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Oct 21 2010
1 In Modern Family, Mitchell Pritchett is a graduate of Cornell. 50212
2 In The Simpsons, Sideshow Mel attended Cornell. 30390
3 In 30 Rock, Fat Balls, a potential addition to Tracy Jordan's entourage is studying hotel administration at Cornell University. 21553
4 In Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane, the film's title character played by Orson Welles, was expelled. 19281
5 In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Joseph Allen is an Ithaca, NY native and holds a B.A. in international relations. 18152
6 Jane Lynch (M.F.A Theater) - Actress 14539
7 In Ugly Betty, Alexis Meade's assistant, Nick, is a Cornell graduate. 14243
8 In Sex and the City, Velma Rudin, psychologist in the show's second season, holds two Cornell degrees. 11716
9 In American Pie and other films in the series, Vicky Lathum, played by Tara Reid, attends Cornell. 10938
10 Carl Sagan (David Duncan Professor of Astronomy and Space Sciences, 1968–96) - Space Sciences 9467
11 John Cleese (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1999–2006; Provost’s Visiting Professor, 2006-) - Comedian and actor 6670
12 Bill Maher (B.A. 1978 English) - Comedian and Politically Incorrect satirist 6665
13 In Up in the Air, Natalie Keener is a Cornell graduate. 6570
14 Christopher Reeve (B.A. 1974 Theater Arts and English) - Actor, best known for starring in Superman and its sequels 6500
15 Richard Feynman (Physics faculty, 1945–50) - Physics 1965 6453
16 In Numb3rs, Agent Sinclair is a graduate of Cornell. 6130
17 Ann Coulter (B.A. 1984 History) - Book author and columnist 4731
18 In Ally McBeal, Ling Woo was editor of the Cornell Law Journal. 4708
19 Jane Goodall (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1996–2002) - Naturalist 4644
20 In Dirty Dancing, Neil attends the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. 4639
21 Buckminster Fuller (Professor) - Architect and inventor, famous for work with geodesic domes 4262
22 In Step Up, Nora's mother wants her to apply to Cornell if her dancing career fails 4014
23 Vladimir Nabokov (Professor of European and Russian Literature, 1948–58) - Author of the novel Lolita 4012
24 Octavio Paz (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1972–74) - Literature 1990 3850
25 Amartya Sen (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1978–84) - Economics 1998 3630
26 Jimmy Smits (M.F.A. 1982) - Actor 3467
27 Bill Nye (B.S. 1977 Mechanical Engineering, M.Eng. 1977, Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor, 2001–06) - Star of Bill Nye the Science Guy; science education advocate 3177
28 Ruth Bader Ginsburg (B.A. 1954 Government) - U.S. Supreme Court associate justice 3127
29 Keith Olbermann (B.S. 1979 Communication Arts) - Sports commentator, MSNBC news anchor, co-host of Football Night in America of NBC 2904
30 In Avenue Q, Princeton had a B.A. in English from Cornell in early drafts of the play, according to creator Jeff Marx. 2791
31 John Rawls (Professor) - Philosopher, author of A Theory of Justice, Political Liberalism, and The Law of Peoples 2690
32 In Water for Elephants, Jacob Jankowski, the narrator, attended Cornell's College of Veterinary Medicine. 2319
33 Lloyd Blankfein (Board of Overseers, Medical College) - President and CEO, Goldman Sachs, 2006–present 2176
34 In Annie Hall, Herschel Kominsky has a chair in philosophy at Cornell. 2091
35 Mark Whitacre, COO of Cypress Systems (Ph.D. Nutritional Biochemistry) 2041
36 Dian Fossey (Visiting Research Associate, 1980) - Anthropologist whose murder was recreated as the film Gorillas in the Mist 1860
37 In Any Given Sunday, Christina Pagniacci, played by Cameron Diaz, graduated with an M.B.A. in 1996. 1852
38 Wole Soyinka (Senior Fellow, Society for the Humanities, 1985) - Literature 1986 1753
39 In Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Newt Hoenikker is a Cornell pre-med student drop-out. 1657
40 Norman Borlaug (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1982–88) - Peace 1970 1586
