Carnegie Mellon University Performing Arts, Film & Televisionby Sylviastel | created - 15 Feb 2015 | updated - 28 Feb 2015 | Public
Sonni Abatta; former news for anchor for KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh; now the 6PM lead anchor at WOFL-TV in Orlando, Florida.
William Ball; director and founder of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, California. Benny Benack; orchestra leader of King of Pittsburgh Dixieland. Robert Brooks; (1969) actor.
Dennis Ferry; 1966; principal trumpter 1977-present, Orchestre De La Suisse Romande in Geneva, Swtizerland.
James Meena; conductor and opera administrator.
Jack Smith; ABC News correspondent.
Thom Thomas; playwright.
William J.G. Turner; composer, director, dramatist, producer and actor.
Actor | Die Hard
William Atherton's career has spanned motion pictures, Broadway and television. He first achieved international recognition as the leading man in Steven Spielberg's debut feature The Sugarland Express (1974), and next starred in John Schlesinger's The Day of the Locust (1975), Robert Wise's The ...
Actor | Boston Legal
René Murat Auberjonois was born on June 1, 1940 in New York City. René was born into an already artistic family, which included his grandfather, a well-known Swiss painter, and his father Fernand, a writer. The Auberjonois family moved to Paris shortly after World War II, and it was there that René...
Actor | The Producers
Blessed with a magnetic voice, the talented Barrett developed an early interest in performing when he use to frequent his aunt's local movie house. Born in Quinter, Kansas in 1957, he won the lead in his high school's production of "Calamity Jane" and was sold after that. He studied at ...
Actress | Hotel
Shari Belafonte was born on September 22, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA. She is known for her work on Hotel (1983), The Player (1992) and Plastic Daydream (2018). She has been married to Sam Behrens since December 31, 1989. She was previously married to Robert Harper.
Actor | Daredevil
Paul Ben-Victor has built a career on the small and big screen appearing in over 60 films and TV series. A director's favorite, Paul has worked with some of the biggest names in film including Tony Scott, Steven Zallian, and Clint Eastwood. Paul Can be seen next opposite Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro ...
Writer | Hill Street Blues
Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon U) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson, Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years. In 1978, he moved to MTM ...
9. Matt Bomer
Actor | The Normal Heart
Matthew Staton Bomer was born in Webster Groves, Greater St. Louis, Missouri, to Elizabeth Macy (Staton) and John O'Neill Bomer IV, a Dallas Cowboys draft pick. Matt was raised in Spring, Texas, and educated at Klein High School, near Houston. After school, he attended Carnegie Mellon University in...
10. Liam Bonner
Actor | The Metropolitan Opera HD Live
Liam Bonner draws on a successful ten-year career in performance, having earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Vocal Performance from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master of Music in Voice from the Manhattan School of Music. In his career as an artist, Bonner was praised by Opera News for his "...
2004; baritone opera singer.
12. Barbara Bosson
Actress | Hill Street Blues
Barbara Bosson, who earned an Emmy Award nomination for her performance on Murder One (1995), was raised in Belle Vernon, Pennsylvania, a small coal-mining town about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh. When she was a teenager, she and her family moved to Florida, where she attended Boca Ciega High ...
13. Abby Brammell
Actress | Jobs
Abby Brammell was born on March 19, 1979 in Kentucky, USA as Abigail Brammell. She is an actress, known for Jobs (2013), The Unit (2006) and Star Trek: Enterprise (2001). She has been married to Stefan Bishop since January 22, 2010. They have one child. She was previously married to Jake La Botz.
14. Albert Brooks
Actor | Drive
Albert Brooks was born on July 22, 1947 in Beverly Hills, California, USA as Albert Lawrence Einstein. He is an actor and writer, known for Drive (2011), Defending Your Life (1991) and Broadcast News (1987). He has been married to Kimberly Shlain since March 15, 1997. They have two children.
attended for 2 years.
16. Jean Carson
Actress | The Party
All this shapely character "broad" had to do was open her mouth to induce laughter--and so she did, primarily on TV during the '50s and '60s. And although she milked that unmistakable rasp for all its worth, she also showed great comedy sense. Born Jean Leete on February 23, 1923, in Charleston, ...
17. Carol Channing
Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie
Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...
18. Gaius Charles
Actor | Salt
19. Rhys Coiro
Actor | Entourage
As a teenager, Coiro, a talented visual artist, spent summers building sets and operating lights at the New Jersey Shakespeare Festival. Inspired by numerous productions, including Julie Taymor's "Titus Andronicus" at Theater For A New Audience, Coiro decided to study theater at Carnegie Mellon ...
