Santa Monica High School alumni

by aemelnick | created - 31 Mar 2015 | updated - 16 Apr 2016 | Public

People who attended Santa Monica High School, in Santa Monica, CA (including both graduates and drop-outs).

1. Rakefet Abergel

Actress | Boo

A native of Los Angeles, Rakefet Abergel is an award-winning American/Israeli actress, writer/ producer/director, and outspoken stand up comedian. One month after taking a stand up class, Rakefet won Best Comic and Best Overall Talent on the Tyra Banks Show. She appeared in the movie Superbad with ...

2. Jay Adams

Visual_effects | Ray

Jay Adams was born on February 3, 1961 in Venice, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Ray (2004), Lords of Dogtown (2005) and Skateboard (1978). He was married to Tracy and Alisha. He died on August 15, 2014 in Puerto Escondido, Oaxaca, Mexico.

3. Art Alexakis

Soundtrack | Antitrust

Art Alexakis was born on April 12, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Arthur Paul Alexakis. He has been married to Vanessa Crawford since 2009. They have one child. He was previously married to Stephanie Greig, Jenny Dodson and Anita.

4. Hana Ali

Self | I Am Ali

Hana Ali was born as Hana Yasmeen Ali.

6. Tony Alva

Actor | Lords of Dogtown

Tony Alva was born in 1957. He is known for his work on Lords of Dogtown (2005), Skate God (2019) and Thrashin' (1986).

7. Michael Anthony

Location_management | Cop Land

Born and raised in Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica, California. Attended Pacific Palisades and Santa Monica High Schools. AA Humanties Degree SMC; Attended University Classes in London, Paris, Rome, and Florence 1989 - 1992.

12 years of travel experience through most of Europe including England, ...

8. Lee Arenberg

Actor | Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

Lee Arenberg has the remarkable ability to morph himself into frightening aliens, twisted psychotherapists, lascivious entertainment executives and everything in between. Most frequently referred to as a character actor, Arenberg maintains a flourishing acting career--almost 20 years spanning ...

9. Devendra Banhart

Soundtrack | Hardcore Henry

Devendra Banhart was born on May 30, 1981 in Houston, Texas, USA.

10. Perla Batalla

Music_department | Step Brothers

Perla Batalla is known for her work on Step Brothers (2008), You Know My Name (1999) and Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (2005).

11. Chris Battle

Animation_department | Dan Vs.

Chris Battle is an American animation character design artist, best known for his work on classic Cartoon Network shows DEXTER'S LABORATORY, POWERPUFF GIRLS, SAMURAI JACK, and the current hit CN series TEEN TITANS GO!, as well as shows for Disney, Nickelodeon, Warner Bros, and more.

Born and raised ...

12. John Beasley

Music_department | Skyfall

John Beasley Composer, Pianist, Arranger, Recording Artist, Producer Veteran pianist-composer-arranger John Beasley is a prodigious performer and a prolific composer working in many styles and genres, with musicians from the jazz, classical, rock and pop music worlds, and on various platforms, ...

13. Terry Bevington

Self | Sunday Night Baseball

Terry Bevington was born on July 7, 1956 in Akron, Ohio, USA.

14. Barbara Billingsley

Actress | Airplane!

Born Barbara Lillian Combes, she attended Los Angeles Junior College in the mid-1930s and then moved to New York City, where she worked as a model. In 1945, she received a contract from MGM, and she appeared in several films during the late 1940s and 1950s, sometimes without screen credit. In the ...

15. Marco Black

Assistant_director | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Marco Black was born on January 8, 1970 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Marco Eugene Black. He is a production manager and producer, known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), CSI: Miami (2002) and Old School (2003). He was previously married to Deborah Ridpath.

16. Dirk Blocker

Actor | Prince of Darkness

Dirk Blocker was born on July 31, 1957 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Dennis Dirk Blocker. He is an actor, known for Prince of Darkness (1987), Poltergeist (1982) and Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013). He has been married to Danielle Aubuchon since November 3, 1990.

17. Don Bluth

Director | Anastasia

Don Bluth was one of the chief animators at Disney to come to the mantle after the great one's death. He eventually became the animation director for such films as The Rescuers (1977) and Pete's Dragon (1977). Unfortunately, the quality of animation that Disney was producing at this point was not ...

18. Yvette Lee Bowser

Producer | Lush Life

Yvette Lee Bowser was born on June 9, 1965 in the USA. She is a producer and writer, known for Lush Life (1996), Dear White People (2017) and Black-ish (2014). She is married to Kyle Bowser. They have two children.

