Emerson College Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Emerson College. The list includes people like Henry Winkler, Brandon Lee, Bobby Brown, Jennifer Coolidge & Jay Leno. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, media personalities, photographers, singers and fashion etc.
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Brandon Lee
(American Actor, Martial Artist and Son of Film Star Bruce Lee)
Brandon Lee
37
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 31, 1993

The son of the legendary martial artist and actor, Bruce Lee, Brandon Lee followed in his father’s footsteps. Trained in martial arts, he made his film debut in the 1980s and became a successful star in his own right. He was accidentally wounded while filming The Crow and died. The film, dedicated to him, became a hit.

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Jennifer Coolidge
(Actress and Comedian Best Known for Role as ‘Jeanine Stifler’ in ‘American Pie’ Film Series)
Jennifer Coolidge
58
Birthdate: August 28, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Jennifer Coolidge is an American actress. She is known for playing Jeanine Stifler in the sex comedy film series American Pie. Also known for her charity work, Coolidge has had a major impact working with organizations that support animal rights and AIDS assistance. Thanks to her performance in Legally Blonde, her voice has been the subject of a famous impression.

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Henry Winkler
(Actor and Comedian)
Henry Winkler
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Birthdate: October 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Henry Winkler delivered a Golden Globe-winning performance as Fonzie in Happy Days and an Emmy-winning performance in Barry. His other major projects include Childrens Hospital, Royal Pains, and Arrested Development. He is also known for playing Captain Hook on stage and for authoring the Hank Zipzer series of children’s books.
 4 
David Cross
(Stand-Up Comedian, Actor and Director Best Known for His Comedy Series ‘Mr. Show’)
David Cross
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Birthdate: April 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Roswell, Georgia, United States

David Cross is an American actor, writer, and stand-up comedian. Cross is credited with creating and developing popular TV series, such as The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret and Freak Show. In 2013, the co-founder of Kickstarter, Yancey Strickler, revealed that David Cross was one of the first investors of Kickstarter, a public benefit corporation.

 5 
Bobby Brown
(Singer-Songwriter)
Bobby Brown
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Grammy-winning singer and New Edition member Bobby Brown was a pioneer of the new jack swing, a combination of R&B and hip-hop, and shot to fame with the album Don't Be Cruel and the hit My Prerogative. His marriage to Whitney Houston was plagued with domestic strife and drug issues. 
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Iliza Shlesinger
(Actress)
Iliza Shlesinger
11
Birthdate: February 22, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Maria Menounos
(Actress, Journalist & Television Presenter)
Maria Menounos
12
Birthdate: June 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States

Maria Menounos began her career with a win at the Miss Massachussetts Teen USA pageant. At 22, she became the youngest person to co-host Entertainment Tonight. Currently the CEO of AfterBuzz TV, she has also been a professional wrestler and has penned several self-help books. She also supports many charitable initiatives.

 8 
Denis Leary
(Actor and Comedian)
Denis Leary
10
Birthdate: August 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

Denis Leary is an Irish-American actor, producer, writer, and comedian. Leary is credited with creating popular TV series, such as Rescue Me and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. Also a humanitarian, Denis Leary established the Leary Firefighters Foundation in 2000. The foundation has been donating money to fire departments in New York City, Boston, and Worcester.

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Steven Wright
(Stand-up comedian)
Steven Wright
6
Birthdate: December 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 10 
Norman Lear
(Writer and Producer Known for His Popular Sitcoms: ‘All in the Family’, ‘Sanford and Son’ and ‘The Jeffersons’)
Norman Lear
15
Birthdate: July 27, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 5, 2023

TV writer and producer Norman Lear is best known for producing hit sitcoms such as All in the Family, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, and Sanford and Son. He is also part of the Malibu Mafia and a liberal activist. He also established People for the American Way.

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Natasha Gregson Wagner
(Actress)
Natasha Gregson Wagner
5
Birthdate: September 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 12 
May Calamawy
(Actress)
May Calamawy
1
Birthdate: October 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bahrain
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 13 
Andrea Martin
(Played Aunt Voula in the Comedy Hit 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding')
Andrea Martin
12
Birthdate: January 15, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States

American-Canadian actor Andrea Martin is best known for her roles in movies such as My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She has also won Tony and Drama Desk awards for her performances in plays such as My Favorite Year and Pippin. Her one-woman show Nude, Nude, Totally Nude was a hit.

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Cazzie David
(Actress)
Cazzie David
3
Birthdate: May 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 15 
Matt McGorry
(Best Known for His Role as ‘John Bennett’ in the TV Series ‘Orange Is the New Black’)
Matt McGorry
6
Birthdate: April 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

Matt McGorry is best known as John Bennett from the iconic Netflix series Orange Is the New Black and as Asher Millstone from How to Get Away with Murder. He is a feminist and a social activist, too. He was initially a fitness trainer and a bodybuilder.

