MADOLYN SMITH

ACTRESS

Madolyn Smith is an Overseas School Alumnus and was a member of the International School of Bangkok Class of ’75 where she attended school 1969-1972.

She is known for her roles in “Urban Cowboy” (with John Travolta) in 1980 and “Funny Farm.”


MAI SHANLEY FITZGERALD

MISS USA 1984

Mai Shanley Fitzgerald is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.  She graduated as a member of the Class of 1981 of Woodbridge American HS in England and also attended Grade School at J.M. Wainwright School, Taiwan.

MAJ. GEN DAVID SCOTT GRAY

USAF

Maj. General David Scott Gray, USAF, graduated from SHAPE American High School in 1972.

General Scott Gray is a graduate of the University of Alabama.  He served as Commander of the 86th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB from July 2003 to May 2005.  In May 2005, he became Commander, Air Mobility Warfare Center at Ft. Dix, NJ.  (Updated Nov 2005)

MARC GARNEAU

SPACE SHUTTLE ASTRONAUT

Marc Garneau is a Canadian army brat and Overseas School Alumnus. His family was stationed in Germany and England.

Garneau has flown on several shuttle missions since 1984.

MARCIA GAY HARDEN

ACTRESS

Marcia Gay Harden  nominated for Best Supporting Actress Oscar in 2001, is a Navy Brat and Overseas Brat who grew up in Japan, Germany, Texas and New York.  As per the Washington Post 02/21/2001.

MARCUS CALVIN

Stage, Film, Television Actor

Stage, film, and television star, Marcus Calvin graduated from Frankfurt American High School in 1983. After completing two years with the University of Maryland (1985) in Munich, Germany, he won a full scholarship from the government of Germany to attend the Otto-Faleckenberg-Schule for the Performing Arts (1989). Marcus has over fifty films and TV appearances to his credit along with the title character of the hit TV show “War Was Rickie”.

On the German stage Marcus has performed in more than seventy productions among them the title roles in productions of Little Shop of Horrors, Twelth Night, Macbeth, Angels in America, Dong Juan, Cyrano de Bergerac, and Tartuffe. After being in Ensemble Companies in City, National and State Theatres in Germany for twenty-two years, he is now a freelance actor working independently. Living in Germany, Marcus is married and has three children

MARK HAMILL

FILM ACTOR

Mark Hamill is a Military Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus.

Hamill attended Kinnick High School (Yo-Hi) in Yokohama, Japan. He graduated as a member of the Class of ’69. He was voted the school’s best all around and most talented student and served as student council president.

No surprise, but he was involved in drama productions while attending the school.

Mark Hamill is best known as Luke Skywalker in several of the Star Wars Movies.

MARK McEWEN (1954-   )

TV REPORTER, ACTOR 

Born in San Antonio , TX , Sept. 16, 1954, Mark McEwen was an Air Force Brat and Overseas Alumnus. He often mentioned growing up at Travis AFB (CA). He also lived in Berlin , Germany ; Montgomery , AL and Crownsville , MD.

McEwen retired as Weatherman from the CBS Early Show after 16 years in 2002. His reporting included many other areas while he was at CBS. He was named one of the “Ten Most Trusted TV News Personalities” by TV Guide in 1995. He became a news anchor for a local TV station in Orlando but suffered a stroke in November 2005.

MARLON RIGGS (1957-1994)

DOCUMENTARY FILM MAKER

Marlon Riggs was an Army Brat who attended Nurnberg HS 1972-73 & Ansbach HS 1973-74

Marlon Riggs was known for making insightful and controversial documentary films confronting racism and homophobia that thrust him onto center stage in America’s “cultural wars.”

Riggs’ first major work, Ethnic Notions (58 min, 1987), traced the evolution of the racial stereotypes which have implanted themselves deep into the American psyche across 150 years of U.S. history. The documentary received a National Emmy Award and other top film festival honors and has become a core audio-visual “text” in a wide range of courses.

Marlon’s second major work, Tongues Untied (58 min, 1989), a moving, highly personal, sometimes angry, always poignant documentary was the first frank discussion of the black, gay experience on television. Though acclaimed by critics and awarded Best Documentary at Berlin and other film festivals, its broadcast by the PBS series P.O.V. was immediately pounced upon by the Religious Right as a symbol of everything wrong with public funding for art and culture, particularly culture outside the mainstream political debate.”

