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This is a list of Hofstra University alumni. Hofstra University was founded in 1935 and has since graduated over 100,000 students. Below is a partial list of notable alumni/attendees.
- David B. Allison, class of 1987 – Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, UAB
- Jonathan D. Moreno, BA 1973. Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, author.
- Tina Park, trustee, Los Angeles Community College District
- Morton O. Schapiro, President of Northwestern University.
- Robert Swirsky, author, lecturer, and computer scientist
- Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz, LLC, and former chairman of HBO.
- Avi Arad 1972, CEO of Marvel Studios.
- Diane Garnick, investment manager, author
- Gerald Guterman, Real Estate Investor, attended but did not graduate
- Charles Kushner, noted billionaire real estate developer
- Bernie Madoff, '60 (B.S.), Wall Street investor convicted of multiple felonies related to the largest Ponzi scheme in history
- James C. Metzger 1983, Chairman and CEO, The Whitmore Group, Ltd.
- Robert McMahon, suspect in the 1978 Lufthansa heist
- Tommy Mottola, former Chairman/CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, attended but did not graduate
- Scott Ross, BS-1974. Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Digital Domain, Inc.
- Debra Ann Sandler, 1982, B.B.A., President, Mars Chocolate.
- John Tantillo, PhD, 1980 (Doctorate Applied Research Psychology), branding and marketing consultant
- Frank G. Zarb, former chairman of NASD, Inc. and the Nasdaq Stock Market. Current chairman of insurer AIG
Government, legal and political
- Maryanne Trump Barry, U.S. Court of Appeals Judge
- Joseph Borg, J.D., Securities Commissioner of Alabama
- Norm Coleman, former U.S. Senator (R-Minnesota)
- Thomas DiNapoli, 1976. former New York state assemblyman and current New York State Comptroller
- Lenora Fulani, first woman and the first African American to ever appear on the ballot in all 50 states for U.S. President
- Peter S. Kalikow, MTA chairman
- Norm Kent, 1971. BA, attorney, publisher, radio talk show host, Chairman, National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws NORML
- Jeff Korek, New York City-based trial lawyer and partner at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, a personal injury law firm
- Ron Kovic, activist, paraplegic, author of Born on the Fourth of July
- Norman F. Lent, former U.S. Congressman, New York (R)
- David A. Levy, former U.S. Congressman, New York (R)
- Ed Mangano, Republican, Nassau County, NY County Executive.
- Mary Matalin, Political consultant for the Republican Party, Advisor to President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. (attended but did not graduate).
- Joseph Margiotta, former Nassau County, Long Island Republican chairman
- Thomas McKevitt, BS, JD. represents District 17 in the New York State Assembly, which includes large portions of Nassau County, New York
- Joseph Mondello, BA, 1962. Chairman, Nassau County, (NY) Republican Committee
- Robert O. Muller, JD, 1974. co-founder of International Campaign to Ban Landmines, the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1997
- David Paterson, Governor of New York. Former minority leader of the New York State Senate. First African American governor of NY State
- Howard Safir, former New York City Police commissioner and former head of the United States Marshals Service
- Peter J. Schmitt, County Legislator of Nassau County, New York's 12th District
- Thomas C. Wales, assassinated federal prosecutor
- Owen H. Johnson BA 1956, Honorary JD '98, New York State Senator, (R)
- Avi Arad, Film Producer, Founder of Marvel Studios, Producer of the Spider-man and X-Men films
- Carol Alt, Supermodel, actress, attended but did not graduate
- Brian Barry, SAG, actor, X-Files, I Am Legend
- James Caan, actor, attended but did not graduate
- Francis Ford Coppola, Academy Award/Oscar-winning director, producer and writer of cinematic classics such as; The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Apocalypse Now, Patton (won an oscar for writing the screenplay), The Outsiders, American Graffiti (producer), and numerous other films
- Peter Dante, actor. Played Lacrosse at Hofstra. Stars in Happy Madison films such as "The Waterboy", "Big Daddy", "Grandma's boy", etc.
- Robert Davi, actor. Major roles in the James Bond film Licence to Kill, Die Hard, The Goonies, featured roles in Wiseguy
- Rosemarie DeWitt, actress and granddaughter of James Braddock
- Adam Green, Filmmaker, Writer / Director of such films as Hatchet, Spiral, and Frozen
- Madeline Kahn, Tony Award-winner for Best Actress; The Sisters Rosensweig. Twice nominated for an Academy Award. Films include: Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and High Anxiety.
