You know Alexandria is a great place to live. Check out some of our notable neighbors.
Alexandria is a fantastic place to live, with great shopping, restaurants, natural beauty, and, of course, proximity to all of the glamour, pomp, and circumstance of DC’s political elite. But Alexandria also has many residents and former residents who are better known for their pop culture significance than for their political views. Here is a list of some of the most interesting Alexandria natives.
Hoda Kotb’s recent elevation to co-anchor of the Today Show is what got me thinking about this topic. Although she was born in Norman, OK, her family spent part of her childhood in Alexandria, VA. In fact, Kotb still loves her adopted hometown and brought her baby daughter for a visit and a stroller tour of Old Town just last fall. She attended Ft. Hunt High School and did her undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech. Just like me…a true #realestaterockstar
Although originally from Springfield, VA, former Nirvana drummer and Foo Fighters front man Grohl spent time living and playing in various places throughout Northern Virginia, including Alexandria. Grohl built a recording studio in his Alexandria home and recorded much of the Foo Fighters’ third album there. The title of his song “Arlandria” is a combination of Arlington and Alexandria, two of the places Grohl lived in the area.
Although she’s originally from Portsmouth, Sykes spent some time in Alexandria — first with her father who worked at the Pentagon, then as an NSA contractor before she became a comedian. She is currently a semi-regular on the TV show “Blackish.”
Whether you’ve swooned over this handsome actor on Law & Order: SVU or in any of his other television and movie roles, you’ll be glad to know that he was always awesome. As a high school quarterback and football captain at Alexandria’s St. Stephen School, his team went undefeated. In fact, you’re still likely to see him in Old Town from time to time, as he still has family in the area and is a regular at high school reunions.
If you’ve wondered how The West Wing could so beautifully and accurately portray life in DC, it’s because Executive Producer and Showrunner John Wells hails from Alexandria. The theater, film, and television producer has also helmed ER, Third Watch, Southland, and Shameless.
Playwright and screenwriter Beau Willimon is the Alexandria native who created, wrote, and served as showrunner for House of Cards. Willimon also wrote plays like Farragut North and The Parisian Woman and films like George Clooney’s The Ides of March. He is currently serving as President of The Writers Guild of America, East.
- C. Williams alum Dermot Mulroney has had a long and active career in Hollywood, starring in such movies as My Best Friend’s Wedding with Julia Roberts and The Grey with Liam Neeson. Mulroney has been featured in TV roles in Friends, Shameless, American Horror Story and many other shows. He is currently starring in the popular new TV show LA to Vegas. With family still in the area, you may just spot him around town.
Longtime TV personality and Today show weatherman Willard Scott is an Alexandria native. Scott was best known for offering birthday wishes to viewers who were 100 or older, a role he continued to play for many years after his retirement as a weatherman. Scott frequently returns to the area and has made a number of appearances, including multiple appearances as Santa Claus at the White House Tree Lighting.
Mary Chapin Carpenter
Multiple Grammy winning country artist Mary Chapin Carpenter has lived all over the DC area, including many years in Alexandria. Although she currently lives on a farm outside of Charlottesville, she still has family in the area and often makes her way back to Alexandria for visits and performances.
Football legend Joe Theismann is an Alexandria fixture and his restaurant Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar has been a local landmark since 1975. Theismann himself is often in the area, dividing his time among homes in Virginia, Tennessee, and Florida as well as travelling extensively for personal appearances and speaking engagements.
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