California Institute Of The Arts Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of California Institute Of The Arts. The list includes people like Tim Burton, David Hasselhoff, Dustin Hoffman, Laraine Newman & Pendleton Ward. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, miscellaneous, singers and media personalities etc.
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Tim Burton
(Film Director Known for His 'Gothic Fantasy' & 'Horror' Films)
Tim Burton
49
Birthdate: August 25, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States

The quintessential filmmaker of gothic fantasy films in Hollywood, Tim Burton's contribution to the long list of American film industry's quirky movies is immense. Since he is also an artist and animator, he is perhaps best-suited for making the kind of films that he has made so far - Edward Scissorhands, Planet of the Apes, and Alice in Wonderland.

 2 
Alison Brie
(Actress)
Alison Brie
59
Birthdate: December 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 3 
Katey Sagal
(Actress and Singer)
Katey Sagal
45
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 19, 1954
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Talented film and television actress Katey Sagal’s big break came with the popular comedy series Married.... with Children. Later, she lent her voice for the animated series Futurama and gave an award winning performance in the drama series Sons of Anarchy. Her film credits include Futurama: Bender's Big Score and Pitch Perfect 2. She has also released two music albums.

 4 
Ed Harris
(Film actor)
Ed Harris
14
Birthdate: November 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 5 
Sofia Coppola
(Director and Actress Best Known for Her Films: ‘The Virgin Suicides’, ‘Lost in Translation’ and 'Marie Antoinette')
Sofia Coppola
18
Birthdate: May 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

The daughter of the popular filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola followed in her father's footsteps to become a screenwriter and filmmaker. Sofia became only the second woman to win the Best Director award in the history of Cannes Film Festival when she won the award at the 2017 Festival.

 6 
Paul Reubens
(Actor, Comedian & Writer Known for His Role as ‘Pee-wee Herman’ in Film ‘Pee-wee's Big Adventure’)
Paul Reubens
21
Birthdate: August 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States
Died: July 30, 2023

Comedian Paul Reubens, or Pee-wee, began his career with the troupe The Groundlings. His popular stage show The Pee-wee Herman Show inspired the CBS show Pee-wee’s Playhouse; the movie Pee-wee's Big Adventure; and a Netflix film. His 1991 arrest due to indecent exposure changed his image to a great extent.

 7 
David Hasselhoff
(American Actor and TV Personality Who Holds a Guinness World Record as the Most Watched Man on TV)
David Hasselhoff
36
Birthdate: July 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States

David Hasselhoff played the iconic role of Mitch Buchannon in Baywatch. He has also starred in The Young and The Restless and Knight Rider, judged on America’s Got Talent, released a music album, and appeared in Broadway musicals. He has a Guinness record for being the most-watched man on TV.

 8 
Stephen Hillenburg
(American Creator of the Nickelodeon Animated TV Series ‘Spongebob Squarepants')
Stephen Hillenburg
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Died: November 26, 2018
Stephen Hillenburg is best known as the creator of SpongeBob SquarePants, the fifth-longest-running animated series in the U.S, which earned him two Emmys and six Annie Awards. He was initially a marine biologist and an instructor at the Orange County Marine Institute. He died of ALS, a neurodegenerative disease.
 9 
Cecily Strong
(Actress, Comedian and Cast Member of ‘Saturday Night Live’)
Cecily Strong
23
Birthdate: February 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States

Cecily Strong is an American comedian and actress best known for her work in the popular sketch comedy and variety show Saturday Night Live. In 2015, she was part of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner where she was the featured entertainer; she took digs at the US Secret Service, news organizations, the state of Indiana, and President Barack Obama.

