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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Michigan State University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Michigan State University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Michigan State University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Michigan State University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Michigan State 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 Michigan State University.

The list you're viewing is made up of many different graduates, including Magic Johnson, James Caan, andy many other famous MSU Spartans.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Michigan State University?” and “Which celebrities are Michigan State University alumni?”

Take a look at this list of notable Michigan State alumni. There are many famous Michigan State students.

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James Caan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Actor, Voice acting, Singer James Edmund Caan is an American actor. He is best known for his starring roles in The Godfather, Thief, The Gambler, Misery, A Bridge Too Far, Brian's Song, Rollerball, Kiss Me Goodbye, El ...more

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Talk show host, Basketball Coach, Basketball player Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. ...more

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Tom Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Singer Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore, Jr. is an American film and television actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as: the dark comedy crime film True Romance; ...more

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Porsche Lynn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Pornographic actor Porsche Lynn is the stage name of an American exotic dancer and pornographic actress. She chose her stage name from the Porsche car company after seeing one of their cars during a drive to one ...more

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player Plaxico Antonio Burress, is a former American football wide receiver. He was drafted by the Steelers eighth overall in the 2000 NFL Draft and later played for the New York Giants and the New ...more

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer Russell Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author known for his influence on 20th century American conservatism. His 1953 ...more

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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Actor, American football player Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith was an American professional football player who became an actor after his retirement from the sport. He first came into prominence at Michigan State ...more

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Joanne M. Maguire is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson Joanne M. Maguire is the Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin - Space Systems in July 2006. Prior to this assignment she served as Vice President and Deputy of Space Systems Company ...more

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Rashad Evans is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Commentator, Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist Rashad Anton Evans is an American mixed martial artist from Niagara Falls, New York, signed to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Evans was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2. ...more

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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Baseball player Steven Patrick Garvey, nicknamed "Mr. Clean" because of the squeaky clean image he held throughout his career in baseball, is an American former Major League Baseball first baseman and ...more

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Eli Broad is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Financier Eli L. Broad is an American philanthropist and entrepreneur. He is the only person to build two Fortune 500 companies in different industries.

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Robert Klark Graham is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor, Author Robert Klark Graham was an American eugenicist and businessman who made millions by developing shatter-proof plastic eyeglass lenses, and who later founded the Repository for Germinal Choice, a ...more

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Lloyd Groff Copeman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Industrial designer, Inventor, Engineer Lloyd Groff Copeman was a prolific American inventor who devised the first electric stove and the flexible rubber ice cube tray, among other products. Copeman was raised by his Canadian parents ...more

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Robert Urich is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor Robert Michael Urich was an American film, television and stage actor and television producer. Over the course of his 30-year career, Urich starred in a record 15 television series. Urich began ...more

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Vicki Witt is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Nude Glamour Model

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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
American football player Willie Lee Thrower was an American football quarterback. Born near Pittsburgh in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Thrower was known as "Mitts" for his large hands and arm strength ...more

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Angela Lanza is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Singer Angela Lanza is an American singer from Bay City, Michigan, who has performed in different American cities and internationally as well. She joined with other performers, sponsored by Hooters in ...more

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Ralph Gilles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Designer, Engineer Ralph Victor Gilles is an American-Canadian automobile designer and currently the President and CEO of the SRT Brand and Senior Vice President of Design at Chrysler. Gilles, pronounced ...more

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Robert Stempel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Robert Carl "Bob" Stempel was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors. He joined GM in 1958 as a design engineer at Oldsmobile and was key in the development of the front-wheel drive ...more

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N. Katherine Hayles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
N. Katherine Hayles is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and American literature. She is professor ...more

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Kwame Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Politician, Author, Teacher Kwame Malik Kilpatrick is a former Michigan state representative and Democratic mayor of Detroit. He resigned as mayor after being convicted on felony counts, including perjury and obstruction ...more

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Bob Roop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Wrestler, Writer Robert Michael "Bob" Roop is a retired amateur and professional wrestler, whose career as a wrestler spanned high school, college, the United States Army, amateur and professional ...more

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Andrew Kehoe is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Farmer Andrew Philip Kehoe was an American farmer and treasurer of his township school board, notable as a mass murderer for killing his wife, and 43 other people, and injuring 58 people by setting off ...more

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Jackie Martling is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Songwriter, Comedian, Film Producer John Coger "Jackie" Martling, Jr. is an American comedian, comedy writer and radio personality. He is best known for being the head-writer and on-air personality on The Howard Stern ...more

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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
American football player Carl E. Banks is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and the Cleveland Browns.

