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

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

List features graduates like Madonna, Tom Brady, and many more

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to University of Michigan?” and “Which celebrities are University of Michigan alumni?”

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Steve Blank is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Steve Blank Entrepreneur, Author Steve Blank is a Silicon Valley serial-entrepreneur and academician who is based in Pescadero, California. Blank is recognized for developing the Customer Development methodology, which launched ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

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Ann Coulter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Commentator, Author, Writer Ann Hart Coulter is an American conservative social and political commentator, writer, syndicated columnist, and lawyer. She frequently appears on television, radio, and as a speaker at public ...more

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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
American football player Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more

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Derek Jeter is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Baseball player, Actor, Athlete Derek Sanderson Jeter is an American former professional baseball shortstop who played 20 seasons in Major League Baseball for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter is ...more

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C Robert Kidder is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Charles Robert Kidder, born 1945, was chairman and CEO of 3Stone Advisors LLC, and is now chairman of Chrysler Group LLC and has previously served as CEO of Duracell, CEO of Borden, Inc., and ...more

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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share ...more

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Lucy Liu is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Painter, Film Producer, Model Lucy Alexis Liu is an American actress, model, artist, and occasional producer and director. She became known for playing the role of the vicious and ill-mannered Ling Woo in the television ...more

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Thomas G. Stephens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Thomas G. Stephens Thomas G. Stephens became GM executive vice president, March 3, 2008. He is responsible for GM Global Powertrain, an organization with 48,700 employees working at more than 80 manufacturing ...more

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Selma Blair is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Actor, Voice acting Selma Blair is an American film, television and theater actress. Since Blair made her professional acting debut in 1995, she has starred in a variety of film genres, including several commercial ...more

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Michael Phelps is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Athlete, Swimmer Michael Fred Phelps II is an American competition swimmer and the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a total of 22 medals. Phelps also holds the all-time records for Olympic gold medals, ...more

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Frank O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Poet, Art critic, Curator Francis Russell "Frank" O'Hara was an American writer, poet and art critic. Because of his employment as a curator at the Museum of Modern Art, O'Hara became prominent in New York ...more

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Gerald Ford is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Politician, Actor, Lawyer Gerald Rudolph "Jerry" Ford Jr. was the 38th President of the United States, serving from 1974 to 1977, and, prior to this, was the 40th Vice President of the United States serving ...more

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Marcy Kaptur is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Politician, Urban planner Marcia Carolyn "Marcy" Kaptur is the U.S. Representative for Ohio's 9th congressional district, who has served since 1983. She is a member of the Democratic Party. The district, ...more

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Michael R. Francis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Michael R. Francis Michael R. Francis is executive vice president, marketing, for Target Corporation, an operator of Target-brand general merchandise discount stores and an online business, Target.com. Francis ...more

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David Oliver is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Ice Hockey Player David Lee Oliver is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player who played several seasons in the National Hockey League.

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John Seely Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Engineer John Seely Brown, also known as "JSB", is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported ...more

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H. H. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Physician Herman Webster Mudgett, better known under the name of Dr. Henry Howard Holmes, was one of the first documented serial killers in the modern sense of the term. In Chicago at the time of the 1893 ...more

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David Alan Grier is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter David Alan Grier, also known as DAG, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his work on the sketch comedy television show In Living Color.

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Gilda Radner is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Gilda Susan Radner was an American comedian and actress. She was best remembered as an original cast member of the hit NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live, for which she won an Emmy Award ...more

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Raoul Wallenberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Businessperson, Diplomat, Humanitarian Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the ...more

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Larry Elder is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Lawyer Laurence Allen "Larry" Elder is an American lawyer, writer and radio and television personality who calls himself the "Sage of South Central," a district of Los Angeles, ...more

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Charles F. Brush is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor Charles Francis Brush was a U.S. inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist.

