BATON ROUGE, LA — LSU alumnus and actor Michael Papajohn will deliver the commencement address during LSU’s 278th commencement exercises on Friday, Aug. 3, at 9 a.m. in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
“We are pleased to welcome Michael Papajohn back to campus to speak at summer commencement,” said LSU Chancellor Michael Martin. “Michael has proven that LSU graduates can be anything they want to be, and he is an example for our students, showing them that they should embrace all opportunities because you never know what they could lead to next. Michael had an opportunity to work on a film while he was at LSU, and he has turned that opportunity into an exciting career.”
Papajohn first made a name for himself as the starting centerfielder for the Tigers baseball team when they made their inaugural trip to the College World Series in 1986.
A role as Dennis Quaid’s stunt double in “Everybody’s All-American” saw his career shift from the diamond to the silver screen, launching a movie and television career that has seen him appear alongside some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in some of the biggest films in history.
Papajohn is best known for playing the carjacker who killed Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben in “Spider-Man,” and he is also known for doing Adam Sandler’s stunts as Bobby Boucher in “The Waterboy,” playing Kevin Costner’s nemesis in “For the Love of the Game,” and Megan Fox’s recently incarcerated father in “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.” A truly good guy who makes a living playing bad guys, Papajohn incurred the wrath of Cameron Diaz in “Charlie’s Angels,” was shot by Moon Bloodgood in “Terminator: Salvation,” and was shot and killed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Eraser.”
In 2012 alone, he can be seen on the silver screen in “This Means War,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Bourne Legacy” and “Gangster Squad.”
Papajohn is heavily involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and served alongside Steven Spielberg and George Lucas on the committee for the Los Angeles chapter that organized the 2009 Alfred Hitchcock Legacy Gala at Universal Studios, raising awareness for CF. He is also the founder of the Action Actor Academy, bringing industry professionals together to help aspiring actors and stunt men and women launch their own careers.
The Birmingham, Ala., native graduated from LSU in 1988 and is married to wife Paula. They have one son, Sean.
There will be no separate diploma ceremonies for August commencement. A complete list of graduates and honor graduates will be available online Aug. 3 at LSU’s commencement website. This site can be accessed through LSU’s home page at www.lsu.edu or directly at www.lsu.edu/commencement.