Actors from the Washington DC (DMV) area (Greater MD and VA included)

by Ziggicam | created - 07 Jul 2017 | updated - 3 months ago | Public

Includes actors (and some directors, producers, and other crew) either born in, raised in, or have a significant connection to the Washington DC Metropolitan area (DC, Maryland, Virginia) List includes some people with ties to the Baltimore and greater Virginia area as well. We have some great talent from here!! (NOTE: list is in progress, will add new names as they are identified)

1. Marisol Correa

Actress | Banshee

Marisol Correa is an American actor, model, singer and dancer with an extensive list of credits in both television and film. Fans of AMC's hit series The Walking Dead will have spotted her with the Oceanside group during seasons 7, 8, 9 and 10. She has also been seen in the Netflix series House of ...

Born and raised in Washington, DC

2. Denyce Lawton

Actress | The Hot Zone

Multiethnic (African-American / Korean) actress Denyce Lawton is best known for her four seasons on the six-time NAACP Best Comedy Series Winner series House of Payne (2006) from producer Tyler Perry.

Denyce was born and raised in the New Jersey communities of Belmar and Neptune (familiar to viewers...

Raised in Washington, DC. Attended middle school and high school in Prince Georges County, Maryland. Attended the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.

3. Taraji P. Henson

Actress | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Taraji P. Henson was born on September 11, 1970 in Washington, DC, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Hidden Figures (2016) and Hustle & Flow (2005).

Born in DC, attended Oxon Hill High School in Oxon Hill, MD, alum of Howard University

4. Camille Hyde

Actress | American Vandal

Camille Hyde, born and raised in Washington DC, began her acting career at age 4 in a school musical. She continued to pursue her passion for acting and singing throughout her childhood until she moved to California and was cast in Nickelodeon's Power Rangers Dino Charge as Shelby, the Pink Ranger....

Born and raised in Washington DC

5. Tim Gunn

Producer | Project Runway

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 (2004) where he serves as a den father and ...

Born in DC, attended the Corcoran College of Art and Design

6. Edwina Findley

Actress | Fear the Walking Dead

Edwina Findley will next be seen in Amazon's THE POWER opposite Leslie Mann, Tim Robbins, and John Leguizamo, Apple's CARPE, and the British thriller, FREEGARD. Edwina garnered critical acclaim for her role as in director Ava Duvernay's award winning feature MIDDLE OF NOWHERE, which stormed the ...

Born in DC, studied theatre and classical music at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC

7. Jeffrey Wright

Actor | The French Dispatch

Born and raised in Washington DC, Jeffrey Wright graduated from Amherst College in 1987. Although he studied Political Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with a love for acting. Shortly after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped out after only two months to ...

Born in DC, graduated from St. Albans School

8. Lamman Rucker

Actor | Why Did I Get Married?

Born in Pittsburgh, his mother had a dance company (the Pittsburgh Black Theater Dance Ensemble) and his father was a drummer, so entertaining is in his blood. His first acting role was as Martin Luther King in the 4th grade. He was in the drama club in 7th grade and then attended high school at ...

Graduate of Duke Ellington School of the Arts in DC

9. Kellie Shanygne Williams

Actress | Family Matters

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 ...

Born in DC, raised in Maryland

10. Regina Hall

Actress | Girls Trip

Regina Hall was born December 12, 1970 in Washington, D.C., to Ruby, a teacher, and Odie Hall, a contractor. She graduated from Fordham University in 1992, and went on to earn a master's degree in journalism from New York University before shifting to an acting career. In 1997 at age 26, she began ...

Born in DC, attended Immaculata College High School

11. Michael Ealy

Actor | Barbershop

Known for his charming looks and deep personality, Michael Ealy blessed the movie screen with his role in Barbershop (2002). When he left Silver Spring, Maryland, with a degree in English, he headed off to New York. From there he performed in several stage productions, including the Off-Broadway ...

Born in DC, raised in Silver Spring, Maryland. Graduated from Springbrook High School, attended the University of Maryland College Park.

12. Aaron D. Spears

Actor | Being Mary Jane

Aaron D. Spears has come a long way. A Washington D.C. native, Aaron has exhibited his natural talent in sports which have given him the tenacity, perseverance and inner strength that has helped launch him into a career in film, and television. Aaron's television appearances include, NCIS, Castle, ...