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Jack Kevorkian is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Painter, Musician, Author Jacob "Jack" Kevorkian, was an American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, author, composer, and instrumentalist. He is best known for publicly championing a terminal patient's ...more

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Charles Diggs is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Politician Charles Coles Diggs, Jr. was an African-American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Diggs was an early member of the civil rights movement. He attended the trial of Emmett Till's ...more

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Ann B. Davis is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Actor Ann Bradford Davis was an American actress. Davis achieved prominence for her role in the NBC situation comedy The Bob Cummings Show, for which she twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for ...more

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Donald Othmer is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Chemist, Inventor, Engineer Donald Frederick Othmer was an American professor of chemical engineering, an inventor, multi-millionaire and philanthropist, whose most famous work is the Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical ...more

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David H. Shepard is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Inventor, Engineer David Hammond Shepard was a prolific American inventor, who invented among other things, the first optical character recognition device, first voice recognition system and the Farrington B ...more

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Kate Upton is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Model, Actor Katherine Elizabeth "Kate" Upton is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her ...more

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Hung-Chang Lin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Inventor Hung Chang Lin was a Chinese-American inventor and a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Maryland. Hung C. Lin held 61 U.S. patents. Among his inventions is the ...more

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Abdi Kusow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Abdi Kusow Writer Abdi Mohamed Kusow is a Somali scholar and writer.

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Eric Millegan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Actor Eric Millegan is an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Zack Addy on the Fox series Bones.

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Abraham L. Brick is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Abraham L. Brick Abraham Lincoln Brick was a U.S. Representative from Indiana. Born on his father's farm, near South Bend, St. Joseph County, Indiana, Brick attended the common schools and was graduated from the ...more

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David Daniels is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Singer David Daniels is an American countertenor.

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Jeff Marx is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Lyricist, Composer Jeff Marx is a composer and lyricist of musicals. He is best known for creating the Broadway musical Avenue Q with collaborator Robert Lopez.

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Homi Sethna is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Scientist Homi Nusserwanji Sethna PhD was an Indian nuclear scientist and a chemical engineer, gaining international fame as the Chairman of the Atomic Energy Commission during the time when the first ...more

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Joan Tisch is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Businessperson Joan Tisch, a graduate of the University of Michigan and billionaire heir to the Tisch family fortune.

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Adna R. Johnson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Adna R. Johnson Adna Romulus Johnson was a teacher, lawyer, and U.S. Representative from Ohio. Born in Sweet Springs, Missouri, Johnson moved with his mother to a farm in Lawrence County, Ohio, in 1864, where ...more

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Michael Newdow is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Physician, Social activist, Lawyer Michael Arthur Newdow is an American attorney and emergency medicine physician. He is best known for his efforts to have recitations of the current version of the Pledge of Allegiance in public ...more

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James Irwin is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Astronaut James Benson "Jim" Irwin, was an American astronaut, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and a United States Air Force pilot. He served as Lunar Module Pilot for Apollo 15, the fourth ...more

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Adoniram J. Holmes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Lawyer Adoniram Judson Holmes a Republican, was the first U.S. Representative from Iowa's 10th congressional district.

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Alfred Worden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Astronaut Alfred Merrill "Al" Worden, is an American astronaut and engineer who was the Command Module Pilot for the Apollo 15 lunar mission in 1971. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to

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Christopher Langton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Researcher, Computer scientist Christopher Langton is an American computer scientist and one of the founders of the field of artificial life. He coined the term in the late 1980s when he organized the first "Workshop on ...more

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Chris Webber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Basketball player Mayce Edward Christopher "Chris" Webber III is a retired American professional basketball player. He is a five-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA Team member, a former NBA Rookie ...more

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James McDivitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Executive officer, Astronaut James Alton "Jim" McDivitt, is an American former test pilot, United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, and NASA astronaut who flew in the Gemini and Apollo programs. He ...more

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Alan Rothenberg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Alan Rothenberg Lawyer Alan I. Rothenberg is an American administrative figure credited for greatly contributing to and influencing the growth of soccer in the United States, and is the namesake of the Alan I. ...more

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Iggy Pop is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter Iggy Pop is an American singer-songwriter, musician and actor. Osterberg became known as "Iggy" in high school, when he served as drummer for a local blues band, The Iguanas. He is ...more

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Clarence Darrow is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Clarence Seward Darrow was an American lawyer and leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union. He was best known for defending teenage thrill killers Leopold and Loeb in their trial for ...more

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James Earl Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Soldier, Actor, Voice acting James Earl Jones is an American actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as "one of America's most distinguished and versatile" actors and "one of the greatest ...more

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Edmund White is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous University Of Michigan Alumni
Literary critic, Novelist, Author Edmund Valentine White III is an American novelist, as well as a writer of memoirs and an essayist on literary and social topics. Much of his writing is on the theme of same-sex love. Probably ...more