University Of Texas At Austin

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Texas At Austin. The list includes people like Matthew McConaughey, Trevante Rhodes, Jeb Bush, Jenna Bush Hager & Owen Wilson. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, film & theater personalities, miscellaneous, media personalities and business people etc.
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Matthew McConaughey
(One of the Most Versatile and Highest-Grossing Actors of Hollywood)
Matthew McConaughey
113
Birthdate: November 4, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Uvalde, Texas, United States

Born into a family of mixed ancestry in Texas, actor Matthew McConaughey had an interesting childhood. He played sports as a young boy and aspired to become a lawyer. However, he ultimately changed course to venture into acting, a field where he was able to make a mark with his brilliant performances. He is also a producer.

 2 
Kevin Durant
(Basketball Player)
Kevin Durant
47
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Kevin Durant is regarded as one of the best basketball players of his generation. He is known for his phenomenal scoring ability and is hailed as an excellent playmaker. He currently plays for the Brooklyn Nets of National Basketball Association (NBA). He was part of the US men’s national team which won the Olympic gold medal in 2012 and 2016.

 3 
Renee Zellweger
(Actress Known for Her Films: 'Bridget Jones's Diary', 'Chicago', 'Cold Mountain' and 'Judy')
Renee Zellweger
62
Birthdate: April 25, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Katy, Texas, United States

Renee Zellweger is one of the most decorated American actresses; she has won two Oscars and four Golden Globe Awards and is still going strong. Also known for her activism, Zellweger is one of the patrons for The GREAT Initiative, a gender equality foundation. In 2011, she joined hands with Tommy Hilfiger to raise money for the Breast Health Institute.

 4 
Neil deGrasse Tyson
(American Astrophysicist, Planetary Scientist and Science Communicator)
Neil deGrasse Tyson
53
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Public Welfare Medal-winning astrophysicist and academic Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted shows such as NOVA ScienceNow, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, and Star Talk. He is the director of Hayden Planetarium and contributed to the dismissal of Pluto’s status as the ninth planet. He has also written a monthly column as "Merlin.”

 5 
Wes Anderson
(Filmmaker Best Known for His Movies 'The Royal Tenenbaums','Moonrise Kingdom' and 'The Grand Budapest Hotel')
Wes Anderson
31
Birthdate: May 1, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Wes Anderson’s movies mostly have eccentric narratives. BBC named his films The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom, and The Grand Budapest Hotel to their list of the greatest films made since 2000. He owns a production company and has won a Silver Bear for the animation film Isle of Dogs.

 6 
Owen Wilson
(Famous for Starring in Comedies Like ‘The Royal Tenenbaums,’ ‘Wedding Crashers,’ and ‘Zoolander’)
Owen Wilson
66
Birthdate: November 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

Comic actor, screenwriter and producer, Owen Wilson has earned praise for acting in movies like Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris, Inherent Vice and The Royal Tenenbaums, the last of which he also co-wrote with his long-time friend, Wes Anderson. The charming actor has also lent his voice to animation movies like Fantastic Mr. Fox, Free Birds and Cars film series.

 7 
Walter Cronkite
(Broadcast Journalist and Longtime Anchor of the ‘CBS Evening News’)
Walter Cronkite
12
Birthdate: November 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint Joseph, Missouri, United States
Died: July 17, 2009
TV journalist Walter Cronkite, named “The most trusted man in America," is remembered for his 19-year association with CBS Evening News and his catchphrase "And that's the way it is.” His U.S. space program reports made him the only non-NASA person to receive the Ambassador of Exploration award.
 8 
Rip Torn
(Actor)
Rip Torn
10
Birthdate: February 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Temple, Texas, United States
Died: July 9, 2019
Rip Torn is best remembered for his Emmy-winning role of Arthur in The Larry Sanders Show and his Academy Award-nominated role of Marsh Turner in Cross Creek. Fans also loved him as Zed in the Men in Black franchise. He lent his voice to many animated films and video games.
 9 
Tristan Thompson
(Canadian-American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Center)
Tristan Thompson
40
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 13, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brampton, Canada
Boston Celtics center/power forward Tristan Thompson, known for his rebounding skills, was initially drafted by the Cleveland Cavaliers and won the 2016 NBA Championship with them. He has also played for Canada’s national basketball team. Thompson has been in the news for his relationship and messy break-up with Khloé Kardashian.
 10 
Roger Clemens
(Baseball player)
Roger Clemens
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 11 
Jenna Bush Hager
(News Personality, Author, and Daughter of Former U.S. President George W. Bush)
Jenna Bush Hager
11
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former American president George W. Bush, has been a teacher and a journalist. She has written several books, has worked with UNICEF, and has also co-hosted NBC shows such as The Today Show. She has also served as an editor for Southern Living magazine.
 12 
Allen Ludden
(Game Show Host)
Allen Ludden
27
Birthdate: October 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mineral Point, Wisconsin
Died: June 9, 1981

