Rutgers University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Rutgers University. The list includes people like Elizabeth Warren, James Gandolfini, Roy Scheider, Milton Friedman & Chris Christie. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as singers, film & theater personalities, musicians, leaders and writers etc.
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James Gandolfini
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Tony Soprano’ in the TV Series ‘The Sopranos’)
James Gandolfini
27
Birthdate: September 18, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westwood, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 19, 2013

James Gandolfini was an American actor who achieved the rare feat of being identified more as the character he performed rather than as himself. Years of immaculately performing the role of a powerful crime boss for the TV series, The Sopranos, defined Gandolfini’s legacy forever as a character actor, a legacy he gracefully carried over to the big screen.

 2 
Paul Wesley
(Actor, Director and Producer Known for His Role as ‘Stefan Salvatore’ in the TV Series ‘The Vampire Diaries’)
Paul Wesley
27
Birthdate: July 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Paul Wesley is an American actor and filmmaker. The Vampire Diaries star has had significant roles in the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival and the 2020 Mastercard Off Camera film festival, serving as a jury member on both occasions. Also a well-known humanitarian, Wesley was honored with the Humane Generation Award for his contribution to the Humane Society.

 3 
Milton Friedman
(American Economist & Nobel Prize Winner in Economic Sciences Who Extolled the Virtues of a Free Market Economic System)
Milton Friedman
19
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman was an American economist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Friedman was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976. One of the most influential personalities of the Chicago school of economics, Friedman mentored people like Gary Becker and Thomas Sowell who went on to become leading economists.

 4 
Calista Flockhart
28
Birthdate: November 11, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 5 
Carli Lloyd
(Former American Professional Soccer Player and Two-time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Carli Lloyd
53
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Delran, New Jersey, United States
 6 
Kristin Davis
(Actress)
Kristin Davis
29
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, U.S

Kristin Davis is an American actress best known for portraying Charlotte in the popular comedy-drama TV series Sex and the City. Also renowned for her philanthropic work, she has campaigned in support of Oxfam's work as the confederation's global ambassador since 2004. As part of her philanthropic work, Kristin Davis has traveled to places like South Africa, Haiti, and Mozambique.

 7 
Roy Scheider
(One of the Most Unique and Distinguished of all Hollywood Actors)
Roy Scheider
10
Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 10, 2008
Roy Scheider is best remembered as Martin Brody from Jaws and its sequel. Fans also loved him in his Oscar-nominated roles in The French Connection and All That Jazz, and as Nathan Bridger in the sci-fi series seaQuest DSV. He had been an amateur boxer and an air force captain. 
 8 
Mike Colter
(Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: ‘Luke Cage’, ‘The Defenders’ and ‘Jessica Jones’)
Mike Colter
12
Birthdate: August 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Mike Colter is an American actor known for portraying the eponymous character in the popular streaming television series Luke Cage. Thanks to his association with Marvel Cinematic Universe since 2015, Mike Colter is often credited with playing an important role in improving Marvel Television's business over the last few years.

 9 
Brandon Flynn
(Known for His Role as ‘Justin Foley’ in the TV Series ‘13 Reasons Why’)
Brandon Flynn
38
Birthdate: October 11, 1993
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States

Brandon Flynn is an American actor who gained recognition after portraying Justin Foley in the popular teen drama TV series 13 Reasons Why. An openly gay actor, Brandon Flynn serves as an inspiration to the LBGT community; in September 2017, he criticized Australia's aerial message, which discouraged the legalization of same-sex marriage in the country.

 10 
John DiMaggio
(Actor)
John DiMaggio
3
Birthdate: September 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 11 
Mario Batali
(American Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Mario Batali
6
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

 12 
Andrea Anders
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Sitcoms ‘Better Off Ted’, ‘The Class’ and ‘Joey’)
Andrea Anders
22
Birthdate: May 10, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Andrea Anders is an American actress who started her career on TV, appearing in a commercial for Dannon. She then went on to play important roles in series, such as Joey and The Class. Also known for her work in theatre, Anders was part of the Broadway production of Proof where she was Mary-Louise Parker's understudy.

 13 
James Tupper
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Jack Slattery’ on the TV Series ‘Men in Trees’)
James Tupper
3
Birthdate: August 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dartmouth, Canada
Canadian actor James Tupper is best known as Jack Slattery from Men in Trees, Chris Sands from Mercy, and David Clarke from Revenge. Fans also loved him in the series Aftermath and Big Little Lies. He has also appeared in films such as Beneath Us and Me and Orson Welles.
 14 
Sheryl Lee Ralph
(Actress)
Sheryl Lee Ralph
10
Birthdate: December 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
 15 
Jim Valvano
(Basketball player)
Jim Valvano
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: April 28, 1993
 16 
David Stern
(Lawyer, Business Executive and 4th Commissioner of the National Basketball Association)
David Stern
12
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 1, 2020

Best remembered for his contributions to the National Basketball Association, David Stern began his stint with the NBA as an outside counsel before becoming its General Counsel, eventually the Commissioner, holding the post for thirty years. Credited with broadening the NBA's audience, he made the game popular both in and outside USA and helped to found Women's National Basketball Association.

