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List Rules People on this list must have gone to American University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from American University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from American University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished American University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended American University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from American University.

Examples include Goldie Hawn and Paul Ryan.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to American University?” and “Which celebrities are American University alumni?”

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Goldie Hawn is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Author Goldie Jeanne Hawn is an American actress, film director, producer, and occasional singer. Hawn is known for her roles in television's Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and films such as The ...more

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Star Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Actor Star Jones is an American lawyer, journalist, writer, television personality, fashion designer, and women's and diversity advocate. She is most well known as one of the original hosts of the ABC ...more

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Paul Ryan is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician Paul Davis Ryan Jr. (born January 29, 1970) is an American politician serving as the 54th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives since 2015. He was the Republican Party nominee ...more

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Florence King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Novelist, Writer Florence Virginia King is an American novelist, essayist and columnist. While her early writings focused on the American South and those who live there, much of King's later work has been ...more

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Parvez Sharma is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Film Producer, Cinematographer Parvez Sharma is a New York-based Indian writer and documentary filmmaker. Sharma is best known for the 2007 film A Jihad for Love which documented the lives of gay and lesbian Muslims, and for ...more

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Giuliana Rancic is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Actor Giuliana Rancic, is an Italian-American television personality.

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Alice Stokes Paul is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Author Alice Paul was an American suffragist, feminist, and women's rights activist, and the main leader and strategist of the 1910s campaign for the Nineteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which ...more

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Adam Ebbin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician Adam P. Ebbin is an American politician from the Commonwealth of Virginia. A Democrat, he is a member of the Senate of Virginia, representing the 30th district in Northern Virginia since January ...more

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Henry Rollins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Comedian, Musician Henry Rollins is an American musician, writer, journalist, publisher, actor, television and radio host, spoken word artist, comedian, and activist. Rollins hosts a weekly radio show on KCRW. He ...more

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Judith Sheindlin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Judge, Author, Presenter Judith Susan Sheindlin, better known as Judge Judy, is an American lawyer, judge, television personality, and author. Since 1996, Sheindlin has presided over her own successful Daytime Emmy ...more

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George Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Science writer George Johnson is an American journalist and science writer. He is the author of nine books, including The Cancer Chronicles, The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments and Strange Beauty: Murray ...more

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Robert Byrd is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Statesman, Lawyer Robert Carlyle Byrd was a United States Senator from West Virginia. A member of the Democratic Party, Byrd served as a U.S. Representative from 1953 until 1959 and as a U.S. Senator from 1959 to ...more

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Dan Mathews is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Dan Mathews is the Senior Vice President of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. He is known for heading PETA's most controversial and attention-getting campaigns, including the ...more

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Brian Dannelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter Brian Dannelly is an American film director and screenwriter best known for his work on the 2004 film Saved!.

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Alisyn Camerota is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Alisyn Lane Camerota is an American television news journalist currently co-anchoring CNN's New Day. Previously she co-hosted CNN Tonight, and served in many roles during a 16 year career at the ...more

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Connie Morella is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician Constance Albanese "Connie" Morella is a Republican who represented Maryland's 8th congressional district in the United States House of Representatives from 1987 to 2003. She also ...more

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Michael Weatherly is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Television director, Screenwriter, Film Editor Michael Manning Weatherly, Jr. is an American actor, writer, singer and director, best known for his roles as Special Agent Anthony DiNozzo on the television series NCIS, and Logan Cale on the ...more

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Ed Schrock is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Sailor Edward Lee "Ed" Schrock is a retired naval officer and Republican politician who served as a member of the Senate of Virginia from 1996 - 2001. he also served in the U.S. House of ...more

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Kantathi Suphamongkhon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician, Diplomat Kantathi Suphamongkhon is a Thai diplomat, politician and university professor. He served as Foreign Minister during the administration of Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra from 11 March 2005 ...more

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Petra Kelly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician Petra Karin Kelly was a German politician and activist. She was instrumental in founding the German Green Party, the first Green party to rise to prominence worldwide.

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Jeff Gill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Jeff Gill is a Professor of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis and the Director of the Center for Applied Statistics. He is also President of the Society for Political ...more

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Henepola Gunaratana is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Henepola Gunaratana Bhante Henepola Gunaratana is a Sri Lankan Theravada Buddhist monk. He is often affectionately known as Bhante G.

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Barry Josephson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Music executive Barry Josephson is an American film producer and former music manager. He graduated from American University, Washington DC in 1978, and remains an active member of its American University ...more

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Matthew J. Amorello is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician Matthew John Amorello is a former Massachusetts state senator and former chairman of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority who presided over the Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project from ...more

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Alfonso Arana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Alfonso Meléndez Arana was a Puerto Rican painter. Arana was born in New York City from Mexican father and Puerto Rican mother. When he was young, the family moved to San ...more

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Ayman Mohyeldin is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Television producer Ayman Mohyeldin is an Egyptian-American journalist based in Los Angeles for NBC News. He previously worked for Al Jazeera and CNN. Ayman was one of the first Western journalists allowed to enter ...more

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Steven M. Rales is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Businessperson, Film Producer, Voice acting Steven M. Rales is an American businessman and film producer, and chairman of Danaher Corporation. He is listed as the 118th richest person in America, with a value of $3.2 billion.