TV personality, actor, emcee, and game show host Allen Ludden is best remembered for hosting various incarnations of the game show, Password, for almost two decades. He also hosted other game shows and wrote a series of books for young readers. A much-beloved personality, he was the recipient of the 1961 Horatio Alger Award.

 13 
Robert Rodriguez
(Filmmaker)
Robert Rodriguez
10
Birthdate: June 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 14 
Mary Lou Retton
(American Retired Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medallist)
Mary Lou Retton
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 24, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fairmont, West Virginia, United States

Retired gymnast Mary Lou Retton, known for her trademark, The Retton Flip, made history by becoming the first American female gymnast to win an individual Olympic gold medal and was the first gymnast named to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. She later became a motivational speaker.

 15 
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.

 16 
Rex Tillerson
(Former U.S. Secretary of State)
Rex Tillerson
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 17 
Peri Gilpin
(Best Known for Her Roles in the TV Series: ‘Frasier’ and ‘Make It or Break It’)
Peri Gilpin
9
Birthdate: May 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States

Peri Gilpin soared to fame with her roles as Roz Doyle in Frasier and Kim Keeler in Make It or Break It. She also voiced Jane Proudfoot in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within. She began supporting cancer research after her mother’s death due to a form of muscle tumor.

 18 
Greg Abbott
(Politician, Lawyer)
Greg Abbott
14
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States
 19 
Kyle Shanahan
(Head Coach for the National Football League Team ‘San Francisco 49ers’)
Kyle Shanahan
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Kyle Shanahan is the head coach of the NFL team San Francisco 49ers. He has previously been the offensive coordinator for teams such as the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Texans, the Cleveland Browns, and the Washington Redskins. He helped the 49ers appear in Super Bowl LIV.
 20 
Trevante Rhodes
19
Birthdate: February 10, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponchatoula, Louisiana, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 21 
Ricky Williams
(American Football Players)
Ricky Williams
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 22 
Colt McCoy
(American Football Player)
Colt McCoy
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hobbs, New Mexico, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 23 
Vince Young
(Football player)
Vince Young
15
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 24 
Jeb Bush
(43rd Governor of Florida (1999 - 2007))
Jeb Bush
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Jeb Bush, son of former president George H. W. Bush and younger brother of former president George W. Bush, served as a Florida governor for two terms, becoming the first Republican to achieve the feat. His policies included educational reforms, the Medicaid privatization program, and the Everglades conservation plan.
 25 
Lindsey Morgan
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Raven Reyes’ in the TV Series ‘The 100’)
Lindsey Morgan
13
Birthdate: February 27, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States

Lindsey Morgan is an American actress best known for playing Raven Reyes in the popular post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama TV series, The 100. A self-made woman, Lindsey Morgan started her career by appearing in commercials and print ads. She then got her big breakthrough in 2012 when she was cast to play Kristina Davis in the daytime soap opera General Hospital.

 26 
J. M. Coetzee
(South African-Australian Writer and Recipient of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Literature)
J. M. Coetzee
10
Birthdate: February 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa

Nobel Prize- and two-time Booker Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee had started his career as a Fulbright scholar. After teaching English in the U.S. and South Africa, he now lives and teaches in Australia. He is best known for his colonial settings in novels such as Waiting for the Barbarians.

