Among the cast of characters
The once-unknown thespians who trained and studied acting at its former school gave the Pasadena Playhouse the nickname the "Star Factory." In more recent years, stars have again performed at the landmark theater. Here is a sampling:
NOTABLE STUDENTS OF THE SCHOOL:Gene Hackman: The actor broke onto the scene with his performance in "Bonnie and Clyde." He's since been seen in dozens of films, including "The French Connection," "Hoosiers," "Mississippi Burning" and "Unforgiven."
Dustin Hoffman: The actor's filmography includes "The Graduate," "All the President's Men," "Kramer vs. Kramer" and "Tootsie."
Nick Nolte: The gravel-voiced actor has starred in films such as "48 Hrs.," "The Prince of Tides," "Affliction" and, alongside Hackman, in 1983's "Under Fire."
Robert Young: He played wholesome Jim Anderson in the TV show "Father Knows Best."
Eve Arden: The comedian was best known for her teacher role in the radio and television series "Our Miss Brooks" and was featured in dozens of films including "Grease."