University Of Minnesota Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Minnesota. The list includes people like Bob Dylan, Ric Flair, Jessica Lange, Henry Fonda & Walter Mondale. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as sportspersons, scientists, leaders, intellectuals & academics and film & theater personalities etc.
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 1 
Bob Dylan
(One of the Greatest Songwriters of All Time)
Bob Dylan
107
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States

Singer-songwriter and author, Bob Dylan, is widely regarded as one of the greatest songwriters of all time. Active in the music industry for almost six decades, he is a major pop culture icon who introduced a range of political, social, and literary influences to pop music. He is a Nobel laureate and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 2 
Ric Flair
(Regarded as the Greatest Professional Wrestler of All Time)
Ric Flair
33
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 25, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Ric Flair, or The Nature Boy, is a 16-time wrestling world champion and has competed in NWA, WWF, and WCW. He became the first two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee and the first to compete in WCW's Triple Crown. He has been Wrestling Observer’s Wrestler of the Year eight times.
 3 
Jessica Lange
(One of the Greatest Actresses of All Time)
Jessica Lange
80
Birthdate: April 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States

Jessica Lange is a prominent actress with over four decades of experience in Hollywood. She is one of the few female performers to achieve the “Triple Crown of Acting,” having won an Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Tony Award. She has appeared in many critically acclaimed films. Also a photographer, she has published four books.

 4 
Henry Fonda
(American Actor Who Cultivated an Everyman Screen Image in Several Films Considered to be Classics)
Henry Fonda
15
Birthdate: May 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Grand Island, Nebraska, United States
Died: August 12, 1982
Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, father of Peter and Jane Fonda, is best remembered for his Academy Award-winning role as Norman Thayer Jr. in On Golden Pond. He began his career with Broadway plays and then appeared in classics such as The Grapes of Wrath and 12 Angry Men
 5 
Ron Perlman
26
Birthdate: April 13, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York, United States

Ron Perlman went on to become a successful actor and voice actor despite suffering from low self-image during his formative years. Apart from being active as an actor, Ron Perlman is also actively involved in the political affairs of the United States. His criticisms directed towards President Donald Trump have inspired a series of internet memes.

 6 
Ernie Hudson
(Actor)
Ernie Hudson
12
Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 7 
Kevin Sorbo
(Actor)
Kevin Sorbo
26
Birthdate: September 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mound, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 8 
Kevin McHale
(Basketball player Power Forward)
Kevin McHale
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hibbing, Minnesota, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 9 
James Hong
(Actor)
James Hong
8
Birthdate: February 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 10 
Christiaan Barnard
(Cardiac Surgeon)
Christiaan Barnard
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: September 2, 2001
Born to a preacher father of modest means, Christiaan Barnard completed his medical school on scholarships. In December 1967, he revolutionized medical science by performing the first human heart transplant by transplanting 25-year-old accident victim Denise Darvall’s heart into 53-year-old chronic heart patient grocer Louis Washkansky.
 11 
Tony Dungy
(American Former Football Safety & Coach Who Served as a Head Coach for 'Tampa Bay Buccaneers' and 'Indianapolis Colts')
Tony Dungy
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, United States

Former American football player and coach, Tony Dungy, currently works as an advisor for the professional football team, The Houston Texans. An evangelical Christian, Dungy has been an integral part of several community service organizations over the years. Also a writer, Dungy claims that his memoir Quiet Strength has touched the lives of many.

 12 
Gable Steveson
(American Professional Wrestler and Retired Freestyle and Folkstyle Wrestler)
Gable Steveson
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Peter Graves
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Jim Phelps’ in the TV Series ‘Mission: Impossible’)
Peter Graves
18
Birthdate: March 18, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 14, 2010
Peter Graves won a Golden Globe for playing Jim Phelps in the series Mission: Impossible and its revival. Fans also loved him as Captain Clarence Oveur in the movie Airplane! and its sequel. He won an Emmy for hosting the show Biography and also narrated the interactive video-game film Darkstar.
 14 
T. R. Knight
(Actor)
T. R. Knight
3
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S.
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 15 
Dave Winfield
(Baseball player)
Dave Winfield
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 16 
David Soul
(Actor)
David Soul
4
Birthdate: August 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 17 
Hubert Humphrey
(38th Vice President of the United States (1965-1969))
Hubert Humphrey
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 13, 1978

The 38th vice president of the USA, Hubert Humphrey was an early skeptic of the Vietnam War; however, he had no choice but to support the war effort as President Lyndon B. Johnson wanted the war to go on. Thanks to his popularity, several buildings have been named after Humphrey. He has also been portrayed by actors like Bradley Whitford.

