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

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

Tim Allen and Luther Vandross are only the beginning of the graduates on this list.

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

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Tim Allen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Tim Allen Television director, Comedian, Television producer Timothy Alan Dick, known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for his role in the sitcom Home Improvement. He is also known for his starring roles in ...more

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Homer Stryker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Homer Stryker Inventor, Physician Homer Hartman Stryker was an American orthopedic surgeon and the founder of Stryker Corporation, a medical supply corporation. Stryker grew up in Athens, Michigan, a small farming community in ...more

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David Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
David Wayne Actor David Wayne was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning nearly 50 years.

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Bruce Campbell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Bruce Campbell Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Bruce Lorne Campbell is an American film and television actor, director, writer, producer and author. As a cult film actor, Campbell is best known for his role as Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's hit ...more

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Colt Cabana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Colt Cabana Wrestler, Actor Scott Colton is an American professional wrestler better known by his ring name Colt Cabana during his time in Ring of Honor. Colton also wrestled as Scotty Goldman in World Wrestling ...more

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Luther Vandross is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Luther Vandross Record producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including ...more

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Wayne Static is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Wayne Static Guitarist, Singer Wayne Richard Wells, known professionally as Wayne Static, The True King of Evil Disco, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer for ...more

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Roz Abrams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Roz Abrams Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist Roz Abrams is an American television news journalist. She had a long career as an anchor on Eyewitness News, which was broadcast by WABC-TV, working in Manhattan. More recently she worked for ...more

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Jim Bouton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Jim Bouton Newsreader, Baseball player, Author James Alan "Jim" Bouton is an American retired professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, ...more

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Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick Politician, Teacher Carolyn Jean Cheeks Kilpatrick is an American politician who was U.S. Representative for Michigan's 13th congressional district from 1997 to 2011. She is a member of the Democratic Party. In ...more

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Stephen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Stephen Lynch Comedian, Musician, Actor Stephen Andrew Lynch, is an American stand-up comedian, musician and Tony Award-nominated actor who is known for his songs mocking daily life and popular culture. Lynch has released three studio ...more

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John Pease is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
John Pease Professor John Alan Pease, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and co-chair of the department. He is also recognized as an advocate for strengthening ...more

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Greg Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Greg Jennings American football player Gregory Jennings, Jr. is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers out of Western Michigan University in the second round of the ...more

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Howard Norman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Howard Norman Educator, Writer Howard A. Norman, is an American award-winning writer and educator. Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada's Maritime Provinces. He has written several translations of Algonquin, ...more

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Todd Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Todd Book Politician, Lawyer Todd Book is a former Democratic member of the Ohio House of Representatives who was first elected in 2002. He served the 89th House District, which includes all of Scioto County, the western ...more

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Mike Kohnke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Mike Kohnke Graphic Designer Michael Kohnke is an American graphic designer, type designer, and cartographer, best known for his innovative type designs. Born Michael Walter Kohnke in Bremerhaven, Germany, Kohnke grew up in ...more

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Josh Gracin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Josh Gracin Singer Joshua Mario "Josh" Gracin is an American country music singer. A former member of the United States Marine Corps, he first gained public attention as the fourth-place finalist on the ...more

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Paul Sizer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Paul Sizer Graphic Designer, Writer, Artist

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Lenda Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Lenda Murray Bodybuilder Lenda Murray is an American professional female bodybuilding champion.

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Tony Humrichouser is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Tony Humrichouser Theatre Director, Actor Anthony Alexander Humrichouser is an American actor/director. He is the son of Teresa Zammit and Ted Wesley Humrichouser. Humrichouser spent his first years in Charleston, South Carolina and ...more

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Tony Scheffler is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Tony Scheffler American football player Tony Scheffler is a former American football tight end of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He played college football ...more

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Wayne Terwilliger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Wayne Terwilliger Manager, Baseball player Willard Wayne "Twig" Terwilliger is a former second baseman, coach, and manager in Major League Baseball.

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William Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
William Porter Organist William Franklin Porter II was an American track and field athlete, winner of 110-meter hurdles at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Born in Essex Township, Michigan, William Porter attended The Hill ...more

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Jennifer Eaton Gökmen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Jennifer Eaton Gökmen Writer Jennifer Eaton Gökmen is an American writer and editor.

