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JOHN AYWARD, ’70: After many years lighting up Seattle stages with his characterizations, Aylward took his talents to California, where he has appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows. Most notably, he played Dr. Donald Anspaugh on several episodes of the hit TV drama ER.
PATRICK DUFFY, ’71: A well-known TV performer for decades, Duffy is best known for his ongoing portrayal of Bobby Ewing in Dallas from 1978 to 1991. He also played opposite Suzanne Somers in the popular sitcom Step By Step from 1991 to 1998.
LINDA EMOND, ’86: A veteran stage performer, Emond appeared on Broadway in Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul as well as 1776 and Life (x) 3. She also has appeared in several TV shows, including Law and Order, Third Watch, Wonderland and The Sopranos.
HARRY GROENER, ’76: A three-time Tony award-nominee for his performances on Broadway in Cats, the Gershwin musical Crazy for You and a revival of Oklahoma!, Groener also is known to a generation of Buffy the Vampire Slayer viewers as the evil Mayor Richard Wilkins III. He has a recurring role in NBC’s Las Vegas and appeared in such films as About Schmidt, Patch Adams and Road to Perdition.
LINDA HARTZELL, ’73: A key participant in Seattle professional theater over the years, Hartzell has been artistic director of the highly praised Seattle Children’s Theatre since 1984. She has directed 40 plays for SCT, 33 of which were world premieres. She also is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Theatre, and was honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award from the UW College of Arts and Sciences in 1994. “Of all my awards, that’s the one I cherish most,” she says.
RICHARD KARN, ’79: Karn played Al Borland, the wiser and more carpentry-friendly sidekick to Tim Taylor (Tim Allen) in the popular sitcom Home Improvement from 1991 to 1999. Karn took over as host of the game show Family Feud in 2002. He also hosts the Richard Karn Golf Tournament each year in the Seattle area, with proceeds going to cancer research.
KYLE MACLACHLAN, ’82: MacLachlan may be best known for his wry, deadpan portrayal of Agent Cooper in David Lynch’s enigmatic TV series Twin Peaks and the mother-dominated Trey MacDougal in the hit series Sex and the City. MacLachlan is also known for his film roles in Dune, Blue Velvet and The Doors.
JOEL MCHALE, ’00: A former member of the troupe of Seattle’s Almost Live sketch comedy TV show, McHale is now the host of The Soup on the E! channel. He has been featured in commercials for Burger King and other products, as well as a role in the hit movie Spiderman 2.
PAMELA REED, ’75: A veteran film actress, Reed has been featured in dozens of theatrical and TV movies, including Kindergarten Cop, Mr. Bean, Proof of Life and The Right Stuff. Reed also has appeared on many TV shows, including The Simpsons, Judging Amy and L.A. Law. Over the years, Reed has been a strong supporter of the UW School of Drama.
JEAN SMART, ’74: After many stellar theatrical performances in Seattle and with the Ashland Shakespeare Festival, Smart embarked on a successful career in TV and movies. She has been featured in the films Garden State, The Kid and Bringing Down the House. On TV, she is best known for her roles on the sitcoms Designing Women from 1986 to 1993 and the current show Center of the Universe with John Goodman. Smart won two consecutive Emmy awards for guest roles on the TV show Frasier, and was nominated for a Tony for her portrayal of the sexy actress Lorraine Sheldon in a Broadway revival of The Man Who Came to Dinner.
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