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Actor Curtis Armstrong Returns to OU to Connect with Students and Alumni


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Actor, producer, writer and OU alumnus Curtis Armstrong, a 1975 graduate of Oakland University’s Academy of Dramatic Art, is returning to his alma mater to engage with current students and fellow alumni.

Probably best known for his acting roles in “Risky Business,” “Revenge of the Nerds” movies, “Moonlighting,” “Supernatural,” and “New Girl,” Armstrong has more than 160 credits listed on his IMDB profile and nearly four decades of experience in the film industry. He plans to share information about his professional journey and the importance of leadership and networking with the 2021-2022 cohort of Leadership OU next month.

Leadership OU is a leadership, mentoring and networking program for undergraduate OU students. With formal mentorship opportunities and a speaker series featuring prominent alumni, the program is designed to prepare students for professional success following graduation. This year’s cohort will learn about Armstrong’s experiences specific to the film industry, but the knowledge he imparts about the importance of making contacts and following your dreams will be applicable to any field these students decide to pursue.

While on campus, Armstrong will also be connecting with students in the classroom. He will be sharing information about his career as an actor, along with the challenges and successes he has experienced in the film industry.

Armstrong will also be spending time connecting with OU alumni. On March 12, he will be hosting a dinner for alumni and friends in Los Angeles as part of the OU on the Road event series. If you live in the LA area and are interested in attending this event, registration will be open through February 25.

Alumni who do not live in California can still take part in the festivities. Armstrong will be participating in a virtual “80’s trivia” event on April 26. Join us from home for this fun journey back in cinematic history. Leg warmers and shoulder pads are welcome! Click here to learn more and register.

Armstrong speaks highly of his OU experience and the training he received that led to his career in theatre, film, television and writing. He has given back to his alma mater in many important ways over the years. In 2019, he donated a personal collection of papers and memorabilia to the Oakland University archives. These items include photographs, scripts, character biographies, journals, letters and audiovisual materials he has accumulated during his 40-year professional career. This collection is being cataloged, preserved, digitized and is available to the public.

In 2009, Armstrong received the Oakland University Music, Theatre and Dance Alumni Achievement (MaTilDa) Award. In 2016, he was designated as an OU Prominent Alum.

The OU Alumni Association is proud to welcome Armstrong back to campus and hopes students and alumni alike will enjoy connecting with this incredible leader and friend. Questions? Contact the OU Alumni Association at

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