Proud Heritage Standing Out From the Crowd in ENTERTAINMENT
ROBERT BENEDETTI, Northwestern
'57 Emmy winner as co producer of 1997's Outstanding TV Movie "Miss
Evers' Boys", co-executive producer of 1999 Outstanding TV Movie
nominee "A Lesson Before Dying" and winner of a 1996 Family
Film Award for "The Canterville Ghost". He also was executive
producer of Disney Channel movie "One Promised Land" (a Cable
Ace Award nominee) and executive producer of NBC movie "Fighting
Back: The Nancy Conn Story". He has acted in films and on TV, along
with authoring The Actor at Work.
BILL BOGGS, Pennsylvania '60 TV host and film actor who hosted
"All Star Anything Goes" in 1977 and "Comedy Tonight"
(which he co-produced). He has also had film roles in "The Devil's
Advocate", "Species II", "Night Falls on Manhattan",
"Eyes of Laura Mars" and "Trading Places" while continuing
as a host and producer at WNBC-TV in New York ROMAN BOHNEN, Minnesota
'20 Actor who first gained fame on Broadway in 1937's "Golden Boy".
After going to Hollywood, he appeared in 39 films including "The
Song of Bernadette", "The Best Years of Our Lives", "Of
Mice and Men", "Joan of Arc" and "Two Years Before
BUD COLLINS, Baldwin-Wallace '48 Tennis commentator for over 30
years on CBS (1968), PBS (1975-77) and NBC (since 1978). He has also been
a sports columnist for two Boston newspapers and has authored four books,
including Bud Colins' Modern Encyclopedia of Tennis. T.S. COOK, Denison
'69 Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter for his 1979 screenplay
"The China Syndrome". He also received a 1996 Emmy nomination
(Outstanding Writing in Mini Series or Special) for HBO's "Tuskegee
Airmen". Served as production supervisor/screenwriter for the "Airwolf"
TV series in 1984-85 and also wrote scripts for "Baretta", "The
Paper Chase", 1995 mini-series "Texas Justice" and "Scared
Straight - Another Story".
BILL CREASY, St. Lawrence '49 Television producer who handled the
first two Super Bowl telecasts, six racing Triple Crown telecasts, NHL
hockey and skiing events. Directed sports telecasts for both ABC and NBC
before becoming senior producer for CBS (1963-69). He was Vice President
of Programming for ESPN when the network debuted and has continued as
an ESPN consultant.
DAVID DOW, Stanford '58 Emmy Award-winning correspondent for CBS-TV
News who joined the network in 1972 as an assignments editor. Based in
Los Angeles since 1978, he has covered such major stories as the O.J.
Simpson and Rodney King trials; the political campaigns of George Bush
and Bill Clinton; and US space shuttle and inter-planetary programs.
DANA ELCAR, Michigan '49 Film and TV character actor best known
for his role on "MacGyver" (1985-91). He was also a regular
on "Baretta" (1975-78) and "Baa Baa Black Sheep" (1976-78)
while appearing in such films as "The Sting", "The Boston
Strangler", "All of Me" and "2010".
ROB ESTES, Southern California '83 TV actor who is a regular on "Suddenly
Susan" this fall after previously starring in "Melrose Place"
(1996-99) and "Silk Stalkings" (1991-95).
NORMAN FOSTER, Carnegie Mellon '23 Director/screenwriter who began
his career as a Broadway actor before appearing in 19 films between 1929
and 1936. He directed and co-wrote six films in the "Mr. Moto"
series of the late 1930's and directed three "Charlie Chan"
movies in 1939-40. In the 1950's, he directed such Disney films as "Davy
Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier", "Davy Crockett and the
River Pirates" and "The Sign of Zorro". During the 1960's,
he directed TV episodes of "Batman" and "It Takes a Thief".
GENE FOWLER, Colorado '11 Screenwriter who did films "Billy the
Kid", "Big Jack", "Call of the Wild" and "White
Fang". His book Beau James became a 1957 film and he wrote biographies
of Jimmy Durante and John Barrymore.
