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The Top 20 Most Famous People Who Went To The University of Texas at Austin

Anyone who attends The University of Texas knows of the immense power one possesses once they realize they bleed burnt orange. We've put together the Top 20 Most Famous People who went to our beloved alma mater, and let's just say, we've got some pretty bad ass people who roamed the dorms, classrooms, and the streets of Austin. From some famous Mad Men to a few Wedding Crashers and slackers, there's a bit of something for everyone. Alright? Alright, alright, alright! Here we go!

3.) Matthew McConaughey

Mr. Matthew McConaughey is quoted every time a Super Senior wants to creep up on incoming freshmen. He’s probably Texas Football’s biggest fan and is pretty much at every game. McConaughey lived at The Castilian and graduated in 1993. He met Richard Linklater while at UT and also got his start in My Boyfriend’s Back and Dazed & Confused. Alright, alright, alright!


2.) Janis Joplin

Janis was described by the Daily Texan with the following opening to a feature written about her:

She goes barefooted when she feels like it, wears Levi’s to class because they’re more comfortable, and carries her Autoharp with her everywhere she goes so that in case she gets the urge to break into song it will be handy. Her name is Janis Joplin.

This was her, through and through. While in Austin, she played at the Texas Union and at Threadgill’s. Some douchey frat guys named her the “Ugliest Man on Campus”, so she soon then moved on to greener pastures in California. Among a few famous rock stars dead at the age of 27, she posthumously became part of the 27 Club. She is said to have been the most “original and electrifying singer of [her] era“. Next time one of you Frat Stars decides to make fun of the hippie chicks on campus, just remember that they’re probably going to be more popular than you.

1.) Walter Cronkite

Last, but not least, we leave you with the “most trusted man in America” and the voice behind some of UT’s awesome commercials. Walter Cronkite reported on the most famous events in American history, from announcing the death of President John F. Kennedy to the lunar landing. He really doesn’t need any more explanation. He’s pretty much every Longhorn’s grandpa. He’s our #1 most famous Longhorn ever.

and that’s the way it is.

Note: most of these facts are sourced from Wikipedia, unless otherwise noted.

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