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Actor graduates from Washington and Lee 30 years later than originally planned

Actor found success on "the Guiding Light"

May 24, 2012|Bryce Williams | Reporter

LEXINGTON — It makes for an impressive storyline, but in this case, it's a real-life scenario. A man leaves college more than 30 years ago for the bright lights of Hollywood, but returns three decades later to fulfill his lifelong dream of earning a college degree.

Today  was graduation day for Washington and Lee student Grant Aleksander Kunkowski. If he looks familiar, that’s because he’s starred in the CBS daytime drama “The Guiding Light.” The Theater major left W and L after his sophomore year to pursue an acting career but says his parents always wanted him to graduate from college. "I always planned to get back and finish. I just didn't know it would take 30 years to get back and do it but my life has been unsual in that way and fantastic. I don't think I would change any of it," he said.

Kunkowski is married to Sherry Ramsey. The two met at W and L when they starred in Hamlet. He played the role of Hamlet, and she played Ophelia. His wife is now an attorney.

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