When you're watching a TV show or movie do you ever wonder the actress or actors back story? When I am watching something, there is a good chance I am looking on IMDB, to see more info on the person.  Like what other projects they have been in and where they are from. When we first started Detroit Respect clothing, I posted a different celebrity from Michigan every Monday on our facebook page.  It was a lot of fun but the busier I got with the company I stopped doing the research.  I decided to compile the ones that I have and do more research on the subject.  I was going to originally put a list together from celebrities in film, music and sports.  But, the list would have been in the hundreds.  I will be compiling the other categories, in other list, at a later date.

 Here is a list of 80 TV and Movie personalities from Michigan. 

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How to get away with murder1. Jack Ryan Falahee is known for his role as Connor Walsh on the ABC television legal drama How to Get Away with Murder.  He was born and raised in Ann Arbor and began acting while attending Huron High School In 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Madonna (also known as Louise Veronica Ciccone) is known for her music catalog. With such hits like Material Girl, and Vogue. But, she has also acted in such movies as A League of Their Own. Evita, Who’s That Girl, and Dick Tracy.

Madonna was born in Bay city but raised in Rochester Hills.  She attended St. Frederick's Elementary School and St. Andrew's Elementary School (present day Holy Family Regional) and West Middle School in Rochester HIlls. She attended Rochester Adams High School, becoming a straight-A student and a member of the cheer-leading squad. Madonna received a dance scholarship to the University of Michigan after graduating from high school. On March 10, 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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3. Ernie Hudson- If you have caught season 2 of Stranger Things on Netflix you ghostbusters michigan detroitsee Lucas rant about not wanting to be Winston (Ernie Hudson) from Ghostbusters. Ernie was born in Benton Harbor and sadly he never knew his father. His mother, Maggie Donald, died of tuberculosis when he was two months old. He was subsequently raised by his maternal grandmother, Arrana Donald.

Hudson joined the United States Marine Corps straight from High School, dismissed after only three months due to asthma, before he moved to Detroit.  

He became the resident playwright at Concept East, the oldest black theatre company in the United States. He enrolled at Wayne State University to further develop his writing and acting skills. He established the Actors' Ensemble Theatre where he and other talented young black writers directed and appeared in their own works. Later, he enrolled and subsequently graduated from Yale School of Drama.

Ernie has had rolls in Ghostbusters I and II, The Crow (Dark fantasy movie set in Detroit), Miss Congeniality I and II, along with a very impressive list of credits.

5. Sinbad- I still am unsure of the whole “Mandela Effect."  But what I do know is that it puts me in a youtube vortex when I have trouble sleeping.  Social media sinbad michiganhas been filled with the burning question if Sinbad played a Genie in the 1990s Movie 'Shazaam'?  But before all that, Sinbad was born David Adkins on November 10, 1956 in Benton Harbor.  He was one of the leads in shows like A Different World and self titled sitcom The Sinbad Show.  He also stared along side Arnold Schwarzenegger in Jingle all the way.  But to me he will be forever known as the comedian who made windbreaker track suits a fashion statement. 

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5. Elizabeth Berkley was born in Farmington Hills and graduated from Cranbrook-Kingswood High School. She gained popularity for her role as saved by the bellJessica "Jessie" Myrtle Spano in the sitcom Saved By The Bell, which she played from 1989 to 1992. Who remembers her character getting addicted to caffeine pills? Elizabeth also gained notoriety from her starring role in the 1995 movie Showgirls.


 

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6.  A huge reason why I am adding Christine Ann Lahti to the list is that my sister is a huge fan of Chicago Hope. Christine grew up in Birmingham and studied drama at the University of Michigan. She is an eight-time Golden Globe nominee and six-time Emmy Award nominee, she won a Golden Globe for the 1989 TV movie No Place Like Home, and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy in 1998 for her role as Kate Austin in the CBS series Chicago Hope (1995–99). She returned to Broadway in 2009 to star in God of Carnage. She also had a recurring role as Sonya Paxton in the NBC series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit (2009–11), as Doris McGarrett in the CBS series Hawaii Five-0 (2012–16), and Laurel Hitchinin NBC's The Blacklist (2015–17).


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7. Did you know David Spade is from Birmingham? He is the son of Judith a writer and magazine editor, and Wayne M. Spade, a sales representative. His brothers are Bryan and Andy Spade. Andy Spade is an entrepreneur who, together with his wife Kate Spade, co-founded the designer brand Kate Spade New York.

Spade and his family moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, when David was four years old. His parents divorced soon thereafter, and he and his brothers were raised for the most part by their mother, in relative poverty.  I have only seen David in one interview (and it was pretty recent) saying he is from Michigan. 


 In 1990 he joined Saturday Night Live. He quit in 1996 due to being burnt out. After that he was in movies such as Tommy Boy and Black Sheep which starred the late Chris Farley. From 1997 to 2003 he was on the NBC hit show Just Shoot Me. and stared in Joe Dirt

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 8. Tim Allen was born in Denver Colorado June 13, 1953. But he grew up in Birmingham and attended Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. At one point in late 1994, he starred in the most watched television show, "Home Improvement", starred in the highest grossing film, "The Santa Clause", and had the best selling book in North America, "Don't Stand Too Close to a Naked Man", all at the same time. Tim also voiced the character Buzz Light year in the Pixar classics a Toy Story. Allen began narrating the "Pure Michigan" television and radio commercials for the "Travel Michigan" agency. These commercials are a national campaign to get people to travel to Michigan.
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 9. Robin Williams born on July 21, 1951 in Chicago Robins Father worked for Ford Motor Company and in late 1963, when Williams was 12, his father was transferred to Detroit. The family lived in a 40-room farmhouse on 20 acres in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, where he was a student at Detroit Country Day School. He excelled in school, where he was on the school's soccer team and wrestling team, and was elected class president.

After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred or co-starred in several films that achieved both critical acclaim and financial success, including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Aladdin (1992), The Birdcage (1996), and Good Will Hunting (1997). He also starred in widely acclaimed films such as The World According to Garp (1982), The Fisher King (1991),Hook (1991), Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Jumanji (1995) One Hour Photo (2002),Night at the Museum (2006) and World's Greatest Dad (2009) just to name a few.


Williams won the 1997 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as psychology teacher Sean Maguire in Good Will Hunting. He also received two Emmy Awards, seven Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and four Grammy Awards throughout his career. On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide at the age of 63 at his home in Paradise Cay, California. Many people assumed that it was do to depression but his widow attributed his suicide to his struggle with Lewy body dementia

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10. Jeff Daniels was born in Athens, Georgia but moved to Chelsea when he was only a few weeks old. His father owned the Chelsea Lumber Company and was also a onetime mayor.

