Emerson College started out as the Boston Conservatory of Elocution, Oratory, and Dramatic Art in 1880. Since then the school has expanded in the heart of Downtown Boston and opened satellite buildings in Los Angeles and The Netherlands.
Here are a few of Emerson's high-powered alumni, which include Jay Leno, Henry Winkler, Jennifer Coolidge, and members of "Passion Pit." Next
Class of 1973
After earning a degree in speech therapy, Leno got his start in comedy by performing in nightclubs as he toured the country. In the mid-1980s, he began appearing on late-night TV, and eventually became a guest host on "The Tonight Show." He beat out David Letterman for the host position when Johnny Carson retired in 1992, and has been running the show ever since. Next
Class of 2000
The Medford native used to work at the Dunkin' Donuts below Emerson College.
Pictured: Maria Menounos posed with Mckayla Maroney, left, on the set of 'Extra' in 2012. Next
Class of 1979
Worcester-born Leary attended Emerson at the same time as Steven Wright and actress Gina Gershon. In 1976, he helped start the Emerson Comedy Workshop, a training ground for countless artists ever since. Next
Class of 1993
"Emerson was probably the first place I went to where I was able to get better at the thing I wanted to do," Burr said in an interview. "It gave me the sense I was going to be all right in this business. There are so many people in the business—not just comedians, but writers, actors, producers, directors, creators of shows—and they were all doing well . . . It makes it really tangible." Next
Class of 1969
Martin's curriculum vitae includes a starring role in the Canadian sketch comedy TV show "SCTV" with comedians John Candy, Eugene Levy, and Rick Moranis. She's also a Tony Award-winning actress with Broadway credentials, including roles in "My Favorite Year," "Oklahoma," and "Fiddler on the Roof." Next
Class of 1967
Winkler graduated from Emerson and earned a master's of fine arts from Yale in 1970. In 1974, he was cast in the film "The Lords of Flatbush," and that same year he won the part of Arthur "Fonzie" Fonzarelli in the hit television series "Happy Days."
Pictured: Annie Yaeger, 7, stood with actor Henry Winkler while on the set of "Here Comes the Boom" at Faneuil Hall. Next
Class of 1978
The Burlington native is among the most recognizable stand-up comedians for his droll delivery and unique ability to twist the ordinary like a Salvador Dali painting.
Pictured: Steven Wright, left, with Anthony Clark and Denis Leary 'talked with Emerson College students about the showbiz industry at the Emerson Majestic Theatre in 1996. Next
Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit
Class of 2009
The lead singer of this rising music group was the only member of the band to attend Emerson. He met the others, who went to Berklee, through mutual friends.
Pictured: Angelakos performed with his Boston band Passion Pit at the Bank of America Pavilion. Next
Class of 1985
This Norwell native went through the theatre department at Emerson before joining "The Groundlings" comedy troupe in Los Angeles.
Pictured: Coolidge at the premiere of "American Reunion" in Los Angeles. Next
Class of 1989
The daughter of Conni Stevens and Eddie Fischer is also the half-sister of Carrie Fisher. She has recently appeared in the TV shows "Ellen" and "Til Death."
Pictured: Fisher at the Public Garden in 2006. Next
Class of 1988.
He dropped out of Emerson after a semester but found his passion for sketch-comedy after joining the school's group "This is Pathetic."
Pictured: Cross pictured with wife Amber Tamblyn in 2011. Next
She attended classes at Emerson College but eventually graduated from New York University.
Pictured: Gershon in front of the Liberty Hotel. Next
Paul Thomas Anderson
He went to two semesters at Emerson as an English major and only two days at New York University before dropping out and diving into film making. His latest movie, "The Master" is critically acclaimed.
Pictured: Paul Thomas Anderson in 2002. Next
Class of 1988
Brandon Lee, son of Bruce, majored in Theatre Studies for a year before leaving and moving to New York.
Pictured: Lee in the 1994 movie "The Crow." Next
Class of 1987
The Emmy-award winning producer was behind shows like "Boston Common" and "Will & Grace." His latest show on CBS is called "Partners."
Pictured: Mutchnick at the Will & Grace set on campus. Next
Graduated Emerson with a BFA in creative writing. Since then, he's been involved in several notable cartoons, including "Tiny Tunes," "Batman: The Animated Series," and shows like "Lost."
Pictured: A scene from Batman: The Animated Series. Next
Class of 1990
The comedian wrote for television shows like "Roseanne" and "Saturday Night Live."
Pictured: Kightlinger with Louis C.K., Mike Hagerty, Pamela Adlon in the short-lived HBO series "Lucky Louie." Next
Class of 1998
The screenwriter played on Emerson's basketball team. He recently helped adapt the classic comic series "Watchmen" into a movie.
Class of 1998
The author, screenwriter, and producer was behind movies like "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer" and "Dark Shadows."
Pictured: Grahame-Smith spoke about his work to Emerson College staff, students, faculty, and alumni at the Paramount Center on March 20, 2012. Next
Class of 1980
The comedian founded the Emerson Comedy Workshop with Denis Leary, Chris Phillips and Adam Roth, as well as the first comedy writing department with Norman Lear.
Pictured: Brill on the set of "Late Show with David Letterman." Next
Class of 1981
Herzog is currently the President of MTV Networks Entertainment Group. He's credited with bringing TV shows like "South Park" and "The Daily Show" to Comedy Central. Next
Class of 1982
Pictured: Cantone visited the Stoneham High School auditorium in 2005. Next
Joseph Leo Bwarie
Class of 1999
PIctured: Bwarie, second from left, performing in "Jersey Boys" in 2009. Next
Class of 1979
Makeup artist Bobbi Brown, founded Bobbi Brown Professional Cosmetics. She studied theatrical makeup as an Emerson student in the 1970s. Next
Class of 1963
Pictured: Actor-writer-monologist Spalding Gray performed his monologue, "Morning, Noon and Night," at the Beaumont theater in New York in 1999. Next
Class of 2000
The General Manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder used to play basketball for Emerson. He graduated with a degree in communications, politics, and law. Back to the beginning
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