Born in DC, attended Delaware State University.

13. Clifton Powell

Actor | Ray

Clifton Powell a graduate of Emerson College in Boston Mass. He is an Actor and producer, known for the films Ray, Selma Lord Selma, Dead Presidents, Menace 2 Society and TV series The Family Business, Sacrifice and Saints & Sinners. Clifton has two children Maya and Clifton Jr and two ...

Born in DC, graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

14. Siena Goines

Actress | The 40 Year Old Virgin

At the age of six Siena Goines moved to the West Coast from the East Coast. Grew up in a single parent home, public assistance and a handful of obstacles. Siena had teachers and friends who presented choices that showed her she could choose a different direction in life. She rose to the occasion ...

Born in DC

15. Martin Lawrence

Actor | Martin

Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence is an African-American comedian, producer, writer, director and actor. He is known for his roles in the Bad Boys trilogy, Martin, Def Comedy Jam, Big Momma's House, Open Season, House Party, Boomerang, Wild Hogs, What's Happening Now!!, Nothing to Lose, Life and Blue ...

Raised in Maryland, attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Friendly High School

16. Tommy Davidson

Actor | In Living Color

Davidson started his career as a stand-up comedian in Washington DC, earning an ardent following with sheer hard work in various comedy clubs. As one of the cutting-edge, young stand-ups, he was spotted by major concert promoters, who booked him as the opening act for A-list touring acts, including ...

Raised in Silver Spring, MD, attended Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Maryland, and Attended the University of District Columbia (one semester)

17. Dave Chappelle

Writer | Chappelle's Show

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 ...

Born in DC, grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and Washington, DC. Attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. His mother has been a professor at Howard University, Wilberforce University, Central State University and University of Maryland.

18. Clayton LeBouef

Actor | The Meteor Man

Clayton LeBouef was born on November 12, 1954 in Yonkers, New York, USA. He is known for The Meteor Man (1993), Homicide: Life on the Street (1993) and The Wire (2002).

Lives in DC

19. Tracie Thoms

Actress | Rent

Tracie Thoms was born on August 19, 1975 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Rent (2005), Death Proof (2007) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

From Baltimore

20. Jada Pinkett Smith

Actress | The Matrix Revolutions

Jada Koren Pinkett Smith was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Robsol Grant Pinkett, Jr., a contractor, and Adrienne Banfield-Jones, a nurse. They divorced after only a few months of marriage. Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Afro-Caribbean ancestry (from Barbados and ...

From Baltimore

21. Nicole Ari Parker

Actress | Boogie Nights

Nicole Ari Parker was born on October 7, 1970 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Boogie Nights (1997), Remember the Titans (2000) and Blue Streak (1999). She has been married to Boris Kodjoe since May 21, 2005. They have two children. She was previously married ...

From Baltimore

22. Mo'Nique

Actress | Precious

Mo'Nique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, Maryland, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers (...

From Baltimore, graduated from Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County and attended Morgan State University. She is a 1987 graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland.

23. Dominique Dawes

Actress | The Bronze

Dominique Dawes was born on November 20, 1976 in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA. She is a producer and actress, known for The Bronze (2015), Golden: The Journey of USA's Elite Gymnasts (2021) and Missy Elliott: We Run This (2006). She has been married to Jeff Thompson since May 25, 2013. They have ...

Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, graduated from the University of Maryland

24. Christina Milian

Actress | Be Cool

Christina Milian was born Christine Flores on September 26, 1981 in Jersey City, New Jersey & raised in Waldorf, Maryland. At the age of 19, Milian signed a contract with Def Jam. In 2001, Milian released her self-titled debut album, which featured the singles "AM to PM" and "When You Look at Me"; ...

Raised in Waldorf, Maryland, attended Matthew Henson Middle School in Indian Head, Maryland, graduated from Westlake High School in Waldorf, Maryland.

25. Charles S. Dutton

Actor | Gothika

Charles S. Dutton was born on January 30, 1951 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Gothika (2003), Alien³ (1992) and A Time to Kill (1996). He was previously married to Debbi Morgan.

