San Francisco State University

Discover the notable alumni of San Francisco State University. The list includes people like Danny Glover, Dina Eastwood, Dana Carvey, Kirk Hammett & Alvin Ailey. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, writers, sportspersons, miscellaneous and musicians etc.
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 1 
Rob Schneider
(Stand-up Comedian & Veteran of The Comedy Series 'Saturday Night Live')
Rob Schneider
41
Birthdate: October 31, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

A multifaceted personality, Rob Schneider is an actor, comedian, screenwriter, and director. Beginning his career with the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, he proceeded to act in films, first appearing in supporting roles and then graduating to starring roles. He is an outspoken critic of childhood vaccinations. His daughter, Elle King, is a popular musician.

 2 
Annette Bening
46
Birthdate: May 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Topeka, Kansas, United States
Annette Bening is best known for her Academy Award-nominated roles in American Beauty, The Grifters, Being Julia, and The Kids Are All Right. She started her career with Shakespearean theater and delivered Tony Award-nominated performances. She was also appreciated for her roles in Captain Marvel and the miniseries Mrs. Harris.
 3 
Kirk Hammett
(Lead Guitarist for Heavy Metal Band 'Metallica')
Kirk Hammett
16
Birthdate: November 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Kirk Hammett, lead guitarist of the heavy metal band Metallica, was ranked 11th on Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list. He was previously part of the group Exodus. His collection of horror memorabilia was released as a book, and he also started an annual horror convention.
 4 
Carl Weathers
(Actor and Former American Professional Football Player Known for His Role as ‘Apollo Creed’ in ‘Rocky’ Film Series)
Carl Weathers
19
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

Carl Weathers began his career as a football player, playing for the NFL team Oakland Raiders and the CFL team B.C. Lions. He stepped into acting with Arthur Marks’s blaxploitation films. He is best known as Apollo Creed from the Rocky films and as Greef Karga from The Mandalorian.

 5 
Johnny Mathis
(American Jazz and Pop Singer Best Known for His Hit 'Chances Are')
Johnny Mathis
13
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 30, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gilmer, Texas, United States

Johnny Mathis is an American singer and songwriter. Best known for his contribution to popular music, Mathis has been honored with many awards including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the Society of Singers Lifetime Achievement Award. Johnny Mathis is also renowned for his philanthropic efforts; he has supported such organizations as the American Cancer Society and Muscular Dystrophy Association.

 6 
Danny Glover
(Known for His Lead Role as Roger Murtaugh in the 'Lethal Weapon' Film Series)
Danny Glover
22
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Danny Glover is an American actor whose career has spanned more than four decades. Apart from being an actor, Danny Glover has had a major impact as an activist; he has made his presence felt as an activist in countries like Brazil, Iraq, Venezuela, Israel, and many African countries.

 7 
Alex Borstein
(Best Known for Voicing ‘Lois Griffin’ on the Animated Comedy TV Series ‘Family Guy’)
Alex Borstein
18
Birthdate: February 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Alexandrea Borstein is best known as the voice of Lois Griffin in Family Guy and as Susie Myerson from The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, both of which fetched her Emmys. She also appeared on MADtv, both as a writer and a performer, and wrote for Casper and Pinky and the Brain.
 8 
Nina Hartley
(Actress)
Nina Hartley
17
Birthdate: March 11, 1959
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, USA
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 9 
Jeffrey Tambor
(Awarded a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Pfefferman.)
Jeffrey Tambor
8
Birthdate: July 8, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 10 
Harry Shum Jr.
(Actor Best Known for His Roles in the TV Series: 'Glee' and 'Shadowhunters')
Harry Shum Jr.
29
Birthdate: April 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Actor and Dancer Known for His Role as ‘Mike Chang’ on the Fox Television Series ‘Glee’

Harry Shum Jr. is an actor, dancer, choreographer, and singer. He is best known for his work in films like Step Up 2: The Streets, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny, and Crazy Rich Asians. Also a popular TV actor, Harry's award-winning portrayal of a bisexual person in Shadowhunters gained him a large fan following within the LGBT community.

 11 
Dana Carvey
(Best Known for His Work as a Cast Member on TV Show 'Saturday Night Live')
Dana Carvey
8
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States

Comedian Dana Carvey initially gained fame with his Emmy-winning stint on Saturday Night Live. He has also appeared in films such as Tough Guys and Opportunity Knocks. He was seen as Garth Algar in Wayne’s World and its sequel, and also voiced Dana in Hotel Transylvania 2.

 12 
BD Wong
(Actor)
BD Wong
14
Birthdate: October 24, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 13 
Margaret Cho
(Actress & Comedian Known for Her Role in 'All-American Girl' and '30 Rock')
Margaret Cho
19
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Stand-up comedian, actress, and fashion designer Margaret Cho is best known for creating and starring in the ABC sitcom All-American Girl. She had a difficult childhood marred by sexual abuse and struggled for years to build a successful career. Besides comedy, she has her own clothing line. She actively supports women’s rights and LGBTQA+ rights. 

