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  1. Actor Cress Williams has made close to 200 appearances on more than 50 television series.
  2. Actor Matthew Lillard has appeared in over 60 films and several television series.
  3. Doug Nordquist placed fifth in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  4. In May 2010 Fullerton College awarded honorary diplomas to Stella Asawa Yano and Mitsuko Funakoshi and three others (California Nisei College Diploma Project).
  5. FC Alum Jackson Browne said he wrote songs sitting under the magnolia trees on the campus quad.
  6. James Cameron (The Terminator / Aliens / Titanic / Avatar), who attended Fullerton College in 1973-1974 decided to become a filmmaker after seeing Star Wars in 1977.
  7. FC Alum Bobby Hatfield died one year after The Righteous Brothers were inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame in spring 2003. Unchained Melody and You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin' were ranked among the most-played songs in the 20th century.
  8. Former first lady Pat Nixon enrolled at Fullerton College in 1929 and performed in the Theatre Arts production of Broken Dishes in 1932-'33. Pat Nixon held the record as the most world-traveled First Lady until Hillary Clinton and was given the unique diplomatic status of "Personal Representative of the President."
  9. As he was inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame, it was acknowledged, "To put it another way, Rock and Roll as we know it could not exist without (FC alum) Leo Fender, inventor of the first solid-body electric guitar to be mass-produced: the Fender Broadcaster. Fender's instruments - which also include the Stratocaster, the Precision bass (the first electric bass) and some of the music world's most coveted amplifiers - revolutionized popular music in general and Rock and Roll in particular."
  10. Director Martin Scorsese chose FC alum Gwen Stefani to play 1930s starlet Jean Harlow opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. Stefani and her band No Doubt have won multiple Grammys.
  11. FC alum Harry Anderson made appearances on Saturday Night Live, which led to Cheers. Night Court was next and then Dave's World. (All together he did 13 seasons of both shows).
  12. Coach Hal Sherbeck's FC football teams won three national championships and 241 victories and sent 500 student athletes on to universities to continue their educational and athletic careers.
  13. 20 FC football players went on to play in the NFL.
  14. Dr. Joseph Jewell, Coordinator of Guitar Studies, has won two Grammy awards.
  15. Jim Fassel played quarterback at Fullerton College in 1967 and 1968 and helped lead the Hornet football squad to the 1967 National Title under head coach Hal Sherbeck. A few of the FC records still hold strong today, such as Most TD Passes in a Game (6 vs OCC) and Most Points in a Game (68 vs Cypress). In 1969, Jim transferred to Long Beach State, where he played QB and graduated in 1972. His later years as Head Coach of the New York Giants (1997 to 2003) saw him become a Super Bowl Champion and NFL Coach of the Year.