Jeff attended Central Michigan University and participated in the school's theater program. In the summer of 1976, Daniels attended the Eastern Michigan University drama school to participate in a special Bicentennial Repertory program, 

Making his film debut in Ragtime (1981), Daniels's film credits include Terms of Endearment (1983), Arachnophobia (1990), Gettysburg (1993), Speed (1994), 101 Dalmatians (1996), Fly Away Home (1996), Pleasantville (1998), Looper (2012), Steve Jobs(2015), and The Martian (2015).

One of his most notable roles is Harry Dunne in the buddy comedy Dumb and Dumber (1994) opposite Jim Carrey, a role he reprised in the 2014 sequel Dumb and Dumber To (2014). He received Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Actor for his performances in The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985), Something Wild (1986) and The Squid and the Whale(2005).

Daniels' work outside the film industry has received similar acclaim and accolades as to his work on screen. He has received a number of award nominations for his work on stage, including Tony Award nominations for Best Actor for his roles in the plays God of Carnage and Blackbird. He is the founder and current executive director of the Chelsea, Michigan-based Purple Rose Theatre Company. From 2012 to 2014, Daniels starred as Will McAvoy in the HBO political drama series The Newsroom, for which he won the Primetime 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series and received Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominations.

 

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detroit actor11. Brandon Timothy Jacksonis a stand-up comedian, rapper, actor, and writer. He is known for his roles in the films Roll Bounce (2005), Tropic Thunder (2008), Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Lottery Ticket (2010), Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son (2011), and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters(2013).  From what I can find he was born in Detroit but graduated from West Bloomfield High School. 

 

 

 

 

 

scooby doo12. Casey Kasem graduate of Northwestern High School in and attended Wayne State University. He was the radio host of Americas Top 40 in 1970 which is now done by Ryan Seacrest. Kasem is also a successful voice actor and is best known as the voice of Shaggy from Scoopy D

 

 

 

 

13. Curtis Armstrong’s first role came in the 1983 hit film "Risky Business". However, he is probably best known for his next role, that of Dudley "Booger" Dawson in the 1984 hit comedy movie "Revenge of the Nerds". I had the pleasure meeting Curtis at Motor City Comic Con where he shared stories about Detroit. He talked about his love of Vernor’s Boston Coolers, that his parents still live in the Metro Detroit area, and he says that he is here often to visit them. You can watch the interview here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

jumanji detroit14. David Allen Grier received a BA from The University Of Michigan, and an MFA from the Yale School Of Drama. He is most famous for In Living Color and movie roles such as “I'm Gonna Git You Sucka” and “Jumanji”.

 

 

arrow detroit hood15. David Ramsey was born and raised in Detroit and graduated from Wayne State University. David has an amazing list of film and TV credits but the one that he has been doing since 2012 is John Diggle on the hit show Arrow

The Tonight Show16. Ed McMahon - Ed is most famous for his work on television as Johnny Carson's announcer on the Tonight Show and also hosted the popular TV show Star Search.

17. Francis Ford Coppola is a writer, producer, and director, most famous for The Godfather, The Outsiders, Apocalypse Now, and Bram Strokers Dracula.

His father Carmine Coppola(1910–1991), was a flautist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra

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a team Bad Ass18. George Peppard Jr.- Gearoge was born October 1, 1928 in Detroit and died May 8, 1994 due to complications from lung cancer. George had graduated from Dearborn High School and later served in the Marine Corp. In the mid-'80s he was known on television for his role as Col. John "Hannibal" Smith in the cult 1980s television show The A-Team , where he is the cigar -smoking leader of a renegade commando squadron. He also starred along Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

saturday night live19. Gilda Radner is known for being one of seven original cast members of the NBC sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL). Radner was born in Detroit.  She attended the exclusive University Liggett School in Detroit (it began its relocation to Grosse Pointe later that year).  Radner was close to her father, who operated Detroit's Seville Hotel, where many nightclub performers and actors stayed while performing in the city.  He took her on trips to New York to saturday night livesee Broadway shows. Radner graduated from Liggett and enrolled at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1964. In Ann Arbor, Radner dropped out in her senior year to follow her boyfriend, a Canadian sculptor named Jeffrey Rubinoff, to Toronto, where she made her professional acting debut in the 1972 production of Godspell with future stars Eugene Levy, Andrea Martin, Victor Garber, Martin Short, and Paul Shaffer. Afterward, Radner joined The Second City comedy troupe in Toronto.


saturday night liveRadner died from ovarian cancer in 1989, and her life and legacy from SNL established her as an iconic figure in the history of American comedy. Her widower, Gene Wilder, carried out her personal wish that information about her illness would help other cancer victims.  Check out her charity website Gilda Club HERE for more information. 

20. Judge Greg Mathis is a retired Michigan 36th District Court judge and now syndicated television show judge. Raised in the Herman Gardens housing project, Mathis was on the road to a criminal life as a teenager.

detroit judgeJudge Mathis' real father was estranged from him, but associated closely with he Errol Flynns, a past notorious Detroit street gang, that Mathis would eventually join while a teenager. In the 1970s, he was arrested numerous times. While he was incarcerated in Wayne County Jail, as a seventeen-year-old juvenile, his mother visited him and broke the news that she was diagnosed with colon cancer. Mathis was offered early probation because of his mother's illness.

mash21. Harry Morgan was born in Detroit on April 10, 1915. His family eventually moved to Muskegon Michigan where he graduated from Muskegon High School where he was the statewide debate champion. He is best known as Colonel Sherman T. Potter on M*A*S*H and Detective Bill Gannon on Dragnet.

james lipton22. James Lipton was born in Detroit andgraduate of Central High School in Detroit. He is known for his role on Inside the Actors Guild

pirates of the caribbean23. Jerry Bruckheimer produced such films as... Pirates of the Caribbean, all the CSI's, National Treasure, The Amazing Race, Black Hawk Down, Top Gun, and Flashdance

Friday Ice Cube24. John Witherspoon was a blast to do research on. He has given us so many laughs in some classics like Friday. But, it was fun to see his Detroit ties.  John is one of 11 siblings. An oldest brother, William, became a songwriter in Detroit for Motown. He may be best known for "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" which became a hit for Jimmy Ruffin. Another sibling, Cato Weatherspoon, was a longtime director of the PBS-TV Network/CH56 in Detroit for almost four decades. Their sister, Dr. Gertrude Stacks, is an evangelist and the pastor of a Pentecostal church in Detroit.

