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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
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
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
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
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 and he has starred ...more

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Colt Cabana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Graphic Designer, Writer, Artist

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Lenda Murray is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
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
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
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
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 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