Famous People who Majored in Drama People

Famous People who Majored in Drama

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List of famous people who majored in drama, including photos when available. This list of famous drama majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people will be towards the top. The names of the colleges or universities that these prominent drama majors attended are displayed next to each person's name- you can also see other bits of information such as what year the person was born and what kind of degree they received. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in drama you can use the "filter" bar to search for a specific name.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different people, including Jennifer Garner and Kristen Bell.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were drama majors?" and "What are the names of popular people who studied drama?"

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    Samuel Leroy Jackson is an American actor and film producer. He achieved prominence and critical acclaim in the early 1990s with films such as Jungle Fever, Patriot Games, Amos & Andrew, True Romance, Jurassic Park and his collaborations with director Quentin Tarantino in the films Pulp Fiction and ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., USA
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Avengers, Pulp Fiction, Goodfellas, Jurassic Park, Iron Man, + more
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    Tina Fey
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    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She is best known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live, the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series 30 Rock, and films such as Mean Girls, Baby Mama, Date Night, and Muppets Most Wanted. Fey ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Saturday Night Live, MegaMind, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, + more
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    Jennifer Anne Garner (born April 17, 1972) is an Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe- and SAG Award-winning American actress. She is best known for her role as CIA agent Sydney Bristow on TV's Alias. Garner was born in Texas, the daughter of Patricia Ann (ne English), an English teacher from Oklahoma, and ...more

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    • Age: age 43
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Juno, Pearl Harbor, Daredevil, Catch Me If You Can, Elektra, + more
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    Simon Pegg
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    Simon John Pegg is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter, and film producer. Pegg is best known for having co-written and starred in the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy of films, consisting of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End, and the comedy series Spaced, all of them directed by his ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Brockworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Star Trek, Shaun of the Dead, Star Trek Into Darkness, Hot Fuzz, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, + more
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    Kristen Bell
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    Kristen Anne Bell is an American actress and singer. In 2001, she made her Broadway debut as Becky Thatcher in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. She gained critical acclaim as the title character on the television series Veronica Mars from September 2004 to May 2007. She reprised the eponymous role in the ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Huntington Woods
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Frozen, Heroes, Gossip Girl, Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, + more
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    Rachel Anne McAdams is a Canadian actress. After graduating from a four-year theatre program at York University in 2001, she initially worked in Canadian television and film productions such as the drama film Perfect Pie, the comedy film My Name Is Tanino, and the comedy mini-series Slings and Arrows as ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: London, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Mean Girls, The Notebook, Wedding Crashers, True Detective, Sherlock Holmes, + more
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    Molly Helen Shannon is an American comic actress best known for her work as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001 and for starring in the films Superstar and Year of the Dog. More recently, she starred in NBC's Kath & Kim from 2008 to 2009 and on the TBS animated series Neighbors from ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: USA, Shaker Heights, Ohio
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Wet Hot American Summer, Hotel Transylvania, Shallow Hal, + more
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    Jennifer Tilly is an American actress and poker player. She is an Academy Award nominee, and a World Series of Poker Ladies' Event bracelet winner. She has a brother Steve and two sisters, Meg Tilly and Rebecca. She also has two half brothers, Aaron and Ben. She is best known for playing Olive in ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Harbor City
    • Profession: Professional Poker Player, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Monsters, Inc., Liar Liar, The Doors, Home on the Range, + more
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    Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The Playboy of Seville in 1971, and went on to receive a 1976 Tony Award nomination for Best Featured Actress in a ...more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: USA, New Jersey, Summit
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Deer Hunter, Out of Africa, Kramer vs. Kramer, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, Manhattan, + more
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    Cloris Leachman is an American actress of stage, film, and television. She has won eight Primetime Emmy Awards and one Daytime Emmy Award. She co-starred in the 1971 film The Last Picture Show for which she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. As Miss Chicago, Leachman competed in the 20th ...more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: USA, Des Moines, Iowa
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Inglourious Basterds, Young Frankenstein, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Iron Giant, The Muppet Movie, + more
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    Donald McNichol Sutherland, OC is a Canadian actor whose film career spans 50 years. Sutherland is well known for playing a diverse range of characters, both leading and supporting, in acclaimed films such as The Dirty Dozen, M*A*S*H, Kelly's Heroes, Klute, Don't Look Now, Fellini's Casanova, 1900, The ...more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Saint John, Canada
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, National Lampoon's Animal House, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, JFK, + more
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    James Byron Dean was an American actor. He is a cultural icon of teenage disillusionment and social estrangement, as expressed in the title of his most celebrated film, Rebel Without a Cause, in which he starred as troubled teenager Jim Stark. The other two roles that defined his stardom were loner Cal ...more

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    • Age: Died at 24 (1931-1955)
    • Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, East of Eden, Kraft Television Theatre, Lux Video Theatre, + more
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    Susan Abigail Sarandon is an American actress. She is an Academy Award and BAFTA Award winner who is also known for her social and political activism for a variety of liberal causes. She was appointed a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and received the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, Jackson Heights, New York
    • Profession: Activist, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Thelma & Louise, Bull Durham, Enchanted, James and the Giant Peach, + more
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    Mary Marg Helgenberger is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and as K.C. Koloski in the ABC drama China Beach, which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. She has also ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Fremont, Nebraska, USA
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Bad Boys, Erin Brockovich, Species, Mr. Brooks, + more
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    Lou Diamond Phillips
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    Lou Diamond Phillips is an American actor and director. His breakthrough came when he starred in the film La Bamba as Ritchie Valens. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in Stand and Deliver and a Tony Award nomination for his role in The King and I. Other notable ...more

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    • Age: age 53
    • Birthplace: U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines
    • Profession: Television director, Songwriter, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Stand and Deliver, Young Guns, Stargate Universe, Young Guns II, Courage Under Fire, + more
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    Bryce Dallas Howard is an American film actress, writer and director. The daughter of director Ron Howard, she made her acting debut as an extra in her father's film Parenthood and went on to have small roles in films and make stage appearances for the next several years. During this time she also ...more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Spider-Man 3, Apollo 13, Eclipse, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, The Help, + more
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    Fess Parker
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    Fess Elisha Parker, Jr. was an American film and television actor best known for his portrayals of Davy Crockett in the Walt Disney 1955–1956 TV mini-series and as Daniel Boone in a television series from 1964 to 1970. He was also known as a wine maker and resort owner-operator. The Fess Parker Winery ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1924-2010)
    • Birthplace: Texas, Fort Worth, USA
    • Profession: Businessperson, Actor, Winemaker, Voice acting
    • Credits: Old Yeller, Them!, Harvey, Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier, + more
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    James Oliver Cromwell is an American film and television actor. Some of his more notable films include Babe, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, Star Trek: First Contact, L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, Space Cowboys, The Sum of All Fears, W., The Artist, and ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Spider-Man 3, The Green Mile, American Horror Story, Babe, Six Feet Under, + more
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    Glenn Close is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility and is widely regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation. She has won three Emmy Awards, three Tony Awards and received six Academy ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: USA, Connecticut, Greenwich
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Guardians of the Galaxy, Tarzan, Mars Attacks!, Hook, Fatal Attraction, + more
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    Kelly McGillis
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    Kelly Ann McGillis is an American actress. She found fame for her roles in several films throughout the 1980s including her roles as Rachel Lapp in Witness for which she received Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations, Charlie in Top Gun and Kathryn Murphy in The Accused.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Top Gun, Witness, North, The Babe, The Accused, + more
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