20. Frank Converse
Actor | Coronet Blue
A brawny, firm-jawed, sandy-haired player of 60s and 70s primetime TV, Frank Converse seemed to be one of those handsome tough-guy action figures that could go by the wayside after the demise of their famous series. Instead, this stage-trained actor persevered as a well-respected, all-purpose ...
22. James Cromwell
Actor | The Green Mile
Born in Los Angeles but raised in Manhattan and educated at Middlebury College and Carnegie-Mellon University, James Cromwell is the son of film director John Cromwell and actress Kay Johnson. He studied acting at Carnegie-Mellon, and went into the theatre (like his parents) doing everything from ...
23. Robert Cummings
Actor | Dial M for Murder
Effective light comedian of '30s and '40s films and '50s and '60s TV series, Robert Cummings was renowned for his eternally youthful looks (which he attributed to a strict vitamin and health-food diet). He was educated at Carnegie Tech and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Deciding that ...
24. Ted Danson
Actor | Cheers
Ted Danson is well known for his role as Sam Malone in the television series Cheers (1982). During the show's 11-year run, he was nominated nine times for an Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and won twice, in 1990 and 1993. The role also earned him a Golden Globe Award for ...
25. Nicole DeHuff
Actress | Meet the Parents
Nicole DeHuff was born on 6 January 1975 in Oklahoma. She began her acting studies at the prestigious Carnegie Mellon Acting Conservatory. Her first screen role was in the comedy hit Meet the Parents (2000), in which she co-starred with Robert De Niro and Ben Stiller. Her character (Deborah Byrnes)...
26. Cote de Pablo
Cote de Pablo was born in Santiago, Chile, but was raised in Miami, Florida. She attended Arvida Middle School in Miami and then Carnegie Mellon University. She graduated in 2000 after studying music theater. Whilst at Carnegie Mellon she appeared in several theater productions, including "...
27. Kim Director
Actress | The Deuce
Kim Director was raised in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania and went on to attended Carnegie Mellon University. Kim had her breakout role as Kim Diamond, the goth girl, in 2000's BOOK OF SHADOWS: BLAIR WITCH 2. She is most recognized for her work in films from director Spike Lee, most notably playing ...
Actress | The Count of Monte Cristo
Dagmara Dominczyk was born on July 17, 1976 in Kielce, Swietokrzyskie, Poland. She is an actress, known for The Count of Monte Cristo (2002), They (2002) and Rock Star (2001). She has been married to Patrick Wilson since June 18, 2005. They have two children.
29. Peggy Eisenhauer
Camera_department | The Stepford Wives
1983; lighting deisgner, Tony Award winner.
Actor | Yo! Pékin
31. Barbara Feldon
Actress | Get Smart
Barbara Feldon was born on March 12, 1933 in Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, USA as Barbara Anne Hall. She is an actress, known for Get Smart (1965), Smile (1975) and Get Smart (1995). She was previously married to Lucien Verdoux-Feldon.
32. Jules Fisher
Camera_department | The Stepford Wives
1960; lighting designer, Tony Award winner.
33. Sutton Foster
Actress | Younger
Sutton Lenore Foster (born March 18, 1975) is an American actress, singer and dancer. She is known for her work on the Broadway stage, for which she has received two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical, in 2002 for her role as Millie Dillmount in Thoroughly Modern ...
left after freshman year; won 2 Tony Awards.
34. Josh Gad
Actor | Frozen
Josh Gad was born on February 23, 1981 in Hollywood, Florida, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Frozen (2013), Pixels (2015) and Beauty and the Beast (2017). He has been married to Ida Darvish since May 10, 2008. They have two children.
Actress | One Life to Live
Renee Goldsberry was born in San Jose, California, and raised in both Houston, Texas, and Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Carnegie-Mellon University with a bachelors degree in acting, and went on to attend graduate school at the University of Southern California, where she received her ...
36. Frank Gorshin
Actor | Twelve Monkeys
Frank John Gorshin Jr. was born on April 5, 1933 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His father, Frank John Sr., was a railroad worker and his mother, Frances, was a seamstress. While in high school, Frank worked as an usher at the Sheridan Square Theatre and began doing impressions of some of his screen ...
38. Josh Groban
Soundtrack | Troy
Josh Groban was born on February 27, 1981 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joshua Winslow Groban.
left after freshman year.
