Famous USC Alumni (Partial List)

by shannonrluster | created - 15 Nov 2013 | updated - 15 Nov 2013 | Public

1. Stephen Sommers

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 ...

3. Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum

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 ...

4. Scott Derrickson

Writer | Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson was born on July 16, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He is a producer and writer, known for Doctor Strange (2016), Sinister (2012) and The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008).

5. Bryan Burk

Producer | Lost

Bryan Burk was born on December 30, 1968. He is a producer, known for Lost (2004), Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) and Star Trek (2009).

6. Tim Doyle

Producer | The Kids Are Alright

Tim Doyle is a producer and writer, known for The Kids Are Alright (2018), Last Man Standing (2011) and Better Off Ted (2009). He has been married to Ellen Svaco since February 15, 1997. They have one child.

7. David S. Goyer

Writer | Batman Begins

David S. Goyer was born on December 22, 1965 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA as David Samuel Goyer. He is a writer and producer, known for Batman Begins (2005), Dark City (1998) and The Dark Knight (2008). He is married to Marina Black. They have two children.

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 ...

9. Richard A. Harris

Editor | Titanic

Richard A. Harris is an editor and director, known for Titanic (1997), Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) and True Lies (1994).

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.

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12. Sarah Levy

Camera_department | Black Panther

Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1999)

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.

Howard ...

15. Lori Forte

Producer | Epic

Lori Forte is a producer and writer, known for Epic (2013), Ice Age (2002) and Ferdinand (2017).

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 ...

20. Robert Rodat

Writer | Saving Private Ryan

Robert Rodat was born in 1953 in New Hampshire, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Saving Private Ryan (1998), Falling Skies (2011) and The Patriot (2000). He is married to Mollie Miller. They have three children.

21. Mark P. Stoeckinger

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.

22. Anita Brandt Burgoyne

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 ...

23. Jon Landau

Producer | Titanic

Jon Landau was born on July 23, 1960 in New York City, New York, USA. He is a producer, known for Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009) and Alita: Battle Angel (2019).

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 ...

25. Matthew Weiner

Writer | Mad Men

Matthew Weiner was born on June 29, 1965 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is a writer and producer, known for Mad Men (2007), The Sopranos (1999) and The Romanoffs (2018). He has been married to Linda Brettler since January 1991. They have four children.

26. Macy Gray

Soundtrack | Domino

Macy Gray was born on September 6, 1967 in Canton, Ohio, USA as Natalie Renée McIntyre. She was previously married to Tracey Hinds.

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 ...

29. Gray Marshall

Editorial_department | Avengers: Infinity War

Partner/Creative Director, Gray Matter FX, Venice, CA (1998-2008).

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 ...



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