41 Leo Frank (B.S. 1906 Engineering) - Factory owner whose 1915 lynching for rape and murder sparked the reforming of the Ku Klux Klan; subject of the musical Parade 1547
42 Betty Friedan (Professor) - Feminist, author of "The Feminine Mystique" 1476
43 Nick Berg (undergrad 1996-98, transferred) - Businessman beheaded by Islamic militants on May 7, 2004 during the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq 1471
44 Kurt Lewin (Professor) - Founder of modern social psychology 1452
45 Mark Kirk (B.A. 1981 History) - Illinois 10th District, 2001–present 1279
46 In Say Anything..., Sheila, played by Kim Walker, was admitted to Cornell and plans to attend. 1277
47 In Altered States, Dr. Eddie Jessup, played by William Hurt, is a research scientist at Cornell Medical College. 1222
48 Thomas Sowell (Professor, 1965–1969) - Economist 1165
49 Freeman Dyson (Professor, 1951–53) - Physics, mathematics 1164
50 Janet Reno (B.A. 1960 Chemistry; Professor) - Attorney General under Bill Clinton, 1993–2001 1163
51 In Deception Point by Dan Brown, Gabrielle Ashe has a B.A. in Government. 1135
52 Paul Wolfowitz (B.A. 1965 Mathematics and Chemistry) - Deputy Secretary of Defense under George W. Bush, 2001–05, President of the World Bank, 2005–2007 1134
53 In Made of Honor, Tom and Hannah meet at Cornell where Hannah studied fine arts. 1048
54 Kwame Anthony Appiah (Professor, 1986–89) - African Studies philosopher and novelist 1032
55 Alvin Toffler (Professor) - American writer, sociologist, and futurist, Future Shock 1031
56 Howard Hawks (Mechanical Engineering) - Noted American film director, producer and writer of the classic Hollywood era; directed Scarface, His Girl Friday, The Big Sleep, and Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, among others 1030
57 Mae Jemison (M.D. 1981; A.D. White Professor-at-Large 1999-2005) - First African-American woman to travel in space; member of National Women's Hall of Fame; chemical engineer, physician, teacher 1025
58 Alan Keyes (undergrad 1968-69, transferred) - Diplomat, U.S. Presidential candidate, 1996, 2000; U.S. Senate candidate from Maryland (1988, 1992) and Illinois (2004) 1017
59 Frank Morgan (undergrad 1908-09, dropped out) - Actor, played The Wizard in The Wizard of Oz, Academy Award recipient 837
60 Brian Greene (Professor, 1990–95) - Theoretical Physicist and Author - specializing in String Theory 826
61 Margaret Bourke-White (B.A. 1927) - Photojournalist 794
62 Ronald D. Moore (failed out 1985) - Writer/Producer of Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica; two-time Hugo Award winner, nominated for Emmy Award 777
63 Hans Bethe (John Wendell Anderson Professor of Physics, 1935–2005) - Physics 1967 759
64 In "The Perfect Score", the main character, Kyle, wishes to study architecture at Cornell University. 759
65 Charles Evans Hughes (Professor, Law School, 1891–93) - Governor of New York, 1907–10, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice, 1910–16), U.S. Presidential candidate, 1916), U.S. Secretary of State, 1921–25), U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, 1930–41 754
66 Gary Bettman (B.S. 1974) - Commissioner of the NHL 736
67 Catherine Hicks (M.F.A. 1976?) - Annie Camden on 7th Heaven 732
68 In The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, the character Diana attends Cornell. 722
69 Allan Bloom (Professor, 1963–70) - Philosophy and Government, author of Closing of the American Mind 693
70 Douglas Murray (2003) - Defenseman for San Jose Sharks 2005- , 2010 Olympian 689
71 In Starman, National Security Agency scientist Mark Shermin wears a Cornell sweatshirt. 678
72 Robert Smigel (undergrad 1978-80, transferred) - Puppeteer behind Triumph, the Insult Comic Dog; first head writer of Late Night with Conan O'Brien; author of "TV Funhouse" animations on Saturday Night Live 674
73 Adrienne Rich (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1981–87) - Feminist poet 672
74 Harold Gould (M.A. 1948 Theater, Ph.D. 1953 Dramatic Speech and Literature; Professor of Speech and Drama) - Stage, screen, and television actor 613
