Villanova University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Villanova University. The list includes people like Bradley Cooper, Maria Bello, Jill Biden, Michael Steele & Jamie Hyneman. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, musicians, singers, miscellaneous and media personalities etc.
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Bradley Cooper
(Actor and Filmmaker)
Bradley Cooper
93
Birthdate: January 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States

One of the highest-paid actors in the world, Bradley Cooper has been active in Hollywood for over two decades, playing roles ranging from comedic to dramatic. He was named on Time's list of 100 most influential people in the world in 2015. He supports the charity, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.

 2 
Maria Bello
(Actress )
Maria Bello
22
Birthdate: April 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Maria Bello is best known for her award-winning roles in The Cooler, Coyote Ugly, and A History of Violence. She has also amazed audiences with her roles as Dr. Anna in ER and Jacqueline "Jack" Sloane in NCIS. Bello has worked for Darfur genocide victims and Haitian women, too.
 3 
Jim Croce
(Folk and Rock Singer Best Known for His Third album 'You Don't Mess Around with Jim')
Jim Croce
26
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 10, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 20, 1973

Jim Croce was an American rock and folk singer-songwriter. At the peak of his popularity, Jim Croce died in a plane crash at age 30. Many of his works were released posthumously and achieved popularity. Jim Croce's music has been used in many popular films, such as The Hangover Part II, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Hobbs & Shaw.

 4 
Kyle Lowry
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays at the 'Point Guard' Position)
Kyle Lowry
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

A six-time NBA All-Star, Kyle Lowry has been an important player for the Canadian professional basketball team Toronto Raptors since 2012; he helped the team win their first NBA championship in 2019. Also a prominent player for the US national team, Kyle Lowry was part of the US team that won the Olympic gold in 2016.

 5 
Howie Long
(American football player)
Howie Long
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Somerville, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 6 
Toby Keith
(Country Music Singer Known for His Rousing Anthems to the U.S. Soldiers Serving in the Middle East)
Toby Keith
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clinton, Oklahoma, United States

Toby Keith is a record producer, country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He is credited with founding a record label named Show Dog Nashville which was renamed Show Dog-Universal Music in 2009 after merging with Universal South Records. Also a philanthropist, Keith supports many non-profit organizations like Ally's House. In 2021, he was honored with the National Medal of Arts.

 7 
Jamie Hyneman
(American Television Host and Special Effects Expert)
Jamie Hyneman
8
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall

Jamie Hyneman is an American television host and special effects expert. He achieved popularity as the co-host of the popular TV series MythBusters. He is also credited with inventing an unmanned firefighting robotic vehicle called Sentry. Jamie Hyneman also co-designed Wavecam, an aerial cable robotic camera system used in entertainment and sports events.

 8 
Peter Doocy
(American Journalist and a White House Correspondent for 'Fox News')
Peter Doocy
16
Birthdate: July 21, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Journalist Peter Doocy is a White House correspondent for Fox News. An alumnus of  Villanova University, he contributed to Fox News as a Palestra reporter while still in college. He began his professional career with Fox News in 2009 and covered numerous significant stories, including Hurricane Sandy and the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting.

 9 
Jill Biden
(First Lady of the United States)
Jill Biden
97
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 3, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hammonton, New Jersey, United States

The former Second Lady of the United States, Jill Biden is the wife of Joe Biden, the 2020 presidential candidate. A passionate educator who is also fiercely independent, Jill continued to work as a full-time professor even when she was the Second Lady.  A vocal supporter of community colleges, she has also been supportive of military families and cancer research.

