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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.

Veloz and Yolanda is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Veloz and Yolanda Died at 75 (1906-1981) - Veloz was a dancer. He is part of the dance team Veloz & Yolanda.

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Robert Cohen is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Robert Cohen age 77 - 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 ...more

Donald S Lopez is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Donald S Lopez age 64 - 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 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Philip Barton Key II Died at 41 (1818-1859) - Philip Barton Key was a United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. He is most famous for his public affair with Teresa Bagioli Sickles, and his eventual murder at the hands of her ...more

Matthew Cooke is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Matthew Cooke age 42 - Matthew Cooke is the writer-director of How to Make Money Selling Drugs for which Cooke was also the narrator, editor, cinematographer and visual effects artist. Cooke was the producer and ...more

Chester Plummer is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Chester Plummer Chester Plummer was accused of scaling the white house fence and was alledgedly caught running across the lawn with a pipe.  Chester Plummer was a taxi cab driver who drove a patron to the ...more

Rollie Miles is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Rollie Miles Died at 68 (1927-1995) - Elmer Roland "Rollie" Miles was a professional football player for the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos. Miles played offence, defence, and special teams, during his eleven ...more

John B. Breckinridge is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
John B. Breckinridge Died at 66 (1913-1979) - John Bayne Breckinridge was an American politician, a Democrat who served as Attorney General of Kentucky twice and also served as a member of the United States House of Representatives from

Ned Lamont is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Ned Lamont age 61 - Edward Miner "Ned" Lamont, Jr. is an American businessman and politician. In 2006 he defeated the prominent incumbent Senator, Joe Lieberman, for Connecticut's Senatorial Democratic ...more

Susan Jaffe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Susan Jaffe age 53 - Susan Jaffe is an American former ballerina and is a ballet mistress at American Ballet Theatre. Beginning August 15, 2012, she became the Dean of the School of Dance at the University of North ...more

David Simon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
David Simon age 57 - David Simon is an American author, journalist, and a writer/producer of television series. He worked for the Baltimore Sun City Desk for twelve years and wrote Homicide: A Year on the Killing ...more

Jack Nimitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Jack Nimitz Died at 79 (1930-2009) - Jack Nimitz was an American jazz baritone saxophonist. He played in a variety of genres including jazz and rock. He appeared on many jazz albums as sideman and rock albums as session musician, ...more

Andy Stanfield is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Andy Stanfield Died at 58 (1927-1985) - Andrew William Stanfield was an American sprinter and Olympic gold and silver medallist.

Charles Fleischer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Charles Fleischer age 65 - Charles Fleischer is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and musician, best known for appearing in films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Back to the Future ...more

Floyd Gibbons is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Floyd Gibbons Died at 52 (1887-1939) - Floyd Phillips Gibbons was the war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune during World War I. One of radio's first news reporters and commentators, he was famous for a fast-talking delivery ...more

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Whit Stillman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Whit Stillman age 63 - John Whitney "Whit" Stillman is an American writer-director known for his sly depictions of the "urban haute bourgeoisie." He is perhaps best known for his 1990 film ...more

Paul Ekman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Paul Ekman age 81 - Paul Ekman is an American psychologist who is a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to facial expressions. He has created an "atlas of emotions" with more than ten ...more

A. M. Homes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
A. M. Homes age 54 - Amy M. Homes is an American writer. She is best known for her controversial novels and unusual short stories, which feature extreme situations and characters. Notably, her The End of Alice is a ...more

William Ledyard Rodgers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
William Ledyard Rodgers Died at 84 (1860-1944) - William Ledyard Rodgers was a vice admiral of the United States Navy. His career included service in the Spanish-American War and World War I, and a tour as President of the Naval War College. ...more

Jonathan Safran Foer is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Jonathan Safran Foer age 40 - Jonathan Safran Foer is an American writer. He is best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close. He teaches creative writing at New York

Martin O'Malley is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Martin O'Malley age 54 - Martin Joseph O'Malley is an American politician who served as the 61st Governor of Maryland, from 2007 to 2015. First elected in 2006, he defeated incumbent Governor Robert Ehrlich, and again ...more

Shawne Merriman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Shawne Merriman age 31 - Shawne DeAndre Merriman, nicknamed "Lights Out", is a former American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League from 2005 to 2012. He was among the top ...more

André de la Varre is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
AndrĂ© de la Varre Died at 83 (1904-1987) - André de la Varre was a cinematographer, film director and producer.

Elgin Baylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Elgin Baylor age 82 - Elgin Gay Baylor is a retired American basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 13 seasons as a forward in the National Basketball Association for the Minneapolis / Los Angeles Lakers, ...more

Tony Horwitz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Tony Horwitz age 57 - Tony Horwitz is an American journalist and writer. His works include Blue Latitudes or Into the Blue, Confederates In The Attic, A Voyage Long and Strange: Rediscovering the New World, and his ...more

David S. Tatel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
David S. Tatel age 75 - David S. Tatel is an American jurist who has been a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit since 1994.

Taraji P. Henson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Lowe Saddler added Taraji P. Henson age 46 - Taraji Penda Henson is an American actress and singer. She is known for her roles as Yvette in Baby Boy, Shug in Hustle & Flow and Queenie in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, for which ...more

Dave Chappelle is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People From Washington, D.C.
Lowe Saddler added Dave Chappelle age 43 - David Khari Webber "Dave" Chappelle is an American comedian, screenwriter, television and film producer, and actor. After beginning his film career in 1993 as Ahchoo in Mel Brooks' ...more