University Of Southern California

Discover the notable alumni of University Of Southern California. The list includes people like Anton Yelchin, George Lucas, Susan Downey, Jonathan Ke Quan & Melody Thomas Scott. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as film & theater personalities, miscellaneous, musicians, fashion and sportspersons etc.
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 1 
Neil Armstrong
(The First Person to Walk on the Moon)
Neil Armstrong
117
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 5, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapakoneta, Ohio, United States
Died: August 25, 2012

The first person to walk on the Moon, Neil Armstrong was an astronaut and aeronautical engineer. Prior to his trip to the Moon, he became NASA's first civilian astronaut to fly in space. After resigning from NASA, he taught in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He was a Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee.

 2 
John Wayne
(American Actor Who was a Popular Icon During Hollywood's Golden Age)
John Wayne
75
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States
Died: June 11, 1979

Famous for his roles in Western films in the mid-20th century, actor John Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. In a career spanning over half a century, he starred in 142 motion pictures. Upon his death, he came to be recognized as “an enduring icon who symbolized and communicated American values and ideals.”

 3 
Will Ferrell
(Actor & Comedian)
Will Ferrell
54
Birthdate: July 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Irvine, California, United States

Will Ferrell rose to fame in the mid-1990s when he acted in a comedy show Saturday Night Live. He then went on to act in a series of comedy films such as Talladega Nights, Step Brothers and The Other Guys.  He’s considered part of the ‘Frat Pack’, essentially meaning Hollywood comic actors who emerged in the late 1990s and 2000s.

 4 
Ron Howard
(Director, Producer and Former Child Actor)
Ron Howard
47
Birthdate: March 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States

Ron Howard started his career in the show business as an actor, but it was in direction that he found his true calling. He is highly respected for his craft and films like Solo: A Star Wars Story, Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind. He won the Academy Award for the Best  Director for A Breautiful Mind.

 5 
George Lucas
(Filmmaker Known for Creating the 'Star Wars' & 'Indiana Jones' Franchises)
George Lucas
79
Birthdate: May 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States
National Medal of Arts-winner George Lucas is best known for his iconic movie series Star Wars and Indiana Jones. He wished to the join the U.S. Air Force but was rejected, following which he studied film production at USC. He is also a Science Fiction Hall of Fame inductee.
 6 
Tom Selleck
(Best Known for His Role of 'Thomas Magnum' in the TV Series 'Magnum, P.I.')
Tom Selleck
52
Birthdate: January 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

An actor famous for his rugged good looks, Tom Selleck is best known for playing tough police officers and investigators in TV shows and films. Even though he has been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, he finally gained stardom only in the 1980s and continues to be a popular actor to date.

 7 
Lily Collins
(Actress Best Known for Her Films: 'The Blind Side', 'Rules Don't Apply' and 'To the Bone')
Lily Collins
90
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guildford, England

Born to a famous musician Phil Collins, Lily Collins first faced the camera at the age of two. As an adult, she gained recognition with Mirror Mirror and then followed it up with The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Rules Don't Apply. The British-American actress, who has become extremely successful, is also a model and a published author.

 8 
Dave Franco
(Known for His Roles in the Films: '21 Jump Street', 'Now You See Me' and 'Neighbors')
Dave Franco
51
Birthdate: June 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States

Born into a family of poets and authors, Dave Franco was encouraged to pursue acting by his brother James. After appearing in minor roles, he played a prominent role in the comedy film 21 Jump Street, which proved to be a turning point in his career. He then went on to try his hand at writing, producing, and directing.

 9 
Kelly Preston
(Actress)
Kelly Preston
67
Birthdate: October 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Died: July 12, 2020

Considered one of the most underrated actresses, the late Kelly Preston left her mark in both films and television shows and across a variety of genres. The charming actress starred alongside big Hollywood actors including her husband John Travolta and made her presence felt in most of them.

 10 
Miranda Cosgrove
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Role of 'Carly Shay' in the Teen Sitcom 'iCarly')
Miranda Cosgrove
63
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 14, 1993
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

An American actress and singer, Miranda Cosgrove started out as a child actress. In 2010, she became the second-highest-paid child star, having earned $180,000 per episode for the TV series iCarly. Also a philanthropist, Miranda Cosgrove supports St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and is a spokesperson for an organization called Light the Night Walk which raises awareness for blood cancer.