FRANK FREEMAN, Georgia Tech '07 Vice President of Paramount Studios
for 24 years and board chairman of Motion Picture Producers from 1959
to 1964. He won the first Jean Hershholt Humanitarian Award at the 1956
Oscar ceremonies and received an honorary Oscar at the 1966 ceremonies
for outstanding service to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
PAUL GILMARTIN, Indiana '82 Co-host of TBS Superstation's "Dinner
& A Movie." Comedian who also served as a writer for the "Emmy
Awards" and "Dennis Miller Show." Has appeared on A&E's
"Caroline's Comedy Hour," "MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour,"
Showtime's "Comedy Club Network," "HBO Comedy Showcase"
and Comedy Central's "Short Attention Span Theatre" and "Comics
CURT GOWDY, Wyoming '39 Sports broadcaster for over five decades
with NBC, ABC and CBS. He did play-by-play at seven Super Bowls and 14
World Series and earned two Emmys as host of "The American Sportsman".
A Peabody Award winner in 1970 for television entertainment, he was elected
to the National Sportscasters/Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame in
1981 and the broadcasters wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1984.
KEITH JACKSON, Washington State '52 Sports broadcaster who won
sports Emmys in both 1995 and 1997 in the Outstanding Sports Personality-Host/Play-by-Play
category. He was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association
Hall of Fame in 1994. Best known for his ABC-TV college football broadcasts,
he also did numerous events for "ABC's Wide World of Sports"
and "Monday Night Baseball" (1976-83). After a brief retirement,
he is back on ABC's college football coverage this fall.
MERLE JONES, Nebraska '25 CBS executive for many years and President
of the network in 1957-58. He also was Vice President in charge of CBS-owned
TV stations and President of the owned stations division from 1958 to
GREG KINNEAR, Arizona '83 Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated actor
for 1998's "As Good as It Gets" and winner of a 1999 Blockbuster
Entertainment Award as Favorite Supporting Actor for the same film. His
other recent roles include "Mystery Men", "Nurse Betty",
"You've Got Mail", "Dear God", "A Smile Like
Yours" and "Sabrina". He served as a TV host for "Movieline",
"Talk Soup" and NBC-TV's "Later" before starting his
ART LINKLETTER, San Diego State '51 Television personality whose
"Art Linkletter's House Party" ran on CBS-TV for near 20 years
(1952-69). He also hosted "People Are Funny" on NBC-TV (1954-61),
"Haggis Baggis" (1958-59), "The Art Linkletter Show"
(1963) and "Art Linkletter's Hollywood Talent Scouts" (1966-66).
His book Kids Say the Darndest Things was a popular best seller.
JOHN LITEL, Pennsylvania '12 Character actor with nearly 150 film
roles from 1930 to 1966. Best known as the father in seven "Henry
Aldrich" films, he also did such other films as "The Sundowners",
"Nevada Smith", "Pocketful of Miracles", "Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea", "Knute Rockne-All American",
"Lover Come Back" and "The Sons of Katie Elder".
ELMER LOWER, Missouri '11 Television executive who served as President
of ABC News for 11 years. After a career in print journalism, he joined
CBS News in 1953, went to NBC for four years as Washington bureau chief
and moved to ABC News in 1963. As ABC News President, he helped build
a modern news operation and raise the network's news stature.
FRANK MARSHALL, UCLA '65 Film producer/director who has worked
on many of Hollywood's biggest films since 1973. His most recent films
as producer are "The Sixth Sense" and "Snow Falling on
Cedars". Starting as location manager or associate producer on such
films as "The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon" and
"What's Up Doc?", he next worked on "E.T. - The Extra-Terrestrial"
and received producing credits on the "Indiana Jones" trilogy,
the "Back to the Future" trilogy, "The Color Purple"
(Best Picture nominee), "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?", "Empire
of the Sun" and "Poltergeist". He made his directorial
debut in 1990 with "Arachnophobia" and formed the Kennedy/Marshall
Company (with his wife Kathleen Kennedy) in 1991. Other recent projects
as a director include part 6 of "From the Earth to the Moon",
"Alive" and "Congo".
GARRY MARSHALL, Northwestern '53 Producer, director, writer and
actor over five decades. Starting as an episode writer for Lucille Ball,
Danny Thomas and Dick Van Dyke, he then created, produced and directed
successful ABC-TV shows "The Odd Couple", "The Brian Keith
Show", "Happy Days", "Lavern and Shirley" and
"Mork and Mindy". His shows were nominated for 16 Emmys and
nine Golden Globe Awards. In the last two decades, he was director and
executive producer of "Runaway Bride", "The Other Sister",
"Dear God", "Pretty Woman", "Beaches", "Nothing
in Common", "Frankie and Johnny" and "The Flamingo
Kid", among others. His acting roles include "Murphy Brown"
plus films "A League of Their Own" and "Soap Dish".
