Michigan State University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Michigan State University. The list includes people like Draymond Green, Tee Grizzley, Tyler Oakley, Hailie Jade & Richard Ford. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, media personalities, writers, sportspersons and singers etc.
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 1 
Magic Johnson
(The Greatest Point Guard of All Time)
Magic Johnson
51
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States

Magic Johnson, the now retired American basketball player was one of the most powerful players of the 1980s and led NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers to five championships during his thirteen years career. His real name is Earvin Johnson and he earned his nickname Magic during his high school days. He retired after testing positive for HIV and currently heads Magic Johnson Enterprises.

 2 
James Caan
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Sonny Corleone’ in the Film ‘The Godfather’)
James Caan
21
Birthdate: March 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 6, 2022

Best known for playing the iconic character of Sonny Corleone in the movie, The Godfather, James Caan is a practising martial artist, apart from being an actor and director. He has trained under Japanese-American master of karate, Takayuki Kubota, for almost 30 years. For his contributions to arts, he was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 3 
Draymond Green
(American Professional Basketball Player Who Plays as the Power Forward)
Draymond Green
34
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States

Professional basketball player Draymond Green currently plays for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays primarily at the power forward position. A three-time NBA champion and a three-time NBA All-Star, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year in 2017. He identifies himself as a Christian and follows a modest lifestyle.

 4 
Robert Urich
(Actor and Producer)
Robert Urich
16
Birthdate: December 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Ohio, United States
Died: April 16, 2002

Robert Urich was an American actor whose contribution to the TV industry earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; he was the only person on the walk with a name starting with the alphabet U until Usher was added. Apart from his contribution to the entertainment industry, Robert Urich also worked towards raising money for cancer research.

 5 
Le’Veon Bell
(American Football Running Back)
Le’Veon Bell
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 18, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reynoldsburg, Ohio, United States
NFL running back Le'Veon Bell currently plays for the Kansas City Chiefs. He has previously played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Jets. He is a three-time Pro Bowl and a two-time First-team All-Pro. He later experimented with music, under the pseudonym “Juice” and released an album.
 6 
Tom Sizemore
(Actor)
Tom Sizemore
7
Birthdate: November 29, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 7 
Chris Hansen
(Television Journalist and YouTube Personality)
Chris Hansen
10
Birthdate: September 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Chris Hansen is an American YouTube personality and television journalist known for his work on the popular news magazine/reality legal show, Dateline NBC. The winner of eight Emmy Awards, Hansen's work on one of Dateline NBC's former segments To Catch a Predator, which focused on zeroing in on potential Internet sex predators, received much appreciation.

 8 
Kirk Cousins
(American football player)
Kirk Cousins
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Barrington, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Tee Grizzley
(Rapper, Songwriter)
Tee Grizzley
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 23, 1994
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 10 
Rashad Evans
(American Mixed Martial Artist)
Rashad Evans
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Niagara Falls, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 11 
Bubba Smith
(American football player)
Bubba Smith
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 28, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Orange, Texas, United States
Died: August 3, 2011
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 12 
Brian Hoyer
(American football player)
Brian Hoyer
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: North Olmsted, Ohio, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 13 
Zach Randolph
(Basketball player)
Zach Randolph
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Marion, Indiana, United States
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 14 
George Steele
(American Professional Wrestler and Actor)
George Steele
12
Birthdate: April 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 16, 2017
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 15 
Miles Bridges
(Basketball player)
Miles Bridges
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1998
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 16 
Tyler Oakley
(YouTuber)
Tyler Oakley
11
Listed In: Instagram Stars
Birthdate: March 2, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jackson, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 17 
Jaren Jackson Jr.
(Basketball player)
Jaren Jackson Jr.
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 15, 1999
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)
 18 
Kirk Gibson
(Baseball player)
Kirk Gibson
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 19 
Plaxico Burress
(American Football Player)
Plaxico Burress
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 20 
Shannon Brown
(Basketball Player)
Shannon Brown
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 29, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maywood, Illinois, United States
 21 
Dick Martin
(American comedian)
Dick Martin
2
Birthdate: January 30, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Died: May 24, 2008
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 22 
Ted Raimi
(Actor)
Ted Raimi
2
Birthdate: December 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 23 
Morten Andersen
(Former American Football Player Who Played as a Placekicker)
Morten Andersen
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

While he experimented with gymnastics and long jump in school, Danish footballer Morten Andersen, also known as the Great Dane, began his stint with football playing for the New Orleans Saints. The seven-time Pro Bowl and the five-time First-team All-Pro retired from NFL after 25 seasons.