John is best known for his role as Willie Jones for the Friday series. Witherspoon has also starred in films such as Hollywood Shuffle (1987) and Boomerang (1992) and made appearances on television shows such as The Wayans Bros. (1995–99), The Tracy Morgan Show (2003) The Boondocks (2005),

honeymooners25. Joyce Randolph was born as Joyce Sirola in Detroit, and moved to New York City in 1943 to pursue an acting career. She took roles on Broadway and landed various television roles. In 1951, she was seen in a Clorets commercial by Jackie Gleason and was asked to appear in a skit on Cavalcade of Stars, Gleason's variety show.. Soon after, she was cast as Trixie in The Honeymooners. Several New York columnists referred to her as the "Garbo of Detroit". “That’s still a mystery”, Randolph stated. “I was a nobody in Detroit. Why Garbo? It was said that it was do to the fact she was Scandinavian — and so was Garbo.

26. Ken Jeong was born in Detroit and was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ken is best known for his characters Leslie Chow in The Hangover trilogy and as Ben Chang on the NBC comedy series Community

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wwe wcw kevin nash27. Kevin Nash is best known for being one of the instrumental roles in the Monday night wars when he left the Word Wrestling Federation (WWE) and joined rival company World Championship Wrestling. Kevin left the wrestling ring and started an acting career.

At 6’10” Kevin was able to have been casted in many roles.  In 1991 he had the role of Super Shredder in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, The Punisher (2004), Granma’s Boy, Almighty Thor, Magic Mike I and II, and even was on an episode of the Detroiter’s.


detroit actor28. Lily Tomlin attended Wayne State University, where her interest in the theater began. After college, Tomlin began doing stand-up comedy in nightclubs in Detroit and later, in New York City. Her first television appearance was on The Merv Griffin Show in 1965.


eminem detroit29. Marshall Mathers- Known professionally as Eminem Marshall was born in St. Joseph, Missouri. Marshall’s mother moved to Detroit where he was raised. At age 14, Eminem began rapping with high-school friend Mike Ruby; they adopted the names "Manix" and "M&M", the latter of which evolved into "Eminem".

Eminem sneaked into neighboring Osborn High School with friend and fellow rapper Proof for lunchroom freestyle rap battles. On Saturdays, they attended open mic contests at the Hip-Hop Shop on West 7 Mile, considered "ground zero" for the Detroit rap scene. Struggling to succeed in a predominantly black industry, Eminem was appreciated by underground hip hop audiences.  
 

eminem detroitAfter small roles in the 2001, film The Wash and as an extra in the 1998 Korn music video for Got the Life (during which he gave the band a demo tape), Eminem made his Hollywood debut in the quasi-autobiographical 2002 film 8 Mile. According to the rapper, it is a representation of growing up in Detroit rather than an account of his life. He recorded several new songs for the soundtrack, including "Lose Yourself" (which won an Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2003 and became the longest-running #1 hip hop single in history). 

The rapper has voiced the video game 50 Cent: Bulletproof (as an aging, corrupt, Ebonics-speaking police officer) and appeared on the Comedy Central television show Crank Yankers and a Web cartoon, The Slim Shady Show (currently available on DVD). He was signed to star in an unmade film version of Have Gun – Will Travel, and was considered for the role of David Rice in the 2008 film Jumper.  Eminem had a cameo appearance, arguing with Ray Romano, in the 2009 film Funny People

He played himself in the Entourage season-seven finale "Lose Yourself" with Christina Aguilera. Although Eminem was offered the lead role in the 2013 science-fiction film Elysium, he turned it down because director Neill Blomkamp would not change its location from Los Angeles to Detroit. The rapper had a cameo appearance as himself in the 2014 film, The Interview. During an interview with the main character, Dave Skylark (James Franco), Eminem satirically comes out as homosexual

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30. Keegan-Michael Key was born March 22, 1971 in Southfield and raised Detroit. He was adopted as a child by Patricia Walsh and Michael Key, both social workers. He has met his biological mother, Carrie Herr. He later also discovered that he had two half-brothers who were both already deceased, one of them comic book writer Dwayne McDuffie.

In 1989, he graduated from Shrine Catholic High School in Royal Oak.  Key then attended the University of Detroit Mercy as an undergraduate, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater in 1993 followed by a Master of Fine Arts in Theater at Pennsylvania State University in 1996.  While at the University of Detroit Mercy, he was a brother of Phi Kappa Theta.

Key was one of the founders of Hamtramck's Planet Ant Theatre, and was a member of the Second City Detroit's main stage cast before joining the Second City e.t.c. theater in Chicago. Key co-founded the Detroit Creativity Project along with Beth Hagenlocker, Marc Evan Jackson, Margaret Edwartowski, and Larry Joe Campbell. The Detroit Creativity Project teaches students in Detroit improvisation as a way to improve their communication skills. Key performed with The 313, an improv group formed with other members of Second City Hollywood that appears around the country. The 313 is made up primarily of former Detroit residents and named for Detroit's area code. 

Key and his former Mad TV cast mate Jordan Peele starred in their own Comedy Central sketch series Key & Peele, which began airing in 2012 and was on for five seasons.   The show is a Peabody and Emmy Award-winning comedy show. He has an impressive acting resume and even was the Co-Grand Marshal of the 90th America’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

austin powers31. Robert Wagner is known for his TV role on Hart to Hart, he has appeared on Hope and Faith plus Two and a Half Men. He is also known as Number Two in the Austin Powers movies.


32. "Sonny" Bono was born in Detroit as Salvatore Phillip Bono, famous from the sonny and Cher show. "I got you babe!"


33. Tom Selleck was bornin Detroit in 1945. When Tom was 9 years old in 1954 he became fond of a young rookie name Al Kaline. That is when Tom’s love for the Detroit Tigers really started to grow. His family moved a few years later to California but he still followed his favorite team.

In 1980 Tom started in the action crime drama Magnum P.I that lasted for 8 seasons.  One of the episodes was titled “Tigers Fan.”  It tells the story of a police lieutenant who was murdered.  At the end of the episode, the nephew of the officer thanks Magnum for solving the crime and gives him a gift.  Which happened to be a Detroit Tigers ball cap.

