Famous USC Alumni (Partial List)

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Stephen Sommers
Writer, The Mummy
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout Europe...
 
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Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Director, Aquamarine
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum ("Liz") is a DGA Award Nominated Director. She recently directed and produced a television pilot for Amazon Studios entitled "The Kicks," based on the NY Times bestselling novel of the same name by Olympic gold medal soccer star, Alex Morgan. The show, which began airing this fall, centers on an underdog girls soccer team, and was picked up for a full season...
 
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Bryan Burk
Producer, Lost
 
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Bob Gale
Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern California in 1973...
 
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Tom DeSanto
Producer, X-Men
Tom DeSanto is a founding writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers). DeSanto's films have grossed more than $4.47 billion dollars worldwide with a per film average of more than $746 million at the box office, in addition to billions more in home video...
 
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Ray Harryhausen
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic - Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since...
 
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Sarah Levy
Camera and Electrical Department, Furious 7
 
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Walter Murch
Sound Department, Apocalypse Now
Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People. He edited sound on American Graffiti and The Godfather: Part II, won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation, won his first Oscar for Apocalypse Now, and won an unprecedented double Oscar for Best Sound and Best Film Editing for his work on The English Patient...
 
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Ron Howard
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13 to the hit comedies Parenthood and Splash, he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films. Howard directed and produced "Cinderella Man" starring Oscar winner Russell Crowe...
 
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Lori Forte
Producer, Ice Age
 
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George Lucas
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional race-car driver...
 
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Paula Patton
Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a fan of films from her earliest years...
 
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Mark P. Stoeckinger
Sound Department, Gladiator
 
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Anita Brandt Burgoyne
Anita Brandt Burgoyne A.C.E., a 1980 Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude graduate of USC's Film School, is the daughter of Emmy Award Winning Editor Byron "Buzz" Brandt, A.C.E. Continously employed in the editing field since college graduation, Anita began her career cutting on a Moviola and now enjoys editing in the digital domain...
 
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Jon Landau
Producer, Titanic
 
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Robert Zemeckis
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone, 1941) and special effect vehicles (Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Back to the Future)...
 
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Gray Marshall
Visual Effects, Fight Club
 
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Will Ferrell
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were both originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student at University High School in Irvine...