 11 
Kevin Feige
(Film producer)
Kevin Feige
13
Birthdate: June 2, 1973
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Jenna Dewan
(Actress, Dancer)
Jenna Dewan
27
Birthdate: December 3, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 13 
Katherine Schwarzenegger
(Daughter of Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Author of Self-Help Books)
Katherine Schwarzenegger
41
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Katherine Schwarzenegger is a young and confident woman. As an author, she encourages young women to achieve a positive self-image and confidence. Each of her books serves as a guiding light for women, children, and youngsters. She is also associated with non-profit organizations, such as Best Friends Animal Society and American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

 14 
Michael Landon
(Actor and Filmmaker)
Michael Landon
18
Birthdate: October 31, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York, United States
Died: July 1, 1991

One of the most popular actors of his generation, Michael Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide on 22 occasions, the most for an actor and second only to Lucille Ball. Also a singer and director, Landon had a major impact on the film industry, so much so that a community building was named after him following his demise.

 15 
Timothy Olyphant
29
Birthdate: May 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.

 16 
Anton Yelchin
(American Actor Best Known for His Role as 'Pavel Chekov' in the 'Star Trek' Reboot Film Series)
Anton Yelchin
30
Birthdate: March 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: June 19, 2016

As an actor, who was also interested in photography and playing the guitar, Anton Yelchin was a man of many talents. Unfortunately, he was involved in a freak accident that killed him when he was 27. Such was his impact in Hollywood that a bronze statue of his was erected at his grave and many celebrities attended the unveiling ceremony.

 17 
Penn Badgley
(Actor)
Penn Badgley
65
Birthdate: November 1, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 18 
Forest Whitaker
(Best Known for His Role in 'The Last King of Scotland')
Forest Whitaker
22
Birthdate: July 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Longview, Texas, United States
Forest Whitaker is best known for his Academy Award-winning performance as real-life dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Fans also loved him in Rogue One and Ghost Dog. He is an advocate of the UN’s Global Goals and supports peace-building initiatives and programs that help war victims.
 19 
Troy Polamalu
(American Football Player)
Troy Polamalu
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
Paula Patton
(Actress and Producer)
Paula Patton
26
Birthdate: December 5, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Paula Patton is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Jane Carter in the 2011 film Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. She is also famous for playing Ms.Blu Rain in the 2009 American drama film Precious, for which she was honored at the Boston Society of Film Critics Award

 21 
Robert Zemeckis
(Film Director, Producer)
Robert Zemeckis
7
Birthdate: May 14, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 22 
Daryl Hannah
(Actress Best Known for Her Role in the Films: 'Kill Bill', 'Blade Runner' and 'Splash')
Daryl Hannah
34
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Daryl Hannah is best known for her Saturn Award-winning performances as Madison in Splash and Elle Driver in the Kill Bill movies. In 2017, she claimed she had been sexually harassed by Harvey Weinstein in the past. Hannah is a vegan and has struggled with autism in childhood.
 23 
Regina King
(Actress and Director Best Known for Her Film ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’)
Regina King
42
Birthdate: January 15, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Regina King was first noticed when she appeared in the series 227 and then gained fame with her role in Jerry Maguire. Her performance as Sharon Rivers in If Beale Street Could Talk won her both the Academy and the Golden Globe awards for Best Supporting Actress.

 24 
Kyra Sedgwick
(Best Known for Her Role as Deputy Chief 'Brenda Leigh Johnson' on the TNT Crime Drama 'The Closer')
Kyra Sedgwick
31
Birthdate: August 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

Kyra Sedgwick is a popular American filmmaker and actress. Such is her popularity as a TV actress that Kyra Sedgwick started earning around US$300,000 per episode in 2007. Among many other prestigious awards, such as an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe Award, she has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 25 
Randy Johnson
(Baseball Player)
Randy Johnson
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California, United States
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)
 26 
Saweetie
(Rapper and Songwriter Known for Her Single ‘Icy Grl’)
Saweetie
40
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara, California, United States

Saweetie is an American rapper gained recognition when she posted her debut single Icy Grl on SoundCloud. Subsequently, the video of the song broke the internet as it went on to gather 100 million views on YouTube. She was then signed by Warner Records, which increased her popularity. She is also signed to Artistry Worldwide, her manager Max Gousse's record label.