 18 
Aya Cash
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Gretchen Cutler’ in the TV Series ‘You're the Worst’)
Aya Cash
4
Birthdate: July 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States

From working as a full-time waitress to becoming a prominent actress in Hollywood, Aya Cash's journey has been quite incredible and inspiring. As someone with humble beginnings, Aya Cash knows the importance of giving back to society, hence she works closely with a non-profit organization called INARA, which helps war-wounded refugee children receive medical help.

 19 
Paul Molitor
(Baseball Player)
Paul Molitor
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 22, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
 20 
Eric Decker
(American football player)
Eric Decker
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 15, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cold Spring, Minnesota, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 21 
Verne Gagne
(American Amateur and Professional Wrestler)
Verne Gagne
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Corcoran, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 27, 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 22 
Mychal Thompson
(Bahamian-American Former Basketball Player Who Played at the Center Position)
Mychal Thompson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 30, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nassau, The Bahamas

Mychal Thompson is a Bahamian former basketball player. He played the center position for many National Basketball Association (NBA) teams, including Portland Trail Blazers, San Antonio Spurs, and Los Angeles Lakers. He had a standout collegiate career at the University of Minnesota, following which he started playing professionally. Currently, he is the Lakers radio color commentator.

 23 
Walter Mondale
(42nd Vice President of the United States (1977–1981))
Walter Mondale
32
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ceylon, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 19, 2021

The 42nd vice president of the US, Walter Mondale is a lawyer by profession. Walter Mondale's interesting political career and his involvement in the infamous Apollo 1 accident, which occurred on 27 January 1967, have inspired several works of art, including the 1998 miniseries From the Earth to the Moon, where Mondale was played by John Slattery.

 24 
Norman Borlaug
(American Agronomist and Winner of the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1970)
Norman Borlaug
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cresco, Iowa, United States
Died: September 12, 2009

Norman Borlaug was an American agronomist who played a key role in the Green Revolution, a set of research technology transfer initiatives that increased agricultural production, for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970. Nicknamed the Father of the Green Revolution, Borlaug was also honored with the Congressional Gold Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work.

 25 
Alan Page
(Jurist)
Alan Page
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: August 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 26 
Bronko Nagurski
(American Football Player)
Bronko Nagurski
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1908
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rainy River, Canada
Died: January 7, 1990
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
Erick Rowan
(American Professional Wrestler)
Erick Rowan
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 28 
Shelton Benjamin
(American Professional Wrestler)
Shelton Benjamin
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 29 
Kevin McHale
(Actor)
Kevin McHale
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plano, Texas, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 30 
Kimberly Elise
(Actress)
Kimberly Elise
11
Birthdate: April 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 31 
Sean Duffy
(Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 7th District (2011 - 2019))
Sean Duffy
13
Birthdate: October 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hayward, Wisconsin, United States

Politician, prosecutor, and former sports commentator Sean Duffy is currently a Fox News contributor. He earned a J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law and practiced law for several years before entering public life. He has been both a competitor and commentator on ESPN's Great Outdoor Games. As a politician, he is a member of the Republican Party. 

