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Michigan Famous

People listed are almost always native to the state. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within a state for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the state in their personal endeavors.


  • Verna Aardema author
  • James "Jim" Abbott baseball player
  • Spencer Abraham politician
  • Talbert Abrams photographer, "father of aerial photography"
  • Anthony Adams football player
  • Pepper Adams musician
  • Joseph Alessi musician
  • Nelson Algren author
  • Geri Allen pianist, producer
  • Ron Allen playwright
  • Tim Allen actor (born in CO)
  • Mathias Alten artist
  • Irene Osgood Andrews women's rights advocate
  • Katherine Alice "K.A." Applegate author
  • Curtis Armstrong actor
  • Robert Armstrong actor
  • Dorothy Ashby harpist, composer
  • Billy Manual Ashley baseball player
  • Robert Ashley composer
  • Robert Asprin author
  • Paul Assenmacher baseball player
  • Steve Avery baseball player
  • Jason Babin football player
  • Jason Bacashihua hockey player
  • Werner Emmanuel Bachmann chemist
  • James Anthony Bailey circus showman, co-founder ringling brothers, barnum and bailey circus
  • Liberty Hyde Bailey horticulturist, botanist
  • Ray Stannard Baker journalist, author
  • Jim Bakker televangelist
  • Frank Dwight Baldwin major general u.s. infantry, medals of honor recipient (2)
  • Neal Ball baseball player
  • Jim Ballantine hockey player
  • Hank Ballard singer
  • Michael Barone political analyst, journalist
  • Theodore Baskin musician
  • Florence Knoll Bassett architect, furniture designer
  • Shane Battier basketball player
  • Daniel "Buzz" Bazuin football player
  • Rex Beach author, playwright
  • Norman Bel Geddes theatrical, industrial designer
  • Marcus Belgrave trumpeter
  • Kristen Bell actress
  • John Bellairs author
  • Johnny Benson auto racer
  • Ray Bentley football player
  • August "Augie" Bergamo baseball player
  • Elizabeth Berkley actress
  • Sandra Bernhard actress
  • Jerome "The Bus" Bettis football player
  • Owen Bieber labor leader
  • Mike Binder screenwirter, director
  • George David Birkhoff mathematician
  • Eric Bischoff president world championship wrestling
  • Melvin Bissell inventor
  • Andrew Blackbird ottawa indian tribe leader, historian
  • Harry Blackstone, Jr. magician
  • Earl Blaik football coach
  • Selma Blair actress
  • Michael Bloomfield astronaut
  • William Edward Boeing aviation pioneer
  • Sonny Bono singer, actor
  • Alfonso Boone football player
  • Michael "Mike" Bordick baseball player
  • Dave Borkowski baseball player
  • Stephen "Steve" Boros, Jr. baseball player, coach
  • Frank Bowerman baseball player
  • Robert John Braidwood archaeologist, anthropologist
  • J Harlen Bretz geologist
  • Don Brewer musician
  • Lyman James Briggs engineer, physicist
  • Christie Brinkley model
  • Collier "P.J." Brown basketball player
  • Jesse Brown u.s. secretary veterans affairs
  • Montaque "Monty" Brown football player, wrestler
  • Olympia Brown suffragist
  • Prentiss M. Brown politician
  • Wilber Marion Brucker politician
  • Jerry Bruckheimer film, television producer
  • Robert "Bob" Buhl baseball player
  • Ralph J. Bunche u.s. diplomat, nobel laureate
  • Walter Burkemo golfer
  • Leo Burnett founder leo burnett worldwide
  • Kenny Burrell musician
  • Ellen Burstyn actress
  • David Burtka actor
  • Timothy Busfield actor, director
  • Dan Bylsma hockey player
  • Donald Byrd musician
  • Tracy Byrd boxer

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Michigan Cities, Counties & Area Codes

City County Area Code
Harrisville Alcona 989
Munising Alger 906
Allegan Allegan 269
Alpena Alpena 989
Mancelona Antrim 231
Standish Arenac 989
Lanse Baraga 906
Hastings Barry 269
Bay City Bay 989
Beulah Benzie 231
Niles Berrien 269
Coldwater Branch 517
Battle Creek Calhoun 269
Dowagiac Cass 269
Charlevoix Charlevoix 231
Cheboygan Cheboygan 231
Sault Sainte Marie Chippewa 906
Harrison Clare 989
Saint Johns Clinton 989
Grayling Crawford 989
Escanaba Delta 906
Iron Mountain Dickinson 906
Lansing Eaton 517
Petoskey Emmet 231
Flint Genesee 810
Gladwin Gladwin 989
Ironwood Gogebic 906
Traverse City Grand Traverse 231
Alma Gratiot 989
Hillsdale Hillsdale 517
Houghton Houghton 906
Bad Axe Huron 989
Lansing Ingham 517
Ionia Ionia 616
Oscoda Iosco 989
Iron River Iron 906
Mount Pleasant Isabella 989
Jackson Jackson 517
Kalamazoo Kalamazoo 269
Kalkaska Kalkaska 231
Grand Rapids Kent 616
Mohawk Keweenaw 906
Baldwin Lake 231
Lapeer Lapeer 810
Suttons Bay Leelanau 231
Adrian Lenawee 517
Howell Livingston 517
Newberry Luce 906
Saint Ignace Mackinac 906
Sterling Heights Macomb 586
Warren Macomb 586
Manistee Manistee 231
Marquette Marquette 906
Ludington Mason 231
Big Rapids Mecosta 231
Menominee Menominee 906
Midland Midland 989
Lake City Missaukee 231
Monroe Monroe 734
Greenville Montcalm 231
Lewiston Montmorency 989
Muskegon Muskegon 231
Newaygo Newaygo 231
Rochester Oakland 248
Hart Oceana 231
West Branch Ogemaw 989
Ontonagon Ontonagon 906
Reed City Osceola 231
Mio Oscoda 989
Gaylord Otsego 989
Holland Ottawa 616
Rogers City Presque Isle 989
Roscommon Roscommon 989
Saginaw Saginaw 989
Port Huron Saint Clair 810
Sturgis Saint Joseph 269
Croswell Sanilac 810
Manistique Schoolcraft 906
Owosso Shiawassee 989
Caro Tuscola 989
South Haven Van Buren 269
Ypsilanti Washtenaw 734
Ann Arbor Washtenaw 734
Detroit Wayne 313
Cadillac Wexford 231

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