Film & TV

May 9, 2024

Celebrating AAPI stories

UWT Alumnus and filmmaker Nuk Suwanchote revisited his alma mater to explore the growing community of Asian American and Pacific Islander students, staff and faculty at UW Tacoma.

March 19, 2024

Huskies on Arrakis

The UW and the Pacific Northwest played their part in the "Dune" universe.

December 23, 2023

A gold Olympic medal that reads "XI OLYMPIADE BERLIN 1936"

Boys in the Boat trivia

"The Boys in the Boat" is now a major motion picture. How well do you know your UW rowing history?

December 14, 2023

A man wearing sunglasses and a man on a bicycle in front of a large fountain

UW on the big screen

The UW has graced the silver screen with a few cameos. Have you seen any of these movies?

December 13, 2023

A man smiles in the projection booth of a theater, holding a film reel.

Cinema steward

Tom Mara, who helms the Seattle International Film festival, is making history by transforming the Cinerama into SIFF Cinema Downtown.

November 25, 2023

‘Boys’ on the big screen

Turning "The Boys in the Boat" into a Hollywood movie took a lot of research to re-create the UW of the 1930s.

November 24, 2023

An exhilarating story

Author Daniel James Brown recalls writing "The Boys in the Boat": "Anxiety quickly gave way to exhilaration."

March 1, 2023

A heartfelt award for Jean Smart

The star of the HBO series “Hacks” scores yet another honor for playing acerbic Las Vegas comedian Deborah Vance – but couldn’t attend the show due to a heart issue.

February 25, 2023

Call of the wild

Samantha Zwicker works to rehabilitate and reintroduce wildlife in the Amazon rainforest.

February 15, 2023

Huskies in the Super Bowl

Magical avocados, an (alleged) $1.5 million hairstyle and two Huskies-turned-Chiefs took over our TVs this weekend.

November 17, 2022

Alumni on the small screen

From Anna Faris to Joel McHale, check out a few of our favorite performances from UW alumni on television.

November 9, 2022

On the big screen

Anna Faris plays Savannah, a struggling business owner after her aunt's inheritance, in her latest silver screen effort.

September 16, 2022

Big day for Smart

The acclaimed Seattleite and actor wins her second consecutive Emmy Award on the day before her birthday.

September 2, 2022

Hollywood Husky

Collaborating with Will Smith and Dave Chappelle is all in a day’s work for one of TV’s leading women directors.

July 21, 2022

A tribute to John Hartl, ’67, Seattle’s greatest movie critic

Famed movie critic John Hartl had a thoughtful eye, an unusually high IQ and an encyclopedic knowledge of film.

May 30, 2022

Dreaming of America

Wes Hurley has built a community of allies from his time at the UW, and it’s paying off.

May 25, 2022

Husky Walk of Fame

Jean Smart joins the growing list of UW legends whose names are engraved on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

March 11, 2022

Win a trip to Browntown

George Tramountanas, '93, turned personal tragedy to big-screen comedy in his new feature film about a unique incentive for weight loss.

March 4, 2022

A real character

Versatility has been Jean Smart’s strength since her UW days. Now, the Emmy-winning actor’s star is shining brighter than ever.

July 22, 2021

A fresh lens on QTPOC life

Through feature films, groundbreaking documentaries and shorts, a UW librarian creates a canon of meaningful representation in American cinema.

June 7, 2021

Calling the shots

For Golf Channel analyst Paige Mackenzie, ’06, the only thing more thrilling than scoring a hole-in-one is calling the golf play-by-play at the Olympic Games.

March 5, 2019

Welcome to Noir Town

Greg Olson, film curator at the Seattle Art Museum, has been lurking in the shadows of the city's cinema scene for decades.

November 30, 2018

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The great Gaskin

How a kid from Lynnwood became the best running back in Husky history.

September 27, 2017

Family fare

Screenwriter Temple Mathews teams up with his daughter to produce a romantic comedy for all ages.

July 17, 2017

Robert Osborne (1932-2017)

Remembering our famous host of Turner Classic Movies.

March 2, 2017

‘Twin Peaks’ redux

Anchored by its UW star, “Twin Peaks” is coming back to the airwaves on May 21.

February 28, 2017

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Reel success

Powered by a double degree in creative writing and drama from the UW, Travis Gutierrez Senger scored a breakthrough with his 2016 film, “Desert Cathedral."

June 1, 2016

Nordic Noir

Scandinavian Studies Professor Andy Nestingen shares his research into the genre and how it contrasts with American Noir’s heroes and villains.

March 1, 2015

Second act

Ron Simons is having one hell of a second act and he’s got three Tonys, a Drama Desk Award for Best Play, a Drama League Award, and even a prize for best documentary to prove it.

December 1, 2014

Film buff

Cinema Books owner Stephanie Ogle reintroduces classics, champions new treasures and plays a starring role in celebrating film.