20. Olivia Brown

Actress | Throw Momma from the Train

Olivia Brown was born on April 10, 1960 in Livonia, Michigan, USA as Olivia Margarette Brown. She is an actress, known for Throw Momma from the Train (1987), 48 Hrs. (1982) and Miami Vice (1984).

21. John Hope Bryant

Self | Beyond Our Differences

Founder/CEO, "Operation HOPE".

22. Seymore Butts

Director | Seymore Butts: In the Love Shack

Seymore Butts was born on March 18, 1964 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Adam Glasser. He is a director and actor.

23. Dean Cain

Actor | God's Not Dead

Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemens, Michigan, to actress Sharon Thomas Cain and Roger Tanaka. His mother married his adoptive father, director Christopher Cain, when Dean was three. Though he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School, his career plans favored ...

24. Craig Clark

Visual_effects | Mortal Kombat

Craig Clark is an American animator, an alternative musician (Chorus of Souls on Fluxus Records), a comic book artist (Nemesister and Astrothrill), and an album cover artist (The Nymphs on Geffen Records).

Craig Clark began his career as a child actor at the age of 8, when he starred in an ...

25. Zoe Clarke-Williams

Director | Men

Zoe Clarke-Williams was born in 1974. She is a producer and director, known for Men (1997), New Best Friend (2002) and Mirage (1995).

26. Ry Cooder

Soundtrack | Primary Colors

Born in Santa Monica, Ca., Ry Cooder, at the age of four had an accident which left him blind in one eye. He became a bit secluded and began playing the guitar. His biggest influences include Blind Willie Johnson, Arthur "Blind" Blake, Joseph Spence and Curtis Mayfield. Cooder has played on several...

27. Keith Coogan

Actor | Adventures in Babysitting

Keith Coogan was born Keith Eric Mitchell on January 13, 1970 in Palm Springs, California. The grandson of legendary character actor Jackie Coogan, Keith began his acting career doing TV commercials -- his first gig was as a stand-in in a McDonald's TV spot -- as well various TV shows and ...

31. Carson Daly

Music_department | Session 9

Carson Daly was born on June 22, 1973 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Carson Jones Daly. He is a producer and actor, known for Session 9 (2001), Josie and the Pussycats (2001) and The Voice (2011). He has been married to Siri Pinter since December 23, 2015. They have three children.

32. Hutch Dano

Actor | Ramona and Beezus

Hutchings Royal Dano was born in Santa Monica, California. Coming from a bloodline of actors before him--including his father Rick Dano and grandfather Royal Dano, a character actor with over 300 credits to his name,--Hutch's destiny was set before him. His grandmother Virginia Bruce was also an ...

33. Ken Darby

Music_department | How the West Was Won

Composer ("How the West Was Won"), songwriter ("Make Mine Music"), choral director, conductor, arranger, singer and author, educated at Christian College and a student of Tibor Serly, Ernst Toch, Herman Hand, and Victor Young.

He originated The King's Men male vocal quartet in 1929 and appeared on ...

34. Loren Dean

Actor | Say Anything...

Loren Dean was born on July 31, 1969 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA as Loren Dean Jovicic. He is an actor, known for Say Anything... (1989), Gattaca (1997) and Enemy of the State (1998).

35. Julianna Di Giacomo

Actress | Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana

Julianna Di Giacomo is an actress, known for Pagliacci & Cavalleria Rusticana (2014) and Dudamel and Verdi's Otello (2018).

36. Robert Downey Jr.

Actor | Iron Man

Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.

Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...

37. Daryl Dragon

Composer | Payback

Daryl Dragon was born on August 27, 1942 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is an actor and composer, known for Payback (1991), Go for It (1976) and Sandstone (1975). He was previously married to Toni Tennille.

38. Margo Early

Naughty Marietta

Margo Early was born in 1918 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA as Margaret Ehrlich. She was an actress, known for Naughty Marietta (1935) and Student Tour (1934). She died on January 12, 1936 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

39. John Ehrlichman

Writer | Washington: Behind Closed Doors

John Ehrlichman was born on March 20, 1925 in Tacoma, Washington, USA as John Daniel Ehrlichman. He was a writer and actor, known for Washington: Behind Closed Doors (1977), The Silence of Cricket Coogler (2000) and Where I Stand: The Hank Greenspun Story (2008). He was married to Karen Hilliard, ...