 17 
Midori Francis
(Actress)
Midori Francis
2
Birthdate: April 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rumson, New Jersey, United States
 18 
Hasan Piker
(known for his hasanabi Twitch channel and as the on-air host for The Young Turks)
Hasan Piker
7
Birthdate: July 25, 1991
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
 19 
Natalie Morales
(Journalist)
Natalie Morales
6
Birthdate: June 6, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 20 
Ramy Youssef
(Actor)
Ramy Youssef
4
Birthdate: March 26, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 21 
Elizabeth Warren
(United States Senator from Massachusetts and Vice Chair of the Senate Democratic Caucus)
Elizabeth Warren
61
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 22, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Considered a progressive, American politician Elizabeth Warren has been an US senator from Massachusetts since 2013. She is known as a supporter of worker representation on board of corporations, harsher punishment for white-collar crimes and a higher minimum wage, among other things. She ran in the Democratic Party presidential primaries for the 2020 elections, but later pulled out of the race.

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Frank Iero
(Musician)
Frank Iero
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 31, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Belleville, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 23 
Keir Dullea
(Actor)
Keir Dullea
1
Birthdate: May 30, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 24 
Devin McCourty
(American football player)
Devin McCourty
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyack, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 25 
Kurt Sutter
(Screenwriter)
Kurt Sutter
2
Birthdate: May 5, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rahway, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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John McWhorter
(American Linguist and Author)
John McWhorter
0
Birthdate: October 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia
 27 
Mohamed Sanu
(American Football player)
Mohamed Sanu
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 28 
Roger Bart
(Actor)
Roger Bart
5
Birthdate: September 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norwalk, Connecticut, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 29 
Jason McCourty
(American Football player)
Jason McCourty
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nyack, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 30 
Ozzie Nelson
8
Birthdate: March 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 3, 1975
 31 
Bill Bellamy
(Actor)
Bill Bellamy
1
Birthdate: April 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Ray Rice
(American football player)
Ray Rice
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Rochelle, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 33 
Judea Pearl
(Computer Scientist)
Judea Pearl
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

A.M. Turing Award-winning Israeli-American computer scientist Judea Pearl is known for his work on artificial intelligence and for creating the Bayesian network. He has penned several books on causality, too. He is also known as the father of Daniel Pearl, the journalist who was beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Pakistan.

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Henry Selick
(Director)
Henry Selick
0
Birthdate: November 30, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 35 
Aaron Stanford
4
Birthdate: December 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Westford, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 36 
Richie Roberts
(Lawyer)
Richie Roberts
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, U.S.
 37 
Cappie Pondexter
(Basketball player)
Cappie Pondexter
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oceanside, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
Tim DeKay
(Actor)
Tim DeKay
1
Birthdate: June 12, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lansing, New York, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 39 
Mickey Gall
(American Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Mickey Gall
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Green Brook, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 40 
Scott Patterson
(Actor)
Scott Patterson
7
Birthdate: September 11, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 41 
Amiri Baraka
(Writer)
Amiri Baraka
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark
Died: January 9, 2014
 42 
Chris Gethard
(Actor)
Chris Gethard
0
Birthdate: May 23, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: West Orange, New Jersey
 43 
Ray Stark
(Film Producer)
Ray Stark
2
Birthdate: October 3, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 17, 2004
 44 
Junot Díaz
(Best Known for His Novel 'The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao')
Junot Díaz
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 31, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Junot Díaz is a Dominican-American writer who works at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a creative writing professor. He is also known for his association with the quarterly political and literary magazine Boston Review, where he works as a fiction editor. In 2017, he was made an inductee of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

 45 
Sister Souljah
(Writer)
Sister Souljah
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 28, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States
 46 
Robert Caro
(American Journalist and Author Known for His Biographies of 'Robert Moses' and 'Lyndon B. Johnson')
Robert Caro
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Known for his extensive research, Pulitzer Prize winner Robert Caro began his career as journalist. Fascinated by the vast power enjoyed by Robert Moses, he published a biography on him, concurrently dealing in prevalent political practices. Taking up Lyndon B. Johnson as his next subject, he has already published four volumes on him and is currently working on the fifth.   

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Alexi Lalas
(American Retired Soccer Player Who Played as a Defender)
Alexi Lalas
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 1, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Birmingham, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 48 
Larry Charles
(Comedian)
Larry Charles
0
Birthdate: February 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
 49 
Ron Harper Jr.
(Basketball player)
Ron Harper Jr.
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 50 
Pras
(Rapper and Member of the Hip Hop Group 'Fugees')
Pras
4
Birthdate: October 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Haitian-American rapper and actor Pras Michel initially gained fame as part of the Fugees, a hip-hop group that also had Wyclef Jean and Lauryn Hill as its members. He once got into trouble for filming a controversial documentary in Somalia. He has also produced films such as The Mutant Chronicles.

The ‘Rutgers University’ also popularly addressed as, Rutgers, or RU is regarded as one of the largest institutions for ‘Higher education in New Jersey’. Being one of the eight oldest colleges in United States, the Rutgers University is one of the most sought after institutions in the world. This popular institution has 3 other beautiful campuses, the New Brunswick campus in New Brunswick and the mind blowing Piscataway, the Newark campus and the really famous Camden campus. Under the guidance of nearly 9,000 faculty members, the best among the lot of students are churned out. Most of the alumni of this reputed institution have done their bit in raising the bar of excellence and setting high standards for the future batches. Some of the most notable alumni of this outstanding institution are television producer, James Gandolfini or actor Jane Krakowski or for that matter the popular politician, Elizabeth Warren. They have shown the world that with extreme hard work, determination, skills and grit anything in the world is possible. They have set targets for the future batches and set higher standards of excellence, becoming a perfect idol for all of the future graduates. Here is the list of some of the most notable alumni of the Rutgers University.