Marlon’s own next major work, Color Adjustment (86 min, 1991), traced over 40 years of the representations of African Americans through the distorting prism of prime time television, from Amos ‘n’ Andy to Cosby. Color Adjustment garnered television’s highest accolade, the George Foster Peabody Award, among other awards. That same year the American Film Institute granted Riggs their Maya Daren Lifetime Achievement Award.

Marlon Riggs died of AIDS in 1994.

MARY EDWARDS WERTSCH

AUTHOR & REPORTER

Mary Edwards Werstch is a military brat.  Her father was an Army Officer.

Wertsch’s Book: “Military Brats: Legacies of Childhood Inside the Fortress” is considered to be the seminal book on growing up and forever being a “military brat.”

MARY-LOUISE PARKER

ACTRESS

Mary-Louise Parker is an Army Brat who was born August 2, 1964 in Fort Jackson, South Carolina.

She has appeared in movies such as Fried Green Tomatoes (1991), Lawrence Kasdan’s Grand Canyon (1991), Naked in New York (1994), the romantic comedy Mr. Wonderful (1993), Woody Allen’s Bullets Over Broadway(1994), and the Jane Campion Adaptation of Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady (1996).

She currently has a recurring role in the popular television series “West Wing.”

MAYTE GARCIA-NELSON

Choreographer

Mayte Garcia-Nelson is an Army Brat and an Overseas School Alumnus. She graduated from Gen. H.H. Arnold High School in Wiesbaden, Class of 1991.

Garcia-Nelson is married to the Artist formerly known as “Prince.”  She has produced numerous artistic dance programs that have been showcased throughout the United States.

MIA HAMM

US WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM 1999 WORLD CUP

Mia Hamm is a Military Brat and Overseas School Alumnus.

Mia Hamm was one of the stars of the US Women’s soccer team that won the World Cup in 1999.

When her father was stationed in Germany Mia, age 5,  wanted to play soccer, but at the time there were only boys teams so Mia had  to play with the boys.

MICHAEL ANTHONY STRAHAN (1971-)

From age 9 to age 16, he grew up in Mannheim, Germany on a US Army base, where his father, Major Gene Strahan, was stationed.

His father was a boxer with a 1-1 record against future heavyweight boxing champion Ken Norton.

His mother, Louise Strahan, was a basketball coach.

Michael’s uncle is retired pro football player Arthur Strahan.

Michael was not able to play US high school football until he was a high school senior at Westbury High School in Houston, Texas. However, he was able to play organized football as a linebacker for the Mannheim (Germany) Redskins in 1985, mostly made up of other military brats from the nearby US Army base where his father was stationed.

In order to get US high school football experience, his father sent him to live with his brother Art Strahan (Michael’s uncle) in Houston, Texas, USA, the summer before his senior year.

 

MICHAEL J. ALEXANDER

AUTHOR

Michael Alexander is the author of “The Underground Guide to Computer Security,” published by Addison-Wesley Publishing Co. 1996. He is also the author of book “The Digital Doberman,” published by Ventana Press in 1998.

Michael Alexander is a 1968 graduate Mannheim American High School in Germany.

MICHAEL J. FOX (1961- )

FILM & TELEVISION ACTOR

Michael J. Fox is a Canadian Army Brat.  His father retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971.

Born Michael Andrew Fox to parents William and Phyllis in Edmonton,  Alberta, Fox adopted the “J” as an homage to legendary character actor Michael J. Pollard.

Fox, an “army brat,” moved several times during his childhood, along with his parents, brother, and three sisters. The Foxes finally planted roots in Burnaby, B.C. (a suburb of Vancouver), when  William Fox retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1971.

Information from the Michael J. Fox Foundation Web site: www.michaeljfox.org/

MIKE MacDONALD (1955-    )

ACTOR, COMEDIAN 

Born in Metz , France , Mike MacDonald is the son of a career Canadian Air Force officer. His first 15 years were spent living on various bases in Europe . One of them was in Wing 4 of Baden-Baden, Germany.

His standup comedy has garnered him appearances on many U.S. and Canadian TV programs.

MITCH PLEGGI

ACTOR, Co-star As Asst. Director Skinner “X-Files” TV Show

Mitch Pleggi is an Overseas School Alumnus.  A graduate of Marshall AHS, Ankara, Turkey. His father, Vito Pileggi, was an operations manager for a defense contractor whose career took him to Ankara, Turkey .

Info From: Marilyn Elmore Brown was Mitch Pileggi’s music teacher at Ankara American High School and still teaches in DoDDS. Info From Timothy Wurtz , and “People Magazine” 05/06/96 & Mike O’Brien.

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