Southern Methodist University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Southern Methodist University. The list includes people like Kourtney Kardashian, Jayne Mansfield, Laura Bush, Kathy Bates & Lauren Graham. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, business people, fashion, miscellaneous and sportspersons etc.
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Kathy Bates
(Actress and Director Known for Her Films: 'Misery', ‘Fried Green Tomatoes’ and ‘Dolores Claiborne’)
Kathy Bates
35
Birthdate: June 28, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Best known as Molly Brown from Titanic, Annie Wilkes from Misery, and Ethel Darling from American Horror Story, two-time Emmy-winner Kathy Bates also has an Academy Award in her kitty. She has survived ovarian cancer and breast cancer and is now a prominent advocate for lymphatic disease awareness. 
 2 
Miranda Lambert
(Country Singer-Songwriter Best Known for Her Albums: ‘Kerosene’, ‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’ and 'Platinum’)
Miranda Lambert
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States

Two-time Grammy-winning country singer Miranda Lambert is known for her hit album Platinum and the track Automatic. She was placed third in the singing contest Nashville Star. She has won more Academy of Country Music Awards than any artist. Her organization MuttNation Foundation works for rehabilitation of rescue animals.

 3 
Kourtney Kardashian
(Media Personality, Socialite & Model Known for Starring in the Reality Series 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians')
Kourtney Kardashian
96
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

 4 
Jayne Mansfield
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rita Marlowe’ in the Broadway Play 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)
Jayne Mansfield
25
Birthdate: April 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 29, 1967

One of the early Playboy Playmates, Jayne Mansfield was a popular sex symbol of Hollywood during the 1950s. Although she had a short-lived film career, she was very popular for her well-publicized publicity stunts, including wardrobe malfunctions. She started a new trend by becoming the first major actress of the post-silent film era to act in a nude scene!

 5 
Lauren Graham
(Actress and Author Best Known for Her Role as ‘Lorelai Gilmore’ in the TV Series ‘Gilmore Girls’)
Lauren Graham
49
Birthdate: March 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Lauren Graham is an American actress popular for playing Lorelai Gilmore in the famous television series, Gilmore Girls. Apart from being an actress, Lauren Graham is also an author and has published a couple of books, including a memoir. Also known for her beauty, Lauren has graced the cover of magazines like Health, Good Housekeeping, Redbook, Parade, and Self.

 6 
Sarah Shahi
(Actress and Former Model)
Sarah Shahi
59
Birthdate: January 10, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Euless, Texas, United States
Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Sarah Shahi is best known for her appearances as Carmen in The L Word, Kate Reed in Fairly Legal, and Sameen Shaw in Person of Interest. Named to Maxim’s Hot 100 multiple times, she has also appeared in prominent roles in Life, Alias, and Reverie.
 7 
Laura Bush
(Wife of Former US President George W. Bush and First Lady of the United States (2001 - 2009))
Laura Bush
26
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States

Laura Bush is an American educator. She served as the First Lady of the US from 2001 to 2009, during which she encouraged education and helped advance women's causes through non-profit organizations. Regarded as one of the most famous American First Ladies, Laura Bush focused on raising awareness about malaria and HIV/AIDS.

 8 
Hope Hicks
(American Counselor to the President from 2020 to 2021)
Hope Hicks
31
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

A former model for Ralph Lauren, Hope Hicks was Donald Trump’s press secretary and the White House communications director. She has been Trump’s longest-serving political aide and is now his senior counselor. She owns a PR firm, has worked for Fox, and has been on Forbes’s 30 under 30 list.