 14 
Alvin Ailey
(Dancer)
Alvin Ailey
24
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: January 5, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rogers, Texas, United States
Died: December 1, 1989
 15 
Anne Rice
(American Author Best Known for Her Series of Novels ‘The Vampire Chronicles’)
Anne Rice
16
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 4, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 16 
Delroy Lindo
(Actor)
Delroy Lindo
8
Birthdate: November 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England, UK
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 17 
Jake Shields
(American Mixed Martial Artist)
Jake Shields
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Summertown, Tennessee, United States

Jake Shields is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Professional Fighters League (PFL). Shields has also participated in other popular promotions like Rumble on the Rock, Elite Xtreme Combat, Strikeforce, and the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Jake Shields is a former Strikeforce Middleweight Champion. He is also a former EliteXC Welterweight Champion.

 18 
Peter Coyote
(Actor, Screenwriter, Director)
Peter Coyote
9
Birthdate: October 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Peter Coyote is known for his performances in movies such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Erin Brockovich, and A Walk to Remember. He became the first Academy Award announcer to appear on camera. He has delivered Emmy-winning narration in the documentary series The Pacific Century and The Roosevelts.

 19 
Kari Byron
(Television presenter, Artist)
Kari Byron
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: California
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 20 
Gilbert Melendez
(American Mixed Martial Artist)
Gilbert Melendez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States

Gilbert Melendez is a mixed martial artist best known for his association with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) where he competed in the Lightweight division. A former WEC Lightweight Champion, Gilbert Melendez had also won two Strikeforce Lightweight Championship titles. Melendez also competed in other promotions like Rumble on the Rock, Shooto, and Pride Fighting Championships.

 21 
Amy Redford
(Actress, Director, and Producer)
Amy Redford
3
Birthdate: October 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: United States
Amy Redford is best known for her roles in movies such as Maid in Manhattan and The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams, and for series such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, and Law & Order: Criminal Intent. She has also directed the movie The Guitar.
 22 
Steven Zaillian
(Screenwriter)
Steven Zaillian
1
Birthdate: January 30, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fresno, California, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 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 
Marty Balin
(Singer-Songwriter)
Marty Balin
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Died: September 27, 2018
 25 
Emma Caulfield
(Actress)
Emma Caulfield
4
Birthdate: April 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 26 
Stephen Colletti
(Actor)
Stephen Colletti
4
Birthdate: February 7, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 27 
Dina Eastwood
(American Reporter and Co-Host of the Hidden Camera Television Series ‘Candid Camera’)
Dina Eastwood
31
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 11, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Castro Valley, California, United States

Dina Eastwood is an American TV news anchor, reporter, and actress. The former wife of Hollywood star, Clint Eastwood, Dina gained popularity in 2012 when she appeared in the reality TV series, Mrs. Eastwood & Company. Apart from contributing as a news anchor, Dina Eastwood is also credited with discovering the popular a cappella band, Overtone.

 28 
Lisa Blount
(Actress)
Lisa Blount
2
Birthdate: July 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA
Died: October 25, 2010
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Greg Proops
4
Birthdate: October 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 30 
Janet Weiss
(Drummer)
Janet Weiss
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hollywood
 31 
Oscar Acosta
(Attorney, Author)
Oscar Acosta
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 8, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States
Died: 1974 AD
 32 
Janet Varney
(Actress)
Janet Varney
4
Birthdate: February 16, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tucson, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 33 
Margaret Avery
(Actress)
Margaret Avery
3
Birthdate: January 20, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mangum, Oklahoma, United States
 34 
Paul Desmond
(Jazz musician)
Paul Desmond
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: May 30, 1977
 35 
Vonetta McGee
(Actress)
Vonetta McGee
3
Birthdate: January 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 9, 2010
 36 
Daren Kagasoff
2
Birthdate: September 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Encino, California
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Fat Mike
(Musician)
Fat Mike
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Ronnie Schell
(Actor)
Ronnie Schell
2
Birthdate: December 23, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Richmond, California, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 39 
Frank Silva
(Actor)
Frank Silva
4
Birthdate: October 31, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sacramento, California, United States
Died: September 13, 1995
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 40 
Michael McShane
(Actor)
Michael McShane
1
Birthdate: June 25, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 41 
Joe Carnahan
(Film director)
Joe Carnahan
0
Birthdate: May 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Michigan, United States
 42 
Scot Halpin
(Musician)
Scot Halpin
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Muscatine, Iowa, United States
Died: February 9, 2008
 43 
Rebecca Solnit
(Writer)
Rebecca Solnit
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut Bridgeport, Connecticut, U.S.
 44 
Dan the Automator
(Record producer)
Dan the Automator
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 29, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 45 
Ron Dellums
(Politician)
Ron Dellums
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, U.S.
Died: July 30, 2018
 46 
Steve Lavin
(Broadcaster)
Steve Lavin
0
Birthdate: September 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
 47 
Dan Hicks
(Singer-songwriter)
Dan Hicks
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: February 6, 2016
 48 
Pauline Oliveros
(Composer)
Pauline Oliveros
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: November 24, 2016
 49 
George Fenneman
(Actor, Radio personality)
George Fenneman
1
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beijing
Died: May 29, 1997
 50 
Mohammad Javad Zarif
(Diplomat, Politician)
Mohammad Javad Zarif
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tehran