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List Rules People 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?”

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Peter McWilliams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Peter McWilliams Poet, Author, Writer Peter Alexander McWilliams was an American self-help author who advocated for the legalization of marijuana.

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Ezekial Dann Florek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Ezekial Dann Florek Television director, Musician, Actor Ezekial Dann Florek, better known as Dann Florek, is an American actor and director. He is best known for his role as Donald Cragen on NBC's Law & Order and its spinoff Law & Order: ...more

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Zach Gowen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Zach Gowen Wrestler Zachary "Zach" Gowen is an American professional wrestler. Gowen has competed for World Wrestling Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. Gowen's left leg was amputated when ...more

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Nagarjuna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Nagarjuna Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor Akkineni . Nagarjuna is an Indian film actor and producer who works primarily in the Telugu Cinema. He has acted in over ninety films as an actor in a lead, supporting and cameo roles, including ...more

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Antonio Gates Basketball player, American football player Antonio Ethan Gates, Jr. is an American football tight end for the San Diego Chargers of the National Football League. He has been selected onto the Pro Bowl nine times and is a five-time ...more

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Winsor McCay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Winsor McCay Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist Zenas Winsor McCay was an American cartoonist and animator. He is best known for the comic strip Little Nemo and the animated film Gertie the Dinosaur. For contractual reasons, he worked under ...more

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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
George Gervin Basketball player 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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Fred Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Fred Green Politician, Lawyer Fred Warren Green was mayor of Ionia, Michigan before he served as the 31st Governor of Michigan from 1927 to 1931. Active in athletics during his time as a student at Michigan State Normal ...more

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David Petersen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
David Petersen Cartoonist David E. Petersen is an American comic book creator best known for the series Mouse Guard.

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Clark Johnson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Clark Johnson Television director, Film Producer, Actor Clark Johnson, 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 film.

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Rodney E. Slater is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Rodney E. Slater Politician Rodney Earl Slater was the United States Secretary of Transportation under U.S. President Bill Clinton.

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Stan Heath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Stan Heath Basketball Coach Stanley Heath, III was the head men's basketball coach at the University of South Florida. Heath formerly served as basketball coach of the University of Arkansas and Kent State University, the ...more

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Zonya Foco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Zonya Foco Businessperson, TV chef, Entrepreneur Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP, is an American dietitian, professional speaker, nutrition expert, entrepreneur, television chef and writer, focusing more on healthy eating than on dieting. Foco is ...more

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Charlie Batch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Charlie Batch American football player Charles D'Donte "Charlie" Batch is a former American NFL quarterback. He was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the second round of the 1998 NFL Draft and played 15 seasons in the NFL, ...more

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Jereme Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Jereme Perry American football player Jereme Jovon Perry 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 Michigan. Perry has played ...more

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L. J. Shelton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
L. J. Shelton American football player L. J. Shelton 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 overall in the 1999 ...more

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John Hammink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
John Hammink Engineer John Hammink is an American engineer, musician, artist and linguist from Ohio. Hammink was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 1993 with a B.A. in ...more

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Greg Mathis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Greg Mathis Judge, Actor, Writer 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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John Harvey Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
John Harvey Kellogg Businessperson, Physician John Harvey Kellogg, M.D. was an American medical doctor in Battle Creek, Michigan, who ran a sanitarium using holistic methods, with a particular focus on nutrition, enemas and exercise. ...more

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Greg C. Smith is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Greg C. Smith Businessperson 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.

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Michael Bailey Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Michael Bailey Smith Actor Michael Bailey Smith is an American movie and television actor. He is best known for his appearances on the hit television series Charmed, where he played Belthazor, The Source of All Evil, a ...more

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Keith Rucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Keith Rucker American football player Keith Rucker V is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played for the Phoenix Cardinals, the Cincinnati Bengals, Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington ...more

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Kevin Walter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Kevin Walter American football player Kevin Patrick Walter is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Gary Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Gary Reed Novelist, Cartoonist Gary Reed is an American comic book writer who was also the publisher of Caliber Comics, an independent comic book company that released 1,300 titles in the 1990s and gave a chance to many of ...more

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Jason Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Jason Jones American football player Jason Duane Jones is an American football defensive end for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Tennessee Titans in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft ...more

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Carl Pursell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Carl Pursell Carl Duane Pursell was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Pursell was born in Imlay City, Michigan and graduated from Plymouth High School, Plymouth, Michigan, in 1951. He worked in ...more

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John Heffron is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
John Heffron Comedian John Heffron is an American stand-up comic. Born on July 19, 1970 in Detroit, he was raised in South Lyon, Michigan. He graduated in 1988 from South Lyon High School and graduated in 1993 from ...more

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Charles E. Potter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Charles E. Potter Charles Edward Potter was a U.S. Representative and a U.S. Senator from the state of Michigan.

