With a population of over 121,000 and a history stretching back to 1824, it’s no surprise that a few of our native sons and daughters have garnered national recognition in their careers or their deeds. Actors, politicians, writers, athletes, and more have all hailed from Ann Arbor in almost 200 years. Some you may still know and love today, while others made their mark in history. Here are just a few famous Ann Arbor natives.

Jack Falahee

You might know John Ryan “Jack” Falahee from the hit ABC legal drama, How to Get Away With Murder, where he played cocky and reckless Connor Walsh. Or you might recognize him from the more recent Mercy Street, where he played Confederate scout Frank Stringfellow. But Falahee was born in Ann Arbor, and even found his start acting at Huron High School before graduating and moving on to Tisch.

Bob Seger

Bob Seger was born in Detroit, but his family moved to Ann Arbor when he was five years old. In Ann Arbor he found his love for music before he moved back to Detroit in 1961 to become a professional musician. The career that followed has spanned nearly 60 years and legendary rock hits like “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Against the Wind.”


Another music legend, Madonna, was born about two hours away from Ann Arbor in Bay City, Michigan, but she did spend her college years attending the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She was only there for two years before dropping out, however, and moving to New York City to pursue her music career. Luckily, that seems to have worked out alright for her.

Grace Lee Whitney

Cited by Michigan Live as the most famous person from Washtenaw County, Grace Lee Whitney starred in Star Trek as Yeoman Janice Rand, Kirk’s personal assistant. Her career with Star Trek lasted from 1966 through 2007. Before Star Trek, she began her career as a “girl singer” for Detroit’s WJR radio.

Larry Page

Larry Page moved from Lansing, Michigan to Ann Arbor when he enrolled in University of Michigan in 1991. His father already had a PhD in computer science from the same university. Page himself graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in computer engineering and then moved on to get his Masters of Science in computer science at Stanford. From there, he began working with Sergey Brin to pursue a search engine idea, the goal of which was to “organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” That search engine became Google, so we think they probably achieved that goal.


These are just a few of the most famous people who have lived in Ann Arbor at some point or another. Want to trace their steps? Maybe you’re interested in checking out the university where so many of them went to school. University Inn Ann Arbor offers a 10% discount on booking to students and parents visiting the University of Michigan campus. Contact us today for more information.

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