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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
Lily Tomlin Comedian, Theatrical producer, Television producer Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin is an American actress, comedian, writer, and producer. She has been a major force in American comedy since the late 1960s, when she began a career as a ...more

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Tom Sizemore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Tom Sizemore Film Producer, Actor, Singer Thomas Edward "Tom" Sizemore, Jr. is an American film and television actor and producer. He is known for his supporting roles in films such as: the dark comedy crime film True Romance; ...more

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Chad Everett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Chad Everett Actor Raymon Lee Cramton, known professionally as Chad Everett, was an American actor who appeared in more than 40 films and television series. He was well known for his role as Dr. Joe Gannon in the ...more

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Jeffrey Tambor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Jeffrey Tambor Announcer, Acting Coach, Actor Jeffrey Michael Tambor is an American actor and voice actor, best known for his roles as Hank Kingsley on The Larry Sanders Show, as well as George Bluth Sr. and Oscar Bluth on Arrested ...more

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Robert Kearns is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Robert Kearns Inventor Robert William Kearns was an American inventor who invented the intermittent windshield wiper systems used on most automobiles from 1969 to the present. His first patent for the invention was ...more

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Barbara-Rose Collins is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Barbara-Rose Collins Politician Barbara-Rose Collins is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. Collins was born in Detroit, Michigan, graduated from the public schools there and attended Wayne State University as an ...more

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Robert Hayden is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Robert Hayden Poet, Professor, Essayist Robert Hayden was an American poet, essayist, educator. He served as Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1976–78, a role today known as US Poet Laureate. He was the first ...more

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Della Reese is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Della Reese Actor, Singer, Presenter Delloreese Patricia Early, known professionally as Della Reese, is an American singer, actress, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister. She started her ...more

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Casey Kasem is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Casey Kasem Music Historian, Film Producer, Radio personality Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem was an American disc jockey, music historian, radio celebrity, voice actor, and actor, known for being the host of several music radio countdown programs, most ...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 Hugh Malcolm Downs is a long-time American broadcaster, television host, news anchor, TV producer, author, game show host, and music composer. He is perhaps best known for his roles as co-host ...more

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Ernie Hudson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Ernie Hudson Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting Ernest Lee "Ernie" Hudson Sr. is an American actor known for his roles as Winston Zeddemore in the Ghostbusters film series, Sergeant Albrecht in The Crow, and Warden Leo Glynn on

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Tom Skerritt is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Tom Skerritt Television director, Actor, Teacher Thomas Roy "Tom" Skerritt 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 roles in MASH, ...more

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Helen Thomas is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Helen Thomas Journalist, Author, Writer Helen Amelia Thomas was an American author and news service reporter, member of the White House press corps and opinion columnist. She worked for the United Press and post-1958 successor United ...more

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Paul M. Fleiss is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Paul M. Fleiss Physician Paul Murray Fleiss was an American pediatrician and author known for his unconventional medical views. Fleiss was a popular and sought-after pediatrician in the Greater Los Angeles area, both ...more

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Tim Meadows is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Tim Meadows Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Timothy "Tim" Meadows is an American actor and comedian best known as one of the longest running cast members on Saturday Night Live, where he served for ten seasons. He currently ...more

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

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William Davidson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
William Davidson Businessperson, Entrepreneur William Morse "Bill" Davidson, J. D. was an American businessman. He was President, Chairman and CEO of Guardian Industries, one of the world's largest manufacturers of architectural ...more

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Michael Tolan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Michael Tolan Actor Michael Tolan 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 David Michael Overton is the founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Cheesecake Factory, Inc., the ninth largest restaurant company in the United States measured by ...more

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Yusef Lateef is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Yusef Lateef Musician, Flautist, Author Yusef Abdul Lateef was an American jazz multi-instrumentalist, composer and educator for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community after his conversion to the Ahmadiyya sect of Islam in 1950. Although ...more

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Larry Brilliant is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Larry Brilliant Physician Dr. Larry Brilliant is the Executive Director of Google.org. In this role, Larry works with the company's co-founders to define the mission and strategic goals of Google's philanthropic efforts. ...more

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John Kluge is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
John Kluge Businessperson, Entrepreneur John Werner Kluge was a German-born American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in America. He was best known as a television industry mogul in the United States.

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Viola Liuzzo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Viola Liuzzo Homemaker Viola Fauver Gregg Liuzzo was a Unitarian Universalist civil rights activist from Michigan. In March 1965 Liuzzo, then a housewife and mother of 5 with a history of local activism, heeded the ...more

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Kathryn Frost is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Kathryn Frost Military Officer Major General Kathryn G. Frost was the commander of the United States Army and Air Force Exchange Service from August 2002 to April 2005. At the time of her retirement, she was the ...more

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Michael Davis is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Michael Davis Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter Michael Davis was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.

