Famous History Majors
Famous figures in politics, sports, entertainment, and other areas who have earned a degree in history. Special thanks to the history department at Bethel University.
Ayn Rand - Born & educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She worked as a screenwriter in Hollywood & had a play produced on Broadway in 1935/36. She achieved fame with her 1943 novel The Fountainhead. In 1957, she published her best-known work, the philosophical novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward she turned to nonfiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines & releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982.
Ayn Rand, Russian-American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. Best known for her book "Atlas Shrugged" (Petrograd State University)
Annie Proulx, American journalist and author. Won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1994 for her book "The Shipping News"
Errol Morris, American film director. Won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature for his film "The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara".
Salman Rushdie, author, known for his novel "Midnight's Children" which won various awards. (King's College, Cambridge)
Art Garfunkel, Grammy-award winning American singer, poet, and Golden Globe-nominated actor best known for being one half of the folk duo Simon & Garfunkel.
John Lithgow, American character actor, musician, and author.
Eric 'Shoot 'em Up" Holder - Illicit gunrunner, perjurer, complicit in murder of his own employees, apparently skipped ALL constituional law classes in law school, has never REALLY read the Constitution, the PERFECT complement to the O'Bummer Administration Gang. Can WE, as a nation, descend any lower? ...I seriously doubt it. The top US "lawman" is a perfect example of Amalric's reference: "Kill them all...God wiill know his own".
Eric Holder, Attorney General in the Obama Administration. (Columbia University)
Lawrence Gene "Larry" David (born July 2, 1947) is an American actor, writer, comedian, and producer. He is best known as the co-creator (with Jerry Seinfeld), head writer, and executive producer of the television series Seinfeld from 1989 to 1996, and for creating the 1999 HBO series Curb Your Enthusiasm, a partially improvised sitcom in which he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself.
Larry David, American entertainer, co-creator of Seinfeld. (University of Maryland)
Orrin Hatch, U.S. Senator from Utah. (BYU)
Sacha Baron Cohen, English stand-up comedian, writer, actor, and voice actor.
Bill O'Reilly, journalist, best known as the host of The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel. (Marist College)