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1. Samuel L. Jackson Samuel L. Jackson Actor, Pulp Fiction Samuel L. Jackson usually played bad guys and drug addicts before becoming an action hero, as the character Mitch Henessey, in The Long Kiss Goodnight and in Die Hard: With a Vengeance. From character player to leading man. His performance in Pulp Fiction gave him an Oscar nomination for his character Jules Winnfield...
2. Alyson Hannigan Alyson Hannigan Actress, American Pie Alyson Hannigan was born in Washington, D.C., to Emilie (Posner), a real estate agent, and Al Hannigan, a truck driver. She began her acting career in Atlanta at the young age of 4 in commercials sponsoring such companies as McDonald's, Six Flags, and Oreos. She is a seasoned television actress veteran...
3. Christopher Meloni Christopher Meloni Actor, Man of Steel With his piercing, blue-eyed glint, brawny looks, cocky "tough guy" stance and effortless charisma, TV's Christopher Meloni drew on his sexy Italian heritage to grab audiences attention, male and female alike, finding breakthrough stardom playing on both sides of the law. Audiences first were taken in by his stunning portrayal of a sexually arresting...
4. Katherine Heigl Katherine Heigl Actress, Knocked Up Katherine Marie Heigl was born in Washington, DC, on November 24, 1978, to Nancy Heigl and Paul Heigl. A short time afterward, the family moved to New Canaan, Connecticut, where Katherine was to spend the majority of her childhood; the youngest member of her family, Katherine--or "Katie" as she is nicknamed--has two elder siblings...
5. Jon Bernthal Jon Bernthal Actor, The Wolf of Wall Street Jon Bernthal was born and raised in Washington D.C., the son of Joan (Marx) and Eric Bernthal, a lawyer. He went to study at The Moscow Art Theatre School, in Moscow, Russia, where he also played professional baseball in the European professional baseball federation. While in Moscow, he was noticed...
6. Isabelle Fuhrman Isabelle Fuhrman Actress, Orphan Isabelle was born in Washington, DC but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She has one older sister, Madeline, and her parents are Elina and Nick Fuhrman. Her career began when a casting director from Cartoon Network spotted her waiting for her sister and cast her for one of the shows, Cartoon Fridays. Isabelle's first acting gig came in 2006 when she booked a commercial for Rooms to Go furniture...
7. Dave Bautista Dave Bautista Actor, Riddick David Michael Bautista Jr. was born on January 18, 1969. When WCW officials told him he'd never make it in sports entertainment, Dave Batista pushed himself to achieve his dream of being a Superstar. In May 2002, he made his debut on SmackDown but it wasn't until a move to Raw and two victories over Kane that "The Animal" began to make noise in the WWE Universe...
8. Taraji P. Henson Taraji P. Henson Actress, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
9. Justin Theroux Justin Theroux Actor, American Psycho Justin was born and raised in Washington, D.C, and graduated from Bennington College with a bachelor of arts degree. He then moved to New York to pursue a career in the visual arts, but soon found himself immersed in stage acting. He starred in numerous off Broadway plays before his feature film career began. He currently lives in New York.
10. Goldie Hawn Goldie Hawn Actress, Death Becomes Her Goldie Jean Hawn was born in Washington D.C. to Laura Steinhoff (a jewelry shop/dance school owner) and Edward Rutledge Hawn (a band musician). She has a sister, Patricia, and a brother, Edward, who died before she was born. She was raised in the Jewish religion. Her mother was Jewish and the daughter of Hungarian immigrants...
11. Jonathan Banks Jonathan Banks Actor, Beverly Hills Cop Versatile veteran character actor Jonathan Banks was born in Washington D.C in 1947. While growing up he always had an interest in acting and stage work, so decided to pursue a career in entertainment. To this day he is a very accomplished stage actor. While acting in film, he usually plays sinister types or villains. Most recently he can be seen in Breaking Bad as Mike Ehrmantraut.
12. Robin Weigert Robin Weigert Actress, The Sessions
13. Louis C.K. Louis C.K. Writer, Louie
14. Jeffrey Wright Jeffrey Wright Actor, Casino Royale Quite possibly the most underrated and underexposed actor of his caliber and generation, Jeffrey Wright's undeniable talent and ability to successfully bring to life any role he undertakes is on a par with the most praised and revered A-list actors in the business. Born and raised in Washington DC, Wright graduated from the prestigious Amherst college in 1987...
