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Most of the people listed below where born in Michigan and may have moved elsewhere. There are some people listed who where born elsewhere, but grew up or spent time in Michigan. If there is someone you know of that lived in Michigan and would like to see added or if you have more information regarding these famous people, please contact us.

 

Dwayne Adway actor, Saginaw - Born February 1, 1969. His motion pictures credits include "Into the Blue," "First Daughter," and "Soul Plane." His television credits include a recurring guest appearance in the CBS series "Close to Home" as Keith Macklin and numerous guest appearances on various television series including "CSI," "NYPD Blue," "Girlfriends," "The Steve Harvey Show," "ER," "Arli$$" and others.
Dwayne Adway
Byron Allen comedian, Detroit - Born April 22, 1961. He moved to LA when he was a teenager and started doing stand-up clubs. That was where comedian Jimmy Walker discovered him and offered him a job. In the Fall of 1994 his talk show, "Entertainers with Byron Allen", premiered and he currently hosts "Comics Unleashed".
Byron Allen
Tim Allen actor, Denver Colorado - Born June 13, 1953. He grew up in Birmingham and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. He later received an honorary degree and its existence was used for the main plot of a Home Improvement episode. At one point in late 1994, he starred in the most watched television show, "Home Improvement", the highest grossing film, "The Santa Clause", and had the best selling book in North America, "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man", simultaneously. His Home Improvement fame spawned Tim Allen Signature Tools, a line of power tools distributed by Ryobi. In 2006, Allen began narrating the "Pure Michigan" television and radio commercials for the "Travel Michigan" agency. These commercials can be seen and heard throughout the Midwest and will begin airing nationally in 2009. January 2009 he announced that him and his wife are expecting their first child.
Tim Allen
Gillian Anderson actress, Grand Rapids - Born August 9, 1968 in Chicago. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Puerto Rico for 15 months and then to Crouch End in London, where her father could attend the London Film School. When Anderson was 11 years old, her family moved again, this time to Grand Rapids. She attended Fountain Elementary and then City High-Middle School, a program for gifted students, she graduated in 1986. Anderson stared as Agent Scully on the television show "X-Files". In 1996, Anderson was voted the "Sexiest Woman in the World" for FHM's 100 Sexiest Women poll.
Gillian Anderson
Curtis Armstrong actor, Detroit - Born November 27, 1953. He graduated from Berkley High School in Berkley, Michigan and later attended and graduated from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. Armstrong's first role came in the 1983 hit film "Risky Business". However, he is probably best known for his next role, that of Dudley "Booger" Dawson in the 1984 hit comedy movie "Revenge of the Nerds".
Curtis Armstrong
Jason Babin defensive end, Paw Paw - Born May 24, 1980. He is an American football defensive end in the NFL for the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted in the 2004 NFL Draft by the Houston Texans with the 27th pick in the first round out of Western Michigan University. Babin attended Paw Paw High School and lettered in football and wrestling. In football, he was a two-time team Defensive MVP, and was an All-Kalamazoo Valley Association first team choice as a senior. In wrestling, he was the state champion as a senior. Came back from a broken leg his senior year, playing in the last 3 games earning a scholarship from Western Michigan University. He finished his college football career with 38 sacks, 299 tackles, eight forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. First player ever from Western Michigan University to be drafted in the first round. Babin is an avid hunter. He supplements his $23 million NFL salary with revenues from the Babin Ranch in Center, Texas. He and his father and two associates guide hunters in tracking down whitetail deer, elk, buffalo, zebra, ram, wildebeest and rabid wild boar.
Jason Babin
Jim Bakker televangelist, Muskegon - Born January 2, 1939. He is the former Assemblies of God minister, and a former host (with his then-wife Tammy Faye Bakker) of "The PTL Club", a popular evangelical Christian television program. In 1960, Bakker met Tammy Faye while both were students at North Central University. They were married on April 1, 1961, and left the Bible College to become itinerant evangelists. They had two children: daughter Tammy Sue Bakker Chapman and son Jamie Charles Bakker. Jim and Tammy Bakker divorced on March 13, 1992, and he married Lori Graham in 1998.
Jim Bakker with Tammy Faye
Lucille Ball actress, Jamestown, NY Born August 6, 1911. Her father was a line man for the Bell Company and his job required frequent transfers, at age 3 Lucille and her family moved to Anaconda, Montana and then to Wyandotte. In 1940, Ball met Cuban-born bandleader Desi Arnaz while filming the film version of the stage hit Too Many Girls. Ball and Arnaz connected immediately and eloped the same year, garnering much press attention. Lucille and her husband Desi established a studio called Desilu.  This studio is were the famous "I Love Lucy" show was developed which aired from October 15, 1951 to September 24, 1961.  In May 1988, she suffered a stroke and became partially paralyzed.  During her recuperation she developed heart problems and after undergoing open heart surgery she died suddenly on April 25,1989.
Lucille Ball
Hank Ballard singer, Detroit - Born November 18, 1936 - Died March 2, 2003. Ballard grew up in Alabama, where he began singing in church and later aspired to a career in music. In 1951, Ballard moved back to Detroit and formed a doo wop group. He was discovered by Johnny Otis, of the Little Esther Revue, and was signed to sing with a group called The Royals. In 1959 Ballard's song "The Twist" was released as the B-side of "Teardrops on Your Letter". A year later Chubby Checker's cover version of the song went to #1 on the pop charts. In 1990 Ballard was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. On March 2, 2003, he died of throat cancer in his Los Angeles home, aged 66.
Hank Ballard
Justin Bartha actor, West Bloomfield - Born July 21, 1978 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL and then moved to Michigan at the age of 9. He graduated West Bloomfield High and then attended New York University. Justins roles include Riley Poole in "National Treasure" and "National Treasure, Book of Secrets". He had recently played Jeff Cahill on the NBC sitcom "Teachers".
Justin Bartha

Fred Bear hunting legend, Waynesboro PA - Born March 5, 1902, died April 27, 1988. Fred brought bowhunting to national exposure. At the age of 21, he moved to Detroit to work as a patternmaker for the automotive trade. In 1927 he saw the bowhunting film Alaskan Adventures, which changed Fred forever. He met Art Young, the man who made Alaskan Forever and they spent time in Fred's basement where he learned how to make bows, arrows and bowstrings. He won his first archery tournament in 1933 and over the next 15 years he placed first or second in 29 out of 35 tournaments. That same year in 1933 he started Bear Products Company. In 1947, he moved the archery plant to Grayling. In 1970, the Fred Bear Sports Club was formed and then opened to the public in 1972. In 1978 the archery business was moved to Gainesville Florida and then sold to the Bass Pro Shops in 2003. Fred died when he was 86.

Great Fred Bear Website's:

fredbear-online.com
fredbearoutdoors.com

Fred Bear
Bob Bell actor, Flint, Born January 18, 1922 - Died December 8, 1997. Bob was known for being Bozo the Clown. He broke into broadcasting in Flint as an announcer at local station WMRP (now WWCK-AM), then left for South Bend, Indiana. In 1970, Bell received his first Emmy for Bozo's Circus. He retired from WGN-TV and "The Bozo Show" in 1984, and was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 1996.
Bozo the Clown
Kristen Bell actress, Detroit - Born July 18, 1980. Kristen graduated from Royal Oak Shrine Catholic High School and then attended New York University. In 1992, Bell went to her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree in a suburban Detroit theater's production of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Her mother had established her with an agent before Bell was 13, which allowed her to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers and television commercials. She is best known for her role as Veronica Mars on the UPN show Veronica Mars which ran from 2004 - 2007. More recently, she was Elle Bishop on NBC's hit show Hereo's.
Kristen Bell
Johnny Benson racecar driver, Grand Rapids - Born June 27, 1963. His career highlighs include 1993 American Speed Association AC-Delco Challenge series championship in 1993, The 1995 Busch Series championship, and The 1996 Winston Cup NASCAR Rookie of the Year award. He currently runs in the Craftsman Truck Series driving the #23 Toyota Certified Used Vehicles Toyota Tundra for Bill Davis Racing.
Johnny Benson
Elizabeth Berkley actress, Farmington Hills - Born July 28, 1972 in Farmington Hills and graduated Cranbrook-Kingswood and was an English literature major at UCLA. She gained prominence for her role as Jessica "Jessie" Myrtle Spano in the sitcom Saved by the Bell, which she played from 1989 to 1992. Elizabeth also gained notoriety from her role in the 1995 movie Showgirls. Most recently, she was in CSI, Miami.
Elizabeth Berkley

Sandra Bernhard actress, Flint - Born June 6, 1955. She first gained attention in the late 1970s with her stand-up comedy. She has also made appearances in various films including The King of Comedy, and Hudson Hawk, as well as her television spots, most notably as Nancy, a lesbian friend of the title protagonist on Roseanne . She also guest-starred as herself on two episodes of Will & Grace.

