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Famous People From Washington, D.C.

Updated January 9, 2019 4.4k views42 items
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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

    Dec. at 75 (1906-1981)

    BirthplaceWashington, 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

    Age: 83

    BirthplaceWashington, 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

    Age: 69

    BirthplaceWashington, 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

    Dec. at 40 (1818-1859)

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, 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

    Age: 48

    BirthplaceWashington, 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 (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
  • Rollie Miles

    Dec. at 68 (1927-1995)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Elmer Roland "Rollie" Miles (February 16, 1927 - August 17, 1995) was a professional football player for the Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos. Miles played offence (running back), defence...  more
  • John B. Breckinridge

    Dec. at 65 (1913-1979)

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    John Bayne Breckinridge (November 29, 1913 – July 29, 1979) was an American politician, a Democrat who served as Attorney General of Kentucky twice and also served as a member of the United States...  more
  • Ned Lamont

    Age: 67

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Edward Miner Lamont Jr. (born January 3, 1954) is an American businessman and politician serving as the 89th Governor of Connecticut since January 9, 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, he served...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Susan Jaffe (born 1962) 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...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

  • Jack Nimitz

    Dec. at 79 (1930-2009)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Jack Nimitz (January 11, 1930 – June 10, 2009) was an American jazz baritone saxophonist. He was nicknamed "The Admiral"....  more
  • Andy Stanfield

    Dec. at 57 (1927-1985)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Andrew ("Andy") William Stanfield (December 29, 1927 – June 15, 1985) was an American sprinter and Olympic gold and silver medallist....  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Charles Fleischer (born August 27, 1950) 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,...  more

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  • Floyd Gibbons

    Dec. at 52 (1887-1939)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Floyd Phillips Gibbons (July 16, 1887 – September 23, 1939) was the war correspondent for the Chicago Tribune during World War I. One of radio's first news reporters and commentators, he was famous...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    John Whitney Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his 1990 film Metropolitan, which earned him a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay,...  more
  • Paul Ekman

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Paul Ekman (born February 15, 1934) is an American psychologist and professor emeritus at the University of California, San Francisco who is a pioneer in the study of emotions and their relation to...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Amy M. Homes (pen name A. M. Homes; born December 18, 1961, Washington, D.C.) is an American writer best known for her controversial novels and unusual short stories, which feature extreme situations...  more
  • William Ledyard Rodgers

    Dec. at 84 (1860-1944)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    William Ledyard Rodgers (February 4, 1860 – May 7, 1944) 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...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Jonathan Safran Foer (born February 21, 1977) is an American novelist. He is best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002), Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (2005), and for his...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Martin Joseph O'Malley (born January 18, 1963) is an American politician and attorney who served as the 61st Governor of Maryland from 2007 to 2015. He previously served as Mayor of Baltimore from...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Shawne DeAndre Merriman (born May 25, 1984), nicknamed "Lights Out", is a former American football linebacker. He played college football at Maryland and was drafted 12th overall by the San Diego...  more

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  • André de la Varre

    Age: 117

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    André de la Varre was a cinematographer, film director and producer....  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Elgin Gay Baylor (September 16, 1934 – March 22, 2021) was an American former basketball player, coach, and executive. He played 14 seasons as a small forward in the National Basketball Association...  more

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  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Anthony Lander Horwitz (June 9, 1958 – May 27, 2019) was an American journalist and author who won the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. His books include One for the Road: a Hitchhiker's...  more