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Friday December 19, 2014

NCAA 'Sweet 16' have another claim to fame – celebrities: Photos


With the spotlight on March Madness, take a peek at each school's famous alumni


  • University of Arizona graduate Greg Kinnear is an Academy Award-nominated actor with a long list of movie and television credits, including his new show "Rake" on Fox. Other notable alums and attendees include presidential candidate Sen. Bob Dole, and actors Craig T. Nelson and Kristen Wiig. The Wildcats beat San Diego State University, 70-64, on Thursday in the West. The Associated Press

  • Michigan State University alumnus Earvin "Magic" Johnson led the Spartans to the NCAA national championship in 1979 and then the LA Lakers to five NBA championships. He is an inductee of the National Basketball Hall of Fame. Other alumni and attendees include actors James Caan and Tom Sizemore. Michigan State beat the University of Virginia, 61-59, on Friday in the East. The Associated Press

  • Television and film actor Christian "Buddy" Ebsen attended the University of Florida in 1926-27 before heading off to New York to find work in the theater. He is best known for his role as Jed Clampett on "The Beverly Hillbillies" in the 1960s. Other alumni and attendees include actress Faye Dunaway and musician Steven Stills. The Gators beat UCLA, 79-68, on Thursday in the South. The Associated Press

  • University of Kentucky graduate Ashley Judd is a regular court-side fan of the Wildcats. She is a star of film and television. She is married to retired racing driver Dario Franchitti and is a daughter of country singer Naomi Judd. Other Kentucky alumni include Judd's sister, country music singer Wynonna, and NBA coach Pat Riley. The Wildcats beat the University of Louisville,74-69, on Friday in the Midwest. The Associated Press

  • University of Virginia graduate Tina Fey is everywhere – in movies, on television, hosting award shows and even producing projects behind the camera. She known best for her roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock." Other Virginia alumni and attendees include TV journalist Katie Couric and the late painter Georgia O’Keefe, Robert F. Kennedy and poet Edgar Allan Poe. The Cavaliers lost to Michigan State,61-59, on Friday in the East. The Associated Press

  • Diane Sawyer attended one semester at the University of Louisville law school before dropping out to pursue her career as a TV journalist. Other Cardinal alumni include NFL Hall of Fame member Johnny Unitas. Louisville lost to Kentucky, 74-69, Friday in the Midwest. The Associated Press

  • With so many famous people as alumni of UCLA, how do you pick one? Graduates Jim Morrison and Ray Manzarek founded the band The Doors and the rest is rock 'n' roll history. Other UCLA alumni and attendees constitute a who's who list of celebrities, including athletes Jackie Robinson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and actors Jack Black, Ben Stiller, James Dean, Steve Martin, George Takei, Carol Burnett, Heather Locklear and Tim Robbins and director Francis Ford Coppola. The Bruins lost to Florida, 79-68, on Thursday in the South. The Associated Press

  • The 46th U.S. vice president, Dick Cheney, started his doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin, but did not finish. Famous flyer Charles Lindbergh left the college after his second year to learn to fly. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright left after two semesters. Actor John Belushi also dropped out of Wisconsin. The Badgers beat Baylor, 69-52, on Thursday in the West. The Associated Press

  • People may swear that Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is the product of New England stock, but he is from California and a graduate of the University of Michigan. Other Wolverine alumni and attendees include Olympian Michael Phelps, President Gerald Ford, musician Iggy Pop and actors Lucy Liu and James Earl Jones. Michigan beat Tennessee, 73-71, on Friday in the Midwest. The Associated Press

  • Scientist, inventor and botanist George Washington Carver was the first black student and later black professor at Iowa State University (Iowa State Agricultural College). He was born a slave, but was a ground-breaking researcher in the study of alternative crops such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes. The Cardinals lost to the University of Connecticut, 81-76, on Friday in the East. The Associated Press

  • Hall-of-Fame-bound NFL quarterback Peyton Manning is a proud graduate of the University of Tennessee. He led the Volunteers to the 1997 SEC championship and took the Indianapolis Colts to a Super Bowl win in 2006. Tennessee lost to Michigan, 73-71, on Friday in the Midwest. The Associated Press

  • Meg Ryan played the role of a journalist in at least two of her most successful movies, "When Harry Met Sally" and "Sleepless in Seattle," possibly because that is what she studied at the University of Connecticut. The Huskies beat Iowa State, 81-76, on Friday in the East. The Associated Press

  • County music legend Willie Nelson studied agriculture at Baylor University for two years before dropping out to pursue his music career. But his studies have found some use in his advocacy for the American farmer. Other Baylor alumni and attendees include comedian Jeff Dunham, football great Mike Singletary and Olympic track gold medalist Michael Johnson. The Bears lost to Wisconsin, 69-52, on Thursday in the West. The Associated Press

  • Academy Award-winning actor Gregory Peck attended San Diego State University in his hometown for a year before transferring to UC Berkeley. He went on to win the Oscar for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird" in 1962. He was nominated for four other films through his career. Actors Raquel Welch and Cleavon Little are also alumni of the college. The Aztecs lost to Arizona, 70-64, on Thursday in the West. The Associated Press

  • University of Dayton graduate Dan Patrick is a staple news source for any sports fan. He is an Emmy-winning sportscaster who worked for ESPN for 18 years. Other Dayton alumni and attendees include former NFL coaches Jon Gruden and Chuck Noll, and columnist Erma Bombeck. The Fliers beat Stanford, 82-72, on Thursday in the South. The Associated Press

  • Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck attended Stanford University but left before earning his degree. He went on to write some of American's greatest novels. Other Stanford graduates and attendees include former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, the 31st President Herbert Hoover, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, golfer Tiger Woods and actors Reese Witherspoon, Ted Danson and Sigourney Weaver. Stanford lost to Dayton, 82-72, on Thursday in the South. The Associated Press

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