Famous Celebrities From the Metro Detroit Area

Eminem enters the summit. during The Detroit Hip Hop Summit at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan, United States.
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Detroit is or was home to many people who went on to make it big. Some Detroiters found their fame on the big screen or behind it. Still, others found their fame in music or comedy. One Detroiter became famous for taking a stand on a controversial issue: assisted suicide. Whether they are famous or infamous, these people help put Detroit on the map.

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    Tim Allen poses for portraits at The 44th Daytime Emmy Awards - Portraits by The Artists Project Sponsored by Foster Grant on April 30, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
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    Star of Home Improvement, a television comedy set in a Detroit suburb. Allen spent much of his childhood in Birmingham. He attended Western Michigan University and performed stand-up comedy at Mark Ridley's Comedy Castle in Detroit. 

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    Jerry Bruckheimer speaks during the Michael Bay Hand and Footprint Ceremony at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX on May 23, 2017 in Hollywood, California
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    Bruckheimer is a powerful Hollywood producer. In addition to producing movies like National Treasure, Pirates of the Caribbean and Pearl Harbor, Bruckheimer has produced several television shows. He was born in Detroit in 1945. 

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    Alice Cooper performs on stage during RockFest Day 2 at Can Zam on July 1, 2017 in Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Spain
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    Cooper was born Vincent Damon Furnier in Detroit in 1948. Originally, Furnier's band was named Alice Cooper. After the band broke up, Furnier changed his name to Alice Cooper. He often returns to the Detroit area.
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    Roger Corman attends the Pardo d'Oro by Fulvio Lucisiano during the 69th Locarno Film Festival on August 10, 2016 in Locarno, Switzerland.
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    Camp filmmaker in 1950s and 60s Hollywood, Corman was responsible for such classics as The Wasp Woman, The Brain Eaters and the original The Little Shop of Horrors. He is still going strong as a producer. He was born in Detroit in 1926.
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    Actor Jeff Daniels speaks during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations On Broadway at The New School on May 13, 2016 in New York, New York.
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    Star of Terms of Endearment, Dumb and Dumber, and The Squid and the Whale, Daniels was raised in Chelsea, Michigan. After making it big, Daniels opened the Purple Rose Theatre Company in Chelsea where his family still resides. He is married to his high school sweetheart.
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    Eminem
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    Eminem, rapper and star of 8 Mile, was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III and spent much of his childhood in the Metro Detroit Area, including Warren, Roseville and St. Clair Shores. He attended Lincoln High School in Warren.
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    Laurie Feig and Paul Feig attend the 'Snatched' New York Premiere at the Whitby Hotel on May 2, 2017 in New York City.
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    Creator and writer of the critically acclaimed Freaks & Geeks, Feig also acts and directs. He was born in Royal Oak in 1962, raised in Mt. Clemens and graduated from Chippewa Valley High School. Freaks & Geeks is loosely based on his high school experience and takes place in the fictional small town of "Chippewa."

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    Actress Shirley Knight (L) and actor Tom Hulce pose for a picture during the opening night after party for 'Cycling Past The Matterhorn' on September 29, 2005 in New York City.
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    Hulce played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus, voiced the title character in Disney's Hunchback of Notre Dam and played Pinto in Animal House. He was born in Detroit in 1953, grew up in Plymouth and worked at a small theater in Ann Arbor.
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    Kid Rock and Sammy Hagar performs during the 29th Barnstable Brown Kentucky Derby Eve Gala on May 5, 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky.
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    Kid Rock first came on the music scene with his Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast album in 1990. These days he's cemented his success. Otherwise known as Robert James Ritchie, "Kid Rock" hails from an upper class home in Romeo, Michigan. He remains very supportive of Detroit. 

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    Actress Gilda Radner holds the award after winning Best Supporting Actress in Variety or Music. For 'Saturday Night Live' at the 30th Annual Emmy Awards on September 17, 1978 atPasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California.
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    Best known as one of the original "not ready for primetime players" on Saturday Night Live in the late 70s, Radner was born in Detroit in 1946 and attended the University of Michigan.

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    Director Sam Raimi speaks on stage during the 'Ash vs Evil Dead' panel during Comic-Con International at the San Diego Convention Center on July 23, 2016 in San Diego, California.
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    Raimi directed the cult classic The Evil Dead, as well as the critically acclaimed Spiderman movies. He was born in Royal Oak in 1959. He hung out and made films with Bruce Campbell, whom he met in high school. He went to Michigan State University.
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    Actor Tom Selleck speaks during the SAG-AFTRA Foundation Conversations: 'Blue Bloods' at The New School on September 29, 2016 in New York City
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    Best known as likable detective Magnum P.I., and as the intense New York City police commissioner Frank Reagan in the hit TV series Blue Bloods, Selleck was born in Detroit in 1945. His Magnum character wore a Detroit Tigers hat throughout the series. Selleck has appeared in several popular westerns, including Quigley Down Under, the remake of Monte Walsh, and The Sacketts. 

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    Tom Sizemore signs copies of his new book 'By Some Miracle I Made It Out Of There' at Book Soup on April 9, 2013 in West Hollywood, California.
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    Sizemore played lots of tough guys in the 1990s in hit films such as Heat, co-starring Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. He also played Bat Masterson in Wyatt Earp, starring Kevin Costner. One of his best known roles was in Saving Private Ryan. He was born in Detroit in 1961 and went to Wayne State University.