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Hollywood Actors to Speak to Students About Living as Catholics in the Entertainment Industry

October 1, 2019


On October 9, Christendom will welcome writer, producer, and voice actor, Paul Rugg, Studio C cast member Matthew Galvan, and actor and comedian Tom Wilson, to talk to students about their careers in the entertainment industry. This talk will be part of the career development office’s speaker series Outside the Box, which hosts professionals who have been successful in their careers while staying true to their Catholic faith. Rugg, Galvan, and Wilson will be giving a presentation entitled, “Being Catholic in the Entertainment Industry,” and then offering an improv session following the talk.

Rugg is a writer, producer, and voiceover actor who has worked with Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Disney, Warner Brothers, Cartoon Network, and the Jim Henson Company. He has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards and won three. He recently worked with the new cast of Studio C as a script consultant and writer for the show’s 10th and 11th seasons. He lives in California with his wife and daughter, Christendom junior Jillian.

Tom Wilson has been an actor, comedian, and writer for decades. He burst into popular culture as the now iconic bullies “Biff,” “Griff,” and Buford “Mad Dog” Tannen in the classic “Back to The Future” trilogy. He’s done voice over animation in “Spider Man,” “Star Trek,” “Star Wars,” and he’s fought with Superman and Batman as many different villains in six different series. He’s performed standup comedy on The Tonight Show with both Johnny Carson and Jay Leno, on Late Night with David Letterman and improvised for years onstage with the likes of Richard Pryor, Robin Williams, and Jim Carrey.

Matthew Galvan is a cast member with the new Studio C team, a popular sketch-comedy crew. Being influenced by some of comedy’s most ridiculous minds since he was a child, he has always taken on wacky, energetic characters to make his other 9 siblings laugh.

This event, which is only open to members of the college community, gives students the opportunity to learn about how to succeed in a career path and to make connections in their field of interest. The college’s career development office routinely invites successful alumni back to campus to talk, and has also previously hosted U.S. Senator and Presidential candidate Rick Santorum (watch his talk here), as well as Catholic philanthropists Declan Ganley, James Sheehan, and Tim Busch.