Robert Buckley is an American actor, best known for his roles on the television series Lipstick Jungle and One Tree Hill. A native of Claremont, CA. in Los Angeles County, Buckley earned an economics degree from UC San Diego. As an undergraduate, Buckley appeared as a contestant on The Price is Right. He recently played Bacas Mitchell in the indie film The Legend of Hell’s Gate: An American Conspiracy.

Q: What was your favorite subject outside of your major at UC San Diego?
A: My favorite subject outside of economics was acting…shocker, right? As enjoyable as a full year of econometrics courses was, the intro to acting class I took at the end of my senior year ended up being my favorite class at UC San Diego.

Q: What course or faculty made the biggest impression on you?
A: Intro to Acting made the biggest impression on me as it introduced me to my future career and love of acting (or as my parents refer to it, “the demise of my college degree”).

Q: What was your favorite place to hang out?
A: Muir Woods Café was kind enough to employ me during my first two years at UC San Diego so it was always a fun spot to hang out at.

Q: What book did you last read (or are currently reading) and who is your favorite author?
A: The last book I read was Rob Lowe’s autobiography, Stories I Only Tell My Friends and two of my favorite authors at the moment are Tina Fey and Malcolm Gladwell.

Q: What is your “X Factor” – the key trait or quality that has helped you succeed in your career and/or life?
A: In my opinion, my comically oversized eyebrows are my X Factor(s). I’d love to say it’s my tireless work ethic or selfless devotion “to my craft” but let’s be honest—it’s all about the brows.

Q: What do you know now, that you wish you knew then?
A: I wish I would have known that my future in economics was going to be short-lived so it wouldn’t hurt to have tried a wider variety of courses from other disciplines.

Q: Do you give back to UC San Diego? If so, how and why (time, talent or treasure)?
A: Outside of some financial contributions, this is my first (but hopefully not last) time giving back to UC San Diego.


Robert Buckley is at UCSD today for Triton day and will share his journey from UCSD econ major to TV.


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