Notable and Famous Alumni by Decade


Joan Blondell (1906-1979)

Actor; Academy Award nominee for The Blue Veil; also starred in Public Enemy and Grease

O'Neil Ford (1905-1982)

Influential architect in Texas vernacular; designer of the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio and the Little-Chapel-in-the-Woods at Texas Woman's University


Alonzo Jamison (1918-2011)

Former Texas state representative (1955-1967)

Ray Roberts

Former U.S. Congressman, 4th District of Texas

Ann Sheridan (1915-1967)

Actress; roles in King's Row and Angels with Dirty Faces; roles in films with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn


Bob Dorough

Jazz musician, composer and music director of Schoolhouse Rock; wrote and performed "Conjunction Junction," "Three is a Magic Number" and other well-known songs in the series.

Frank Spencer

Retired chair of surgery at New York University; created techniques that paved the way for modern cardiac surgery. He also is a former president of the American College of Surgeons and a recipient of the Navy's Legion of Merit


Joe Don Baker

Actor; Acting credits include The Natural, Fletch, The Living Daylights and Goldeneye. Best known for role as Buford Pusser in Walking Tall

Pat Boone

Top-selling singer with gold records in the 1950s and 1960s for "Ain't That a Shame" and "I'll Be Home" and starred in several movies, including State Fair.

C. James Carrico (1935-2002)

The first physician who treated President John F. Kennedy after he was fatally shot; former chairman of the Department of Surgery at the University of Washington and UT Southwestern Medical Center

Mike Cochran

Longtime reporter for the Associated Press, author of several books about Cullen Davis and Clayton Williams

G. Harvey

Popular oil painter and sculptor specializing in Southwestern art

Don January

Golfer; member of the PGA Senior Tour and namesake of the Don January Golf Classic

Billy Maxwell

Golfer, member of the PGA Senior Tour

Larry McMurtry

Author; wrote Lonesome Dove, which won a Pulitzer Prize, and numerous other bestsellers including The Last Picture Show and Terms of Endearment; co-wrote the screen adaptation of Brokeback Mountain for which he shared the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Bill Moyers

Television journalist; former chief correspondent for CBS Reports and senior news analyst for CBS News; former press secretary for President Lyndon Baines Johnson

Roy Orbison (1936-1988)

Grammy Award-winning singer and guitarist; songs included "Oh, Pretty Woman," considered one of the 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and "Crying"

Ray Renfro (1929-1997)

Football player for the Cleveland Browns (1952-1963)

Ronald Waranch (1931-2010)

California homebuilder, winner of the Horatio Alger Award for overcoming humble beginnings and adversity to achieve personal and professional success

Noble Willingham (1931-2004)

Actor; appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger


Taher al-Masri

Former Prime Minister of Jordan (June-November 1991)

Charles "Chuck" Beatty

Played with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1963 to 1972 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1972; was on the Board of Regents; former mayor of Waxahachie

Rhys Best

Corporate director for several companies and former chairman of energy services company, Crosstex Energy

Mike R. Bowlin

Former chairman of oil and gas company, ARCO in Los Angeles

Frank D. Bracken

Former president of Haggar Clothing Co. in Dallas, a popular menswear company

K Callan

Actress, appeared in the movies Joe and A Touch of Class, as well as the TV shows All in the Family, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, How I Met Your Mother and Justified

David Clark

1960 Olympian in pole vaulting

Roy Gene Evans

Former Chairman of the Board, Grand Bank of Dallas

Steve Fromholz (1945-2014)

Singer-songwriter whose songs were recorded by Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett; 2007 Texas Poet Lauraute

"Mean" Joe Greene

NFL Hall of Famer and defensive lineman for the five-time Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s (played on team from 1969-1981)

Don Henley

Grammy Award-winning singer and musician; member of The Eagles and solo artist; environmental activist.

Jim Hightower

Former commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (1983-1991)

Ray Wylie Hubbard

Country western singer-songwriter

George F. Jones Jr.

Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc. and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Capital Bank, second-largest bank by assets headquartered in DFW

Tom "Bones" Malone

Trombonist; member of the original Saturday Night Live band for 10 years; backed John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd for the Blues Brother act; formerly served as the principal arranger and trombonist for the Late Show with David Letterman

Leila Meacham

Author of the best-selling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds

Norm Miller

Chairman of Interstate Batteries, the leading replacement brand battery in North America

Michael Martin Murphey

Grammy nominee, country singer-songwriter of the hit "Wildfire"

Sandra Palmer

LPGA Player of the Year in 1975

Cleatus Rattan

Former Texas Poet Laureate and author of The Texas Review Poetry Prize-winning collection of poems, The Border

Anne Rice

Best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles books

Jan Seale

Former Texas Poet Laureate, National Endowment for the Arts fellow and author of 20 books of short stories and poems whose works have been published in anthologies, newspapers and magazines and read on National Public Radio

B.W. Stevenson

Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"

Howard Swindle (1945-2004)

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner


Thom Alcoze

Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University

Jean Andrews (1923-2010)

Author and artist; known worldwide as "The Pepper Lady," wrote and illustrated American Wildflower Florilium, Peppers: The Domesticated Capsicums, The Pepper Trail: History and Recipes From Around the World and The Peppers Cookbook: 200 Recipes From The Pepper Lady's Kitchen

Dave Barnett

Fox Sports1 and American Sports Network broadcaster

Shirley Cothran Barret

Miss America 1975, author and motivational speaker

Alan Lee Birkelbach

Award-winning poet and former Texas Poet Laureate

Bonnie Boynton

Owner of Boynton Enterprises, a fashion design company

Euline Brock

Former Mayor, City of Denton (2000-06)

Michael Burgess

Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, 26th District of Texas (2003-present)

Chris Carroll

Founder and owner of Spring Creek Restaurants, a 40 restaurant chain that includes Spring Creek Barbeque and Mexican Inn Cafe

John Ford Coley

Member of the Grammy-nominated duo England Dan and John Ford Coley that produced such hits as "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight."

