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New York University in popular culture

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New York University (NYU) has been the subject of numerous aspects of popular culture. NYU is often portrayed in a variety of television shows, motion pictures, literature, and other media. This is a partially sorted list of NYU's representation in various films and television programs. Fictional NYU students and faculty include Kramer's intern Darren in Seinfeld, who helps him run "Kramerica Industries";[1] a student reporter in a different episode of Seinfeld who interviews Jerry; Theo Huxtable (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) from The Cosby Show, who graduates from NYU in the series finale;[2] Ross Geller (David Schwimmer) from Friends, who becomes an NYU professor in Season 6;[3] Character Tom Collins from Rent, who taught there; Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) in the movie Wall Street (1987); Finch (Eddie Kaye Thomas) from the American Pie films; Paul Tannek (Jason Biggs) in Loser (2000); Alex Foreman (Scarlett Johansson) in In Good Company (2005); Jack Campbell (Nicolas Cage) in The Family Man (2000); Céline (Julie Delpy) in the Before trilogy; Clark Kellogg (Matthew Broderick) in The Freshman (1990); Justin Cobb (Lou Taylor Pucci) in the film version of Thumbsucker (2005), who secretly applies and is accepted to NYU; the songwriter Albert Peterson in the musical Bye Bye Birdie who promises his sweetheart Rosie to start studying at NYU and become an English teacher; and the characters Blair Waldorf, Dan Humphrey, Vanessa Abrams and Georgina Sparks in Gossip Girl.[4] In the 1998 film Stepmom (1998 film), the character Isabel (Julia Roberts), in a scene says that she attended NYU.[5] In the 1999 film The Bone Collector, an NYU student gets abducted. In the Hindi film Jaane Tu... Ya Jaane Na, the lead character decides to go to the USA to study film-making at New York University.[6] In the film, Death Wish (2018 film), Jordan Kersey, the daughter of Paul and Lucy, gets accepted to and attends NYU.[7]

In addition, the campus of NYU has been the backdrop for various pieces of fiction: Grace Adler's office in Will & Grace is portrayed in the show as being in the Puck Building, home to NYU's Wagner School; Henry James' novel Washington Square is set around the NYU area; and Rose of Washington Square (1939), 13 Washington Square (1928), Annie Hall (1977), When Harry Met Sally... (1989), Tithonus (The X-Files) (1999), I Am Legend (2007), August Rush (2007), Remember Me (2010), Step Up 3-D (2010) and The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010) are centered on the NYU campus. In Ralph Bakshi's animated feature Fritz The Cat (1972), the dormitory that Fritz burns down is clearly supposed to be NYU's Weinstein Hall, located at 5-11 University Place near the northeast corner of Washington Square Park. The Warner Brothers show Felicity was set at the "University of New York", clearly modeled after NYU. NYU is also featured in the TV show Californication.[8]

List of fictional characters

The following are characters in film, television, literature, and other media that have a connection to the university:

Name Portrayal Notability Reference
Princess Daisy played by Samantha Mathis Paleontology student in Super Mario Bros.
Isabel played by Julia Roberts in Stepmom (1998 film) [5]
Darin, Kramer's intern played by Jarrad Paul in Seinfeld TV series
James Dalton played by Patrick Swayze "The Cooler" at The Double Deuce in Road House
Ross Geller, professor of paleontology played by David Schwimmer in the TV show Friends
Bud Fox played by Charlie Sheen main character in Wall Street
Charlie played by Charlie Sheen in TV show Spin City
Paul Finch played by Eddie Kaye Thomas in the American Pie films
Victor Ward in Glamorama by Bret Easton Ellis
Denise Fleming played by Lauren Ambrose in the film Can't Hardly Wait
Tom Collins originated by Jesse L. Martin NYU professor in the musical Rent
Fritz the Cat voiced by Skip Hinnant in the film directed by Ralph Bakshi
Theo Huxtable played by Malcolm-Jamal Warner in The Cosby Show
Dr. Guy Luthan played by Hugh Grant in Extreme Measures (NYU Med Student)
Jack Campbell played by Nicolas Cage in The Family Man
Alvy Singer played Woody Allen in Annie Hall
Dalton played by Patrick Swayze in Road House graduated from NYU with a degree in philosophy
Alex Foreman played by Scarlett Johansson in In Good Company (2004)
Dr. Roy Tam played by Sab Shimono is an NYU science professor in The Shadow (1994)
Céline played by Julie Delpy attended NYU between Before Sunrise (1995) and Before Sunset (2004)
Will Truman played by Eric McCormack in Will and Grace
Blair Waldorf played by Leighton Meester in Gossip Girl
Dan Humphrey played by Penn Badgley in Gossip Girl
Vanessa Abrams played by Jessica Szohr in Gossip Girl
Georgina Sparks played by Michelle Trachtenberg in Gossip Girl
Olivia Burke played by Hilary Duff in Gossip Girl
Em Lewin played by Kristen Stewart in Adventureland
Tyler Hawkins played by Robert Pattinson in Remember Me
Ally Craig played by Emilie De Ravin in Remember Me
Robert "Moose" Alexander III played by Adam G. Sevani in Step Up 3D
Camille Gage played by Alyson Stoner in Step Up 3D
Topanga Lawrence played by Danielle Fishel in Boy Meets World ends up with a scholarship to NYU Law in Season 7
Shoshanna Shapiro played by Zosia Mamet in Girls
Grace played by Selena Gomez in Monte Carlo
Naomi played by Victoria Justice in Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Ely played by Pierson Fodé in Naomi and Ely's No Kiss List
Ravi the unseen intern in Oh, Hello on Broadway
Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson played by Saoirse Ronan in  Lady Bird. Ronan was nominated for Best Actress at the 90th Academy Awards, for this role.
Jordan Kersey played by Camila Morrone in Death Wish. [9]
Hope Shlottman played by Erin Moriarty (actress) NYU student and track star in Jessica Jones (TV series)
Harvey Reginald Specter played by Gabriel Macht in Suits (U.S. TV series)
Rachel Chu played by Constance Wu NYU economics professor in novel and film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians
Nick Young played by Henry Golding (actor) NYU history professor in novel and film adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians
Mr. Antolini NYU Professor in The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
Payton Hobart played by Ben Platt (actor) NYU student in The Politician (TV series)


  1. ^ Pritch. "Darren the Intern - The Voice". Kramers Apartment. Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ Weber, Bruce (1992-03-07). "Eventually, All Things End, Even a Big Hit Like 'Cosby'". New York City; Astoria (Nyc). Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  3. ^ "Friends - Season 6, Episode 4: The One Where Joey Loses His Insurance". Retrieved 2016-02-14.
  4. ^ "New York University - March Madness: NYU Fictional Alumni Face-Off". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Great Fictional Characters of NYU". 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2016-02-14.
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  8. ^ "Campuses Where Movies Were Filmed". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
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