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Famous Tulane University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Tulane University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Tulane University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Tulane University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Tulane University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Tulane University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Tulane University.

Examples of graduates on this list include Newt Gingrich and Matt Forté.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Tulane University?” and “Which celebrities are Tulane University alumni?”
  • 1

    Newt Gingrich

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceHarrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Newton Leroy Gingrich (; né McPherson, June 17, 1943) is an American politician, author, and historian who served as the 50th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 1999....  more

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  • 2

    Lauren Hutton

    Television producer, Model


    BirthplaceCharleston, South Carolina, United States of America

    Alternative NameLauren Hutton

    Mary Laurence "Lauren" Hutton (born November 17, 1943) is an American model and actress. Raised in the southern United States, Hutton relocated to New York City in her early adulthood to begin a...  more

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  • 3

    A. Baldwin Wood

    Inventor, Engineer

    AgeDec. at 76 (1879-1956)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    Albert Baldwin Wood (December 1, 1879 – May 10, 1956) was an inventor and engineer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in...  more
  • 4

    AgeDec. at 47 (1838-1886)


    Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and other cities. The style he popularized is named for...  more
  • 5

    Huey Long

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 42 (1893-1935)

    BirthplaceWinnfield, Louisiana, United States of America

    Huey Pierce Long Jr. (August 30, 1893 – September 10, 1935), nicknamed "The Kingfish", was an American politician who served as the 40th governor of Louisiana from 1928 to 1932 and was a member of...  more
  • 6

    David Filo

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur



    David Robert Filo (born April 20, 1966) is an American businessman and the co-founder of Yahoo! with Jerry Yang. His Filo Server Program, written in the C programming language, was the server-side...  more
  • 7

    Jim Garrison

    Judge, Politician

    AgeDec. at 70 (1921-1992)

    BirthplaceUSA, Denison, Iowa

    James Carothers Garrison (born Earling Carothers Garrison; November 20, 1921 – October 21, 1992) was the District Attorney of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, from 1962 to 1973. A member of the Democratic...  more
  • 8


    BirthplaceEndicott, New York

    Douglas Gerald Hurley (born October 21, 1966) is an engineer and NASA astronaut. He piloted Space Shuttle mission STS-127, which launched July 15, 2009. He was assigned and flew as pilot for STS-135,...  more
  • 9

    Paul Michael Glaser

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceCambridge, Massachusetts, USA

    Alternative NamePaul Michael Glasser, Paul M. Glaser, Paul Michael Glaser, Michael Glaser

    Paul Michael Glaser (born March 25, 1943), is an American actor and director best known for his role as Detective David Starsky on the 1970s television series, Starsky & Hutch. Glaser also appeared...  more

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  • 10

    Emily Saliers

    Musician, Singer-songwriter


    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

    Emily Ann Saliers (born July 22, 1963) is an American singer-songwriter and member of the musical duo Indigo Girls. Saliers plays lead guitar as well as banjo, piano, mandolin, ukulele, bouzouki and...  more
  • 11

    Hale Boggs

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceLong Beach, Mississippi, United States of America

    Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. (February 15, 1914 – disappeared October 16, 1972) was an American Democratic politician and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Orleans, Louisiana. He was...  more

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  • 12

    AgeDec. at 85 (1928-2014)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, USA

    Alternative NameEdwin Nelson, Edwin Stafford Nelson, Edward Nelson

    Edwin Stafford Nelson (December 21, 1928 – August 9, 2014) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place. Nelson appeared in episodes...  more
  • 13

    James H. Clark

    Entrepreneur, Computer scientist


    BirthplacePlainview, Texas

    James Henry Clark (born March 23, 1944) is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist. He founded several notable Silicon Valley technology companies, including Silicon Graphics, Inc., Netscape...  more
  • 14

    Bobby Jindal



    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

    Piyush "Bobby" Jindal (born June 10, 1971) is an American politician who served as the 55th Governor of Louisiana from 2008 to 2016. Jindal previously served as a member of the U.S. House of...  more

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  • 15

    David Vitter

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    David Bruce Vitter (born May 3, 1961) is an American lobbyist, lawyer, and politician who served as United States Senator for Louisiana from 2005 to 2017. He was the first Republican elected to the...  more
  • 16

    Michael E. DeBakey

    Physician, Surgeon

    AgeDec. at 99 (1908-2008)

    BirthplaceLake Charles, Louisiana

    Michael Ellis DeBakey (born Michel Dabaghi; September 7, 1908 – July 11, 2008) was a Lebanese-American cardiac surgeon and vascular surgeon, scientist, and medical educator who became the chancellor...  more
  • 17

    Bob Wise



    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    Robert Ellsworth Wise Jr. (born January 6, 1948) is an American politician. A Democrat, Wise served as the 33rd Governor of West Virginia from January 2001 to January 2005. He also served in the...  more
  • 18

    Harold Rosen

    Electrical engineer, Engineer


    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    For the educationalist, see Harold Rosen (educationalist).Harold A. Rosen (March 20, 1926 – January 30, 2017) was an American electrical engineer, known as "the father of the geostationary...  more
  • 19

    Andrew Breitbart

    Editor, Commentator

    AgeDec. at 43 (1969-2012)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, Southern California, Contiguous United States, 90731

    Andrew James Breitbart (; February 1, 1969 – March 1, 2012) was an American conservative publisher, writer and commentator. After helping in the early stages of The Huffington Post and the Drudge...  more
  • 20

    John Kennedy Toole

    Journalist, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 31 (1937-1969)

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana

    John Kennedy Toole (; December 17, 1937 – March 26, 1969) was an American novelist from New Orleans, Louisiana, whose posthumously published novel A Confederacy of Dunces won the Pulitzer Prize for...  more
  • 21

    Bruce Paltrow

    Television director, Theatre Director

    AgeDec. at 58 (1943-2002)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Bruce Weigert Paltrow (November 26, 1943 – October 3, 2002) was an American television and film director and producer.He was the husband of actress Blythe Danner, and the father of actress Gwyneth...  more
  • 22

    Bob Livingston

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceColorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America

    Robert Linlithgow Livingston Jr. (born April 30, 1943) is an American lobbyist and politician who served as a U.S. Representative from Louisiana from 1977 to 1999. A Republican, he was chosen as Newt...  more
  • 23

    Lisa P. Jackson



    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lisa Perez Jackson (born February 8, 1962) is an American chemical engineer who served as the Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from 2009 to 2013. She is the...  more
  • 24

    Geoffrey Beene

    Fashion designer, Designer

    AgeDec. at 80 (1924-2004)

    BirthplaceHaynesville, Louisiana

    Geoffrey Beene was an American fashion designer. Beene was one of New York's most famous fashion designers, recognized for his artistic and technical skills and for creating simple, comfortable and...  more

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  • 25

    Alexi Giannoulias

    Businessperson, Politician


    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

    Alexander "Alexi" Giannoulias ( jə-NOO-lee-əs; born March 16, 1976) is an American financier and politician who served as Illinois Treasurer from 2007 to 2011. A Democrat, Giannoulias defeated...  more