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List of famous alumni from California Institute of the Arts, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from California Institute of the Arts include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished California Institute of the Arts alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended California Institute of the Arts are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from California Institute of the Arts.

This list features graduates like Alison Brie, Dustin Hoffman and many other CalArts alumni.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to California Institute of the Arts?” and “Which celebrities are California Institute of the Arts alumni?”

Take a look at this list of famous Cal Arts alumni!

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Dustin Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Dustin Hoffman Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Dustin Lee Hoffman is an American actor with a career in film, television, and theatre since 1960. He has been known for his versatile portrayals of antiheroes and vulnerable characters. He ...more

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Tim Burton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Tim Burton Television director, Poet, Television producer Timothy Walter "Tim" Burton is an American film director, producer, artist, writer, and animator. He is known for his dark, gothic, macabre, and quirky horror and fantasy films such as ...more

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Michael Richards is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Michael Richards Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Michael Anthony Richards is an American actor, writer and television producer, best known for his portrayal of Cosmo Kramer on the television sitcom Seinfeld, for which he received the Primetime ...more

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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
David Hasselhoff Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer David Michael Hasselhoff, nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman. He is best known for his lead roles as Michael Knight in the popular 1980s US ...more

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Paul Reubens is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Paul Reubens Television director, Comedian, Television producer Paul Reubens is an American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian, best known for his character Pee-wee Herman. Reubens joined the Los Angeles troupe The Groundlings in the ...more

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Ed Harris is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Ed Harris Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Edward Allen "Ed" Harris is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. He is best known for his performances in Pollock, Appaloosa, The Rock, The Abyss, A Beautiful Mind, A History ...more

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Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Alison Brie Actor, Voice acting Alison Brie Schermerhorn, known professionally as Alison Brie, is an American actress. She is known for portraying Annie Edison on the NBC / Yahoo sitcom Community and Trudy Campbell on the AMC ...more

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Guillermo Gómez-Peña is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Guillermo Gómez-Peña Educator, Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer Guillermo Gómez-Peña is a Chicano performance artist, writer, activist, and educator. Gómez-Peña has created work in multiple media, including performance art, ...more

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Sofia Coppola is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Sofia Coppola Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Sofia Carmina Coppola is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actress. In 2003, she received the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for the comedy-drama Lost in Translation, ...more

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Laraine Newman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Laraine Newman Editor, Comedian, Actor Laraine Newman is an American comedienne, actress, voice artist, and writer, and was part of the original SNL cast.

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Jesse Borrego is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Jesse Borrego Actor Jesse Borrego is an American actor. He is best known for his roles as Cruz Candelaria in Blood in, Blood out, Jesse V. Valesquez in Fame, Gael Ortega in 24, and recently as George King in

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John Lasseter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
John Lasseter Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter John Alan Lasseter is an American animator, film director, screenwriter, producer and the chief creative officer at Pixar, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and DisneyToon Studios. He is also the ...more

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Genndy Tartakovsky is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Genndy Tartakovsky Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Gennadiy Borisovich Tartakovsky is a Russian-born American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Cartoon Network animated television series Dexter's Laboratory, ...more

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Katey Sagal is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Katey Sagal Singer-songwriter, Actor, Voice acting Catherine Louise "Katey" Sagal is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She is best known for her role as Peggy Bundy, Al's sarcastic, lazy, bon-bon-eating wife, on Married... ...more

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Brad Bird is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Brad Bird Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Phillip Bradley "Brad" Bird is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, and actor, who began his career as an animator. Bird developed a love for the art of animation at an ...more

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Don Cheadle is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Don Cheadle Television producer, Film Producer, Author Donald Frank "Don" Cheadle, Jr. is an American actor. Cheadle had an early role in Picket Fences and followed it with performances in Devil in a Blue Dress, Rosewood and Boogie Nights. ...more

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Carl Stone is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Carl Stone Carl Stone is an American composer, primarily working in the field of live electronic music. His works have been performed in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, Australia, South America, ...more

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Butch Hartman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Butch Hartman Storyboard Artist, Film Score Composer, Art Director Elmer Earl "Butch" Hartman IV is an American animator, writer, director, producer, illustrator and voice actor, best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Fairly ...more

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Pete Docter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Pete Docter Film Producer, Screenwriter, Animator Peter Hans "Pete" Docter is an American film director, animator, screenwriter, producer and voice actor from Bloomington, Minnesota. He is best known for directing the films Monsters, ...more

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Stephen Hillenburg is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Stephen Hillenburg Film Score Composer, Television director, Marine biologist Stephen McDannell Hillenburg is an American marine biologist, animator, director, producer, writer, cartoonist, and voice actor. Although associated with several animated television series, he ...more

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Joe Ranft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Joe Ranft Storyboard Artist, Magician, Screenwriter Joe Ranft was an Animator, Screenwriter, Voice Actor, Storyboard Artist and a Film Producer.

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Andrew Stanton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Andrew Stanton Film Producer, Screenwriter, Voice acting Andrew Stanton is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and voice actor based at Pixar Animation Studios. His film work includes writing and directing Pixar's A Bug's Life, Finding ...more

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Peter Sohn is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Peter Sohn Storyboard Artist, Animator, Animation Director Peter Sohn is an American animator, voice actor, and storyboard artist at Pixar Animation Studios.

