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30 more celebrities with Michigan links 

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OF 30
Danny Thomas
Best known for: Make Room For Daddy (aka The Danny Thomas Show)
Born in Deerfield in 1912. Thomas died in '91.
Dave Coulier
Best known for: Full House
Born in St. Clair Shores, Coulier graduated from Notre Dame High School in Harper Woods in '77.
Dax Shepard
Best known for: Idiocracy, Employee of the Month, and Parenthood.
Raised in Walled Lake and Milford.
Elaine Stritch
Best known for: Playing Jack Donaghy's mom on 30 Rock. Before that, she trod the boards of Broadway and the West End in productions like Bus Stop and Sail Away.
Born in Detroit in 1925.
George "The Animal" Steel
Best known for: Wrestling, though he had a role in Tim Burton's movie Ed Wood.
Raised in Madison Heights. Steel also has a master's degree from Central Michigan University.
Helen Thomas
Best known as: A former member of the White House press corp. Later, Thomas wrote many books including Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do
Raised in Detroit, Hunter got a Bachelor's degree in English from Wayne State University. She died in July 2013.
James Lipton
Best known for: Inside the Actor's Studio
Lipton was born in Detroit in '26, and graduated from Central High School in '44.
Jeffrey Tambor
Best known for: Arrested Development, and The Larry Sanders Show.
Received a master's degree in acting from Wayne State University.
Best known as: perhaps the most famous female pop star of all time.
Born in Bay City, Madonna was raised in Pontiac and Avon Township (now Rochester Hills), and she studied dance at the University of Michigan.
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Best known for: Being an awesome funk-rock band until about '92.
Singer Anthony Kiedis is from Grand Rapids, while drummer Chad Smith was raised in Bloomfield Hills.
Richard Kiel
Best known for: The recurring role of Jaws in the James Bond movies.
Kiel was born in Detroit in '39.
Robin Williams
Best known for: Take your pick. Mork & Mindy, Dead Poet's Society, Good Morning Vietnam, and certainly Flubber.
Williams grew up in Bloomfield Hills.
Soupy Sales
Best known for: Lunch with Soupy
Sales moved to Detroit in '53 and worked for WXYZ-TV.
Terry Crews
Best known for: Everybody Hates Chris
Born in Flint in '68.
Maynard James Keenan
Best known for: Fronting the prog metal band Tool.
Keenan moved to Scottville when his parent's divorced in '68.
Chad Everett (Pictured left)
Best known for: Playing Dr. Joe Gannon on Medical Center.
Raised in Dearborn.
Charlton Heston
Best known for: The Planet of the Apes movies, and loving guns.
Moved to St. Helen when he was an infant due to his father's work.
Gilda Radner
Best known for: Saturday Night Live
Born and raised in Detroit.
Ken Jeong
Best known for: The Hangover movies.
Born in Detroit in '69.
James Earl Jones
Best known for: Oh Lord, the man's a legend but we're going with Star Wars and Conan the Barbarian.
Moved to Jackson when he was five, and later to Brethren.
David Spade
Best known for: Saturday Night Live and his greatest moment, Joe Dirt.
Raised in Birmingham.
Glenn Frey
Best known for: Fronting the Eagles.
Frey was born in Detroit and raised in Royal Oak.
James Caan
Best known for: The Godfather, Misery, Rollerball, and many more.
Caan studied at Wayne State University.
Tom Hulce
Best known for: Playing Mozart in Amadeus.
Born in Detroit and raised in Plymouth.
Julie Harris
Best known for: East of Eden, The Haunting, The Truth About Women, and many more.
Born and raised in Grosse Pointe.
Kim Hunter (pictured third from the left)
Best known for: Playing STELLAAAAAA in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Born in Detroit in '22.
Sutton Foster
Best known for: Broadway productions like Little Women and Shrek the Musical.
Raised in Troy.
JK Simmons
Best known for: Spiderman, Law and Order, The Closer, etc.
Born in Detroit in '55.
Burt Reynolds
Best known for: Boogie Nights, Smokey & the Bandit, Cannonball Run, etc.
Born in Lansing in '36.
Charles Lindbergh
Best known as: an aviator, author and inventor. His son was kidnapped and murdered in 1931.
Born in Detroit in 1902.
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James Lipton
Best known for: Inside the Actor's Studio
Lipton was born in Detroit in '26, and graduated from Central High School in '44.

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