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Distinguished Thespian alumni

The Thespian Society has inducted more than two million students since it was founded in 1929. If they were all gathered in a single place, it would be the fourth largest city in the United States, bigger than Houston, not quite the size of Chicago. Chances are it would have a few more professional actors and other show business folks than might be expected for a town of two million. More significantly, the Thespian citizens who followed a path that took them out of the theatre after they left high school would, on average, speak with more confidence than their non-Thespian counterparts, present themselves with more poise, measure a two-by-four with more accuracy, and always start a cross on their upstage foot.



Emmy-winning actor John Goodman

Roseanne, Barton Fink, The Big Lebowski, Monsters Inc., Argo, Inside Llewyn Davis
Affton High School, St. Louis, 1971

To learn more about John Goodman's experience as a Thespian, check out staff member Greg Bossler's blog.

Here’s a partial listing of some Thespians who have distinguished themselves in their professional lives on stage and film.


Amy Acker
Matthew Ashford
Kathy Bates
Meredith Baxter
Gary Beach
Lorraine Bracco
Wayne Brady
Meg Bussert
Kelly Clarkson
Kevin Covert
Gavin Creel
Stephanie D’Abruzzo
Fran Drescher
Faye Dunaway
Trevor Einhorn
Annabeth Gish
John Goodman 
Dion Graham
Clifton Hall
Tom Hanks
Goldie Hawn
Barbara Hershey
Kelly Hu
Don Johnson
Anthony Kiedis
Val Kilmer
Cloris Leachman
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Marcus Lovett
Madonna
Will Makar
James Marsters
A Martinez
Kevin McCollum 
Matthew Modine
Jason Moore
Jill Paice
Paula Prentiss
Tony Randall
Jai Rodriguez
Tommy Sands
Andrew Seeley
Jaclyn Smith
Danny Strong
Sally Struthers
Charlene Tilton
Tommy Tune
Dick Van Dyke
Jerry Van Dyke
Dee Wallace Stone
Mare Winningham