40. Eric Enderton

Visual_effects | The Core

Eric Enderton is known for his work on The Core (2003), Jurassic Park (1993) and Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).

41. Rob Estes

Actor | Silk Stalkings

Rob Estes was born on July 22, 1963 in Norfolk, Virginia, USA as Robert Alan Estes. He is an actor and director, known for Silk Stalkings (1991), 90210 (2008) and Melrose Place (1992). He has been married to Erin Bolte since June 15, 2010. They have one child. He was previously married to Josie ...

42. Emilio Estevez

Actor | The Way

Emilio Estevez was born on May 12, 1962, in New York City. He is the eldest son of actor Martin Sheen, who at the time was just breaking into the business. His mother, Janet Sheen (née Templeton), was a former New York art student who had met Emilio's father right after he had moved to Manhattan. ...

43. Ramon Estevez

Actor | The Dead Zone

Being the son of Martin Sheen and brother of Charlie Sheen and Emilio Estevez, it is no small wonder that Ramon Estevez has also ventured into the world of acting, both in front of and behind the camera. His first acting job was a small role in In the Custody of Strangers (1982) starring his father...

44. Renée Estevez

Actress | Heathers

Renée Pilar Estevez was born in New York City on April 2, 1967. She is the youngest child and only daughter of Janet Sheen (née Templeton), an artist, and Martin Sheen, an actor. Her three older brothers - Emilio Estevez (b. 1962), Ramon Estevez (b. 1963), and Charlie Sheen (b. 1965) - also act.


45. Eric Etebari

Actor | The Lincoln Lawyer

Born and raised in an artist complex in Hollywood, California. While a student at San Diego State University, Eric saved two women from a burning apartment fire. Honored by the San Diego Fire Department, he received a formal tribute and commendation for bravery. Of Iranian descent, lineage/descent:...

47. Glenn Ford

Actor | Superman

Legendary actor Glenn Ford was born Gwyllyn Samuel Newton Ford in Sainte-Christine-d'Auvergne, Quebec, Canada, to Hannah Wood (Mitchell) and Newton Ford, a railroad executive. His family moved to Santa Monica, California when he was eight years old. His acting career began with plays at high school...

49. Zen Gesner

Actor | The Ringer

Zen Gesner was born on June 23, 1970 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Zen Brant Gesner. He is an actor and producer, known for The Ringer (2005), Dumb and Dumber (1994) and Fever Pitch (2005). He has been married to Cynthia Farrelly Gesner since 1995. They have three children.

50. Lisa Gerritsen

Actress | Airport

Lisa Gerritsen's acting career spanned the years of 1968 to around 1977. She was introduced to acting in a local summer parks department production, when she was eight. Soon afterward, she began pursuing a professional career. Encouraged by her mother and grandfather, veteran screenwriter True ...

52. Keith Goldfarb

Visual_effects | Mystery Men

Keith Goldfarb is known for his work on Mystery Men (1999), The Cabin in the Woods (2012) and Caliban Below (2018).

54. Satie Gossett

Director | Jewtholic

Satie Gossett is storyteller, thinker and an image builder. Satie began his film career re-creating favorite movie scenes from Star Wars and other movies with his childhood friends and a Super 8 camera. His childhood was filled with legendary people from Muhammad Ali, to playing games with Sidney ...

55. Clay Greenbush

Actor | Superhero Movie

Clay Greenbush was born in 1968 as Clay William Joseph Bush. He is an actor, known for Superhero Movie (2008), Tricks of the Trade (2015) and JFH: Justice for Hire - Retribution Task Force (2014).

56. Rachel Lindsay Greenbush

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Lindsay Greenbush was born Rachel Lindsay Bush, the elder sister of identical twin sister Sidney Robyn Bush (born three minutes later) on May 25th May, 1970 in Hollywood, California. Their father, Billy Bush, is an actor who starred in films such as "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "Alice Doesn't Live ...

57. Sidney Greenbush

Actress | Little House on the Prairie

Sidney Greenbush was born Sidney Robyn Danae Bush (born three minutes later), is the identical twin sister of Rachel Lindsay Rene Bush on May 25, 1970 in Hollywood, California. Their father, Billy Bush, is an actor who starred in films such as "Five Easy Pieces" (1970), "Alice Doesn't Live Here ...

58. Conner Greene

Actor | Man in a Cage

Signed by the Toronto Blue Jays in the seventh round of the Major League Draft in June, 2013, Conner Greene made the jump to professional baseball the same week he graduated from Santa Monica High School.

