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University of Cincinnati alumni in movies

Alumni actors in vintage movies

Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable,

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Evelyn Venable, A&S ‘33

Actress in starring roles. Reportedly the first model for Columbia Pictures' Statue of Liberty logo in the mid-1930s. Married to Academy Award-winning cinematographer Hal Mohr. Retired after only 10 years and 24 movies to raise two daughters.

  • "Pinocchio" ('40, the voice of the Blue Fairy -- some say the model, too)
  • "Lucky Cisco Kid" ('40 wth Cesar Romero)
  • "Vagabond Lady" ('35 with Robert Young)
  • "Alice Adams" ('35 with Katharine Hepburn and Fred MacMurray)
  • "The Little Colonel" ('35 with Shirley Temple)
  • "Death Takes A Holiday" ('34, playing Grazia, opposite Fredric March)
  • "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" ('34 with W.C. Fields)
  • "David Harum" ('34 with Will Rogers)


Theda Bara, att. 1906-08

(1885-1955) (aka Theodosia Goodman as a UC student)
Actress who originated the movie image of a "vamp." Made more than 40 films.

  • "A Fool There Was There" (1915 silent film starring Bara, which initiated her nickname "the Vamp")
  • "Cleopatra" (1917)
  • "The Unchastened Woman" ('25)
  • "The Siren's Song" ('19)
  • "When Men Desire" ('19)
  • "Salome" ('18)
  • "The Tiger Woman" ('17)
  • "The Vixen" ('16)
  • "Romeo and Juliet" ('16)
  • "The Devil's Daughter" ('15)


Hugh O'Brian, att. '42-43

Born in 1925, O'Brian is the Golden Globe-winning actor who appeared in 52 movies and left UC to join the Marine Corps during World War II. He once staged and directed a company of "Guys and Dolls" that toured Vietnam, Thailand and Japan for the troops. He also recorded an album of popular songs and sang on the Ed Sullivan, Dinah Shore and Jackie Gleason variety shows. Finally, he was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1992.

  • "Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone" ('94)
  • "Twins" ('88, played Granger with Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito)
  • "The Shootist" ('76, played Pulford in this Oscar-nominated film and was the last person killed on screen by John Wayne)
  • Agatha Christie's "Ten Little Indians" ('65, starred as Hugh Lombard)
  • "There's No Business Like Show Business" ('54, played Charles Biggs in this Oscar-nominated film with Marilyn Monroe, Ethel Merman)
  • "Broken Lance" ('54, played Mike Devereaux with Spencer Tracy in this Oscar-winning film)
  • "Drums Across the River" ('54, played Morgan with Walter Brennan)
  • "The Man from the Alamo" ('53, won a Golden Globe for Most Promising Newcomer, playing with Glenn Ford, Chill Wills)
  • "The Cimarron Kid" ('52, with Audie Murphy)


Hugh O'Brian
Hugh O'Brian as Wyatt Earp

Albert Hague, CCM '42

Actor, as well as Tony-winning composer and lyricist.

  • "The Story of Us" ('99, w/Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer; played Dr. Siegler)
  • "Space Jam" ('96, Looney Toons movie with Michael Jordan; played the psychiatrist)


promo for ''With a Song in my Heart'' movie

Jane Froman, att. CCM late ‘20s

Popular singing star on radio, Ziegfield Follies performer, opera singer, night club headliner and TV guest star. During WWII, she was one of the first performers to volunteer to bring entertainment to the troops, but it nearly cost her life.

  • “With a Song in My Heart” ('52, story about Froman's life, starring Susan Hayward; Froman provided the vocal tracks)
  • “Kissing Time” (1933)
  • “Stars Over Broadway” (1935)
  • “Radio City Revels” (1938)


Lee Roy Reams, CCM '64, MA (CCM) '82, HonDoc '98

Actor, dancer, choreographer.

  • "Broadway: Beyond the Golden Age" (due out in '14, feature film documentary, playing himself)
  • "Carol Channing: Larger Than Life" ('12, feature film documentary, playing himself)
  • "Sweet Charity" ('69, w/Shirley MacLaine)


Marcia Lewis

Marcia Lewis, CCM '64


  •  "The Ice Pirates" ('84)


Teddi Siddall, CCM '75

Actress. (Married to actor Gary Cole.)

