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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
Poet, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 51 (1949-2000)

Birthplace: Michigan

Peter Alexander McWilliams (August 5, 1949 – June 14, 2000) 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
Television director, Musician, Actor

Age: 68

Birthplace: Flat 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 ...more
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Zach Gowen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Wrestler

Age: 35

Birthplace: Melvindale, 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 ...more
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Nagarjuna is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 59

Birthplace: Chennai, 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 ...more
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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Basketball player, American football player

Age: 35

Birthplace: Detroit, 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 ...more

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Winsor McCay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cartoonist

Age: Dec. at 65 (1869-1934)

Birthplace: Ottawa County, Spring Lake, Michigan, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more

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 ...more
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George Gervin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Basketball player

Age: 66

Birthplace: Detroit, 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 ...more

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#131 of 2,181 The Best Athletes Of All Time #455 of 870 The Top NBA Players Of All Time #14 of 178 The Greatest Shooting Guards in NBA History

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Fred Green is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 65 (1871-1936)

Birthplace: Manistee, Michigan, United States of America

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
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David Petersen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Cartoonist

Age: 41

Birthplace: Michigan

David E. Petersen (born July 4, 1977) 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
Television director, Film Producer, Actor

Age: 64

Birthplace: USA, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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 ...more

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Rodney E. Slater is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Marianna, 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.
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Stan Heath is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Basketball Coach

Age: 54

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 ...more
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Zonya Foco is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Businessperson, TV chef, Entrepreneur
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
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Charlie Batch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Homestead, 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 ...more
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Jereme Perry is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Saginaw, 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
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L. J. Shelton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 42

Birthplace: Corvallis, 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
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John Hammink is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Engineer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Cleveland, 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
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Greg Mathis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Judge, Actor, Writer

Age: 58

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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. ...more

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John Harvey Kellogg is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Businessperson, Physician

Age: Dec. at 91 (1852-1943)

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

Age: 67

Birthplace: Toledo, 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.
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Michael Bailey Smith is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Actor

Age: 61

Birthplace: Alpena, 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
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Keith Rucker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 50

Birthplace: University 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
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Kevin Walter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Lake 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 ...more
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Gary Reed is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
Novelist, Cartoonist

Age: 63

Birthplace: Detroit, 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
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Jason Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Eastern Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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