- Lainie Kazan, actress, starred in My Big Fat Greek Wedding
- Francis Kenny, cinematographer, 2012 ASC Presidents Award
- Joe Morton, award winning actor. Appeared in Terminator 2, American Gangster etc.
- Mike Starr, noted screen and stage actor. Filmography highlights include: Goodfellas, Dumb and Dumber, Summer of Sam, The Natural, The Bodyguard, and The Black Dahlia
- Christopher Walken, Oscar-winning actor, attended but did not graduate. Opposed to being a theater student, Christopher Walken was a dance student during his time at Hofstra.
- Frederic Lebow, screenwriter, wrote While You Were Sleeping.
- Alan Colmes, talk radio host and co-host of Fox News Channel's "Hannity and Colmes"
- John DeBella, disc jockey, WMGK Philadelphia
- Steven Epstein, Sony Classical music producer.
- Joe Frank, radio monologuist and playwright
- Lisa Glasberg. "Lisa G", American radio and TV personality, The Howard Stern Show
- Ellie Greenwich, songwriter, "Leader of the Pack", "Be My Baby", "Chapel Of Love", others
- Dan Ingram, disc jockey, WCBS-FM, New York
- Olivia, R&B singer
- Lou Berger 1972, head writer for children's television show Sesame Street. Winner of 10 Emmys for outstanding writing.
- Margaret Colin, actress
- Alan Colmes, talk radio host, former co-host of Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes
- Elizabeth Dennehy, actress
- Meredith Eaton-Gilden, American actress and psychologist.
- Monica Horan, actress, Everybody Loves Raymond
- Donnie Klang, Star, and Solo Artist for the hit show Making the Band 4
- Tom McGowan, actor
- Matt Pieper, B.A. 2005, news anchor/reporter at News 12 The Bronx/Brooklyn in NYC
- Philip Rosenthal, creator, producer and writer for hit comedy show Everybody Loves Raymond
- Leslie Segrete, designer on TLC's While You Were Out and Trading Spaces.
- Susan Sullivan, actress
- Eliot Wald, B.A. 1967. television and film writer
- Maryann Ridini Spencer, television host, writer
Literature and print media
- Nelson DeMille, author.
- Stephen Dunn, Pulitzer Prize for poetry, 2001, former varsity basketball player.
- John Edwards, writer
- Marilyn French, feminist, author of The Women's Room
- Pamela Geller, blogger, author, political activist, and commentator
- Charlie Kadau, Senior Editor, "Mad Magazine"
- Donald S. Kellermann (1927–2010), journalist and opinion researcher.
- Laurie Rozakis, writer of the Complete Idiots books
- Ron Shandler, national baseball analyst, writer
- George Vecsey, sportswriter for The New York Times
- Brandon Scoop Robinson, sportswriter for source magazine
- Rick Apodaca (born 1980), Puerto Rican professional basketball player who has played in the NCAA, USBL, NBDL, and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico.
- Speedy Claxton, Golden State Warriors point guard
- Charles Jenkins, Philadelphia 76ers guard
- Bob McKillop, 1972, Men's head basketball coach, Davidson College
- Nat Militzok (1923–2009), New York Knicks forward
- Steve Nisenson, holder of Hofstra all-time scoring record for 43 years
- Norman Richardson
- Loren Stokes, NBA free agent
- Charlie Adams, wide receiver for the Houston Texans
- Kyle Arrington, New England Patriots cornerback
- Stephen Bowen, DE, Dallas Cowboys
- Rocky Butler, current quarterback for the Toronto Argonauts
- Giovanni Carmazzi, former professional quarterback, drafted 65th in 2000 by San Francisco 49ers, but never took a regular season NFL snap
- Wayne Chrebet, former New York Jets wide receiver
- Brian Clark, linebacker
- Willie Colon, Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Line
- Marques Colston, wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints
- Devale Ellis, wide receiver for the Detroit Lions
- Dave Fiore, former San Francisco 49ers and Washington Redskins guard
- Don Gault, QB, Cleveland Browns
- DeMingo Graham, former Offensive Lineman for the San Diego Chargers Houston Texans
- Arlen Harris, running back and kick returner for the Atlanta Falcons
- Raheem Morris, BS- Physical Education 1997, former head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- John Schmitt, Center, Played for 10 years with the New York Jets and one year with the Green Bay Packers. Member of New York Jets Super Bowl III Championship Team
- Lance Schulters, free safety for the Miami Dolphins
- Renauld Williams, former linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers
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