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‘Scandal’ star announced as Homecoming Grand Marshal

Northwestern alumnus George Newbern will lead Oct. 21 parade and pep rally

George Newbern
  • Actor best known for roles in ‘Scandal’ and ‘Father of the Bride’
  • 1986 graduate of School of Communication got start in student productions
  • Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will also appear in parade

EVANSTON - George Newbern, Northwestern University alumnus starring in ABC’s hit series “Scandal,” will return to campus to serve as the Grand Marshal for the Homecoming Parade and Pep Rally Friday, Oct. 21.

Sir Fraser Stoddart, winner of the 2016 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, will also appear in the parade. 

Open to the public, Northwestern’s 2016 Homecoming and Reunion Weekend festivities will take place Oct. 20 to 23. 

After graduating from Northwestern’s School of Communication in 1986, Newbern earned the national spotlight for his role as Bryan MacKenzie in the 1991 film “Father of the Bride” and its sequel. He co-starred with Northwestern alumna Kimberly Williams-Paisley, a 1993 graduate of the School of Communication.

A professional actor and director, Newbern got his start in theater through Northwestern student-run productions “Waa-Mu” and “The Dolphin Show.” He starred in Northwestern productions of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” “Pippin” and “West Side Story.”

Newbern’s TV acting credits include “Friends” (Danny, the Yeti), “Scandal” (Charlie), “Nip/Tuck” (Dr. Curtis Ryerson) and “Designing Women” (Julia’s son, Payne). He also provided the voice of Superman in the animated series “Justice League” and “Justice League Unlimited.”

Newbern is married to actress Marietta DePrima, who also graduated from the School of Communication in 1986. DePrima has appeared in “Boston Legal,” “The Hughleys,” “Party of Five” and “Matlock,” among other television shows. The couple has three children.

Led by Newbern, the Homecoming Parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Oct. 21 at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Lincoln Street and proceed south to Chicago Avenue. The Homecoming Pep Rally will follow at 6:45 p.m. at Deering Meadow on Northwestern’s Evanston campus (rain location: Cahn Auditorium).

A selection of Homecoming and Reunion Weekend events open to the public follows. For a full schedule of events, visit the Northwestern Homecoming website and the Northwestern Alumni Association website.

  • Who Are You Because of NU?
    Friday, Oct. 21, 1:30 p.m.
    Norris McCormick Auditorium

    Led by President Morton Schapiro, this alumni panel discussion will feature Linn Hobbs ’66, Isola Jones ’71, Trustee Samir Mayekar ’06, ’13 MBA, Phyllis Elliott Oakley ’56 and Dave Revsine ’91. A live webcast will be available here.
  • Homecoming Parade
    Friday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m. 
    Sheridan Road, beginning at Lincoln Street and ending at Chicago Avenue.

    Dating back to 1915, the Homecoming Parade is one of Northwestern’s longest-standing traditions. Actor and director George Newbern will lead the procession of student groups, Wildcat Cheerleaders and the Northwestern University Marching Band. Sir Fraser Stoddart, 2016 Nobel laureate in chemistry, will also be part of the procession.

  • Homecoming Pep Rally
    Friday, Oct. 21, 6:45 p.m. 
    Deering Meadow (rain location: Cahn Auditorium)

    Wildcat Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald ’97 and Northwestern President Morton Schapiro will rev up the fans -- with Willie the Wildcat, the Northwestern University Marching Band and the Wildcat Cheerleaders. Homecoming Grand Marshal George Newbern will crown the 2016 Homecoming King and Queen.

  • Wildcats Football vs. Indiana Hoosiers
    Saturday, Oct. 22, 11 a.m. kickoff
    Ryan Field

    Wildcats take on the Indiana Hoosiers in the annual Homecoming game. 

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