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List of famous people from Detroit, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Detroit, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Detroit you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Detroit, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Tom Selleck age 72 - Thomas William "Tom" Selleck is an American actor and film producer. He is best known for his starring role as the private investigator Thomas Magnum in the television series Magnum, ...more

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Jana Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Jana Kramer age 33 - Jana Rae Kramer is an American actress and country music singer. She is best known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill. Kramer began a country music career in 2012 ...more

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Diana Ross Died at 90 (1910-2000) - Diana Patience Beverly Ross, relative of Robert Ross, was an English children's author and occasional and longtime resident of Shaw, near Melksham, in Wiltshire. A graduate of the Central School ...more

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Sherilyn Fenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Sherilyn Fenn age 52 - Sherilyn Fenn is an American actress. She came to international attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the 1990 cult TV series Twin Peaks for which she was nominated for both a Golden ...more

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Jerry Bruckheimer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Jerry Bruckheimer age 73 - Jerry Bruckheimer is a film and television producer.

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Gilda Radner Died at 43 (1946-1989) - Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award ...more

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Marlo Thomas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Marlo Thomas age 79 - Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas is an American actress, producer, and social activist known for starring on the sitcom That Girl and her award-winning feminist children's franchise, Free ...more

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Donyale Luna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Donyale Luna Died at 34 (1945-1979) - Donyale Luna was an American model and actress. In 1966, Luna became the first black model to appear on the cover of Vogue. She also appeared in several underground films by Andy Warhol, and had ...more

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Naima Mora is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Naima Mora age 33 - Naima Mora is an American fashion model and the winner of Cycle 4 of America's Next Top Model.

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Sharon Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Sharon Case age 46 - Sharon Case is an American actress and former model. At the age of 17, Case began working as a model, relocating briefly to Japan, before pursuing an acting career. She is best known for her ...more

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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Charles Lindbergh Died at 72 (1902-1974) - Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more

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Pam Dawber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Pam Dawber age 65 - Pamela Gene "Pam" Dawber is an American actress best known for her lead television sitcom roles as Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy and Samantha Russell in My Sister Sam.

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Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Ken Jeong age 47 - Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong, M.D. is an American actor, comedian and physician. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series Community ...more

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Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Berry Gordy age 87 - Berry Gordy, Jr. is an American record producer, and songwriter. He is best known as the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries.

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Veronica Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Veronica Webb age 52 - Veronica Webb is an American model, actress, writer, and television personality. The first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract, Webb has appeared on covers of Vogue, Essence and ...more

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James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Detroit
James Lipton age 90 - James Lipton is an American writer, composer, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive producer, writer and host of the ...more

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Ed McMahon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Ed McMahon Died at 86 (1923-2009) - Edward Leo Peter "Ed" McMahon, Jr. was an American comedian, game show host and announcer. He is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's sidekick, announcer, and ...more

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Ralph Bunche is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Ralph Bunche Died at 68 (1903-1971) - Ralph Johnson Bunche was an American political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. He was the first African American ...more

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Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Sgt. Slaughter age 68 - Robert Remus, better known by his ring name Sgt. Slaughter, is an American semi-retired professional wrestler currently signed with the WWE in the ambassador program. From the late 1970s to the ...more

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Roger Corman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Roger Corman age 91 - Roger William Corman is an American independent film producer, director and actor. He has mostly worked on low-budget B movies. Much of Corman's work has an established critical reputation, such ...more

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Clarence Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Detroit

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George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Detroit
George Steele age 78 - William James Myers, better known by his ring name George "The Animal" Steele, is a former American professional wrestler, author and actor. Steele's career lasted from 1967 until ...more

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Katie Chonacas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Katie Chonacas age 36 - Katie Chonacas is an American actress. Chonacas was born in Detroit, Michigan. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002 she landed roles on television series including CSI: NY, It's Always Sunny In ...more

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Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Jerome Bettis age 43 - Jerome Abram Bettis Sr., nicknamed "The Bus," is a former American football halfback who played for the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams and Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football ...more

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Eric Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Eric Bischoff age 60 - Eric Aaron Bischoff is an American entrepreneur, television producer, professional wrestling booker, on-screen personality and occasional wrestler. He is best known for serving as Executive ...more

