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Local Stars

Film and TV stars who lived and breathed Evansville at some point in their lives
Carrie Preston is a 1989 graduate of the University of Evansville.

Carrie Preston
Television star Carrie Preston, a 1989 University of Evansville graduate, is most known for her role as Arlene Fowler in the hit series “True Blood.” Her husband, Michael Emerson, played anti-hero Ben Linus in “Lost.” Preston also appeared on the show with her husband in 2004, playing Linus’ mother (ha!), who died just after giving birth to him.

Deirdre Lovejoy
A UE 1984 graduate, Deirdre Lovejoy played Rhonda Pearlman, the assistant state’s attorney, on six seasons of “The Wire.” She also is known for her character on TV show “Bones” as The Gravedigger, a three-season role as a serial killer.

Ron Glass
Graduating from UE in 1968, Ron Glass has since landed the role as Shepherd Book in the inspiring Joss Whedon series “Firefly,” and its corresponding film, “Serenity.” He also is known for a role on the situation comedy TV series “Barney Miller.”

Rutina Wesley
This University of Evansville 2001 graduate stars in the gruesome television series “True Blood” as Tara Thornton. Wesley also has appeared in the defunct television series “Numb3rs.”

Rami Malek
Best known for his roles in Fox’s comedy series “The War at Home,” the Emmy award-winning TV miniseries “The Pacific,” and feature film “Night at the Museum,” Rami Malek is about to broaden his fanbase. The 2003 UE graduate has been cast as Benjamin in the final installment of “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn,” in theaters Nov. 16.

Jack McBrayer
A 1995 UE graduate, Jack McBrayer made his name in television as Kenneth Parcell in “30 Rock.” He’s also been in comedic films such as “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Talladgea Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby.”

Avery Brooks
Avery Brooks, an Evansville-born actor, is probably best known as Capt. Benjamin Sisko from the TV series “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” He also played Bob Sweeney in “American History X.”

Michael Michelle
Best known for her roles in “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” and “Dark Blue,” Evansville-born Michael Michelle also has had recurring roles in “Gossip Girl” and “ER.”

Louise Dresser
Evansville native Louise Dresser was born Louise Josephine Kerlin in 1878. (She later changed her last name as a tribute to her dear friend, songwriter Paul Dresser.) Throughout the 20s and 30s, Dresser transferred her singing and vaudeville experiences to the silver screen, earning an Academy Award for Best Actress in “A Ship Comes In.”

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