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Mark Schauer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Mark Schauer Mark Hamilton Schauer is an American politician, member of the Democratic Party and former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, serving from 2009 to 2011. Schauer was ...more

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Michael Skupin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Michael Skupin Businessperson

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Scott Boman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Scott Boman Politician Scott Avery "Scotty" Boman is a Libertarian politician from Michigan. He has been one of Michigan’s top third-party vote-getters in every election since 2000, and his name is ...more

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John J. Pruis is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
John J. Pruis John J. Pruis is best known as being a president of Ball State University as well as having a building dedicated in his name on the campus. He went to Western Michigan University for his ...more

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Terry Crews is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Terry Crews Actor, American football player Terry Alan Crews is an American actor and former American football player. He is perhaps best known for playing Julius on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and for his appearances in Old ...more

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Jason Babin is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Jason Babin American football player Jason Thomas Babin is an American football outside linebacker for the New York Jets of the National Football League. He played college football for Western Michigan University, and was twice ...more

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Jamal Mayers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Jamal Mayers Ice Hockey Player Jamal David Mayers is a Canadian former professional ice hockey forward who played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League. He was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup-winning Chicago Blackhawks. ...more

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Pat Misch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Pat Misch Baseball player Patrick "Pat" Theodore Joseph Misch is an American professional baseball pitcher who is in the Miami Marlins organization. He played in Major League Baseball for the San Francisco ...more

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Richelle Mead is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Richelle Mead Novelist, Screenwriter, Author Richelle Mead is a bestselling American fantasy author. She is known for the Georgina Kincaid series, Vampire Academy, and the Dark Swan series.

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Paul Szczechura is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Paul Szczechura Paul Szczechura is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing with Belarusian team Dinamo Minsk of the Kontinental Hockey League.

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Keith J. Peden is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Keith J. Peden Keith J. Peden is senior vice president of Human Resources for Raytheon Company. As Raytheons top Human Resources officer, Peden is responsible for providing worldwide direction for the companys ...more

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Gerrard Wendell Haworth is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Gerrard Wendell Haworth Businessperson, Entrepreneur Gerrard Wendell Haworth, better known as G. W. Haworth, was the founder of office furniture manufacturer Haworth. Born in Nebraska, he moved to Benton Harbor, Michigan in 1926, where he attended ...more

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John Offerdahl is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
John Offerdahl American football player John Offerdahl is an American former professional football player who played his entire eight-year career with the Miami Dolphins from 1986 to 1993. He was a five time Pro Bowler from his rookie ...more

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Neil Berry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Neil Berry Baseball player Cornelius John "Neil" Berry is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played seven seasons in the American League with the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, Chicago White Sox, ...more

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Neil Smith is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Neil Smith Neil Smith is a Canadian ice hockey broadcaster and previously the General Manager of the New York Rangers from 1989–2000 and the New York Islanders for a brief period of time in 2006. He was ...more

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Anthony Battaglia is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Anthony Battaglia Anthony Battaglia is an American professional ice hockey player, currently playing for the Dayton Demonz of the Federal Hockey League.

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Bob Lurtsema is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Bob Lurtsema American football player Robert Ross Lurtsema is a former American football defensive end in the National Football League for the Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Seattle Seahawks. He played in two Super Bowls ...more

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Dennis Archer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Dennis Archer Politician Dennis Wayne Archer is an American lawyer and politician from Michigan. A Democrat, Archer served on the Michigan Supreme Court and as mayor of Detroit. He later served as president of the ...more

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Stubby Overmire is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Stubby Overmire Baseball player Frank W. Overmire was a Major League Baseball pitcher who played ten seasons for the Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Browns, and New York Yankees. In ten seasons, Overmire won 58 games and lost 67 ...more

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Ron Jackson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Ron Jackson Baseball player Ronald Harris Jackson was a backup first baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1954 through 1960 for the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox. Listed at 6 feet 7 inches, 225 pounds, ...more

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Bob Rowe is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Bob Rowe American football player Robert Buell Rowe is a former American football defensive lineman in the National Football League. He was a 2nd round selection in the 1967 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of Western ...more

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John Potter is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
John Potter American football player John Potter is an American football placekicker who is currently a free agent. The Buffalo Bills selected him in the seventh round, 251st overall, of the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college ...more

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Brad Wardell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Brad Wardell Businessperson, Entrepreneur Bradley R. Wardell is an American businessman, programmer and author residing in Michigan. He is the founder, President, and CEO of Stardock, a software development and computer games company. ...more

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Page Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Page Kennedy Musician, Actor Page Kennedy is an American television and film actor and rapper, who appeared in the second season of the Spike sports comedy series, Blue Mountain State. Kennedy has also starred in film, ...more

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Brian Sikorski is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Brian Sikorski Baseball player Brian Patrick Sikorski is a former baseball relief pitcher. Although Sikorski made his MLB debut in 2000, he didn't play another game in the big leagues until 2006. He played professional ...more

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Tom Nütten is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Tom Nütten American football player Tom Nütten is a former American football guard who played eight seasons in the National Football League with the St. Louis Rams. He was raised in Oelde, Germany and played high school ...more