 9 
Eric Dickerson
(American Football Players)
Eric Dickerson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 2, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sealy, Texas, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 10 
Amy Acker
(Actress)
Amy Acker
16
Birthdate: December 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 11 
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘The Waitress’ in the FX Sitcom ‘It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia’)
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
10
Birthdate: May 11, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Laurel, Mississippi, United States
Mary Elizabeth Ellis is best known as The Waitress from It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and as Lisa Palmer from Santa Clarita Diet. Ellis has also appeared in Perfect Couples and The Grinder, and in stage productions such as The Tempest. She also co-wrote the movie A Quiet Little Marriage.
 12 
Powers Boothe
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Miniseries 'Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones')
Powers Boothe
8
Birthdate: June 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Snyder, Texas, United States
Died: May 14, 2017
Powers Boothe is best known for his Emmy-winning performance as real-life cult leader Jim Jones in Guyana Tragedy: The Story of Jim Jones. He started as a Shakespearean actor and later played significant roles in Deadwood, Tombstone, 24, and Nashville. He has also voiced characters in video games.
 13 
Brian Baumgartner
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Role as ‘Kevin Malone’ in the TV Series ‘The Office’)
Brian Baumgartner
6
Birthdate: November 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States

Brian Baumgartner is an American actor best known for portraying Kevin Malone in the popular TV series, The Office. Thanks to his amazing performance in The Office, Baumgartner was also cast in the series' web series spin-off The Office: The Accountants, for which he received a Daytime Emmy Award under the Outstanding Broadband Program - Comedy category in 2007.

 14 
Candice Patton
17
Birthdate: June 24, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 15 
Rick Scott
(45th Governor of Florida)
Rick Scott
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bloomington, Illinois, United States

Rick Scott is an American politician. Since 2019, Scott has been serving as the US senator from Florida. Even before becoming the senator, Scott had a major impact on Florida, serving as its 45th governor from 2011 to 2019. Scott, who had a great start to his career, was named among America's 25 Most Influential People by Time in 1996. 

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Bryson DeChambeau
(American Professional Golfer)
Bryson DeChambeau
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 16, 1993
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States

Bryson DeChambeau is an American golfer who has won eight PGA Tours, including the 2020 U.S. Open. Having previously won the U.S. Amateur and the NCAA Division I championship, DeChambeau became the third player after Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods to win those three championships. Dubbed The Scientist, DeChambeau is known for his scientific and analytical approach to the sport.

 17 
Aaron Spelling
(Film and television producer)
Aaron Spelling
12
Birthdate: April 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: June 23, 2006
 18 
Cole Beasley
(American Football player)
Cole Beasley
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 26, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 19 
Steven Pasquale
(Actor)
Steven Pasquale
3
Birthdate: November 18, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 20 
Payne Stewart
(American Professional Golfer Who Won Eleven PGA Tour Events)
Payne Stewart
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1999

Payne Stewart was a professional golfer famous for winning eleven PGA Tour events. He won his first major title at the 1989 PGA Championship and went on to win several other titles. He was much admired for his gracefully stylish and fluid golf swings. He died in an airplane accident at the age of 42. 

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Stephen Tobolowsky
(Actor)
Stephen Tobolowsky
5
Birthdate: May 30, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 22 
Josh McCown
(Former American football quarterback)
Josh McCown
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Texas, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 23 
Dylan Baker
(Actor)
Dylan Baker
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Lamar Hunt
(American Sports Executive and BusinessmanBusinessman)
Lamar Hunt
8
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Dorado, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 13, 2006

Businessman Lamar Hunt was a major promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States. He was the principal founder of the Major League Soccer (MLS) and American Football League (AFL). He was also the co-founder of World Championship Tennis. In 1982, he was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. 

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Bill Fagerbakke
(Actor, Voice Actor)
Bill Fagerbakke
4
Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fontana

Bill Fagerbakke is an American actor best known for voicing Patrick Star in the popular animated comedy TV series, SpongeBob SquarePants. Apart from voicing Patrick Star in the series, Fagerbakke has also voiced the famous character in several video games, such as Nicktoons Racing, SpongeBob SquarePants: Revenge of the Flying Dutchman, and SpongeBob SquarePants: Creature from the Krusty Krab

