University of Oklahoma boasts Oscar-nominated alumnus, Ed Harris

Oscar-nominated actor Ed Harris earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Oklahoma, where he studied drama. According to Yahoo Movies, he moved to Los Angeles after starting a successful career in theater.

In 1983, Harris received notoriety for his role in The Right Stuff, in which he played an astronaut. More than 12 years later, Harris found himself in a similar role, when he played NASA mission director Gene Kranz in Apollo 13, for which he received his first Oscar nomination.

Between 1999 and 2003, Harris was nominated for three more Oscars, for The Truman Show, Pollock and The Hours.

The actor made his directorial debut in 2000 with Pollock, a film he also starred in. Since then, he has directed ans starred in a number of theater productions, Talk Talk reports.

In total, Harris was been nominated for a Best Supporting Actor Oscar three times, and Best Actor once. In addition, he was nominated for three Golden Globe awards, and took home one.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, overall employment of actors, directors and producers is expected to increase over the next several years. 

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