In an episode in 1983 former Tigers greats Lou Whitaker and Alan Trammell (acting as themselves) meet Magnum in a bar.  The two give him a ticket to the game with him not realizing who they are.  They told Magnum that they will be sitting between first and third.

detroit tigersIn 1992 Tom signed on to start in the movie Mr. Baseball.  Selleck approached the Tigers about attending spring training in 1992. The Tigers agreed to the request, allowing Selleck to research the life of a professional ballplayer firsthand.

detroit actor34. Tom Sizemore- His mother, Judith was a member of the city of Detroit ombudsman staff, and his father, Thomas Edward Sizemore, Sr. was a lawyer and philosophy professor. He attended Michigan State Universityfor one year, as well as Wayne State University. Sizemore earned a master's degree in theatre from Temple University in 1986. He subsequently moved to New York City to pursue an acting career

Tom is known for his supporting roles in films such as Born on the Fourth of July (1989), Passenger 57 (1992), True Romance (1993), Natural Born Killers (1994), Heat (1995), Saving Private Ryan (1998), Black Hawk Down (2001), Pearl Harbor (2001), and for voicing Sonny Forelli in the video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

detroit actor35. Tom Skerritt was born in Detroit August 1933. In 1951 Tom graduated of Detroit's Mackenzie High School, attended Wayne State Universityand the University of California, Los Angeles.   Skerritt served a tour of duty in the United States Air Force. Tom has been in dozens of roles to add to his amazing resume of work.  The most notable that you might know him from is Top Gun where he played Cmdr. Mike 'Viper' Metcalf

36. Walter Jones is best known for playing the role of Zack Taylor, the Black Ranger on the hit television seriesMighty Morphin Power Rangers.

power rangersHe also appeared in successful television shows including Family Matters, Step by StepSabrina, the Teenage Witch, Moesha, Buffy the Vampire Slayer,  NYPD Blue, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and The Shield.

eminem37. Xzibit was born as Alvin Joiner on September 18, 1974 in Detroit and moved out to California to live with his sister when he was a teenager. Besides putting out records he has a very impressive acting resume. Hosting Pimp My Ride and roles in 8 mile, Country Bears, X files and more.

 

 

 

 

 

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robin williams38. Pam Dawber attended North Farmington High School and Oakland Community College. She is probably still best known for her role as Mindy McConnell on the television series Mork and Mindy which ran on ABC from 1978 to 1982. Pam is married to Mark Harmon whose father played football for the University of Michigan. Mark is best known for his role as Gibbs on NCIS.

 

 

   

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terry crews39. Terry Crews - After earning his high school diploma from Flint Southwestern, he received a Chrysler-sponsored art scholarship at the Interlochen Center for the Artsin Interlochen, Michigan, which was followed by an Art Excellence scholarship and a full-ride athletic scholarship for football at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. As a defensive end for the WMU Broncos, Crews earned All-Conference honors and won the 1988 Mid-American Conference Championship. Crews was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the 11th round of the 1991 NFL Draft. His career included stints with the Rams, the San Diego Chargers, the Washington Redskins, and the Philadelphia Eagles.
 

terry crewsAfter retiring from the NFL in 1997, Crews moved to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. He had held a long-standing ambition to work in the film industry.  Crews considers his first job in the entertainment industry to be a stint as a courtroom sketch artist in Flint. 

Crews most notable roles are Julius Rock on the UPN/CW sitcom Everybody Hates Chris and Nick Kingston-Persons in the TBS sitcom Are We There Yet?.

terry crewsHe has also hosted the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire and starred in the BET reality series The Family Crews. He has appeared in films such as White ChicksIdiocracy, and the Expendables series, and currently plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords in the Fox sitcom Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
 

 

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conan40. Andy Richter was born in Grand Rapids but was raised in Yorkville, Illinois.  Andy was the sidekick to Conan O’Brian for 7 years. He decided it was time to leave and pursue an acting career on his own. He had several sitcoms that he stared in but all eventually got canceled. 

He has had several small roles on shows like Malcolm in the Middle, Will & Grace, "Monk", Arrested Development I, The New Adventures of Old Christine.

In addition to his television work, Richter has appeared in motion pictures such as Aliens in the Attic, Big Trouble, Elf, Seeing Other People, Madagascar, Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, Madagascar 3, Scary Movie 2, Pootie Tang, Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, Blades of Glory, Semi-Pro,and Cabin Boy

In 2010 he returned to the Conan O’Brian show and still continues to act in many projects.

41. Gillian Anderson is best known as agent Scully from X-Files and actually not born in Grand Rapids. But reading about her it made me want to share something from her time in Michigan. Gillian was born in Chicago and as an infant moved London, England.  Anderson and her family moved to Grand Rapids when she was 11 years of age but kept a flat in London and spent their summers there.  She went through a rebellious stage as a teenager; experimenting with drugs, dating a much older x filesboyfriend, and cultivating a punk appearance (dyeing her hair various colors, shaving the sides of her head, sporting a nose piercing and an all-black wardrobe). She was put in therapy at the age of 14.  Anderson listened to bands such as Dead Kennedys and Skinny Puppy. She was voted by her classmates as "class clown", "most bizarre girl" and "most likely to be arrested". She was, in fact, arrested on graduation night for breaking and entering into her high school in an attempt to glue the locks of the doors.  She later managed to reduce the charges to trespassing.  

 

42. Taylor Lautner was born in Grand Rapids but grew up in Hudsonville, Michigan. Yes home of Hudsonville Ice Cream. He got involved in Karate at an early age that eventually moved him to LA.  At an early age In his first months after moving to Los Angeles, Lautner appeared in small television roles, small film roles, and ads and commercials. In 2001, Lautner first appeared in the made-for-television film, Shadow Fury. He then got a voice-over job in a commercial for Rugrats Go Wild.  He then appeared in small television roles on The Bernie Mac ShowMy Wife and Kids, and Summerland.  Lautner then earned voice-over roles in animated series such as Danny Phantom, Duck Dodgers, and What's New, Scooby-Doo?. The same year, he earned his first breakout role, starring in the film, The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.  Lautner spent three months on location in Austin, Texas, to film the movie, which was received with negative reviews from critics, and was a minor international success. Taylor eventually landed the role of Jacob Black in the Twilight series. Taylor is still acting in many projects and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon.
 

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43. JK Simmons lived in Grosse Pointe until the age of 10. His film roles include J. Jonah Jamesonin Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Dr. Emil Skoda on the NBC series Law & Order (and other Law & Order franchise series), neo-Nazi Vernon Schillinger on the HBO prison-drama Oz, and Assistant Police Chief Will Pope on TNT's The Closer.  Simmons is an avid fan of the Detroit Tigers.. He threw the ceremonial first pitch for the Tigers on April 6, 2015 for Opening Day. He also played the Tigers' manager in For Love of the Game (1999). He is also the voice of the yellow M&M along with Detroiter Billy West who is the Red M and M.

detroit actor44. John Hughes- I wasn’t sure what city to place John in. He was born in Lansing but spent the first 12 years of his life growing up in Grosse Pointe.     
 "I grew up in a neighborhood that was mostly girls and old people. There weren't any boys my age, so I spent a lot of time by myself, imagining things. And every time we would get established somewhere, we would move. Life just started to get good in seventh grade, and then we moved to Chicago. I ended up in a really big high school, and I didn't know anybody. But then The Beatles came along (and) changed my whole life. And then Bob Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home came out and really changed me. Thursday I was one person, and Friday I was another. My heroes were Dylan, John Lennon and Picasso, because they each moved their particular medium forward, and when they got to the point where they were comfortable, they always moved on."
 

greatest moviesHe directed and/or scripted some of the most successful comedy films of the 1980s and early 1990s including the comedy National Lampoon's Vacation (1983), Mr. Mom (1983), the coming-of-age comedy Sixteen Candles (1984), the teen sci-fi comedy Weird Science (1985), The Breakfast Club (1985), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Pretty in Pink (1986), Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987) and Uncle Buck (1989), Home Alone (1990) and its sequel, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992).

