Notable Alumni

Thomas Sadoski

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

Bill Schmidt ('70)

Won the bronze medal for the javelin at the 1972 Olympics

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Jan Seale ('69 M.A.)

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

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Ron Shanklin
Deceased 1948-2003

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

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

Snarky Puppy

Three-time Grammy Award-winning band, known for its combination of jazz, funk and world music

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Dr. Frank Spencer
Frank Spencer ('44)

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

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B.W. Stevenson

Singer-songwriter of the hit "My Maria"

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Howard Swindle ('68)
Deceased 1945-2004

Journalist, author, Pulitzer Prize winner

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Hilda Tagle
Hilda Tagle ('71 M.S.)

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

Dana Tanamachi ('07)

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

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Charn Uswachoke ('73 M.B.A.)

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

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Ronald Waranch ('54)
Deceased 1931-2010

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

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Brian Waters

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

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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

Eli Young Band James Young ('02), Chris Thompson ('04), Mike Eli ('04) and Jon Jones ('04)

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

Wende Zomnir
Wende Zomnir ('89)

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

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