 10 
Michael Richards
(Actor)
Michael Richards
12
Birthdate: July 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 11 
John Lasseter
(Animator & Director of Several Pixar Films Like 'Toy Story,' 'A Bug's Life,' & 'Cars')
John Lasseter
1
Birthdate: January 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Animator and director John Lasseter is best known for films such as Toy Story and A Bug's Life. He won two Academy Awards, one for Toy Story and the other for Tin Toy. He was the CEO of Pixar and Walt Disney Feature, but later quit amidst sexual misconduct allegations.
 12 
Brad Bird
(Film Director Best Known for his films 'The Incredibles' franchise and 'Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol')
Brad Bird
10
Birthdate: August 24, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalispell, Montana, United States

Brad Bird is an American animator, screenwriter, voice actor, and filmmaker. Mentored by Milt Kahl, Bird developed a love for animation at an early age. He then went on to work at Pixar and developed films like Ratatouille and The Incredibles, winning Academy Awards for both. He also holds the record for the most number of Annie Award wins. 

 13 
Tanya Haden
(Cellist)
Tanya Haden
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 11, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
 14 
Eliza Coupe
(Actress and Comedian Known for Roles in Comedy Series ‘Happy Endings’, ‘Scrubs’ and 'Future Man')
Eliza Coupe
12
Birthdate: April 6, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plymouth, New Hampshire, United States

Eliza Coupe is an American comedian and actress. She is known for playing important roles in TV series like Happy Endings, Scrubs, Future Man, and Quantico. After being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in childhood, Eliza Coupe went on to study improvisational comedy at ImprovOlympic and The Groundlings. She then established herself as a successful film and TV actress.

 15 
Michael Cudlitz
(Actor)
Michael Cudlitz
3
Birthdate: December 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 16 
Kathy Baker
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Dr. Jill Brock’ on the TV Series ‘Picket Fences’)
Kathy Baker
6
Birthdate: June 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States
Kathy Baker, initially a stage actor, later graduated to films, winning a National Society of Film Critics Award for the movie Street Smart. She has also appeared in films such as Edward Scissorhands and Nine Lives. Her performance as Jill Brock in the series Picket Fences won her three Emmys.
 17 
Genndy Tartakovsky
(Animator known for his work on such Cartoon Network series as Dexter's Laboratory and Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Genndy Tartakovsky
5
Birthdate: January 17, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 18 
Craig McCracken
(Animator)
Craig McCracken
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 31, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S.
 19 
Condola Rashad
4
Birthdate: December 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Condola Rashad is an American actress known for her work on Broadway, for which she has received four Tony Award nominations so far. Rashad is the youngest person to have received four Tony Award nominations. Her performance in a play called Ruined earned her a Theatre World Award under the Best Debut Performance category in 2009.

 20 
James Mangold
(Director)
James Mangold
4
Birthdate: December 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 21 
Dana Reeve
(Actress, Wife of Superman actor Christopher Reeve who became an outspoken supporter of disability causes)
Dana Reeve
75
Birthdate: March 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 6, 2006
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 22 
Pete Docter
(Animator)
Pete Docter
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 9, 1968
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bloomington, Minnesota, USA
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 23 
Laraine Newman
(Actor, Television actor)
Laraine Newman
6
Birthdate: March 2, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 24 
Eric Stefani
(Musician)
Eric Stefani
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 17, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fullerton, California, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 25 
Pendleton Ward
(American Animator, Screenwriter, Producer and Voice Actor)
Pendleton Ward
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 23, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
 26 
Andrew Stanton
(Director)
Andrew Stanton
1
Birthdate: December 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 27 
Mary Costa
(American Opera Star Who Voiced 'Princess Aurora' in the Disney Musical 'Sleeping Beauty')
Mary Costa
2
Birthdate: April 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Knoxville

Retired American opera singer Mary Costa is best known for voicing Princess Aurora in the Disney animated musical fantasy Sleeping Beauty. Named a Disney Legend later, she has also appeared in iconic operas such as Verdi's in La Traviata. Post-retirement, she has turned into a motivational speaker and fights against child abuse, too.