From Baltimore

26. Wendy Davis

Actress | Bel-Air

As of 2022, Wendy is recurring on NBC Peacock's "Bel-Air' as Joan, Aunt Vivian's best friend, and on Amazons, "Jack Ryan" as Jasmine, Greer's Ex-wife. She is best known for her portrayal of Colonel Joan Burton for 117 episodes on Lifetime Television's popular drama, "Army Wives." She was nominated ...

From Baltimore

27. Samuel L. Jackson

Actor | Pulp Fiction

Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...

Born in DC

28. Sandra Bullock

Producer | The Proposal

Sandra Annette Bullock was born in Arlington, a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. Her mother, Helga Bullock (née Helga Mathilde Meyer), was a German opera singer. Her father, John W. Bullock, was an American voice teacher, who was born in Alabama, of German descent. Sandra grew up on the road ...

Born in Arlington, Virginia, attended Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, VA

29. Javicia Leslie

Actress | Batwoman

Javicia Leslie was born in Augsburg, Germany. She moved to Maryland at a young age and was raised in Upper Marlboro near Washington, DC. Her first stream of work began as the lead for the television film, Killer Coach. Javicia has continued to work ties with series such as MacGyver, Chef Julian, ...

Raised in Upper Marlboro, MD

30. Pearl Bailey

Soundtrack | The Fox and the Hound

Her father Joseph was a minister and her mother was named Ella Mae. Her birth name was Pearly Mae but her parents anticipated she would be a boy and when a girl was born she was nicknamed "Dickie". Her brother was entertainer Bill Bailey (1912-1978). She spent her early life in Washington DC where ...

Born in Newport News, Virginia, spent her early life in Washington DC where she received her early education. Bailey frequently appeared in the Old Howard theater in downtown Washington.

31. Ginuwine

Soundtrack | Wild Hogs

Ginuwine is a Washington, DC-based contemporary soul artist who released his debut album, "Ginuwine: The Bachelor'' on 8th Oct 1996 to great acclaim. It had hit song "Pony". 100% Ginuwine followed on 16 March 1999 generating the hits "So Anxious", " None Of Ur Friends Business", and "Same Ol G". ...

Born in DC, raised in Forestville, MD.

32. Sandi McCree

Actress | The Wire

Actress, youth advocate and educator, Sandi McCree, known for her edgy, street-tough performance as "Delonda Brice" on HBO's The Wire, has been on the front line of arts education and media literacy for over 21 years years.

McCree began acting at age 4 growing up in Washington, D.C. where she gained...

Grew up in Washington, DC, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio, Film and Television from the University of Maryland

33. Lamont Easter

Actor | Jacqueline and Jilly

Lamont Easter is a native of Annapolis, Maryland but raised in San Diego, California. Lamont is a television, film and commercial actor who has had recurring appearances on shows such as Netflix's House of Cards, Showtimes's Homeland, HBO's VEEP, CBS's Madam Secretary, and in various national ...

Born in Annapolis, Maryland

34. Ransford Doherty

Actor | Shameless

Ransford Doherty is a native of Washington, DC. He is a fraternal twin and has an older sister. He first got bitten by the acting bug when he attended C.D. Hylton High School in Dale City, VA. Julie Clarke, head of the Drama Dept., gave him the push to get on stage. Then, at Longwood College, Pam ...

Born in DC, attended C.D. Hylton High School in Dale City, VA

35. Cisco Reyes

Actor | Next Day Air

Cisco Reyes hails from Westchester, New York and now resides in Los Angeles. He is of Puerto Rican and Trinidadian decent. Cisco has a BA in Film and Television from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland. He currently plays recurring roles on numerous TV series such as: Chosen Kin on ...

Attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland.

36. Tim McAdams

Stunts | Black Panther

Tim R. McAdams is an extremely talented Actor & Stuntman with over 30 years experience in the performing arts industry. Tim was exposed to the performing arts industry in elementary school when he joined the drama department. At this early age, teachers and audiences recognized that Tim was a ...

Raised in Washington, DC, attended the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in DC.

37. Elena Varela

Actress | Black Lightning

Born in Washington, DC and raised in the Maryland suburbs, Elena is the youngest in her family's first American-born generation. Her parents, then immigrants from South America are whom she credits today for being bi-lingual in Spanish and English. She loves her cultural Hispanic roots and shows ...