Sandra Bernhard
Eric Bischoff wrestling on-screen personality, Detroit - Born May 27, 1955. most known for serving as President of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and later General Manager of World Wrestling Entertainment's RAW brand. Bischoff was also known to sporadically compete as an in-ring performer, with a WCW Hardcore Championship reign to his credit.
Eric Bischoff
Selma Blair actress, Southfield - Born June 23, 1972. As a child she attended Hillel Day School and Cranbrook Kingswood school near Detroit . She studied at Kalamazoo College from 1990-1992, then transferred to the University of Michigan, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1994. Blair's best known film roles were in Cruel Intentions (1999), which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon. Both Blair and Witherspoon later starred together in Legally Blonde (2001). More recently she appeared alongside Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing (2002), and in Hellboy (2004). She played the character of "Zoe" in the year-long TV series, Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane.
Selma Blair
Rupert Boneham reality star Detroit - Born January 27, 1964 Rupert was a contestant on Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: All-Stars. At a young age he moved to Indiana and moved to Texas shortly after graduation. Boneham lives with his wife Laura and daughter Raya. Prior to appearing in Survivor, he worked as a mentor for troubled teens. He has previously worked as a gravedigger and bartender. His hobbies include scuba diving, camping, and coin collecting.
Rupert Boneham

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono singer/actor/politician Detroit - Born February 16, 1935, Died January 5, 1998. Born in Detroit, Michigan, Bono began his music career working for the legendary record producer Phil Spector in the early 1960s. Later in the same decade, he achieved commercial success, along with his then-wife Cher, as part of the singing duo Sonny and Cher. Bono wrote, arranged, and produced a number of hit records with singles like "I Got You, Babe" and "The Beat Goes On,". Bono died suddenly of injuries from hitting a tree while skiing at the Heavenly Ski Resort near South Lake Tahoe, California. He was 62 years old.

Sonny Bono
Tom Brady quarterback, CA - Born August 3, 1977, he played football for the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He was later drafted in 2000 by the New Englad Patriots. He has won three Super Bowls, two Super Bowl MVP awards, has been invited to four Pro Bowls, and holds the NFL record for most touchdown passes in a single regular season. Brady was named as Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, in 2005. In 2007 Brady was named "Sportsman of the Year" by The Sporting News for the second time in his career.He was also named the NFL MVP, as well as Male Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press. Since late 2006, Tom Brady has been dating Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bündchen.
Tom Brady
Don Brewer, drumer Grand Funk Railroad, Flint born September 3, 1948. He is a graduate of Swartz Creek High School. He started his first band at the age of 12. He met Mark Farner and Mel Schacher and created Grand Funk Railroad in 1968. He toured with the Silver Bullet Band from 2006 to 2007.  
Christie Brinkley (born Christie Lee Hudson) on February 2, 1954, in Monroe. In the late 70's she moved to Brentwood CA. Christie is best known as a top model and ex-wife of Billy Joel. She has been on the cover of over 500 magaines. Her first acting role was in National Lampoon's Vacation as the girl in the red ferrari. Christie Brinkley
Jerry Bruckheimer film/television producer, Detroit - Born September 21, 1945. His first big hit was Flashdance. After that he produced such movies as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop and Days of Thunder. More recently, he produced Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure. Television shows include CSI and The Amazing Race. He currently lives in Kentucky with his family. He is known as Mr. Blockbuster and rates 39 on the top Forbes list.
Jerry Bruckheimer

Timothy Busfield actor, East Lansing - Born June 12, 1957. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Eliot Weston on the television series thirtysomething and his recurring role as Danny Concannon on the television series The West Wing . The son of university professors, Busfield as a boy hung around the Michigan State University drama department. Busfield currently resides in Sacramento, California.

Timothy Busfield
James Caan actor, New York - Born March 26, 1940. He played college football for Michigan State University in East Lansing. He is known for his Academy Award nominated role of Santino 'Sonny' Corleone in 1972's The Godfather and for his role as Ed Deline on Las Vegas.
James Caan
Dean Cain, actor born Dean George Tanaka Mount Clemons - Born July 31, 1966. He is best known for his role as Clark Kent/Superman on the hit show Lois & Clark, The Adventures of Superman. Though he grew up in Malibu and attended Santa Monica High School, his career plans favored professional football over acting. Recently, he guest-starred in a seventh season episode of Smallville as the immortal Dr. Curtis Knox.
Dean Cain
Larry Joe Campbell, Cadilac, actor, born November 29, 1972. Hereceived a Bachelor's of Applied Arts in theater at Central Michigan University and a Master of Arts in theater at Wayne State University. His first high profile TV guest star role probably was as "the fan" in a 2000 episode of Friends. The next year he was cast as "Andy" on According to Jim. He has also appeared in movies, such as Wedding Crashers. Campbell performed improvisational comedy with the Second City Detroit, and it was there where he was discovered by Bob Saget. Campbell also dabbles in playwriting, he's a member of the comedy troupe the 313, and he has starred in a one-man play he wrote, Terry vs. the Towel Lady at Planet Ant in Hamtramck.
Larry Joe Campbell
Sharon Case, Detroit, actress, born February 9, 1971. In 1994, she became the third, and longest-running, actress to play Sharon Newman on The Young and the Restless, a role that she still plays today. Case has won several awards for her work on Y&R, including the Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy in 1999
Sharon Case

Alice Cooper singer, Detroit, - Born February 4, 1946 also known as Vincent Damon Furnier, the son of a minister. Alice Cooper was originally the name of Furnier's band; he legally changed his own name to Alice Cooper for a successful solo career. Some hit songs include Welcome to my Nightmare, Eighteen and No More Mr. Nice Guy. In 2007 he released a book called Alice Cooper, Golf Monster.

