Williams College Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Williams College. The list includes people like James A. Garfield, Madeleine Albright, Stephen Sondheim, Elia Kazan & Max Gail. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, media personalities, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous and writers etc.
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Elia Kazan
(One of the Most Honored and Influential Directors in Broadway and Hollywood History)
Elia Kazan
10
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fener, Turkey
Died: September 28, 2003

Elia Kazan was an American actor, screenwriter, director, and producer. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and celebrated directors in Hollywood and Broadway history, Kazan played a key role in launching the careers of actors like Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and James Dean. His work has also influenced other prominent filmmakers like Martin Scorsese.

 2 
Erin Burnett
(News Anchor and Host of 'Erin Burnett OutFront' on CNN)
Erin Burnett
20
Birthdate: July 2, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mardela Springs, Maryland, United States

Erin Burnett is an American news anchor. Dubbed the International Superstar, Burnett has hosted her own show Erin Burnett OutFront from the borders of Afghanistan, Israel, and the United Arab Emirates; she has also worked on a number of documentaries filmed inside India, Nigeria, Russia, and Libya. She has also reported from countries like Pakistan and China.

 3 
John Frankenheimer
(Director)
John Frankenheimer
4
Birthdate: February 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: July 6, 2002
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 4 
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. 

 5 
Adam Schlesinger
(Musician)
Adam Schlesinger
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 31, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 1, 2020
 6 
Steve Case
(Entrepreneur)
Steve Case
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu
 7 
Dominick Dunne
1
Birthdate: October 29, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 26, 2009
 8 
Max Gail
(Actor)
Max Gail
5
Birthdate: April 5, 1943
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 9 
George Steinbrenner
(Businessperson)
George Steinbrenner
10
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 4, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rocky River
Died: July 13, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Edgar Bronfman Sr.
(Businessman)
Edgar Bronfman Sr.
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: December 21, 2013

Edgar Bronfman Sr. was a Canadian-American entrepreneur best remembered for his role as president, treasurer, and CEO for the popular multinational conglomerate, Seagram. Bronfman was also a philanthropist who helped organizations like Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. In 1999, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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William Windom
(Actor)
William Windom
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: August 16, 2012
 12 
Stephen Sondheim
(American composer)
Stephen Sondheim
56
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 26, 2021

Stephen Sondheim is an American lyricist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent figures in musical theatre, Sondheim is credited with reinventing the American musical. In 1981, he founded Young Playwrights Inc. to encourage young people to write for the theatre. An openly gay composer, Sondheim also serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community.

 13 
Jon Lovett
(Podcaster)
Jon Lovett
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Woodbury, New York, United States
 14 
G. Stanley Hall
(Psychologist, Science writer)
G. Stanley Hall
0
Birthdate: February 1, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Massachusetts
Died: April 24, 1924
 15 
Wang Leehom
(American Singer, Actor, Songwriter, Film Producer, and Director)
Wang Leehom
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 17, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, U.S.
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 16 
Mika Brzezinski
(Journalist, Political Commentator and Co-Host of the Weekday Morning Broadcast Show ‘Morning Joe’)
Mika Brzezinski
14
Birthdate: May 2, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Mika Brzezinski, daughter of diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski, is best known as a co-host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe. She worked as a "Ground Zero" reporter for CBS during 9/11. She has also been on shows such as Up to the Minute and HomePage, and has authored three books, including a memoir.
 17 
Chris Murphy
(Politician)
Chris Murphy
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
 18 
Walker Evans
(Photographer and Photojournalist best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) documenting the effects of the Great Depression)
Walker Evans
2
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: November 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 10, 1975
 19 
John Sayles
(Film director)
John Sayles
0
Birthdate: September 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 20 
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
(Founder and leader of the self-styled National Council of Iran)
Reza Pahlavi, Crown Prince of Iran
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1960
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran

Reza Pahlavi is the oldest son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, and his wife Farah Diba. He was the crown prince before the Iranian Revolution overthrew the Pahlavi dynasty in 1979. He is the founder of the self-styled National Council of Iran and a prominent critic of Iran's Islamic Republic government. 

