If you’re anything like us, every time you see P.J. Byrne (THE ’97) pop up in Wolf of Wall Street or Big Little Lies, you nudge the person next to you and whisper, “Psst… did you know he went to DePaul?” In fact, you may find more DePaul alumni than you’d think as you’re filling up your streaming queue over the next few weeks. As such, we’ve created a handy guide to help you stream all the shows and movies out there featuring the work of DePaul alumni, which we’re releasing in three parts! Follow and watch along with us using the hashtag #StreaminDemons!
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Ann Dowd (THE ’82)
As one of the stars of Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, alumna Ann Dowd (THE ’82) brings a haunting reality to the character of Aunt Lydia that garnered her an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2017. Dowd also steals the show as Patti Levin in HBO’s drama series The Leftovers. Continuing on the theme of harrowing performances in landmark dramatic works, check out Dowd’s performance in the 1993 film Philadelphia on Netflix or her role as Joan in 2018’s Hereditary on Amazon Prime.
Brian Lannin (CDM ’08)
As a cinematographer, alumnus Brian Lannin (CDM ’08) knows how to bring an image to life. Most recently, he was the series cinematographer on the new FX show Dave, available to stream on Hulu. Lannin was also the director of photography for 10 episodes of the HBO show High Maintenance.
Michael Rooker (THE ’82)
Rounding out the stellar Class of ’82 that also includes alumna Ann Dowd, Michael Rooker (THE ’82) has made movie magic out of his intense, hard-bitten style. Perhaps most famous for his role as the alien bounty hunter/de facto stepdad Yondu Udonta in the 2014 smash hit Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney+), Rooker also brings a menacing presence to the screen as Merle Dixon in AMC’s The Walking Dead (Netflix).
Sean Gunn (THE ’96)
When they cast alumnus Sean Gunn (THE ’96) as Kraglin Obfonteri in Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney+), the higher-ups at Marvel might not have known they were forging a reunion of DePaul alumni. Kraglin, played by Gunn, is the first mate in the crew of Yondu Udnota, played by alumnus Michael Rooker (THE ’82). The Guardians set must have been somewhat surreal for Gunn, as the film was directed by his brother, James. Gunn is also a star of the hit show Gilmore Girls, available to stream on Netflix.
KiKi Layne (THE ’14)
As the co-star of 2018’s If Beale Street Could Talk (available on Hulu), alumna KiKi Layne’s (THE ’14) breakout role didn’t take long to find. Her talent shines through the screen as Tish Rivers, a role that garnered her five national award wins and a host of exciting new projects. Layne also co-stars in the 2019 HBO film Native Son. Most recently, she co-starred alongside Charlize Theron in Netflix’s summer hit, The Old Guard.
Linda Hunt (THE ’66)
Winner of an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in the 1982 film The Year of Living Dangerously (available to rent), alumna Linda Hunt (THE ’66) has made an indelible mark on film and television. As the voice of Grandmother Willow in Disney’s Pocahontas (Disney+), she helped bring the movies to life for a generation of children. As Henrietta “Hetty” Lange on CBS’ NCIS: Los Angeles (available to stream for free, or on Amazon Prime and Hulu), she plays a pivotal role in one of the most popular shows of the decade.
John Hoogenakker (THE ’99)
You may know him best as the “Dilly-Dilly” king from the Bud Light commercials, but alumnus John Hoogenakker (THE ’99) has had a long and diverse career on both stage and screen. Currently, you can see him opposite John Krasinski in Amazon’s Jack Ryan, and as Carl in season two of Hulu’s Castle Rock. In another DePaul alumni reunion, Hoogenakker stars alongside fellow alumnus David Dastmalchian (THE ’02) in the 2014 film Animals, also written by Dastmalchian, available on Amazon Prime and Hulu.