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Kenshiro Matsunami is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Kenshiro Matsunami Politician Kenshiro Matsunami is a Japanese politician of the Liberal Democratic Party, a member of the House of Representatives in the Diet. A native of Izumisano, Osaka, he attended Nippon Sport Science ...more

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Éric Deslauriers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Éric Deslauriers Éric Deslauriers is a professional Canadian football slotback for the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He played college football at Eastern Michigan University. ...more

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Royal S. Copeland is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Royal S. Copeland Politician Royal Samuel Copeland, a United States Senator from New York from 1923 until 1938, was an academic, homeopathic physician, and politician. He held elected offices in both Michigan and New York.

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Keith J. Peden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Keith J. Peden Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of Human Resources for Raytheon Company. As Raytheons top Human Resources officer, Peden is responsible for providing worldwide direction for the companys ...more

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Logan Giulietti-Schmitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Logan Giulietti-Schmitt Logan Giulietti-Schmitt is an American ice dancer. With partner Lynn Kriengkrairut, he is a two-time Ice Challenge champion and the 2012 U.S. national pewter medalist.

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John G. Coburn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
John G. Coburn General John Gordon Coburn is Chairman and CEO of VT Systems, Inc., a global company, which he joined in November 2001 and grew from 61 million dollars to 1.3 billion dollars. Prior to joining ...more

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Brian Bixler is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Brian Bixler Baseball player Brian Joseph Bixler is a professional baseball player who is a free agent. He primarily plays shortstop, although he has played seven different positions in his career. He has played in Major ...more

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Grant Long is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Grant Long Basketball player Grant Andrew Long is a retired American professional basketball player. He played over 1,000 NBA games over a 15-year career. A 6'9" forward from Eastern Michigan University, Long was ...more

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Bob Welch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Bob Welch Baseball player Robert Lynn "Bob" Welch was an American professional baseball starting pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Oakland Athletics. Prior to his ...more

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Ron Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Ron Johnson American football player A seven-year veteran of the National Football League, Ron Johnson performed as a cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers; Ron played all seven of his NFL seasons in a Pittsburgh uniform.

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Patrick H. Kelley is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Patrick H. Kelley Politician Patrick Henry Kelley was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. He served as U.S. Representative from Michigan's 6th congressional district from 1915-1923.

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Earl Boykins is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Earl Boykins Basketball player Earl Antoine Boykins is an American former basketball player who played for twelve teams in fourteen professional seasons. Standing at 5 feet, 5 inches in height, he is the second shortest ...more

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Charles Ramsey is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Charles Ramsey Basketball player, Coach Charles Edward Ramsey is an American athlete and college basketball coach. He is the former head men's basketball coach at Eastern Michigan University.

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Joseph Sobran is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Joseph Sobran Journalist, Writer Michael Joseph "Joe" Sobran, Jr. was an American journalist and writer, formerly with National Review magazine and a syndicated columnist. Pundit and three-time presidential candidate ...more

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Franz Harary is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Franz Harary Magician Franz Harary is an American magician and inventor who has appeared on television shows such as the first episode of NBC's The World's Greatest Magic, on which Harary made the Space Shuttle ...more

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Rob Rubick is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Rob Rubick American football player Robin James Rubick is a former NFL Tight End for the Detroit Lions. He attended Grand Valley State. He was drafted in the 1982 NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions in the twelfth round. As an NFL ...more

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Chris Roberson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Chris Roberson American football player Chris Roberson is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL Draft. He played college football at Eastern Michigan. ...more

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Edward P. Allen is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Edward P. Allen Politician, Lawyer Edward Payson Allen was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan.

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Rocky Roe is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Rocky Roe Umpire John Andrew "Rocky" Roe is a former umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League from 1979 to 1999 and in both leagues in 2000 and 2001. He officiated in the 1990 ...more

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Chuck Shonta is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Chuck Shonta American football player Charles "Chuck" Shonta is a former college and professional American football defensive back. He attended Eastern Michigan University and played football there. In 1960 he joined the ...more

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Ella Joyce is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Ella Joyce Acting Coach, Actor, Writer Ella Joyce is an American actress.

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Kim Antieau is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Kim Antieau Author Kim Antieau is an American writer, the author of six novels and many short stories for adults and teenagers, including Mercy, Unbound', "Ruby's Imagine", "Coyote Cowgirl", ...more