Born in Washington, DC, raised in the Maryland suburbs

38. Carolina Hoyos

Actress | Too Old to Die Young

Carolina Hoyos began as a childhood concert pianist before spending 3 seasons on MTV Hits (2002). She plays Antonella in Nicolas Winding Refn series Too Old to Die Young (2019), and made cameos in Under the Silver Lake (2018), Gene Simmons: Family Jewels (2006) and Pharrell Williams 's music video ...

Born in Washington, DC, raised between Fairfax, Virginia and Baltimore, MD.

39. Doug Mattingly

Actor | Conviction

Doug Mattingly was raised in a working class suburb of Baltimore, Maryland (USA), the son of an aspiring playwright/painter/novelist father and a mother who worked in the medical field. As a child and adolescent, Doug experimented with a number of the arts including painting, drawing, sculpture, ...

Raised in a suburb of Baltimore, MD. Attended Calvert Hall College, High School, an all boys Catholic school in Towson, Maryland

40. Carolyn Michelle Smith

Actress | Russian Doll

Carolyn Michelle Smith was born in Washington, DC. First Generation Trinidadian-American, Carolyn spent her childhood attending international private elementary schools in the Washington, DC area. Her mother Carol Angela Smith was a legal secretary, and her father Mervyn Thompson was a factory ...

Born and raised in DC

41. Vivian Yoon Lee

Actress | Kevin (Probably) Saves the World

Vivian Yoon Lee was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Her passion for the performing arts began at an early age while learning the piano. She easily transitioned into singing, and entered local contests, winning many of them. Vivian also pursued modeling, and won the Miss Korea Washington DC ...

Graduated from George Mason University in Virginia, where she received her degree in Communications. Master's from Georgetown University.

42. Nikki Crawford

Actress | 9-1-1

Nikki is an award winning actress, singer and dancer. Born and raised in Washington DC. Nikki received her B.F.A. from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University Drama program. Upon graduation, Nikki was offered a leading role in the European tour Bubbling Brown Sugar. She enjoyed performing for ...

Born and raised in DC

43. Henderson Wade

Actor | Extant

Henderson Wade is a proud native of Washington, DC and graduate of Syracuse University. Next he can be seen regularly as "Matt Cable" on DC Universe's "Swamp Thing" and most recently he appeared as "Hunter" on ABC's "A Million Little Things". His other credits include "Riverdale" (The CW), "The ...

Born in DC

44. James Lewis

Actor | Fallout 3

James Lewis was born and raised in Washington, D.C. Lewis has recorded over 900 audio books, appeared on numerous commercials and tv shows including a recurring role on HBO's The Wire, and principal roles on America's Most Wanted. James has also appeared in several independent films, including ...

Born and raised in Washington, D.C

45. Melvin Jackson Jr.

Actor | The New Edition Story

Emmy Nominated Actor Melvin Jackson Jr. was born on April 4th in Washington D.C. He now resides in Los Angeles with his wife Emmy nominated actress Kelly Jenrette. In which they are the first African American married couple to be nominated for an Emmy in the same year. Melvin is the father of three...

Born in Washington D.C.

46. Cloie Wyatt Taylor

Actress | Future Man

Born in Washington DC and raised in the rural Maryland suburb of Beltsville, Cloie is a country girl with a city soul. Although she was originally trained and groomed to be a ballet dancer, she began acting as a teenager, landing a recurring role on ABC's "All My Children" while still in high ...

Born in Washington DC and raised in the rural Maryland suburb of Beltsville

47. Lizz Robbins

Actress | America's Most Wanted

Lizz Robbins is an African-American print model and actress from the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Robbins attended Virginia State University where she majored in English and minored in Mass Communications. While at Virginia State, she was on the cheerleading squad and a staff writer for the ...

Born in Silver Spring, MD. From the Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. Attended Virginia State University, majored in English and minored in Mass Communications.

48. Nisey Kamai

Actress | But Deliver Us from Evil

Nisey Kamai is an American actor and media personality born in Washington, DC. Nisey now resides in Atlanta, GA to assist in establishing her career. Having proved herself successful in fashion and print modeling, Nisey decided to pursue her true artistic passion: acting. Branding the Nisey Kamai ...

Born in Washington, DC.

49. Alex Wagner

Producer | The Circus: Inside the Greatest Political Show on Earth

Alex Wagner is the host of MSNBC's Now with Alex Wagner (2011) (weekdays at noon ET). She had been an MSNBC analyst and a frequent MSNBC guest since 2010. She was also a reporter with Huffington Post, where she covered innovation in the American economy, investigating the intersection of business, ...

