USC Trojans in Hollywoodby trojansc22 | created - 23 Jul 2014 | updated - 15 Nov 2014 | Public
In no particular order.
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 ...
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.
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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 ...
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.
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.