 27 
America Ferrera
(Actress and Producer Known for Her TV Series ‘Ugly Betty’ and ‘Independent Lens’)
America Ferrera
47
Birthdate: April 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

America Ferrera is an American actress and filmmaker. Best known for her portrayal of Betty Suarez in the TV series Ugly Betty, Ferrera won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her performance, becoming the first Latin woman to do so. In 2007, she was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 28 
Lauren German
(Actress)
Lauren German
30
Birthdate: November 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Huntington Beach, California, United States

A popular American actress, Lauren German is known for portraying roles that require skills pertaining to martial arts. After playing important roles in action TV series, such as Hawaii Five-0, Chicago Fire, and Chicago P.D., Lauren German landed the main role of Det. Chloe Decker in the urban fantasy television series Lucifer.

 29 
Troian Bellisario
(Best known for Her Role as ‘Spencer Hastings’ in the Freeform Drama Series ‘Pretty Little Liars’)
Troian Bellisario
19
Birthdate: October 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Troian Bellisario is best known for her Teen Choice Award-winning performance as Spencer Hastings in Pretty Little Liars. She was also appreciated for her role as Amanda in the film Consent, which earned her a Vision Fest Award, and for her performance in the WIGS web series Lauren.
 30 
Allyson Felix
(Retired American Track and Field Athlete Who Competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 Meters)
Allyson Felix
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 18, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

The most-decorated track and field athlete, Allyson Felix, once bullied for having skinny legs, now has a record 9 Olympic medals, including 6 gold medals. Named to Time 100 in 2020, she is also part of the board of Right to Play, which caters to children in underdeveloped countries.

 31 
Sasha Alexander
(Actress Known for Her Roles in TV Series: ‘NCIS’, ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ and ‘Dawson's Creek’)
Sasha Alexander
28
Birthdate: May 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Active in Hollywood for over two decades, actress Sasha Alexander began her career in theater. Soon, she moved on to TV and appeared in a few shows before gaining popularity. She has also acted in many short films and feature films and is the winner of one People's Choice Award. One interesting fact about her is that she is multilingual.

 32 
Marlo Thomas
(Actress)
Marlo Thomas
13
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 33 
Cybill Lynne Shepherd
(Actress and Singer)
Cybill Lynne Shepherd
18
Birthdate: February 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Cybill Shepherd is best known for her roles in films such as The Heartbreak Kid, Taxi Driver, and Alice. Fans also loved her for her Golden Globe-winning portrayals of Madelyn 'Maddie' Hayes in the series Moonlighting and Cybill Sheridan in the sitcom Cybill. She is a follower of goddess-worshipping Paganism.
 34 
DeMar DeRozan
(American Basketball Player Who Plays as a Shooting Guard / Small Forward)
DeMar DeRozan
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 7, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

DeMar DeRozan is an American basketball player who currently plays for the San Antonio Spurs of the NBA. A four-time NBA All-Star, DeRozan has also been an important member of the United States national team, helping the team win gold medals at the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 35 
LeVar Burton
(Best Known for Playing 'Geordi La Forge' in 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' (1987–1994))
LeVar Burton
16
Birthdate: February 16, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landstuhl, Germany

Best known for his performances as Kunta Kinte in Roots and Geordi La Forge in Star Trek: The Next Generation, LeVar Burton is also known for his 23-year stint as the award-winning host of Reading Rainbow. Though he initially aspired to be a Catholic priest, he doesn’t believe in any religion anymore.

 36 
Frank Gehry
(Architect and Designer Whose Works are Considered Among the Most Important of Contemporary Architecture)
Frank Gehry
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Canadian-born American architect and designer Frank Gehry is best known for designing the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in France, and the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, U.S. He has won countless awards, such as the Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Praemium Imperiale.
 37 
Reggie Bush
(American football player)
Reggie Bush
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Spring Valley, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Jim Lovell
(One of the First Three Astronauts to Fly to and Orbit the Moon)
Jim Lovell
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 25, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Retired American astronaut Jim Lovell commanded the iconic Apollo 13 mission and was one of the first three human beings to fly to the Moon, orbit it, and get back to Earth. He had also been a US Navy captain. Following his retirement, Lovell launched a restaurant in Lake Forest.

