Department of Philosophy and Religion

Famous Philosophy Students

Film and Television
Wes Anderson (filmmaker - Rushmore, The Royal Tennenbaums, etc.)
Steve Allen (writer and comedian)
Woody Allen (filmmaker, writer and comedian)
Kurt Braunohler (comedian)
George Carlin (comedian and actor)
Ethan Coen (filmmaker - The Big Lebowski, Fargo, etc.)
Stephen Colbert (author & host, The Colbert Report)
Wes Craven (filmmaker - Nightmare on Elm Street)
Luc Dardenne (filmmaker - The Promise, The Child, Darkness, etc.)
Harrison Ford (actor)
Ricky Gervais (comedian and actor)
Matt Groening (creator of The Simpsons)
Jay Leno (host, The Tonight Show)
Peter Lynch (filmmaker)
Amy Madigan (actress)
Terrence Malick (filmmaker - The New World, The Thin Red Line, etc.)
Steve Martin (comedian & actor)
Dennis Miller (comedian)
Bill Murray (comedian, studied philosophy at the Sorbonne in Paris)
Joan Rivers (comedian)
Susan Sarandon (actress)
Wallace Shawn (actor, playwright)
Gene Siskel (movie reviewer, Siskel & Ebert At The Movies)
Steve Thomas (host, This Old House)
Dave Thomas (one of the "Mackenzie Brothers" on SCTV)
Alex Trebeck (host, Jeopardy)

Politics
William Bennett (former Drug czar & NEH leader)
Jerry Brown (former governor of California and presidential candidate)
Pat Buchanan (Reform party nominee in 2000 for President of the United States)
William Jefferson Clinton (former President of the United States)
Angela Davis (social activist)
Rahm Emanuel (Clinton White House Political Advisor)
Rudi Giuliani (former mayor of NYC)
Gary Hart (US Senator, former presidential candidate)
Vaclav Havel (former President of Czechoslovakia)
Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights leader)
Robert McNamara (former Secretary of Defense, head of the World Bank)
Richard Riordan (former Mayor of LA)
Aung San Suu Kyi (Human rights activist and Novel Peace Prize winner)
John Silber (former President of Boston University)
Pierre Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister)
Elie Wiesel (Human rights activist and Nazi hunter)
Dr. Stephen Younger (director of the Department of Defense's Threat Reduction Agency, established after 9/11)

Business & Economics
Patrick M. Byrne (founder and CEO of Overstock.com)
J. Paul Getty (industrialist and founder of Getty Oil, endowed the famous Getty art museum)
Carl Icahn (CEO of TWA,  corporate raider)
Carly Fiorina (CEO, Hewlett-Packard)
Gerald Levine (CEO, Time Warner)
Michael McKaskey (owner, Chicago bears)
William H. Miller III (mutual fund manager, oversees the Legg Mason Value Trust)
Lachlan Murdoch (media magnate, son of Rupert Murdoch)
George Soros (money manager, billionaire founder of the Soros Foundation)
P. Michael Spence (economist and winner of the 2001 Nobel Prize in economics)
Moses Znaimer (owner of CITY-TV and MUCH-MUSIC, Toronto)

The Arts
Pearl Buck (writer, Pulitzer prize and Nobel prize winner)
Philip K. Dick (science fiction writer)
Paul Draper (winemaker, Ridge Vineyards)
T.S. Eliot (author)
Ken Follet (author)
Phillip Glass (composer)
Randall Grahm (winemaker, Bonny Doon Vineyards)
Jay McInerney (author)
Moby (musician)
Neil Peart (drummer for rock group, Rush)
Steve Reich (musician, composer)
Jeff Smith (chef also known as "The Frugal Gourmet")
Susan Sontag (essayist)
Alexander Solzhenitsin (political dissident, writer)
David Foster Wallace (author and MacArthur prize recipient)

Sports
John Elway (quarterback, Denver Broncos)
Phil Jackson (NBA coach, LA Lakers)
Bruce Lee (martial arts & actor)
Mick Schmidt (former Philadelphia Philly)
Aaron Taylor (offensive tackle, Green Bay Packers)

Journalism
John Chancellor (journalist, news anchor)
Ivan Frolov (editor of PRAVDA)
Mark Hulbert (financial columnist for FORBES magazine)
Stone Phillips (broadcast journalist)
Eric Severide (a contemporary of Walter Cronkite)
George F. Will (journalist and commentator)
Juan Williams (host of National Public Radio's "Talk of the nation", writer for the Washington Post)

Law
Justice Stephen Breyer (US supreme court)
Carol Heckman (first female US magistrate in the Western district)
Lawrence Lessig (political activist, professor of law)
Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin (Canadian Chief Justice)
Justice David Souter (US Supreme Court)
Judge Joseph A Wapner (host of The People's Court)

Religion
The Late Pope John Paul II
Cardinal Bernardin (late Cardinal of Chicago)

Military
Kristen Baker (first female brigade commander, United States military Academy)