GWU was noted as the alma mater of New World Historian Professor Gates in National Treasure 2.
In the 1988 Tom Hanks movie, 'Big,' an interviewer asks Hanks' character, who recently transformed from a teenager to a grown man, "Where did you go to school?" Hanks' character replies, "It was called George Washington" -- referring to his elementary school. The interviewer then responds: "Oh G.W. My brother-in-law got his doctorate there. Did you pledge?" Hanks states: "Yes. Every morning."
The main character (Jeff Bridges) in the movie Arlington Road is a professor at GWU.
Al Franken, a liberal political commentator, hosted a live broadcast of his national radio show at George Washington and commented at the beginning of his show that "Famous alumni of George Washington University include Colin Powell, who misled the world at the UN to trump up the case for the war in Iraq, Kenneth Starr who was brought to shame for his pernicious role in the ridiculous impeachment of President Clinton, and J. Edgar Hoover, the cross-dressing head of investigation." Franken then added: "We'd like to thank George Washington for playing host to the 'Al Franken Show' today."