Actor; Academy Award nominee for The Blue Veil; also starred in Public Enemy and Grease
Actor; Academy Award nominee for The Blue Veil; also starred in Public Enemy and Grease
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
Former Texas state representative (1955-1967)
Former U.S. Congressman, 4th District of Texas
Actress; roles in King's Row and Angels with Dirty Faces; roles in films with Humphrey Bogart, James Cagney, Cary Grant and Errol Flynn
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.
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
Actor; Acting credits include The Natural, Fletch, The Living Daylights and Goldeneye. Best known for role as Buford Pusser in Walking Tall
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.
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
Longtime reporter for the Associated Press, author of several books about Cullen Davis and Clayton Williams
Popular oil painter and sculptor specializing in Southwestern art
Golfer; member of the PGA Senior Tour and namesake of the Don January Golf Classic
Golfer, member of the PGA Senior Tour
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.
Television journalist; former chief correspondent for CBS Reports and senior news analyst for CBS News; former press secretary for President Lyndon Baines Johnson
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"
Football player for the Cleveland Browns (1952-1963)
California homebuilder, winner of the Horatio Alger Award for overcoming humble beginnings and adversity to achieve personal and professional success
Actor; appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger
Former Prime Minister of Jordan (June-November 1991)
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
Chairman of energy services company, Crosstex Energy
Former chairman of oil and gas company, ARCO in Los Angeles
Former president of Haggar Clothing Co. in Dallas, a popular menswear company
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
1960 Olympian in pole vaulting
Chairman of the Board, Grand Bank of Dallas
Singer-songwriter whose songs were recorded by Willie Nelson and Lyle Lovett; 2007 Texas Poet Lauraute
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)
UNT alum Don Henley and the Eagles are 2015 Kennedy Center Honorees, given to those who have exemplary lifetime achievements in the performing arts. The Eagles will be honored Dec. 6 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the ceremony will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. CST on Dec. 29.
Former commissioner of the Texas Department of Agriculture (1983-1991)
Country western singer-songwriter
President and Chief Executive Officer, Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc.
Chief Executive Officer, Texas Capital Bank, second-largest bank by assets headquartered in DFW
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
Author of the best-selling novels Roses and Tumbleweeds
Chairman of Interstate Batteries, the leading replacement brand battery in North America
Grammy nominee, country singer-songwriter of the hit "Wildfire"
LPGA Player of the Year in 1975
Former Texas Poet Laureate and author of The Texas Review Poetry Prize-winning collection of poems, The Border
Best-selling author of the Vampire Chronicles books
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
Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"
Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner
Professor Emeritus, Northern Arizona University
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
Fox Sports and ESPN broadcaster/host and Texas Rangers, Dallas Mavericks and San Antonio Spurs announcer
Miss America 1975, author and motivational speaker
Award-winning poet and former Texas Poet Laureate
Owner of Boynton Enterprises, a fashion design company
Former Mayor, City of Denton (2000-06)
Congressman, U.S. House of Representatives, 26th District of Texas (2003-present)
Founder and owner of Spring Creek Restaurants, a 40 restaurant chain that includes Spring Creek Barbeque and Mexican Inn Cafe
Attorney; Former state District Court Judge for Criminal District Court 4 in Dallas (1991-2012)
Grammy Award winner for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2011
Cartoonist; created Superman, Indiana Jones and ROM comic strips
2009 Texas State 3-D artist
Miss America 1971; broadcaster with NFL Today; entrepreneur
Attorney and first Chinese American to practice law in DFW
Illustrator for the nationally syndicated cartoon "Over the Hedge"
Edgar Award-nominated mystery writer with 14 books in print
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
Self-help expert; host of the nationally syndicated top rated talk show Dr. Phil and best-selling author
Former interim president and CEO of the NAACP: 35th Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives (2007-2011).
Granite sculptor and National Medal of Arts honoree
Texas State Senator, Senate District 12 (1993-present)
Won the bronze medal for the javelin at the 1972 Olympics
Football player and All-Pro for the Pittsburgh Steelers (1970-1976)
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
Entrepreneur; Developed the semiconductor industry in Thailand and served as a Senator in Thailand
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.
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
Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia.
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
Actor; Academy Award nominee for Sideways; Emmy award winner for Broken Trail
Pop artist whose work has been used by the Barack Obama presidential campaign, billboards and "The Simpsons"
Fashion designer; designer to former First Lady Laura Bush
Trumpet player; played on Late Show with David Letterman
Nationally syndicated cartoonist; creator of "The Quigmans"
Well-known Texas folk singer and songwriter; children's advocate; 2010 Texas State Musician
Owner of Sam Moon Trading Company, one of the world's leading specialty retailers of fashionable jewelry and accessories
Artist whose public art projects have been featured in international exhibits
Soprano with the Santa Fe Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera
Radio personality on the DFW radio station 96.3 KSCS and winner of Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year
Former City Manager, City of Dallas (2005-2013)
Co-founder and creative director for Urban Decay, a popular cosmetics company
Composer; Emmy Award winner for the Batman Beyond cartoon series
Professor and cancer researcher at the Illinois Institute of Technology; researches developing safe, effective and targeted drugs for cancer and neurodegenerative diseases
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.
Director; acclaimed for her short films Vocessitas/Little Voices and Maid! Madonna! Whore!
Anchor for Dallas-Fort Worth news station WFAA, serving in one of the Top Five media markets in the nation
Nine-time Grammy Award-winning vocalist and songwriter
Soprano with the Houston Grand Opera and the New York Metropolitan Opera
2009 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and six-time Pro Bowler (1999-present)
Co-creator of video game Call of Duty, one of the leading video game franchises
Running back for the Dallas Cowboys (2012-present)
Grammy Award-winning Gospel rapper
2014 Olympian in bobsledding
Television personality; Dancing with the Stars: All Stars winner and The Bachelor contestant
Chalk artist whose work has been on the cover of O, The Oprah Magazine and Time
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
Power forward for the Detroit Pistons (2013-present)
Running back for the Oakland Raiders
Linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens
Linebacker for the Cleveland Browns (2011-present)