 32 
Deke Slayton
(Astronaut)
Deke Slayton
5
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: March 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sparta, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 13, 1993
 33 
Warren Earl Burger
(Former Chief Justice of the United States)
Warren Earl Burger
8
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 17, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota
Died: June 25, 1995
 34 
Arlene Dahl
(Actress)
Arlene Dahl
8
Birthdate: August 11, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 35 
Garrison Keillor
(Author, Humorist, Voice Actor and Radio Personality)
Garrison Keillor
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Anoka, Minnesota
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 36 
Ernest Lawrence
(Physicist)
Ernest Lawrence
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1901
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canton, South Dakota, United States
Died: August 27, 1958
 37 
Antoine Winfield Jr.
(American Football player)
Antoine Winfield Jr.
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1998
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 38 
E. G. Marshall
8
Birthdate: June 18, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owatonna, Minnesota, United States
Died: August 24, 1998
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 39 
Kevin McCarthy
(Actor)
Kevin McCarthy
4
Birthdate: February 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 11, 2010
 40 
Michelle McNamara
(American True Crime Author)
Michelle McNamara
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: April 21, 2016

True-crime writer, Michelle McNamara, is remembered for coining the name "Golden State Killer" for the serial killer later identified as Joseph James DeAngelo. Sadly, the author died before his identification and arrest. Fascinated by true crime from a young age, she launched her website TrueCrimeDiary in 2006 and dedicated her life to researching and writing about true crime.

 41 
Marion Barber III
(American football player)
Marion Barber III
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
 42 
Flip Saunders
(Basketball player)
Flip Saunders
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: October 25, 2015
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 43 
Bud Grant
(Former American Football Forward and Former Head Coach)
Bud Grant
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Superior, Wisconsin, United States

Bud Grant is known for his 18-year stint as the Minnesota Vikings head coach. He has 168 NFL wins, making him one of the most successful NFL coaches. He is also 4-time Grey Cup champion. Post-retirement, he focused on bringing about environmental reforms, such as the conservation of wetlands.

 44 
Kristen Pfaff
(Bassist)
Kristen Pfaff
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: June 16, 1994
 45 
Mike Lindell
(Entrepreneur)
Mike Lindell
40
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mankato, Minnesota, United States

Mike Lindell is an American entrepreneur, businessman, and conspiracy theorist. He is credited with founding a pillow, slipper, and bedding manufacturing company named My Pillow, Inc. for which he also serves as the CEO. A well-known philanthropist, Mike Lindell is also credited with founding a non-profit organization named Lindell Foundation which aims at helping drug addicts.

 46 
Maria Bamford
(Stand-up comedian)
Maria Bamford
3
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Port Hueneme, California, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 47 
Tay Zonday
(YouTuber)
Tay Zonday
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 21, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 48 
AnnMaria De Mars
(The First American to Win a Gold Medal at the World Judo Championships)
AnnMaria De Mars
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 15, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, United States
 49 
Valerie Solanas
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ventnor City, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 25, 1988
 50 
Eugene McCarthy
(Politician)
Eugene McCarthy
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Watkins
Died: December 10, 2005
The University of Minnesota is popularly known as the ‘U of M’ or just a simple ‘U’ that specializes in research in Minneapolis and Saint Paul, Minnesota. This reputed institution is the sixth largest educational campus in the United States. The university had about 51,147 students in the 2013-2014 which is proof enough of the kind of popularity of the institution. With 19 colleges and schools affiliated to this institution and 6 major sister institution, University of Minnesota is out-rightly one of the best institutions to pass out from. The ‘Minnesota Golden Gophers,’ are the most talked about sports team in the world; till 2015 they had 20 National Championship awards to their credit. The ‘University of Minnesota’ is among the top 25 research institution in the ‘Center for Measuring University Performance’ in Arizona. Some of the notable alumni of the University of Minnesota are famous celebrities like, the songwriter, Bob Dylan, the famous wrestler, Brock Lesnar or the basketball player, Kris Humphries. These people have made it big in nearly all walks of life and have carved a niche for themselves. They are out to make this world a better place and uphold the reputation of the famous institution; they all have passed out from. The University of Minnesota makes sure that with severe perseverance and tough educational deadlines, the best of the lot are churned out. All the Alumni are carving a niche for themselves in whichever field they are in, be it technology, entertainment or sports, they are the best at whatever they do. This list of notable University Of Minnesota 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 Minnesota alumni who made it to this list.