Alice Cooper
Francis Ford Coppola film director, Detroit - Born April 7, 1939. Writer, producer, and director, most famous for The Godfather, The Outsiders, Apocalypse Now and Bram Strokers Dracula. He currently co-owns the Rubicon restaurant along with fellow San Franciscans Robin Williams and Robert De Niro.
Francis Ford Coppola
Dave Coulier actor, Detroit - Born September 21, 1959 in Saint Claire Shores and graduated 1977 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods, Michigan. Coulier got his start in high school doing stand-up during the lunch hours and impersonating the principal over the school PA system. He is best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on Full House.
Dave Coulier
Terry Crews, NFL defensive end and linebacker and actor, Flint - Born July 30, 1968. Terry attended Flint Academy High School and earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend the Interlochen Center for the Arts and then Western Michigan University. While completing his studies as an Art major, Terry was a key member of the WMU football team, where he earned all-conference honors as a defensive end. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. After retiring in 1997, Terry pursued an acting career. He played the "he-man" in movies such as White Chicks. He also played Damon in Friday After Next. He now stars in the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris.
Terry Crews
George Armstrong Custer, Army commander, New Rumley, Ohio - Born December 5, 1839, Died June 25, 1876. Custer spent much of his boyhood living with his half-sister and his brother-in-law in Monroe, Michigan, where he attended school and is now honored by a statue in the center of town. He is remembered for his defeat and death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn against a coalition of Native American tribes led by Sitting Bull.
George Custer
Jeff Daniels actor, Athens Georgia - Born February 19, 1955. Raised in Michigan, he is founder and executive director of the Purple Rose Theatre in Chelsea where he currently lives. Jeff has stared in such movies as Dumb and Dummer and Terms of Endearment. Daniels and his family reside in Chelsea, Michigan.He wrote, directed, and starred in Escanaba in da Moonlight and Super Sucker with Purple Rose Films. He was inducted into the Michigan Walk of Fame on May 25, 2006 in Lansing, Michigan.Recently Daniels can be seen as the TV spokesperson for the Michigan Economic Development Corporation promoting Michigan's effectiveness in bringing in new companies. These commercials can be seen regularly on CNBC.
Jeff Daniels

Pam Dawber actress, Farmington Hills - Born October 18, 1951 She attended North Farmington High School and Oakland Community College. She is probably still best known for her role as Mindy McConnell on the television series Mork & Mindy, which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982. She also starred in her own series as Samantha Russell on My Sister Sam, which ran on CBS from 1986 to 1988. She also parodied her role on classic sitcoms with John Ritter in the 1992 movie Stay Tuned. Pam is married to Mark Harmon who's father played football for the University of Michigan. Mark is best known for his role as Gibbs on NCIS.

Pam Dawber
Dick Enberg sports announcer, Mount Clemens - born January 9, 1935. Enberg is one of the most prominent and respected play-by-play announcers in television history, with a career spanning more than forty years. He is recognizable by his trademark exclamation, "Oh, my!" In 1965, Enberg began a full-time sportscasting career, calling radio broadcasts for the California Angels, the Los Angeles Rams and UCLA Bruins. After every Angels victory, he would wrap up his broadcast with, "And the halo shines tonight." Four times Enberg was named California Sportscaster of the Year. In 1975, Enberg joined NBC. For the next 25 years, he broadcast a plethora of sports and events for NBC, including the NFL, MLB, NBA, U.S. Open golf championship, college football, college basketball, the Wimbledon and French Open tennis tournaments, heavyweight boxing, Breeders' Cup horse racing, and the Olympic Games. Since 2004, Enberg has served as side commentator for ESPN2's coverage of the Wimbledon, French Open, and Australian Open tennis tournaments. In 2006, he began calling Thursday-night NFL games for radio. Also in 2006, Enberg began narrating a documentary style television series for Fox Sports Net called In Focus on FSN.
Dick Enberg
Eminem also known as Marshall Mathers rapper, St. Joseph, Missouri, Born October 17, 1972. He moved to Detroit at an early age. Discovered by rapper/producer Dr. Dre, Eminem is known as one of the most skillful and controversial rappers in the industry, becoming a crossover sensation with his debut single "My Name Is" while simultaneously earning respect from the hip-hop community for his lyrical talent. He is noted for his ability to change his own pace and style multiple times within one song without losing the beat. Mathers has achieved six UK #1 singles, more than any other rapper, and has also had the most #1 singles in the UK in the 21st century by an American artist.
Eminem "Marshall Mathers"
Bob Eubanks game show host, Flint - Born January 8, 1938. He is best known for the long time running game show The Newlywed Game. He has also hosted the game show Card Sharks in the 80's. More recently, you can find him hosting Most Outrageous Game Show Moments on NBC.
Bob Eubanks
Edward "Ed" George Farhat, wrestler, Born June 9, 1926 died January 18, 2003. He is best known as The Sheik (often referred to as "The Original Sheik" to distinguish him from The Iron Sheik). He was the owner and operator of Big Time Wrestling, during the 1960s. Edward Farhat was born to a family of Lebanese immigrants in Lansing. He was a star football player in high school and college for the University of Michigan and served in the army during World War II before he became "The Sheik of Araby" or later, just "The Sheik." He started out wrestling in the Midwest and later in Texas. He also trained other popular wrestlers from Michigan such as Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Scott Steiner, Raven, and Greg Valentine.
sheik Ed Farhat
Mark Farner singer, Flint - Born September 29, 1948. He is best known as the lead guitarist/singer for Grand Funk Railroad, but later became a Contemporary Christian musician. Hit songs from Grand Funk Railroad include We're an American Band and I'm your Captain. In 1977 Grand Funk called it quits and Farner went solo releasing 2 albums before reuniting with Grand Funk. They released 2 albums prior to Farner releasing 4 Contemporary Christian albums. He is currently on tour.
Mark Farner
Dann Florek actor, Flat Rock - Born May 1, 1950. After a brief stint as the boring husband of Susan Ruttan on NBC 's hit drama L.A. Law, Florek co-starred in the NBC crime drama Law & Order as Capt. Donald Cragen. In 1999 he returned to the Cragen role, only this time on Law & Order spin-off series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit . On December 13, 2008 Dann received a honorary Bachelor of Arts from Eastern Michigan University
Dann Florek
Gerald R. Ford former president, Omaha Nebraska, Born July 14, 1913, died December 26, 2006. Ford obtained his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan, where he was a football star. Ford defeated the incumbent in the party primary and was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. He was elected House Minority Leader in 1963 and served in the House until 1973. When Spiro Agnew resigned, Ford was appointed Vice President of the United States at the height of the Watergate scandal. Following the resignation of Richard Nixon , Ford ascended to the presidency on August 9, 1974.He was the longest-lived president in U.S. history, dying at the age of 93.
Gerald Ford
Henry Ford industrialist, Dearborn - Born July 30, 1863. Created Ford Motor Company in 1903. Introduced the model T in 1908. As owner of the Ford Company he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. Died in 1947 at age 83 in his Dearborn home and he is buried in the Ford Cemetery in Detroit.
Henry Ford
Aretha Franklin singer, Memphis Tennessee - Born March 25, 1942. She has been dubbed for years " The Queen Of Soul " but many also call her "Lady Soul," as well as the even more affectionate "Sister Re." As a child, Aretha moved from Tennessee to New York and then to Detroit. At age 14, she made her first recordings in a local Detroit church. She ten had her first two sons around this time. Clarence, Jr. was born when she was 15 and Edward "Eddie" was born when she was 16. She dropped out of high school soon after the birth of her second son. Her grandmother took in her sons to help Aretha move on in her career. Among her most successful hit singles from the 60's and 70's were "Chain of Fools", "You Make Me Feel (Like a Natural Woman)", "Think", "Baby, I Love You", "The House That Jack Built", and "Respect", which became her signature song. She currently lives in Detroit when she is not on tour.
Aretha Franklin

Glenn Frey singer/actor, Detroit - Born November 6, 1948. Best known as one of the founding members of rock and roll band, The Eagles. Growing up in Royal Oak, Michigan, Frey became part of the mid-1960s Detroit rock scene. His first professional recording experience was performing acoustic guitar and background vocals on Bob Seger's Ramblin' Gamblin' Man in 1968. Frey and Seger would remain friends and occasional songwriting partners in later years. Frey then moved to Los Angeles. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Glenn Frey
Max Gail actor, Detroit - Born April 5, 1943. Max is best known as his role as Det. Stan "Wojo" Wojeciehowicz from the TV sitcom Barney Miller. He was raised in Grosse Ille and has a twin sister. Max runs his own production company, Full Circle, which has done documentaries on such things as Agent Orange, Native Americans, and nuclear issues.
Max Gail
Steve Garvey, first baseman, Tampa, FL - Born December 22, 1948, he played football and baseball at Michigan State University. He started his professional career playing baseball for the Los Angeles Dogers and then played for the San Diego Padres. Garvey set a National League record with 1207 consecutive games played, from September 3, 1975, to July 29, 1983. The streak ended when he broke his thumb in a collision at home plate against the Atlanta Braves.
Steve Garvey
Kirk Gibson, athlete, Pontiac - Born May 28, 1957. Kirk grew up in Waterford, and attended Waterford Kettering High School He also attended Michigan State University where he was an All-American wide receiver/flanker in football. He played only one year of college baseball. He was drafted by both the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the St. Louis Cardinals football team, but chose baseball. He played as right fielder for the Tigers from 1983 to 1987 and again from 1993 to 1995. He currently is the bench coach for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kirk Gibson

