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Famous Wayne State University Alumni

Updated July 22, 2019 18.3k views236 items

List RulesPeople 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

    Comedian, Theatrical producer
    Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer,...  more

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    Tom Sizemore

    Film Producer, Actor
    Thomas Edward Sizemore Jr. (born November 29, 1961) is an American film and television actor...  more

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    Raymon Lee Cramton (June 11, 1937 – July 24, 2012), known professionally as Chad Everett, was...  more
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    Jeffrey Tambor

    Announcer, Acting Coach
    Jeffrey Michael Tambor (born July 8, 1944) is an American actor and voice artist. He is known...  more

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    Robert William Kearns PhD (March 10, 1927 – February 9, 2005) was an American engineer,...  more
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    Barbara-Rose Collins (born April 13, 1939) is a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan and...  more
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    Robert Hayden

    Poet, Professor
    Robert Hayden (August 4, 1913 – February 25, 1980) was an American poet, essayist, and...  more
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    Della Reese

    Actor, Singer
    Delloreese Patricia Early (July 6, 1931 – November 19, 2017), known professionally as Della...  more

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    Casey Kasem

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    Kemal Amin "Casey" Kasem (April 27, 1932 – June 15, 2014) was an American DJ, music historian,...  more

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    Hugh Downs

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    Hugh Malcolm Downs (born February 14, 1921) was a retired American broadcaster, television...  more


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    Ernie Hudson

    Film Producer, Actor
    Earnest Lee Hudson (born December 17, 1945) is an American character actor. He has appeared in...  more
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    Tom Skerritt

    Television director, Actor
    Thomas Roy Skerritt (born August 25, 1933) is an American actor who has appeared in more than...  more

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    Helen Thomas

    Journalist, Author
    Helen Amelia Thomas (August 4, 1920 – July 20, 2013) was an American reporter and author best...  more
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    Paul Murray Fleiss (September 8, 1933 – July 19, 2014) was an American pediatrician and author...  more
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    Tim Meadows

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    Stephen M. Ross

    Businessperson, Real estate development
    Stephen M. Ross (born May 10, 1940) is an American real estate developer, philanthropist, and...  more
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    William Davidson

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Michael Tolan (November 27, 1925 – January 31, 2011) was an American actor....  more
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    David M. Overton

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    Yusef Lateef

    Musician, Flautist
    Yusef Abdul Lateef (born William Emanuel Huddleston; October 9, 1920 – December 23, 2013) was...  more
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    Lawrence "Larry" Brilliant (born May 5, 1944) is an American epidemiologist, technologist,...  more
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    John Kluge

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
    John Werner Kluge (; September 21, 1914 – September 8, 2010) was a German-American...  more
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    Viola Liuzzo

    Viola Fauver Liuzzo (née Gregg; April 11, 1925 – March 25, 1965) was a Unitarian Universalist...  more
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    Kathryn Frost

    Military Officer
    Major General (retired) Kathryn G. Frost (November 7, 1948 – August 18, 2006) was the...  more
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    Michael Davis

    Bassist, Record producer
    Michael Davis (June 5, 1943 – February 17, 2012) was an American bass guitarist, singer,...  more