Our musical legacy in Detroit is untouchable and needs no explanation. You already know we lay claim to the greatest record label of all time (Motown), one of the greatest pop musicians ever (Madonna), and entire genres of music (techno). Entertainment is just our game.
Ah, but not just musical entertainment. Detroit has also incubated some of the brightest stars on screen, too, largely due to a number of factors. In some cases, owing to Detroit’s stature as a boomtown, many future stars were sons and daughters of immigrants looking for the American Dream in the Motor City. Some found inspiration in their humble beginnings and translated that into their future work. Regardless of the case, Detroit’s reputation as a stomping ground for Hollywood’s finest is under-sung, so let’s celebrate it right now. Here are 13 entertainers you probably didn’t know were from here.