  • "Prizzi's Honor" ('85, playing Beulah)


Alumni actors in contemporary films


Sarah Jessica Parker, CCM Prep School

Actress. Won 19 awards, including an Emmy, four Golden Globes and three from the Screen Actors Guild. Was also nominated for 34 awards.

  • "Married and Cheating" (romantic comedy starring Parker and Brendan Fraser, as of February 2014 is "in development")
  • "Escape from Planet Earth" (2013, animated film, starring the voice of Brendan Fraiser, Parker doing the vice of Kira Supernova)
  • "Lovelace" ('12, playing Gloria Steinem in movie with Sharon Stone)
  • "I Don't Know How She Does It" ('11, comedy starring Parker as Kate Reddy; also appearing Pierce Brosnan and Kelsey Grammer)
  • "Sex and the City 2" ('10)
  • "Did You Hear About the Morgans?" ('09, w/Hugh Grant, playing the role of Meryl Morgan)
  • "Sex and the City: The Movie" ('08)
Ad for "Sex in the City"
  • "Failure to Launch" ('06, w/Matthew McConaughey)
  • "The Family Stone" ('05, w/Diane Keaton, Claire Danes, Luke Wilson)
  • "The First Wives Club" ('96, w/Bette Midler, Maggie Smith, Goldie Hawn, Diana Keaton)
  • "Mars Attacks!" ('96, w/Jack Nicholson & featuring bodyless head of Sarah Jessica Parker)
  • "Ed Wood" ('94, Tim Burton movie w/Johnny Depp)
  • "LA Story" ('91, w/Steve Martin)
  • "Footloose" ('84, w/Kevin Bacon)


Lisa Howard head shot

Lisa Howard, CCM '97


  • "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" ('12, with Howard playing the role of Siobhan)


Aaron Lazar

Aaron Lazar, MFA (CCM) '00


  • "The Wolf of Wall Street" ('13, a Martin Scorsese film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Matthew McConaughey)
  • "J. Edgar" ('11, playing prosecutor Wilentz, Clint Eastwood film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio)
  • "Company" ('11, playing Paul in show with Patti LuPone)


Karen Olivo

Karen Olivo, CCM '97

Actress. Tony Award winner on Broadway.

  • "Rise" (due out in ’14, playing Robot Mother)
  • "Generation Um ..." ('12, playing Carrie Hines, starring Keanu Reeves)


Nicole Callender

Nicole Callender, CCM '92


  • "Birdman" (’14, with Emma Stone, Michael Keaton and Edward Norton
  • "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" (’13, with Ben Stiller)
  • "The Dark Night Rises" (’12, Batman sequel with Christian Bale)
  • "Winter’s Tale" (’14, with Colin Farrell)
  • "The Dictator" ('12, w/Sacha Baron Cohen)
  • "New Year's Eve" ('11, w/Michelle Pfeiffer)
  • "Tower Heist" ('11, w/Ben Stiller, Eddie Murphy)
  • "The Adjustment Bureau" ('11, w/Matt Damon)
  • "The Next Three Days" ('10, w/Russell Crowe)
  • "The Other Guys" ('10, w/Will Ferrell)
  • "Salt" ('10, w/Angelina Jolie)
  • "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" ('10, w/Nicolas Cage)
  • "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" ('10, w/Michael Douglas)
  • "Zombieland" ('09, w/Woody Harrelson, as a stunt zombie)
  • "The Rebound" ('09, w/Catherine Zeta-Jones)
  • "Confessions of a Shopaholic" ('09, w/Joan Cusack, John Goodman)
  • "Precious" ('09, w/Mo'Nique, film won three Oscars, including one for Best Picture of the Year)
  • "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" (’08, starring Harrison Ford)
  • "You Don't Mess with the Zohan" ('08, w/Adam Sandler)
  • "I Am Legend" ('07, w/Will Smith)
  • "Enchanted" ('07, Disney film)
  • "American Gangster" ('07, w/Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe)
  • "Spider-Man 3" ('07, w/Tobey Maguire)
  • "Inside Man" ('06, w/Denzel Washington, Jodie Foster)
  • "Freedomland" ('06, Samuel L. Jackson)
  • "War of the Worlds" ('05, w/Tom Cruise)
  • "Alfie" ('04, w/Jude Law)
  • "Ladder 49" ('04, w/Joaquin Phoenix, John Travolta)


