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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.

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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 Hero's.
Kristen Bell
Johnny Benson racecar driver, Grand Rapids - Born June 27, 1963. His career highlights 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 England 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 super model Gisele Bündchen.
Tom Brady
Don Brewer, drummer 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 magazines. 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, Cadillac, actor, born November 29, 1972. He received 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 Drummer 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








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