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Getting Schooled: 10 U of E grads that took Hollywood by storm

The University of Evansville has a great collection of Alumni that have all taken Hollywood by storm.

Check out this list of UofE Alums in Hollywood.

Jack McBrayer

Before he was known as the infectiously optimistic Kenneth the Page on 30 Rock and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Jack McBrayer spent several years studying Theater Administration at the University of Evansville. Most recently, McBrayer’s unique voice can be heard reprising his role as Felix in the animated film Ralph Breaks the Internet.

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Ron Glass

Born and raised in Evansville, Ron Glass grew to love acting while double majoring in drama and literature at the University of Evansville. In 1975 Glass landed the role of Detective Ron Harris on the now classic sitcom Barney Miller. In 2002, Glass was re-introduced to a whole new audience playing Shepherd Derrial Book on the sci-fi western Firefly.

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Crista Flanagan

Crista Flanagan received a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from the University of Evansville before continuing her education at the University of California. In 2005 Flanagan became a cast member on the very popular sketch comedy show Mad TV. After Mad TV, Flanagan stepped into a dramatic role playing Lois Sadler on the American period drama Mad Men on AMC.

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Kelli Giddish

Currently playing Detective Amanda Rollins on the hit NBC legal crime drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Kelli Giddish graduated from the University of Evansville in 2002. Before busting bad guys, Giddish was well recognized as Di Henry on the daytime soap opera All My Children.

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Carrie Preston

Most known for battling vampires, shapeshifters, and werewolves as Arlene Fowler on HBO’s True Blood, Carrie Preston earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Evansville in 1990. She can currently be seen playing troubled but loveable Polly on the TNT dram-com Claws and reprising her role as Elsbeth Tascioni in The Good Fight.

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Rutina Wesley

Rutina Wesley is best known for playing the tough and dependable Tara Thornton, on the hit HBO show True Blood with fellow UE alum Carrie Preston. Wesley, who was originally born and raised in Las Vegas, attended the University of Evansville and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance in 2001.  Wesley can currently be seen in the Oprah Winfrey Network drama series Queen Sugar.

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UofE Alums in Hollywood

Rami Malek

His performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody won him a Golden Globe Award in 2019. He received a Primetime Emmy Award for playing the lead in the television thriller Mr. Robot in 2016. But before all the fame and accolades Rami Malek studied Theater at the University of Evansville. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 2003 and was later honored with the university’s Young Alumnus Award in 2017.

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Deirdre Lovejoy

Most known for her role as Assistant State’s Attorney Rhonda Pearlman on the critically acclaimed HBO crime drama The Wire, Deirdre Lovejoy graduated from the University of Evansville with an undergraduate degree in Theatre.  Lovejoy can currently be caught playing Cynthia Panabaker on NBC crime thriller The Blacklist.

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Matt Williams

Although he did act in several commercials in the early 1980s, Williams is most known for writing and producing some of the most successful shows in television history. After graduating from the University of Evansville Williams went on to write and produce several episodes of The Cosby Show, created the hit sitcom Roseanne, and co-created Home Improvement starring Tim Allen.

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Jim Michaels

Although he graduated with a degree in business from the University of Evansville, Jim Michaels went on to tackle Hollywood as a television producer and producing some of the most beloved shows.  A few of Michael’s most successful and beloved projects include Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanEverybody Hates Chris, and Supernatural.

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