When looking at actors, people do not often think about their college careers. Many actors attend college before they begin a life on screen. Some actors even traveled to the Tri-States to further their education before making it big. Some familiar faces from some pretty popular TV shows have gone to college in our area.

  • John Mahoney

    John Mahoney attended Quincy College, now Quincy University, and graduated in the Class of 1966.  Mahoney would then obtain Master's degree from Western Illinois University, where he graduated in 1976.  After college, Mahoney began to work as an actor. His most notable role came in 1993 when he began playing Martin Crane, the dad on the show Frazier. He now has more than 70 acting credits.

  • Michael Boatman

    Michael Boatman attended  Western Illinois University and was part of their theater program. After Boatman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986, he would continue to act. Boatman would secure roles in numerous TV series, including China Beach, Spin City, Arli$$, Anger Management, The Good Wife and more. In 1997, WIU honored Boatman with their Alumni Achievement Award.

  • James T. Callahan

    James T. Callahan attended Culver Stockton College in 1954 and 1955. He finished his college career graduating from Washington University. Since then, Callahan has acted in more than 50 films, numerous television sitcoms, 20 made-for-TV movies, and 60 theater productions, including some on Broadway.   Callahan's most famous role came in 1984 when he played Walter Powell, who was a regular character on Charles in Charge. In August 2007, Callahan died after a battle with esophageal cancer. He was 76 years old.

  • Henderson Forsythe

    Henderson Forsythe was born in Macon, and graduated from Culver-Stockton College in 1939. He would then become a respected stage actor on Broadway. Following his stint on Broadway, Forsythe would land his most iconic role as Dr. David Stewart on the iconic soap opera As the World Turns. He would continue in this role for over 30 years. In 1979, Forsythe won a Tony Award for his work in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. In 2006, Forsythe died in Williamsburg Landing, Virginia, at the age of 88.

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