Berry Gordy, Jr., producer, Detroit - Born November 28, 1929. Berry is the founder of the Motown record label and its many subsidiaries. The record label relocated to Detroit from Milledgeville, Georgia in 1922. In 1968 Gordy moved to Los Angeles, California and expanded Motown's offices there, following the riots in Detroit. In June 1972 he relocated the entire Motown Records company to LA, and the following year he reorganized the company into Motown Industries, an entertainment conglomerate that would include record, movie, television and publishing divisions. Gordy sold his interests in Motown Records to MCA and Boston Ventures in June 1988 for $61 million. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

Berry Gordy
David Allen Grier comedian, Detroit. Born June 30, 1955. He received a BA from The University Of Michigan, and an MFA from the Yale School Of Drama. He is most famous for In Living Color and movie roles such as I'm Gonna Git You Sucka and Jumanji. He is number 94 on Comedy Central's list of the 100 greatest standup's of all time and currently hosts Chocolate News.
David Allen Grier

Charlton Heston actor, Evanston Illinois, raised in the north woods of Michigan - Born October 4, 1923, died April 5, 2008. Heston starred in various science fiction films and disaster films, some of which, like Planet of the Apes, and The Omega Man. He is an honorary life member of the National Rifle Association (NRA), and was its president and spokesman from 1998 until his resignation in 2003. As NRA president he is perhaps best known, while raising an antique Sharps Rifle over his head at the 2000 NRA convention, for saying that presidential candidate Al Gore would take away his Second Amendment rights "from my cold, dead hands". Heston has been harshly criticized by opponents of gun rights.

Charlton Heston

Charlton Heston

William Hewlett co-founder Hewlett Packard, Ann Arbor - Born May 20, 1913 – January 12, 2001. He moved to San Fransisco at the age of 3. He was President of HP from 1964 to 1977, and served as CEO from 1968 to 1978, when he was succeeded by John A. Young. He remained chairman of the executive committee until 1983, and then served as vice chairman of the board until 1987.
William Hewlett
   

 

Jimmy Hoffa, Trade Union Leader, tied to Maffia Queens, New York - Born February 14, 1913, died approximately July 30, 1975. Hoffa moved to Lake Orion in his early years to work in a warehouse. In 1967, Hoffa was convicted of attempted bribery of a grand juror and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. In 1971, however, he was released when Republican President Richard Nixon commuted his sentence to time served on the condition he not participate in union activities for ten years. Hoffa was planning to sue to invalidate that restriction in order to reassert his power over the Teamsters when he disappeared at around 2:30pm on July 30, 1975 from the parking lot of the Machus Red Fox Restaurant in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan , a suburb of Detroit . He had been due to meet two Mafia leaders, Anthony "Tony Jack" Giacalone from Detroit and Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano from Union City, New Jersey . On May 17 , 2006 , acting on a tip, the FBI began digging for Hoffa's remains outside of a barn on what is now the Hidden Dreams Farm in Milford Township, Michigan where they surveyed the land and began to dig up parts of the 85-acre parcel, according to federal officials. Over 40 agents have sectioned off a piece of the property where they believe the bones of the Teamster leader might be. Federal agents would not release the name of the person or persons who gave them the tip, but they did say that the tip included information on a group of people that used to meet on the same piece of land 30 years ago. Nothing was found.

Jimmy Hoffa

 

Jimmy Hoffa

Mike Ilitch owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers and co-founder of Little Caesers Pizza Detroit - July 20, 1929. He is a graduate of Cooley High School, and entered the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. After his return home to Detroit, the Detroit Tigers offered him a $3,000 bonus if he would sign to play baseball, and Ilitch would have a three year minor league career before he was forced out of his playing career due to a knee injury. Instead, he would go into the pizza business. With the help of his wife, Marian, the Ilitches opened Little Caesars Pizza Treat in Garden City. In 1982, Mike Ilitch bought the Red Wings. He purchased the Detroit Tigers in 1992 from fellow pizza magnate Tom Monaghan who founded Domino's Pizza.
Mike Ilitch
Derek Jeter - captain New York Yankees, Pequannock Township, New Jersey. Born June 26, 1974. He moved to Kalamazoo when he was 4. In high school, Jeter was a star baseball player at Kalamazoo Central High School, earning an All-State honorable mention. Jeter collected many awards at season's end, including the Kalamazoo Area B'nai B'rith Award for Scholar Athlete, the 1992 High School Player of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association, the 1992 Gatorade High School Player of the year award, and USA Today's High School Player of the Year. In December 2007, Jeter was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Although Jeter received a baseball scholarship to attend the University of Michigan, he was drafted by the New York Yankees with the 6th overall pick of the 1992 amateur draft and chose to go pro.
Derek Jeter
Earvin Magic Johnson basketball player, Lansing - Born August 14, 1959 He went to High School at Everett in Lansing and then attended Michigan State University. Johnson averaged 17.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.4 assists as a freshman, leading the Spartans to a 25-5 record, the Big Ten Conference title, and a berth in the NCAA tournament. He finished his career at Michigan State with 1059 points, 471 rebounds, and made 348 field goals out of 752 attempts. Magic led the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s; retired in 1991 after announcing he had the AIDS virus and now works to educate people about the disease.
Magic Johnson
Ashley Johnson, actress, CA - Born August 9, 1983, Camarillo and moved to MI when she was 9. She was best known as Chrissy Seaver on the hit show Growing Pains. She formerly held the title Miss Jr. Michigan.
Ashley Johnson
Haylie Johnson actress, CA - Born January 29 1980, CaliforniaThousand Oaks and moved to Michigan when she was six. She got her start modeling for Loretta Lorion, a local children's clothing store. She soon moved back to CA where Haylie did commercials, and was an extra in Ashley's (her sister) show "Growing Pains" in the episode "Daddy Mike". Her big break came in 1991, when she joined the cast of "Kids Incorporated". The show was canceled in 1993.  
James Earl Jones actor, Arkabutla, Mississippi - Born January 17, 1931. He was raised in Dublin (Michigan), by his maternal grandparents, Jones is of Irish, Cherokee and African-American descent. He moved to Michigan around the age of 5, when he developed a stutter so severe he refused to speak aloud. He remained functionally mute for 8 years until he reached high school. He credits a high school teacher who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry with helping him out of his silence. He was a graduate of the University of Michigan. He has been in several movies such as the voice of Darth Vadar in Star Wars and Mufasa in the Lion King, Field of Dreams and The Hunt for Red October.
James Earl Jones
Chris Kaman basketball player, Grand Rapids - born April 28, 1982. Chris currently plays with the LA Lakers. Kaman stands seven feet tall and weighs 265 pounds. Kaman played college basketball for Central Michigan University. Kaman attended Tri-unity Christian School in Wyoming, where he led his high school varsity to the state Class D quarterfinals in 2000. He was only recruited by two schools: Hope College Central Michigan University. He played three seasons at Central Michigan, leading them to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2003 and garnering Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America honors before declaring for the 2003 NBA Draft, where the Clippers selected him sixth overall. Kaman played in 145 games in his first two NBA seasons, averaging 7.4 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists per game. In his third season, he averaged 11.9 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in which the Clippers made the playoffs.
Chris Kaman

Casey Kasem disk jockey, Detroit - Born April 27, 1932. Kasem is best known by name as a music historian and disc jockey, most notably as host of the weekly American Top 40 radio program from 1970 to 1988, and again from March 1998 until January 10, 2004, when Ryan Seacrest succeeded him. He hosted a spin-off television show called A for a time in the 1980s.