 39 
Francesca Eastwood
(Television Personality, Socialite and Actress)
Francesca Eastwood
16
Birthdate: August 7, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Redding, California, United States
Francesca Eastwood, daughter of legendary actor Clint Eastwood and Frances Fisher, is best known for her appearance on the reality show Mrs. Eastwood & Company, which revolved around her family. She has also appeared in Jersey Boys, a film directed and produced by her father, among other screen projects.
 40 
Ally Sheedy
(Actress)
Ally Sheedy
23
Birthdate: June 13, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Paul W. S. Anderson is best known for directing sci-fi movies based on video games, such as the Resident Evil franchise and Mortal Kombat. His Event Horizon was panned by critics initially but went on to achieve a cult following later. He also created the Death Race series of films.
 41 
Ryan Eggold
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Tom Keen’ in the TV Series ‘The Blacklist’ and ‘The Blacklist: Redemption’)
Ryan Eggold
19
Birthdate: August 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lakewood, California, United States

Best known for his role in the NBC crime drama series The Blacklist, actor Ryan Eggold began his career as a stage actor. Developing an early interest in acting, he studied theater arts at the University of Southern California before making his professional debut. Besides acting, he also writes music and plays guitar and piano for the band Eleanor Avenue.

 42 
Grant Imahara
(Known for His Work on the Television Series 'Mythbusters', on Which He Designed and Built Numerous Robots)
Grant Imahara
5
Birthdate: October 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 13, 2020

Grant Masaru Imahara, a Japanese-American electrical engineer, roboticist, television host and actor, began his career at Lucasfilm, where he got involved with several big budget films including Star War franchise. Later, he joined MythBusters as a member of Build Tea and was well-known for his contribution in it. His other important works include White Rabbit Project, BattleBots, Star Trek Continues etc.

 43 
Joey Lawrence
(Actor, Musician & Singer Known for His Role as Joey Russo in 'Blossom' & Joe Longo in 'Melissa & Joey'.)
Joey Lawrence
28
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abington Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Joey Lawrence is best known for his portrayal of Joey Russo in the teen sitcom Blossom and Joe Longo in Melissa & Joey. He began as a child actor and appeared in quite a few commercials. He was also seen in Brotherly Love with his brothers Matthew and Andrew.
 44 
Douglas Emhoff
(Lawyer, Husband of Kamala Harris)
Douglas Emhoff
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1964 AD
Birthplace: New York
A litigator and strategic advisor, Douglas Emhoff has years of experience behind him and is currently a partner at the prominent DLA Piper Law Firm with specialty in entertainment and intellectual property law. Husband of 2020 US vice presidential candidate, Kamala Harris, he is highly supportive of his wife’s political career.
 45 
Bridgit Claire Mendler
(American Actress and Singer)
Bridgit Claire Mendler
13
Birthdate: December 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington DC, United States

Bridgit Mendler is best known for her Teen Choice Award-nominated portrayal in Good Luck Charlie and her role of Olivia in the TV movie Lemonade Mouth. Her debut music album contained the chartbusting track Ready or Not. She has also worked for Give With Target and First Book.

 46 
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
(Actor)
O'Shea Jackson Jr.
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 24, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 47 
Susan Downey
(Film Producer)
Susan Downey
13
Birthdate: November 6, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schaumburg, Illinois, United States

Susan Downey is an American film producer. She is credited with forming a production house called Team Downey, along with her husband Robert Downey Jr. Robert credits Susan for helping him resurrect his Hollywood career after staying by his side throughout his struggle against drugs and alcohol addiction.

 48 
Madeleine Stowe
17
Birthdate: August 18, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States

An actress who has been active in the entertainment industry for four decades, Madeleine Stowe first gained popularity for her performances in TV shows. She gradually entered films as well and received acclaim for her role in the independent film Short Cuts. Besides acting, she is on the board of directors of the foundation, 'Artists for Peace and Justice'.

 49 
Lee Thompson Young
(Best Known for His Role in the TV Series ‘The Famous Jett Jackson’)
Lee Thompson Young
21
Birthdate: February 1, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Died: August 19, 2013

An actor remembered for his role in the television series The Famous Jett Jackson, Lee Thompson Young was a popular young star who died too soon. Interested in acting from an early age, he made his debut as a teenager and went on to have a successful career. Sadly, he suffered from depression and died by suicide, at the age of 29. 

 50 
Jeanie Buss
(President of the Basketball Team 'Los Angeles Lakers')
Jeanie Buss
9
Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Daughter of real-estate magnate Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss inherited part of the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers’s stakes from her father. Jeanie, who has previously managed a roller hockey and a tennis team, was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News in 2005.