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Famous Michigan State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 75.6k views93 items

List RulesPeople 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.
  • 1

    James Caan

    Actor, Voice acting
    James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in The Glory...  more

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  • 2

    Magic Johnson

    Talk show host, Basketball Coach
    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more

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  • 3

    Tom Sizemore

    Film Producer, Actor
    Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. (born November 29, 1961) is an American film and television actor...  more

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    Plaxico Burress

    Athlete, American football player
    Plaxico Antonio Burress (born August 12, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who...  more

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  • 5

    Russell Kirk

    Historian, Author
    Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist,...  more
  • 6

    Bubba Smith

    Actor, American football player
    Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) was an American professional...  more
  • 7

    Joanne M. Maguire

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  • 8

    Rashad Evans

    Commentator, Wrestler
    Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) is an American retired mixed martial artist....  more
  • 9

    Steve Garvey

    Baseball player
    Steven Patrick Garvey (born December 22, 1948) is an American former professional baseball...  more

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    Eli Broad

    Businessperson, Investor
    Eli Broad (; born June 6, 1933) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the only...  more
  • 11

    Robert Klark Graham

    Businessperson, Inventor
    Robert Klark Graham (June 9, 1906 – February 13, 1997) was an American eugenicist and...  more
  • 12

    Lloyd Groff Copeman

    Industrial designer, Inventor
    Lloyd Groff Copeman (December 28, 1881 – July 5, 1956) was an American inventor who devised...  more
  • 13

    Robert Urich

    Television producer, Film Producer
    Robert Michael Urich (December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002) was an American film, television,...  more

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  • 14

    Willie Thrower

    American football player
    Willie Lee Thrower (March 22, 1930 – February 20, 2002) was an American football quarterback....  more
  • 15
    Angela Lanza is an American singer from Bay City, Michigan, who has performed in different...  more
  • 16

    Ralph Gilles

    Designer, Engineer
    Ralph Victor Gilles (French pronunciation: ​[ʒij]; born 14 January 1970) is a...  more
  • 17
    Robert Carl Stempel (July 15, 1933 – May 7, 2011) was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors...  more
  • 18
    N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most...  more
  • 19

    Kwame Kilpatrick

    Politician, Author
    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as...  more

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    Bob Roop

    Wrestler, Writer
    Robert Michael Roop (born July 22, 1947) is a retired amateur and professional wrestler,...  more
  • 21
    Andrew Philip Kehoe (February 1, 1872 – May 18, 1927) was an American farmer and treasurer of...  more
  • 22

    Jackie Martling

    Songwriter, Comedian
    John Coger "Jackie" Martling, Jr. (born February 14, 1948) is an American stand-up comedian,...  more

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  • 23

    Carl Banks

    American football player
    Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National...  more
  • 24

    Alma Routsong

    Novelist, Writer
    Alma Routsong (November 26, 1924 – October 4, 1996) was an American novelist best known for...  more
  • 25

    Mark Ingram, Sr.

    American football player
    Mark Ingram Sr. (born August 23, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more


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