Famous and Notable English Majors


Some of the most recognizable and successful Americans were undergraduate English majors!  Take a look at this selected list of famous and successful English majors.

  • Alan Alda - actor, writer                                  
  • Joy Behar - writer, comedienne, co-host "The View"
  • Linda Bloodworth-Thomason - television writer/ producer                      
  • Brett Butler - actress, writer, comedienne
  • James Cameron - director, editor, producer, screenwriter ("Titanic")
  • Chevy Chase - comedian, actor, writer        
  • Mario Cuomo - Governor of New York            
  • Matt Damon - actor, screenwriter
  • Vin Diesel - actor, director, producer, screenwriter
  • David Duchovny - actor "X-Files"
  • Michael Eisner - Walt Disney CEO  
  • James Franco - actor, writer
  • Jodi Foster - actress, filmmaker                                                         
  • A. Bartlett Giamatti – Former President, Yale University and Commissioner of Baseball
  • Heather Graham - actress, model
  • Cathy Guisewite - cartoonist (Cathy)                                                 
  • Don Henley of "The Eagles" - singer, songwriter, musician, environmental activist
  • Tommy Lee Jones - actor
  • Stephen King - novelist                                     
  • Kris Krisofferson - singer, songwriter, musician, actor
  • Paul Newman - actor, food entrepreneur        
  • Conan O'Brien - talk show host, writer
  • Joe Paterno - Penn State football coach
  • Christopher Reeve - actor, writer, director 
  • Sally Ride - astronaut
  • Geoffrey Rush - actor, director, playwright, musician
  • Fred Savage - actor, "The Wonder Years"
  • Diane Sawyer - broadcast journalist
  • Martin Scorsese - director
  • Paul Simon - songwriter, singer
  • Steven Spielberg - filmmaker  
  • Sting - singer, songwriter, musician, actor, environmental activist
  • Grant Tinker - Producer and former CEO of NBC
  • Harold Varmus - Nobel laureate in medicine, former Director of National Institute of Health  
  • Barbara Walters - broadcast journalist
  • Pete Wilson - Former governor of California
  • Reese Witherspoon - actress
  • Renee Zellweger - actress