Who went to Rutgers? Check out these notable names

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Quick: Who is the most noticeable alum from your respective university? Rutgers has a long list of well-known alumni. Many of us know about the school’s notable former athletes, including Ray Rice, Brian Leonard and the McCourty brothers, to name a few. But did you know James Gandolfini, aka Tony Soprano, once walked through the campus of Rutgers as a student as well?

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Here is a list of some of Rutgers’ most notable alumni.

Mario Batali, 1982

Chef, TV Host, Writer

Bill Bellamy, 1989
Comedian; Actor

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Kristin Davis, 1987
Actress

Calista Flockhart, 1988
Actress

James Gandolfini, 1983
Actor

Alexi Lalas, 1992
President, LA Galaxy; Former MLS and U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team Player

David Stern, 1963
Former NBA commissioner

 

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Shaun Marosy on 6/30/2014 @ 9:47pm EST Said:

Rutgers notable alums… Paul Robeson #1 IMO.

vigilantknight on 6/30/2014 @ 10:44pm EST Said:

And for a more complete list, please visit:

http://www.alumni.rutgers.edu/s/896/index.aspx?sid=896&gid=1&pgid=430

GO RU!

Drew on 6/30/2014 @ 11:34pm EST Said:

Garret Hobart is a Rutgers Alum as well- Vice President under the McKinley administration

Rutgers MO on 7/1/2014 @ 12:49am EST Said:

Nov. 6, 1869 Rutgers beats Princeton @ New Brunswick NJ. Go Scarlet!

fire251 on 7/1/2014 @ 6:44am EST Said:

Without a doubt of any sort, the man with the most impact of any is Paul Robeson, THE early version of Dr Martin Luther King !!

….. and of course in distant 2nd place…. THE Quincy J Magoo

Tom Shanahan on 7/1/2014 @ 7:29am EST Said:

yes, glaring omission from the original list

Fred Sprague on 7/1/2014 @ 7:43am EST Said:

Absolutely, Shaun:

Paul Robeson was the first African-American All-American, and was described by Walter Camp as the greatest End he ever saw. He played in the NFL AND obtained his law degree at the same time! A wonderful actor, and possibly the greatest bass vocalist the world his ever heard. He was a fighter for civil rights, and a man who stood up for his beliefs, no matter what the cost. Known throughout the world as much for his activism as his acting and vocal talents.

Eric Huff on 7/1/2014 @ 8:29am EST Said:

Milton Friedman, ’32. 1976 Noble Prize for Economics

A. Peter Ardito on 7/1/2014 @ 12:07pm EST Said:

Disappointed that you left off Mr. James O’Keefe, a true American hero if ever there was one. James O’Keefe has devoted his young life to exposing fraud in government and corruption in politics. After Rutgers, Mr. O’Keefe founded Project Veritas, went on to become a whistle blower exposing criminal activity in “socially-protected” organizations like Planned Parenthood, and catching, red-handed, politicians with their hands in the cooked jar. He has also acted as a media commentator, and has been something of a martyr for free speech. He is truly an alumnus worthy of Rutgers pride.