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Grad Guide 2015: Notable alumni



Ty Burrell A native Oregonian and known to many as Phil Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family. Post-grad life for UO alum Burrell primarily consisted of acting success. After dabbling in theater (Oregon Shakespeare Festival) as well as film and TV, Burrell landed his role on the Emmy winning series Modern Family where his quirky-dad personality has been winning over the hearts of viewers since 2009.
Ann Curry Known throughout America as a TV personality, journalist and photo journalist. Curry graduated from UO in 1978 and jump started her career in journalism. Working for stations like KTVL-TV, KGW, KCBS,  MSNBC and NBC, she has been nothing short of successful. Curry was also a co-anchor for Today on NBC.

Allan Burns Graduated from the UO in in 1957, and enjoyed a career as a sitcom producer and screenwriter. Notable projects included The Bullwinkle Show, Get Smart, The Munsters and The Mary Tyler Moore Show. He was also nominated for an Oscar for his screenplay adaptation of A Little Romance.

Pam Coats Received her M.F.A. in directing from Oregon in 1984 after getting her bachelor’s degree at Utah State University. She is best known for producing Disney’s, Mulan.

Minoru Yasui Earned both his law degree and his undergraduate degree at the University of Oregon in the 1930s. He fought discriminatory anti-Japanese laws during and after World War II. His case challenging racial curfew laws was the first of its kind and was tried by the Supreme Court.

Tom McCall Received a journalism degree from the UO in 1936 before becoming a commentator, newscaster and the 30th governor of Oregon. McCall served two terms as governor, and is best remembered for his environmental work. Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park is named after him.

Paula Gunn Allen Earned her B.A. and M.F.A. from the UO before going on to earn a PhD. from the University of New Mexico. She was an influential Native American poet, writer, feminist and activist in the late twentieth century. Her work is still widely read and studied today.


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Rachel is a Theatre writer for the Arts and Culture Desk.