Where Did They Study?

Alan Alda

Studied Acting at Fordham University and, later, at the Cleveland Playhouse.

Jason Alexander

Studies under Larry Moss.

Joan Allen

Studied under Sanford Meisner before working with Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Kevin Bacon

Studied acting at the Manning St. Actor's Theatre in Philadelphia and apprenticed at Circle in the Square in New York.

Angela Bassett

Spent seven years at Yale studying Drama-- including three post-grad years.

Annette Bening

Studied Theatre at Arizona State University with acting teacher Jared Sakren, and later at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

Marlon Brando

Studied at the New School before enrolling at the Actors' Studio to work with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler.

Andre Braugher

Received a B.A. in Acting from Stanford University, then an M.F.A. from Juilliard School.

Matthew Broderick

Studied at HB Studio.

Steve Buscemi

Studied at Lee Strasberg Institute with John Strasberg; later studied with Sabra Jones.

James Caan

Studied at Sanford Meisner's Neighborhood Playhouse, and then with acting coach Wynn Handman.

Jackie Chan

Apprenticed to the China Drama Academy or "opera school" by his parents at the age of 6.

Don Cheadle

Graduated with a B.F.A. in Acting from CalArts.

George Clooney

Studied a few years at Northern Kentucky University; later studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Glenn Close

Graduated from the College of William & Mary with a B.A. in Drama and Anthropology.

Robert De Niro

Studied at the Actors Studio with Stella Adler and Lee Strasberg.

Benicio Del Toro

Studied at the Circle in the Square Acting School and later became a student of Stella Adler and Arthur Mendoza. After a year, moved to Los Angeles to study at the Actors Circle Theatre.

Michael Douglas

Studied at University of California, Santa Barbara, the American Place Theatre, and the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Richard Dreyfuss

Studied at San Fernando Valley State College.

Robert Duvall

Studied with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Edie Falco

Graduated from acting program at SUNY Purchase.

Sally Field

Studied at the Actors Studio in Los Angeles with Lee Strasberg.

Calista Flockhart

Graduated from Rutgers University, in New Jersey, with a degree in Acting.

Harrison Ford

Dropped out of Ripon College in Wisconsin, where he did some acting and, later, summer stock.

James Gandolfini

Studied Acting at Rutgers University, and later at the Actors Studio in New York.

Sarah Michelle Gellar

Attended the Professional Children's School in New York City.

Kelsey Grammer

Graduated from Juilliard School.

Gene Hackman

Studied at the Pasadena Playhouse School (now defunct).

Tom Hanks

Graduated from Cal State Sacramento's drama program; later spent three seasons training at Great Lakes Shakespeare Festival in Ohio.

Dustin Hoffman

Studied at Santa Monica City College, the Pasadena Playhouse School (now defunct), Actors Studio in New York, and Los Angeles Conservatory of Music.

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Took a summer course at Circle Repertory Theatre in New York City, followed by four years at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Helen Hunt

Began studying acting at the age of 8 with her father, director and acting coach Gordon Hunt; later studied with Larry Moss.

Holly Hunter

Graduated with a degree in Drama from Carnegie-Mellon University.

William Hurt

Studied at Tufts University and later at Juilliard School.

Samuel L. Jackson

Studied with the Negro Ensemble Company.

Angelina Jolie

Studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Ashley Judd

Trained at Playhouse West in Los Angeles.

Jane Kaczmarek

Received her M.F.A. from Yale Drama.

Diane Keaton

Studied Drama at Santa Ana College before dropping out to study at the Neighborhood Playhouse.

Harvey Keitel

Studied at the Actors Studio.

Kevin Kline

Graduated from Juilliard School, then joined the Acting Company, run by John Houseman.

Eriq LaSalle

Graduated from Juilliard School.

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Dropped out of Pacific Palisades High School six weeks short of graduation.

Laura Linney

Graduated from Juilliard School.

John Lithgow

Studied Acting at Harvard University and at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.

Jennifer Lopez

Studied at the Aaron Speiser Workshop.

William H. Macy

Studied at Goddard College, in Vermont, with David Mamet.

Toby Maguire

Studied with acting coach David LeGrant.

John Malkovich

Trained under William Esper at his Acting Studio, before co-founding Steppenwolf Theatre Company.

Julianne Moore

Received a B.F.A. in Acting from Boston University's School of the Performing Arts.

Bill Murray

Dropped out of Regis College, in Denver, after being arrested for marijuana possession; worked on the National Lampoon Radio Hour before Saturday Night Live.

Mike Myers

Trained with the Second City Comedy Troupe in Toronto; later joined SC's company in Chicago.

Jerry Orbach

Studied Drama at the University of Illinois and at Northwestern University. After moving to New York, studied with Herbert Berghof, Mira Rostova, and Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.

Al Pacino

Studied at the Actors Studio.

Sean Penn

After graduating from Santa Monica High School, apprenticed at Los Angeles' Group Repertory Theater, worked as assistant to actor/director Pat Hingle, and studied with Peggy Feury.

Michelle Pfeiffer

Studied at Beverly Hills Playhouse.

Robert Redford

Studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York.

Ving Rhames

Graduated from Juilliard School.

Winona Ryder

Studied drama at American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

Martin Sheen

Studied at the Stella Adler Studio.

Wesley Snipes

Attended (but did not graduate from) the High School for Performing Arts in New York City; received a B.A. in Theatre and Dramatic Arts from SUNY Purchase.

Sissy Spacek

Studied at the Actors Studio in New York with Lee Strasberg and at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.

Kevin Spacey

Started at Los Angeles Valley College and left to join Juilliard School drama program; quit after two years to join New York Shakespeare Festival.

Ben Stiller

Graduated from Theater Arts program at UCLA.

Meryl Streep

Graduated from the Yale School of Drama.

Hillary Swank

Studied with Larry Moss Studio.

Denzel Washington

Left the American Conservatory Theatre after one year to seek work as an actor.

Robin Williams

Graduated from the College of Marin with a degree in Acting; then graduated from Juilliard School.

Alfre Woodard

Received a B.F.A. in Acting from Boston University.