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Actor Brian Baumgartner is SMU Homecoming Parade Grand Marshal

Plans to sample “Moody Magic”

October 30, 2014

DALLAS (SMU)- Well-known for his character “Kevin” on the Emmy-winning television series The Office, actor Brian Baumgartner ’95 is making the trip back to SMU for Homecoming weekend.

Brian BaumgartnerBaumgartner will lead SMU’s Homecoming parade as grand marshal at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, with its theme of “Dynamic Duos” helping to celebrate SMU’s Year of the Faculty. Community members and families are invited to enjoy a parade featuring marching bands, student-designed floats and costumed dynamic duos such as Batman and Robin; Mickey and Minnie Mouse; and Clark Kent and Lois Lane. The new parade route will begin near campus at the intersection of SMU Boulevard and Bush Avenue, travel south on Airline Road, then west on Binkley Avenue and then north onto Bishop Boulevard into campus. Following the parade, the Mustangs will play the University of South Florida at 7 p.m. in Ford Stadium.

Baumgartner earned a special cadre of SMU fans during televised SMU men’s basketball games last season: As SMU basketball fans held up giant cutouts of alumnus Baumgartner at games, the funny man began responding on Twitter with quips such as “I’ll be watching until I get there,” and “I want to be in Moody with you.”  That dream is coming true for Baumgartner and his fans as the actor plans to be in Moody Stadium for the sold out SMU vs. Lamar men’s basketball game at 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14.

Baumgartner continues to make regular appearances on fan-favorite shows, including Hot in Cleveland, Mike & Molly, Criminal Minds, Law & Order: SVU and a recent arc on FX’s critically acclaimed drama, The Bridge. Along with acting, Baumgartner works as the executive producer, creator and host of his production company, 3 Bees Entertainment. The production company has been responsible for three consecutive years of NBC Sports Specials leading up to The American Century Championship.

SMU Homecoming includes events for all ages. For the full schedule visit: smu.edu/homecoming