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Elden Henson
(Actor)
Elden Henson
6
Birthdate: August 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rockville, Maryland, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 17 
Michael Nouri
(Actor)
Michael Nouri
1
Birthdate: December 9, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 18 
Julie Banderas
(News Anchor)
Julie Banderas
6
Birthdate: September 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Bobbi Brown
(Make-up artist, Businessperson)
Bobbi Brown
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago
 20 
Joanna Going
(Actress)
Joanna Going
0
Birthdate: July 22, 1963
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 21 
Dan Levy
(Comedian)
Dan Levy
2
Birthdate: March 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stamford, Connecticut, United States
 22 
Benjamin Bronfman
(Entrepreneur, Musician)
Benjamin Bronfman
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 23 
Ben Aaron
(TV Host)
Ben Aaron
0
Birthdate: September 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, USA
 24 
Mario Cantone
(Comedian)
Mario Cantone
2
Birthdate: December 9, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stoneham, Massachusetts, US
 25 
Chris Romano
(Actor, writer, and producer most well known as the co-creator and face of Sammy Cacciatore in the Spike TV series Blue Mountain State.)
Chris Romano
1
Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
 26 
Don Pardo
(Actor, Television presenter, Radio personality)
Don Pardo
2
Birthdate: February 22, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westfield
Died: August 18, 2014
 27 
Alex Ebert
(Singer)
Alex Ebert
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Seth Grahame-Smith
(Novelist)
Seth Grahame-Smith
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rockville Centre, New York, U.S.
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Jen Kirkman
(Stand-up comedian)
Jen Kirkman
1
Birthdate: August 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Needham, Massachusetts, U.S.
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Luka Peros
(Actor)
Luka Peros
4
Birthdate: October 28, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zagreb, SR Croatia, SFR Yugoslavia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
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Justin Willman
(American Magician, Comedian and Producer)
Justin Willman
18
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 11, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

Justin Willman is an American comedian, television personality, magician, and producer. He is credited with creating the popular reality television show, Magic for Humans. Justin Willman is also known for his philanthropic efforts; he serves on the board of directors for MagicAid, a non-profit organization that uses magic tricks to improve the hospitalization experience for children.

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David Alan Basche
(Actor)
David Alan Basche
1
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Adele Lim
(Malaysian Screenwriter, Producer, and Director)
Adele Lim
1
Birthplace: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
 34 
Spencer Tunick
(Photographer)
Spencer Tunick
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: January 1, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Middletown
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Spalding Gray
(Actor)
Spalding Gray
1
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died: January 11, 2004
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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Louise Wightman
(American Former Exotic Dancer and Bodybuilder)
Louise Wightman
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 18, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
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Joe Mande
(Actor, Screenwriter)
Joe Mande
4
Birthdate: March 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albuquerque
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Shane Hurlbut
(American Cematographer.)
Shane Hurlbut
1
Birthdate: February 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States

Shane Hurlbut is an American cinematographer best known for his work in films like Drumline. Hurlbut is one of the most critically acclaimed cinematographers of the current generation. His photographic work in his debut film, The Rat Pack, earned him a nomination from the American Society of Cinematographers, making him the youngest cinematographer to have been nominated by the ASC.

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Tamara Czartoryska
(Daughter of Prince Adam Czartoryski y Borbón)
Tamara Czartoryska
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 23, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Princess Noor bint Asem
(Princess)
Princess Noor bint Asem
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 6, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
 41 
Louise Closser Hale
(Actress)
Louise Closser Hale
0
Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: July 26, 1933
 42 
Manolo González Vergara
(Instagram Star as Actor Sofía Vergara's Son)
Manolo González Vergara
0
Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: September 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Colombia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Princess Yasmine bint Asem
(Princess)
Princess Yasmine bint Asem
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
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Princess Sara bint Asem
(Princess)
Princess Sara bint Asem
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 12, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
Emerson College, located in Boston, Massachusetts was founded by Charles Emerson, in the year 1880. Originally known as ‘School of oratory’, Emerson College offers programs that prep the undergrads and grads to pursue leadership skills and assume greater positions of responsibility. This institution is one of the colleges in the US solely committed to liberal arts and communication and is dedicated to helping pursue scholarship in such disciplines. Since its establishment, Emerson has greatly evolved into a multifaceted college, pushing boundaries of art, communication and culture which invariably lead to the advancement of the society. Emerson offers over a dozen degrees in courses like journalism, interactive news, sports reporting, photojournalism, and civic art and design- which are just a few out of the many others. It even throws light on athletics and performing arts like jazz, and ballet. The college has even gone above and beyond to spread awareness about different environmental issues that it won the College and University Green Power Challenge of the Environmental Protection Agency. Not only is it reputed for its high-end infrastructure and top-class educational programs, Emerson is also famous for its notable alumni that are now changing the course of the world in their own way. TV host Jay Leno, makeup artist Bobbi Brown, actor Steven Wright, and screenwriter Anna Hamilton are few of the big names that are making big waves in the show biz world. Keep reading and learn more about this prestigious institution’s notable alumni- some names will even drop your jaw in awe.