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29 film and television stars who graduated from Columbia

Arts & Humanities By Julia joy |January 28, 2021

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These actors, comedians, and television personalities have all called Morningside Heights home.


Amir Arison in 'The Black List'. (Will Hart © 2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)

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Amir Arison

Best known for the role of an FBI agent in the crime thriller series The black list (2013–), Amir Arison’00CC also had recurring roles Law and Order: Special Unit for Victims (2005–2011), homeland (2011), girl (2014) and other television programs.

Kelly Killoren Bensimon. (Lev Radin / Shutterstock)

Kelly Killoren Bensimon

Kelly Killoren Bensimon’98GS, a celebrity, writer, entrepreneur and, most recently, real estate agent, has been a public figure since she was a teenage model. From 2009 to 2011 she was a full-time actress on the reality series The real housewives of New York City .

Pat Boone.

Pat Boone

Known for his pop recordings and forays into conservative Christian political commentary, Pat Boone’s 58GS has also appeared in numerous films since the 1950s, including April love (1957), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and more recently God is not dead 2 (2016) and The story of a cowgirl (2017).

Jesse Bradford in 'Bring is an.' (© 2000 Universal Studios)

Jesse Bradford

Jesse Bradford ’02CC started out as a child actor in films such as the 1993 Steven Soderbergh drama King of the hill and 1995 Far from Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog . As a young adult, he starred in the 2000 cheerleading classic Bring it on and in Clint Eastwood's 2006 drama about World War II Flags of our fathers , including films.

Spencer Treat Clark in 'The Last House on the Left'. (imdb.com)

Spencer Treat Clark

Spencer Treat Clark ’10CC has played supporting roles in dozens of films and television series, including Gladiator (2000), mystical flow (2003) and the 2009 remake The last house on the left . He was a regular performer in crime drama Animal kingdom from 2016 to 2019.

Brian Dennehy in 'The Black List'. © 2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy ’60CC, a prolific stage and film actor who was hailed for his appearances in Eugene O'Neill plays, appeared in hundreds of films and television series between 1977 and 2020 when he died at the age of 81.

Brandon Victor Dixon in 'Jesus Christ Superstar'. (©2018 NBCUniversal Media, LLC)

Brandon Victor Dixon

Brandon Victor Dixon’07CC is best known for starring in Broadway musicals like The colour purple (2005), Motown: Das Musical (2013), and Hamilton (2016). In 2018 he appeared in the televised live concert version of version Jesus Christ Superstar and received an Emmy nomination for his portrayal of Judas Iscariot. He has also acted in episodes of Law and Order: Criminal Intent (2009), The good wife (2010), power (2017-2018) and She must have it (2019).

Matthew Fox in 'Verloren'. (imdb.com)

Matthew Fox

After graduating from Columbia with a business degree, Matthew Fox starred 89CC in the family drama Party of five from 1994 to 2000, followed by the supernatural thriller Lost from 2004 to 2010. In 2007 the actor returned to the Morningside campus for the Columbia College Class Day speech .

James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in 'Howl'. (Courtesy of the oscilloscope labs)

James franco

James Franco’s 11SOA, an actor and filmmaker known for his appearances in the Spider Man Series (2002–2007), milk (2008), 127 hours (2010) and other films was already a celebrity by participating in Columbia's MFA fiction writing program. Around this time, Franco also portrayed Beat writer and Colombian Allen Ginsberg ’48CC in the 2010 indie drama 2010 Howl .

Dan Futterman with Amy Brenneman in 'Judge Amy'. (CBS Photo Library - © 2006 CBS Worldwide Inc.)

Dan Futterman

Although Dan Futterman’89CC has worked primarily as a producer and screenwriter for the past several years, he has been a star in legal drama Amy judge from 1999 to 2005. He also had prominent roles in films such as The bird cage (1996) and A mighty heart (2007) and appeared in episodes of Sex and the City (1999) and Will & grace (2003).

Gregor Giraldo. (Comedy Central)

Greg Giraldo

Before dying from a prescription drug overdose in 2010 at the age of 44, Greg Giraldo’87CC was a stand-up comedian and Comedy Central star who attended many of the network's famous celebrity roasts. He was also a frequent guest on late night talk shows and served as a judge Last comic stand in 2010.

Maggie Gyllenhaal in 'The Two'. (imdb.com)

Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal's 99CC stormed onto the stage in 2002 with the unusual black comedy Secretary after he had appeared in a supporting role in the cult classic the year before Donnie Darko . In the latter film, her younger brother Jake starred, who also attended Columbia but did not graduate. Since then, Gyllenhaal has made many notable films, including Sherrybaby (2006), The dark knight (2008) and Crazy heart (2009), for which she was nominated for an Oscar, as well as the TV series The two (2017-2019) together with the Colombian James Franco ’11SOA.

Julia Jones mit Taylor Lautner in 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Teil 1' (Andrew Cooper, SMPSP – © 2011 Summit Entertainment, LLC)

Julia Jones

Julia Jones' 05CC had recurring roles IS (2008), Langmire (2015), Westwelt (2018) and Goliath (2019) and has been in films such as the last three episodes of Die Twilight-Saga (2010–2012), Windfluss (2017), and Cold persecution (2019).

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Judy Joo. (Food network)

Judy Joo

A finance professional who has become a celebrity chef and restaurateur, Judy Joo ’97SEAS hosted the Cooking Channel series Korean food made easy from 2014 to 2016 and appeared as one of the four iron chefs Iron Chef UK in 2010.