 26 
Jo Jorgensen
(Libertarian Party's nominee for president of the United States in the 2020 election)
Jo Jorgensen
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 1, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Libertyville, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 27 
Raymond Berry
(Former American Football Player)
Raymond Berry
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Dorothy Malone
5
Birthdate: January 29, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Died: January 19, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 29 
Jim Duggan
(American Retired Professional Wrestler)
Jim Duggan
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 30 
Edie Brickell
(Singer)
Edie Brickell
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 10, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oak Cliff, Texas, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 31 
Don Meredith
(American Football Player)
Don Meredith
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Texas, USA
Died: December 5, 2010
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 32 
Emmanuel Sanders
(American Football Player)
Emmanuel Sanders
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 17, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bellville, Texas, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
Marc Rebillet
(Musician)
Marc Rebillet
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 15, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 34 
Maureen Connolly
(American Tennis Player Who Became  the First Woman To Win All Four Major Tournaments in the Same Year)
Maureen Connolly
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States
Died: June 21, 1969
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 35 
Whitney Wolfe Herd
(Businessperson)
Whitney Wolfe Herd
9
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
 36 
Steve Lundquist
(American Former Competition Swimmer and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Steve Lundquist
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 20, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 37 
Jim Irsay
(Entrepreneur)
Jim Irsay
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lincolnwood, Illinois, United States
 38 
Jay McGraw
(American Television Producer and Writer)
Jay McGraw
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wichita County, Texas, United States

Jay McGraw is an American television producer and writer. He is best known for his literary work that aims at young people around the world. He is also known for co-founding Stage 29 Productions along with his famous father, Phil McGraw. Jay McGraw is currently serving as the CEO and president of Stage 29 Productions.    

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Lee Hazlewood
(Country Singer)
Lee Hazlewood
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mannford, Oklahoma, U.S.
Died: August 4, 2007
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 40 
Katie Featherston
(Actress)
Katie Featherston
2
Birthdate: October 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Arlington, Texas, United States U.S.
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 41 
Robert H. Dennard
(Electrical Engineer)
Robert H. Dennard
1
Birthdate: September 5, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Terrell, Texas, United States
 42 
H. L. Hunt
(Businessman)
H. L. Hunt
7
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: November 29, 1974
 43 
Trey Quinn
(American Football Player)
Trey Quinn
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 7, 1995
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 44 
Debra Monk
(Actress)
Debra Monk
2
Birthdate: February 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Middletown, Ohio, U.S.
 45 
Todd Haberkorn
(Voice actor)
Todd Haberkorn
13
Birthdate: August 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Arlington, Texas, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 46 
Scott Donie
(American Diver)
Scott Donie
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vicenza, Italy
 47 
Fritz Von Erich
(Wrestler, American football player)
Fritz Von Erich
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jewett, Texas, United States
Died: September 10, 1997
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 48 
Sterling Brown
(Basketball player)
Sterling Brown
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
 49 
Semi Ojeleye
(Basketball player)
Semi Ojeleye
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 5, 1994
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 50 
Craig James
(Sports commentator)
Craig James
1
Birthdate: January 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Texas
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Southern Methodist University is one of the most popular research universities in the world found in the University Park, Texas. With over 6,411 are undergraduates graduating from this reputed institution is probably something every student dreams of. With over 7 degree schools under this prestigious university, the ‘Southern Methodist University’ is out rightly one of the most sought after institutions in the world. The ‘Southern Methodist University’ is also ranked as the 13th best institution for the ‘Best Alumni Network’; it was also ranked as the 11th college that offers ‘Best Quality of Life’ for students. This survey was carried out by the ‘The Princeton Review’ also ranked this institution 14 for having the most beautiful campus. This university has a fantastic blend of student from all cultures having tons of people from, China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Some of the famous alumni of this institution are making a name for themselves in the world and setting higher bars for the next generation. They have made a name for themselves in the field of sports, entertainment, and business so on and so forth. Some of the famous alumni of this reputed institution are, Former First Lady of the United States, ‘Laura Bush’ and Ray L. Hunt, the popular Businessman and Kathy Bates, the famous actress. Here’s a list of notable Southern Methodist University students who have reached great heights and have been a source of inspiration for many people across the world.