5 Celebrities From Northern Virginia
You probably already know that Virginia has a rich history. Virginia was one of the first colonies, many civil war battles were fought here and seven presidents are buried in our soil. But did you know that the roots of several big stars run all the way back to Northern Virginia? You could be walking the path of a big Hollywood actor, comedian or a rock star when you take a stroll to buy your daily latte or go for a jog. Before they walked the red carpet, a few big stars hit the streets of Northern Virginia. Find out who they are, where they’re from and what their claims to fame are.
- Sandra Bullock – One of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses and “Most Beautiful Woman” according to People Magazine in 2015, was born in Arlington, VA in 1964, and lived in home in the Woodmont neighborhood. Bullock is an American icon and has been in films such as “The Blind Side,” “Gravity,” “While You Were Sleeping” and “Speed,” just to name a few. She has been nominated for and won a multitude of prestigious awards from organizations like the Academy Awards, Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and many more. She attended Washington-Lee High School, where she was on the cheerleading squad and graduated in 1982.
- Dave Grohl – This former drummer of the legendary grunge band, Nirvana, and lead singer of The Foo Fighters hails from Springfield, VA. His mother was a Fairfax County school teacher. This Grammy-winning musician attended North Springfield Elementary School, Homes Middle School and Thomas Jefferson High School. He even played lacrosse at the Braddock Road Youth Club in Springfield as a teen.
- Patton Oswalt – This talented comedian grew up in Sterling, VA in the Sugarland Run area. His first attempt at standup was in a club in D.C. in 1988. Oswalt has quite a few films, comedy albums and television shows under his belt now and has been nominated for and won many awards. Among his accolades are a 2013 Critics Choice Television Award, a Santa Barbara International Film Festival award and several Grammy nominations.
- Jason Sudekis – This comedic actor and screenwriter once called Fairfax, VA home. Sudekis is known for being a cast member on “Saturday Night Live” from 2005 to 2013 and for his roles in “3rd Rock,” “The Cleveland Show,” “Hall Pass,” “Horrible Bosses,” “Epic,” “We’re the Millers” and “Horrible Bosses 2.” Sudekis only called Fairfax home for a short time, and in his early childhood he relocated to Overland Park, Kansas.
- Jim Morrison – In the early 1950s, the Doors front man lived on Woodland Terrace in Alexandria. There Jim attended George Washington High School. He also spent part of his childhood in Arlington, VA, in a home that sold back in 2013 for nearly $1 million. You can read more about Morrison’s history in Northern Virginia in “The Lizard King Was Here: The Life and Times of Jim Morrison in Alexandria, Virginia.”
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