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

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

Examples include David Hasselhoff and Robert Englund.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Oakland University?” and “Which celebrities are Oakland University alumni?”
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David Hasselhoff is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

David Michael Hasselhoff (born July 17, 1952), nicknamed "The Hoff", is an American actor, singer, producer, and businessman, who set a Guinness World Record as the most watched man on ...more

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Regina Carter is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Musician, Jazz Violinist, Violinist

Age: 52

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Regina Carter (Detroit, August 6, 1966) is an American jazz violinist. She is the cousin of jazz saxophonist James Carter.
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Robert Englund is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 71

Birthplace: Glendale, California, USA

Robert Barton Englund (born June 6, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, singer, and director, best known for playing the infamous serial killer Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street ...more

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Elizabeth Reaser is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Actor

Age: 43

Birthplace: Bloomfield Township, Michigan, United States of America

Elizabeth Ann Reaser (born July 2, 1975) is an American film, television, and stage actress. Her work includes the films Stay, The Family Stone, Sweet Land, Against the Current, The Twilight ...more

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Christopher Howe is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Christopher Howe Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Dearborn

Christopher Carl Howe is an American actor best known for his co-starring role in the 1983 film Going Back. In the film, set in 1964, Howe co-stars with a young Bruce Campbell. Campbell would ...more
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Curtis Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 65

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Curtis Armstrong (born November 27, 1953) is an American actor best known for playing the roles of Booger in the Revenge of the Nerds movies, Herbert Viola on the TV series Moonlighting, Miles ...more
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Susan Cischke is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Businessperson
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Mike Helms is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Mike Helms

Age: 36

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Mike Helms (born December 29, 1982) is an American former professional basketball player. He played college basketball for Oakland University where he was named the Mid-Continent Conference ...more
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Rawle Marshall is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Rawle Marshall Basketball player

Age: 37

Birthplace: Georgetown, Guyana

Rawle Junior Kalomo Marshall (born February 20, 1982) is a Guyanese-American professional basketball player who last played for Shahrdari Gorgan of the Iranian Super League.
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Keith Faber is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Lawyer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Troy, Michigan, United States of America

Keith Faber (born January 19, 1966) currently serves as Ohio's Auditor of State. He was formerly a member of the Ohio House of Representatives, representing the 84th district, which includes ...more
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Jane Abraham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Jane Abraham Activist, Politician

Age: 57

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Jane Abraham is an American political activist. She has been serving as Vice Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party since 2006. She is married to Spencer Abraham, former United States Senator ...more
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Tupac A. Hunter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni

Age: 45

Birthplace: Area code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States, + more

Tupac Amaru Hunter (born July 25, 1973) is an American politician who is a former member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 5th District which encompasses northwest Detroit, Dearborn ...more
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Byron Cage is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Singer

Age: 56

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States of America

Byron Louis Cage (born December 15, 1962) is an American gospel recording artist.
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Deborah Cherry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Deborah Cherry Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Dowagiac, Michigan, United States of America

Deb Cherry (born August 19, 1954) is a former Democratic member of the Michigan Senate, representing the 26th District until she was elected Genesee County treasurer in 2010. Her district ...more
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Brian Gregory is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Basketball Coach

Age: 52

Birthplace: Mount Prospect, Illinois

Brian Francis Gregory (born December 15, 1966) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at South Florida. He was previously serving as a consultant to ...more
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Kelly Williams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni

Age: 37

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Kelly Williams (born February 7, 1982) is a Filipino-American professional basketball player for the TNT KaTropa of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA). Williams, a former PBA Most ...more
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Ruth Johnson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Ruth Johnson Politician

Age: 64

Birthplace: Holly, Michigan, United States of America

Ruth Johnson (born January 8, 1955) is the former Secretary of State of Michigan and current member for State Senate District 14. She is a former member of the Michigan House of Representatives ...more
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Carl Kosta Savich is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Carl Kosta Savich Historian, Writer
Carl Kosta Savich is a Serbian-American historian, academic and writer. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan and has an M.A. in ...more
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Wes Allen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Wes Allen

Age: 32

Birthplace: Austin, Texas

Westley David Allen (born September 17, 1986 in Austin, Texas) is an American soccer player.
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Leon Drolet is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Leon Drolet

Age: 52

Leon Drolet (born January 9, 1967) is a Michigan Republican politician and elected Macomb County Commissioner. He is a political activist known for his libertarian views. From 2001 to 2006 ...more
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Michael W. Michalak is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Michael W. Michalak

Age: 73

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Michael Walter Michalak (born 1946) is the former United States Ambassador to Vietnam. He currently serves as Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director for the US-ASEAN Business ...more
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Tom Stanton is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Tom Stanton Author

Age: 58

Birthplace: Warren, Michigan

Tom Stanton (born December 17, 1960, in Warren, Michigan) is the author of several nonfiction books, including two memoirs. In 1983, Stanton, a journalist, co-founded The Voice Newspapers in ...more
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Renee Ellmers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Nurse, Politician, Registered nurse

Age: 55

Birthplace: Ironwood, Michigan, United States of America

Renee Jacisin Ellmers (born February 9, 1964) is an American politician who was the U.S. Representative for North Carolina's 2nd congressional district from 2011 to 2017. She is a member of the ...more
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Karen Newman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Karen Newman Musician, Actor, Singer

Birthplace: Rochester Hills, Michigan, United States of America

Karen Newman is a professional singer based in Detroit, Michigan and has been the anthem singer of the Detroit Red Wings for 30 years.
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Keith Benson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Oakland University Alumni
Keith Benson Basketball player

Age: 30

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio

Keith Anderson Benson Jr. (born August 13, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for the South East Melbourne Phoenix of the National Basketball League (NBL). He played college ...more