Among his awards are the 1990 American Comedy Awards Lifetime Achievement
Award and the 1992 Publicists Guild Motion Picture Showmanship Award.
HUGH MARTIN, Birmingham-Southern '32 Composer, lyricist, singer
and pianist best known as co-writer of Judy Garland classics such as 1944
Oscar nominee "The Trolley Song", "The Boy Next Door"
and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas". His "Pass
That Peace Pipe" also gained a 1947 Oscar Best Song nomination. After
meeting co-writer Ralph Blane, they collaborated on soundtrack songs,
including "Ziegfield Follies", "Athena" and "The
Girl Most Likely"; wrote words and music for the 1958 TV production
"Hans Brinker"; and co-wrote songs for 1984 Broadway hit "High
BRIAN McFARLANE, St. Lawrence '53 Hockey commentator for many years
on the weekly "Hockey Night in Canada" telecasts and author
of more than 40 hockey books.
MONTE MOORE, Oklahoma '52 Radio/TV baseball broadcaster for over
thirty years, starting as Kansas City A's radio and TV voice then moving
to Oakland with the team. He broadcast several NBC-TV World Series games
(with Curt Gowdy) in 1972-74; did the NBC Game of the Week (1979-81);
and handled play-by-play for USA Network Game of the Week (1981-86). He
returned to Oakland and was A's lead broadcaster (1988-1993).
GEORGE PAGE, Emory '54 Two-time Emmy winner (1988-89) as host,
narrator and executive editor of long-running PBS "Nature" series.
With the nation's largest public television station WNET in New York for
a number of years, he has served as director of science and natural history
programming. He was executive producer of Emmy-winning specials "Fred
Astaire: Change Partners and Dance" and "The Spencer Tracy Legacy:
A Tribute by Katherine Hepburn". Earlier in his career, he spent
several years at WNET before becoming an NBC News correspondent. Returning
to WNET in 1972, he supervised acquisition and development of "The
Adams Chronicles", "Monty Python's Flying Circus", "The
MacNeil/Lehrer Report" and "Bill Moyers' Journal". He also
co-developed and narrated 1984 eight part series "The Brain."
ROD PERTH, San Jose State '65 Director of the Marvel Enterprises
since October 1998. Mr. Perth has been President of Jim Henson Television
Group Worldwide at the Jim Henson Company since May 1999. From October
1994 until July 1998, Mr. Perth wasthe President of USA Networks Entertainment
at USA Network. At USA Network, Mr. Perth was responsible for the development
and production of programming, including programming for the Sci-Fi Channel.
Prior to joining USA Network, Mr. Perth served as Senior Vice President,
Late Night and Non-Network Programming at CBS Entertainment, where he
was instrumental in the resurgence of the CBS Late Night Franchise and
was a key member of the team that brought the "Late Show with David
Letterman" to CBS. Mr. Perth joined the CBS Entertainment division
in 1989 as Vice President, Late Night Programs. Mr. Perth is also a Director
of Big-Hub, an e-commerce Internet business.
RICHARD RECTOR, Northwestern '48 Television producer/executive
and former chairman of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
(1976-78,1984-86). As an executive producer for CBS-TV, he oversaw Emmy
Award shows, musical concerts, children's specials and documentaries.
After leaving CBS, he spent 10 years as executive producer of PBS show
WILL ROBINSON, North Carolina '76 Nashville-based songwriter who
has had more than 350 songs published. Among his compositions are top
five hits for Alabama ("There's No Way", "You've Got the
Touch", "Pass it on Down"), Reba McEntire ("I Know
How He Feels"), John Michael Montgomery ("Long as I Live"),
Doug Stone ("I Never Knew Love") and Earl Thomas Conley ("What
I'd Say"). Other country stars who have recorded his songs include
Willie Nelson, The Mavericks, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Collin
Raye and Lorrie Morgan.
