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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
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
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 film True Romance; the ...more
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Chad Everett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Wayne State University Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Bassist, Record producer, Songwriter
Michael Davis was an American bass guitarist, singer, songwriter and music producer, best known as a member of the MC5.