 24 
Steve Garvey
(Baseball player)
Steve Garvey
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 25 
Tom Platz
(American Retired Professional Bodybuilder)
Tom Platz
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fort Sill, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 565'11" (17249 cm)
 26 
Dan Gilbert
(Businessperson)
Dan Gilbert
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 17, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 27 
Paul Stookey
(Singer-songwriter)
Paul Stookey
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
 28 
Geoff Johns
(Writer)
Geoff Johns
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA
 29 
Kelvin Sampson
(Basketball coach, Baseball player)
Kelvin Sampson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 5, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Laurinburg, North Carolina, United States
 30 
Andre Rison
(American Football Player)
Andre Rison
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 18, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Flint, Michigan, USA
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 31 
Gretchen Whitmer
(49th Governor of Michigan)
Gretchen Whitmer
36
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 23, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
 32 
Robin Roberts
(Baseball player)
Robin Roberts
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: May 6, 2010
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 33 
Jim Harrison
(Poet)
Jim Harrison
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Grayling, Michigan, USA
Died: March 26, 2016
 34 
Jemele Hill
(Sports Journalist)
Jemele Hill
16
Birthdate: December 21, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 35 
Gray Maynard
(American Mixed Martial Artist)
Gray Maynard
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 36 
Connor Cook
(American football player)
Connor Cook
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Parma Heights, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 37 
Adam Gase
(American football coach)
Adam Gase
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA
 38 
Jason Richardson
(Basketball player)
Jason Richardson
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 39 
Herb Adderley
(American football player)
Herb Adderley
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 30, 2020
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 40 
Eric D. Thomas
(Businessperson)
Eric D. Thomas
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
 41 
Gary Harris
(Basketball Player)
Gary Harris
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 13, 1994
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fishers, Indiana, United States
 42 
Tony Mandarich
(Canadian Former American Football Offensive Tackle)
Tony Mandarich
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 23, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oakville, Ontario, Canada
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 43 
Gary Peters
(Politician)
Gary Peters
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1958
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pontiac, Michigan, United States
 44 
Kwame Kilpatrick
(72nd Mayor of Detroit (2002 - 2008))
Kwame Kilpatrick
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Former politician, Kwame Kilpatrick, served as the mayor of Detroit from 2002 to 2008. Previously, he had been a Democratic Michigan state representative. A controversial person, he was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice in 2008 and had to step down as mayor. In 2013, he was again convicted of many federal felony counts.

 45 
Walter Hill
(Film director)
Walter Hill
2
Birthdate: January 10, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, United States U.S.
 46 
Tom Gores
(Businessman)
Tom Gores
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 31, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nazareth, Israel
 47 
Earl Morrall
(American football player)
Earl Morrall
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Muskegon, Michigan, United States
Died: April 25, 2014
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 48 
Bryn Forbes
(Basketball player)
Bryn Forbes
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 49 
Steve Smith
(Basketball player, Journalist)
Steve Smith
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Highland Park, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 50 
Kevin Willis
(Basketball player, Fashion designer)
Kevin Willis
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 6, 1962
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
Situated in East Lansing, Michigan, is Michigan State University which is a public research university that was founded in the year 1855. Being one of the country’s first universities of higher education to teach scientific agriculture, the university often finds itself in the lists of the top 30 public universities in the United States and the top 100 research universities, worldwide. It is also the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, which sprawls across a massive 5200 acres. The University offers over 200 academic programs spanning across 17 residential colleges, professional schools and other academic units. Many of its programs such as criminology, educational psychology, nuclear physics, veterinary medicine and so on are ranked as best in the nation, as per U.S. News & World Report. With the mission to expand its reach across the globe, Michigan State University has gone international with its campus in Dubai. Michigan State University is an integral member of the Association of American Universities and is even regarded as a Public Ivy. Being under the category of being a ‘more selective’ college as per U.S. News & World Report, the university still manages to be one of the largest universities of the United States, in terms of enrollment. Maurice Ager, William David Brohn, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Stannard Baker and Jim Cash, all were once students of this institute. Presenting to you, a list of notable alumni’s from Michigan State University.