USC Trojans in Hollywood

by trojansc22 | created - 23 Jul 2014 | updated - 15 Nov 2014 | Public

In no particular order.

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1. Will Ferrell

Producer | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student ...

2. George Lucas

Writer | Star Wars

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 Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...

3. Steven Spielberg

Producer | Schindler's List

One of the most influential personalities in the history of cinema, Steven Spielberg is Hollywood's best known director and one of the wealthiest filmmakers in the world. He has an extraordinary number of commercially successful and critically acclaimed credits to his name, either as a director, ...

Despite popular belief, Steven Spielberg did not attend USC. He applied to USC film school three separate times, but was not successful. However, after Spielberg became famous, USC awarded him an honorary degree (Doctor of Fine Arts) in 1994 and in 1996 he became a trustee of the university.

4. Bryan Singer

Director | X-Men

Bryan Singer was born on September 17, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA as Bryan Jay Singer. He is a producer and director, known for X-Men (2000), The Usual Suspects (1995) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).

5. Ron Howard

Actor | Arrested Development

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.

Howard ...

6. Tom Selleck

Actor | Blue Bloods

Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I. (1980).

Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a ...

7. Deborah Ann Woll

Actress | True Blood

Deborah was born in 1985, in Brooklyn, New York, from Irish and German heritage. She took acting, piano and dance classes. She went to high school at Packer Collegiate Institute and graduated from the BFA program at the USC School of Theatre at the University of Southern California.

Deborah started ...

8. Paula Patton

Actress | Precious

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 ...

9. Kyra Sedgwick

Actress | The Closer

Kyra Minturn Sedgwick was born on August 19, 1965 in New York City, to Patricia (Rosenwald), a family and speech therapist, and Henry Dwight Sedgwick V, a venture capitalist. Her mother was from an upper-class German Jewish family, and her father was from a wealthy Massachusetts clan of English ...

10. Patrick Schwarzenegger

Actor | Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse

Patrick Schwarzenegger was born September 18, 1993 at St. Johns Hospital in Los Angeles, California. Patrick lives in LA and attended high school there. He is co-founder of #Project360, a hip modern apparel company that donates a portion of its proceeds to worthy charities. Patrick's first film was ...

11. Miranda Cosgrove

Actress | Despicable Me 2

Miranda Taylor Cosgrove was born May 14, 1993 in Los Angeles, California, to Christina (Casey) and Tom Cosgrove, who owns a dry-cleaning business. She was discovered at a young age singing and dancing around a table in a restaurant, where an agent saw her talent and quickly signed her. Miranda's ...

12. Judd Apatow

Producer | Girls

Judd Apatow was born on December 6, 1967 in Syosset, New York, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Girls (2012), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005). He has been married to Leslie Mann since June 9, 1997. They have two children.

13. Robert Zemeckis

Writer | Back to the Future

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 (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...

14. David Gallagher

Actor | 7th Heaven

David Lee Gallagher was born on February 9, 1985 in College Point, New York, to Elena (Lopez) and Darren James Gallagher. His stepfather is Vincent Casey. David is of Irish (father) and Cuban (mother) descent. At not even two years old, he landed his first print ad job and he has since done ...

15. Shonda Rhimes

Writer | Grey's Anatomy

Shonda Rhimes was born on January 13, 1970 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Shonda Lynn Rhimes. She is a writer and producer, known for Grey's Anatomy (2005), Scandal (2012) and Crossroads (2002).

16. Jon M. Chu

Director | G.I. Joe: Retaliation

Jon is an alumni of the USC School of Cinema-Television. There, he won the Princess Grace Award, the Dore Schary Award presented by the Anti-Defamation league, the Jack Nicholson directing award, and recognized as an honoree for the IFP/West program Project: Involve.

After making his student short, ...

17. James Gray

Director | Ad Astra

Writer/director James Gray made his first film Little Odessa (1994) at the age of twenty-five. The film, which starred Tim Roth, Edward Furlong, Vanessa Redgrave and Maximilian Schell, received critical acclaim and was the winner of the Venice Film Festival's prestigious Silver Lion Award in 1994.


18. Josh Schwartz

Writer | The O.C.

Josh Schwartz was born on August 6, 1976 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Joshua Ian Schwartz. He is a writer and producer, known for The O.C. (2003), Runaways (2017) and Nancy Drew (2019). He has been married to Jill Stonerock since September 20, 2008.

19. America Ferrera

Actress | The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

America Georgine Ferrera (born April 18, 1984) is an American actress. She is known for her leading role as Betty Suarez on the American Broadcasting Company's comedy-drama television series Ugly Betty (2006) . Her acting garnered critical acclaim, and she won the Golden Globe Award for Best ...