39. Charles Haid
Actor | Altered States
Charles Haid was born on June 2, 1943 in San Francisco, California, USA as Charles Maurice Haid III. He is an actor and director, known for Altered States (1980), ER (1994) and Third Watch (1999). He was previously married to Elisabeth Harmon-Haid, Deborah Richter and Penelope Windust.
40. Van Hansis
Actor | As the World Turns
Van Hansis was born on September 25, 1981 in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA as Evan Vanfossen Hansis. He is an actor and producer, known for As the World Turns (1956), Eastsiders (2012) and Kiss Me, Kill Me (2015).
2004; triple Daytime Emmy award nominee.
42. Mariette Hartley
Actress | The Incredible Hulk
Mariette Hartley was born Mary Loretta, a name she dislikes, in Weston, Connecticut. She was raised in accordance with the principles espoused by her behavioral psychologist grandfather, John B. Watson, who believed that children should never be held or cuddled. She says that the lack of warmth at ...
44. David Haskell
David Haskell was born on June 4, 1948 in Stockton, California, USA as David Michael Haskell. He was an actor, known for Godspell (1973), Body Double (1984) and K-9 (1989). He was married to Jeanne Lange. He died on August 30, 2000 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California.
45. Ethan Hawke
Actor | Training Day
Ethan Green Hawke was born on November 6, 1970 in Austin, Texas, to Leslie Carole (Green), a charity worker, and James Steven Hawke, an insurance actuary. His parents were students at the University of Texas at the time but divorced when Ethan was 5 years old. His mother raised him alone for the ...
46. Megan Hilty
Actress | Smash
Megan Hilty was born on March 29, 1981 in Bellevue, Washington, USA as Megan Kathleen Hilty. She is an actress, known for Smash (2012), BrainDead (2016) and Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return (2013). She has been married to Brian Gallagher since November 2, 2013. They have two children.
former bassist for the Roots.
48. Holly Hunter
Actress | The Piano
Holly Hunter was born in Conyers, Georgia, to Opal Marguerite (Catledge), a homemaker, and Charles Edwin Hunter, a part-time sporting goods company representative and farmer with a 250 acre farm. She is the youngest of seven children. Her parents encouraged her talent at an early age, and her first...
49. Cherry Jones
Actress | Signs
Cherry Jones was born on November 21, 1956 in Paris, Tennessee, USA. She is an actress, known for Signs (2002), The Village (2004) and The Perfect Storm (2000). She has been married to Sophie Huber since 2015.
51. Caren Kaye
Actress | Teen Witch
Caren Kaye was born on March 12, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for Teen Witch (1989), Murder, She Wrote (1984) and Remington Steele (1982). She has been married to Renny Temple since November 15, 1980. They have two children.
MS, Ph.D. in psychology.
52. Jack Klugman
Actor | The Odd Couple
As a film character actor, Klugman was the epitome of the everyman. He was one of the pioneers of television acting in the 1950s, and is best remembered for his 1970s TV work as Oscar Madison on The Odd Couple (1970) and as the medical examiner on Quincy M.E. (1976).
55. David Lander
Actor | The Twelve Chairs
David Lander was born on October 3, 1921 in Rochford, Essex, England. He was an actor, known for The Twelve Chairs (1970), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and The Army Game (1957). He was married to Ann Harriman. He died on December 19, 1996 in Hastings, Sussex, England.
56. Eugene Lee
Production_designer | Saturday Night Live
Eugene Lee was born on March 9, 1939 in Beloit, Wisconsin, USA as Eugene Edward Lee Jr. He is a production designer and costume designer, known for Saturday Night Live (1975), Man on the Moon (1999) and On Golden Pond (2001). He is married to Brooke E. Lutz. They have one child. He was previously ...
two time Tony Award winning scenic designer.
57. Judith Light
Actress | Who's the Boss?
Tony and Emmy Award winner Judith Light made her professional stage debut in 1970 and made her Broadway debut in the 1975 revival of A Doll's House (1973) starring [nm0880521 and Sam Waterston. She made her television breakthrough in the daytime soap opera One Life to Live (1968). She assumed the ...
58. Keith Lockhart
Soundtrack | A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
Keith Lockhart was born in November 1959 in Poughkeepsie, New York, USA as Keith Alan Lockhart. He is known for his work on A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas (2011), Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular 2008 (2008) and Disney's Broadway Hits at Royal Albert Hall (2016). He has been married to ...
59. Arthur Lubin
Director | Phantom of the Opera
A graduate of Carnegie Tech, Arthur Lubin entered films as an actor in the 1920s, and after appearing in many films turned to directing in 1934, mainly for Universal. His forte was light comedy, but he helmed many different types of pictures for the studio. Lubin was the director Universal ...
