Stars With Detroit Connections

April 19, 2011 1:26 PM

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From feature-length films to network and cable TV shows, Detroit is and has been home to many stars. Learn more about some of the more popular actors and actresses with ties to the Motor City.
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Bruce Campbell

Born in Detroit, MI

If you’re not a fan of Campbell, I don’t want to know you. Who else could have portrayed Ash so perfectly in the Evil Dead franchise? Campbell is awesome in Burn Notice, too.

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Judy Greer

Born in Detroit, MI

Her resume is a laundry list of great sitcom appearances including The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and 10 episodes of Arrested Development as Kitty Sanchez, George Sr.’s quirky assistant. Greer is also known for her role in M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.

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Tom Sizemore

Born in Detroit, MI

The memorable tough-guy has been in some of the best action films of all time, with roles in Saving Private Ryan, True Romance, Heat, and Blackhawk Down.

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Kristen Bell

Born in Detroit, MI

The star of Veronica Mars was raised in Royal Oak, was great in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, as well as a few appearances in TV series like Party Down and Deadwood.

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Tom Selleck

Born in Detroit, MI

The mustache, man. Do you really need another reason? Here are a couple including; Magnum P.I., Blue Bloods and the popular Jesse Stone TV movie franchise.

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Jeff Daniels

Hometown – Chelsea, MI

I could mention films like Pleasantville, Terms of Endearment, Something Wild, or The Squid and The Whale. But really, who doesn’t think of the bathroom scene in Dumb & Dumber when this Chelsea native’s name is mentioned?

Did I miss one? Tell us about your favorite star with a connection to Detroit by leaving a comment below.

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  • Carol

    What happened to and I forget their names, but the girl from Huntington Woods, who starred on 24? There are no less than two Broadway stars who were up for Tony’s. Robert Wagner- the Robert Wagner, and what about Ellen Hollman? She is from Birmingham and is appearing on one TV Show after another. Her Father, Hart Hollman, is violist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra . Do check out her website. Greg Kinnear is from Grosse Pointe and Mike Binder is a native Detroiter,
    who is in films and is a film writer, etc. he is friends with Mitch Albom.
    Ever hear of Sam Raimi? Tim Allan ? If not, maybe, another topic would suit you better than this one.

    • gjfox

      Hi Carol,

      Thanks for your comment. I had to do some research, since I’m not a 24 fan, but I think you are referring to Mary Lynn Rajskub. She has an impressive history of acting work.

      I will have to look at creating a seperate list of Detroit Directors and also something for local actors.

      The Best Of Detroit content is continually being updated. I appreciate the suggestions!

  • Drew

    Yeah… Without a doubt, Tim Allen HAS to be on this list. Movies galore, not to mention a very successful TV series that he had created around the Detroit area… That has to count for something here…

  • Bill Melater

    Weak list….this seems to be just a lame filler piece. Plus, you forgot The Hoff….he attended Oakland University….why not do a little more research, and determine all of the stars from the Detroit area.

  • Ernest Harden Jr.

    Ernest Harden Jr. from Detroit’s inner city. Went to Detroit public schools, Washington Elementary, Cleveland Junior High and Pershing High School. Graduated with a theatre degree from Michigan State University. Left for New York then later moved to Los Angeles. Got a regular starring role on the then hit television show “The Jeffersons” as “Marcus Hedndrson.” A show which is now part of the fabric of America. Later starred opposite “Ms. Bette Davis” in a televison movie called “White Mama.” The only African American to ever star oppisite her in a film. “Jackie Cooper” directed it. Had leads in movies like” White Men Can’t Jump and The Transporter 2.” Currently has a regular starring role as Todd on the web series called “The Unemployment of Danny London.” Will start filmming in February with Clint Eastwood in his up comming movie project called “Hoover” with Lenardo DiCaprio starring as J. Edgar Hoover. You forgot Ernest Harden Jr. !

  • Cyndy

    Courtney Vance went to Detroit Country Day School. With The Preacher’s Wife and The Hunt for Red October, he ought to be on the list. Robin Williams also lived in the area for some time.

  • Chris F

    What about Selma Blair from Southfield?

  • hhokett

    EASY peeps!!! This wasn’t a list of EVERY actor from the Detroit area. If you want a list, google it!

  • Octavia Marquess Ewing

    Keegan Michael Key– Mad TV, comedian, writer. Was a classmate of mine at Shrine High School in Royal Oak. Local boy :)

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  • paula

    How about Lilly Tomlin??

  • Kathy Taylor

    Robin Williams is also from the Detroit area.

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