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

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

List features Tom Sizemore, Lily Tomlin and more.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Wayne State University?” and “Which celebrities are Wayne State University alumni?”
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Lily Tomlin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Comedian, Theatrical producer, Television producer

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer and producer. Tomlin started her career as a stand-up comedian as well as performing ...more

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Tom Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Singer

Age: 57

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

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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Chad Everett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 75 (1937-2012)

Birthplace: USA, Indiana, South Bend

Raymon Lee Cramton (June 11, 1937 – July 24, 2012), known professionally as Chad Everett, was an American actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television series. He was well known for ...more
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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Announcer, Acting Coach, Actor

Age: 74

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known for his television roles such as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998), George Bluth ...more

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Robert Kearns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Inventor

Age: Dec. at 78 (1927-2005)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Robert William Kearns PhD (March 10, 1927 – February 9, 2005) was an American engineer, educator and inventor who invented the most common intermittent windshield wiper systems used on most ...more
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Barbara-Rose Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Politician

Age: 79

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Barbara-Rose Collins (born April 13, 1939) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan and the first black woman from Michigan to be elected to Congress. Collins was born in Detroit, ...more

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Robert Hayden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Poet, Professor, Essayist

Age: Dec. at 67 (1913-1980)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Robert Hayden (August 4, 1913 – February 25, 1980) was an American poet, essayist, and educator. He served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976 to 1978, a role today ...more
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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Actor, Singer, Presenter

Age: 87

Birthplace: Black Bottom, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della Reese, was an American jazz and gospel singer, actress, and ordained minister whose career spanned ...more

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Casey Kasem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Music Historian, Film Producer, Radio personality

Age: Dec. at 82 (1932-2014)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American DJ, music historian, radio personality, and actor. He was the host of several music radio countdown programs, ...more

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Hugh Downs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Hugh Downs Journalist, Television producer, Game Show Host

Age: 98

Birthplace: USA, Akron, Ohio

Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) is a retired American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for ...more
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Ernie Hudson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Age: 73

Birthplace: Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States of America

Earnest Lee Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American character actor. He has appeared in dozens of film and television roles throughout his career, but is perhaps best known for his roles ...more

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Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Teacher

Age: 82

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Thomas Roy Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than forty films and more than two hundred television episodes since 1962. He is known for his film roles ...more

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Helen Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer

Age: Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Winchester, Kentucky, United States of America

Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best known for her longtime membership in the White House press corps. She covered the White House during ...more
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Paul M. Fleiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Physician

Age: Dec. at 81 (1933-2014)

Paul Murray Fleiss (September 8, 1933 – July 19, 2014) was an American pediatrician and author known for his unconventional medical views. Fleiss was a popular and sought-after pediatrician in ...more
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Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor

Age: 58

Birthplace: Highland Park, Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

Timothy Meadows (born February 5, 1961) is an American actor and comedian and one of the longest-running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he appeared for ten seasons.

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Stephen M. Ross is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Businessperson, Real estate development, Entrepreneur

Age: 78

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Stephen M. Ross (born May 10, 1940) is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and sports team owner. Ross is the chairman and majority owner of The Related Companies, a global real ...more
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William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 87 (1922-2009)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

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Michael Tolan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 86 (1925-2011)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Detroit

Michael Tolan (November 27, 1925 – January 31, 2011) was an American actor.
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David M. Overton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
David M. Overton

Age: 72

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Musician, Flautist, Author

Age: Dec. at 93 (1920-2013)

Birthplace: Tennessee, Chattanooga, USA

Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer, and prominent figure among the Ahmadiyya Community ...more

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Larry Brilliant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Physician

Age: 74

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant (born May 5, 1944) is an American epidemiologist, technologist, philanthropist, and author of "Sometimes Brilliant." Brilliant, a technology patent ...more
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John Kluge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur

Age: Dec. at 96 (1914-2010)

Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany

John Werner Kluge (; September 21, 1914 – September 8, 2010) was a German-American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in the United States. He was best known as a television ...more
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Viola Liuzzo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Homemaker

Age: Dec. at 40 (1925-1965)

Birthplace: California, Pennsylvania

Viola Fauver Liuzzo (née Gregg; April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist from Michigan. In March 1965 Liuzzo, then a housewife and mother of ...more
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Kathryn Frost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Military Officer

Age: Dec. at 58 (1948-2006)

Birthplace: Latta, South Carolina

Major General (retired) Kathryn G. Frost (November 7, 1948 – August 18, 2006) was the commander of the United States Army and Air Force Exchange Service from August 2002 to April 2005. At the ...more
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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter

Age: Dec. at 69 (1943-2012)

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Michael Davis (June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012) was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.