Jack Valenti (’42, ’46): Longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America and the press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Larry Blyden (’47): American actor, stage producer, director and game show host.
Walter Coblenz (’50): Film producer who made a name for himself producing “The Candidate,” starring Robert Redford.
Tom Jarriel (’56): retired American television news reporter who worked for the ABC network from 1964 to 2002.
Dan Rather (’57): American journalist and the former news anchor for the CBS Evening News.
Kenny Rogers (’58): American singer, songwriter and record producer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Peter H. Roussel (’65): American press secretary and public relations executive.
Townes Van Zandt (FS ’67): Texas singer-songwriter who was accepted into the Pre-Law program.
Tommy Tune (M.F.A. ’68): American actor, dancer, singer, theatre director, producer, and choreographer who, over the course of his career, has won ten Tony Awards and the National Medal of Arts.
Larry W. Gatlin (’70, ’71): American country music singer-songwriter.
Brent Spiner (FS ’71): Actor, comedian, musician and singer who is best known for his role as Lt. Commander Data on the television series “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”
Loretta Devine (’71): American actress and singer, best known for her roles as Marla Hendricks in the Fox drama series “Boston Public,” and for her recurring role as Adele Webber on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Randy Quaid (FS ’71): American actor who was nominated for a Golden Globe Award, BAFTA Award and an Academy Award for his role in “The Last Detail.”
Dennis Quaid (’74): American actor who received nominations for Best Supporting Actor from the Golden Globe Awards, the Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards and the Screen Actors Guild Awards. Quaid was also honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2012.
Robert Wuhl (’76): American actor, comedian and writer. He is perhaps best known as the creator and star of the television comedy series, “Arliss.” He was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2012.
Brett Cullen (’79): An American actor who has appeared in numerous motion pictures and television programs, including “The Dark Knight Rises” and “The West Wing.” He was honored with a Distinguished Alumni Award in April 2012.
Jim Nantz (‘81): anchor on CBS Sports.
Rushion McDonald (’83): Television producer for shows like the “Steve Harvey Show,” “Sister, Sister” and the award-winning “Think Like a Man” movies. He received the UHAA Distinguished Alumni Award in 2015.
Alice Sebold (M.F.A.’85): Author of “The Lovely Bones,” “Lucky,” and “The Almost Moon.”
Star Jones (J.D.’86): A former senior district attorney for New York City, she went on to gain fame as a legal commentator for Court TV cable network in the early 1990s and then became a legal correspondent and analyst for NBC’s Today and NBC Nightly News. Later went on to co-host the ABC woman-centric talk show “The View” for nine seasons.
Christopher Theofanidis (’90): American composer whose works have been performed by leading orchestras from around the world, including the London Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Moscow Soloists, among others.
Dominique Sachse (’90): Houston news anchor for KPRC TV 2.
Robert Flores (’92): Anchor for ESPNEWS and for ESPN’s Sports Center and a winner of the Rising Star Award for Achievement in 2015.
Jim Parsons (’96): American Actor who received several awards for his performance in “The Big Bang Theory,” including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
Christine Hà (M.F.A.’13): Masterchef Season 3 winner who graduated with an M.F.A. in Creative Writing.