So, the movie "42" comes out Friday, and it looks absolutely amazing, am I right? What’s even more amazing is that it has a tie to good ol’ CoMo: Lucas Black, who portrays the character Pee Wee Reese, one of Jackie Robinson’s teammates, is a fellow Columbia resident, y’all. Not to mention Black played the main character in "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift," for all you Fast and Furious fans. So that made us think — what other famous peeps have a tie to CoMo or Mizzou? Here's a quick roundup of the stars to brag about.
1) Brad Pitt
MU graduate 1985
OK, if you didn’t know that Brad Pitt went to Mizzou, you’ve been living under a rock. And no, he didn’t graduate, so he’s not technically a graduate. But why would we want to deny that he once roamed this same campus? Besides, he may not have graduated, but he didn’t waste his time here: He was a J-School kid (emphasizing in advertising), a member of the Homecoming Steering Committee and Sigma Chi fraternity, in which he acted in “Fling” talent events … and occasionally wore short shorts…
2) Sheryl Crow
MU graduate 1984
A graduate who's just as famous, but not as recognized — and who actually graduated — Crow was quite the impressive Mizzou gal. She was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Omicron Delta Kappa Society, Homecoming Steering Committee and was a Summer Welcome leader — all while receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in music composition, performance and education. With that kind of skill level in multi-tasking, Crow's nine Grammys aren’t super surprising.
3) Jon Hamm
MU graduate 1993
Yes, he graduated from Mizzou but apparently didn’t spend all four years of undergraduate work here. He started out at the University of Texas, but then the St. Louis native moved closer to home and finished his last two years of college as a Tiger. The English major was very active in the theater program here, also performing in shows for the summer repertory company. He has had plenty of acting roles, but he is most known for his role as Don Draper on "Mad Men," which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Drama) in 2008.
4) John Anderson
MU graduate 1987
While he participated in sports desk activity at KOMU during his time at Mizzou, Anderson was also a varsity letter winner as a high jumper for MU's track and field team and was honored as captain during his senior season. Probably the coolest thing about him being MU graduate is that he continues to help make the “Mizzou Mafia” grow — every summer he offers one Mizzou student an internship with ESPN, a program that is already in its tenth year. Even though he has an anchor gig on a show as awesome as "SportsCenter," he also began co-hosting the ridiculously ridiculous show "Wipeout" on ABC in 2008.
5) Carl Edwards
Columbia native and MU graduate
This guy is a double whammy — he’s not only from Columbia, but he attended Mizzou as well. Who is Carl Edwards, you ask? He is a NASCAR driver, and he’s pretty badass. He had just graduated in the early 2000s when he raced in his first NASCAR Nationwide Series, of which he has since won 38 races. He has had 20 wins in his NASCAR Sprint Cup career as well. A few years ago, Edwards was spotted downtown getting into his supped-up Mustang with a carseat in the back for his baby … no big deal.
6) Jessica Capshaw
Born in Columbia
Best known for her roles in "Grey’s Anatomy" as Dr. Arizona Robbins and "The Practice" as Jamie Stringer, Capshaw was born in Columbia because both of her parents attended Mizzou. (Her mother is Kate Capshaw, a famous middle-aged actress who graduated in 1975.) Because of her famous mom, she is also now the stepdaughter of Steven Spielberg — how awesome would that be?!
7) Sara Evans
from the Boonville area
When she opened up for Rascal Flatts at Mizzou Arena in January 2012, her between-song remarks consisted of a lot of “It’s so good to be home!”-type comments. Born in Boonville and raised on a farm in New Franklin, Evans performed with a house band that played Saturday nights at a dance hall on Interstate 70 just outside of Columbia. (As an added bonus, her father wrote for the Columbia Daily Tribune.) She has since received a slew of nominations for various songs and videos, receiving a Country Music Association award in 2001 and an Academy of Country Music award in 2006. Although she currently lives in Birmingham, Ala., with her own family, her brother Jay resides in Columbia, and her uncle has owned Columbia’s Forum Barber Shop for more than 30 years.