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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

Age: 65

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States of America

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 ...more

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Homer Stryker is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Inventor, Physician

Age: Dec. at 86 (1894-1980)

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 ...more
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David Wayne is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Actor

Age: Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: Michigan, USA, Traverse City

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.
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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

Age: 60

Birthplace: Royal 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, ...more

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Colt Cabana is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Wrestler, Actor

Age: 38

Birthplace: USA, Deerfield, Illinois

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 ...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

Age: Dec. at 54 (1951-2005)

Birthplace: New 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 ...more

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Wayne Static is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Guitarist, Singer

Age: 53

Birthplace: Muskegon, 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 ...more
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Roz Abrams is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Journalist, Newsreader, TV Journalist

Age: 69

Birthplace: Michigan, 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 ...more
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Jim Bouton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Newsreader, Baseball player, Author

Age: 79

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

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 ...more

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Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatric... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Politician, Teacher

Age: 73

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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
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Stephen Lynch is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Comedian, Musician, Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Abington 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 ...more
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John Pease is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Professor

Age: 82

Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan

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Greg Jennings is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
American football player

Age: 32

Birthplace: Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Howard Norman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Educator, Writer

Age: 69

Birthplace: Toledo, 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, ...more
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Todd Book is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer

Age: 51

Birthplace: West 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 ...more
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Mike Kohnke is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Graphic Designer

Age: 52

Birthplace: Bremerhaven, 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
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Josh Gracin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Singer

Age: 38

Birthplace: Westland, 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 ...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

Age: 57

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan

Lenda Murray (born February 22, 1962) 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

Age: 52

Birthplace: Detroit, 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 ...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

Age: 32

Birthplace: Morenci, 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 ...more
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Wayne Terwilliger is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Manager, Baseball player

Age: 93

Birthplace: Clare, 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) ...more
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William Porter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Organist

Age: Dec. at 74 (1926-2000)

Birthplace: Jackson, 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. ...more
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Jennifer Eaton Gökm... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Western Michigan University Alumni
Jennifer Eaton Gökmen Writer

Age: 48

Birthplace: Wayne, Michigan

Jennifer Eaton Gökmen (born 1971) 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

Age: 57

Birthplace: Howell, Michigan, United States of America

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 ...more