Hughes was known for his work on teen movies and for helping launch the careers of numerous actors including Michael KeatonMolly RingwaldAnthony Michael HallBill PaxtonMatthew BroderickMacaulay Culkin, and the Brat Pack group.

Sadly John passed away on the morning of August 6, 2009, Hughes suffering a severe heart attack while walking on West 55th Street in Manhattan.

egot45. Julie Harris- Doing my research on this subject I came across Julie Harris.  I really didn’t know much about her but from what all I could find she is one of the hardest working people I came across.  Also, she was as close as you could get to the elusive EGOT (Emmy,Oscer.  A 10-time Tony Award nominee and five-time winner, she won for I Am a Camera (1952), The Lark (1956), Forty Carats (1969), The Last of Mrs. Lincoln (1973), and The Belle of Amherst (1977). She also won three Emmy Awards, a Grammy Award, and was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1952 film The Member of the Wedding.

46. Taylor Dooley –I talked to Taylor a little bit through twitter.  She was born in Grosse Pointe at Bon Secours Hospital.  She lived in Michigan untill she was 5 years old.  She mentioned that her family still lives here and she visits at least once a year.

 She has a few credits to her acting career.  Most notable she was in The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl as Lavagirl along with Taylor Lautner (Sharkboy).

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saturday night live47. Tim Meadows - Born February 5, 1961 Tim studied television and radio broadcasting at Wayne State University. He is best known for his character as Leon Phelps, The Ladies' Man, an eternally horny talk show host on Saturday Night Live which was eventually made into a movie. Other movies include Conehead and Mean Girls.

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kristen bell48. Kristen Bell- Bell was born on July 18, 1980 in Huntington Woods, Michigan, where she was raised In 1992, Bell went to her first audition and won a dual role as a banana and a tree in a suburban Detroit theater's production of Raggedy Ann and Andy. Her mother had established her with an agent before Bell was 13, which allowed her to appear in newspaper advertisements for several Detroit retailers and television commercials. She also began private acting lessons In 1998, she appeared with an uncredited role in the locally filmed film Polish Wedding.

Bell stated that she did not like her first name at the age of four. Bell's mother convinced her to go by her middle name of Anne instead; she used the name Annie until high school. Bell once broke both her wrists at the same time playing street hockey with friends.

frozen kristen bellJust before her freshman year of high school, Bell's parents decided to pull her from the public school system. She then attended Shrine Catholic High School in nearby Royal Oak, where she took part in the drama and music club

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Once she was 18 she moved to New York and performed on Broadway and began persuing her movie career.  At the age of 24 she landed the critically acclaimed/ staring role on Veronica Mars.  Forgetting Sarah Marshall. She has since appeared in a number of comedy films, including Couples Retreat (2009), When in Rome (2010), and Bad Moms (2016) to name a few. Bell got further recognition for voicing Princess Anna in the Disney animated fantasy film Frozen (2013). Since 2016, she has starred in the main role of Eleanor Shellstrop on the NBC comedy series The Good Place.

Kristen married actor Dax Shepard in 2013 (who is also from Michigan) and were dating since 2007. They have two daughters together.  Dax graduated from Walled Lake High School.

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49. I actually did not know that Darth Vader/ Mufasa himself was raised in Michigan. James Earl Jones was born in Arkabutla, Mississippi From the age of five, Jones was raised by his maternal grandparents  who had moved from Mississippi in the Great Migration and had a farm in Jackson, Michigan. Jones has described his grandmother, Maggie, as "the most racist person I have ever known.”  Jones found the transition to livingstar wars with his grandparents in Michigan traumatic, and developed a stutter so severe that he refused to speak. When his family moved to the more rural Brethren, Michigan, a teacher helped him overcome his stutter.  He remained functionally mute for eight years until he entered high school. He credits his English teacher, Donald Crouch, who discovered he had a gift for writing poetry, with helping him end his silence.  Crouch urged him to challenge his reluctance to speak. "I was a stutterer. I couldn't talk. So my first year of school was my first mute year, and then those mute years continued until I got to high school." I know people that have worked with Jones and told me that he would still stutter from time to time. 


coming to americaAfter being educated at the Browning School for boys in his high school years and graduating as vice president of his class from Dickson Rural Agricultural School (now Brethren High School) in Brethren, Michigan, Jones attended the University of Michigan where he was initially a pre-med major. He joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and excelled. He felt comfortable within the structure of the star warsmilitary environment and enjoyed the camaraderie of his fellow cadets in the Pershing Rifles Drill Team and Scabbard and Blade Honor Society. During the course of his studies, Jones discovered he was not cut out to be a doctor. Instead, he focused on drama at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance with the thought of doing something he enjoyed, before, he assumed, he would have to go off to fight in the Korean War. After four years of college, Jones graduated from the university in 1955.

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50. Burt Reynolds- Tom Selleck isn’t the only famous moustache to come out of the Michigan. Burt Reynolds was born on February 11, 1936 in Lansing and eventually moved to Lake City, Michigan, where he was raised. At the age of 10 his family eventually moved to Florida.

michigan actorHe first rose to prominence starring in television series such as Gunsmoke (1962–1965) and Dan August (1970–1971).
His breakout film role was as Lewis Medlock in Deliverance (1972). Reynolds played the leading role in a number of box office hits, such as The Longest Yard (1974), Smokey and the Bandit (1977),, The Cannonball Run (1981) and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1982).

