University Of Massachusetts Amherst Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Massachusetts Amherst. The list includes people like Richard Gere, Bill Pullman, Rick Pitino, Jack Welch & Black Francis. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as musicians, miscellaneous, intellectuals & academics, film & theater personalities and writers etc.
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Serena Williams
(One of the Greatest Tennis Players of All-Time)
Serena Williams
207
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

With 39 Grand Slam titles and four Olympic gold medals, Serena Williams is clearly amongst the greatest female tennis players in the history. With 23 Grand Slam singles win, she is just a win away from equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 grand slam titles. She has bagged the top spot in WTA’s world ranking numerous times.

 2 
Richard Gere
(Actor Best Known for His Films: 'American Gigolo', 'Pretty Woman' and 'Chicago')
Richard Gere
54
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Richard Gere's performance in the movie American Gigolo cemented his position as a sex symbol in the 1980s. He also established himself as a leading man, becoming one of Hollywood's most bankable and popular actors during the '90s. One of the most dedicated actors, he learned karate for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman and tap dance for Chicago.

 3 
Julius Erving
(Basketball player)
Julius Erving
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 22, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: East Meadow, New York, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 4 
Bridget Moynahan
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Police Drama Series 'Blue Bloods')
Bridget Moynahan
32
Birthdate: April 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, United States

Bridget Moynahan is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular movies like the John Wick film series and I, Robot. From being a tomboy who loved playing soccer, basketball, and lacrosse at school to becoming a famous model and then an actress, Bridget Moynahan has had quite an inspiring and interesting journey so far.

 5 
Bill Pullman
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Birthdate: December 17, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hornell, New York, USA

Bill Pullman was persuaded by his students to try his hand at acting while working as an adjunct professor at the School of Film and Photography of the Montana State University. He then started working with theater companies and eventually became a film actor. He is also a creative writer and serves on the Alfred University's Board of Trustees.

 6 
Buffy Sainte-Marie
(Actor, Singer-songwriter, Visual artist, Record producer, Composer)
Buffy Sainte-Marie
3
Birthdate: February 20, 1941
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Piapot, Canada

Known for her music that showcases the issues of Native Americans, Canadian-American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie became the first person from any indigenous community to win an Oscar, with the song Up Where We Belong. She had also been blacklisted by many radio stations earlier due to her activism.

 7 
Betty Shabazz
(Educator and Activist Best Known as the Wife of African-American Activist Malcolm X)
Betty Shabazz
10
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 28, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pinehurst, Georgia, United States
Died: June 23, 1997

Civil rights activist and educator Betty Shabazz, or Betty X, was the wife of Black nationalist leader Malcolm X. Raised by her adoptive parents in Detroit, she met Malcolm X at a Nation of Islam event in Harlem. She died when her apartment was set on fire set by her grandson.

 8 
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
(Essayist and Mathematical Statistician Best Known for His Books: ‘The Black Swan’ and ‘Antifragile’)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
11
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Amioun, Lebanon
Lebanese-American scholar and statistician Nassim Nicholas Taleb is known for his work on risk management through uncertainty and probability. His five-volume essay Incerto included his bestselling book The Black Swan. Named to Forbes’s Most Influential Management Gurus list, he is the co-editor-in-chief of the academic journal Risk and Decision Analysis.
 9 
Jack Welch
(Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric)
Jack Welch
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, U.S
Died: March 1, 2020
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 10 
Bill Cosby
(Comedian)
Bill Cosby
103
Birthdate: July 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

One of America’s most popular and beloved comedians, Bill Cosby’s reputation was totally shattered when he was accused of sexual assault, sexual battery and rape by multiple women in the 2010s. Subsequently, he was found guilty of sexual assault in two cases and was sentenced in September 2018 to a total of three to ten years in a state prison.

 11 
Taj Mahal
(Self-taught Grammy Award-winning blues musician)
Taj Mahal
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
 12 
Paul Edward Theroux
(Travel writer)
Paul Edward Theroux
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
 13 
Jere Burns
(Actor)
Jere Burns
3
Birthdate: October 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 14 
Kenny Aronoff
(Musician)
Kenny Aronoff
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 7, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany
 15 
Black Francis
(Singer-songwriter)
Black Francis
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston
 16 
Norm Abram
(Actor)
Norm Abram
2
Birthdate: October 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA
 17 
Briana Scurry
(American Retired Soccer Goalkeeper and Assistant Coach of the Washington Spirit)
Briana Scurry
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 18 
Max Roach
(Musician)
Max Roach
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pasquotank County, North Carolina, U.S.
Died: August 16, 2007
 19 
David Pakman
(Political Commentator)
David Pakman
0
Birthdate: February 2, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
 20 
Dana Gould
(Comedian)
Dana Gould
1
Birthdate: August 24, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hopedale, USA
 21 
Neal Brown
(Head coach, American football player)
Neal Brown
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 22 
Yusef Abdul Lateef
(Musician)
Yusef Abdul Lateef
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 9, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States
Died: December 23, 2013
 23 
Fardeen Khan
(Actor)
Fardeen Khan
6
Birthdate: March 8, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 24 
Kenneth Feinberg
(Lawyer)
Kenneth Feinberg
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 23, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brockton
 25 
William Manchester
(American Author, Biographer and Historian)
William Manchester
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Attleboro, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 1, 2004

