Famous Michiganians

Famous People Born in Michigan

See our top list of the most famous people from Michigan. We’ve chosen people like athletes, actors, civil rights activists, scientists and people from other walks of life that have come from the “The Great Lakes State”.

Nelson Algren author, Detroit
Ralph J. Bunche statesman, Detroit
Ellen Burstyn actress, Detroit
Bruce Catton historian, Petoskey
Roger Chaffee astronaut, Grand Rapids
Francis Ford Coppola film director, Detroit
Thomas E. Dewey politician, Owosso
Edna Ferber author, Kalamazoo
Henry Ford industrialist, Dearborn
Julie Harris actress, Grosse Pointe Park
William R. Hewlett inventor, Ann Arbor
Earvin Magic Johnson basketball player, Lansing
Donald B. Keck inventor, Lansing
Julie Krone jockey, Benton Harbor
Ring Lardner writer, Niles
Charles A. Lindbergh aviator, Detroit
Madonna singer, Bay City
Dick Martin comedian, Detroit
John N. Mitchell attorney general, Detroit
Ted Nugent singer, Detroit
John T. Parsons inventor, Detroit
Gilda Radner comedienne, Detroit
Della Reese singer, Detroit
Diana Ross singer, Detroit
Thomas Schippers conductor, Kalamazoo
Steven Seagal actor, Lansing
Bob Seger singer, Detroit
Tom Selleck actor, Detroit
John C. Sheehan inventor, Battle Creek
Potter Stewart jurist, Jackson
Lily Tomlin actress, Detroit
Danny Thomas entertainer, Deerfield
Margaret Whiting singer, Detroit
Stevie Wonder singer, Saginaw