Montana State University

Famous English Majors

Dr. Sally Ride, the first female astronaut to enter space, was an English major. (Photo: Red Huber / Orlando Sentinel / July 23, 2012)

Actors:

Edward Burns, Brett Butler, Chevy Chase, Joan Cusack, Matt Damon, Vin Diesel, David Duchovny, Harrison Ford, Jodie Foster, James Franco, Heather Graham, Famke Janssen, Tommy Lee Jones, Paul Newman, Gwyneth Paltrow, David Hyde Pierce, Christopher Reeve, Susan Sarandon, Julia Stiles, Emma Thompson, James Van Der Beek, Sigourney Weaver, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger

Astronauts:

Dr. Sally Ride

Cartoonists:

Cathy Guisewite

Directors:

James Cameron, Kimberly Peirce, Martin Scorcese, Steven Spielberg

Football Coaches:

Marty Shottenheimer (San Diego Chargers)

Government:

Carol Browner (former EPA Director), Mario Cuomo (former governor of New York), Henry Paulson (Secretary of the Treasury), Donald Regan (former president of Merrill Lynch and Secretary of the Treasury), Clarence Thomas (Supreme Court Justice), Pete Wilson (former Governor of California)

Journalists:

Russell Baker, Dave Barry, Richard Rodriguez, Diane Sawyer, Helen Thomas, Bob Woodward

Management:

Michael Eisner (Disney CEO), A. Bartlett Giamatti (President, Yale University and Commissioner of Baseball), Kathryn Fuller (World Wildlife Fund Director), Michael Lynne (Chairman of New Line Cinema), Herb Scannell (President, Nickolodeon, MTV Networks)

Musicians:

Don Henley, Chris Isaak, Mark Knopfler, Kris Kristofferson, Randy Owen, Paul Simon, Sting

Nobel Laureates in Medicine:

Harold Varmus

Radio:

Garrison Keillor

Television:

Joy Behar, Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Johnny Carson, Ken Jennings (record-setting Jeopardy winner), Conan O’Brien, Joan Rivers, Brandon Tartikoff, Grant Tinker, Barbara Walters

Wives of Presidents:

Laura Bush

Writers:

Douglas Adams, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Gwendolyn Brooks, Tom Clancy, Allen Ginsberg, Joseph Heller, David Henry Hwang, Stephen King, Jhumpa Lahiri, Bobbie Ann Mason, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Joyce Carol Oates, Philip Roth, Dr. Seuss (a.k.a. Theodor Geisel), Amy Tan, John Updike, Eudora Welty


Updated: 07/21/2014