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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