Alumni Spotlight

Texas Tech Alumni Spotlight – Entertainment

Texas Tech has no shortage of notable Alumni. In almost every career field out there, a Tech alumni is making waves. Today however, we’ll be focusing on a few notable alumni that occupy the entertainment industry. In all facets, tech also has no shortage of Alumni who have made a name for themselves in the film and television industry. Here are some of the most notable Tech graduates who went on to do big things in film and television. 

The first of these many Alumni is Johnny Hardwick. A native of Austin, TX, Hardwick attended and graduated from Texas Tech with a B.S. in Journalism.  soon after went on to perform stand up comedy and performed at all sorts of comedy clubs in Dallas and Austin. He would continue this until he performed at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, California. There he would be offered a writing job by Greg Daniels for Mike Judge’s King of the Hill. AT the time he was going to be a regular in MTV’s Austin Stories, but chose to pursue King of the Hill. Hardwick would later go on to become the voice of series regular Dale Gribble after the initial choice Daniel Stern fell through. Hardwick would perform as Dale for the show’s entire 13 year run and nowadays has his own Youtube channel where he regularly posts videos of song parodies and monologues in the voice of Dale Gribble. 

The next notable alumni is another well known voice actress, Alexis Tipton. Alexis attended Texas Tech University but later finished her education at University of North Texas. Tipton went on to become a well respected voice actress and ADR director affiliated with Funimation. Active since 2008, she has voiced numerous characters for so many different anime franchises. Her most notable roles include kid Trunks from Dragon Ball Super, Sun Seto in My Bride is a Mermaid, Mizuki Himeji in Baka and Test, Emi Kizaki in Linebarrels of Iron, Musubi and Yume in Sekirei, Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire, Saya Kisaragi in Blood-C, Anya Hepburn in Soul Eater Not!, Millianna in Fairy Tail, and most recently, Iris in Fire Force. She’s also been in a variety of video games, some that are akin to her normal anime roles but others as well such as Borderlands 2 and Xenoblade Chronicles 2 to name a couple. All in all, Tipton has shown to be a very versatile and capable voice actress and she showed no signs of stopping anytime soon. 

Another Alumni that’s kept themselves busy since graduating is Barry Corbin. Corbin Attended Texas Tech but went to join the Marine Corps when he was 21. He served two years and returned to Texas Tech where he got a degree in theatre arts. After he graduated he began his career as a Shakespearean actor. Nowadays he’s more likely to play a character with an authoritative stance like a sheriff or military leader, although he does play the villainous role too. Given that he lost most of his hair to alopecia areata, he often plays characters with a shaved head, wears a toupee, or wears a cowboy hat. He has been in so many Films and TV shows that there’s too many to list, but some of his most notable roles came in WarGames, Urban Cowboy, Any Which Way You Can and Lonesome Dove. His career spans decades and so far is only looking to continue. 

Last but not least, the next notable alumni from TTU is George Eads III. Eads was born in Belton, Texas and went on to study Marketing at Texas Tech University. While at Tech, he was a member of Phi Delta Theta and prior to his career he worked as a copy machine salesman and sold first aid and safety supplies for cintas. Once his career began though, he got his big break in the prime time soap opera Savannah. Eads guest-starred as paramedic Greg Powell on ER in 1997 and 1997, and worked on several made-for-television films such as Crowned and Dangerous in 1997. It wasn’t until 2000 where Eads became one of the lead characters of the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, where he plays forensic scientist Nick Stokes. Apart from that he has done a number of feature and TV films and shows such as Sex Ed, Evel Knievel, Macgyver and Young Justice. He’s done quite a lot in his career and is sure to do a lot more for himself in the coming years. 

Texas Tech has no shortage of Alumni in every field in the world. The entertainment industry, more specifically film and TV, is no exception. despite only listing 4, there are many more accomplished Alumni in the entertainment industry and TTU is sure to produce many more in the future.

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