Friday, June 1, 2012

Big 12 Orientation: Oklahoma's famous alumni

Let's face it- there will probably be a lot of crimson in the house when TCU and Oklahoma face off as Big 12 rivals starting next year. That's just always going to be the case when you have a big, flagship state school three hours up the road that also happens to have a ridiculous bandwagon following. We won't focus on the Corbys of the world right now, but here are the familiar faces that actually attended OU:

Ed Harris- Nominated for an Oscar three times for his roles in Apollo 13, The Truman Show and Pollock, but my favorite role of his was his first big one- playing John Glenn in The Right Stuff.  He attended OU briefly in the late 60s after transferring from Columbia, but eventually dropped out to pursue his acting career.

Olivia Munn-  I still don't really understand why this girl is famous.  After majoring in journalism at OU, she's had a hodge-podge TV career that has included a stint as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports, hosting Attack of the Show on G4 and a couple of failed sitcoms.  I did, however, find THIS pretty interesting. 

Fred Haise-  Maybe it was the OU connection that inspired Ed Harris to take a part in the Apollo 13 movie?  Fellow Sooner (and 1959 OU grad) Fred Haise was one of the astronauts in the real-life Apollo 13 mission, and later flew space shuttle missions as well.  Bill Paxton played him in the movie.

James Garner- This Norman-native actor is best known for his roles in the original Maverick TV series, The Rockford Files and The Great Escape.  But don't forget that he also did some voice work in The Land Before Time 10.  Didn't know they made ten of those movies?  They actually made 13!

Dari Nowkhah- This '98 OU broadcast journalism graduate is somewhat of a utility guy at ESPN, and is one of the few people on that network that I don't despise. 

I'm sure they have other famous alums, but I'm distracted watching the TCU-Ole Miss game.  Sorry.


6 comments:

Frogger98 said...

How is Toby Keith not mentioned in this series? That guy has got to be on the poster for things to not like about OU.

I know he did not go there, but OU seems to have embraced him so they deserve each other.

Lyle Lanley said...

This was admittedly not my best post.

SnK said...

Because he didn't go to OU. T SHIRT fan.

purplepeopleater said...

Damn, they've got some good ones.

Mr. Bubbakins said...

Olivia Munn is the girl of my dreams.

Sir Wesley Willis said...

She could fit all 5 of you who commented on this post's dongs in her mouth.