 10 
Michael Steele
(Politician)
Michael Steele
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland
Michael Steele was the first African-American to chair the Republican National Committee, from 2009 to 2011. He has also worked with MSNBC, Fox News, and the online magazine The Root. He was the lieutenant governor of Maryland, from 2003 to 2007, and a partner at LeBoeuf, Lamb, Greene & MacRae.
 11 
Saddiq Bey
(Basketball player)
Saddiq Bey
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 12 
Jon Polito
(Actor)
Jon Polito
2
Birthdate: December 29, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 1, 2016
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 13 
Eric Paschall
(Basketball player)
Eric Paschall
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Tarrytown, New York, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 14 
Josh Hart
(Basketball player)
Josh Hart
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Silver Spring, Maryland, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 15 
John Eleuthère du Pont
(Philanthropist, Murderer)
John Eleuthère du Pont
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 9, 2010
 16 
Tim Donaghy
(Basketball Referee)
Tim Donaghy
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havertown, Pennsylvania, United States
 17 
Omari Spellman
(Basketball player)
Omari Spellman
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 21, 1997
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: North Royalton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 18 
Brian Westbrook
(Former American football running back)
Brian Westbrook
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Washington, Maryland, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 19 
Kelly Ayotte
(Former United States Senator)
Kelly Ayotte
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 27, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nashua, New Hampshire, U.S.
 20 
John L. Hennessy
(Computer scientist, Educator)
John L. Hennessy
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 22, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huntington, New York, United States
 21 
Kris Jenkins
(Basketball player)
Kris Jenkins
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1993
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 22 
Vincent Piazza
(Actor)
Vincent Piazza
2
Birthdate: May 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Middle Village, Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 23 
Delino DeShields
(Baseball player)
Delino DeShields
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seaford, Delaware, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 24 
Victoria Zdrok
(Ukrainian-American Porn Star, Author, and Sex Therapist)
Victoria Zdrok
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 25 
Collin Gillespie
(Basketball player)
Collin Gillespie
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 25, 1999
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 26 
Ed Rendell
(Politician)
Ed Rendell
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ed Rendell
 27 
Ali Soufan
(FBI agent)
Ali Soufan
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1971 AD
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
 28 
Randy Foye
(Basketball player)
Randy Foye
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 29 
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
(Lawyer)
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Kerry Kittles
(Basketball player)
Kerry Kittles
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 31 
David Rabe
(Screenwriter, Author, Playwright, Writer)
David Rabe
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dubuque
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Paul Arizin
(Basketball player)
Paul Arizin
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: December 12, 2006
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 33 
Tim Thomas
(Basketball Player)
Tim Thomas
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 34 
Jahvon Quinerly
(Basketball player)
Jahvon Quinerly
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1998
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 35 
Anthony Zinni
(Officer, Senior Advisor, Diplomat)
Anthony Zinni
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 17, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Conshohocken
 36 
Dante Cunningham
(Basketball player)
Dante Cunningham
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 22, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Clinton, Maryland, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 37 
Matt Szczur
(Baseball player, American football player)
Matt Szczur
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cape May, New Jersey, United States
 38 
Richard Trumka
(Lawyer, Trade unionist)
Richard Trumka
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: July 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nemacolin, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 5, 2021
 39 
John Facenda
(Sports Announcer)
John Facenda
0
Birthdate: August 8, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, Virginia, United States
Died: September 26, 1984
 40 
Brian Lynch
(Retired Basketball player as shooting guard, small forward position)
Brian Lynch
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 41 
Ed Pinckney
(Basketball player, Basketball coach)
Ed Pinckney
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 42 
Tim Hauser
(Singer)
Tim Hauser
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Troy, New York, United States
Died: October 16, 2014
 43 
Tanoh Kpassagnon
(American football player)
Tanoh Kpassagnon
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 14, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 44 
Phil Booth
(Basketball player)
Phil Booth
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 31, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 45 
Scottie Reynolds
(Basketball player)
Scottie Reynolds
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 10, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 46 
Allan Ray
(Basketball player)
Allan Ray
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 47 
Corey Fisher
(Basketball player)
Corey Fisher
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1988
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 48 
Charles Fuller
(Playwright)
Charles Fuller
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 49 
Maalik Wayns
(Former American-Belarusian Basketball Player and Coach)
Maalik Wayns
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

American-Belarusian former basketball player Maalik Wayns played for Roman Catholic High School of Philadelphia during his high-school days. He selected Villanova University to play under coach Jay Wright during college-years. As a professional, Wayns played with several teams, including Philadelphia 76ers and presently serves as coach at St. Joseph's Preparatory School.

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Maite Oronoz Rodríguez
(Judge)
Maite Oronoz Rodríguez
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Puerto Rico
Situated in Radnor Township within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, United States, the Villanova University is devoted to the Augustinian ideals of truth, unity, and love. The university encourages its students by providing diligent education. Villanova’s students not just excel in terms of education, but are proved to be compassionate when it comes to serving people in need. Some of the famous personalities who are now the alumni of Villanova include John Leroy Hennessy, Maria Bello, Howie Long, Ed Rendell, Jim Croce, Scottie Reynolds and many more. John Leroy Hennessy, the recipient of the honorary doctor of mathematics degree who is now a computer scientist, academician, and businessman received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University. Howard Matthew Moses "Howie" Long, a studio analyst for Fox Sports Networks and a former National Footballer, actor and sports analyst studied communication at Villanova. The 45th Governor of Pennsylvania who is also a lawyer by profession, and his wife, Marjorie "Midge" Osterlund Rendel, the first former First Lady of Pennsylvania who is named by PoliticsPA as Pennsylvania's Most Politically Powerful Women" received their education from Villanova. Rev. Peter M. Donohue, recipient of Barry award is a Roman Catholic priest known for adhering to the university principles of truth, unity, and love. To know more about all the famous alumni of the Villanova University, continue reading.