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Famous Michigan State University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 75.2k 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.
  • James Caan1

    James Caan

    Actor, Voice acting


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

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

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  • Magic Johnson2

    Magic Johnson

    Talk show host, Basketball Coach


    BirthplaceLansing, Michigan, United States of America

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. (born August 14, 1959) is an American retired professional...  more

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  • Tom Sizemore3

    Tom Sizemore

    Film Producer, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

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

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  • Plaxico Burress4

    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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    #160 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time#7 of 54 The Best Michigan State Football Players of All Time

  • Russell Kirk5

    Russell Kirk

    Historian, Author

    AgeDec. at 76 (1918-1994)

    BirthplacePlymouth, Michigan

    Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist,...  more
  • Bubba Smith6

    Bubba Smith

    Actor, American football player

    AgeDied at 66 (1945-2011)

    BirthplaceOrange, Texas, United States of America

    Charles Aaron "Bubba" Smith (February 28, 1945 – August 3, 2011) was an American professional...  more
  • Joanne M. Maguire7

    Joanne M. Maguire

    Joanne M. Maguire is the Executive Vice President of Lockheed Martin - Space Systems in July...  more
  • Rashad Evans8

    Rashad Evans

    Commentator, Wrestler


    BirthplaceNiagara Falls, New York, United States of America

    Rashad Anton Evans (born September 25, 1979) is an American retired mixed martial artist....  more
  • Steve Garvey9

    Steve Garvey

    Baseball player


    BirthplaceTampa, Florida, United States of America

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

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  • Eli Broad10

    Eli Broad

    Businessperson, Investor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Eli Broad (; born June 6, 1933) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the only...  more
  • Robert Klark Graham11

    Robert Klark Graham

    Businessperson, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 91 (1906-1997)

    BirthplaceHarbor Springs, Michigan

    Robert Klark Graham (June 9, 1906 – February 13, 1997) was an American eugenicist and...  more
  • Lloyd Groff Copeman12

    Lloyd Groff Copeman

    Industrial designer, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 75 (1881-1956)

    Lloyd Groff Copeman (December 28, 1881 – July 5, 1956) was an American inventor who devised...  more
  • Robert Urich13

    Robert Urich

    Television producer, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 56 (1946-2002)

    BirthplaceToronto, Island Creek Township, Ohio, United States of America

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

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  • Willie Thrower14

    Willie Thrower

    American football player

    AgeDec. at 72 (1930-2002)

    BirthplaceNew Kensington, Pennsylvania

    Willie Lee Thrower (March 22, 1930 – February 20, 2002) was an American football quarterback....  more
  • Angela Lanza15
    Angela Lanza is an American singer from Bay City, Michigan, who has performed in different...  more
  • Ralph Gilles16

    Ralph Gilles

    Designer, Engineer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Ralph Victor Gilles (French pronunciation: ​[ʒij]; born 14 January 1970) is a...  more
  • Robert Stempel17
    Robert Carl Stempel (July 15, 1933 – May 7, 2011) was a Chairman and CEO of General Motors...  more
  • N. Katherine Hayles18
    N. (Nancy) Katherine Hayles (born 16 December 1943) is a postmodern literary critic, most...  more
  • Kwame Kilpatrick19

    Kwame Kilpatrick

    Politician, Author


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan, United States of America

    Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (born June 8, 1970) is an American former politician, having served as...  more
  • Bob Roop20

    Bob Roop

    Wrestler, Writer


    BirthplaceBlacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Robert Michael Roop (born July 22, 1947) is a retired amateur and professional wrestler,...  more
  • Andrew Kehoe21

    AgeDec. at 55 (1872-1927)

    BirthplaceTecumseh, Michigan

    Andrew Philip Kehoe (February 1, 1872 – May 18, 1927) was an American farmer and treasurer of...  more
  • Jackie Martling22

    Jackie Martling

    Songwriter, Comedian


    BirthplaceMineola, New York, United States of America

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

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  • Carl Banks23

    Carl Banks

    American football player


    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Carl E. Banks (born August 29, 1962) is a former American football linebacker in the National...  more
  • Alma Routsong24

    Alma Routsong

    Novelist, Writer

    AgeDec. at 72 (1924-1996)

    BirthplaceTraverse City, Michigan

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

    Mark Ingram, Sr.

    American football player


    BirthplaceGaston, North Carolina

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


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