20. Randy Zisk

Producer | Monk

Randy Zisk is a producer and director, known for Monk (2002), Midnight Caller (1988) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). He was previously married to Jennifer Grant.

21. Jack Bender

Producer | Lost

Jack Bender was born on September 25, 1949 in the USA. He is a producer and director, known for Lost (2004), Alias (2001) and Child's Play 3 (1991). He is married to Laura Owens. They have two children.

22. Brian Grazer

Producer | A Beautiful Mind

Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer has been making movies and television programs for more than 25 years. As both a writer and producer, he has been personally nominated for four Academy Awards, and in 2002 won the Best Picture Oscar for A Beautiful Mind (2001). In addition to winning ...

23. Tim Doyle

Producer | The Kids Are Alright

Tim Doyle is a producer and writer, known for The Kids Are Alright (2018), Last Man Standing (2011) and Better Off Ted (2009). He has been married to Ellen Svaco since February 15, 1997. They have one child.

24. Macy Gray

Soundtrack | Domino

Macy Gray was born on September 6, 1967 in Canton, Ohio, USA as Natalie Renée McIntyre. She was previously married to Tracey Hinds.

25. Jeffrey Nachmanoff

Writer | Traitor

Jeffrey Nachmanoff was born on March 9, 1967 in Arlington, Virginia, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Traitor (2008), The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and Replicas (2018).

26. Craig Zisk

Director | The Looming Tower

After graduating from The University of Southern California, Craig Zisk produced his first television series, COP ROCK, as the age of 25. A year later, he directed his first television series, BROOKLYN BRIDGE, on which he was also a producer.

He has executive produced several series including THE ...

27. Greg Beeman

Producer | Heroes

Greg Beeman was born in 1962 in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. He is a producer and director, known for Heroes (2006), Falling Skies (2011) and Stargirl (2020).

28. Matthew Weiner

Writer | Mad Men

Matthew Weiner was born on June 29, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Sopranos (1999) and The Romanoffs (2018). He has been married to Linda Brettler since January 1991. They have four children.

29. Adrian Morina

Actor | Red Butterfly

Adrian Morina is an actor, known for Red Butterfly (2014), Irma's Room (2014), Aleksandr's Price (2013), and Devoured (2012). Actor is based in New York City. Special skills include fluency in Albanian, Serbian, Croatian, Bosnian, and English languages. Authorized to work in United States. New York...

30. Don Murphy

Producer | Natural Born Killers

Don Murphy was born in April 1966 in Long Island, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Natural Born Killers (1994), From Hell (2001) and Apt Pupil (1998).

31. Jon Landau

Producer | Titanic

Jon Landau was born on July 23, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) and Alita: Battle Angel (2019).

32. Brandon Sonnier

Writer | The Beat

Brandon Sonnier was born on April 27, 1982 in Houston, Texas, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for The Beat (2003), L.A.'s Finest (2019) and The Blacklist (2013). He has been married to Sarah Sonnier since September 3, 2005.

33. 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 ...

34. Jon Bokenkamp

Writer | The Blacklist

Jon Bokenkamp is a writer and producer, known for The Blacklist (2013), Taking Lives (2004) and The Call (2013).

35. Joshua Donen

Producer | Gone Girl

Joshua Donen was born on August 10, 1955 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Gone Girl (2014), House of Cards (2013) and Priest (2011). He has been married to Nicolette Bret Mount since March 11, 1995. They have one child.

36. Scott M. Gimple

Producer | The Walking Dead

Scott M. Gimple was born on March 29, 1971 in New Jersey, USA as Scott Michael Gimple. He is a producer and writer, known for The Walking Dead (2010), The Walking Dead: World Beyond (2020) and Fillmore! (2002). He has been married to Julia Wackenheim-Gimple since August 2009.

37. Bryan Burk

Producer | Lost

Bryan Burk was born on December 30, 1968. He is a producer, known for Lost (2004), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Trek (2009).

39. Aaron Kaplan

Producer | A Million Little Things

Aaron Kaplan is an Executive Producer and the CEO of Kapital Entertainment, a production company he founded in 2009. Kapital Entertainment is a leading independent production company that produces a vast array of television and digital content for the broadcast, cable and streaming markets.

A ...

40. Chad Kultgen

Writer | Men, Women & Children

Chad Kultgen is a writer and producer, known for Men, Women & Children (2014), The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) and Bad Judge (2014).

42. Nikki Toscano

Producer | Detroit 1-8-7

Nikki Toscano is a producer and writer, known for Detroit 1-8-7 (2010), Hunters (2020) and 24: Legacy (2016).

44. Chris Black

Producer | Enterprise

Chris Black is a producer and writer, known for Star Trek: Enterprise (2001), Vanished (2006) and Sliders (1995).

45. Sanford Bookstaver

Director | Scriptfellas

Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1995).

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