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Famous People From Washington, D.C.

Updated January 9, 2019 4.0k views42 items

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...  more
  • Robert Cohen

    Robert Cohen

    Age: 82

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Robert Cohen is an American university professor, theatre director, playwright, and drama...  more
  • Donald S Lopez

    Age: 68

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Donald Sewell Lopez, Jr. is the Arthur E. Link Distinguished University Professor of Buddhist...  more
  • Philip Barton Key II

    Philip Barton Key II

    Dec. at 41 (1818-1859)

    BirthplaceGeorgetown, Washington, D.C.

    Philip Barton Key (April 5, 1818 – February 27, 1859) was an American lawyer who served as...  more
  • Matthew Cooke

    Matthew Cooke

    Age: 47

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Matthew Cooke (born 1973, Washington, D.C.) is the writer-director of How to Make Money...  more
  • Chester Plummer

    Chester Plummer (1945 – July 27, 1976) was a taxi driver in the Washington, D.C. area of the...  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...  more
  • John B. Breckinridge

    Dec. at 66 (1913-1979)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    John Bayne Breckinridge (November 29, 1913 – July 29, 1979) was an American politician, a...  more
  • Ned Lamont

    Ned Lamont

    Age: 66

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Edward Miner Lamont Jr. (born January 3, 1954) is an American businessman and politician...  more
  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Susan Jaffe (born 1962) is an American former ballerina and is a ballet mistress at American...  more
  • David Simon

    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...  more
  • Andy Stanfield

    Dec. at 58 (1927-1985)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Andrew ("Andy") William Stanfield (December 29, 1927 – June 15, 1985) was an American sprinter...  more
  • Charles Fleischer

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Charles Fleischer (born August 27, 1950) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, writer and...  more
  • Floyd Gibbons

    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...  more
  • Whit Stillman

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    John Whitney Stillman (born January 25, 1952) is an American writer-director known for his...  more
  • Paul Ekman

    Age: 86

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Paul Ekman (born February 15, 1934) is an American psychologist and professor emeritus at the...  more
  • A. M. Homes

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Amy M. Homes (pen name A. M. Homes; born December 18, 1961, Washington, D.C.) is an American...  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...  more
  • Jonathan Safran Foer

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Jonathan Safran Foer (born February 21, 1977) is an American novelist. He is best known for...  more
  • Martin O'Malley

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

    Martin Joseph O'Malley (born January 18, 1963) is an American politician and attorney who...  more
  • Shawne Merriman

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Shawne DeAndre Merriman (born May 25, 1984), nicknamed "Lights Out", is a former American...  more
  • André de la Varre

    Dec. at 83 (1904-1987)

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    André de la Varre was a cinematographer, film director and producer....  more
  • Elgin Baylor

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., United States of America

    Elgin Gay Baylor (born September 16, 1934) is an American former basketball player, coach, and...  more

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    #495 of 786 The Top NBA Players Of All Time#539 of 1,816 The Best Athletes Of All Time

  • BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Anthony Lander Horwitz (June 9, 1958 – May 27, 2019) was an American journalist and author who...  more