After a string of box office failures, Reynolds returned to television, starring in the sitcom Evening Shade (1990–1994). He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Boogie Nights (1997)

scary movie screwm51. Matthew Lillard was born in Lansing but raised in Tustin, California. I had spoke with Matthew a few years back, when he was filming “All’s Faire in Love” in Holly with fellow Michigander Martin Klebba. He told me that he still has many family members in the area and he was excited to film in Michigan so he can spend some time with them. 

scooby dooHe is best known for portraying Chip in Serial Mom (1994), Stu Macher in Scream (1996), Stevo in SLC Punk! (1998), Jerry Conlaine in Without A Paddle (2004) and Shaggy Rogers in both Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004). In animation, he has been the official voice of Shaggy since the late Casey Kasem retired from the role

steven seagal blackish dmx52. Steven Seagal-Yes you read that right. Steven Seagalis originally from Lansing. His family relocated to California when he was five.  But still pretty crazy to think that the guy from Under Siege, Above the Law, Hard to Kill and countless movies from the 90’s comes from the mitten.  If you knew that fun fact did you know Seagal is a guitarist and has released two studio albums (Songs from the Crystal Cave and Mojo Priest), and performed on a number of film scores. He has worked with Stevie Wonder and Tony Rebel, who both performed on his debut album. He has also been involved in a line of "therapeutic oil" products and energy drinks.

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miami vice 53. Olivia Brown was born in Frankfurt, West Germany and raised in Livonia. Her family eventually moved to California, where she graduated from Santa Monica High School. She played Detective Trudy Joplin on Miami Vice and Vanessa Hargraves on Designing Women. Olivia also played Patricia Hamilton (recurring), on 7th Heaven, and Barbara Lee (recurring), on Moesha. Brown has acted in several films, including Throw Momma from the Train, 48 Hrs.

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54. Dax Shepard was born in Highland Township and graduated from Walled Lake Central High School. I have watched interviews with Shepard where he said that he lived in the Lafyette Appartments downtown and often hang out at Layfette Coney Island after work or hanging out at the bar.

Shepard's mother ended up growing a huge business by the time he was in high school. She worked car shows with traveling events at race tracks. She started as a janitor on the midnight shift at GM, then worked in fleet management at the GM proving grounds in Milford, Michigan, then hosted hospitality days for all the GM family members, eventually moving into public relations at an ad agency. She went back to GM, ending up owning four shops that managed publicity events for magazine journalists. From the age of 14 to 28, Shepard worked for his mother on the road, going from racetrack to racetrack.  For about 2 years, Shepard had a stepfather who was an engineer on the Corvette. Shepard's mother has been married four times—Shepard said he's had three stepfathers.

Shepard has said that he was raised in Milford, although he lived in a lot of places in suburban Detroit, growing up primarily in Walled Lake. He graduated from Walled Lake Central High School in 1993 before enrolling in The Groundlings school in California.  After attending Santa Monica College and West Los Angeles College, Shepard transferred to UCLA, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Anthropology

Shepard stared in the first season of Punk’d.  He was unknown at the time so he was mostly the guy that would “punk” the celebrities.  Since than Dax has acted in Without a Paddle,  Employee of the Month , Robot Chicken, The TV version of Parenthood, Cheaper by the Dozen and countless other projects.

He also married Kristen Bell… Which is the coolest thing ever.
 

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christine brinkley55. Christine Brinkley- I found out that she was born in Monroe and eventually moved to California. I was not able to find out how long she lived in Michigan Brinkley was discovered in 1973 by American photographer Errol Sawyer in a post office in Paris   He took her first modeling pictures and introduced her to John Casablancas of Elite Model Management agency in Paris  She has been on over 500 magazine covers. Brinkley played her first role as an actress in the 1983 film National Lampoon's Vacation  opposite Chevy Chase

She has been married four times but most known for her relationship with singer Billy Joel.  His girlfriend at the time Elle Macpherson was the inspiration for Uptown Girl. But after they split, the blue collar Joel looked to his future wife: supermodel Christie Brinkley who started in the music video.

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superman 56. Dean Cain was born Dean George Tanaka in Mount Clemons but moved to California when he was 3. Dean is most known for the long running show Lois and Clark.

57. Paul Feig was born in and raised in Mount Clemens. His motherwas a telephone operator, and his father owned Ark Surplus on Gratiot Avenue. After a year at Wayne State University, Feig moved to Los Angeles, where he studied at USC, worked as a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood, embarked on a stand-up comedy act, and landed minor roles on various television shows.

With Heavyweights co-scripter Judd Apatow, Feig created the short-lived dramedy series Freaks and Geeks, inspired by his experiences at Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township. The show aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. Eighteen episodes were completed, but the series was canceled after only twelve had aired. Despite the short run, Freaks and Geeks has since maintained a devoted cult following. The show was named in Time magazine's 100 Greatest Shows of All Time and in summer 2008, Entertainment Weekly ranked Freaks and Geeks as the 13th best show of the past 25 years. Feig was nominated for two Emmys for writing the show's pilot and the season finale. 

Paul has appeared in, written, directed and produced many of our favorite movies.  He is best known for directing the 2011 film Bridesmaids, featuring Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy and the 2016 film Ghostbusters also starring Wiig and McCarthy. Feig also directed the comedy films The Heat (2013) starring McCarthy and Sandra Bullock, and Spy (2015) which stars McCarthy, Jason Statham, and Jude Law.

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58. Leah Jeffries- Before she entered Kindergarten Leah got the role as Lola on Fox’s hit show Empire. She has already acted in other roles and doesn’t look like she is stopping any time soon.

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59. Tom Hulce- If I asked you to know one movie Tom Hulce could you do it? I without a doubt cannot. But, once I did some research on him I realized I have seen many movies he has been in.  From what I could find Tom was born in Detroit but raised in Plymouth.   His father worked at Ford Motor Company and his mother was a singer. 

A couple roles that you possibly have seen Tom in are Pinto in Animal House, He was nominated for a Golden Globe and Academy award for best actor for his role as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus, he was in animal house, and he was the voice of Quasimodo in Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I and II).

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60. Laura Elizabeth Innes played Dr. Kerry Weaveron the NBC medical drama ER.  On cold days in Michigan there is not much better than an ER marathon. 

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61. Judy Greer (born Judith Laura Evans; July 20, 1975) is an American actress known for portraying a string of supporting characters, including Kitty Sanchez on the Fox series Arrested Development and Cheryl Tunt on the animated comedy series Archer. Greer has had a supporting role in a number of romantic comedy films, including The Wedding Planner, 13 Going on 30, 27 Dresses and Love and Other Drugs.

Geer was born July 20, 1975, and grew up in Redford Township and Livonia..Greer attended Churchill High School and Bunny Sanfords Academy of Dance in Livonia. In 1997 she graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University.

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62. Dita Von Teese is an American burlesque dancer, model, costume designer, entrepreneur and occasional actress. She is thought to have helped re-popularize burlesque performance. well as vintage fetish style, and was formerly married to Marilyn Manson. She has been in many walk on roles on TV and film like CSI and Americas Next Top Model.