John Creuzot

Attorney; Former state District Court Judge for Criminal District Court 4 in Dallas (1991-2012)

Michael Daugherty

Four-time Grammy-winner composer

Kerry Gammill

Cartoonist; created Superman, Indiana Jones and ROM comic strips

Eliseo Garcia

2009 Texas State 3-D artist

Phyllis George

Miss America 1971; broadcaster with NFL Today; entrepreneur

Harry Joe

Attorney and first Chinese American to practice law in DFW

T Lewis

Illustrator for the nationally syndicated cartoon "Over the Hedge"

David Lindsey

Edgar Award-nominated mystery writer with 14 books in print

Lyle Mays

Composer and keyboardist for the Pat Metheny Group; won seven Grammy Awards with the group and has been nominated four times for his own work

Dr. Phil McGraw

Self-help expert; host of the nationally syndicated top rated talk show Dr. Phil and best-selling author

Jim McIngvale

Owner of Gallery Furniture stores in House, better known as "Mattress Mack”

Lorraine Miller

Former interim president and CEO of the NAACP: 35th Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007-2011).

Jesús Bautista Moroles (1950-2015)

Granite sculptor and National Medal of Arts honoree

Jane Nelson

Texas State Senator, Senate District 12 (1993-present)

Bill Schmidt

Won the bronze medal for the javelin at the 1972 Olympics

Ron Shanklin (1948-2003)

Football player and All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1976)

Hilda Tagle

Senior United States District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (1998-present); first Latina to serve as a federal judge in Texas

Charn Uswachoke

Entrepreneur; Developed the semiconductor industry in Thailand and served as a Senator in Thailand

Peter Weller

Actor; starred in Robocop, Star Trek: Into Darkness and Buckaroo Bonzai; Director who has helmed episodes of Hawaii Five-O, Sons of Anarchy and House M.D.


Lewis Abernathy Jr.

Actor and director; played Lewis Bodine, a member of the treasure hunting team, in Titanic; also wrote many of the final scenes for the film

Adel al-Jubeir

Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.

Brave Combo

Two-time Grammy Award-winning polka band known for its eclectic mix of pop, jazz, rock and other musical styles with polka; featured on The Simpsons and Prairie Home Companion

Thomas Haden Church

Actor; Academy Award nominee for Sideways; Emmy award winner for Broken Trail

Ron English

Pop artist whose work has been used by the Barack Obama presidential campaign, billboards and "The Simpsons"

Michael Faircloth

Fashion designer; designer to former First Lady Laura Bush

Frank Greene

Trumpet player; played on Late Show with David Letterman

Buddy Hickerson

Nationally syndicated cartoonist; creator of "The Quigmans"

Sara Hickman

Well-known Texas folk singer and songwriter; children's advocate; 2010 Texas State Musician

Sam Moon

Owner of Sam Moon Trading Company, one of the world's leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories

Celia Alvarez Muñoz

Artist whose public art projects have been featured in international exhibits

Dave Pietro

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and member of the Maria Schneider Orchestra

Patricia Racette

Soprano with the Santa Fe Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

Mark "Hawkeye" Rybczyk

Radio personality on the DFW radio station 96.3 KSCS and winner of Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year

Mary Suhm

Former City Manager, City of Dallas (2005-2013)

Wende Zomnir

Co-founder and creative director for Urban Decay, a popular cosmetics company


T.C. Broadnax

City Manager, City of Dallas (2017-present)

Kristopher Carter

Composer; Emmy Award winner for the Batman Beyond cartoon series


Hyun-Soon Chong

Professor and cancer researcher at the Illinois Institute of Technology; researches developing safe, effective and targeted drugs for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases

Jeff Coffin

Saxophonist for Dave Matthews Band; three-time Grammy Award winner with the band Bela Fleck & the Flecktones; founder of Jeff Coffin & the Mu'tet; educator, clinician and author.

Carmen Cusack

Singer and actress who was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for her performance in "Bright Star"

Kim Flores

Director; acclaimed for her short films Vocessitas/Little Voices and Maid! Madonna! Whore!

Cynthia Izaguirre

Anchor for Dallas-Fort Worth news station WFAA, serving in one of the Top Five media markets in the nation

Norah Jones

Nine-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter

Emily Pulley

Soprano with the Houston Grand Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera

Azim Rashid

Senior vice president at Capitol Music Group

Brian Waters

Former NFL guard, 2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and six-time Pro Bowler

Jason West

Co-creator of video game Call of Duty, one of the leading video game franchises


Lance Dunbar

Running back for the Dallas Cowboys (2012-2017); running back for the Los Angeles Rams (2017-present)


Grammy Award-winning rapper

Johnny Quinn

2014 Olympian in bobsledding

Melissa Rycroft

Television personality; Dancing with the Stars: All Stars winner and The Bachelor contestant

Dana Tanamachi

Chalk artist whose work has been on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine and Time

Eli Young Band

Academy of Country Music-winning Eli Young Band members, James Young ('02), Chris Thompson ('04), Mike Eli ('04) and Jon Jones ('04); formed the country quartet as UNT students



Rodolfo Cazaubon

2016 Olympian in golfing and player on the tour       

Tony Mitchell

Plays for the Cocodrilos de Caracas of the Venezuelan Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, former power forward for the Detroit Pistons

Maren Morris

Grammy-winning country singer-songwriter

Jamize Olawale

Fullback for the Oakland Raiders

Zach Orr

Former linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens

Carlos Ortiz

Player on the Professional Golfers Association tour

Craig Robertson

Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints