American University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of American University. The list includes people like Goldie Hawn, Jordan Belfort, Henry Rollins, Robert Byrd & Alice Paul. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as media personalities, film & theater personalities, lawyers & judges, writers and business people etc.
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Cass Elliot
(American Singer Who was a Member of the Folk-Rock Band 'The Mamas & the Papas')
Cass Elliot
31
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 29, 1974

Cass Elliot was a popular American singer and actress. As part of the famous folk-rock vocal group The Mamas and the Papas, Cass Elliot played an important role in influencing the counterculture of the 1960s and its music scene. She had a great impact on the American entertainment industry of the 1960s.

 2 
Judith Sheindlin
(TV personality)
Judith Sheindlin
27
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Judith Sheindlin is a prosecution lawyer, television personality, and author. Since 1996, she has been presiding over her own arbitration reality court show Judge Judy, which has won four Daytime Emmy Awards. The longest-serving judge in the history of the courtroom-themed program, Judith Sheindlin was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Emmy for her work.

 3 
Henry Rollins
(Lead Vocalist of Los Angeles Hardcore Group 'Black Flag')
Henry Rollins
8
Birthdate: February 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

Henry Rollins is an American musician. Rollins is credited with forming the Rollins Band, which was active from 1987 to 2006. He is also credited with founding the publishing company and record label 2.13.61, Inc. Also a well-known activist, Henry Rollins has campaigned for various causes, including the promotion of peace movement and LGBT rights.

 4 
Luis Guzmán
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Birthdate: August 28, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cayey, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rican actor Luis Guzmán is best known for films such as Boogie Nights, The Limey, and Traffic. Audiences also loved him in the series Narcos. He has voiced Ricardo in two Grand Theft Auto video games and has delivered an award-winning performance in How to Make It in America
 5 
Alice Paul
(American Quaker, Feminist, Suffragist, and Women's Rights Activist)
Alice Paul
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 11, 1885
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mount Laurel Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 9, 1977

Alice Paul was an American Quaker, feminist, suffragist, and women's rights activist. She is best remembered for strategizing events like the Silent Sentinels and the Woman Suffrage Procession, which resulted in the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution in 1920. Alice Paul often displayed courage while confronting police brutality for her activism.

 6 
Giuliana Rancic
(TV Show Host)
Giuliana Rancic
5
Birthdate: August 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy

Giuliana Rancic is an Italian-American television personality and entertainment reporter. Over the years, she has co-hosted several important events like the Academy Awards and Golden Globes. Also known for her good looks, Rancic was named in the 100 Most Beautiful people list by People magazine in 2006. In 2014, she won the Daytime Emmy Award under the Fan Favorite category.

 7 
Kathy Reichs
(Forensic Anthropologist Who Used Her Expertise to Write the Bestselling Crime Novel, 'Break No Bones')
Kathy Reichs
1
Birthdate: July 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

Kathy Reichs is a forensic anthropologist, academic, and crime writer. She has been certified by the American Board of Forensic Anthropology and is an adjunct professor of anthropology at the University of North Carolina. She is the author of numerous technical books and has also written many novels. She also produced the TV series Bones, based on her works. 

 8 
Willard Scott
(American Weather Presenter Known for His Self-Deprecating Humor & Cheerful Personality)
Willard Scott
1
Birthdate: March 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Died: September 4, 2021
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Nancy Meyers
(Director)
Nancy Meyers
4
Birthdate: December 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 10 
Virginia Hall
(American Secret Agent Who Worked in France During World War II)
Virginia Hall
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: July 8, 1982
Virginia Hall worked as a spy, with the U.K. and the U.S., in France during World War II, under the alias Marie and Diane. Her main objective was to conduct espionage for the Allies, against the Nazi regime and the Axis powers. After the war ended, she joined the CIA.
 11 
Gary Cohn
(American Business Leader Who Served as the Director of the National Economic Council from 2017 to 2018)
Gary Cohn
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Gary Cohn is an American business leader best known for his service as the Director of the National Economic Council from 2017 to 2018. Prior to his service in the White House, Cohn was the COO and president of Goldman Sachs. Gary Cohn is also a well-known philanthropist and has donated money to various organizations.

 12 
Max Brooks
(Actor)
Max Brooks
2
Birthdate: May 22, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 13 
Neil Cavuto
(American Broadcaster, Journalist and Commentator)
Neil Cavuto
8
Birthdate: September 22, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westbury, New York, United States
 14 
John Fahey
(Guitarist)
John Fahey
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: February 22, 2001
 15 
Maria Butina
(Entrepreneur)
Maria Butina
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 10, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barnaul, Russia
 16 
Adrian Cronauer
(Lawyer, Radio personality)
Adrian Cronauer
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 8, 1938
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh

Adrian Joseph Cronauer, a United States Air Force Radio and Television Broadcasting Specialist, posted in Vietnam during 1965-1966, opened his show, the Dawn Buster, with "Goooooood morning Vietnam!", an experience that later inspired the 1987 film, Good Morning, Vietnam. In later years, he practiced law, specializing in information and communications law, concurrently continuing to remain involved with radio and television.

 17 
Alisyn Camerota
(Journalist, Political Commentator)
Alisyn Camerota
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 18 
Jordan Belfort
(Author of 'The Wolf of Wall Street')
Jordan Belfort
58
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
The former stock broker, who was convicted for stock-market manipulation and cheating several investors, Jordan Belfort spent 22 months in prison before he was released and altered his way of living. Using his life experiences, he became a motivational speaker and also authored two memoirs, one of which, The Wolf of Wall Street, was adapted into an award winning film.
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Bryan Callen
(Filipino-Born American Comedian, Actor, and Podcaster)
Bryan Callen
11
Birthdate: January 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
Avram Glazer
(Businessperson)
Avram Glazer
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
 21 
Gale Harold
(Actor)
Gale Harold
1
Birthdate: July 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Decatur, Georgia, USA
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 22 
Judy Smith
(Crisis manager)
Judy Smith
1
Birthdate: October 27, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 23 
Iván Duque
(President of Colombia)
Iván Duque
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bogotá, Colombia
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 24 
David Gregory
(Journalist)
David Gregory
2
Birthdate: August 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 25 
Kermit Washington
(Basketball player)
Kermit Washington
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 17, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
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Princess Iman bint Hussein
(Princess)
Princess Iman bint Hussein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
 27 
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
(Lawyer)
Jacqui Frazier-Lyde
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Beaufort, South Carolina, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 28 
Loretta Sanchez
(Politician)
Loretta Sanchez
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 7, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lynwood, California Lynwood, California, United States U.S.
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Star Jones
(Lawyer, Journalist, Television Personality & Fashion Designer)
Star Jones
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Badin, North Carolina, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 30 
Susan Eisenberg
(Voice Actress)
Susan Eisenberg
0
Birthdate: August 21, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
 31 
Tom Goldstein
(Lawyer who founded SCOTUSblog, a prominent blog covering the Supreme Court)
Tom Goldstein
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1970 AD
Birthplace: United States
 32 
Robert Kagan
(American Neoconservative Scholar and Critic of U.S. Foreign Policy)
Robert Kagan
1
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Robert Kagan is an American scholar who believes in neoconservatism. A prominent critic of U.S. foreign policy, Kagan is credited with co-founding a neoconservative think tank called the Project for the New American Century. He also contributes to publications like The Washington Post for which he writes a monthly column and has been a contributing editor at The New Republic.

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James Tiptree Jr.
(Author)
James Tiptree Jr.
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S
Died: May 19, 1987
 34 
Keith Mitchell
(Prime Minister of Grenada)
Keith Mitchell
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 12, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint George, Grenada
 35 
Petra Kelly
(Former politician who help found Germany's Green Party and was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 1982)
Petra Kelly
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 29, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Günzburg, Germany
Died: October 1, 1992
 36 
Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
(King)
Isa bin Salman Al Khalifa
1
Birthdate: June 3, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jasra, Bahrain
Died: March 6, 1999
 37 
Lynne Stewart
(Lawyer)
Lynne Stewart
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 8, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 7, 2017
 38 
Zheng Cao
(Chinese-Origin American Opera Singer)
Zheng Cao
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shanghai, China
Died: February 21, 2013

Born in China, opera singer Zheng Cao later moved to the US to study and further her music career. She had an illustrious career, with major roles in operas such as The Bonesetter’s Daughter and Madama Butterfly. She died at age 46, after a long battle with lung cancer.

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Bruce Schneier
(Cryptographer, Mathematician, Computer scientist)
Bruce Schneier
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 15, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
 40 
Allen Chastanet
(Leader of the Opposition of Saint Lucia)
Allen Chastanet
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1960 AD
Birthplace: Saint Lucia
 41 
Suneil Anand
(Indian Actor, Filmmaker and Son of Legendary Bollywood Actor Dev Anand)
Suneil Anand
2
Birthdate: June 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland

Suneil Anand is a Swiss-born Indian actor and filmmaker. Best known as the son of legendary Bollywood actor Dev Anand, Suneil currently runs Navketan Films, a film production house started by his father in 1949. A trained martial artist, Suneil Anand made his directorial debut in 2001 with a martial art film titled Master.

 42 
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
(Politician)
Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Riffa, Bahrain
 43 
Henepola Gunaratana
(Monk)
Henepola Gunaratana
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Henepola, Sri Lanka
 44 
Patricia Roberts Harris
(13th United States Secretary of Health and Human Services)
Patricia Roberts Harris
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 31, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mattoon, Illinois, United States
Died: March 23, 1985
 45 
Greg Lukianoff
(President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education)
Greg Lukianoff
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
 46 
Sulaiman Al-Fahim
(Television personality)
Sulaiman Al-Fahim
3
Birthdate: 1977 AD
Birthplace: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
 47 
Florence King
(American Novelist, Essayist & Columnist)
Florence King
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 6, 2016
 48 
Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
(112th Governor of South Carolina)
Carroll A. Campbell Jr.
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 24, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 7, 2005
 49 
Ann Beattie
(Novelist)
Ann Beattie
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
 50 
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi
(4th Speaker of the Somaliland House of Representatives)
Abdirahman Mohamed Abdullahi
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hargeisa, Somaliland
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