15. Ben Feldman Ben Feldman Actor, Cloverfield A native of Washington, DC, Feldman made his first foray into acting at the age of 6 when a camp counselor convinced him to participate in the musical "Annie." In high school, Feldman was involved in the school theater program and participated in many plays. He also hosted the school's yearly production of "Blast from the Past." Feldman then attended Ithaca College and majored in acting...
16. Chris Carmack Chris Carmack Actor, The Butterfly Effect 3: Revelations
17. Joanna Going Joanna Going Actress, The Tree of Life Joanna Going was born in Washington, D.C. in 1963 and raised in Newport, Rhode Island. She is the oldest of six children and graduated from Rogers High School in 1981. She attended Emerson College in Boston for two years and then went to the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. A year later...
18. Brian Hallisay Brian Hallisay Actor, Hostel: Part III Born on October 31, 1978 in Washington, D.C. Brian graduated, at the age of 18, from Gonzaga College High School in 1996 and went on to pursue a degree in Economics and History from Cornell, graduating in 2000. Brian Hallisay began his career in show business by appearing in The Inside episode...
19. William Hurt William Hurt Actor, Into the Wild William Hurt was trained at Tufts University and The Juilliard School and has been nominated for four Academy Awards, including the most recent nomination for his supporting role in David Cronenberg's A History of Violence. Hurt received Best Supporting Actor accolades for the role from the Los Angeles Film Critics circle and the New York Film Critics Circle...
20. Kristen Johnston Kristen Johnston Actress, Bride Wars She studied acting at the Atlantic Theater Company Acting School in New York City. The School, located in Chelsea, was founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, and teaches the technique "Practical Aesthetics", which Ms. Johnson uses. She is currently a member of the company at the Atlantic, and sometimes performs in shows during their season.
21. Charles Baker Charles Baker Actor, Splinter Born February 27, 1971 in Washington, DC and raised in Hawaii, Charles has lived a life most people write books about. The son of an army colonel, whose father was written up in the Los Angeles Times in 1994 by Robin Wright, Charles traveled the world by the time he was 17. He's lived in England, Israel...
22. J. August Richards J. August Richards Actor, Not Fade Away Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in the Maryland suburb of Bladensburg, Richards discovered his love for acting at an early age and enrolled in a performing arts high school where he appeared in several plays a year. Academically confident and determined to move out to Los Angeles to pursue his acting aspirations...
23. Regina Hall Regina Hall Actress, Scary Movie 4 Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to a contractor and a teacher. In college she earned a degree in journalism from N.Y.U. before starting a film career. In 1997, she began appearing in commercials at age 26, and then made the giant leap into movies. Her fame came with her role in the comedy-horror spoof Scary Movie...
24. Matt Frewer Matt Frewer Actor, Max Headroom Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Canada, Frewer attended the same Peterborough, Ontario area high school as his PSI Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal co-star Barclay Hope. He trained for the stage in England, spending several years in such varied UK productions as "The Glass Menagerie", "Bent" and "A Comedy of Errors"...
25. Henry Rollins Henry Rollins Self, Jackass: The Movie Henry Garfield started singing in the DC punk band State of Alert before changing his name and becoming a legendary punk figure as frontman for Black Flag and his own Rollins Band. Rollins performs and records spoken word and writes books for his own publishing company (he has about ten). He got his start acting in a short by underground artist Raymond Pettibon...
26. Rick Yune Rick Yune Actor, The Fast and the Furious
27. Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert Writer, Strangers with Candy Stephen Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964, and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He studied acting at Northwestern and performed with the Second City comedy troupe in Chicago before teaming up with fellow cast members Amy Sedaris and Paul Dinello to create the sketch comedy Exit 57 for Comedy Central...
28. Max Casella Max Casella Actor, Inside Llewyn Davis
29. Dave Chappelle Dave Chappelle Writer, Half Baked Dave Chappelle's career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC where he studied theatre arts. At the age of 14, he began performing stand-up comedy in nightclubs. Shortly after graduation, he moved to New York City where he quickly established himself as a major young talent...
30. Melissa Sagemiller Melissa Sagemiller Actress, The Guardian Born into a political family, Melissa Sagemiller started her path to the performing arts at a very young age. At age three, she began to study dance - tap, ballet, jazz and modern. After responding to an ad in the Washington Post, she made her stage debut at 9 as "Dill" in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Soon she became a regular on local DC stages...
31. John Heard John Heard Actor, Home Alone John Heard is a very talented actor who established himself in the late 1970s and early '80s with roles in the movies Between the Lines, Chilly Scenes of Winter (1979) (a.k.a. "Head Over Heels"), and Heart Beat (1981) (in which he played Jack Kerouac to Nick Nolte's Neal Cassady and Sissy Spacek's...