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Alma Routsong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Alma Routsong was an American novelist best known for her lesbian fiction, published under the pen name Isabel Miller.

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Mark Ingram, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
American football player Mark Ingram, Sr. is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants, the Miami Dolphins, the Green Bay Packers, and the Philadelphia ...more

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Anthony Heald is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Actor Philip Anthony Mair Heald, known professionally as Anthony Heald, is an American actor known for portraying Hannibal Lecter's jail nemesis, Dr. Frederick Chilton, in The Silence of the Lambs and ...more

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Peter J. Wagner is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Peter J. Wagner Peter J. Wagner is a paleontologist and curator at the Smithsonian Institution. He received his Ph.D. in Geophysical Sciences from The University of Chicago in 1995, conducted postdoctoral ...more

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Jit Saxena is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Jit Saxena, a business-savvy entrepreneur, brings an impressive portfolio of accomplishments, skills and experience to Netezza. Previously, Saxena was founder, chairman and CEO of Applix Inc., a ...more

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Thomas McGuane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Thomas Francis McGuane III is an American author. His work includes ten novels, short fiction and screenplays, as well as three collections of essays devoted to his life in the outdoors. He is a ...more

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Richa Gangopadhyay is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Model, Actor Richa Gangopadhyay is an Indian film actress, model and former beauty queen. After appearing in commercials, she made her film debut in the 2010 Telugu political drama Leader. Since then she has ...more

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Charles Cioffi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Actor Charles Cioffi, also credited as Charles M. Cioffi, is an American movie and television actor. He was born in New York City and attended Michigan State University, where he became a member of ...more

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Tom Gores is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson, Financier Tom Gores is an American businessman, a billionaire with an estimated current net worth of $2.5 billion according to the 2011 Forbes list of World's Billionaires. He is the founder of Platinum ...more

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Edward J. Laurent is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Database manager, Editor, Earth remote sensing Ed Laurent is a Spatial Ecologist who develops and delivers collaborative, science-based recommendations and tools that enable the implementation and evaluation of conservation activities. His ...more

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Charles Bachman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Computer scientist, Engineer Charles William "Charlie" Bachman III is an American computer scientist, who spent his entire career as an industrial researcher, developer, and manager rather than in academia. He is ...more

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Sam Raimi is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Samuel M "Sam" Raimi is an American film director, producer, writer and actor, famous for directing the cult horror comedy Evil Dead series, the superhero film Darkman, and the ...more

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Andrew Osborn is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Soldier

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Antonio Gates is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
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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Brent Woodford is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Certified Public Accountant, Businessperson

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Carolyn Forché is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Editor, Poet, Translator Carolyn Forché is an American poet, editor, translator, and human rights advocate. She has received awards for her literary work.

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Theda Skocpol is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Sociologist, Political scientist Theda Skocpol is an American sociologist and political scientist at Harvard University. She served from 2005 to 2007 as Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. She is influential in ...more

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Michelle Rzepka is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Bobsleigher Michelle "Mickie" Rzepka is an American bobsledder who has competed since 2007. Her best event finish in the Bobsleigh World Cup is third at Whistler, Canada on February 6, 2009 where ...more

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Dorothy DeLay is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Violinist, Teacher Dorothy DeLay was an American violin instructor, primarily at the Juilliard School and University of Cincinnati She was born in Medicine Lodge, Kansas.

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Liberty Hyde Bailey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Science writer, Botanist Liberty Hyde Bailey was an American horticulturist, botanist and cofounder of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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Colin Evans is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Computer scientist Colin combines machine learning and semantic analysis to fight information entropy and noisy data. The results of his efforts appear as millions of facts in Freebase. Prior to joining Metaweb, ...more

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Areeya Chumsai is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Film Director Areeya Sirisopa or Areeya Chumsai is an American model, teacher and filmmaker.

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Thomas R. Sklut is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Thomas R. Sklut Singer-songwriter, Entertainer

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Richard Cordray is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Politician Richard Cordray is an American lawyer and Democratic Party politician who currently serves as the first Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Prior to his appointment in January ...more

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Anson Carter is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Ice Hockey Player Anson Carter is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey right winger of Barbadian descent who last played for HC Lugano in the Swiss Nationalliga A. In the past, he has played for eight ...more