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Famous Michigan State University Alumni

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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

Age: 78

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

James Edmund Caan (born March 26, 1940) is an American actor. After early roles in The Glory Guys (1965), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination, El Dorado (1967), and The Rain People ...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

Age: 59

Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional basketball player and former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the ...more

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Tom Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. (born November 29, 1961) is an American film and television actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as Born on the Fourth of July ...more

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Plaxico Burress is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Athlete, American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Virginia

Plaxico Antonio Burress (born August 12, 1977) is a former American football wide receiver who played 13 seasons in the National Football League. He played college football at Michigan State, ...more

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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 76 (1918-1994)

Birthplace: Plymouth, Michigan

Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, and literary critic, known for his influence on 20th-century ...more
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Bubba Smith is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Actor, American football player

Age: Died at 66 (1945-2011)

Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States of America

Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) was an American professional football player, who starred as a defensive end in both college and the NFL before ...more
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Joanne M. Maguire is listed (or ranked) 7 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) 8 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Commentator, Wrestler, Mixed Martial Artist

Age: 39

Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States of America

Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) is an American retired mixed martial artist. Evans started his professional career in 2003, he was the Heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter 2 ...more
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Steve Garvey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Baseball player

Age: 70

Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States of America

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Eli Broad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Financier

Age: 85

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Eli Broad (; born June 6, 1933) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the only individual to have created two Fortune 500 companies in different industries (KB Home and ...more
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Robert Klark Graham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Businessperson, Inventor, Author

Age: Dec. at 91 (1906-1997)

Birthplace: Harbor Springs, Michigan

Robert Klark Graham (June 9, 1906 – February 13, 1997) was an American eugenicist and businessman who made millions by developing shatterproof plastic eyeglass lenses and who later founded the ...more
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Lloyd Groff Copeman is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Industrial designer, Inventor, Engineer

Age: Dec. at 75 (1881-1956)

Lloyd Groff Copeman (December 28, 1881 – July 5, 1956) was an American inventor who devised the first electric stove and the flexible rubber ice cube tray, among other products. He had nearly ...more
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Robert Urich is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Actor

Age: Dec. at 56 (1946-2002)

Birthplace: Toronto, Island Creek Township, Ohio, United States of America

Robert Michael Urich (December 19, 1946 – April 16, 2002) was an American film, television, stage actor, and television producer. Over the course of his 30-year career, he starred in a record 15 ...more

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Willie Thrower is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
American football player

Age: Dec. at 72 (1930-2002)

Birthplace: New Kensington, Pennsylvania

Willie Lee Thrower (March 22, 1930 – February 20, 2002) was an American football quarterback. Born near Pittsburgh in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, Thrower was known as "Mitts" for his ...more
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Angela Lanza is listed (or ranked) 15 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) 16 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Designer, Engineer

Age: 49

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Ralph Victor Gilles (French pronunciation: ​[ʒij]; born 14 January 1970) is a Haitian-Canadian-American automobile designer and executive. Gilles was the President and CEO of Chrysler's SRT ...more
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Robert Stempel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni

Age: Dec. at 78 (1933-2011)

Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey

Robert Carl Stempel (July 15, 1933 – May 7, 2011) was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors (GM). He joined GM in 1958 as a design engineer at Oldsmobile and was key in the development of the ...more
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N. Katherine Hayles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni

Age: 75

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri

N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most notable for her contribution to the fields of literature and science, electronic literature, and ...more
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Kwame Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Politician, Author, Teacher

Age: 48

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as a Democratic Michigan state representative and mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. Kilpatrick ...more
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Bob Roop is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Wrestler, Writer

Age: 77

Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Robert Michael Roop (born July 22, 1947) 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) 21 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Farmer

Age: Dec. at 55 (1872-1927)

Birthplace: Tecumseh, Michigan

Andrew Philip Kehoe (February 1, 1872 – May 18, 1927) was an American farmer and treasurer of his township school board, notable as a mass murderer for killing his wife and 43 other people ...more
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Jackie Martling is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Songwriter, Comedian, Film Producer

Age: 71

Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America

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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Carl Banks American football player

Age: 53

Birthplace: Flint, Michigan

Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National Football League. He played from 1984 to 1995 for the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins and ...more
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Alma Routsong is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 72 (1924-1996)

Birthplace: Traverse City, Michigan

Alma Routsong (November 26, 1924 – October 4, 1996) 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) 25 on the list Famous Michigan State University Alumni
Mark Ingram, Sr. American football player

Age: 50

Birthplace: Gaston, North Carolina

Mark Ingram Sr. (born August 23, 1965) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants (1987–1992), the Miami Dolphins (1993–1994), ...more

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