(Ray) Cooper Thornton, M (CCM) '92

Actor. Received CCM's 2007 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

  • “Gone Girl” (’14, appearing as a doctor, starring Ben Affleck, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry; art direcgtion by Dawn Swiderski, CCM '89)
  • “Killing Happy” (’14, starring Thornton who is also the writer and producer; a short, true story in which a mother tells her son to kill her dog before the family dinner, selected to show at seven film festivals, where it won four awards, featuring Diana Maria Riva, M CCM '95)
  • “The Congress” (’13, animated with Robin Wright, Paul Giamatti and Harvey Keitel)
  • "A Good Day to Die Hard" ('13, starring Bruce Willis, Thornton plays S2)
  • "The Inside Experience” ('11, billed as “the first interactive social horror film experience"; Cooper played agent McArthur) See link below.
  • "Changeling" ('08, plays a prison guard)
  • "Zodiac" ('07, w/Robert Downey Jr. and Jake  Gyllenhall)
  • "Fracture" ('07, w/Sir Anthony Hopkins)
  • "Flightplan" ('05, w/Jodie Foster)
  • "The House of Sand and Fog" ('03, w/Ben Kingsley)


Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood, CCM '72

Actor. More than 170 TV and film credits in all.

  • "Major Cupcake" ('11, playing Albert Peach in this comedy drama starring Judd Nelson)
  • "Gothika" ('03, w/Halle Berry)
  • "Space Jam" ('96, Warner Bros. animated feature, doing voice of Monstar Bupkus)
  • "Full Metal Jacket" (Stanley Kubrick's '87 film, playing Private Eightball)
  • "The Falcon and the Snowman" ('85, w/Sean Penn; Harewood plays Gene)
  • "Against All Odds" ('84, w/Jeff Bridges; Harewood plays Tommy)


Diana Maria Riva

Diana Maria Riva, MFA (CCM) ’95

(aka Deanna Uhlenbrock as a UC student)
Actress. Received CCM's 2005 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award. 

  • “McFarland USA” (due out February ’15, as Senora Diaz, starring Kevin Costner, Disney sports drama about a Hispanic high school track team ohm their way to be champions)
  • “Killing Happy” (’14, as Annie, starring Copper Thornton, M CCM '92, who is also the writer and producer; a short, true story in which a mother tells her son to kill her dog before the family dinner, selected to show at seven film festivals, where it won four awards)
  • “Love and Mercy” (due out Dec. 27, 2014; about the life of Brian Wilson of the BeachBoys, starring Paul Giamati, Luke Wilson, John Cusak, filmed in Australia)
  • "Our Family Wedding Pact" ('10, plays Sonia Ramirez w/Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera)
  • "17 Again" ('09, plays the judge in movie w/Matthew Perry, Zac Efron)
  • “What Women Want” (’00, w/Mel Gibson)
  • “The Third Wheel” (’02, w/Ben Affleck)


Headshot of Dominic standing in front of a tree.

Dominic Bogart, CCM ’00

Actor. Received CCM's 2011 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award. 

  • “I Am Not A Hipster” (’12, Sundance Film Festival selection)

LINK: See his TV credits.

Evan Charest, CCM '10


  • "J. Edgar" ('11, Clint Eastwood film iin which Charest plays a reporter in a scene with star Leonardo DiCaprio) Aaron Lazar, MFA (CCM) '00, is also in the movie.

Roberts gets a prosthetic neck slash fpr ''SAKI.''

Roberts gets a prosthetic neck slash fpr ''SAKI.''

Mikhail Roberts, CCM '08

Actor. Artist. Also a musician with the LA-based hybrid hip-rock group 513 Elevators.

  • "Saki" ('11, portraying Ben; also worked as an artist in the art department on the film)
  • "A Better Place" ('11, as a guard)


Phil Solomon breathes fire

Solomon breathes fire for newlyweds.

Philip Solomon, CCM ’93

Stunt performer. Received CCM's 2010 Julia Winter Cohen Career Excellence Award.

  • "A Thousand Words" (‘09, w/ Eddie Murphy)
  • "Rush Hour 3" (’07, principal stunt performer w/Jackie Chan, Chris Tucker)
  • "Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me" ('99, as a fire-breathing stunt performer, with Mike Myers)
  • "Being John Malkovich" ('99, hand artist for John Cusack)


Sara Gettelfinger, CCM ’99

Actress. Led a UC master class in '12 (see photo at left).

