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List of people from Arlington, Virginia

List of people from Arlington, Virginia

The following is a list of notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Arlington County, Virginia.


  • Jerry Coyne, scientist
  • Harry Lee Morrison, physicist and the first African American physics faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley

Arts and entertainment

  • Danny Ahn, musician
  • Dave Bautista, actor and professional wrestler
  • Warren Beatty, actor and director
  • Gordon Bess, cartoonist
  • Steve Buckhantz, sports announcer
  • Sandra Bullock, Academy Award-winning actress
  • Alyson Cambridge (born 1980), operatic soprano and classical music, jazz, and American popular song singer
  • George Washington Parke Custis, orator and playwright; stepgrandson and informally adopted son of President George Washington
  • Roberta Flack, jazz, soul, R&B, folk music singer, songwriter, and musician
  • Greg Garcia, television writer, producer and director
  • Zac Hanson, musician
  • Jacob Hemphill, lead singer for SOJA
  • Julia Kwon, visual artist
  • Shirley MacLaine, actress
  • Jim Morrison
  • Natalie Wynn, YouTube personality


  • David McDowell Brown, died in Space Shuttle Columbia disaster
  • John Glenn


  • Frank Lyon, lawyer, newspaper publisher and land developer
  • Jeremy Stoppelman, CEO and co-founder of Yelp

Civil rights

  • Esther Cooper Jackson, African-American civil rights activist and social worker
  • Joan Trumpauer Mulholland, activist known for helping plan the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom and taking part in Freedom Rides
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  • Aldrich Hazen Ames
  • Major Nidal Malik Hasan, sole suspect in the November 5, 2009, Fort Hood shooting; born in Arlington
  • Mikhail Kutzik and Natalia Pereverzeva, accused spies


  • Katie Couric, journalist and talk show host


  • Patch Adams, doctor
  • Charles R. Drew, physician, most prominent African-American researcher in the field of blood transfusions in the 1940s; namesake of Drew School


  • Grace Hopper, pioneering computer scientist, and United States Navy rear admiral
  • George Juskalian, decorated member of the United States Army; served for over three decades; fought for three wars, including World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War
  • Robert E. Lee, Confederate general who lived at Arlington House
  • George S. Patton, Jr., U.S. Army general who commanded Fort Myer
  • Blake Wayne Van Leer, Commander and Captain in the U.S. Navy. Lead SeaBee program and lead the nuclear research and power unit at McMurdo Station during Operation Deep Freeze.

Politics and government

  • W. Sterling Cole, former U.S. Congressman
  • Al Gore, former Vice President
  • Betty Heitman, co-chairman of the Republican National Committee, 1983-1987; ran The Heitman Group consulting firm in Washington, D.C.; resided in Arlington
  • Mary Landrieu, former U.S. Senator raised in Louisiana
  • Ajit Pai, Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission
  • Ilhan Omar, U.S. Congresswoman


  • Nataly Arias, Colombian association footballer
  • Connor Barth, former kicker in the NFL
  • Paul Beachem, Olympic paddler ('60 & '68), W-L high school class of '53
  • Michael Callahan, U.S. National Team and Olympic rower (spare-2004), W-L high school class of '92
  • Bruce Djite, American-Australian footy player
  • Tom Dolan, Olympic swimmer
  • Torri Huske, swimmer, USA National Team
  • Tony Johnson, Olympic rower ('48 & '68- silver medalist), W-L high school class of '58
  • Ryan Hall, mixed martial arts, UFC featherweight
  • Sean Hall, Olympic rower ('92,'96), W-L high school class of '85
  • John Hummer, W-L high school basketball star, retired NBA player, entrepreneur
  • Stephen Robinson, U.S National team rower, W-L high school class of '90
  • Steve Schmitt, U.S. National Team rower ('79-'80, '85-'87), W-L high school class of '77
  • M. J. Stewart, NFL player, cornerback for Cleveland Browns, attended Yorktown High School


  • David Chang, chef
  • Anne Carter Lee, daughter of Robert E. Lee
  • Mary Custis Lee, daughter of Robert E. Lee
  • Mildred Childe Lee, daughter of Robert E. Lee
  • Robert E. Lee Jr., son of Robert E. Lee
  • William Henry Fitzhugh Lee, son of Robert E. Lee


Text submitted to CC-BY-SA license. Source: List of people from Arlington, Virginia by Wikipedia (Historical)