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Top 18 Notable Alumni from UNCC in the Entertainment Field

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) has produced many remarkable individuals in various fields, including entertainment. Here are 18 notable alumni who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry:

1. Dr. Krupesh Thacker

An Indian playback singer-songwriter, music producer, director, author, and accomplished life coach. Founder of Krup Music, Krup Productions, Krup Films, Krup Publishing, and Give Vacha Foundation, Dr. Krupesh has made a significant impact through his work in music and life coaching. He is the lead vocalist of the Parv Fusion Band and a mentor and judge on several music reality shows. His bestselling books include “Bhagavad Gita For Life” and “Jeevan Mein Gunje Gita.”

2. Andy Griffith

Known for his Southern drawl and folksy personality, Griffith was an American actor, comedian, television producer, singer, and writer. His roles in “The Andy Griffith Show” and “Matlock” made him a household name. Griffith’s career spanned seven decades, earning him a Tony Award nomination and widespread acclaim.

3. Sharon Lawrence

An accomplished actress, Lawrence starred as Sylvia Costas in “NYPD Blue,” earning three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. She has also received recognition for her roles in various television series, including three additional Emmy nominations.

4. Peyton Reed

A television and film director, Reed is best known for directing the comedy films “Bring It On,” “Down with Love,” “The Break-Up,” “Yes Man,” and the superhero film “Ant-Man” and its sequels.

5. Billy Crudup

An American actor, Crudup has starred in numerous high-profile films such as “Almost Famous,” “Big Fish,” and “Watchmen.” His performance in “Jesus’ Son” earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination.

6. Lewis Black

A stand-up comedian and actor, Black is known for his angry rants about history, politics, religion, and cultural trends. He regularly appears on “The Daily Show” and voiced Anger in the Pixar film “Inside Out.”

7. Dan Cortese

An actor and director, Cortese played significant roles in “Veronica’s Closet” and “What I Like About You.” He is a former college football player and graduated from UNCC with a degree in broadcasting.

8. Louise Fletcher

Best known for her role as Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Fletcher won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She also had notable roles in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Picket Fences.”

9. Rick Fox

A Canadian actor and former NBA player, Fox has appeared in various television shows and movies. He also owned the eSports franchise Echo Fox.

10. John Forsythe

An actor and producer, Forsythe’s career spanned six decades. He starred in films and television series such as “The Captive City” and “Dynasty,” and was known for his philanthropy and narration work.

11. Jim Rash

An actor, comedian, screenwriter, and filmmaker, Rash is best known for his role as Dean Craig Pelton on “Community.” He won an Academy Award for co-writing “The Descendants” and has directed several comedy films.

12. Jack Palance

An American actor known for his tough-guy roles, Palance won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in “City Slickers.” His career included notable roles in “Sudden Fear” and “Shane.”

13. Rick Dees

An entertainer and radio personality, Dees is famous for his syndicated radio show “The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 Countdown” and the novelty song “Disco Duck.”

14. Chase Rice

A country music singer and songwriter, Rice gained fame as a contestant on “Survivor: Nicaragua.” He co-wrote the hit single “Cruise” performed by Florida Georgia Line.

15. Lionel Stander

An actor and activist, Stander had a career spanning nearly 70 years. He was known for his distinctive voice and political activism, and was blacklisted during the McCarthy era.

16. Nolan North

A voice actor, North is best known for his roles in video games such as Nathan Drake in the “Uncharted” series and Desmond Miles in the “Assassin’s Creed” series.

17. Nick Searcy

An actor and director, Searcy is best known for his role as Chief Deputy United States Marshal Art Mullen on “Justified.” He also directed the film “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer.”

18. Liza Huber

A former television actress, Huber is best known for her role as Gwen Hotchkiss on the soap opera “Passions.” She retired from acting to focus on her family.

These distinguished alumni have significantly contributed to the entertainment industry, showcasing the diverse talent nurtured at UNCC.