Famous Temple University Alumni

By Ashley Paskill on November 13, 2017

Temple is often looked down on as a subpar school, despite our amazing rankings and great academic programs. One indicator of Temple’s greatness lies in our alumni. Those who graduate from TU have gone on to be successful businessmen and women, academics, and broadcasters. Temple also boasts to be the university of several celebrity entertainers, from actors to singers.

1. Daryl Hall and John Oates

Daryl Hall and John Oates, also known as Hall and Oates, are known to be one of the most successful rock duos of all time. They are known for songs such as “Rich Girl,” “You Make My Dreams Come True,” and “Maneater,” among man others. Hall was a music major and Oates was in journalism. They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and continue to tour to this day. The duo launched HoagieNation, a music festival celebrating all things Philadelphia.

2. Bob Saget

Bob Saget is a famous actor and comedian. He is most known as playing Danny Tanner on Full House and its Netflix sequel, Fuller House. Saget also hosted America’s Funniest Home Videos and has a new book coming out. While at Temple, he was in the film school, where he produced a film that won a student award. Saget has been a part of various TV shows and has even performed on Broadway. He is also active in charity work, particularly with scleroderma.

3. Kunal Nayyar

Kunal Nayyar is a famous actor known for playing Raj on Big Bang Theory. He has also appeared in an episode of NCIS and was in the movie Trolls. Nayyar wrote an autobiography, “Yes, My Accent is Real.”He received a Bachelor of Science in Finance from the University of Portland, Oregon, but after taking acting classes and performing in plays, he decided to pursue acting. He went on to get his Master of Fine Art degree in acting at Temple.

4. Jill Scott

Jill Scott is a singer-songwriter who currently has five studio albums out. She has also appeared on multiple movies and television shows. She established the Blues Babe Foundation to help minority students between the ages of 18 and 21 in Philadelphia, Camden, and the Delaware Valley pay for college expenses. She has also used her voice to speak against how people of color are portrayed in hip-hop videos. While at Temple, she was studying education, but she dropped out before finishing her degree.

5. Al Alberts

Al Alberts is a singer known for being part of the Four Aces, but he was also involved in radio broadcasting. His song “On the Way to Cape May” became an anthem for those in Philadelphia, the Delaware Valley, and the South Jersey Shore areas because of its references to Jersey shore points. Alberts also became a television personality in Philadelphia with a Saturday afternoon show. After attending Temple University, he joined the Navy, where he met a Four Aces bandmate.

By Ashley Paskill

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