A 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 the Mast".


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 Only."


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 1968.


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 film career.


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 Spirits."


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 "Over Easy."


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 films.


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 in 1979.


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.

 

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