Notable Alumni

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

Joe Don Baker ('58)

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

Shirley Cothran Barret
Shirley Cothran Barret ('73, '74 M.Ed.)

Miss America 1975, author and motivational speaker

Joan Blondell
Deceased 1906-1979

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

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K Callan ('64)

Actress; appeared in the movies Knives Out, 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, Justified and Veep

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Thomas Haden Church

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

Carmen Cusack

Singer and actress; who was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for her performance in Bright Star and appeared in the movie A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

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Phyllis George
Phyllis George ('70)

Miss America 1971; broadcaster with NFL Today; entrepreneur

Dr. Phil McGraw ('76 M.A., '79, Ph.D.)

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

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Mark "Hawkeye" Rybczyk ('83)

Radio personality on the DFW radio station 96.3 KSCS; winner of Billboard Magazine's Air Personality of the Year and member of the Country Radio Hall of Fame

Melissa Rycroft ('05)

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

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Thomas Sadoski

Tony Award-nominated actor who has appeared in The Newsroom, Life in Pieces, Wild and John Wick

Ann Sheridan
Deceased 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

Libby Villari
Libby Villari ('80)

Actress; appeared in the movies Boyhood, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and Boys Don't Cry, and the TV show Friday Night Lights

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Peter Weller ('70)

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.

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Jason West ('96)

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

Noble Willingham ('53)
Deceased 1931-2004

Actor; appeared in Walker, Texas Ranger