Author of The Death of a President, William Raymond Manchester was a well-known historian, author and a WWII veteran. On finishing his education after the war, he began his career as a reporter, publishing his master's thesis as Disturber of the Peace in 1951, thereafter, continuing to write, publishing a total of eighteen books, including a three part-biography of Churchill

 26 
John Linnell
(Musician)
John Linnell
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 12, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 27 
Catherine Coleman
(Chemist, Air force officer, Astronaut, Engineer)
Catherine Coleman
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 14, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Charleston
 28 
Marc Forgione
(Chef Who Competed in Food Network's Iron Chef America)
Marc Forgione
0
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: December 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, United States
 29 
Peter Laird
(Comics artist, Screenwriter)
Peter Laird
1
Birthdate: January 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: North Adams
 30 
Hina Rabbani Khar
(Diplomat, Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist)
Hina Rabbani Khar
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Multan

Hina Rabbani Khar is a Pakistani politician who became the first woman and the youngest person to serve as the Foreign Minister of Pakistan; she was in the office from 2011 to 2013. Prior to serving as the Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar also became the first female politician to present the national budget in 2009 while serving as the Minister of Finance of Pakistan.   

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Sarah Stevenson
(British Taekwondo Athlete)
Sarah Stevenson
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Doncaster, United Kingdom
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Natasha Trethewey
(Poet)
Natasha Trethewey
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 26, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gulfport, Mississippi, United States
 33 
Mike Flanagan
(Baseball player, Basketball player)
Mike Flanagan
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 16, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, New Hampshire, United States
Died: August 24, 2011
 34 
Cady Lalanne
(Basketball player)
Cady Lalanne
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1992
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 35 
Billy Taylor
(Jazz Pianist)
Billy Taylor
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 24, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenville, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 28, 2010
 36 
James Kallstrom
(Head of the FBI New York field office)
James Kallstrom
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 3, 2021
 37 
Vladimir Ducasse
(Haitian-Born Former American Football Offensive Guard)
Vladimir Ducasse
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 38 
Johnnetta Cole
(Anthropologist and educator)
Johnnetta Cole
2
Birthdate: October 19, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
 39 
Elijah Wilkinson
(American football player)
Elijah Wilkinson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1995
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Downingtown, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 40 
Russell Alan Hulse
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
 41 
James Ihedigbo
(American Football player)
James Ihedigbo
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 42 
Stephane Lasme
(Basketball player)
Stephane Lasme
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Port-Gentil, Gabon
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 43 
Pat Cadigan
(Writer)
Pat Cadigan
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 10, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
 44 
Jason Fettig
(Clarinetist)
Jason Fettig
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: United States
 45 
Steve Nunno
(American Gymnastics Coach)
Steve Nunno
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthplace: United States

Known for his 6-year stint as the head coach of women’s gymnastics at the University of Oklahoma, Steve Nunno trained Olympian Shannon Miller, who ended up earning 5 medals at the 1992 Olympics. He also serves as the CEO of the Gold Medal Consulting Group.

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Agnes Kalibata
(Rwandan Agricultural Scientist)
Agnes Kalibata
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthplace: Rwanda
 47 
Djery Baptiste
(Basketball player)
Djery Baptiste
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1995
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gonaïves, Haiti
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 48 
Danielle Henderson
(American Professional All-Star Softball Pitcher)
Danielle Henderson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
 49 
Ron Buckmire
(Mathematician, LGBT activist)
Ron Buckmire
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grenville, Grenada
 50 
David Unger
(Author, Translator)
David Unger
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 6, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guatemala City, Guatemala
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
The ‘University of Massachusetts Amherst’ of is extremely popular for its reputed as a research and a land grant institution. With over 1,300 lecturers and more than 29,000 students, this reputed institution by far one of the largest institutions in New England. They also had have been ranked as the 27th best university in the entire nation. If all this fame wasn’t enough, the Virginia Tech was also regarded as one of the ‘Best College Towns’ in the United States and in 2010 it fetched a place among ‘Top 10 best colleges’ in the world according to the ‘U.S. News & World Report’. Apart from offering exceptional education to their men and women sports team called, ‘Minutemen and Minutewomen’ is one of the best in the world. When it comes to the sport called, ice hockey, they are out rightly the best ever. The alumni of this university have been setting trends and making this place a better place to live in. Be it in the field of entertainment, sports, business or politics, the alumni of Virginia Tech are all setting higher standards of excellence in every field they put their hands on. Some of the notable alumni of this university are, famous executive Jack Welch, and biologist, Jeff Corwin and famous actor Richard Gere. All of these have set examples for the future generations, motivating them to do only better. This list of notable University Of Massachusetts Amherst alumni is based on the individual’s achievements and fame. We are quite certain that you will be surprised by some of the notable University Of Massachusetts Amherst alumni who made it to this list.