 21 
Bud Collyer
(American Radio Actor and Announcer)
Bud Collyer
1
Birthdate: June 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: September 8, 1969
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Lina Khan
(Chair of the Federal Trade Commission, Lawyer)
Lina Khan
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 3, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
 23 
Richard Helms
(Government official)
Richard Helms
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 30, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: nowrap St. Davids, Pennsylvania St. Davids, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 22, 2002
 24 
Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
(Businessman)
Joseph Medill Patterson Albright
0
Birthdate: 1937 AD
Birthplace: United States
 25 
William Bennett
(Politician)
William Bennett
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
 26 
Jesse Winchester
(Songwriter)
Jesse Winchester
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bossier City, Louisiana, U.S.
Died: April 11, 2014
 27 
Walter Kaufmann
(Philosopher)
Walter Kaufmann
0
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: September 4, 1980
 28 
Sanford Ballard Dole
(Lawyer)
Sanford Ballard Dole
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 23, 1844
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii
Died: June 9, 1926
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Stacy Schiff
(Historian, Author, Journalist, Writer, Biographer)
Stacy Schiff
0
Birthdate: October 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Massachusetts
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Max Eastman
(Novelist)
Max Eastman
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States
Died: March 25, 1969
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Stephen Johnson Field
(Judge)
Stephen Johnson Field
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 4, 1816
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 9, 1899
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Charles White Whittlesey
(United States Army Medal of Honor recipient who led the "Lost Battalion" in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive during World War I)
Charles White Whittlesey
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 20, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Florence, Wisconsin, United States
Died: November 26, 1921
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Frederick Wiseman
(Filmmaker)
Frederick Wiseman
2
Birthdate: January 1, 1930
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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James MacGregor Burns
(Historian, Non-fiction writer, University teacher)
James MacGregor Burns
2
Birthdate: August 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston
Died: July 15, 2014
 35 
Telford Taylor
(Lawyer)
Telford Taylor
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 24, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1998
 36 
Robert F. Engle
(Economist, Statistician, University teacher)
Robert F. Engle
0
Birthdate: November 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Syracuse
 37 
Eugene Field
(Writer)
Eugene Field
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 2, 1850
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: November 4, 1895
 38 
Herbert Stein
(Economist)
Herbert Stein
1
Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 8, 1999
 39 
Jane Bolin
(American Attorney and Judge)
Jane Bolin
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: January 8, 2007
 40 
John Toland
(Writer)
John Toland
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Crosse, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 4, 2004
 41 
John Howard Lawson
(Writer)
John Howard Lawson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 11, 1977
 42 
Samuel C. Armstrong
(Soldier)
Samuel C. Armstrong
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, United States
Died: May 11, 1893
 43 
Sterling Brown
(Professor)
Sterling Brown
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 13, 1989
 44 
Charles Brackett
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Charles Brackett
1
Birthdate: November 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1969
 45 
William Lowndes Yancey
(Journalist)
William Lowndes Yancey
0
Birthdate: August 10, 1814
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Warren, Georgia, United States
Died: July 27, 1863
 46 
Curtis T. McMullen
(Mathematician)
Curtis T. McMullen
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
 47 
Edward W. Morley
(Scientist)
Edward W. Morley
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 29, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 24, 1923
 48 
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
(Photographer)
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: May 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Normal, Illinois, United States
Died: May 7, 1972
 49 
William Dwight Whitney
(American Linguist, Lexicographer, and Philologist)
William Dwight Whitney
0
Birthdate: February 9, 1827
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 7, 1894
 50 
Richard A. Ballinger
(Mayor)
Richard A. Ballinger
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 9, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: June 6, 1922
One of the most talked about private liberal arts college, the ‘Williams College’ has been a dream educational destination for most of the youth of our country. As per the prestigious, ‘U.S. News & World Report’ the ‘Williams College’ has bagged the number one place as the liberal for 14 straight years. Even the Forbes magazine has the ranked this outstanding institution as the second best undergraduate college. This institution was initially an ‘only men’s’ college however eventually it was turned into a co-ed educational system and has remained since ever since 1970. As per reliable sources, in 2015, the acceptance rate of this university was about 16.8%. Founded in 1793, this institution has only been growing ever since then. Most of the notable alumni of this university are out there to prove their worth in the world. They are not only making the institution proud but also making sure that they build an un-tarnishable image for themselves. Some of the famous notable alumni for this institution are, the 20th U.S president, ‘James A. Garfield’ or the rich Entrepreneur Steve Case or for that matter the exceptional director, Elia Kazan. These alumnus have taken it upon themselves to set high standards of excellence for the future generation. They are sure examples of determination, hard-work and grit.