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63. Jana Kramer is an American actress and country musicsinger. She is known for her role as Alex Dupre on the television series One Tree Hill. Jenna graduated from Rochester Adams High School where actress/ Singer Madonna attended.

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64. Kid Rock- I know that this list is not focusing on ones music career. But, we can’t over look the amzing acting chops of Robert Ritchie. Some of his notable pieces of work are Joe Dirt, CSI NY, Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector and Stripparella.

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65. Bruce Campbell was born in Royal Oak June 22nd 1958. Bruce Campbell began acting as a teenager and soon began making short Super 8 movies with friends. After meeting Sam Raimi at Groves High School, the two became very good friends and started making movies together. Campbell would go on to attend Western Michigan University while he continued to work on his acting career. Campbell and Raimi collaborated on a 30-minute Super 8 version of the first Evil Dead film, titled Within the Woods, which was initially used to attract investors.

One of his best-known roles is portraying Ash Williams in Sam Raimi's Evil Dead franchise, from the 1978 short film Within the Woods to the ongoing TV series Ash vs Evil Dead.  Some other notable things to add are Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and Xena: Warrior Princess (1995–99), Sam Axe on the USA Network series Burn Notice (2007–13), and reprised his role as Ash Williams on the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead.

66. Sam Raimi was born in Royal Oak and grew up in Birmingham.   He graduated from Groves High School and later went on to attend Michigan State University, where he majored in English but left after three semesters to film The Evil Dead


Sam is a filmmaker, actor, and producer famous for creating the cult horror Evil Dead series, as well as directing the original Spider-Man trilogy (2002–07) and the 1990 superhero film Darkman. His most recent film is the 2013 Disney fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful which was filmed in Pontiac. 

 

 

 

 

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67. For me personally Sharon Epatha Merkerson is one of the actresses that I don’t know many things she is in. But, when I see her in something it is always amazing. She is best known for her role as Law & Order Lieutenant Anita Van Buren from 1993 to 2010 on the long-running NBC police procedural drama series Law & Order. She appeared in 391 episodes of the series—more than any other cast member. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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68. Terry O'Quinn was born at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie, one of 11 siblings, and grew up in nearby Newberry, Michigan. He attended Central Michigan University where he started his acting career and then transferred University of Iowa. 

He played John Locke on the TV series Lost, the title role in The Stepfather and Stepfather II and was cast in 1996 as Peter Watts in Millennium, which ran for three seasons (1996–1999). You can now catch him in the new Hulu Stephen King thriller Castle Rock 

 

 

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69. Selma Blair- As a child she attended Hillel Day School and Cranbrook Kingswood school. She studied at Kalamazoo College from 1990-1992, then transferred to the University of Michigan, where she earned her bachelor's degree in 1994. Blair's best known film roles were in Cruel Intentions (1999), which also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Reese Witherspoon. Both Blair and Witherspoon later starred together in Legally Blonde (2001). Also she appeared alongside Cameron Diaz and Christina Applegate in The Sweetest Thing (2002), and in Hellboy (2004).


 

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detroit red wings70. Dave Coulier Born September 21, 1959 in Saint Claire Shores and graduated 1977 from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods. Coulier got his start in high school doing stand-up during the lunch hours and impersonating the principal over the school PA system. He is best known for his role as Joey Gladstone on Full House. Dave also gave Alanis Morrisette plenty of material for her Jagged little Pill album when they broke up.

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71. Kate Upton- At the age of 7 her family moved to Melbourne, Florida. Kate is known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton made her first appearance in Sports Illustrated in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012, 2013 and 2017 issues. She was also the subject of the 100th-anniversary Vanity Fair cover. Upton has also appeared in the films Tower Heist (2011) The Three Stooges remake, and The Other Woman (2014)


Upton started dating then Detroit Tigers baseball player Justin Verlander in early 2014, and they were engaged in 2016. She said while filling in as a co-host for Kelly Ripa on Live! with Kelly and Michael that she was forbidden by the New York Yankees from wearing Detroit Tigers' clothing or accessories at the Yankee Stadium when attending games in which Verlander was the starting pitcher. On November 4, 2017 the two married in a medieval church in Tuscany, Italy. 

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He may be known for his roll as "Mini-me" but he was larger than just that charactor. 
 
Verne Troyer was born January 1st, 1969 in Sturgis, Michigan.  During his childhood, Troyer spent most of his time visiting his Amish relatives in Centreville (Michigan), and graduated from Centreville High School in 1987. "I grew up in a small town. There were about 90 people in my graduating class." Troyer was initially raised Amish but his parents (Susan and Reuben) left the faith when he was a child. He has stated "My parents never treated me any different than my other average-sized siblings. I used to have to carry wood, feed the cows, pigs, and the other farm animals.”

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 Verne was born with a rare form of dwarfism called Cartilage-hair hypoplasia,.  People born with CHH have skeletal abnormalities; fine, sparse hair (hypotrichosis); and abnormal immune system function (immune deficiency) that can lead to recurrent infections. Other affects of cartilage-hair hypoplasia are unusually short limbs and short stature from birth. They typically have malformations in the cartilage near the ends of the long bones in the arms and legs, which then affects development of the bone itself. Most people with CHH are unusually flexible in some joints, but they may have difficulty extending their elbows fully.
 

Verne is often recognized for his Austin Powers role Mini-Me.  But his body of work was much more than just that.  He started his career as a stunt performer for the infant character "Baby Bink" in John Hughes' film Baby's Day Out(1994). He gained further work doing stunts and acting in films including Dunston Checks InJingle All the Way (both 1996), Men in Black (1997) and My Giant (1998), He was Griphook the goblin in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Bubble Boy (with Jake Gyllenhaal), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (w/ Johnny Depp), How The Grinch Stole Christmas (Jim Carrey), Jack of All Trades with fellow Michigander Bruce Campbell, just to name a few. 

Verne loved college football. You would often see him sporting a shirt from his favorite team the Michigan Wolverines. He often said that his second favorite team is "whoever's playing Notre Dame."

He truly lived his life to the fullest and worked steadily through the years.  His last film Hipsters, Gangsters, Aliens and Geeks with fellow Michigander/ friend Martin Klebba.  The movie has yet to be released.

 

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73. Ivana Miličević was born in Sarajevo, SFR Yugoslavia (modern-day Bosnia and Herzegovina), to Croatian parents, Tonka and Damir Miličević. She immigrated to the United States at the age of five and was raised in Troy where her parents owned a donut shop. Ivana's is the oldest of three. Her  brother Tomo is the lead guitarist of rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars. Sadly her younger brother Filip died in August 2016. She worked as a model while attending Athens High School. After High School she moved to LA to pursue her acting career.

