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List of famous people from Detroit, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Detroit, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Detroit you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Detroit, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

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Tom Selleck is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 74

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Thomas William Selleck (born January 29, 1945) is an American actor, film producer, and California Army National Guard veteran. He is most known for starring as private investigator Thomas ...more

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Jana Kramer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 35

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Jana Rae Kramer (born December 2, 1983) is an country music singer and actress. She is known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill. Kramer began her musical career in ...more

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Diana Ross is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 74

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, actress, and record producer. Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, Ross rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, ...more

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Sherilyn Fenn is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 54

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Sherilyn Fenn (born Sheryl Ann Fenn; February 1, 1965) is an American actress. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the TV series Twin Peaks (1990–1991, 2017) for which ...more

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Jerry Bruckheimer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 75

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dec. at 43 (1946-1989)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Gilda Susan Radner (June 28, 1946 – May 20, 1989) was an American comedian and actress who was one of the seven original cast members for the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). In ...more

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Marlo Thomas is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 81

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Margaret Julia "Marlo" Thomas (born November 21, 1937) is an American actress, producer, author, and social activist best known for starring on the sitcom That Girl (1966–1971) and her ...more
Donyale Luna is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dec. at 34 (1945-1979)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Donyale Luna (August 31, 1945 – May 17, 1979) was an American model and actress. Generally cited as “the first black supermodel”, Luna was the first African American model to appear on the cover ...more

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Naima Mora is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 34

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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Sharon Case is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 48

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Sharon Case (born February 9, 1971) is an American actress and former model. At the age of 17, Case began working as a model, relocating briefly to Japan, before pursuing an acting career. She ...more

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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dec. at 72 (1902-1974)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Charles Augustus Lindbergh (February 4, 1902 – August 26, 1974) was an American aviator, military officer, author, inventor, explorer, and environmental activist, and a spokesperson for the ...more

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Pam Dawber is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 67

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Pamela Dawber (born October 18, 1951) is an American actress best known for her lead television sitcom roles as Mindy McConnell in Mork & Mindy (1978–1982) and Samantha Russell in My Sister ...more
Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 46

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Berry Gordy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 89

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Veronica Webb is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 54

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Veronica Webb (born February 25, 1965) is an American model, actress, writer, and television personality. The first African-American to have a major cosmetics contract, Webb has appeared on ...more
James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 92

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

James Lipton (born September 19, 1926) is an American writer, lyricist, actor and dean emeritus of the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University in New York City. He is the executive ...more

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Ed McMahon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dec. at 86 (1923-2009)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Ralph Bunche is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Dec. at 68 (1903-1971)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Sgt. Slaughter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 70
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Roger Corman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 92

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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Clarence Black is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 42

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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George Steele is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 81
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Katie Chonacas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 38

Birthplace: Livonia, Michigan, USA

Katie Chonacas is an American actress. Chonacas was born in Detroit, Michigan. After moving to Los Angeles in 2002 she landed roles on television series including CSI: NY, It's Always Sunny In ...more
Jerome Bettis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 47

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Eric Bischoff is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Detroit
Age: 63
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