Famous People From Detroit

Detroit was the birthplace of many famous people.
Detroit was the birthplace of many famous people.

Detroit is a major city in the United States in the state of Michigan.  Naturally, as is the case with every part of the world, some people have risen to prominence both within the state, nationally, and internationally. These famous people come from a range of sectors such as music, sports, and others. Here is a list of famous people who have their origins in Detroit. 

Famous Detroit Natives

Aretha Franklin

Born Aretha Louise Franklin, Aretha was a singer, civil rights activist, pianist, and songwriter who was born in 1942 and died recently in 2018. Her career as an artist began at the age of 18 although fame and success did not come until 1966. Some of her songs include “Rock Steady,” “Day Dreaming,” and many others. As a civil rights activist, she received honors such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Harry Newman

Harry Lawrence Newman was a professional American football quarterback who lived between 1909 and 2000. Professionally, he played for the New York Giants between 1933 and 1935. He also played form the Brooklyn/Rochester Tigers from 1936 to 1937. Before his professional years, he managed to get accolades in college such as the Helms Athletic Foundation Player of the Year Award. His success in college saw his induction into the College Football Hall of Fame.


Born Marshall Bruce Mathers III, Eminem is one of the rap industry’s most influential artists. Aside from rapping, he is also a record producer, actor, film producer, songwriter, and record executive. His successful career has seen two of his albums, The Marshall Mathers LP (2000) and The Eminem Show (2002), being certified diamond based on US sales. 

Al Kaline

Colloquially known as Mr. Tiger, Albert William Kaline was a player in Major League Baseball. He played for the Detroit Tigers for 22 years, which saw him earn a position in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Besides, he was selected in the All-Star team each year from 1955 to 1967. Born in 1934, he currently works as a front office official for the Tigers at the age of 84.

Chris Webber

Born in 1973, Webber is a retired American professional basketball player. His glittering career saw him play for teams like the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, and other clubs. His success includes being a five-time NBA All-Star, making it into the All-NBA First Team in 2001, and many more accolades. His post-NBA life includes analysis for NBA Gametime Live, acting, and other activities.

Types of Famous People

While the state has been able to produce thousands of famous people over the years, the data shows that the city is more inclined towards artistry and sports. In these two categories, Detroit has the highest diversity. For example, sports include golf, hockey, boxing, and many more. In artistry, the categories include dancers, photographers, and architects.

Famous People From Detroit

Al KalineBaseball player
Alice CooperMusician
Aretha FranklinSinger
Big SeanRapper
Chris WebberBasketball player
Diana RossSinger
Francis Ford CoppolaDirector
Harry NewmanFootball Player
Jack WhiteMusician
Jeffrey EugenidesAuthor
Kristen BellActress
Lily TomlinComedian
Meg WhiteMusician
Mitch AlbomAuthor
PersonFamous For
Smokey RobinsonSinger and producer
Stevie WonderMusician
Ted NugentMusician
Tim AllenActor
Tom SelleckActor

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