 28 
Deborah Joy Winans
4
Birthdate: September 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 29 
Butch Hartman
(Known for creating the Nickelodeon series The Fairly OddParents, Danny Phantom, T.U.F.F. Puppy, and Bunsen Is a Beast.)
Butch Hartman
7
Birthdate: January 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 30 
Ariel Pink
(Musician)
Ariel Pink
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 24, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 31 
J. G. Quintel
(Creator of the Cartoon Network series Regular Show (2010–2017))
J. G. Quintel
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanford, California, United States
 32 
Lou Romano
(Designer, Scenographer, Voice actor, Animator)
Lou Romano
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego
 33 
Jesse Borrego
(Actor)
Jesse Borrego
1
Birthdate: August 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, USA
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Joe Ranft
(Screenwriter)
Joe Ranft
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: August 16, 2005
 35 
Ravi Coltrane
(Saxophonist, Record Producer)
Ravi Coltrane
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 6, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States
 36 
Chris Lemmon
(Actor)
Chris Lemmon
1
Birthdate: June 22, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 37 
Walt Dohrn
(Writer)
Walt Dohrn
0
Birthdate: December 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: United States
 38 
Glen Keane
(Animator)
Glen Keane
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 13, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
 39 
Thurop Van Orman
(Voice actor, Animator)
Thurop Van Orman
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norfolk
 40 
Rich Moore
(Animation director)
Rich Moore
0
Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxnard, California, U.S.
 41 
Conrad Vernon
(Voice actor)
Conrad Vernon
16
Birthdate: July 11, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, U.S.
 42 
Kelly Asbury
(Animator)
Kelly Asbury
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 15, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States
Died: June 26, 2020
 43 
Jorge Gutierrez
(Animator who co-wrote and directed The Book of Life, which was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film)
Jorge Gutierrez
0
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
 44 
Mike Kelley
(Artist)
Mike Kelley
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wayne, Michigan, United States
Died: January 31, 2012
 45 
Thor Freudenthal
(Special effects artist best known for his work on Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters)
Thor Freudenthal
0
Birthdate: October 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: West Berlin, Germany
 46 
Carrie Mae Weems
(Artist)
Carrie Mae Weems
3
Birthdate: April 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
 47 
Martin Denny
(Pianist)
Martin Denny
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 10, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 2, 2005
 48 
David Salle
(Painter)
David Salle
1
Birthdate: September 28, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norman, Oklahoma, United States
 49 
Eric Fischl
(Painter)
Eric Fischl
0
Birthdate: March 9, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York
 50 
Dan Graham
(Artist)
Dan Graham
0
Birthdate: March 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Urbana, Illinois
The ‘California Institute of The Arts’, also known as ‘CalArts’, is an art lover’s paradise. It is one of the most preferred institutions for students aspiring to learn more about visual and performing art forms. As compared to other notable universities in the United States, CalArts was started rather recently, in 1949. This notable university has felicitated several eminent personalities for their outstanding contributions towards the field of art. The state of the art infrastructure of ‘CalArts’ deserves a special mention. Quite recently, two massive spaces, namely ‘Wild Beast’ and ‘John Baldessari Art Studio Building’ were opened for the students to practice their craft. While ‘Wild Beast’ is a 3200 square feet wide performance space, the ‘John Baldessari Art Studio’ sprawls over 7000 square feet and was constructed in a budget of $3.1 Million. The esteemed institution has produced several talented artistes, some of whom have become great legends in the field of art. These noteworthy personalities include maverick filmmaker Tim Burton, actor and host Paul Reubens, as well as filmmaker Sofia Coppola. Former animation students of ‘CalArts’ have worked on several big-budget Hollywood flicks and have been responsible for producing some of the most remarkable CGI sequences of all time. Chris Buck is one such alumnus of this prestigious university who won an Academy Award for his outstanding work in the animated film ‘Frozen’. These famous people include American jazz musician James Newton, renowned dancer Donald McKayle and playwright Peter Sellers. Here’s a list of former CalArts students who have conquered great heights and left millions of people awestruck with their achievements.