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Kenya Moore is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Kenya Moore Film Producer, Model, Author Kenya Summer Moore is an American actress, model, author, television personality, producer and former Miss USA. She participated in the 1993 Miss Michigan USA pageant and won the Miss USA 1993 ...more

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S. Epatha Merkerson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
S. Epatha Merkerson Actor Sharon Epatha Merkerson, better known by her stage name S. Epatha Merkerson, is an American film, stage, and television actress. She has won a Golden Globe, an Emmy Award, a Screen Actors Guild ...more

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Wayne A. Budd is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Wayne A. Budd Lawyer Wayne Budd is senior counsel at Goodwin Procter, in the firm's Litigation Department, where he specializes in advising clients on business and commercial litigation matters. Past senior ...more

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Wayne Dyer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Wayne Dyer Psychologist, Author, Writer Wayne Walter Dyer is an American self-help author and motivational speaker. His first book Your Erroneous Zones is one of the best-selling books of all time, with an estimated 35 million copies

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Charlayne Hunter-Gault Journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault is an American journalist and former foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, and the Public Broadcasting Service.

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William D. Ford is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
William D. Ford Lawyer William David Ford was a U.S. Representative from Michigan. Ford was born in Detroit and attended Henry Ford Trade School, Melvindale High School, Nebraska State Teachers College, and Wayne ...more

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Donald Byrd is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Donald Byrd Musician, Trumpeter Donaldson Toussaint L'Ouverture Byrd II was an American jazz and rhythm and blues trumpeter. A sideman for many other jazz musicians of his generation, Byrd was best known as one of the only ...more

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Arthur Danto is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Arthur Danto Professor, Art critic, Philosopher Arthur Coleman Danto was an American art critic and philosopher. He is best known for having been influential, long-time art critic for The Nation and for his work in philosophical aesthetics ...more

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Stan Heath is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Stan Heath Basketball Coach Stanley Heath, III was the head men's basketball coach at the University of South Florida. Heath formerly served as basketball coach of the University of Arkansas and Kent State University, the ...more

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George Shirley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
George Shirley Singer George Irving Shirley is an American operatic tenor, and was the first African-American tenor to perform a leading role at the Metropolitan Opera.

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Keith Ellison is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Keith Ellison Politician, Attorney at law, Lawyer Keith Maurice Ellison is the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 5th congressional district, serving since 2007. He is a member of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, the Minnesota state ...more

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Toi Derricotte is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Toi Derricotte Poet, Writer Toi Derricotte is an American poet and a professor of writing at University of Pittsburgh. She won a 2012 PEN/Voelcker Award for Poetry. With Cornelius Eady, she co-founded Cave Canem ...more

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Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. Politician, Journalist Kenneth Vern "Ken" Cockrel, Jr. is a Michigan politician who became mayor of Detroit on September 19, 2008. He was president of the Detroit City Council from 2005 until September 17, ...more

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Lloyd Richards is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Lloyd Richards Television director, Theatre Director, Theatrical producer Lloyd George Richards was a Canadian-American theatre director, actor, and dean of the Yale School of Drama from 1979 to 1991, and Yale University professor emeritus.

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Joseph L. Graves is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Joseph L. Graves Biologist, Professor Joseph L. Graves, Jr., is an American professor and the Associate Dean for Research and Professor of Biological Studies at the Joint School for Nanoscience and Nanoengineering which is jointly ...more

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Garth Fagan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Garth Fagan Theatre Director, Choreographer, Dancer Gawain Garth Fagan, CD is a Jamaican modern dance choreographer. He is the founder and artistic director of Garth Fagan Dance, a modern dance company based in Rochester, New York.

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Anita Barone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Anita Barone Actor Anita Louise Barone is an American actress. She is best known for co-starring roles in sitcoms The Jeff Foxworthy Show, Daddio and The War at Home.

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Larry Joe Campbell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Larry Joe Campbell Television director, Comedian, Actor Larry Joe Campbell is an American actor and comedian best known for his role as "Andy" on the ABC sitcom According to Jim.

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Dwele is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Dwele Record producer, Singer-songwriter, Singer Andwele Gardner, better known by his stage name Dwele is an American soul singer, songwriter and record producer from Detroit, Michigan.

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Daniel J. Elazar is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Daniel J. Elazar Political scientist Daniel Judah Elazar was a professor of political science at Bar-Ilan University and Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the founder and president of the Jerusalem Center for Public ...more

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Mark Guzdial is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Mark Guzdial Mark Joseph Guzdial is a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology affiliated with the College of Computing and the GVU Center. He is best known for ...more

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Kenny Burrell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Kenny Burrell Guitarist Kenneth Earl "Kenny" Burrell is an American jazz guitarist known for his collaborations with Jimmy Smith, including the 1965 Billboard Top Twenty hit album Organ Grinder Swing. He has ...more

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Joe Henderson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Joe Henderson Saxophonist, Musician Joe Henderson was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. In a career spanning more than forty years Henderson played with many of the leading American players of his day and recorded for several ...more

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Alan F. Kiepper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
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Joe Schwarz is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
Joe Schwarz Physician John J. H. "Joe" Schwarz, M.D., is an independent politician from Michigan, who was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2004 as a moderate Republican. He ...more