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Famous Western Michigan University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 20.5k views154 items

List RulesPeople 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?”
  • 1

    Tim Allen

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado, USA

    Timothy Alan Dick (born June 13, 1953), known professionally as Tim Allen, is an American actor and comedian. He is known for playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement...  more

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  • 2

    Homer Stryker

    Inventor, Physician


    Homer Hartman Stryker, MD (November 4, 1894 – May 5, 1980) was an American orthopedic surgeon, inventor, businessman, and the founder of Stryker Corporation. His inventions contributed to orthopedic...  more
  • 3

    AgeDec. at 81 (1914-1995)

    BirthplaceTraverse City, Michigan, USA

    David Wayne (born Wayne James McMeekan, January 30, 1914 – February 9, 1995) was an American stage and screen actor with a career spanning over 50 years....  more
  • 4

    Bruce Campbell

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceRoyal Oak, Michigan, United States of America

    Bruce Lorne Campbell (born June 22, 1958) is an American actor, producer, writer and director. One of his best-known roles is portraying Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise, beginning...  more

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  • 5

    Colt Cabana

    Wrestler, Actor


    BirthplaceDeerfield, Illinois, United States of America

    Scott Colton (born May 6, 1980) is an American professional wrestler and color commentator better known by his ring name Colt Cabana. He is currently working for Ring of Honor (ROH) and the National...  more

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  • 6

    Luther Vandross

    Record producer, Musician

    AgeDec. at 54 (1951-2005)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Luther Vandross Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in-demand background vocalist for several different...  more

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  • 7

    Wayne Static

    Guitarist, Singer


    BirthplaceMuskegon, Michigan

    Wayne Richard Wells (November 4, 1965 – November 1, 2014), known professionally as Wayne Static, was an American musician, best known as the lead vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist and music sequencer...  more
  • 8

    Roz Abrams

    Journalist, Newsreader


    BirthplaceMichigan, USA, Lansing

    Roslyn Maria "Roz" Abrams (born September 7, 1948) is a former American television news journalist. She had a long career as an anchor on Eyewitness News, which is broadcast by WABC-TV, working in...  more
  • 9

    Jim Bouton

    Newsreader, Baseball player


    BirthplaceNewark, New Jersey, USA

    James Alan Bouton (; March 8, 1939 – July 10, 2019) was an American professional baseball player. Bouton played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots,...  more
  • 10

    Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick

    Politician, Teacher


    BirthplaceArea code 313, Metro Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, Contiguous United States

    Carolyn Jean Cheeks Kilpatrick (born June 25, 1945) 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...  more
  • 11

    Stephen Lynch

    Comedian, Musician


    BirthplaceAbington Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Stephen Andrew Lynch (born July 28, 1971) is an American comedian, musician and actor who is known for his songs mocking daily life and popular culture. Lynch has released three studio albums and...  more
  • 12

    John Pease



    BirthplaceGrand Rapids, Michigan

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  • 13

    Greg Jennings

    American football player


    BirthplaceKalamazoo, Michigan

    Gregory Jennings Jr. (born September 21, 1983) is a former American football wide receiver who played ten seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Green Bay Packers out of...  more
  • 14

    Howard Norman

    Educator, Writer


    BirthplaceToledo, Ohio

    Howard A. Norman (born 1949), is an American writer and educator. Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada's Maritime Provinces. He has written several translations of Algonquin, Cree,...  more
  • 15

    Todd Book

    Politician, Lawyer


    BirthplaceWest Portsmouth, Ohio

    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 half of...  more
  • 16

    Mike Kohnke

    Graphic Designer


    BirthplaceBremerhaven, Germany

    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
  • 17


    BirthplaceWestland, Michigan, USA

    Joshua Mario Gracin (born October 18, 1980) 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...  more

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  • 18

    Paul Sizer

    Graphic Designer, Writer
  • 19

    Lenda Murray



    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

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  • 20

    Tony Humrichouser

    Theatre Director, Actor


    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    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 later in...  more
  • 21

    Tony Scheffler

    American football player


    BirthplaceMorenci, Michigan

    Tony Scheffler (born February 15, 1983) is a former American football tight end of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft....  more
  • 22

    Wayne Terwilliger

    Manager, Baseball player


    BirthplaceClare, Michigan

    Willard Wayne Terwilliger (born June 27, 1925), nicknamed "Twig", is an American former professional baseball second baseman. He played nine seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) between 1949 and...  more
  • 23

    AgeDec. at 73 (1926-2000)

    BirthplaceJackson, Michigan

    William ("Bill") Franklin Porter II (March 24, 1926 – March 10, 2000) was an American track and field athlete, gold medal winner of the 110-meter hurdles at the 1948 Summer Olympics. Born in Essex...  more
  • 24

    Jennifer Eaton Gökmen



    BirthplaceWayne, Michigan

    Jennifer Eaton Gökmen (born 1971) is an American writer and editor....  more
  • 25
    Mark Hamilton Schauer (born October 2, 1961) is an American politician, member of the Democratic Party and former U.S. Representative for Michigan's 7th congressional district, serving from 2009 to...  more