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Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 10.5k views135 items

List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Eastern Michigan University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Eastern Michigan University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Eastern Michigan University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Eastern Michigan University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Eastern Michigan University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Eastern Michigan University.

The list you're viewing has a variety of graduates in it, like George Gervin and Antonio Gates.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Eastern Michigan University?” and “Which celebrities are Eastern Michigan University alumni?”
  • 1
    Poet, Author

    AgeDec. at 50 (1949-2000)


    Peter Alexander McWilliams (August 5, 1949 – June 14, 2000) was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana....  more
  • 2
    Television director, Musician


    BirthplaceFlat Rock, Michigan, USA

    Ezekial Dann Florek (born May 1, 1950) is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as New York City Police Captain Donald Cragen on NBC's Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order:...  more
  • 3


    BirthplaceMelvindale, Michigan, USA

    Zachary Mark Gowen (born March 30, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and promoter. Gowen competed for World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Gowen's left leg was...  more
  • 4
    Businessperson, Film Producer


    BirthplaceChennai, India

    Akkineni Nagarjuna (born 29 August 1959) is an Indian film actor, producer, television presenter, and entrepreneur known for his works primarily in Telugu and Hindi language films. He has received...  more
  • 5
    Basketball player, American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Antonio Ethan Gates Jr. (born June 18, 1980) is an American football tight end who is currently a free agent. He has been selected into the Pro Bowl eight times and is a five-time All-Pro.Gates was...  more

    #3 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time#84 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#36 of 77 The Best Athletes Who Have Used Performance Enhancing Drugs

  • 6
    Film Producer, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 64 (1869-1934)

    BirthplaceSpring Lake, Michigan, United States of America

    Zenas Winsor McCay (c. 1866–71 – July 26, 1934) was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo (1905–14; 1924–26) and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur...  more
  • 7
    Basketball player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    George Gervin (born April 27, 1952), nicknamed "The Iceman", is an American retired professional basketball player who played in both the American Basketball Association (ABA) and National Basketball...  more

    #206 of 289 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#55 of 1,316 The Best Athletes Of All Time#98 of 107 The Greatest Lakers of All Time

  • 8
    Politician, Lawyer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1871-1936)

    BirthplaceManistee County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States

    Fred Green may refer to: Fred Green (Australian politician) (1900–1983), member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly Fred Green (footballer) (1921–1983), Australian rules footballer and...  more
  • 9



    David E. Petersen (born July 4, 1977) is an American comic book creator best known for the series Mouse Guard....  more
  • 10
    Television director, Film Producer


    BirthplacePhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

    Clark Johnson (born September 10, 1954), sometimes credited as Clark "Slappy" Jackson, Clarque Johnson, and J. Clark Johnson, is an American actor and director who has worked in both television and...  more

    #74 of 81 Biracial Celebrities List#42 of 46 Famous People Who Are Half-Black

  • 11


    BirthplaceMarianna, Arkansas, United States of America

    For the British Musician, see Rodney Slater (musician).Rodney Earl Slater (born February 23, 1955) was the United States Secretary of Transportation under U.S. President Bill Clinton....  more
  • 12
    Basketball Coach


    Stanley Heath III (born December 17, 1964) is an American basketball coach, and the head coach for the Lakeland Magic of the NBA G League. Heath formerly served as head coach at the University of...  more
  • 13
    Businessperson, TV chef
    Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP (born Zonya Edwards on March 21, 1963 in Ann Arbor, Michigan) is an Professional Speaker, television chef, and writer. She focuses more on healthy eating than on...  more
  • 14
    American football player


    BirthplaceHomestead, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Charles D'Donte Batch (born December 5, 1974) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of...  more

    #113 of 137 The Best Detroit Lions of All Time#61 of 97 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s#48 of 51 The Best College Football Quarterbacks of the 1990s

  • 15
    American football player


    BirthplaceSaginaw, Michigan

    Jereme Jovon Perry (born December 15, 1981) is a former American football defensive back. He was signed by the Browns as an undrafted free agent in 2006. He played college football at Eastern...  more
  • 16
    American football player


    BirthplaceCorvallis, Oregon

    L. J. Shelton (born March 21, 1976) is a former American football offensive tackle who played 10 seasons in the National Football League. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Cardinals 21st...  more
  • 17


    BirthplaceCleveland, Ohio

    John Hammink (born May 1, 1970) is an American engineer, musician, artist and linguist. Hammink was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1993 with a B.A. in...  more
  • 18
    Judge, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, USA

    Gregory Ellis Mathis (born April 5, 1960) is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge turned arbiter of the Daytime Emmy Award–winning, syndicated reality courtroom show, Judge Mathis. Produced...  more

    #13 of 25 Famous People You Didn't Know Were Seventh-Day Adventists#20 of 28 Celebrities Who Once Worked at McDonald's

  • 19
    Businessperson, Physician

    AgeDec. at 91 (1852-1943)

    BirthplaceTyrone Township, Michigan

    John Harvey Kellogg (February 26, 1852 – December 14, 1943) was an American medical doctor, nutritionist, inventor, health activist, and businessman. He was the director of the Battle Creek...  more

    #10 of 15 The Most Bitter Sibling Rivalries In History#1834 of 2,753 The Most Influential People of All Time#12 of 20 Health & Wellness Experts Who Lived the Longest

  • 20


    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    Greg C. Smith retired from Ford Motor Company in March 2006 where he had served as vice chairman since October 2005. Mr. Smith has been a Fannie Mae director since April 2005....  more
  • 21


    BirthplaceAlpena, Michigan, USA

    Michael Bailey Smith (born November 2, 1957) is an American actor and business development manager. He is best known for his appearances on the hit television series Charmed, where he played...  more
  • 22
    American football player


    BirthplaceUniversity Park, Illinois

    Keith Rucker V (born November 20, 1968) is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the Phoenix Cardinals (1992–1993), the Cincinnati Bengals...  more
  • 23
    American football player


    BirthplaceLake Forest, Illinois

    Kevin Patrick Walter (born August 4, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college football at...  more
  • 24
    Novelist, Cartoonist


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Gary Reed (May 21, 1956 – October 2, 2016) was an American comic book writer, and the publisher of Caliber Comics, an independent comic book company that released 1,300 titles in the 1990s and...  more
  • 25
    American football player


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Jason Jones may refer to:...  more