Famous People From Washington, D.C.

List of famous people from Washington, D.C., including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Washington, D.C., while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Washington, D.C. you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Washington, D.C., as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

Examples of people on this list: Carl Bernstein, Louis Bullock and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Washington, D.C.?" or "Which celebrities were born in Washington, D.C.?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Veloz and Yolanda

    Veloz and Yolanda

    Dec. at 75 (1906-1981)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    Frank Veloz (1902–1981) and Yolanda Casazza (1911–1995) were a self-taught American ballroom dance team, husband and wife, who became stars in the 1930s and 1940s. They were among the highest paid ...more
  • Robert Cohen

    Robert Cohen

    Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    Robert Cohen is an American university professor, theatre director, playwright, and drama critic. He has written many books on theatre, two dramatic anthologies and many plays, among other works. ...more
  • Donald S Lopez

    Donald S Lopez

    Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist and Tibetan Studies at the University of Michigan, in the Department of Asian Languages and ...more
  • Philip Barton Key II

    Philip Barton Key II

    Dec. at 40 (1818-1859)
    • Birthplace: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
    Philip Barton Key (April 5, 1818 – February 27, 1859) was an American lawyer who served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. He is most famous for his public affair with Teresa Bagioli ...more
  • Matthew Cooke

    Matthew Cooke

    Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
    Matthew Cooke (born 1973, Washington, D.C.) is the writer-director of How to Make Money Selling Drugs, a documentary film which criticizes the war on drugs in the United States, and Survivors Guide ...more
  • Chester Plummer

    Chester Plummer

    Chester Plummer (1945 – July 27, 1976) was a taxi driver in the Washington, D.C. area of the United States who attempted to invade the White House. Plummer was one of nine children and played ...more