60. Gabriel Macht
Actor | The Good Shepherd
Gabriel Macht is an American actor. He was born in the Bronx, New York, to Suzanne, a museum curator and archivist, and actor Stephen Macht. Gabriel has three siblings, and moved with his parents to California when he was young.
Gabriel had his first success on screen when he was 8-years-old. He was ...
62. Erin Mackey
Actress | The Intern
Erin did community children's theater around the area and at Fullerton Children's Repertory Theater and was spotted by a manager and offered the opportunity to audition for film and TV. Her first audition was for Disney's The Parent Trap, which she was cast as Lindsay Lohan's Acting Double. After ...
63. Henry Mancini
Soundtrack | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, but brought up in Pennsylvania, where he played the flute in a local band, as a youth, before sending some arrangements to Benny Goodman. Goodman offered him a job and, after serving in WWII, he joined the rearranged Glenn Miller band. In 1952, he was given a two-week ...
nominated for 72 Grammy Awards; won 20 awards.
64. Joe Manganiello
Joe Manganiello is an American actor. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Susan (Brachanow) and Charles John Manganiello, and has a younger brother, Nicholas. His father is of Italian descent and his mother has German/Austrian/Croatian and Armenian ancestry. Joe was raised in Mount Lebanon ...
66. Nancy Marchand
Actress | The Sopranos
Nancy Marchand's mother, a pianist, sent her shy daughter to acting classes in hopes of breaking her out of her shell. As a student at Carnegie Tech (Carnegie Mellon University), she studied the works of William Shakespeare and the other great playwrights and, upon graduation, set off to New York ...
68. Michael McKean
Actor | This Is Spinal Tap
Michael McKean was born on October 17, 1947 in New York City, New York, USA as Michael John McKean. He is an actor, known for This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Clue (1985) and Better Call Saul (2015). He has been married to Annette O'Toole since March 20, 1999. He was previously married to Susan Russell.
69. John McDaniel
Composer | The Rosie O'Donnell Show
Conductor, pianist, composer, arranger and Grammy Award-winning record producer, John McDaniel can be seen and heard leading the band daily on The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996) for which he wrote the theme song and has received multiple Emmy nominations for Outstanding Music Direction and Composition...
70. Patina Miller
Actress | The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1
Patina Miller can currently be seen as press coordinator "Daisy Grant" in the second season of CBS' hit drama series, Madam Secretary (2014), starring Téa Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth and Tim Daly. Written by Barbara Hall and directed by David Semel, the series premiered in September 2014 and returned to ...
71. Ming-Na Wen
Actress | Mulan
Ming-Na ("enlightenment") was born on the island of Macau, forty miles from Hong Kong. Her mother, Lin Chan Wen, divorced her father when Ming-Na was only a toddler. She has an older brother named Jonathan. After the divorce, they moved to Hong Kong where her mother became a nurse. There her mother...
72. Greg Mottola
Director | Adventureland
Greg Mottola was born on July 11, 1964 in Dix Hills, Long Island, New York, USA as Gregory James Mottola. He is a director and producer, known for Adventureland (2009), Superbad (2007) and The Daytrippers (1996).
73. Vince O'Brien
Actor | Quiz Show
Vince O'Brien was born on January 11, 1919 in New Britain, Connecticut, USA as Vincent J. O'Brien. He was an actor, known for Quiz Show (1994), Annie Hall (1977) and Dark Shadows (1966). He was married to Kate. He died on June 19, 2010 in Haworth, New Jersey, USA.
74. Rory O'Malley
Actor | Dreamgirls
76. John Pasquin
Director | The Santa Clause
John Pasquin was born on June 8, 1945. He is a director and producer, known for The Santa Clause (1994), Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous (2005) and Home Improvement (1991). He has been married to JoBeth Williams since March 14, 1982. They have two children.
77. George Peppard
Actor | Breakfast at Tiffany's
Handsome and elegant George Peppard occasionally displayed considerable talent through his career, but was too often cast in undemanding action roles. Following Broadway and television experience, he made a strong film debut in The Strange One (1957). He started getting noticed when he played ...
79. Billy Porter
Actor | Pose
Before embarking on a career as a mainstream pop vocalist, Billy Porter built a substantial reputation as a theatrical singer in Broadway productions such as Grease and Smokey Joe's Cafe. He made his initial impact by placing 'Love Is On The Way' on the soundtrack to the film First Wives' Club, in ...
