Famous Florida State Alumni

Published July 14, 2020 73,426 Views

Rumble Florida State University is known for the iconic athletes the school's produced, but Tallahassee was home to tons of notable Seminoles you may remember, but have also forgotten.

Astronaut Norman Thagard logged over 140 days in space and became the dean of public relations at FSU's College of Engineering.

Charlie Crist served as the Governor of Florida from 2007-11. During his time at FSU, Crist was elected student body vice president.

The Oscar-winning movie Moonlight was co-written by FSU alumni Barry Jenkins, a director, producer, and screenwriter. Alongside several FSU filmmaking graduates, Jenkins and his 'Noles created If Beale Street Could Talk, which received numerous nominations and wins at the Golden Globes and Academy Awards.

The importance of Florida State University can be measured by Reubin Askew, who served as the Governor of Florida and ran for President of the United States. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.

Known best as the teacher in The Breakfast Club, Paul Gleason became a successful actor after attending Florida State and playing football for the Seminoles. Gleason enjoyed a short stint in minor league baseball.

As one of the richest women in the world, Sara Blakely became famous due to her creation of the company Spanx.

Tony La Russa attended the Florida State University College of Law after the end of his baseball playing career. In 33 seasons as an MLB manager, he won three World Series championships.

Faye Dunaway co-starred alongside Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde as Bonnie Parker. The famous acrtress won an Academy Award, three Golden Globes, and an Emmy. She attended FSU, the University of Florida, and the University of Boston for theater.

Ron Simmons played football for the Seminoles and was a two-time All-American. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2008.

An actor and director, Cheryl Hines starred in Curb Your Enthusiasm alongside Larry David, where she was nominated for two Emmys. Hines grew up in Tallahassee and is a long-time supporter of FSU athletics.

The face of ESPN College GameDay, Lee Corso was a star quarterback at Florida State. Any casual fan of college football knows Sunshine Scooter from his headgear selections every Saturday morning.

The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison gained worldwide fame. He didn't finish school in Tallahassee, but the rock star is one of the most famous frontmen in history.

Richard Simmons is one of the greatest Florida State University alumni, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in art. He begin working in the fitness industry in the 1970s, producing videos like "Sweatin' to the Oldies."

The most famous athlete in FSU history is Deion Sanders. "Prime Time" is arguably the best cornerback and returner in the history of football. Plus, Sanders was played in the MLB for nine seasons.

It is nearly impossible to be more famous than Burt Reynolds. Before his time as the most famous actor in the world, Reynolds played running back for the Seminoles and was roommates with none other than Lee Corso.

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