September 1, 2012

Dawgs on the dial

Beginning this fall, Husky fans will be able to catch every UW football and men’s basketball game on TV, thanks to the Pac-12 Networks, an innovative partnership with FOX and ESPN.

June 1, 2012

Football and film

From winning a Rose Bowl to an Oscar for documentary filmmaking, being a team player is the secret to success for Ed Cunningham, ’91.

March 1, 2012

'Arts den mother'

It’s easy to feel like Nancy Guppy, ’82, is a personal friend even if you have never met her.

June 1, 2011

Screen time

Temple Mathews, ’76, describes himself as someone who never shies away from a challenge. He credits this attitude for getting him to Hollywood.

September 1, 2010

Hot in Hollywood

Standing 6 foot 4, Joel McHale is a tall man in Hollywood. And now, he’s a big man in Tinseltown.

June 1, 2010

Stage to screen

Lynn Shelton, ’87, parlayed a UW degree in drama into a 10-year career on the stages of New York. But she found her true calling when she opted to pursue a career behind a camera.

March 1, 2010

Visual flair

Two reasons why the Emmy Award-winning TV series 'Mad Men' is so highly acclaimed are its visual style and historical authenticity. Assistant costume designer Allison Leach has had a big hand in both.

March 1, 2009

Haunted hallways

When Kevin Rupprecht, '06, accepted the job of principal at Forks High School, he didn't realize he was signing on to be a minor celebrity as well.

March 1, 2008

One popular geek

Call it “Revenge of the Nerd.” Rainn Wilson was, by his own admission, a hopeless misfit in high school. But when he made a recent appearance at a Kane Hall event, the adoring undergrads had to be turned away by the hundreds.

December 1, 2007

Comedy mind

For comedian and 1996 alumnus Drake Witham, the road to success has been a long, bumpy and filled with detours.

December 1, 2006

The black TV book

Kathleen Fearn-Banks once worked in TV, and now has written the dictionary on an important part of its history.

Changing the game

Ward Serrill found his passion in the form of a documentary called "The Heart of the Game," a film that chronicles seven years with the Roosevelt High School girls’ basketball team and its unconventional coach. Film Critic Roger Ebert called it “a triumph.”

March 1, 2005

Scene change

Can graduates of the UW’s prestigious acting program find fulfillment away from the footlights? Four PATP alumni share their stories.

June 1, 2004

Role of a lifetime

This spring, Jim Caviezel hit the big time playing Jesus Christ in Mel Gibson’s controversial movie The Passion of the Christ.

Idol in the making

Matt Rogers, ’01, first tasted the limelight when he played on the Husky football team that won the 2001 Rose Bowl. This year, he reveled in more adulation as a finalist on the TV show American Idol.

March 1, 2003

Peg Phillips, 1918-2002

Peg Phillips, a retired accountant who took acting classes at the University of Washington at age 65 and went on to have a career that lasted nearly two decades, died Nov. 8. She was 84.

June 1, 2002

Star stuntwoman

Jumping out of helicopters, driving speeding cars and fighting bad guys is all in a day’s work for Marla Casey, ’86.

March 1, 2002

Athlete and actor

Herman Brix’s storybook account of growing up in the lumber camps of Washington to become an Olympic athlete and major movie star is the subject of Mike Chapman’s 2001 book "Please Don’t Call Me Tarzan."

September 1, 1999

Starring role

For the past three springs, Pamela Reed has come to campus to work with undergraduates and students in the Professional Actor Training Program

Against all odds

After surviving the horrors of the Holocaust, Tom Lantos got a fresh start at the UW. Now he is serving in Congress, and his story is part of an Oscar-winning film.

December 1, 1998

Our ‘Black Sheep’

There aren't many UW alumni who win the Medal of Honor, write a best-selling book and have Robert Conrad portray them in a TV series. In fact, there is only one.

September 1, 1997

Patrick Duffy, ’71, spent more time on stage than in class

No entertainer can escape dying on stage every now and then. But Patrick Duffy, '71, is one of the few actors who has come back from the dead.

September 1, 1995

Actor finds his voice

Now, he is a star on one of the highest rated television shows in the land. But not that long ago, Richard Karn was on the brink of being expelled.

December 1, 1994

Hollywood expert

Osborne is a longtime columnist for the Hollywood Reporter, host of a movie classic series on the Turner Channel, and author of eight books chronicling the Academy Awards.

September 1, 1992

Fame came late

Peg Phillips plays the endearing shopkeeper, Ruth Anne, on the hit TV show Northern Exposure.

December 1, 1991

Movie memories

Fritz Apking retired after 30 years in Hollywood, most of it spent as a stunt double.

March 1, 1991

Always ‘Mary Ann’

After "Gilligan's Island," Dawn Wells continued to act and pursued philanthropy.

September 1, 1990

MacLachlan home again

"Twin Peaks" represents both a physical and professional homecoming for actor Kyle MacLachlan.

March 1, 1990

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Actor getting noticed

Harry Groener has been busy since his 1976 graduation from the UW’s Professional Actors Training Program.