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Carrie Mae Weems is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Carrie Mae Weems Artist, Photographer Carrie Mae Weems is an American artist who works with text, fabric, audio, digital images, and installation video but is best known for her work in the field of photography. Her award-winning ...more

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Eric Stefani is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Eric Stefani Songwriter, Musician, Animator Eric Matthew Stefani is an American musician, composer, writer and animator, best known as the founder and former member of the ska punk band No Doubt. He is the older brother of Gwen Stefani ...more

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Joanne Brackeen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Joanne Brackeen Jazz Pianist, Composer, Teacher Joanne Brackeen is an American jazz pianist and music educator.

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Ravi Coltrane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Ravi Coltrane Record producer, Saxophonist, Bandleader Ravi Coltrane is an American post-bop jazz saxophonist. Co-owner of the record label RKM Music, he has produced artists such as pianist Luis Perdomo, guitarist David Gilmore, and trumpeter Ralph ...more

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Henry Selick is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Henry Selick Character Designer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Henry Selick is an American stop motion director, producer and writer who is best known for directing The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach and Coraline. He studied at the ...more

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Glen Keane is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Glen Keane Illustrator, Cartoonist, Author Glen Keane is an American animator, author and illustrator. Keane is best known for his character animation at Walt Disney Animation Studios for feature films including The Little Mermaid, ...more

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Eliza Coupe is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Eliza Coupe Comedian, Actor Eliza Coupe is an American comedic actress, most widely known for starring as Jane Kerkovich-Williams in the ABC comedy series Happy Endings and as Denise "Jo" Mahoney in the final two ...more

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Kathy Baker is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Kathy Baker Actor Katherine Whitton "Kathy" Baker is an American stage, film and television actress, known for her leading and supporting performances in film and television. Baker began her career in ...more

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Jeremy Blake is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Jeremy Blake Painter, Digital Artist, Artist Jeremy Blake was an American digital artist and painter. His work included projected DVD installations, Type C prints, and collaborative film projects.

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Craig McCracken is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Craig McCracken Art Director, Television director, Television producer Craig McCracken is an American animator, director and producer. He is best known for creating the Emmy-winning animated series The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends for ...more

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Jill Ciment is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Jill Ciment Professor, Novelist, Writer Jill Ciment is an American writer.

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Lorne Lanning is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Lorne Lanning Voice acting, Writer, Game designer Lorne Lanning is an American game designer, director, writer and voice actor. He is also co-founder and president of the video game developer, Oddworld Inhabitants. He is best known for creating ...more

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John Musker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
John Musker Film Producer, Screenwriter, Animation Director John Musker is an American animation director. Along with Ron Clements, he makes up the duo of one of the Disney animation studio's leading director teams.

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Kevin Lima is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Kevin Lima Character Designer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Kevin Lima is an American film director who has directed a number of Disney films including his debut film A Goofy Movie in 1995, Tarzan, 102 Dalmatians, and Enchanted. He is married to Brenda ...more

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Merritt Butrick is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Merritt Butrick Actor Merritt Butrick was an actor.

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Scott Colley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Scott Colley Bassist, Musician, Bandleader Scott Colley is an American jazz double bassist and composer. Scott has performed extensively in bands led by: Herbie Hancock, Jim Hall, Andrew Hill, Michael Brecker, Chris Potter, Pat Metheny, ...more

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Chris Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Chris Lemmon Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Christopher Boyd "Chris" Lemmon is an American actor and author.

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James Mangold is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
James Mangold Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter James Mangold is an American film and television director, screenwriter and producer. Films he has directed include Walk the Line, which he also co-wrote, The Wolverine, Cop Land, Girl, ...more

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Eric Leiser is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Eric Leiser Animator Eric Leiser is an American, Christian filmmaker and animator who also creates holographic art. Born in California, Leiser earned a bachelor's degree in animation at the California Institute of ...more

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Michael Cudlitz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Michael Cudlitz Film Producer, Actor Michael Cudlitz is an American actor, known for portraying John Cooper on the TNT drama series Southland, Sergeant Denver "Bull" Randleman on the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers, and ...more

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Daniel McVicar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Daniel McVicar Actor Daniel McVicar is an American actor, director and writer. He is known for his work on American and Italian television and film.

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Eric Darnell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Eric Darnell Songwriter, Screenwriter, Animator Eric Darnell is an American director, writer, songwriter, animator and occasional voice actor. He is best known for co-directing Antz with Tim Johnson, as well as co-directing and co-writing ...more

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Helen Hill is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Helen Hill Helen Wingard Hill was an American artist, filmmaker, writer, teacher, and social activist. When her final film, The Florestine Collection, was released in 2011, curators and critics praised her ...more

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Lou Romano is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Lou Romano Storyboard Artist, Voice acting Lou Romano is an American animation production artist and voice actor. He did design work on Monsters, Inc. and The Incredibles, and he provided the voices of Bernie Kropp in The Incredibles, ...more

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Rob Minkoff is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Rob Minkoff Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Robert R. "Rob" Minkoff is an American filmmaker. He is known for directing the double Academy Award–winning animated feature The Lion King.

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M. David Mullen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
M. David Mullen Cinematographer David Mullen, A.S.C. is an eminent Japanese born cinematographer famed for his photography on Twin Falls Idaho, Northfork, Akeelah and the Bee and The Astronaut Farmer. He often collaborates ...more

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Kerry Conran is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
Kerry Conran Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Kerry Scott Conran is an American film director and screenwriter, best known for creating and directing the 2004 pulp science fiction film Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.