Actor and Illinois Wesleyan University alumnus
Kevin Dunn

Actor and Alumnus Kevin Dunn to Host Q&A Session on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

October 1, 2009

BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Actor Kevin Dunn, alumnus of the Illinois Wesleyan class of 1977, will be on hand for a special screening of his film Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. in the Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St., Bloomington) as a part of this year’s Homecoming festivities.

Following the film, Dunn and his mentor, Illinois Wesleyan Professor Emeritus of Theatre John Ficca, will host a Q&A session. The event is free and open to the public. The movie is rated PG-13.

Dunn has appeared in more than 80 movies and television roles. Along with his role as the affable father to Shia LeBeouf in the Transformers movies, he has been seen as the speech writer with a crisis of conscience in Dave (1993) with Kevin Klein, and as a foil for Charlie Sheen in the spoof Hot Shots! (1991). He did battle in the blockbuster Godzilla (1998) as the straight-laced Colonel Hicks and has given dramatic turns in such movies as The Black Dahlia (2006) and Lions for Lambs (2007) with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. His career on the small screen has been equally illustrious, making appearances on popular shows such as Samantha Who?, Seinfeld, LOST, Law & Order and Boston Legal.

In May of 2008, Dunn received an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from Illinois Wesleyan, and delivered the speech at Commencement. During his talk, “Into Your Waiting Hands,” Dunn said he has great hope for students of this generation. “[You have] developed an unquenchable thirst for disparate points of view, and different sources of information, and this search to find the truth has created an audible rumble across this nation,” he said.

 Kevin Dunn spoke with Sam O'Keefe '76 (left) and Emeritus Professor of Theatre Arts John Ficca on campus.

Dunn was an active student while at Illinois Wesleyan as an athlete on the football team and a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. As a theatre major he partook in many plays, such as Guys and Dolls (1975) and The Crucible (1976), and was actively involved backstage, taking on the role of assistant director for The Pajama Game (1976). 

 “To be a professional actor takes talent, tenacity and the ability to take all the hard knocks and follow through,” said Ficca, who taught at Illinois Wesleyan for more than three decades. “I knew then that Kevin had all the qualities to make a great professional actor, and he has made an impressive career.”

Dunn will also return to host the Alumni Awards Lunch and will plan to be at the School of Theatre Arts Reunion events during Homecoming. For additional information on this year’s Homecoming activities, visit the Titan Pride site.

Contact: Kristin Fields, ’12, (309) 556-3181