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Anna Sui is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Anna Sui age 51 - Anna Sui is an American fashion designer. Sui is one of the most celebrated names in American fashion, known for her timeless designs and ability to transcend eras with historical and culturally ...more

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Loni Love is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Loni Love age 45 - Loni Love is an American comedienne and actress. Before quitting her job as an electrical engineer in 2003, Love began to pursue a career in stand up comedy. She was the runner-up on Star Search ...more

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Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Tim Meadows age 56 - Timothy "Tim" Meadows is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he served for ten seasons. He currently ...more

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Art Clokey is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Art Clokey Died at 89 (1921-2010) - Arthur "Art" Clokey was an American pioneer in the popularization of stop motion clay animation, best known as the creator of the character Gumby. Clokey's career began in 1955 with a ...more

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Wendy Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People From Detroit

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Michael Kinsley is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Michael Kinsley age 66 - Michael Kinsley is an American political journalist, commentator, television host, and pundit. Primarily active in print media as both a writer and editor, he also became known to television ...more

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Lenda Murray is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Lenda Murray age 53 - Lenda Murray is an American professional female bodybuilding champion.

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Velicity Von is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People From Detroit
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John N. Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People From Detroit
John N. Mitchell Died at 75 (1913-1988) - John Newton Mitchell was the Attorney General of the United States from 1969 to 1972 under President Richard Nixon. Prior to that, he was a noted New York municipal bond lawyer, director of ...more

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Charles Diggs is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Charles Diggs Died at 76 (1922-1998) - Charles Coles Diggs, Jr. was an African-American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Diggs was an early member of the civil rights movement. He attended the trial of Emmett Till's ...more

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Suzi Quatro is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Suzi Quatro age 66 - Susan Kay "Suzi" Quatro is a British-based American singer-songwriter, bass guitar player, and actor. She was the first female bass player to become a major rock star breaking a ...more

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Dominic A. Antonelli is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dominic A. Antonelli age 49 - Dominic Anthony "Tony" Antonelli is a NASA astronaut. Antonelli was born in Detroit, Michigan, but was raised in both Indiana and North Carolina. He is married and has two children.

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Jalen Rose is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Jalen Rose age 44 - Jalen Anthony Rose is a retired American professional basketball player and current sports analyst with ESPN. In college, he was a member of the University of Michigan Wolverines' "Fab ...more

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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Della Reese age 85 - Delloreese Patricia Early, known professionally as Della Reese, is an American singer, actress, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister. She started her ...more

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Courtney B. Vance is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Courtney B. Vance age 57 - Courtney Bernard Vance is an American actor. He is notable for his roles in the feature film The Hunt for Red October and the television series Law & Order: Criminal Intent, in which he ...more

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Chris Webber age 44 - Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie ...more

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People From Detroit
George Gervin age 64 - George "The Iceman" Gervin is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association and National Basketball Association for the ...more

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John Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People From Detroit
John Witherspoon age 75 - John Witherspoon is an American comedian and actor who has had roles in several films and television shows. Witherspoon is best known for his role as Willie Jones for the Friday series, he has ...more

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Kimberly Spicer is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People From Detroit

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Levi Stubbs is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Levi Stubbs Died at 72 (1936-2008) - Levi Stubbs was an American baritone singer, best known as the lead vocalist of the Motown R&B group the Four Tops. He was also a voice artist in film and animated television series, most ...more

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Rob Paulsen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Rob Paulsen age 61 - Robert Fredrick "Rob" Paulsen III is an American actor who is most active in voice over roles. He is best known for providing the voices of Raphael and Donatello from the 1987 cartoon ...more

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Jessica Cauffiel is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Jessica Cauffiel age 41 - Jessica Cauffiel is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Margot in the 2001 film Legally Blonde and as Tori in the 2004 film White Chicks.

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Greg Mathis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Greg Mathis age 57 - Gregory Ellis "Greg" Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and syndicated television show arbiter on the long-running reality courtroom show Judge Mathis. Having been ...more

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Al Jean is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Al Jean age 56 - Alfred Ernest "Al" Jean III is an American screenwriter and producer. Jean is well known for his work on The Simpsons. He was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and graduated from ...more

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Mike Ilitch is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Mike Ilitch age 86 - Michael "Mike" Ilitch, Sr. is an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owns the Detroit Red Wings of the National ...more