Native of Washington, DC,

50. Andre Myers

Actor | Black-ish

Andre Darnell Myers was born in Washington, DC, where he honed his skills of acting, singing, and dancing at the prestigious Duke Ellington School of the Arts. This training prepared him for a future in the entertainment industry, and he started working professionally at the age of 15, performing ...

Born in Washington, DC, attended Duke Ellington School of the Arts

51. Kelvin Davis

Actor | The Wire

A native of Merritt, NC, Kelvin graduated from Pamlico County High School, and then he attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a semester, before transferring to North Carolina A & T in the Spring of 1980 on a full football scholarship. This college superlative was not only a great ...

Native of DC, attended the University of Maryland Eastern Shore for a semester, transferred to NC A&T.

52. Daryl J. Johnson

Actor | Superhero Movie

Daryl J Johnson has come a long way from his early years growing up in Baltimore. At a young age he moved to Fredericksburg, Virginia; where he was raised by his grandmother. Obviously not being local, he learned at an early age that being funny was a characteristic that would break the racial ...

Born in Baltimore, MD, raised in Fredericksburg, Virginia

53. Dianne Houston

Writer | Take the Lead

Born and raised in Washington DC, Houston left home at age 16 to work in experimental theater in New York City. Her early work and study was with such theater greats as Liz Swados, Joseph Papp, Joe Chaikin, Peter Brook, La Mama, Woody King, and Ntozake Shange. It was this diverse background that ...

Born and raised in Washington DC

54. Kevin Jiggetts

Actor | The Night Watchmen

Kevin Jiggetts was born in Washington, DC at historic Freedmen's Hospital, now Howard University's School of Communications. He knew, after seeing the movie Breakout (circa 1975), starring the late Charles Bronson, that acting was in the cards. In the 7th grade, he found himself in Miss Neville's ...

Born in Washington, DC

55. Amirah Johnson

Actress | Shameless Hall of Shame

Amirah J, whose name means "princess", is an actress and dancer born in Washington, DC. In 2015, while living in Texas, Amirah J met experienced talent scout Nikki Pederson and accepted an offer to enroll in the Nikki Pederson Talent L.A. Invitational team. She studied for a year with the team ...

Born in 2007 in the Washington, DC area

56. Corey Grant

Director | I Got the Hook Up 2

Corey Grant was born in Joliet, Illinois. He attended Norfolk State University and Virginia where he received his BA in Communications. After graduating and working for NBC, he decided that film was his ultimate goal and he moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University to receive his Masters ...

Attended Norfolk State University and Virginia where he received his BA in Communications. Moved to Washington, DC to attend Howard University to receive his Masters in Film

57. Stan Sellers

Actor | xXx: State of the Union

Stan Sellers was born and raised in Washington D.C. He began his acting career at the Back Alley Theatre, founded by Naomi Eftis. During that time he appeared as Otto in "Design For Living," Omar in "Short Eyes," and Jr. Balloon in the world premier of Miguel Pinero's "The Sun Always Shines For The...

Born and raised in Washington D.C

58. Spencer Johnson

Producer | Safehouse

Born at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland on January 22, only child to William Johnson, Jr. and Corinne Johnson, Spencer Johnson was destined for success. Spencer's parents were successful professionals who attended Morgan State University; Mrs. Johnson was a teacher and homemaker and ...

Born in Baltimore, Maryland. Attended Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and the University Of Maryland.

59. Kaelan Denali Dickinson

Actress | The Making of the Mob

Kaelan Denali Dickinson is an actress, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She is best known for her roles as Charity in Districtland and Carol Hilley in Investigation Discovery's Southern Fried Homicide. She can be seen in the upcoming film #Humbled as Rachael Riley and as Carol Giley in ...

Lives in Washington, DC and works in the mid-Atlantic region.

60. Haile Gerima

Director | Teza

Halie Gerima arrived in the United States from his native Gondar, Ethiopia, to study acting and directing at the Goodman Theater in Chicago, Illinois. He later transferred to the Theater Department at UCLA where he completed the Master's Program in Film. Afterward, he relocated to Washington, DC, ...