Jean Louisa Kelly (above) with the cast of 'Uncle Buck': Macaulay Culkin, John Candy and Gaby Hoffman. (© Universal, imdb.com)

Jean Louisa Kelly

Jean Louisa Kelly's 94CC made her film debut in the 1989 comedy Uncle Buck before starring in a number of films including The Fantasticks and mr. Dutch Opus, both in 1995. She was a star of the sitcom Yes dear (2000-2006) and appeared in episodes of Crazy about you (1998–1999), Greys Anatomy (2006), CSI (2012) and other television programs.

Robinne lee

Robinne lee

Robinne Lee '00LAW has appeared in a variety of films and television series since the late 1990s, including Towing hitch (2005), House of Payne (2007-2011) and both fifty shades of gray Sequels. Lee is also the author of the 2017 novel The idea of ​​you .

Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain

A political columnist and television personality, Meghan McCain’07CC, daughter of the late Senator John McCain, co-hosted Fox News Inferior from 2016–2017 before joining the cast of ABCs The view as permanent co-host in 2017.

Kate McKinnon als Hillary Clinton in 'Saturday Night Live'. (imdb.com)

Kate McKinnon

Kate McKinnon '06CC is a comedian and actress best known for her emulation of political figures and celebrities such as Hillary Clinton, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, ’59LAW,’ 94HON and Justin Bieber. She has won two Emmy Awards for her work Saturday night live (2012–). She has taken on more film roles lately and is in Ghost hunters (2016), The spy who dumped me (2018) and Bomb (2019) among others.

Amanda Peet in 'Dirty John'. (USA network)

Amanda Peet

Amanda Peet’94CC had a number of supporting and leading roles in films such as The whole nine yards (2000), Something has to give (2003), and Syriana (2005). More recently, she starred in the TV series togetherness (2015-2016) and in the second season of Dirty John (2020).

Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin

One of the most original star chefs in the world, Jacques Pépin ’70GS,’ 72GSAS, ’17HON has been an integral part of food TV ever since Today's gourmet was premiered in 1990 and is the author of more than thirty cookbooks.

James Rebhorn in 'A Woman's Scent'. (imdb.com)

James Rebhorn

James Rebhorn’72 SOA, who died in 2014, was a longtime character actor who has appeared in a variety of films, including Scent of a woman (1992) and Meet the parents (2000) and had recurring roles on television shows such as White collar (2009–2013), homeland (2011-2013) and Enlightened (2013).

Amanda Seales (right) with Natasha Rothwell in 'Unsure'. (imdb.com)

Amanda Seales

Amanda Seales’ 05GSAS, actress, comedian, musician and television personality, is a co-star of the TV series Unsure (2016–) and presenter of the comedy competition show Bring the funny (2019–). That year she joined the cast of the syndicated daytime talk show The real one.

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George Segal in 'Die Goldberge'. (Nicole Wilder/ABC - © 2016 American Broadcasting Companies, Inc.)

George Segal

Actor and musician George Segal ’55CC, who died in March 2021 at the age of 87, has had a prolific film career since joining Hollywood in the early 1960s. The notable works include the films Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and A touch of class (1973) and the sitcoms Just shoot me! (1997-2003) and The Goldbergs (2013-).

Jenny Slate mit Harry Winkler in 'Parks and Recreation'. ©2013 NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Jenny Slate

Since graduating from Columbia, actress and comedian Jenny Slate ’04CC, starring. was Saturday night live for the 2009-2010 season, has appeared in numerous film and television comedies for adults and children - Parks and recreation (2013-2015), Bobs Burger (2012–), and Zootopia (2016), to name a few.

Sarah Steele. (CBS)

Sarah Steele

Sarah Steele’s 11CC made her screen debut in the 2004 comedy drama Spanglish next to Adam Sandler. She is best known for her recurring role in the drama The good wife (2011-2016), who played a leading role in the spin-off, The good fight (2017–).

Julia Stiles in “10 Things I Hate About You”. (© 1999 Touchstone Pictures)

Julia Stiles

Best known for starring in teenage Y2K-era films such as 10 things I hate about you (1999) and Secure the last dance (2001), Julia Stiles' 05CC was also a star of the 2019 blockbuster Hustler and has appeared on television shows like Dexter (2010) and The Mindy Project (2014).

Rider Strong in 'Boy Meets World'. (imdb.com)

Rider strong

Rider Strong '04CC played Shawn Hunter on the family sitcom Hunter Boy meets world from 1993 to 2000 before enrolling at Columbia. More than a decade later, he returned for the 2014-2017 show continuation. Girl meets world , for which he also worked as a director.

Preslaysa Williams (E.A. Hendryx Photography ©2015)

Preslaysa Williams

Columbia College graduate Preslaysa Williams (formerly Edwards) '03CC played Cindi Ornette on the children's series The Shelby Woo Mystery Files which aired on Nickelodeon from 1996 to 1998. Williams has also authored several books, including the romance novel 2021 A lowcountry bride .

Robert Wisdom in 'The Alienist' (2018).

Robert wisdom

Robert Wisdom '76CC is a former star sprinter for the Columbia track team and best known for his supporting roles in popular crime series, including The cable (2003–2008), Prison breakout (2007-2008) and The alienist (2018-2020). He's also starred in films like beam (2004), The dark knight rises (2012), and Mutterloses Brooklyn (2019).

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