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Ann Beattie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Professor, Novelist, Writer Ann Beattie is an American short story writer and novelist. She has received an award for excellence from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the PEN/Malamud Award for ...more

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Cornelius M. Kerwin is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Political scientist Cornelius Martin "Neil" Kerwin is an American educator in public administration and president of American University. A 1971 undergraduate alumnus of American University, Kerwin ...more

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Bruce Schneier is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Technologist, Author, Cryptographer Bruce Schneier is an American cryptographer, computer security and privacy specialist, and writer. He is the author of several books on general security topics, computer security and ...more

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Barry Levinson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Film Producer Barry Levinson is an American screenwriter, Academy Award winning film director, actor, and producer of film and television. His most notable works include acclaimed films such as the ...more

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Barry McCaffrey is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Professor Barry Richard McCaffrey is a retired United States Army general, news commentator and business consultant. He received three Purple Heart medals for injuries sustained during his service in ...more

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Robert Kagan is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Political scientist, Author, Writer Robert Kagan is an American historian, author, columnist, and foreign-policy commentator. Kagan is often characterized as a leading neoconservative, but prefers the term "liberal ...more

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Willard Scott is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous American University Alumni
TV Meteorologist, Media Personality, Comedian Willard Herman Scott, Jr. is an American actor, author, media personality, clown, and comedian, best known for his TV work on Today and as the creator and original portrayer of Ronald McDonald.

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Benjamin Salisbury is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Dancer Benjamin David Salisbury is an American actor best known for playing the role of Brighton Sheffield on the CBS television sitcom The Nanny from 1993 to 1999.

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Bill Shuster is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician William "Bill" Shuster is the U.S. Representative for Pennsylvania's 9th congressional district, serving since 2001. He is a member of the Republican Party. He is a son of former ...more

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Gary Cohn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Businessperson Gary D. Cohn is an American investment banker. He is currently the president and COO of investment banking and securities firm Goldman Sachs.

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Lynne Stewart is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Librarian, Lawyer Lynne Irene Stewart is an American former attorney who was known for representing controversial, poor, and often unpopular defendants. She was convicted on charges of conspiracy and providing ...more

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Gale Harold is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Actor Gale Morgan Harold III is an American actor widely known for his leading and recurring roles on Queer as Folk, Deadwood, Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy, The Secret Circle and Defiance. He ...more

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Kathy Reichs is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Crime writer, Author Kathleen Joan Toelle "Kathy" Reichs is an American crime writer, forensic anthropologist and academic. She is a professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina at ...more

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James Bilbray is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer James Hubert Bilbray is an American politician and lawyer from Nevada. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, Bilbray graduated from Las Vegas High School and attended the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, ...more

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Asra Nomani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Asra Quratulain Nomani is an Indian-American journalist, author, and feminist, known as an activist involved in the Muslim reform and Islamic feminist movements. She teaches journalism at ...more

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Longin Pastusiak is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Historian, Author Longin Hieronim Pastusiak is a Polish politician and historian.

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Hugo Teufel III is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Hugo Teufel III was appointed as Chief Privacy Officer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security by Secretary Michael Chertoff on 21 July 2006, after a ten-month vacancy that was filled by ...more

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Kenneth M. Duberstein is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Businessperson, Lobbyist Kenneth M. Duberstein served as U.S. President Ronald Reagan's White House Chief of Staff from 1988 to 1989.

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Bruce Maccabee is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Ufologists, Physicist, Ufologist Bruce Maccabee is an American optical physicist formerly employed by the U.S. Navy, and a leading ufologist.

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Nancy Meyers is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Writer Nancy Jane Meyers is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. She is the writer, producer and director of several big-screen successes, including The Parent Trap, Something's Gotta ...more

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Neil Cavuto is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Journalist Neil Patrick Cavuto is an American television anchor and commentator on the Fox Business Network and host of three television programs, Your World with Neil Cavuto and Cavuto on Business, both ...more

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Bryan Callen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor After spending the first 14 years of his life overseas in countries like India, Pakistan, Greece, and Lebanon, Bryan Callen finally moved to the United States. He went to high school in ...more

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Richard Pennington is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous American University Alumni
Police officer Richard Pennington served as Chief of the Atlanta Police Department in Atlanta, Georgia from 2002 to 2009. From 1994 to 2002 he served as Superintentendent of the New Orleans Police Department ...more