Friday, May 18, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: Kansas' famous alumni

The KU Alumni Association claims to have information about 440,000 graduates of the school. That means there has to be plenty of famous Jayhawks to keep an eye out for at future KU-TCU sporting events in addition to the athletic alumni mentioned earlier in the week. Here are a few of the notables:

-Mandy Patinkin.  While most of you know Patinkin best from his role as Inigo Montoya in The Princess Bride, you should probably check out this Kansas grad's more recent work in Homeland on Showtime.  He was also in Dick Tracy.  

-Bud Adams.  Did I just get under your skin a little bit, Houstonians?  Before Adams became famous for moving the Oilers out of Choke City and flipping off Bills fans from his suite at a game in 2009, he earned an engineering degree from KU. 

-Bob Dole.  The longtime senator from Kansas and 1996 Republican presidential nominee might be known best to our generation by the impersonation Norm MacDonald did of him on SNL back in the 90s.   Did you know, though, that he played football, basketball and ran track for the Jayhawks while an undergrad at KU?

-Paul Rudd.  Not very long after graduating from Kansas, Rudd landed his first major Hollywood role as the know-it-all stepbrother in Clueless.  Since then, he's been in some great movies (The 40 Year Old Virgin, Wet Hot American Summer), some ok movies (Anchorman, The Ten) and some horrible movies (Dinner for Schmucks, Night at the Museum). 

-Scott Bakula.  Before his most well-known roles in Quantum Leap and Necessary Roughness, Bakula dropped out of KU after just a few semesters.  Before you say anything about how much you like him, remember that he was in Major League 3, which may be the worst movie I've ever seen.

-Samantha Ryan.  I don't know much about her, but she's apparently a porn star and went to KU.  Her wikipedia page says she's also dabbled a bit in directing, so she's probably super smart.

-Don Johnson.  Most people know this former KU student for his role in Miami Vice, but let's not forget that he also played an asshole U of H alum in Tin Cup and co-starred with Cheech in the incredibly unwatchable Nash Bridges that somehow lasted six seasons on CBS.  As you can see from the picture above, he's famous enough to have been invited to some kind of red-carpet event thrown by the WB.  I wonder if he got to meet Dawson.

-Jason Sudeikis.  The incredibly un-talented Sudeikis, seen above with the ridiculously talented Jon Hamm, didn't actually attend KU.  But he publicly presents himself as a huge Jayhawk fan, serving as the embodiment of their nerdy bandwagon fanbase. 




8 comments:

LOLfolding said...

I read Don Johnson and thought it was this one:

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/04/the-man-who-broke-atlantic-city/8900/

Much less interesting that it's an actor.

SupFroggy05 said...

How can you hate on Sudeikis? The dude is funny.

BigMo said...

Anchorman is not a good movie...its a GREAT movie

Reed said...

always trying to pick fights with the houstonians haha. remember when the rangers were 1 strike away from the series, twice?

and wtf is up with anchorman being a decent movie?

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Lyle Lanley said...

I didn't really go out of my way to pick on Houston here, just having a little fun at your expense is all. If TCU were joining a conference with Arkansas, you can rest assured I'd be talking about how shitty an owner Jerry Jones is to keep himself as GM during my discussion of roothog alumni.

If you REALLY want to go to the "how close did my team come to winning the World Series" game, I'd ask if you remember the time that the Astros came within 4 entire games of winning it. I'll leave Fat City's Super Bowl participation record out of it...

As for Anchorman...I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree, guys. It had some moments that made me laugh for sure, but it doesn't break the "greatness" threshold for me because I'm not an 8th grade boy who wears a Michigan Wolverines Starter Jacket.

Reed said...

Lol touche, you were probably married when it came out anyway

Clark said...

Don Johnson also equals Kenny Powers dad