32. Tony Todd Tony Todd Actor, The Man from Earth Perhaps best known for his chilling performance as "Candyman", the charismatic 6' 5" actor Tony Todd has consistently turned in compelling performances since his debut in the fantasy film Sleepwalk. Born in Washington, D.C., Todd spent two years on a scholarship at the University of Connecticut...
33. Jake Broder Jake Broder Actor, Beyond the Sea
34. Jane Adams Jane Adams Actress, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Jane Adams has performed theatre at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. The plays include "Love Diatribe", "The Nice and the Nasty", and "Greetings From Elsewhere Cabaret". She also performed in "Careless Love" at the Empty Space Theatre, "Candide/Len Jenkin" at the Pioneer Square Theatre", "Talking With" at the Group Theatre and "Camino Real" at the Julliard School...
35. Nona Gaye Nona Gaye Actress, The Polar Express It was inevitable that Nona Gaye would become a singer - she is the granddaughter of Cuban jazz great Slim Gaillard, the niece of R&B singer/songwriter Frankie Gaye and the daughter of soul legend Marvin Gaye. Signed to Third/Stone Atlantic at 14, Nona released "Love for the Future" in 1992...
36. Michael Learned Michael Learned Actress, Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story Four-time Best Actress Emmy Award winner Michael Learned was born on April 9, 1939 in Washington, D.C. The oldest of six daughters of a U.S. State Department employee, she was raised on her family's farm in Connecticut. The family moved to Austria when she was age 11, and it was while attending boarding school in England that she fell in love with the theater and decided to become an actress...
37. Josh Stamberg Josh Stamberg Actor, The Time Machine He was born in Washington, D.C. at George Washington Hospital. His parents are Louis C. Stamberg, retired State Department employee, and Susan Stamberg, first female host of NPR's "All Things Considered" and current special correspondent. He attended The Maret School from 4th to 12th grades and graduated from The University of Wisconsin-Madison...
38. Edward Herrmann Edward Herrmann Actor, The Lost Boys
39. Ana Gasteyer Ana Gasteyer Actress, Mean Girls Ana Gasteyer is best-known for her incomparable work on Saturday Night Live. During her six-year stint, she created some of the most famous SNL characters, including middle school music teacher "Bobbie Moughan-Culp", NPR radio host "Margaret Jo", Lilith Fair poetess "Cinder Calhoun", as well as spot-on impressions of Martha Stewart, Céline Dion and Hillary Rodham Clinton...
40. Michael Nouri Michael Nouri Actor, Flashdance
41. Kellie Shanygne Williams Kellie Shanygne Williams Actress, In the Mix Kellie Shanygne Williams was born on March 22, 1976, in Washington, D.C. She started her career as a children's fashion model. She made many appearances on stage (e.g., "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," "The Colored Museum," "Butterfingers Angel," and "Goin' Home") as well as in TV commercials. She is best known as Laura Lee Winslow on Family Matters...
42. Gbenga Akinnagbe Gbenga Akinnagbe Actor, The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3
43. Leigh Taylor-Young Leigh Taylor-Young Actress, Soylent Green Leigh Taylor-Young was born in Washington, DC, to a diplomat father and raised in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, the older sister of future actress Dey Young and writer/director Lance Young. She studied classical ballet and, following high school, attended Northwestern University where she initially majored in economics...
44. Laz Alonso Laz Alonso Actor, Avatar Born and raised in Washington DC, Laz always knew he wanted to be an actor. He remembers at a very early age entertaining his family by imitating relatives and family friends. He graduated from the prestigious Howard University School of Business, earning a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing...
45. Raven Goodwin Raven Goodwin Actress, The Station Agent
46. Georgia Engel Georgia Engel Actress, Open Season
47. Sean Whalen Sean Whalen Actor, Men in Black Sean was born in Washington D.C. The youngest of four, he was raised in Silver Spring/Olney Maryland and graduated from Sherwood High School. He moved west and graduated from UCLA four years later. Like most actors, he worked as a waiter while studying and performing at the famed Groundling Theater...
48. Sean Patrick Thomas Sean Patrick Thomas Actor, Save the Last Dance
49. Alexandra Wentworth Alexandra Wentworth Actress, Office Space
50. Tim Gunn Tim Gunn Self, Sex and the City 2 Tim Gunn was born in Washington DC. He began working at New York's Parson's The New School for Design in 1982, and serves as chair of the department of fashion design. During the school's summer hiatus, Gunn is involved in the hit TV show Project Runway where he serves as a den father and mentor to the contestants. Gunn lives in New York City.
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