Casey Kasem
Will Kellogg founder of the Kellogg Company Battle Creek - Born April 7, 1860 – Died October 6, 1951. He helped his brother John Harvey Kellogg run the Battle Creek Sanitarium. Together they pioneered the process of making flaked cereal. Because of the commercial potential of the discovery, Will wanted it kept a secret. John, however, allowed anyone in the sanitarium to observe the flaking process and one sanitarium guest, C. W. Post, copied the process to start his own company. This upset Kellogg to the extent that he left the sanitarium to create his own company. He died in Battle Creek, at 3:00pm on October 6 1951 by heart failure.
Will Kellogg
Stanley Ketchel, born as Stanislaw Kiecal, boxer, Grand Rapids - Born September 14, 1886 died October 15, 1910. He was nicknamed the Michigan Assassin. He started boxing professionally in 1904 in Butte, Montana. Ketchel began 1909 by fighting reigning light heavyweight champion "Philadelphia Jack O' Brien" with a no-decision in 10. A few weeks later, Ketchel had a rematch with O' Brien, knocking out Philadelphia Jack in three rounds. He beat Papke in their fourth bout by a decision in 20 rounds to retain the title, and then challenged Jack Johnson for the world's Heavyweight crown. In the 12th round Ketchel floored Johnson with a right hand. Johnson got up and knocked out Ketchel with a right uppercut. After being upbraided by the "Michigan Assassin" for beating a horse on October 14th, Dipley decided to get even with Ketchel by robbing him. The following morning Smith seated Ketchel at the breakfast table with his back to the door and Dipley, armed with a .22 caliber rifle, came up behind him and shouted, "Get your hands up!" Ketchel stood up and as he turned around, Dipley shot him. The bullet traveled from his shoulder into his lung and Ketchel fell to the floor mortally wounded. Dipley then took Ketchel's handgun and smashed Ketchel in the face with it. At the same time, Smith rifled Ketchel's pockets for his money.Ketchel was buried at Holy Cross Cemetery at Grand Rapids, Michigan. His funeral was reportedly one of the most well-attended events in Grand Rapids history.
Stanley Ketchel

Kid Rock rapper/singer, Romeo - Born January 17, 1971. Also known as Robert James Ritchie. He later moved to New York City, where he was said to have lived just below Queen Latifah. He got to know a lot of the area's rappers and landed a tour deal with Ice Cube and Too $hort when he was only 18 years old. Songs include Cowboy, Only God Knows Why and Picture featuring Sheryl Crow. On January 12,2008 Kid Rock performed a 30 minute mini concert at the GM Style Car and Fashion Show, in Detroit,while is clothing line 'Made In Detroit', was put on display. The set opened with "Son Of Detroit", followed by "All Summer Long" and "King Of Rock", with Rev Run before he closed up with the "Detroit Medley" and "Bawitdaba".

Kid Rock
Anthony Kiedis singer/songwriter, Grand Rapids - Born November 1, 1962. Anthony is the lead singer for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Kiedis lived with his mother in Grand Rapids until he was eleven years old, then moved to Los Angeles with his father. Red Hot Chili Peppers is best known for songs such as Under the Bridge, Breaking the Girl and Scar Tissue.
Anthony Kiedis
Matthew Lyn Lillard, actor, Lansing - Born January 8, 1970. He is best known as Shaggy in Scooby Doo. Matthew was born in Lansing but soon moved to Tustin, CA. Lillard married Heather Helm in 2000 and they have two daughters, Addison Grace and Macey Lyn. They live in the Los Angeles area.
Matthew Lillard
Charles A. Lindbergh aviator, Detroit - Born February 4, 1902, Died August 26, 1974. The first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean from New York to Paris which took 33 and a half hours. Born in Detroit but grew up in Minnesota. He is also known for his son being kidnapped from his home in 1932.
Charles Lindbergh
Malcolm Little (Malcolm X) civil rights leader - Omaha, Nebraska - Born May 19, 1925, Died February 21, 1965. After Malcolm was born, the family relocated to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1926, and then to Lansing, shortly thereafter. In 1931 his father was found dead having been run over by a streetcar in Michigan. Authorities ruled his death suicide. In 1958 Malcolm married Betty X (née Sanders) in Lansing. They had six daughters together, all of whom carried the surname of Shabazz. Their names were Attallah, born in 1958; Qubilah, born in 1960; Ilyasah, born in 1962; Gamilah, born in 1964; and twins, Malaak and Malikah, born after Malcolm's death in 1965. On February 21 in Manhattan's Audubon Ballroom, Malcolm had just begun delivering a speech when a disturbance broke out in the crowd of 400. A man yelled, "Get your hand outta my pocket! Don't be messin' with my pockets!" As Malcolm's bodyguards rushed forward to attend to the disturbance, a man rushed forward and shot Malcolm in the chest with a sawn-off shotgun. Two other men quickly charged towards the stage and fired handguns at Malcolm, who was shot 16 times.

Malcom X

 

 

Malcom X

Jamie Hyneman show host, Marshall - Born September 25, 1956. He was raised in Indiana. best known for being the co-host of the television series MythBusters. He is also the founder of M5 Industries, a special effects workshop where MythBusters is filmed.
Jamie Hyneman