Director!! Professor at Howard University

61. Terrence Shingler

Actor | FBI: Most Wanted

DC native, Terrence Shingler has been captivating audiences with his singing and acting since the tender age of 2 performing at such venues as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts!

Terrence quickly found his passion for the entertainment industry and fast became in demand. His ...

Native of Washington, DC

62. Cherrelle E'Lan

Actress | Black in the Future

Cherrelle éLan is the change she wishes to see in the world. Since childhood, she has dedicated herself to the pursuit of truthful storytelling through creative media. Blending activism and the arts, she unleashes her voice as an actress and director in Los Angeles. Her mission: to be the powerful ...

Graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts and Howard University in DC

63. Kimberley Browning

Producer | All Hallows' Eve 2

Kimberley is a filmmaker and film festival professional. She is the founder and Festival Director of the Hollywood Shorts Film Festival, which launched in 1998 in Los Angeles. She also serves as an Associate Short Film Programmer at the Tribeca Film Festival. She is based in LA, and is originally ...

Originally from the Washington DC area

64. Cantrell Harris

Actor | Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, Cantrell always wanted to be a successful actor. As a young boy, he always imitated family and friends to be the center of attention. He attended and graduated from prestigious Hampton University and moved to Washington, DC to pursue a career in corporate ...

Born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, graduated from Hampton University, moved to Washington, DC

65. Diedrich Bader

Actor | Napoleon Dynamite

Diedrich Bader was born in Alexandria, Virginia, but moved to Paris, France, with his family at age two. While in the "City of Light" he developed an appreciation for movie legends like Fred Astaire and Charles Chaplin. So, when a fragile "Chaplin" movie reel burned in the theater's projector, ...

Born in Alexandria, Virginia

66. Christopher Meloni

Actor | Man of Steel

Blessed with a piercing, blue-eyed glint, brawny looks, cocky "tough guy" stance and effortless charisma, TV's Christopher Meloni has grabbed audiences' attention, male and female alike, finding breakthrough small screen stardom playing both sides of the law. Audiences first were taken in by his ...

Born in DC, attended St. Stephen's School (now St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School) in Alexandria, Virginia

67. Ben Feldman

Actor | As Above, So Below

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 ...

Born in DC, raised in Potomac, MD. Attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, MD

68. Cynthia Addai-Robinson

Actress | The Accountant

Cynthia Addai-Robinson is an English-born actress. She was born in London; her mother is from Ghana and her father is an United States citizen. She moved to US when she was four, and was raised by her mother in a suburb of Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver ...

Born in London; her mother is from Ghana and her father is an United States citizen. Moved to US when she was four, raised by her mother in a suburb of Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, MD

69. Laz Alonso

Actor | The Boys

Chosen as one of Variety's "Top Ten Actors to Watch" and part of the new breed of leading men in Hollywood, Laz Alonso is starring in Amazon Prime's series THE BOYS. He can also be seen playing opposite Gabrielle Union and Jessica Alba in their new series LA'S FINEST. He previously starred opposite...

Born and raised in Washington DC, graduated from Howard University School of Business

70. Barry Levinson

Director | Rain Man

Barry Lee Levinson was born in Baltimore, Maryland, to Violet (Krichinsky) and Irvin Levinson, who worked in furniture and appliance. He is of Russian Jewish descent. Levinson graduated from high school in 1960, attended college at American University in Washington, DC. He did well, but decided he ...

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, attended American University in DC

71. Wanda Sykes

Actress | Monster-in-Law

Wanda Sykes has been called one of the funniest stand-up comics by her peers and ranks among Entertainment Weekly's 25 Funniest People in America. Her smart-witted stand-up has sent her career in many different areas.

She was previously seen in Comedy Central's Wanda Does It (2004), where she tried ...

Born in Portsmouth, Virginia, moved to Maryland when she was in third grade. Attended Arundel High School in Gambrills, Maryland, and graduated from Hampton University.

72. Leigh Taylor-Young

Actress | Soylent Green

Entrancing Leigh Taylor-Young was born on January 25, 1945, in Washington, D,C,. 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 ...

Born in DC

73. Judson Mills

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Judson Mills was born in Washington, DC, and grew up in northern Virginia in a house built by George Washington. Washington was a young surveyor in the area and the home is a historical landmark. Mills grew up hunting and fishing, and was most interested in sports, particularly football.