75 In The Prince of Tides, Dr. Susan Lowenstein, played by Barbra Streisand. 612
76 Har Gobind Khorana (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1974–80) - Physiology or Medicine 1968 606
77 Cynthia McKinney (Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor, 2003–06) - U.S. Representative from Georgia, 1993–2003, 2005–present 590
78 Peter Medawar (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1965–71) - Physiology or Medicine 1960 584
79 Ken Dryden (B.A. 1969) - NHL Hockey Hall of Fame goaltender, Canadian Member of Parliament 571
80 Louis Agassiz (Lecturer) - American zoologist, glaciologist, and geologist 566
81 Benedict Anderson (Professor Emeritus of International Studies) - Author of Imagined Communities 561
82 Robert Whittaker (Professor) - American vegetation ecologist 537
83 Frances Perkins (Lecturer of Industrial & Labor Relations (?-1965) - U.S. Secretary of Labor, 1933–45), first female U.S. Cabinet member 525
84 Kip Thorne (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1986–92) - Astrophysicist 524
85 Peter Ostrum (D.V.M. 1984) - Charlie Bucket from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory 515
86 Franchot Tone (undergrad) - Actor, nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for Mutiny on the Bounty 513
87 Edmund Muskie (LL.B. 1939) - Governor of Maine, 1955–59; Senator from Maine, 1959–80; Vice Presidential Candidate, 1968; Secretary of State, 1980–81 508
88 C. Everett Koop (M.D. 1941) - Surgeon General of the United States under president Ronald Reagan, 1982–89 504
89 Edward B. Titchener (Professor) - Inventor of structuralism, founder of first psychology lab in U.S. (at Cornell University) 503
90 Stephen Hadley (B.A. 1969 Government) - National Security Advisor to President George W. Bush, 2005–2009 486
91 Gabrielle Giffords (M.R.P. 1996) - Arizona, 8th District, 2007–present 473
92 Andrea Savage (B.A. Political Science and Spanish, minor in Law Studies) - Actress, Dog Bites Man 471
93 Ed Marinaro (B.S. 1972) - Minnesota Vikings, New York Jets, and Seattle Seahawks; runner-up for the 1971 Heisman Trophy Award, actor on Hill Street Blues 462
94 Florence Kelley (B.A. 1882) - Political and social reformer 460
95 Reggie Fils-Aime (B.S. 1983 Applied Economics) - President of Nintendo's North American division 457
96 Jon Daniels (B.S. 1999) - General Manager of the Texas Rangers, youngest GM ever in Major League Baseball 453
97 Roald Hoffmann (Frank H.T. Rhodes Professor in Humane Letters) - Chemistry 1981 450
98 Willis Carrier (M.E. 1901) - Founder of Carrier Corporation; inventor of air conditioning 447
99 John Pilger (Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 University Professor, 2003–06) - Left-wing journalist 433
100 Michael Ross (B.S. 1981 Agricultural Economics) - Convicted serial killer executed in Connecticut on May 13, 2005 418
101 In Over There, Pvt. Frank "Dim" Dumphy, played by Luke Macfarlane, is nicknamed "Dim" for being highly intelligent and earning a B.S. from Cornell, but ending up in the Army. 414
102 In The Lost Weekend, Don Birnam, played by Ray Milland, attended but did not graduate. 411
103 Lee Teng-hui (Ph.D. 1968 Agricultural Economics) - President of Republic of China (Taiwan), 1988–2000 408
104 Peter Debye (Professor of Chemistry, 1940–50; Department Chair) - Chemistry 1936 404
105 Robert Tappan Morris (graduate study 1988-89, suspended) - Author of the Morris Worm, which crippled the Internet in 1988 399
106 Paul Graham (B.A.) - Co-founder of Viaweb, sold for $46.6 million to Yahoo! and became Yahoo! Stores; Lisp programmer, author 388
107 In Just Cause, Bobby Earl, played by Blair Underwood, attended but did not graduate. 373
108 Sandy Berger (B.A. 1967 Government) - National Security Advisor to President Bill Clinton, 1997–2001 371
109 Henry Morgenthau, Jr. (undergrad 1909-10, 1912–13, dropped out) - Secretary of the Treasury, 1934–45 363
110 William T. Vollmann (B.A. 1981 Comparative Literature) - Journalist, Author of numerous books on war, including a seven volume treatise on violence 358