  • "Sex and the City" ('08 movie, playing a flight attendant and starring Sarah Jessica Parker, CCM Prep)


Vicki Lewis

Vicki Lewis, att. CCM '80


  • "Finding Dory" (’16, voice of the fish Deb and Flo)
  • "Finding Nemo" ('03, the voice of the blue fish Flo)
  • "Pushing Tin" ('99, playing Tina Leary, with John Cusack and Billy Bob Thornton)
  • "Godzilla" ('98, playing Dr. Elsie Chapman, with Matthew Broderick)
  • "Mousehunt" ('97, playing April Smuntz, with Nathan Lane)
A scene from the dentist's fish tank in the movie Findiing Nemo, featuring Nemo and Flo.

Vicki Lewis was the voice of Flo, the blue striped fish, in "Finding Nemo."


Tyler Maynard

Tyler Maynard, CCM '01

Award-winning actor. 

  • "Dark Horse" ('11, playing Jiminy w/ Christopher Walken and Mia Farrow)
  • "Red Doors" ('05, played Trent in this award-winning film)
  • "Palindromes" ('04, playing Jiminy)


Kim Criswell, CCM '79

Vocalist, recording artist, actress living in London. Her '92 London appearance in "Annie Get Your Gun" earned her a Laurence Olivier Award nomination as Best Actress in a Musical. In 1989, she received a Helen Hayes Award for her performance in "Side By Side By Sondheim" in Washington. Two of her albums earned Grammy nominations.

  • "Hysteria" ('11 w/Maggie Gyllenhaal, playing Mrs. Castellari)
  • "True Colors" ('91 w/John Cusack, playing a campus radical)


Tory Ross, CCM '02


  • "Sex and the City 2" ('10, w/Sarah Jessica Parker, CCM prep)
  • "The Producers" ('05, playing a misfit showgirl, w/Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick) 


Adrien Finkel, CCM '08


  • "Exodus Falls" ('10, plays Charlotte Minor, the second lead. Film won "Best of Fest" at Ventura Film Festival)

LINK: See TV credit.

Chance Pinnell, CCM '99


  • "Scaring the  Fish" ('10, starring Pinnell; claims to be the world's first "free to download-to-own feature film")

Star Trek Enterprise

Ship by ILM. Photo/Paramount Pictures

Jason Matthew Smith, CCM ’96


  • "Star Trek" ('09, as "burly cadet," w/ Simon Pegg, Winona Ryder)

Jason Packham headshot

Jason Packham, CCM '95


  • "Paul Blart: Mall Cop" ('09, plays "Comet," a robber)

LINK: See TV credit.

Actors Daniel Wisler standing next to Ashley Brown in '11, before their marriage in '12.

Daniel Wisler & Ashley Brown in '10. Photo/John Shearer/WireImage

Daniel Wisler, CCM '04

Actor. (Wisler and Ashley Brown — of Broadway fame, CCM ’04 — were married in November 2011 in Pensacola, Fla.)

  • "The Day the Earth Stood Still" (as an Army fighter pilot, '08, w/ Keanu Reeves)

LINK: See TV credits.

Julia Carpenter headshot

Julia Carpenter, CCM '95


  • "Surfer, Dude" ('08, starring Matthew McConaughey)


Scott Bridges, CCM ’96

Actor. Producer. Production manager. Writer.

  • "Date Movie" (’06, w/ Carmen Electra; Bridges was an actor)


Justin Bohon, CCM '00

Award-winning Broadway actor.

  • "The Good Shepherd" ('06, w/Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie and Alec Baldwin)


Jason Patrick Sands, CCM '02


  • "The Producers" ('05, w/Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick)
  • "Kinsey" ('04, w/Liam Neeson)

Jason Graae, CCM '80

An actor, singer and dancer whose career has spanned Broadway, opera, television and film.

  • "Home on the Range" (’04, Disney film with Steve Buscemi; Graae doing the voice of Willie Brother #2)
  • “Edge” (‘091, w/Jason Alexander; Graae playing Bradley Bryce)


Kurt Gerard (Heinlein), MFA (CCM) '95

Actor, stuntman, fight director.

  • "The Scoundrel's Wife" ('02, w/Tatum O'Neal)
  • " For Richer or Poorer" ('97, w/Tim Allen)
  • "One Fine Day" ('96, w/ Michelle Pfeiffer & George Clooney)

Anthony Hawkins Woods, CCM '01

Actor on film and on stage.

  • "Traffic" ('00, starring Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones)

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-- page compiled by Deborah Rieselman / updated 10-14