Judson ...

74. Kosha Engler

Actress | The Batman

Kosha Engler is an American/British actress, singer and writer born in Baltimore, Maryland and based between London, UK and the US East Coast. Film and TV credits include Wonder Woman: 1984, Victoria, Very Valentine, Moonshot, I Shouldn't Be Alive, John Waters' A Dirty Shame, The Wire and her film ...

75. Bryan Michael Hall

Actor | A Place Among the Dead

Raised in the Washington DC area. Loved acting at an early age, he got his start in a commercial at 10 years old. He pursued theatre throughout his high school years and after. He will thoroughly research and prepare for roles and learns his lines quickly. He is always looking for an opportunity to...

76. David Kenneth Sommerville

Actor | Really Love

David Kenneth Sommerville was raised by a single parent father in Annapolis, Maryland. Always interested in acting, David avidly pursued a performing career. He auditioned for several local acting jobs in the Washington, DC/Baltimore metro area and was cast in several projects including, Historic ...

77. Tom Bloom

Actor | The Thomas Crown Affair

Tom Bloom was born in Washington DC. He is known for his extensive stage work, Broadway, Off-Broadway and many regional theaters, the films Thomas Crown Affair, The Green, Joshua, Taking Chance, and guest star on Law & Order, Criminal Intent, Elementary, Damages, The Jury, many others. He lives in ...

78. Mary Jean Bentley

Actress | The Last Castle

Mary Jean McAdams (AKA: Mary Jean Bentley) "MJ" was born on April 5, 1972 at Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC. She was the second child born to Dr. William W. McAdams and Grace McAdams. Her Father was a professional baseball and football player, a high school teacher, coach and Athletic ...

79. Michael Hyatt

Actress | Nightcrawler

Born in England of Jamaican parents (her mother Vera an art historian and museologist and her father Charles Hyatt an actor/broadcaster/comedian), Michael received her earliest education and what she considers her most formative years abroad. At the age of ten she migrated to the United States with...

80. Jamie J.D. Walker

Producer | Oscar Micheaux: Within Our Gates

Jamie Walker is a Director, Writer, and Producer with over 12 years of experience in the entertainment industry. As a member of the Producers Guild of America, she not only specializes in narrative fiction but also scripted and unscripted content for multi camera and single camera TV as well as ...

Went to Howard University!!

81. Carlos Antonio

Actor | The Walking Dead: The Game - Season 3

Born in Washington DC to a Nicaraguan mother and a French-Nicaraguan father. Grew up in the DC Area, Paris and Managua. Attended the University of Maryland then HB Studio- and was a Working Observer at the Actors' Studio in NY and LA. Fluent in Spanish and French semi fluent Italian and Portuguese....

82. Maggie Contreras

Producer | Gilbert

Maggie Contreras is a director and producer behind films tackling a wide range of topics, from comics to solar energy, as well as numerous network promos, and non-fiction series. Jonathan Scott's Power Trip (PBS Independent Lens 2020) is the titular HGTV celebrity and activist's journey across the ...

Went to college in DC

83. Juan-Pablo Veizaga

Actor | Magnum P.I.

Juan-Pablo is the son of immigrants who came to the U.S., worked hard and were able to provide him and his siblings with a better life and education. He was born in Alexandria, VA, just outside of Washington, DC on April 3, 1982. He learned English at school but kept his Spanish live at home.

In ...

84. Christina Blevins

Horrible Bosses

Born Christina Caroline Blevins on December 2, 1984, Christina was singing on stage at the age of 3. She began acting at age eleven in an acting-for-children program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Christina continued singing and acting through her high ...

85. Kevin Mann

Producer | The Cold Light of Day

Kevin Mann is co-founder of the production and management company, Haven Entertainment. The multi-faceted company was founded with the goal of representing innovative screenwriters and directors, as well as producing feature films, documentaries, television and digital content. Mann was raised in ...

86. Peter Cilella

Actor | Resolution

Peter grew up in Washington, DC and Columbia, SC.

After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, he headed to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Since then, he has worked steadily in commercials, films, and on stage. His interests include surfing, snowboarding, writing, sweaty wedding ...