 27 
Kevin Alejandro
(Actor)
Kevin Alejandro
5
Birthdate: April 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 28 
Tom Landry
(American Professional Football Player and Coach)
Tom Landry
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mission, Texas, United States
Died: February 12, 2000
American football player and two-time Superbowl-winning coach Tom Landry had successful stints with the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. He was also the longest-tenured NFL coach, working with the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons. He pioneered the 4–3 defense and the flex defense. 
 29 
Scoot McNairy
(Actor)
Scoot McNairy
3
Birthdate: November 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
John Hillerman
(Best Known for His Role of 'Jonathan Quayle Higgins III' in the Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
John Hillerman
4
Birthdate: December 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States
Died: November 9, 2017

After studying journalism, John Hillerman spent some time working as of the Air Force and then spent 15 years as a minor stage actor. Starting his Hollywood journey with small supporting roles, he later soared to fame as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III in the crime drama series Magnum, P.I.

 31 
P. J. Tucker
(Basketball player)
P. J. Tucker
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 5, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 32 
Mark Duplass
(Director)
Mark Duplass
9
Birthdate: December 7, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
Ann Richards
(Politician)
Ann Richards
22
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lacy Lakeview, Texas, United States
Died: September 13, 2006
 34 
Joseph Schooling
(Swimmer)
Joseph Schooling
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 16, 1995
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Singapore
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 35 
Tiya Sircar
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Real Eleanor’ in the TV Series ‘The Good Place’)
Tiya Sircar
3
Birthdate: May 16, 1982
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tarrant County, Texas, United States
Tiya Sircar is an American actor of Indian Bengali descent, who is known for her roles in the series The Good Place and the Netflix film Good Sam. She has also voiced Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels. The website Beauty Blitz named her their guest celebrity editor. 
 36 
William H. McRaven
(Officer)
William H. McRaven
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pinehurst
 37 
Brene Brown
(Researcher Known in Particular for Her Research on Shame, Vulnerability, and Leadership)
Brene Brown
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Apart from being a University of Houston research professor, Brene Brown has also been a successful author of New York Times bestsellers such as Braving the Wilderness, and a podcast host. She also has a lecture featured on Netflix, while her Ted Talk is one of the world’s top-five most-viewed. 

 38 
Noël Wells
(Known for Her Television Role as 'Rachel Silva' in Netflix Comedy-Drama 'Master of None')
Noël Wells
3
Birthdate: December 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States

Noël Wells is an American actress, musician, comedian, director, and writer. From voicing Kelsey Pokoly in the Cartoon Network series Craig of the Creek to appearing on Saturday Night Live as a featured player, Noël Wells has been a prominent entertainer over the years. A multi-talented personality, Wells also displays her photographs in exhibitions.

 39 
Tex Ritter
(Singer)
Tex Ritter
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 12, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Murvaul, Texas, USA
Died: January 2, 1974
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 40 
Stacey Abrams
(Politician)
Stacey Abrams
26
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

One of the most popular African American politicians of the U.S., Democratic Party member Stacey Abrams is also the founder of the non-profit Fair Fight Action. A voting rights activist and a minority leader, she became the first Black woman to win the gubernatorial nomination of any state in the U.S.

 41 
Freddie Joe Steinmark
(Football player)
Freddie Joe Steinmark
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 27, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: June 6, 1971
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 42 
Bruce McGill
(Actor)
Bruce McGill
20
Birthdate: July 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 43 
Bianna Golodryga
(Journalist)
Bianna Golodryga
7
Birthdate: June 15, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Căușeni, Moldovan SSR, USSR

Bianna Golodryga is an American journalist known for co-hosting popular morning television programs, such as CBS This Morning and the weekend edition of Good Morning America. In 2004, she was adjudged one of the top American journalists below the age of 30. Currently, she is working as CNN's senior global affairs analyst.

 44 
Christine Ha
(First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012)
Christine Ha
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
 45 
Mitch Pileggi
(Actor)
Mitch Pileggi
4
Birthdate: April 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 46 
Jamaal Charles
(American football player)
Jamaal Charles
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 47 
David Geffen
(American Business Magnate)
David Geffen
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Borough Park, New York, United States
 48 
Avery Bradley
(Basketball player)
Avery Bradley
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 26, 1990
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 49 
Sam Ehlinger
(American football player)
Sam Ehlinger
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1998
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 50 
Ann Wedgeworth
7
Birthdate: January 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Abilene, Texas, United States
Died: November 16, 2017