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.
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.