With a fastball clocking in at 97 mph, the 6' 3" 190 pound right-handed pitcher finished his ...

60. David Henesy

Actor | Dark Shadows

David Henesy was born on October 20, 1956 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor, known for Dark Shadows (1966), House of Dark Shadows (1970) and Another World (1964).

61. Phil Hill

Actor | Grand Prix

One of America's greatest racing drivers of all time, Hill, a native of Southern California, was the first American to win the Formula 1 World Championship, in 1961. Hill started his racing career in the 1950s, winning the 1955 Sports Car Club of America Championship, then moving to Europe and ...

62. Brent Hinkley

Actor | The Silence of the Lambs

Brent Hinkley was born on April 12, 1962 in East Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is an actor, known for The Silence of the Lambs (1991), Ed Wood (1994) and Universal Soldier: The Return (1999).

64. Ryan Hurst

Actor | Remember the Titans

Ryan Hurst was born on June 19, 1976 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Ryan Douglas Hurst. He is an actor and production manager, known for Remember the Titans (2000), The Ladykillers (2004) and We Were Soldiers (2002). He has been married to Molly Cookson since May 8, 2005.

65. Mel Kaufman

Self | The NFL on CBS

Mel Kaufman was born on February 24, 1958 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Melvin L. Kaufman. He died on February 7, 2009 in Santa Margarita, California.

66. Ki-bum Kim

Actor | Huo shao shao lin men

Ki-bum Kim is an actor, known for Huo shao shao lin men (1978), Nonseutob (2000) and Attack on the Pin-Up Boys (2007).

69. Peri Kolodziej

Actress | Doris

Actress , trained at Carnegie Mellon University and in Los Angeles for drama and singing. Appeared a Featured Dancer in various musical productions at Santa Monica High School. Has been in various TV commercials. Wrote, produced, and starred in a pilot for children's television, on the subject of ...

70. Kevin Koster

Assistant_director | L.A. Confidential

Kevin Koster is an assistant director and actor, known for L.A. Confidential (1997), JAG (1995) and Drive (2007).

71. Marta Kristen

Actress | Lost in Space

Marta Kristen was born Birgit Annalisa Rusanen, on February 26, 1945, to a Finnish mother and a German soldier who was killed towards the end of World War II in Europe. Marta was only two months old when she was left in an orphanage. In 1949, Prof. & Mrs. Harold Soderquist of Detroit, Michigan ...

72. Rachel Sage Kunin

Costume_designer | Keith

Rachel Sage Kunin was born in Berkeley, California and moved to Malibu at the age of seven. She is an alumna of Santa Monica High School. At Fashion Institute of Design her major was visual communication with an emphasis in design. Rachel started her career interning in Roger Corman's costume ...

73. Debra Lamb

Actress | There's No Such Thing as Zombies

Debra Lamb was born on November 24, 1963 in Portland, Oregon, and moved to Los Angeles, California with her family when she was fifteen years old. Known for portraying a variety of authority figures, Debra has worked with acclaimed directors Kathryn Bigelow, David Lynch, Katt Shea, Paul Verhoeven, ...

74. Christina Laskay

Actress | Robot Chicken

Christina Laskay was born on September 23, 1984 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Christina Leigh Laskay. She is an actress and writer, known for Robot Chicken (2001), Exquisite Corps II (2016) and Hanky Panky (2018).

75. Tim Leary

Self | 1988 National League Championship Series

Tim Leary was born on December 23, 1958 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Timothy James Leary.

76. Jeff Leibow

Actor | Gloria Bell

Jeff Leibow is an actor, known for Gloria Bell (2018), Huckabee (2008) and Heirloom (2015).

77. Jimmy Lennon Jr.

Actor | I Spy

Jimmy Lennon Jr. is an actor, known for I Spy (2002), Southpaw (2015) and Hot Shots! (1991).

78. Omar Leyva

Actor | McFarland, USA

Omar Leyva is a bilingual Mexican American Actor living in Los Angeles, CA. He was born in Mexico City and was raised by his grandmother in a small village in the state of Puebla until moving to Los Angeles at the age of 8. He discovered poetry as a teen and then acting during his last years at ...

81. Sandra Tsing Loh

Writer | Chicken Little

Sandra Tsing Loh was born on February 11, 1962 in Orange County, California, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for Chicken Little (2005), The Office (2005) and Unaccompanied Minors (2006). She has been married to Mike Miller since 1989. They have two children.

82. Chad Lowe

Actor | Unfaithful

Chad Lowe is an American actor, director, and producer.

