Notable Princeton Alumni

Ethan Coen

Ethan Coen of the noteable screenwriting brother duo, the Coen brothers, received his B.A. in philosophy in 1979, five years before he and his brother Joel wrote Blood Simple. He has since written several successful box-office hits like O Brother Where Art Thou?, Fargo and No Country for Old Men, for which he and Joel won three Academy Awards.

David Remnick

Known as the editor of the New Yorker since 1998, David Remnick studied comparative literature and was a member of the university Press Club before receiving his B.A. in 1981. He also is famous for receiving a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 for general non-fiction for his book Lenin’s Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire.

Ed Scheetz

Ed Scheetz, hotel tycoon and owner of Chelsea Hotels, received his B.A. in economics from Princeton in 1986. He has since been CEO of Morgans Hotel Group and a partner of Apollo Real Estate Investment, launched the Scheetz Group, and founded King & Grove, now Chelsea Hotels. He told Bloomberg Businessweek that what “started out as a hobby” became his career when they “suddenly has 14 properties all over New York, Miami and Chicago” in 2008.

David Duchovny

Though best known for receiving Golden Globe awards for both The X-Files and Californication, David Duchovny also holds a B.A. in English Literature from Princeton. He was a member of the Charter Club, one of the university’s eleven eating clubs.

David E. Kelley

Emmy award-winning David E. Kelley of Boston Legal and L.A. Law graduated from Princeton in 1979 with a B.A. in political science. While at Princeton, he was captain of the school’s hockey team and shortly after graduating practiced law in Boston prior to beginning his Hollywood career.