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Famous English Majors|Department of English

Famous English Majors

Whether teachers, lawyers, professors, doctors—the list goes on—they change and improve the world. They really do. Take a look at this list . . . and be surprised.

Actors  . . . by the handful. For example

Matt Damon

Jody Foster

Tommy Lee Jones

Paul Newman

Christopher Reeve

Susan Sarandon

Sigourney Weaver

Reese Witherspoon

Renee Zellweger

Emma Watson


William Bernbach, founder of Doyle Dane Bernbach


Sally Ride


Cathy Guisewite


Chevy Chase

Joan Rivers


Michael Eisner, Disney

Kathryn Fuller, World Wildlife Fund

Michael Lynne, New Line Cinema

Hank Paulsen, Goldman Sachs

Mitt Romney, Bain Capital

Herb Scannell, President Nickelodeon and MTV Networks

Anne M. Mulcahy, Xerox

Steve Wynn, Real Estate developer


John Baur, curator of the Brooklyn Museum, Director of the Whitney Museum


Linda Bloodworth-Thompson

Ed Burns

James Cameron

Martin Scorcese

Steven Spielberg


Benjamin Spock

Harold Varmus, Nobel Laureate in medicine, Director of the NIH

B.F. Skinner, psychologist


Arthur Miller


Alvin Hansen, president of the American Economics Association


Mitt Romney, CEO Bain Capital

Donald Regan, President, Merrill Lynch


Stella Rimington, Head of MI5

Carol Browner, Head of the EPA

Lynn Cheney (UW) Director of the National Endowment for the Humanities

Pete Wilson, Governor of California

Hank Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury

Mitt Romney, Governor of Massachusetts

Donald Regan, Secretary of the Treasury


Dave Barry

S J. Perelman

Journalists (Print)

Blair Jenkins, Director of Broadcasting, Scottish Television Russell Baker

Bob Woodward

Helen Thomas, dean of the White House Press Corps

Journalists (Television)

Diane Sawyer

Barbara Walter

Tony Kornheiser, ESPN

Katie Couric

Paula Zahn


Thurgood Marshall, Supreme Court Justice

Clarence Thomas, Supreme Court Justice

Douglas Baird, Dean, University of Chicago Law School

John Paul Stevens, Supreme Court Justice


Jesse Shera, Dean, Case Western Reserve Library School


David Henry Hwang, M Butterfly


Don Henley, The Eagles

Kris Kristofferson


Paul Simon

Mark Knopfler


Mario Cuomo, Governor of New York

Mitt Romney, Presidential candidate


Harold Varmus, Director of the National Institute of Health

Rachel Carson


J. Terry Edmonds, for Bill Clinton

Peggy Noonan, for Ronald Reagan


Marty Shottenheimer, Head Coach, San Diego Chargers

A. Bartlett Giamatti, Commissioner of Baseball

TV & Radio Hosts

Mary Hart, Entertainment Tonight

Conan O’Brien

Johnny Carson

Garrison Keillor

University Presidents

A. Bartlett Giamatti, Yale

Writers . . . by the dozen:

Douglas Adams

Gwendolyn Brooks

Tom Clancy

Alan Ginsberg

Joseph Heller

Phillipa Gregory

Ian Rankin

Stephen King

Tom Wolfe

Dr. Seuss

Amy Tan

John Updike

Eudora Welty

Toni Morrison

Joyce Carol Oates

Philip Roth


Stephen Moffat, Coupling, Doctor Who, and Sherlock

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