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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
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
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
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
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
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
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, Enemy at ...more

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Alison Brie is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
Film Score Composer, Television director, Marine biologist Stephen McDannell Hillenburg (August 21, 1961 – November 26, 2018) was an American cartoonist, animator, producer, marine biologist and teacher. He was the creator of the Nickelodeon television ...more

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Joe Ranft is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous California Institute Of The Arts Alumni
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
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
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
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
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