Madonna singer/actress, Bay City - Born August 16, 1958 also known as Louise Veronica Ciccone with hit singles Material Girl, and Vogue. She has also acted in such movies as A League of Their Own, and Evita. Madonna attended St. Frederick's Elementary School and St. Andrew's Elementary School (present day Holy Family Regional) and West Middle School. She attended Rochester Adams High School, becoming a straight-A student and a member of the cheerleading squad. Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan after graduating from high schoolShe is married to director Guy Ritchie. Since the late 1990s, Madonna has been a devotee of the Kabbalah Centre. On March 10, 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Madonna
Lee Majors actor, Wyandotte - Born April 23, 1939. He is best known for playing the part of Steve Austin , a former astronaut with bionic limbs, in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man of the 1970s. Majors has been married four times, but his most famous marriage was to actress Farrah Fawcett.
Lee Majors
Dick Martin, comedian, Battle Creek - Born January 30, 1922, Died May 24, 2008. He is a graduate of Michigan State University. Martin had worked in a Ford auto assembly plant after high school. Martin lost the use of his right lung when he was 17, something that never bothered him until his final years, when he required oxygen 18 hours a day. He created Laugh-In with Dan Rowan in 1968. He also was a frequent guest on gameshows such as Match Game and Password Plus. Martin died on May 24, 2008 of breathing complications in Santa Monica, California.
Dick Martin
Judge Greg Mathis television judge, Detroit - Born April 5, 1960. He is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and now syndicated television show judge. Raised in the Herman Gardens housing project, Mathis was on the road to a criminal life as a teenager. His father was estranged from him, but associated closely with the Errol Flynns, a notorious Detroit street gang , that Mathis would eventually join while a teenager. In the 70s , he was arrested numerous times. Yet when incarcerated in Wayne County Jail, as a seventeen year old juvenile, his mother visited him and broke the tragic news that she was diagnosed with colon cancer . This event changed Mathis, and he was given the benefit of a considerate judge, who offered probation if he enrolled and passed a G.E.D. course in six months. in 1995, he was elected a superior court judge for Michigan's 36th District, making him the youngest man in the state to hold the post. During the five years he was on the bench, he was rated in the top five of all judges in the 36th District.
Judge Greg Mathis
Ed McMahon tv personality, Detroit - Born March 6 , 1923. Ed is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on the Tonight Show and also hosted the popular TV show Star Search.
Ed McMahon
Tim Meadows comedian Highland Park - Born February 5, 1961. Tim is best known for his character as Leon Phelps, The Ladies' Man, an eternally horny talk show host on Saturday Night Live which was eventually made into a movie. Other movies include Conehead and Mean Girls.
Tim Meadows
Tom Monaghan founder of Domino's Pizza Ann Arbor - Born March 25, 1937. He enrolled in the University of Michigan, intending to become an architect. While still a student, he and his brother James borrowed $500 to purchase a small pizza store called DomiNick's in Ypsilanti. This business would grow into Domino's Pizza. Tom later traded his brother James a Volkswagen Beetle for his half of the business. In 1983, Monaghan bought the Detroit Tigers. Monaghan sold the Tigers to his competitor Mike Ilitch of Little Caesar's Pizza in 1992.
Tom Monaghan
Michael Moore director Flint - Born April 23, 1954. Moore was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Flint and grew up in Davison. After dropping out of the University of Michigan-Flint (where he wrote for the student newspaper titled The Michigan Times ), at 22 he founded the alternative weekly magazine The Flint Voice, which soon changed its name to The Michigan Voice . He is known for his movies such as Roger and Me, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11 and Sicko.
Michael Moore
Harry Morgan actor, Detroit - Born April 10, 1915. He graduated from Muskegon High School where he was the statewide debate champion. He is best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H and Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet. Movies include The Glen Miller Story and How the West Was Won. In 2006, Harry Morgan was inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum .
Harry Morgan
Jason Newsted, guitarist, Battle Creek, Born March 4, 1963. Jason is the former bass player for Metallica and is currently in Voivod and Rockstar Supernova.Jason went to Gull Lake High School in Richland, Michigan, joining Arizona thrashers Flotsam and Jetsam in 1983. Jason left them to join Metallica in 1986 after the tragic death of bassist Cliff Burton.
Jason Newsted
Denise Nicholas actress, Detroit - Born July 12, 1944. She spent her early years in Detroit and then moved to Milan, a small town south of Ann Arbor, graduating from Milan High School in 1961. Nicholas began her television acting career in 1968, with an episode of It Takes a Thief. She has since appeared in many popular movies and television shows. She is probably best known for her role as Liz McIntyre on the show Room 222, as well as her role as Harriet DeLong on In the Heat of the Night. Nicholas wrote six episodes of the dramatic show, "In the Heat of the Night" and thus began her second career as a writer. Denise Nicholas
Ted Nugent singer, Detroit - Born December 13, 1948. Started career with Amboy Dukes until 1975 when he began a solo career. Some hit songs are Free for All and Cat Scratch Fever. He is also known for hunting and conservative political views. Ted is deaf in his left ear, but has hearing in his right. Ted moved to Texas in 2005, but still has property in Concord. He has made apperances on shows such as 'That 70's Show', 'Simpsons' and 'Jimmy Kimmel'. On July 4, 2008 at the DTE Energy Music Theater in Clarkston, Michigan, Ted played his 6,000th concert.
Ted Nugent
Terry O'Quinn actor, Newberry - Born July 15, 1952. He attended CMU in Mt. Pleasant. Terry is best known for his current work as John Locke on the ABC hit Lost in which he won an Emmy in 2007. He has also starred in shows such as Alias, West Wing and Millennium.
Terry O'Quinn
Larry Page Google co-founder Lansing - Born born March 26, 1973. Larry Page is the son of the late Dr. Carl Victor Page, a professor of computer science and artificial intelligence at Michigan State University and one of the University of Michigan's first computer science Ph.D. graduates, and Gloria Page, a computer programming teacher at Michigan State University. He is also the brother of Carl Victor Page, Jr., a co-founder of eGroups, later sold to Yahoo! for approximately half a billion dollars. Page attended a Montessori school in Lansing and graduated from East Lansing High School. In 1998 he cofounded Google.
Larry Page
Rosa Parks civil rights activist Tuskegee, Alabama - Born February 4, 1913, Died October 24, 2005. On December 1, 1955 after a long day at work, Parks got on a bus and sat in a seat reserved for whites only. She was arrested and charged for disorderly conduct. The trial lasted 30 minutes. Parks was found guilty and fined $10, plus $4 in court costs. The day of Parks' trial, Monday, December 5 , 1955 , the WPC distributed 35,000 leaflets. The handbill read, "We are.asking every Negro to stay off the buses Monday in protest of the arrest and trial.. You can afford to stay out of school for one day. If you work, take a cab, or walk. But please, children and grown-ups, don't ride the bus at all on Monday. Please stay off the buses Monday." It rained that day, but the black community persevered in their boycott. Some rode in carpools, while others traveled in black-operated cabs that charged the same fare as the bus, 10 cents. Most of the remainder of the 40,000 black commuters walked, some as far as 20 miles. In the end, the boycott lasted for 382 days. Dozens of public buses stood idle for months, severely damaging the bus transit company's finances, until the law requiring segregation on public buses was lifted. In 1957, she moved to Detroit, where she died October 24, 2005.
Rosa Parks
George Peppard Jr, actor, Detroit Born October 1, 1928, died May 8, 1994 due to complications from lung cancer. George had graduated from Dearborn High School and later served in the Marine Corp. In the mid-'80s he was known on television for his role as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith in the cult 1980s television show The A-Team , where he is the cigar -smoking leader of a renegade commando squadron.
George Peppard Jr.

Iggy Pop singer, Muskegon - Born April 21, 1947. Also known as James Newell Osterberg, Jr. Pop is considered one of the most important innovators of punk rock and related styles. Born in Muskegon, Michigan, he began his musical career as a drummer in different high school bands in Ypsilanti, Michigan. One band was the Iguanas, where he acquired the name Iggy. After exploring local blues-style bands he eventually dropped out of the University of Michigan and moved to Chicago to learn more about blues. Inspired by Chicago blues as well as bands like The Doors, he formed the Psychedelic Stooges and called himself Iggy Pop. He got the name Pop because he once shaved his eyebrows for a show, after which he looked like a friend with the last name Pop who had recently undergone chemotherapy and was eyebrowless himself. Songs include Lust for Life.

Iggy Pop
C.W. Post founder Post Cereal, Springfield - Born October 26, 1854 - Died May 9, 1914. Plagued by chronic health problems in his 30s and financially destitute, C.W. convalesced at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, run by Dr. John Harvey Kellogg whose family later developed Kellogg Corn Flakes. At the sanitarium, C.W. was introduced to caramel coffee and flaked wheat cereal, among other products created by the Kelloggs for the patients. On January 1, 1895 in his barn in Battle Creek, he created a caffeine-free coffee substitute called Postum. In 1897, he created his first cold cereal, Grape-Nuts. In 1899, he created Post Toasties which is like Corn Flakes.
C.W. Post
Gilda Radner comedienne, Detroit - Born June 26, 1946, died May 20, 1989 due to ovarian cancer. Radner was close to her father, who operated Detroit's Seville Hotel, where many nightclub performers and actors stayed while performing in the city. Her father, died when she was fourteen. In Ann Arbor, Radner began her broadcasting career as the weather girl for college radio station WCBN, but dropped out in her senior year. She was married to Gene Wilder and best known for her act as Roseanne Roseannadanna on Saturday Night Live. She also starred in movies such as Hanky Panky where she met her husband, and Haunted Honeymoon.
Gilda Radner

Mary Lynn Rajskub actor - born June 22, 1971 and raised in Trenton. In 1989 she graduated from Trenton High School, then attended Detroit's College for Creative Studies, majoring in painting, before she transferred to the San Francisco Art Institute, graduating as a painter. Shortly thereafter, she became one of the original cast members of Mr. Show, and also had roles on The Larry Sanders Show, Veronica's Closet, News
Radio
, and is most well known for her current role as Chloe O'Brian on the hit show 24.