87. Michael Tait

Actor | God's Not Dead 2

Michael Tait was born May 18, 1966 in Washington D.C. His parents were Maxine and Nathel Tait, and he has 5 sisters and two brothers. Michael attended Liberty University where he met Toby McKeehan and Kevin Max; they went on to form DC Talk. After the friendly split of DC talk in 2000, the band ...

88. Marcy Roche

Actress | Vow: White Knights

Marcy Roche is an American actress of Cuban, Panamanian, Irish, Polish, and Russian descent. Marcy Roche was born in Rockville, Maryland in December 10, 1986 on the outskirts of Washington DC area. Marcy's parents were dedicated federal employees who served as agents, intelligence officers, and ...

89. Matt Nye

Writer | Venor

Matt Nye began his directing career in 2004 at the age of 17, adapting and directing "Caligula C.E.O." for his high school's theater program. At 20, he wrote, directed, and produced a no budget indie feature while attending university. Since graduation, he has created a number of low budget short ...

90. Travis I. Sivart

Actor | The Last Airship

Travis I. Sivart has been performing live, interactive, improv theater since 1991. He has been the lead in a band of pirates of the musical sort, led paranormal investigations (and still has an active local group), written dozens of books, and been a guest and public speaker and various science ...

91. Coley Sohn

Writer | Boutonniere

A native of Washington DC, Coley grew up acting professionally including productions at Ford's Theatre, a national tour, and a stint on Broadway. She graduated from the University of Vermont magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an English major and Theater and Film minors. Heading to LA, she ...

92. Brett Fleisher

Actor | Hearts in Atlantis

Brett grew up in Bethesda, Maryland where he played three different Varsity sports including Football, Volleyball and Wrestling. Around that time Brett also started playing the drums and quickly formed a punk rock band with his brother Ryan, named The Disco Shivas. They played a total of four very ...

93. Elise Edwards

Actress | Lower East Asides

Elise Edwards is an American TV/Film/Theater Actress, writer and comedian. Originally from Falls Church, VA.

Elise is co-host/creator of OrBits podcast, which she hosts with fellow comic & astrologer, Julia Schachter.

She is of Sicilian, Lebanese, Scottish & Welsh decent.

In addition to acting and ...

94. Debra Leigh

Actress | The Office

Debra Leigh was born and raised in Washington DC, USA. She graduated from James Madison University. In 1980, while a senior at JMU and an aspiring writer and producer of commercials, she visited WSIG - a small radio station then located 25 miles north of JMU. She asked if they'd consider hiring her...

95. Sig Libowitz

Actor | The Believer

Sig Libowitz is an award-winning producer, writer, actor, attorney and former studio and production executive. Sig wrote and produced The Response (2008), a courtroom drama based on the actual transcripts of the Guantanamo Bay military tribunals which was shortlisted for an Academy Award (Best Live ...

96. Oscar Paul Trepanier

Actor | Out of the Ashes

Oscar Paul Trepanier was born in Wallaceburg, Ontario, Canada, and raised in the quiet beach town of Kincardine, Ontario. After high school, and a few years studying and working in electronic/mechanical engineering in Toronto, Canada, Oscar set off traveling for a one and a half year around the ...

Lives in DC

97. George Williams

Actor | American Heiress

Born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, George grew up in the Washington, DC area (went to high school in Laurel, Maryland), and made a living as a musician (electric bass, vocals, banjo, drums, guitar, band leader) for over 20 years. His first band, in 1967, used to go up against (and get badly beaten by)...

98. Kevin Leigh

Actor | Paranoia

Kevin was born in Washington, DC on October 14, 1986, of Eurasian (Asian/Caucasian) ancestry. His passion for acting grew in his later teen years. One day he wanted to make his dream a reality. He has acted in numerous productions since 2006 and owns a production company with his brother called ...

99. Ken Kline

Actor | The F.B.I. Files

Ken Kline is an actor and print model.

Ken has been involved in local theater and some studio productions in the Washington DC area.

He continues to further train as time and finances permit.

He is veteran of the US Navy where he earned the rifle marksmanship ribbon, good conduct medal, navy marine ...

100. Sowande Tichawonna

Actor | Ancestors

Sowande Tichawonna is an award-winning, independent filmmaker and actor from Washington, D.C. who got his start as a production assistant for the PBS series In Other Words with Ossie and Ruby, produced by acclaimed actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee.

As a member of the Association of Independent Video ...



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