Notable Zetes

For over 170 years, Zeta Psi has scaffolded our undergraduate brothers to be better leaders in their careers, their communities, and in service to all humankind. We have been fortunate to have played role in the lives of countless inspirational men throughout the years. Here is a list of some Zetes who have powerfully impacted the world.

Mark Badagliacca

Badagliacca, Mark

Achievements: CFO, Paramount Pictures

Chapter: Psi, 1978

Barron, Lawrence Ira “Larry”

Achievements: Television Producer (The Amazing Race, Paradise Hotel, and Couples, among others). Founder of Syracuse's Z89FM. Inducted into the WJPZ Hall of Fame in 2012.

Chapter: Gamma, 1987

DOD: February 13, 1965 - December 23, 2020

Budion, John J.

Achievements: Writer and Director of the film "Rockaway." Recognized by Zeta Psi as Zeta Psi "40 Under 40" for 2020.

Chapter: Phi, 2003

Dean Cain

Cain, Dean

Achievements: Actor, Producer. He is best known for playing the role of Clark Kent/Superman in the TV series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997). Cain was the Producer/Host of Ripley's Believe It or Not! (2001-2003).

Chapter: Omicron Epsilon

Ciancarelli, Paul F.

Achievements: Television Writer and Producer

Chapter: Gamma, 1993

DiPietro, David S.

Achievements: Television Writer and Producer

Chapter: Gamma, 1992

Gibson, Duane “D.O.”

Achievements: Author, "Stay Driven", On July of 2003, D.O. set a Guinness World Record by freestyling for 8 hours and 45 minutes. Brother Gibson is also a motivational speaker

Chapter: Theta Xi, 2001

Jay Harrington

Harrington III, James M. “Jay”

Achievements: Television Actor. Credits include: "S.W.A.T.", "Benched", and "Better off Ted."

Chapter: Gamma, 1992


Stephen Leacock

Leacock, Stephen

Achievements: Political Writer and Humorist; namesake of The Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal of Humour 1937 Winner of the Lorne Pierce Medal. Which is awarded every two years by the Royal Society of Canada to recognize achievement of special significance and conspicuous merit in imaginative or critical literature written in either English or French.

Chapter: Theta Xi

DOD: 30 December 1869 – 28 March 1944

Matthews, Billy

Achievements: NBC Sports & Olympics (1987-present), director and producer.

Chapter: Delta, 1988

Reed, Darren Arthur, A/K/A Dizzy Reed

Achievements: American musician and occasional actor. He is best known as the keyboardist for the rock band Guns N' Roses, with whom he has played, toured, and recorded since 1990.

Chapter: Psi, 2006

Renaud, Chris

Achievements: Hollywood Director and Animator. Director of "Despicable Me" and "The Secret Life of Pets." Two time Oscar Nominee (2007 & 2014). Winner, 2007 Annie Award for "No Time for Nuts."

Chapter: Gamma, 1989

Ross, Lancelot “Lanny” Patrick

Achievements: Singer, pianist, songwriter, and radio performer, mostly in the 1930's and 1940's. A Major in the US Army during WWII. His estate established the Lancelot P. Ross Scholarship in 1997, and funds the “Lanny Ross Undergraduate Music Program” at Yale in support of the University’s diverse music activities.

Chapter: Eta, 1928

DOD: January 19, 1906 – April 25, 1988

Michael Smerconish

Smerconish, Michael

Achievements: Satellite Radio and CNN Anchor

Chapter: Tau Delta, 1984

Stiff, Dave

Achievements: Television Producer with Canada's TSN. Events covered include: 10 Olympic Games, 3 World Series, multiple NHL and NBA Playoffs and 2 Pan Am Games.

Chapter: Theta Xi

Brian Sullivan

Sullivan, Brian

Achievements: Anchor, CNBC.

Chapter: Alpha Pi

Calvin Trillin

Trillin, Calvin

Achievements: Journalist, humorist, food writer, poet, and novelist. Chairman of the Yale Daily News while a student at Yale. Recipient, Thurber Award for American Humor, 2013

Chapter: Eta, 1957

Dick Wolf

Wolf, Dick

Achievements: Creator and Executive Producer of "Law and Order" and "Chicago" Television Franchises. 2007, received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7040 Hollywood Boulevard. 2013 Inductee into the Television Academy Hall of Fame.

Chapter: Sigma