Yale University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Yale University. The list includes people like George H. W. Bush, Jennifer Connelly, James Franco, Liev Schreiber & Hillary Clinton. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, miscellaneous, media personalities and film & theater personalities etc.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Jodie Foster

Jodie Foster.
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Famous As: Actress & Director
Birthdate: November 19, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 2 Edward Norton

Edward Norton.
6
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 Anderson Cooper

Anderson Cooper.
9
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Clarence Thomas

Clarence Thomas.
5
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: June 23, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montgomery, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 5 George H. W. Bush

George H. W. Bush.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 41st U.S. President
Birthdate: June 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 1, 2018
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 6 Grace Hopper

Grace Hopper.
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Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 1, 1992

 7 Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 12, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cairo, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 James Franco

James Franco.
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Famous As: Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Teacher
Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 9 Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former First Lady, Political Leader
Birthdate: October 26, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 10 Ben Carson

Ben Carson.
13
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Former Neurosurgeon
Birthdate: September 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 11 Oliver Stone

Oliver Stone.
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Famous As: Film Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 12 Liev Schreiber

Liev Schreiber.
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Francisco, California
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 13 Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz.
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 1, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn

 14 Claire Danes

Claire Danes.
3
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 15 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow.
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 16 Elia Kazan

Elia Kazan.
2
Famous As: Director, Actor, Producer
Birthdate: September 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Constantinople, Greece (modern day Istanbul, Turkey)
Died: September 28, 2003

 17 Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor.
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: June 25, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States

 18 Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer.
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 19 Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 20 Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Governor of Florida
Birthdate: September 14, 1978
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States

 21 Kathryn Hahn

Kathryn Hahn
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Westchester, Illinois, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 22 David Duchovny

David Duchovny.
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Birthdate: August 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 23 Mark Rothko

Mark Rothko.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: February 25, 1970

 24 Vincent Price

Vincent Price.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: October 25, 1993

 25 Zoe Kazan

Zoe Kazan
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 26 Patricia Clarkson

Patricia Clarkson
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 29, 1959
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 27 Jonathan Edwards

Jonathan Edwards.
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Famous As: Preacher, Theologian, Philosopher
Birthdate: October 5, 1703
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: East Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 22, 1758

 28 Eli Whitney

Eli Whitney.
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Famous As: American inventor
Birthdate: December 8, 1765
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Westborough
Died: January 8, 1825

 29 Peter Hermann

Peter Hermann
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 30 Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: November 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dallas, United States

 31 Chris Noth

Chris Noth.
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 32 Anita Hill

Anita Hill
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Morns, Oklahoma, USA

 33 David Hyde Pierce

David Hyde Pierce.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saratoga Springs, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 34 Judith Butler

Judith Butler.
1
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 35 Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 36 Nathan Chen

Nathan Chen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Figure skater
Birthdate: May 5, 1999
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Salt Lake City
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 37 Cole Porter

Cole Porter.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Songwriter
Birthdate: June 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, United States
Died: October 15, 1964

 38 Kellie Martin

Kellie Martin.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 16, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riverside, California
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 39 Ernie Hudson

Ernie Hudson
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 40 Stacy Keach

Stacy Keach.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 41 Brett Kavanaugh

Brett Kavanaugh.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: February 12, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 42 Gary Hart

Gary Hart
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ottawa, Kansas, United States

 43 Brian Tyree Henry

Brian Tyree Henry
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fayetteville, North Carolina Fayetteville, North Carolina, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 44 Ron Livingston

Ron Livingston
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 45 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 15, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enugu, Nigeria

 46 Lance Reddick

Lance Reddick.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 31, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 47 Dick Cavett

Dick Cavett.
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: November 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gibbon, Nebraska
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 48 Henry Ford II

Henry Ford II
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Business Person
Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: September 29, 1987

 49 Phil LaMarr

Phil LaMarr
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Famous As: Stand-up comedian, Actor, Film director, Television director, Film producer, Television producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Dancer, Voice actor, Comedian, Film actor, Television actor
Birthdate: January 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 50 Tom Wolfe

Tom Wolfe.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: March 2, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: March 14, 2018
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
The Yale University, situated in the United States, is one of the most reputed educational institutions in the world, which has been attracting students from several countries every year. It is believed that the name of the university has been derived from Elihu Yale, a governor of the East India Company, known for his generosity. He apparently donated a lot to the university and the name Yale was the institution’s way of paying tribute to the late governor. The infrastructure of the university is simply outstanding. The dining hall and the library, in particular, deserve a special mention. The remarkable Goth architecture and the breathtaking campus might remind you of the ‘Hogwarts’ school from the ‘Harry Potter’ movie franchise. Several noteworthy public figures were once students of this remarkable institution. Democrat leader Hillary Clinton is an alumnus of the notable Yale University and apparently visits her alma mater quite often. Her husband Bill Clinton, who was the 42nd President of the United States, known for his outstanding leadership skills, had studied here too. Former American President George W Bush, Academy Award winning actress Meryl Streep and noted journalist Anderson Cooper are a few other famous personalities among Yale’s alumni. The university is also notable for producing several students who went on to become a part of the American intelligence agency ‘CIA’. In addition, there are several rumors of this university being a hotbed for creepy secret societies. Here is a list of notable Yale alumni who have made a mark in various spheres of life and inspired others to follow suit!