JOHN ROMANO, Colgate '67 Television co-creator and executive producer
of such recent series as "Michael Hayes" (1997) and "Dark
Angel" (1996). He has also served as a producer on "Early Edition",
"Party of Five" and "Sweet Justice". As a screenwriter,
he was part of the Emmy-nominated "Hill Street Blues" writing
team and executive story editor (1986-88). He was also on the "Knotts
Landing" writing team in 1991-92 and has done screenplays for several
FORREST SAWYER, Florida '68 TV newscaster/host who earned Emmys
in 1992-93-94 while with ABC-TV's "Day One" and "Nightline".
After starting in radio, he moved into television with the Atlanta CBS
affiliate (1980-85) then took over as anchorman on "The CBS Morning
News" from 1985 to 1987. He joined ABC-TV in 1988 as anchorman on
"World News This Morning" and also hosted "World News Sunday"
before leaving the network this spring.
RICHARD SHOBERG, Albion '69 Television actor and 1982 Emmy nominee
outstanding lead actor in a daytime series. He starred as Tom Cudahy in
"All My Children" from 1977 to 1995 then returned for episodes
during 1997-98. He received a Soap Opera Digest Award as outstanding supporting
actor in 1992 and also appeared in "Somerset" (1971-72) and
"The Edge of Night" (1972-75).
GRANT SHOW, UCLA '84 TV actor best known as Jake Hanson on "Melrose
Place" from 1992 to 1997 and in guest roles on "Beverly Hills
90210". He began his career on "Ryan's Hope" for three
years and has starred in a number of made-for-TV movies including the
"Texas" mini-series, "Ice", "The Price of Heaven",
"Mother Knows Best", "Pretty Poison" and "Between
Love and Honor".
HOWARD K. SMITH, Tulane '36 Correspondent/commentator with CBS
and ABC for nearly 40 years. He joined CBS as Berlin correspondent in
1941, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946 and continued as the network's
chief European reporter until moving to Washington, DC in 1957. Switching
to ABC News in 1961, he co-anchored "ABC Evening News" from
1969 to 1975 then continued doing daily commentary until leaving the network
RUFUS "SKIP" WARD, SMU '51 Motion picture and TV actor
who later moved into producing. His film debut was 1958's "Run Silent,
Run Deep" and later films included "Hombre", "The
Night of the Iguana", "Is Paris Burning?", "Easy Come,
Easy Go", "The Nutty Professor", "Kiss Me, Stupid",
"Kitten With a Whip", "Myra Breckenridge" and "Voyage
to the Bottom of the Sea". He was a regular on TV shows "The
Lineup" (1959-60) and ""he Gertrude Berg Show" (1961-62).
As a producer, he did three Academy Awards telecasts, 1978 mini-series
"Harold Robbins' The Pirate" and the 1997 "The Dukes of
Hazzard: Reunion!". Earlier, he was associate producer of "The
Dukes of Hazzard" series from 1979 to 1984.
THOMAS "TENNESSEE" WILLIAMS, Missouri '30 Playwright
and novelist who had many of his best-known works produced on stage, television
and film. His first Broadway play (later a film) was "The Glass Menagerie"
in 1945, followed by Pulitzer Prize winners "A Streetcar Named Desire"
(1948) and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1955). Other well-known
films based on his novels included "The Rose Tattoo", "This
Property is Condemned", "Baby Doll", "Suddenly Last
Summer", "The Fugitive Kind", "Summer and Smoke",
"The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone", "Period of Adjustment"
and "Sweet Bird of Youth."
EARL WILSON, Ohio State '29 New York Post columnist and author who
covered the entertainment industry for more than 40 years. In addition
to his column "It Happened Last Night", he hosted 1951 TV series
"Stage Entrance", was New York reporter for 1957 show "Tonight!
America After Dark" and served as an interviewer on 1962's "Guest
Shot". Among his books were Hot Times, The Show Business Nobody Knows,
Sinatra and Show Business Laid Bare.
CHARLES WOODWARD, Pennsylvania '42 Broadway producer whose "Sweeny
Todd" won the 1979 Tony Award as best musical. Other major shows
included his New York debut "Johnny No-Trump" (1967) followed
by "The Boys in the Band", "The Front Page", "The
Grass Harp", "P.S. Your Cat is Dead!" and "Home Front"
(1985), among others.