He was born Charles Davis Lowe II in Dayton, Ohio, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a school teacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a trial lawyer. He is the younger brother of actor Rob Lowe. Chad first appeared opposite Rob in the movie Oxford Blues (1984)...

83. Rob Lowe

Actor | St. Elmo's Fire

Rob Lowe was born in Charlottesville, Virginia, to Barbara Lynn (Hepler), a schoolteacher, and Charles Davis Lowe, a lawyer. His brother is actor Chad Lowe. He has German, as well as English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh ancestry. Lowe's family moved to Dayton, Ohio, when he was a child. Rob broke ...

85. Dinah Manoff

Actress | Grease

Dinah Manoff was born in New York City, New York, to screenwriter Arnold Manoff and actress, director, and writer Lee Grant. She began her professional career in the PBS production of "The Great Cherub Knitwear Strike". After subsequent guest appearances on various television series, she received a...

86. Marius A. Markevicius

Producer | The Other Dream Team

Marius A. Markevicius was born on September 3, 1976 in Santa Monica, California, USA. He is a producer and director, known for The Other Dream Team (2012), The Way Back (2010) and Like Crazy (2011).

87. Richard Markowitz

Composer | Murder, She Wrote

Father of Kate Markowitz, who had a platinum-selling single in Germany in the 1990s under the pseudonym Kate Yanai.

88. James Marshall

Actor | A Few Good Men

James Marshall was born James David Greenblatt in Queens, New York, USA, to Charlotte (Bullard), a dancer, and William R. Greenblatt, a producer and director. His father is of Ashkenazi Jewish descent and his mother has English and Irish ancestry.

James grew up in Bergen County New Jersey. At the ...

89. Nan Martin

Actress | A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors

Nan Martin was born on July 15, 1927 in Decatur, Illinois, USA as Nan Clow Martin. She is known for her work on A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987), Shallow Hal (2001) and Cast Away (2000). She was married to Harry Gesner. She died on March 4, 2010 in Malibu, California, USA.

90. Charles Matthau

Actor | The Grass Harp

Charlie Matthau is that rare director, writer, producer who knows exactly what he wants in all capacities: movies with humanity, heart and humor. In 2018 he is in post production on his latest directorial effort, The Book of Leah, which stars Armand Assante (Gotti). He is also producing the German ...

91. Leigh McCloskey

Actor | Inferno

Born on June 21, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, Leigh McCloskey was classically trained as an actor at the Juilliard School in Lincoln Center, New York. He began his professional acting career playing Billy Abbott in the original miniseries Rich Man, Poor Man (1976) starring Nick Nolte and Peter ...

92. Keith McNulty

Cinematographer | Bad Space

93. Glyn Milburn

Self | The NFL on CBS

Glyn Milburn was born on February 19, 1971 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Glyn Curt Milburn.

94. Andy Milder

Actor | Apollo 13

Andy Milder was born on August 16, 1969 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. He is an actor, known for Apollo 13 (1995), Armageddon (1998) and Transformers (2007). He is married to Dr. Betty Lee.

95. Rick Monday

Self | 1977 National League Championship Series

Rick Monday was born on November 20, 1945 in Batesville, Arkansas, USA as Robert James Monday. He is an actor, known for 1977 National League Championship Series (1977), 1978 National League Championship Series (1978) and 1977 World Series (1977).

96. Michael D. Moore

Assistant_director | The War of the Worlds

Michael D. Moore was born on October 14, 1914 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as Michael Sheffield. He was an assistant director and actor, known for The War of the Worlds (1953), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Willow (1988). He was married to Esther McNeill and Laurie Abdo. He died on ...

97. Mickey Munoz

Self | A Life Outside

Mickey Munoz is known for his work on A Life Outside (2014), The Fantastic Plastic Machine (1969) and Riding Giants (2004).

98. Erik Nash

Visual_effects | Iron Man 3

Erik Nash is known for his work on Iron Man 3 (2013), I, Robot (2004) and Real Steel (2011).

99. Gene Nelson

Actor | Tea for Two

Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie Flying Down to Rio (1933), which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in ...

100. Terri Nunn

Soundtrack | Better Off Dead...

Terri Nunn was born on June 26, 1961 in Baldwin Hills, California, USA as Terri Kathleen Nunn. She is an actress, known for Better Off Dead... (1985), Thank God It's Friday (1978) and Banished (2007). She has been married to Paul Spear since May 17, 1998. They have one child.

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