University Of California, Santa Barbara Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of California, Santa Barbara. The list includes people like Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert Ballard, Jack Johnson & Harvey Levin. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, miscellaneous, film & theater personalities, singers and musicians etc.
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 1 
Michael Douglas
(One of the Most Popular and Critically Acclaimed Actors of His Generation)
Michael Douglas
36
Birthdate: September 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

One of the most decorated American actors, Michael Douglas is popular for playing a variety of roles. Apart from acting, Michael Douglas has received attention for his political activism and humanitarianism. A cancer survivor, Douglas serves as an inspiration to those suffering from the disease; he recovered from stage IV tongue cancer.

 2 
Gwyneth Paltrow
(Best Known for Her Role in the Film ' Shakespeare in Love')
Gwyneth Paltrow
120
Birthdate: September 27, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Gwyneth Paltrow is an American actress who has worked in several notable films, such as Emma, Seven and The Talented Mr Ripley. She won the Oscars for her role in the film Shakespeare in Love. She’s also worked on several television shows. She has been criticised for promoting unproven treatments based on pseudoscience via her lifestyle company Goop and has had to face lawsuits over it.

 3 
Benjamin Bratt
(Actor and Producer Known for His Role as Detective ‘Rey Curtis’ on the TV Series ‘Law & Order’)
Benjamin Bratt
21
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Benjamin Bratt is best known for his Emmy-nominated role of Detective Rey Curtis in Law & Order. He has also played major roles in the series Private Practice and the films Miss Congeniality, Piñero, and Traffic. He also produced the critically acclaimed film Dolores. He supports Native American causes.
 4 
Alison Eastwood
(Known for Her Role as ‘Mandy Nicholls’ in the Film ‘Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil’)
Alison Eastwood
12
Birthdate: May 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

Actress, director, and producer, Alison Eastwood, is the daughter of actor Clint Eastwood. Growing up in close proximity to Hollywood, she began getting acting offers at an early age. She took up a few projects as a child and decided to pursue acting professionally as a young woman. She also runs her own business and a non-profit animal welfare organization. 

 5 
Sean Hannity
(Conservative Political Commentator and Host of the Radio Show, 'The Sean Hannity Show', and Fox News Show, ‘Hannity’)
Sean Hannity
35
Birthdate: December 30, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Sean Hannity is a conservative political commentator and talk show host. As one of the most-watched and most-listened-to hosts, he has played a key role in shaping American politics in the last decade or so. Due to his closeness to President Donald Trump, he is characterized as the shadow Chief of Staff.

 6 
Jack Johnson
(Singer-songwriter)
Jack Johnson
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 18, 1975
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii, U.S.
Jack Johnson is best known for his acoustic pop songs and guitar-based folk-rock tracks. He has aced the Billboard 200 chart more than once, with albums such as To the Sea. He is also an environmental activist and has established the Kōkua Hawaii Foundation and the Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation.
 7 
Robby Krieger
(Guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors)
Robby Krieger
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 8 
Katy Tur
(Journalist)
Katy Tur
1
Birthdate: October 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 9 
Eric Roth
(Screenwriter)
Eric Roth
0
Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 10 
Aja Naomi King
(Actress)
Aja Naomi King
7
Birthdate: January 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 11 
Ginger Gonzaga
(American Comedian and Actress Known for Her TV Series ‘She-Hulk: Attorney at Law’)
Ginger Gonzaga
4
Birthdate: May 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
 12 
Edi Gathegi
(Actor)
Edi Gathegi
12
Birthdate: March 10, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nairobi, Kenya
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Chanel Miller
(She was known anonymously after she was sexually assaulted on the campus)
Chanel Miller
2
Birthdate: June 12, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
 14 
Reza Aslan
(Scholar, Author Famous for His Translated Works ‘No God but God: The Origins’, ‘Evolution’, and ‘Future of Islam')
Reza Aslan
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 3, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer, TV host, and scholar of sociology of religion. A multi-talented personality, Aslan also serves as a professor at the University of California, Riverside. Over the course of his career, Reza Aslan has been honored with several prestigious awards including the East-West Media Award in 2012 and the Media Bridge-Builder Award in 2013.

 15 
Harvey Levin
(Lawyer)
Harvey Levin
5
Birthdate: September 2, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
 16 
Richard Serra
(American Sculptor and Painter)
Richard Serra
1
Birthdate: November 2, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

Richard Serra is an American artist renowned for his large-scale sculptures that are designed for site-specific landscape, architectural, and urban settings. Many of his works are displayed in several museums, including The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York and Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris. Serra is the recipient of several prestigious awards like The National Arts Award.

 17 
Necar Zadegan
(Actress)
Necar Zadegan
0
Birthdate: June 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 18 
Barbara Rush
(Actress)
Barbara Rush
10
Birthdate: January 4, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 19 
Dasha Zhukova
(Businesswoman & Art Collector and Founder of 'Garage Museum of Contemporary Art')
Dasha Zhukova
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Moscow-born businesswoman Dasha Zhukova not only co-owns a fashion label but is also an art connoisseur who has established the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art and founded Garage magazine. She was previously married to business tycoon and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich and later married shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III. 
 20 
Lo Bosworth
(Reality TV Personality)
Lo Bosworth
3
Birthdate: September 29, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Laguna Beach, California, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 21 
Andrew Schulz
(Comedian)
Andrew Schulz
2
Birthdate: October 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 22 
Robert Ballard
(Retired US Navy Officer and Oceanographer Who Discovered the Wrecks of the 'RMS Titanic' in 1985)
Robert Ballard
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States

A retired US Navy officer, Robert Ballard is now an oceanography professor, a marine explorer, and an underwater archaeologist, who has discovered countless shipwrecks, including the RMS Titanic and Bismark. He has also discovered hydrothermal vents. His exploration has earned him many honors, such as the Hubbard Medal.

