supergirl. She initially worked as a production assistant and later played significant roles in series such as Poor Paul, The Mob Doctor, and Lethal Weapon. She also devotes time to charities such as LollipopTheater.org and Every Mother Counts.

 18 
Bob Knight
(Basketball coach)
Bob Knight
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 25, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massillon, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 19 
Jean Peters
(Actress)
Jean Peters
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, USA
Died: October 13, 2000
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 20 
Joe Kenda
(Detective)
Joe Kenda
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 28, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Herminie, Pennsylvania, United States
 21 
Phil Ochs
(Singer)
Phil Ochs
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
Died: April 9, 1976
 22 
Cardale Jones
(American football player)
Cardale Jones
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 23 
Harlan Ellison
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 27, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: June 28, 2018
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 24 
A. J. Hawk
(American football player)
A. J. Hawk
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kettering, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 25 
Nick Swisher
(Baseball Player)
Nick Swisher
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 26 
Michael Thomas
(American football player)
Michael Thomas
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 27 
Eddie George
(American Football Players)
Eddie George
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 28 
John Kasich
(69th Governor of Ohio (2011 - 2019))
John Kasich
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 13, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, United States

The 69th Governor of Ohio John Kasich played an important role in the passage of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997 and the 1996 welfare reform legislation. Kasich has also played an important role as a television news host. Despite being a Republican, Kasich is a prominent critic of Donald Trump; he supported Joe Biden during the 2020 presidential election.

 29 
Mike Vrabel
(American Football Player Who Played as a Linebacker)
Mike Vrabel
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States

Mike Vrabel is a former American football player who played as a linebacker for Pittsburgh Steelers, New England Patriots, and Kansas City Chiefs at the National Football League (NFL). After retiring as a player, Mike Vrabel became a coach and is currently working as the head coach of the popular NFL team, Tennessee Titans. 

 30 
Mike Conley, Jr.
(Basketball player)
Mike Conley, Jr.
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 31 
Orlando Pace
(American football player)
Orlando Pace
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sandusky, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 32 
Kirk Herbstreit
(Football Commentator)
Kirk Herbstreit
9
Birthdate: August 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Centerville, Ohio

Popularly known as the analyst for ESPN's College GameDay, Kirk Herbstreit is a sports commentator. He started his career as a football player. Following his retirement as a player, he began his broadcasting career and found much success. He has been associated with ESPN for several years. He is involved in multiple charities including The Make A Wish Foundation.

 33 
Cris Carter
(American Football Player)
Cris Carter
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Troy, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 34 
Coyote Peterson
(Wildlife Educator & YouTuber)
Coyote Peterson
222
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newbury Center, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 35 
George Steinbrenner
(Businessperson)
George Steinbrenner
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rocky River
Died: July 13, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 36 
David Graf
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry’ in the ‘Police Academy’ Film Series)
David Graf
5
Birthdate: April 16, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zanesville, Ohio, United States
Died: April 7, 2001
David Graf is best known as Sgt. Eugene Tackleberry from the Police Academy film franchise. He has appeared in series such as Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and The West Wing, too. He has also been part of the Screen Actors Guild national board.
 37 
Jayaprakash Narayan
(Indian Independence Activist Who is Remembered for Leading the Mid-1970s Opposition Against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)
Jayaprakash Narayan
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bihar, India
Died: October 8, 1979

Jayaprakash Narayan was a theorist, political leader, socialist, and Indian independence activist. Often referred to as the Hero of Quit India Movement, Jayaprakash Narayan was honored with the prestigious Magsaysay Award in 1965 for Public Service. He was posthumously honored with India's highest civilian award—The Bharat Ratna—in 1999.

 38 
Melina Kanakaredes
10
Birthdate: April 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 39 
J. T. Barrett
(American Football player)
J. T. Barrett
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 23, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 40 
Ryan Shazier
(American football player)
Ryan Shazier
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 41 
Kyle Snyder
(Wrestler)
Kyle Snyder
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Woodbine, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 42 
Luke Fickell
(American Football Player)
Luke Fickell
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
 43 
Howard Deutch
(Director)
Howard Deutch
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 44 
Malcolm Jenkins
(American football player)
Malcolm Jenkins
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: East Orange
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 45 
Jerry Lucas
(Basketball Player)
Jerry Lucas
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio, US
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 46 
Chase Young
(American football player)
Chase Young
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 14, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Upper Marlboro, Maryland, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 47 
Larry Sanger
(Co-Founder of Wikipedia)
Larry Sanger
1
Birthdate: July 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bellevue
Internet entrepreneur Lawrence Sanger is one of the co-founders of the online encyclopedia Wikipedia. He has also been associated with sites such as Everipedia, Citizendium, and Nupedia. He has, however, been critical of Wikipedia’s credibility after leaving the company in 2002. He is also a philosophy enthusiast and teacher.
 48 
James Laurinaitis
(American football player)
James Laurinaitis
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wayzata, Minnesota, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 49 
Mary Oliver
(Poet, Writer)
Mary Oliver
6
Listed In:
Birthdate: September 10, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maple Heights
 50 
Mark Coleman
(UFC 10 and UFC 11 Tournament Champion and the First UFC Heavyweight Champion)
Mark Coleman
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fremont, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
The ‘Ohio State University’ is one of the most popular institutions in the world. In 1870, it was founded as the land-grant university and was addressed as the, ‘Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College’. When the university started, it initially offered only the agriculture and mechanical subjects to the students. However under the governance of Rutherford B. Hayes, the 19th president of United States, the institution became a full-fledged establishment offering all the courses. Ever since then, this university has only see a high in life and has been ranked as the ‘third-largest university campus’ in all of United States. Apart from academics, this institution provides its student with life programs, club and recreational sports programs, and many other extra-curricular activities. They also have an exceptional sports team, which is a part of the ‘NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision’. The entire campus is covered over an area of about 2.5 miles, built so beautifully that it is a tourist attraction for most travelers. There are some exceptionally famous and notable alumni of the ‘Ohio State University’, who have made the world proud of their achievements. Not only have they upheld the name of the institution but have also made sure that they have set high standards for the further batches. Some of the known alumnus are, the famous actress, Patricia Heaton or the C.E.O of the ‘L Brands’, Les Wexner or the popular sports legend, ‘Jesse Owens’. They have worked hard and are proud pillars of the ‘Ohio State University’.