111 Dan Duryea (B.A. English) - Actor 353
112 Glenn "Pop" Warner (LL.B. 1894, Football Coach) - Football player and coach, founder of Pop Warner Little Scholars 346
113 Richard R. Ernst (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1996–2002) - Chemistry 1991 338
114 Richard Price (B.S. 1971) - Author, The Wanderers and 6 other novels; Academy Award nominated screenwriter for The Color of Money and Clockers 335
115 Mary Woronov (did not graduate) - Actress, member of Andy Warhol's The Factory 329
116 Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1977–83) and Bethe Lecturer in Physics, 1989–90) - Physics 1991 311
117 Paul de Man (Professor) - Professor of Comparative Literature 311
118 Adolphe Menjou (B.S. Engineering) - Actor, famous for his roles in The Sheik, The Three Musketeers, and Paths of Glory 308
119 Graham Kerr (Professor, 1973) - Chef, "The Galloping Gourmet" 295
120 Kenneth G. Wilson (Professor of Physics and Nuclear Studies, 1963–88) - Physics 1982 294
121 In Spriggan, Rie Yamabishi has a B.A. in Linguistics. 292
122 Jeff Hawkins (B.S. 1979 Electrical Engineering) - Founder of Palm, Inc. and Handspring; inventor of the Palm Pilot 289
123 Ellen Albertini Dow (B.A. 1935 Theater, M.A. 1938 Theater) - Actress, Wedding Crashers, the rapping grandmother in The Wedding Singer 282
124 Hu Shih (B.A. 1914) - China's ambassador to the U.S., 1938–42; philosopher; poet 277
125 Sanford I. Weill (B.A. 1955 Government) - Former Chairman and CEO of Citigroup; founder of Shearson Loeb Rhoades, sold for $930 million to American Express; namesake of Weill Cornell Medical College 276
126 Paul Flory (Chemistry faculty, 1948–57) - Chemistry 1974 265
127 Edward M. House (undergrad 1877-80, dropped out) - Foreign policy advisor for Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt 265
128 David Lee (Professor of Physics) - Physics 1996 263
129 Bruce Arena (B.S. 1971) - 5-time NCAA Championship coach at the University of Virginia, coach of Major League Soccer's D.C. United, coach of the U.S. national team, coach of MLS's New York Red Bulls. Present coach of MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy. 262
130 John Robert Schrieffer (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 1969–75) - Physics 1972 260
131 Stephen Friedman (B.A. 1959; Trustee, 1993-) - Chairman of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board (2005-), former assistant for economic policy to President George W. Bush (2002–04) and director of the United States National Economic Council, 2003–04; former chairman of The Goldman Sachs Group, 1990-94. 251
132 Chuck Robb (undergrad 1957-58, transferred) - Senator, Virginia, 1989–2001 251
133 Henry Taube (Assistant Professor, 1944–46) - Chemistry 1983 249
134 George Paget Thomson (Non-resident Lecturer, 1929–30) - Nobel Prize, Physics 1937 243
135 Allen Funt (B.A. 1934 Fine Arts) - Producer, created Candid Camera 234
136 Jan Schlichtmann (J.D. 1977) - Civil action lawyer whose story was made into the film A Civil Action, in which Schlichtmann is played by John Travolta 233
137 Sheryl WuDunn (B.A. 1981 European History) - Journalist at The New York Times, co-winner in 1990 of the Pulitzer Prize for her coverage on the Tienanmen Square protests of 1989, winner of the George Polk Award in 1989, and winner of the Overseas Press Club in 1990. 231
138 Wendy Wasserstein (A.D. White Professor-at-Large, 2005–06) - Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright 229
139 Lee Reherman (1988) - Miami Dolphins, actor on American Gladiators and X-Files 224
140 Arthur Laurents (B.A. 1937 English) - Playwright, screenwriter, director, author, credits include West Side Story, Rope, and Gypsy 216
141 Joe Nieuwendyk (1988) - NHL player, 3-time Stanley Cup champion, 2002 Olympic Gold Medalist 216
142 Robert Parris Moses (Frank H.T. Rhodes Class of '56 Professor, 2006-) - Civil rights leader, creator of the Algebra Project, MacArthur "genius" 215

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