Famous USC Alumni (Partial List)by shannonrluster | created - 15 Nov 2013 | updated - 15 Nov 2013 | Public
Producer | G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
Stephen Sommers was born on March 20, 1962 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Raised in St. Cloud, Minnesota, he attended St. John's University and the University of Seville in Spain. Afterward, Sommers spent the next four years performing as an actor in theater groups and managing rock bands throughout ...
Director | Dead to Me
Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum is a DGA Award nominated film and television director. She has directed and executive produced 6 TV pilots - all of which have been picked up to series. Most recently she directed and executive produced the pilot for the ice skating drama Spinning Out for Netflix and ...
8. Bob Gale
Writer | Back to the Future
Bob Gale is an Oscar-nominated screenwriter-producer-director, best known as co-creator, co-writer and co-producer of Back to the Future (1985) and its sequels. Gale was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Cinema from the University of Southern ...
10. Tom DeSanto
Producer | X-Men
Tom DeSanto is a founding writer/producer behind some of the biggest franchises in movie history (X-Men, Transformers). DeSanto's films have grossed more than $4.47 billion dollars worldwide with a per film average of more than $746 million at the box office, in addition to billions more in home ...
11. Ray Harryhausen
Visual_effects | Clash of the Titans
When it comes to motion picture special effects, there is only one name that personifies movie magic--Ray Harryhausen. From his debut films with George Pal to his final film, Harryhausen imbued magic and visual strength to motion picture special effects as no other technician has, before or since.
13. Walter Murch
Sound_department | The English Patient
Walter Murch has been editing sound in Hollywood since starting on Francis Ford Coppola's film The Rain People (1969). He edited sound on American Graffiti (1973) and The Godfather: Part II (1974), won his first Academy Award nomination for The Conversation (1974), won his first Oscar for ...
14. Ron Howard
Actor | Arrested Development
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard is one of this generation's most popular directors. From the critically acclaimed dramas A Beautiful Mind (2001) and Apollo 13 (1995) to the hit comedies Parenthood (1989) and Splash (1984), he has created some of Hollywood's most memorable films.
16. John Knoll
Visual_effects | Rogue One
John Knoll was born on October 6, 1962 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Pacific Rim (2013) and Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002). He is married to Jennifer Knoll. They have four children.
17. George Lucas
Writer | Star Wars
George Walton Lucas, Jr. was raised on a walnut ranch in Modesto, California. His father was a stationery store owner and he had three siblings. During his late teen years, he went to Thomas Downey High School and was very much interested in drag racing. He planned to become a professional racecar ...
19. Paula Patton
Actress | Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
Paula Patton was born in Los Angeles, California, to Joyce (Vanraden) and Charles Patton. Her father is African-American and her mother, who is caucasian, has German, English, and Dutch ancestry. Her family lived across the street from the 20th Century Fox lot when she was growing up and she was a ...
Sound_department | Star Trek
Mark P. Stoeckinger was born on December 30, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Star Trek (2009), Gladiator (2000) and Unstoppable (2010). He has been married to Desa Burkett Stoeckinger since July 26, 1986. They have three children.
Editor | Legally Blonde
Anita Brandt Burgoyne A.C.E., a 1980 Phi Beta Kappa and Cum Laude graduate of USC's Film School, is the daughter of Emmy Award Winning Editor Byron "Buzz" Brandt, A.C.E.
Continously employed in the editing field since college graduation, Anita began her career cutting on a Moviola and now enjoys ...
24. Robert Zemeckis
Writer | Back to the Future
A whiz-kid with special effects, Robert is from the Spielberg camp of film-making (Steven Spielberg produced many of his films). Usually working with writing partner Bob Gale, Robert's earlier films show he has a talent for zany comedy (Romancing the Stone (1984), 1941 (1979)) and special effect ...
27. Laura Ziskin
Producer | The Butler
Laura Ziskin was born on March 3, 1950 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA as Laura Ellen Ziskin. She was a producer, known for Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013), What About Bob? (1991) and No Way Out (1987). She was married to Alvin Sargent and Julian Barry. She died on June 12, 2011 in Santa Monica, ...
28. Robert Elswit
Cinematographer | There Will Be Blood
Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014).
Elswit frequently works with director ...
30. Will Ferrell
Producer | Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
John William Ferrell was born in Irvine, California, to Betty Kay (Overman), a teacher, and Roy Lee Ferrell, Jr., a musician. His parents were originally from Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Ferrell became interested in performing while a student ...