Throwback Thursday | Film and TV Stars of South Pasadena

You may not know it, but many stars have called South Pasadena home over the years!

PHOTO: Library of Congress | Academy Award-winning actor William Holden

Over the last half-century, South Pasadena’s small-town charm has made it a favorite Hollywood backlot for film, TV, and commercial photo shoots.

Ray Bradbury produced his plays at James and Lissa Reynolds’ Fremont Centre Theater. And many of the top movie and television stars have performed on location within our city.

PHOTO: CBS Home Entertainment | John De Lancie as Q in Star Trek: The Next Generation

At the Post Office on Fremont Avenue I stood in line next to Q (extra-dimensional being of unknown origin who possesses immeasurable power over human understanding and feeble manipulation of time, space, the laws of physics, and reality itself) also known as John De Lancie who played Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation. Among his numerous film and television credits, he is also the voice of Discord in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

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How cool is that?

Other film and television stars who attended the high school and/or lived here:

Attended South Pasadena High School

William Holden, Academy Award-winning actor (Stalag 17) was one of the biggest box-office draws of the 1950s and 1960s

Hilary Swank, Academy Award-winning actress (Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby)

Alison Brie, actress, Community and Mad Men

Jaleel White, actor, affectionately known as “Urkel” on the sitcom Family Matters

Bronson Pinchot, actor, played Balki Bartokomous on the sitcom Perfect Strangers

PHOTO: ABC TV | Jaleel White as Steve Urkel on the sitcom Family Matters

Current and former South Pas residents

James Reynolds, Emmy award-winning actor, Days of Our Lives

John de Lancie, theater and TV and film actor, Q on Star Trek: The Next Generation

Joel McCrea, actor, his career spanned almost five decades with appearances in more than 90 films

Throwback Thursday is written and produced by Rick Thomas


Rick Thomas
Author Rick Thomas is the former museum curator and vice-chair of education for the South Pasadena Preservation Foundation. He served on the South Pasadena Natural Resources Commission, helping to maintain a strict policy protecting the city’s great old-growth trees. Using touchstone photographs from his own collection—one of the San Gabriel Valley’s largest accumulations of historical images and artifacts—as well as national, state, and local historical archives, Thomas provides a window to his city’s past and an understanding of why its preservation is so important.