Tony award winner for Kinky Boots.
Actor | Bleach: Burîchi
Derek Stephen Prince aka Steve Prince, is a graduate from Carnegie Mellon University, graduating in 1991 with a BFA in Musical Theater. He has been in the voiceover industry for 23 years. He is best known for his roles as Ken Ichijoji and Veemon from the second season of Digimon, Uryu Ishida in ...
82. Zachary Quinto
Actor | Star Trek
Zachary Quinto was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Margaret J. (McArdle), an Irish-American office worker, and Joseph John Quinto, an Italian-American barber. Zachary graduated from Central Catholic High School in Pittsburgh, with the class of 1995, where he won Pittsburgh's Gene Kelly Award ...
Self | The Addams Family
Sally Jessy Raphael was born on February 25, 1935 in Easton, Pennsylvania, USA as Sally Lowenthal. She is an actress and producer, known for The Addams Family (1991), The Equalizer (1985) and The Guru (2002). She has been married to Karl Soderland since 1962. They have one child. She was previously...
85. Kali Rocha
Actress | Man with a Plan
Kali Rocha was born on December 5, 1971 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Kali Michele Rocha. She is an actress and writer, known for Man with a Plan (2016), Liv and Maddie (2013) and Grey's Anatomy (2005). She has been married to Michael Krikorian since 2006. They have two children.
87. George A. Romero
Writer | Land of the Dead
George A. Romero never set out to become a Hollywood figure; by all indications, though, he was very successful. The director of the groundbreaking "Living Dead" films was born February 4, 1940 ,in New York City to Ann (Dvorsky) and Jorge Romero. His father was born in Spain and raised in Cuba, and...
Actress | Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Laura San Giacomo was born November 14, 1962 in West Orange, New Jersey, to MaryJo and John San Giacomo. She was raised in the nearby city of Denville. She went to Morris Knolls High School in Denville, where she got the acting bug and had the lead in several school plays. Laura got a Fine Arts ...
Actress | What's Eating Gilbert Grape
Mary Kate Schellhardt grew up in an artistic family. Always in acting class, Mary Kate studied in Chicago at the Piven Theatre Workshop where she developed through the Viola Spolin techniques in theatre games.
At the age of 13, she was discovered by casting director Gail Levin, during a nationwide ...
91. Pablo Schreiber
Actor | 13 Hours
Pablo Tell Schreiber was born in Ymir, British Columbia, Canada, to Lorraine Reaveley, a Canadian psychotherapist, and Tell Schreiber, an American actor. His paternal half-brother is actor Liev Schreiber. Pablo, who is named after Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, was raised in Ymir, and moved to Seattle,...
94. Patricia Tallman
Actress | Night of the Living Dead
When she portrayed "Lyta Alexander" in the Hugo Award-winning sci-fi series Babylon 5 (1994), Patricia Tallman was the most powerful telepath in the universe. Seems fitting, considering that the actress knew she was going to be in show business at the early age of two. It was then that she first ...
John-Michael Tebelak was born on September 17, 1949 in Berea, Ohio, USA. He was a writer, known for Godspell (1973), Godspell (2017) and Camera Three (1955). He died on April 2, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA.
96. Jim Tetlow
Camera_department | Sesame Street
Head of Eternal Productions, part of the Harpazo Network.
lighting designer and theatre consultant
97. Sada Thompson
Actress | Family
Renowned and highly respected actress Sada Thompson has earned critical acclaim both on stage and TV for her noble, strong-minded matrons, but her more challenging and compelling work has come when her characters have displayed darker, more neurotic tones.
Born in Des Moines, Iowa, she was the ...
98. Michael Tucker
Actor | L.A. Law
Baltimore-born actor Michael Tucker developed an interest in performing as a teen, when he made a chorus appearance as a "Lost Boy" in an amateur theater presentation of "Peter Pan". Following high school, he studied drama at Carnegie Tech., then found work in stock shows and in such repertory ...
99. Tamara Tunie
Actress | Flight
Tamara Tunie was born on March 14, 1959 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, USA as Tamara Renee Tunie. She is an actress and director, known for Flight (2012), The Devil's Advocate (1997) and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999). She was previously married to Gregory Generet and Greg Bouquett.
100. Blair Underwood
Actor | Deep Impact
Smart, confident, eloquent, exceptionally handsome African-American actor Blair Underwood was born in Tacoma, Washington in 1964, the son of Marilyn Ann, an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr., an army colonel. With his family, he lived all over the world. Trained in musical theater...