University Of Illinois Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Illinois. The list includes people like Hugh Hefner, Larry Ellison, Roger Ebert, Jesse Jackson & Shel Silverstein. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as scientists, media personalities, writers, intellectuals & academics and business people etc.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Shel Silverstein

Shel Silverstein
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10, 1999

 2 Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 3 Dick Butkus

Dick Butkus
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 9, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 4 Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day
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Famous As: Journalist, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 1980

 5 Ben Falcone

Ben Falcone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carbondale, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 6 Herbert Sobel

Herbert Sobel
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: U.S. Army Officer
Birthdate: January 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30, 1987

 7 Jack Welch

Jack Welch
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric
Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Died: March 1, 2020
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 Dan Fogelberg

Dan Fogelberg
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16, 2007

 9 Dave Eggers

Dave Eggers
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Birthdate: March 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 10 Deron Williams

Deron Williams
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: June 26, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Parkersburg, West Virginia, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 11 George Halas

George Halas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 2, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: October 31, 1983
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 Suze Orman

Suze Orman
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Famous As: Author, Television Personality, Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: June 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 13 Jack Kilby

Jack Kilby
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Famous As: Inventor of integrated circuit
Birthdate: November 8, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jefferson City
Died: June 20, 2005

 14 Curtis Granderson

Curtis Granderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, US
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 15 Ed Boon

Ed Boon
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Programmer, Engineer, Screenwriter, Computer scientist
Birthdate: February 22, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago

 16 Steve Goodman

Steve Goodman
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: July 25, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 20, 1984

 17 Carol Moseley Braun

Carol Moseley Braun
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: politician, diplomat, prosecutor, lawyer
Birthdate: August 16, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago

 18 Allan Sherman

Allan Sherman
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: November 20, 1973

 19 David Otunga

David Otunga
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: April 7, 1980
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Elgin, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 20 César Pelli

César Pelli
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Miguel de Tucumán

 21 Sheila Johnson

Sheila Johnson
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: American businesswoman
Birthdate: January 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: McKeesport

 22 Iris Chang

Iris Chang
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 28, 1968
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 9, 2004

 23 Tony Eason

Tony Eason
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: October 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Blythe, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 24 Belal Muhammad

Belal Muhammad
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial art welterweight division
Birthdate: July 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 25 Whitney Mercilus

Whitney Mercilus
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: July 21, 1990
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 26 John Chancellor

John Chancellor
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 12, 1996

 27 Ted Karras

Ted Karras
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: March 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 28 Simeon Rice

Simeon Rice
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: February 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 29 Paul Hunt

Paul Hunt
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Gymnastics clown
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Illinois, United States

 30 Nick Anderson

Nick Anderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: January 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 31 David Diehl

David Diehl
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 32 Jeff Monson

Jeff Monson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: January 18, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 33 Brandon Lloyd

Brandon Lloyd
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 34 Tatyana McFadden

Tatyana McFadden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Paralympic athlete
Birthdate: April 21, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 35 Pierre Thomas

Pierre Thomas
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: December 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 36 William F. Baker

William F. Baker
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Structural engineer
Birthdate: October 9, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fulton, Missouri, United States

 37 James R. Thompson

James R. Thompson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: May 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: August 14, 2020
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 38 Wallace Carothers

Wallace Carothers
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: April 27, 1896
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa, United States
Died: April 29, 1937

 39 Mark Van Doren

Mark Van Doren
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Famous As: Poet, Autobiographer, Literary critic, University teacher, Professor, Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: June 13, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vermilion County
Died: December 10, 1972

 40 Kendrick Green

Kendrick Green
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American Football Player
Birthdate: December 22, 1998
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 41 Jihad Ward

Jihad Ward
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: May 11, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 42 George Crumb

George Crumb
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: October 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charleston, West Virginia, United States

 43 Donald Johanson

Donald Johanson
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Prehistorian, Paleoanthropologist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago

 44 A. J. Jenkins

A. J. Jenkins
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: September 30, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 45 Hans Massaquoi

Hans Massaquoi
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Famous As: Journalist, Writer
Birthdate: January 19, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: January 19, 2013

 46 Nick Allegretti

Nick Allegretti
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: American football player
Birthdate: April 21, 1996
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfort, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 47 Dorris Alexander Brown

Dorris Alexander Brown
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 29, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisiana, United States
Died: December 12, 2002

 48 Ken Holtzman

Ken Holtzman
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 49 John Robert Schrieffer

John Robert Schrieffer
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 31, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, USA
Died: July 27, 2019

 50 Paul Halmos

Paul Halmos
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Philosopher, Statistician
Birthdate: March 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: October 2, 2006
The University of Illinois is one of the top-ranked educational institutions in the world where students from different parts of the world come to pursue their higher education. Media sources like ‘Times Higher Education’, ‘U.S News & World Report’ and ‘Academic Ranking Of World Ranking’ have often published lists of top universities around the world and this institution has often appeared on these lists. The campus of this university is unbelievably huge and sprawls over more than 4500 acres. More than 600 buildings are situated on University of Illinois’ vast campus. The University has also been praised by media and masses alike for producing several noteworthy students, who are making waves all over the world for their incredible accomplishments. The notable alumni association of the University of Illinois includes names like film critic Roger Ebert, entrepreneur Marc Andreessen, businessman Steve Chan as well as author and motivational speaker Suze Orman. Roger Ebert has been extremely popular within Hollywood circles and cinema lovers not just for his impressive reviews, but also his books. One of his works ‘A Memoir, Scorcese By Ebert’ has been a favorite among several aspiring filmmakers. Scroll below to find a list of well-known personalities who studied at the University of Illinois. The names on the list speak volumes about the kind of students this renowned university has been producing over the years. Probably this is why this university receives applications from all parts of the world.