Mary Lynn Rajskub
Sugar Ray Robinson boxer, Detroit - Born May 3, 1921, Died April 12, 1989. A holder of many boxing records, Robinson was the first boxer in history to win a divisional world championship five times, a feat he accomplished by defeating Carmen Basilio in 1958 to regain the world middleweight title he had lost to Basilio the previous year. Robinson also held the world welterweight title from 1946 to 1951. He was told that his style was "sweet as sugar" and thus became known as Sugar Ray Robinson.
Sugar Ray Robinson
Della Reese singer/actress, Detroit - Born July 6, 1931 also known as Delloreese Patricia Early. Della's big break came when she won a contest, which gave her a week to sing at Detroit's well-known Flame Show bar. They liked Della so much at the bar, she remained there for eight weeks.She appeared in shows such as Sandford and Sons and Roots and is best known for Tess in Touched by an Angel.
Della Reese
Andy Richter comedian, Grand Rapids - Born October 28, 1966. He is best known for being Conan's sidekick on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien show on NBC. He left the show to do other sitcom series.
Andy Richter

William "Smokey" Robinson, Jr., singer Detroit, - Born February 19, 1940. Robinson is noted for being one of the primary figures associated with the Motown record label, second only to the company's founder, Berry Gordy. He was nicknamed "Smokey" as a child because of his love of westerns. In 1955, Robinson founded a group he called "The Five Chimes" with his best friend Ronnie White, and Northern High School classmates Pete Moore, Clarence Dawson, and James Grice. By 1957, the group was called "The Matadors" and included cousins Bobby Rogers and Claudette Rogers in place of Dawson and Grice. With Robinson as lead singer, the Matadors began touring the local Detroit venues. His first solo hit single, "Sweet Harmony" (1973), was dedicated to The Miracles.

Smokey Robinson
Diana Ross singer, Detroit - Born March 26, 1944 at Women's Hospital, For a time, the Ross family lived on Belmont Street in northern Detroit - directly off of Woodward Avenue - where Ross befriended neighbor Smokey Robinson. Ross' father moved his children to live with relatives in Bessemer, Alabama. Then, her family moved back to Detroit. Diana went to Cass Technical High School. When Diana was fourteen years old, the family moved into the Brewster-Douglass projects. Diana is most known for being in the Supreme's in the 1960's. Her original name was Diane, but ended up on the birth certificate as Diana. In 1970 she released her first solo album. In 1978 she starred with Michael Jackson in the Wiz.
Diana Ross
John Saunders ABC and ESPN personality, Grand Rapids - John played hockey for Western Michigan from 1974 to 1976. He came to ESPN in 1986 and is currently the host of ESPN's The Sports Reporters, and has been host of ESPN's NBA Shootaround since 2004 . He was also the studio host for the network's NHL broadcasts until 2004, and is currently the studio host of ABC's coverage of college football .
John Saunders
Mel Schacher, bassist Grand Funk Railroad, Flint. Mel took an interest in music by playing his father’s banjo at age seven and moving on to guitar at age twelve. He met up with Don Brewer and Mark Farner to form Grand Funk Railroad in 1968.After Grand Funk disbanded in 1977, Schacher formed "Flint" with former Grand Funk bandmates Brewer and Craig Frost. He currently lives in Northern MIchigan.  
George C. Scott, actor, Wise, VA - Born October 18, 1927 - Died September 22, 1999. Scott's father, George D., was a coal mine surveyor when the Depression shut down most of the mines in the area. He moved his family to Pontiac. At 17, he joined the Marines for four years. By the early '60s, Scott had won his second Oscar nomination for The Hustler—and refused it. Scott died on September 22, 1999 at the age of 71 from a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. He was interred in the Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetery in Westwood, California. He is buried next to Walter Matthau, in an unmarked grave.
George C Scott
Steven Seagal actor, Lansing - Born April 10, 1951. He is known for movies such as Hard to Kill and Under Siege. He relocated to California at an early age and now resides outside of Los Angeles.
Steven Segal
Bob Seger singer, Dearborn - Born May 6, 1940. Seger lived in Dearborn, then Ann Arbor until the age of 6 when he moved to California but eventually came back to Michigan and graduated Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Bob was in the Silver Bullet Band which formed in 1974. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004.
Bob Seger
Tom Selleck actor, Detroit - Born January 29, 1945. Tom is best known for Magnum in Magnum P.I., he has also starred in movies such as Three Men and a Baby and Quigley Down Under. He is an outspoken member of the NRA. Tom joined the cast of the hit NBC drama Las Vegas in the season five premiere on September 28th, 2007. He plays A.J. Cooper, the new owner of the Montecito Casino. He replaces James Caan who left the cast in the same episode. This is his first regular dramatic gig on TV since he played Thomas Magnum on Magnum, P.I.
Tom Selleck
Del Shannon born Charles Weedon Westover singer, Grand Rapids - December 30, 1934 died February 8, 1990 in Santa Clarita, California. He grew up in Coopersville, a small farming community near Grand Rapids. There he learned ukulele and later guitar, and listened to country and western music. In 1954, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and while in Germany played guitar in a band called the Cool Flames. When his army service ended, he returned to Battle Creek and worked in a furniture factory, as a truck driver, and selling carpets. He also found part-time work as a rhythm guitarist in singer Doug DeMott's group, working at the Hi-Lo Club. When DeMott was fired in 1958, Westover took over as band leader and singer, giving himself the stage name Charlie Johnson, and renaming his band the Big Little Show Band. He is best known for hits such as Runaway, Hats Off to Larry and Stranger In Town.
Del Shannon
Dax Shepard actor, Milford, Born January 2, 1975. He attended Walled Lake Central High School. Later, he attended The Groundlings School and Groundlings Sunday Company. He also attended UCLA to receive a degree in anthropology. He stared in MTV's Punked and movies such as Employee of the Month and Cheaper by the Dozen.
Dax Shepard
Grant Show actor, Detroit - Born February 27, 1962. He was raised in California and was a graduate of UCLA He broke into show business during college almost immediately after high school. His first major role was on the daytime soap opera Ryan's Hope, where he played Rick Hyde from 1984 - 1987. He played Jake Hanson in Fox's 90210, Melrose Place and Models Inc.
Grant Show
Sinbad comedian, Benton Harbor - Born November 10, 1956 also known as David Adkins. He attended college between 1974 and 1978 at the University of Denver in Denver , Colorado where he lettered two seasons for the basketball team. Sinbad made the Top 250 Delinquent Taxpayers List published October 2007
Sinbad
Tom Sizemore actor, Detroit - Born November 29, 1961. Sizemore attended Michigan State University for one year, Wayne State University and earned a Master's Degree in theater from Temple University in 1986. He subsequently moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. One of his first film roles was in Oliver Stone 's Born on the Fourth of July. He has also appeared in films such as Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man, True Romance and Natural Born Killers. He had long battled drug addiction, was convicted in 2003 of assault and battery against his girlfriend, the former "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss .
Tom Sizemore
Tom Skerritt actor, Detroit - Born August 25, 1933. He graduated David Mackenzie High School in 1951. His roles include MASH, Alien and Top Gun. He is also known for his television appearances on Cheers and Picket Fences.
Tom Skerritt
Bubba Smith football player/actor, Orange Texas - Born February 28, 1945. He attended Michigan State University where he played football. He was awarded with All-America honors in 1965 and 1966. In his junior season the Spartans tied for a National Title with Alabama after losing the 1966 Rose Bowl 14-12 on January 1, 1966. In his senior season, he played in the "Game of the Century" (a 10–10 tie at home against the University of Notre Dame). Michigan State finished 2nd in the voting behind Notre Dame but still got a share of the National Title. In 1988, Smith was enshrined in the College Football Hall of Fame. Smith was a popular athlete at Michigan State, earning the slogan "Kill Bubba Kill." Michigan State retired his number 95 jersey on September 23, 2006, prior to the Spartans' home game against Notre Dame, amid repeated cheers of his old slogan from the student section. This game also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the "Game of the Century".

