UC Berkeley has a rich history of alumni doing amazing things. Activists, Nobel laureates, Emmy Award winners, Olympians and a gamut of other notable folks have emerged from our campus. It’s quite comforting to know that the head of the next successful startup or the person who discovers the cure for some terrible disease enjoyed some late nights at Crossroads and etching sociopolitical commentary in the Valley Life Sciences bathroom. Some of UC Berkeley’s brightest, however, aren’t even real people. Well, at least in our hearts, they certainly are.
In “21 Jump Street,” Dave Franco’s character, Eric, reveals that he would be attending UC Berkeley after high school. We at the Clog hope we run into him on Sproul.
Nancy Botwin from “Weeds” spent some time at UC Berkeley before opening a really profitable side business. She certainly embodies the spirit of good old green fun that Berkeley instills.
Princess Mia’s friend Lilly Moscovitz reveals in “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement” that she attended graduate school at UC Berkeley.
In the epic and final installment of the “High School Musical” series, “High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” Zac Efron declares that he will attend UC Berkeley once high school is over. It surely was the start of something new.
The unlikely protagonist Dr. Daniel Jackson from “Stargate” has a diploma from UC Berkeley.
DJ Tanner from “Full House” accepted an offer from UC Berkeley. If you see her on campus, tell her that Uncle Jesse can contact us at the Clog whenever he’d like.
Elaine Robinson from “The Graduate” was a student at UC Berkeley. Several shots of the campus, including Lower Sproul can be seen in the film.
Jack Bauer from the hit drama “24” allegedly received a degree in criminology and law from UC Berkeley even though no such major is offered here. Regardless, he likely killed the game at the RSF.
In “The Sopranos,” Meadow Soprano has UC Berkeley as her top choice. Like other East Coast parents, Meadow’s own were skeptical of her moving across the country. Her mother went so far as to throwing away her admissions letter.
According to director Robert Zemeckis, the inventor of the Delorean time machine from “Back to the Future,” Dr. Emmett Brown, attended UC Berkeley. He’s just another example of UC Berkeley alumni changing the world for the better.