 23 
Jason Lezak
(American Former Competitive Swimmer and Four-time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Jason Lezak
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Apart from winning 8 Olympic medals, of which 4 were gold medals, Jason Lezak also showed a keen interest in other sports such as basketball, water polo, and soccer, in his initial days. Post-retirement, he and his wife, fellow Olympian Danielle DeAlva began coaching children. He is also a motivational speaker.

 24 
Peter Popoff
(American Televangelist and Faith Healer Who Was Exposed as a Fraud in 1986 by James Randi)
Peter Popoff
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: East Berlin, Germany

Peter Popoff is a German-born American faith healer, debunked clairvoyant, and televangelist. Popoff used a concealed earpiece to receive information about people suffering from ailments during his religious services and claimed that God divulged the information to him. The scam was exposed in 1986 and led to the creation of several works of art, including the film Leap of Faith.

 25 
Edward L. Masry
(Former lawyer with the help of his legal assistant Erin Brockovich, Masry built a case against the Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) of California in 1993)
Edward L. Masry
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: December 5, 2005
 26 
Ron Wyden
(Politician)
Ron Wyden
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, U.S.
 27 
Todd Rogers
(American Professional Beach Volleyball Player)
Todd Rogers
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 28 
Peter Horton
6
Birthdate: August 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bellevue, Washington, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 29 
Joseph C. Wilson
(American Diplomat)
Joseph C. Wilson
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 6, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
 30 
Jamey Sheridan
(Actor)
Jamey Sheridan
6
Birthdate: July 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 31 
Amy Gumenick
(Actress)
Amy Gumenick
0
Birthdate: May 17, 1986
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hudiksvall, Sweden
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 32 
Scott Fisher
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Scott Fisher
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 33 
Carin Jennings-Gabarra
(American Retired Soccer Forward)
Carin Jennings-Gabarra
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Orange, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Josh Elliott
(Sports commentator)
Josh Elliott
1
Birthdate: July 6, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 35 
Michael Young
(Baseball player)
Michael Young
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Covina, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 36 
Scott Frank
(Screenwriter)
Scott Frank
1
Birthdate: March 10, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Walton Beach, Florida, United States
 37 
James Nunnally
(Basketball player)
James Nunnally
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 14, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 38 
Ethan Erickson
(Actor, Model)
Ethan Erickson
0
Birthdate: August 5, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 39 
Grady Booch
(Computer scientist, Engineer)
Grady Booch
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amarillo
 40 
Kayte Christensen
(Basketball player)
Kayte Christensen
1
Birthdate: November 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lakeview, Oregon, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 41 
Joseph M. Acaba
(First Person of Puerto Rican Heritage to Be Named as a NASA Astronaut Candidate)
Joseph M. Acaba
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
 42 
Carol W. Greider
(American Molecular Biologist and Nobel Laureate)
Carol W. Greider
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Carol W. Greider is a molecular biologist who discovered the enzyme telomerase in 1984. Her discovery was honored several years later when she received the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, along with Blackburn and Jack W. Szostak for their work on telomeres.  The trio also shared the Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research for the same work.  

 43 
Michael Roll
(Basketball player)
Michael Roll
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mission Viejo, California, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 44 
Jared Huffman
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives From California’s 2nd District and Volleyball Player)
Jared Huffman
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
 45 
Bahar Soomekh
(Actor, Television actor)
Bahar Soomekh
2
Birthdate: March 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tehran
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 46 
Taylor Pischke
(Volleyball player)
Taylor Pischke
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 47 
Dillon Tate
(Baseball Player)
Dillon Tate
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harbor City, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 48 
Alexei Filippenko
(Known for Studies of Supernovae, Active Galaxies, Black Holes, Accelerating Expansion of the Universe)
Alexei Filippenko
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States

Renowned astrophysicist Alexei Filippenko, who teaches at the University of California, Berkeley, is primarily focused on supernovae and galaxies. Apart from writing 900 research papers, he has also penned a bestselling book and appeared on programs such as The Universe. He loves tennis and often travels to view solar eclipses.

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Yau-Man Chan
(Table tennis player)
Yau-Man Chan
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 26, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hong Kong

Yau-Man Chan is a Malaysian technology executive, table tennis player, and reality television participant. He is best known for appearing on the popular reality television series Survivor: Fiji. He also went on to participate in Survivor: Micronesia, where he became the third contestant to be eleminated. 

 50 
Duncan L. Hunter
(American Politician)
Duncan L. Hunter
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States
The ‘University of California, Santa Barbara’ is one among the ten institutions affiliated with the ‘University of California’ system. Many students from all over the world try hard to secure a place in this famous university. The institution stood 48th in the ‘World University Rankings’ list, compiled by the popular magazine ‘Times Higher Education’. The institution also secured the 42nd spot in the ‘Academy Ranking of World Universities’ list. The staff of this university includes several Nobel Prize winners and more than 30 members of the ‘National Academy of Sciences’. Apart from its academic excellence and state of the art infrastructure, the institution is also quite popular for its This list includes the names of several notable alumni of the ‘University of California, Santa Barbara’ who pursued their passion and have inspired millions around the world to follow their dreams as well. Renowned Hollywood actors Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow have been students of this famous university. Michael Douglas was felicitated with the prestigious Academy award for his role in the 1987 flick ‘Wall Street’. Gwyneth Paltrow shot to fame for her appearance in the flicks ‘Shakespeare In Love’ and ‘A Perfect Murder’. He has acted in dozens of other blockbusters as well. The list of UCSB alumni also includes several other noteworthy names such as sportsmen Michael Bryson and Orlando Johnson, television host Charissa Thompson as well as adult movie actress Tera Patrick.