Miličević began acting after graduation, appearing in the hit thriller Enemy of the State, then doing guest appearances in television series including Charmed, Seinfeld, Felicity, Nash Bridges, The Nanny, Buzzkill, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Yes, Dear, Chuck, House, Friends, and Hawaii Five-0. Her acting career included a regular role on the HBO series The Mind of the Married Man.

In 2006, she starred in the CBS series Love Monkey and played the role of Valenka in the James Bond film Casino Royale. In 2007, she played Lena on Ugly Betty. In 2008, she starred in Witless Protection and featured in a guest appearance in the House and in the Pushing Daisies and Love Actually



  In 2013 she got the lead role in Banshee that aired for 4 seasons. She now has a recouring role on Gotham as Selina Kyle’s (young Catwomen) mother.

pirates of the caribbean74. Martin Klebba was born and raised in Troy and attended Troy Athens High. It was his theatre teacher Krista Manfredi (pictured w/ him on the right) that got him into acting.  She casted him as Captain Hook’s sidekick Mr. Smee and from there he was hooked (honestly that was not meant to be a pun}.  It is pretty cool that he started acting as a pirate and made a career as one. Martin goes to visit her and speaks to the students about his career and the industry.   

project xShortly after high school he went to New York were he did the holiday show with the Rockets on stage at Radio City Music Hall. They would often perform 2-3 shows a day 7 days a week.  He was a frequent guest on the Howard Stern Show and was back to visit when he was promoting Project X. 

Martin eventually moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a stunt performer.  He has been in many movies for just his stunt work like Baby Geniuses, Zombieland, and even Jurassic World.  The next movie you watch you might want to think twice about who is in the stroller going down a hill, zombie girl being dragged from a car, or a Dimorphodon attacking Chris Pratt There is a good chance it is Martin.

Along with doing stunt work Martin has been in some major roles to add to his credits.  Martin was in Pirates of the Caribbean I, II, III, and V, Project X, Jurassic World, Scrubs, Oz The Great and Powerful, Cradle to the Grave, Corky Romano, Mirror Mirror and Ted 2 to name a few. 

Martin has held the record for the Worlds Fastest Little Person since 1994, He is captain of the two time Worlds Gold Medal Winning Dwarf Basketball team ( The Statesmen).

 

 

75. Sutton foster- Foster was born in Statesboro, Georgia, and raised in Troy, Michigan. At the age of 15, she was a contestant on the reality competition show Star Search. Sutton was in an anti smoking campaign in High School. It depicted a girl getting ready in the mirror and narrated “You can do your eyes, you can do your hair, but you can’t do anything about your cigarette breath… smoking stinks.” It shows you how powerful that was because I remember it to this day MANY years after the fact.  She left Troy High School before graduating (she received her diploma via correspondence courses) to join the national tour of The Will Rogers Follies directed by Tommy Tune.

Sutton has had a more than impressive musical career on Broadway winning many awards (Two of them being Tony’s) and is siblings to Broadway star Hunter Foster. But this list is focusing on People from Michigan’s career in film.

Sutton has taken breaks from the stage to act in several walk on roles in shows like Law and Order SVU, Royal Pains, Doc McStuffins, Psych, The Good Wife, Gilmore Girls, and even Sesame Street.   Foster got the lead in a show titles Bun heads that aired for 18 episodes before getting canceled. 

76. Steven Yeun- Yeun was born in Seoul, South Korea, to South Koreanparents Je and Jun Yeun. His father was an architect in South Korea before moving his family to Regina, Saskatchewan, and later to  Michigan.  Steven was raised in Troy and he graduated from Troy High School.  Yeun's parents began calling him "Steven" after meeting a doctor in America by that name. His parents owned beauty-supply stores in Detroit

Yeun received a bachelor's degree in psychology with a concentration in neuroscience from Kalamazoo College in 2005 where he began taking courses in acting. At Kalamazoo, he met Jordan Klepper through Klepper's sister and later followed him to Chicago to join Second City

Yeun's biggest role to date was Glenn Rhee on The Walking Dead, an AMC television horror drama based on the comic book series of the same name. The series began in 2010 with Glenn as one of the original and main characters who, along with his friends, is forced to relentlessly fight evil just to survive in a violent, apocalyptic world infested with flesh-eating walkers and the few surviving humans, some of whom are even more diabolical and dangerous than the walkers themselves. The drama is the highest rated series in cable television history.

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77. Barry Watson- Barry was 8 years old when his parents moved from Traverse City to Dallas, Texas.  Barry had small roles on many hit shows which one eventually land him on the hit show 7th Heaven. 

Watson was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in May 2002, and took a leave of absence from 7th Heaven while he underwent treatment. As of April 2003, it was reportedly in remission, and he began appearing on the program again

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78. William Lucking- I was excited to see that the actor who played Piney in Sons of Anarchy was from Michigan. But once I did some research on him I was amazed by the list of credits he has.  Erin Brockovich (2000), Red Dragon (2002), The Rundown (2003), and Contraband (2012).  Are just a couple of the movie credits he has been in.

On television he has had starring or featured roles in Outlaws as Harland Pike and The A-Team. Mission: Impossible, The Partridge Family, Simon & Simon, Bonanza, Kung Fu,  Gunsmoke, The Rockford Files, The Waltons, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Magnum, P.I., M*A*S*H, Hunter, The Greatest American Hero, Murder, She Wrote, NYPD Blue, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, JAG, Walker, Texas Ranger, The X Files, ER, The Pretender, Profiler, The West Wing, Sons of Anarchy, Cold Case  among other television shows


 
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hangover detroit79. Justin Bartha was born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and moved to West Bloomfield when he was eight. After he graduated from West Bloomfield High Schoolin 1996, he moved to New York City and studied filmmaking and theatre at New York University's Tisch School of Arts.
 

Justin’s career skyrocketed when in 2004 he had co-stared along side Nicholas Cage in National Treasure.  Justin was in The Hangover comedy film series, he played Doug Billings, one of the "Wolfpack" members who goes on weekend trips with the trio. After a wild nights of partying, he goes missing and his friends frantically search everywhere for him. 

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80. Lee Majors - His parents, Carl and Alice Yeary, were both killed in separate accidents (prior to his birth and when he was one year old, respectively). At age two, Majors was adopted by an uncle and aunt and moved with them to Middlesboro, Kentucky.

He is best known for playing the part of Steve Austin , a former astronaut with bionic limbs, in the television series The Six Million Dollar Man of the 1970s. Majors has been married four times, but his most famous marriage was to actress Farrah Fawcett.
  

     

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