brothers in arts and entertainment


Claude Akins (Northwestern)
Former actor; over 100 movies and 140 TV episodes

Timothy Atzinger (Delaware)
Editor/writer reality TV; Emmy recipient


Lester Beall (Chicago)
Recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Institute of Graphic Artists

Walter Becker (UCLA) 
Director; Van Wilder

Dr. James Beckett (Southern Methodist) 
Founder, Beckett Publications

Michael F. Beckner (Southern California)
Co-producer; Sniper, Spy Game, CSI, To Appomattox

Don Beddoe (Cincinnati)
Former stage and screen actor; over 200 movies

K. Blair Benson (Worcester)
Emmy winner for engineering and technical achievement

Powers Boothe (Texas State-San Marcos)
Former actor; Emmy winner as Best Actor for Jim Jones

Benjamin Bratt (California-Santa Barbara)
Actor; recipient of Screen Actors Guild and American Latino Media Arts awards


Eugene F. Callahan (Louisiana State)
Two-time Academy Award winner for set and production design for The Hustler and America, America

Dr. John Alexander Carroll (Texas Christian)
Pulitzer Prize recipient

Jay Chattaway (West Virginia) 
Emmy Award and 8 time ASCAP Award winner as composer of TV and movies

Kenny Chesney (East Tennessee State)
Country music singer, songwriter and guitarist; more than 20 albums, produced more than 40 Top 10 singles, 32 of which reached No. 1; sold over 30 million albums worldwide.

W. Kent Cooper (Pennsylvania)
Architect of record of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and the Korean Veterans Memorial; recipient of the AIA Henry Bacon Medal


Brett Eldridge (Elmhurst) 
Country music singer, songwriter and record producer with five No. 1 singles

William C. Evans (Butler)
Two time Emmy winner


Kimbal Fatica (Bowling Green)
Photographer; Emmy winner for videography

Will Forte (UCLA)
Actor, comedian, writer and producer; 3rd Rock from the Sun, Saturday Night Live, Last Man on Earth, McGruber, 30 Rock, Nebraska


Will Geer (Chicago)
Former actor of stage and screen; The Waltons

David Patrick Gilkey (Oregon State)
Emmy winner for Michigan Marines: Band of Brothers with the Detroit Free Press; NPR photojournalist

Chester Gould (Oklahoma State) 
Creator of Dick Tracy Comics

Dabbs Greer (Drury) 
Former actor; Little House on the Prairie, Gunsmoke


Paul Harvey (Culver-Stockton)
Former radio personality; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Jeffrey L. Hayes (Brown)
Former producer; Law & Order

John Michael Hayes, Jr (Massachusetts)
Former screenwriter: Rear Window, Peyton Place

William F. Hayes (DePauw)
Actor and singer; Days of Our Lives

John Heard (Clark)
Former actor; Home Alone I & II, Sopranos

Korre Heggem (Nevada-Las Vegas) 
Winner of the Academy Award for visual effects

Jean Hersholt (Rollins)
Former actor; two time Academy Awards winner; Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Academy Award named in his honor

Robin Hood (Tennessee-Chattanooga)
Photographer; Pulitzer Prize recipient


Dean Jagger (Wabash) 
Former actor; Academy Award winner for High Noon; Emmy recipient


Edward D. Kuekes (Baldwin-Wallace)
Pulitzer Prize, Freedoms Foundation (3)

Charles Kelley (Georgia)
Singer/writer Lady A, Grammy recipient in 2010 & 2011

Chris Klein (Texas Christian)


Frankie Laine (Miami-FL)
Former singer, 21 gold records, sales over 100 million

Craig Leake (Memphis)
Producer, writer, director, recipient of Emmy Awards in 1973, 1978, 1981, 1990, and 2008; recipient of the George Peabody Award in 1981 and 1990; recipient of Edward R. Murrow Award in 1999

LeRoy G. Leighton (Florida)
Academy Award for 10 KW lamp


William R. Manchester (Massachusetts) 
Former author, Death of A President

Edwin Markham (Rollins)
Former poet, Man With A Hoe

William “Bill” McCullough (Susquehanna)
Recipient, 9 Emmys

Joseph Mead (Pennsylvania)
Co-founder of Economic Forum

Kyle Menke (Iowa State)
Emmy Award for animation

Perry Miller (Chicago)
Pulitzer Prize winner

Walter Miller (Hampden-Sydney)
Producer/writer for CNN and winner of two Peabody Awards for coverage of the Gulf Oil Spill and Hurricane Katrina, and winner of Emmy for coverage of 9/11

Anson Mount (Sewanee ) 
Actor, Hell on Wheels


Michael O’Neill (Auburn) 
Actor, Seabiscuit, West Wing


Woody Paige, Jr. (Tennessee) 
ESPN panelist, Around The Horn

Robert B. Parker (Colby) 
Former author, Spencer for Hire; recipient of Edgar Award

John J. Peyser (Colgate) 
Former writer, producer/director of many TV shows

LeRoy Prinz (Northwestern)
Former choreographer – Golden Globe, Academy Award as director


John Quinones (St. Mary’s)
ABC News correspondent, 7 Emmy’s & Peabody Award


James Rebhorn (Wittenberg)
Former actor, multiple supporting roles

Frank Reynolds (Wabash) 
Former ABC News anchor, recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and Peabody Award

Robert “Mac” Ruth (Texas)
Sound Engineer, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi, The Martian, Blade Runner 2049


Kirk Scharfenberg (Brown)
Shared Pulitzer as editor of the editorial page of The Boston Globe

Mark Schultz (Kansas State)
Musician, recipient of Dove Award

Adam Joseph Shapiro (Syracuse)
Reporter for Fox Business News, winner of 2 Emmy Awards


John Tesh (North Carolina State)
Composer/musician, 6 Emmys


Bob Urich (Florida State)
Former actor, 19 TV series, Lonesome Dove


Ralph Waite (Bucknell) 
Former actor, The Waltons

Randall Wallace (Duke)
Screenwriter/director, Braveheart, Secretariat

Basil Walters (Indiana)
Former editor of the Chicago Daily News

William C. Westenhofer (Bucknell) 
2 Academy Awards for visual effects

Michael Westmore (California-Santa Barbara)
Academy Award as make-up artist, 9 Emmy’s

Kurt Williams (Missouri) 
Producer, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Incredible Hulk

Mark Young (William & Mary)
Animation writer/producer, 2 daytime Emmys