Bubba Smith

 

 

Bubba Smith

David Spade actor/comedian, Birmingham - Born July 22, 1965. In 1990 he joined Saturday Night Live. He quit in 1996 due to being burnt out. After that he was in movies such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep which starred the late Chris Farley. From 1997 to 2003 he was on the NBC hit show Just Shoot Me. Currently, you can find him on the hit show Rules of Engagement.
David Spade
Wayne Static born Wayne Wells, singer, Muskegon - Born November 4, 1965. He is a singer, guitarist, keyboardist, and programmer for the industrial metal band Static-X. He grew up in Shelby and shortly moved to Chicago and then California. Wayne attended Shelby High School and had summer jobs which included working as an asparagus picker and in a cherry canning factory. He is known for his unorthodox hairstyle in which his hair is held up in a vertical position with hair spray, a process that takes about 20 minutes to complete.
Wayne Static
George "The Animal" Steele wrestler, Detroit - Born April 16, 1937. After gaining a bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University and a master's degree from Central Michigan University, Jim Myers became a teacher and amateur wrestling coach at Madison Heights High School in Madison Heights, Michigan. There he would eventually become a member of the Michigan Coaches Hall of Fame. Steele became one of the more beloved wrestlers of the early "WrestleMania" era of the mid-1980s.
George "The Animal" Steele
John Edward Szeles aka The Amazing Johnathancomedian Detroit - Born September 9, 1958. His act is mostly composed of hijinks, interaction with one specific audience member and a few legitimate magic tricks. Nicknamed "The Freddy Krueger of Comedy", Johnathan usually performs wearing his headband and his shows frequently use gore for comedic effect. Johnathan's currently in between locations, but will start performing at Planet Hollywood Casino in Las Vegas, starting the 3rd week in Feb 2008
The Amazing Johnathan
Danny Thomas actor, Deerfied - Born January 6, 1914 died February 6, 1991. Danny Thomas was born Amos Yakhoob He first performed under his Anglicized birth name, Amos Jacobs, before settling on Danny Thomas. Lived in various cities while growing up as a child, including Toledo, Ohio and Rochester, NY. On the big screen he starred in the 1953 remake of The Jazz Singer and played songwriter Gus Kahn opposite Doris Day in the 1951 film biography I'll See You in My Dreams. But his most famous role was on his television show, Make Room for Daddy (later retitled The Danny Thomas Show to capitalize on Thomas' popularity). Thomas later became a successful television producer, working on many popular shows including The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mod Squad .
Danny Thomas

Lily Tomlin actress/comedian, Detroit - Born September 1, 1939. Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theater and performing arts began. After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later, in New York City. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.

Lily Tomlin
Verne Troyer actor, Stugis - Born January 1, 1969. Verne is often recognized for the role he played in Austin Powers as Mini-Me, the miniture clone of Dr. Evil. Verne loves college football. His favorite team is the Michigan Wolverines. He says his second favorite team is "whoever's playing Notre Dame."
Verne Troyer
Uncle Kracker singer, Mount Clemens - Born November 9, 1974. He met Kid Rock in 1987, and Rock asked Kracker to become his DJ. Kracker did not know how to work the turntables, but he soon learned how, and he became a long-term friend and colleague of Rock. Double Wide, Kracker's debut album, was recorded in the back of a tour bus during Kid Rock's various tours in 1999 and 2000. It includes Kracker's first hit single, "Follow Me".
Uncle Kracker

Courtney B. Vance actor, Detroit - Born March 12, 1960. Courtney is best known for his former role as Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver on NBC's Law and Order: Criminal Intent. He has also done movies such as Hunt for Red October and Space Cowboys. He is married to Angela Bassett and they have twins.

Cournty B Vance
James Vernor - Founder Vernors, New York- Born April 11, 1843 – Died October 29, 1927. He was an American pharmacist and druggist who invented Vernor's ginger ale in 1866. At a young age, he moved to Detroit with his parents. He was employed by Higby and Sterns' Drug Store and experimented making Ginger Ale. With the emergence of the American Civil War in 1862, he enlisted and served with the 4th Michigan Cavalry until 1865, becoming a Second Lieutenant before being discharged. Prior to leaving, he left ginger ale to age and returned with a new ginger ale drink. He opened his own pharmacy and started selling fountain Vernor's Ginger Ale. In 1927 Vernor died in Grosse Ile, Michigan at age 84 from pneumonia and influenza.

 

James Vernor
Robert Wagner actor, Detroit - Born February 10, 1930. Some television roles include The Name of the Game, Hart to Hart, and Hope and Faith. He is also known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers movies. You can currently find him on CBS's hit series Two and a half Men.
Robert Wagner
Tom Welling actor, Putnam Valley New York - Born April 26, 1977. His father was a General Motors executive often required relocation, first moving from Putnam Valley, to Hockessin, Delaware , then settling in Okemos at the beginning of Tom's junior year in high school. Welling's first major role was six episodes on Judging Amy in 2001, and as a love interest and karate teacher. He later appeared in Special Unit 2 and Undeclared. He was chosen as Clark Kent in Smallville after a nationwide search. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife.
Tom Welling
Robin Williams actor/comedian, Chicago - Born July 21, 1951. Robin was raised in Bloomfield Hills where he spent his childhood years growing up in a 30-room mansion situated on a private 20 acre estate. He began his career as a guest appearance as Mork on Happy Days which eventually became a spin off, Mork and Mindy. He has also starred in such movies as Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting.
Robin Williams
Serena Williams tennis player, Saginaw - Born September 21, 1981. When Serena was four and a half, she won her first tournament, and she entered 49 tournaments before the age of 10, winning 46 of them. At one point, she replaced her sister Venus as the number one ranked tennis player aged 12 or under in California. On September 11, 1999, Serena won her first Grand Slam tournament when she became US Open champion, becoming the first African American woman to win a Grand Slam tournament since Althea Gibson in 1958. The next day, she and sister Venus won the doubles championship at the same tournament. She finished 1999 ranked no. 4 in just her third full season.
Serena Williams
Stevie Wonder singer, Saginaw - Born May 13, 1950. The common belief is that he became blind after being exposed to excessive oxygen levels in his incubator, but the oxygen saved his life. The actual cause was premature development of his eye, causing the blood vessels to detach from the retina. In 1962, at the age of eleven, Morris was brought to Motown by Ronnie White of The Miracles , and Berry Gordy signed Morris to Motown's Tamla label as Little Stevie Wonder . Stevie has received 21 Grammy Award and one Academy Award over the course of his career. In 1989, Wonder was inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is also an inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Wonder also received Kennedy Center Honors in 1999, was awarded the highest honor to be received at the Billboard Music Award for the Century Award in 2004 and was one the first inductees into the Michigan Walk of Fame.
Stevie Wonder
Dick York actor, Ft. Wayne, Born September 4, 1928 – Died February 20, 1992. York is best known as the first actor to play Darrin Stephens in the 1960s sitcom Bewitched. York was nominated for an Emmy in 1968, but a debilitating back injury he had suffered on the set of They Came to Cordura caused him increasing pain. In some of his final episodes on the show, the script was written around his being in bed or on the couch for the entire episode because of his real-life back problems. During the fifth season on the sitcom, he collapsed on the Bewitched set and was rushed to a hospital. From his hospital bed, he resigned from the show to devote himself to recovery. For the 1969-70 season, he was replaced in the TV series by actor Dick Sargent York, spent his final years battling emphysema. While bedridden in his Rockford home, he founded Acting for Life, a private charity to help the homeless and others in need. York is buried in Plainfield Cemetery in Rockford, Michigan.
Dick York
Robert Wyland artist, Detroit. Born 1956. Wyland is known for his Whaling Walls and art galleries. At the age of three, he began painting murals on his parents headboard. He has painted murals in such places as Key West Florida, Mexico City and Detroit. In 1993 he painted the largest mural in the world at the Long Beach Convention Center. Wyland currently lives in Oahu.
Wyland Walling Wall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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