Some of Our Favorite Celebrities Admit They Are Atheists
People who believe in God are called theists. Those who do not believe in God are called atheists. Some of our favorites celebrities have admitted they are atheists. Some of them might surprise you, and then some of them might not surprise you at all.
There is a long list of both men and women celebrities who are atheists. The list includes actors, actresses, singers, musicians, comedians, and other celebrities. There are a couple of people on the list who renounced their atheism. Look for them as you read through the list.
Celebrities Who Are Atheists
The list includes celebrities who are atheists by their own admission. They have said so in interviews, posted on their social media accounts, and it is noted on their Wikipedia page. No name is included without some source of verification.
Kevin Bacon has publicly said that he is an atheist. The 60-year-old actor and musician told The Times in 2005 that he did not believe in God.
However, his actress wife Kyra Sedgwick identifies herself as Jewish.
George Clooney is an actor, filmmaker, and businessman. The 57-year-old celebrity is the husband of 40-year-old Amal Alamuddin and father of one-year-old fraternal twins, Ella and Alexander.
Clooney says he does not believe in heaven and hell. He added that the only thing he knows exists is this life that he won't allow to be wasted.
Johnny Depp is a 55-year-old actor, producer, and musician. In an interview on Larry King Live on October 16, 2011, Depp said he has faith in his two kids. He added that he has faith as long as he can keep moving forward. He concluded that in terms of religion, he doesn't have that type of faith because religion is not his specialty.
The Academy Award-winning actress Jody Foster admits she doesn't believe in a higher power. However, she does not look down on others who do believe. Because she doesn't believe there is a God, it doesn't stop her from admiring what religion has to offer.
The 55-year-old actress, director, and producer admits, "I'm an atheist. But I absolutely love religions and the rituals." She added that she celebrates pretty much every religion in her family with the kids.
Morgan Freeman is emphatic when it comes to his religious views. In a 2012 interview with TheWrap, Freeman said, "My belief system doesn't support a creator as such, as we can call God, who created us in his/her/its image. Has anybody ever seen hard evidence?"
Even though the 81-year-old actor, producer, narrator, and Academy Award winner is successful, he does not attribute any of his success to God because he says he hasn't seen any hard evidence to prove God exists.
"The fool hath said in his heart, 'There is no God." (Psalm 14:1)
Ricky Gervais is a 57-year-old English stand-up comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, and singer. He identifies as an atheist and a humanist. He said most of his life he has been an atheist after abandoning Christianity when he was just eight years old. In December 2010, Gervais defended his atheism in an editorial in The Wall Street Journal.
The actor has been living with his partner Jane Fallon since 1982. He says they will not marry because there's no point in doing so before the eyes of God because there is no God. They also said they will not have children because there are too many children in the world already.
The comedian is the creator and producer of a 2018 ABC game show called Child Support. Fred Savage is the host, and Gervais is surrounded by smart young kids who answer trivia questions. He seems to enjoy them based on his conversations and his constant laughter.
Kathy Griffin is a 57-year-old comedian and actress. She describes herself as a "non-believer." She mentions in her book Official Book Club Selection: A Memoir According to Kathy Griffin that she fell away from the Roman Catholic Church when she was in high school.
It is interesting that while she is not a believer in God, she became an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church on March 9, 2008.
Billy Joel is a singer and songwriter. The 69-year-old singer confirmed his belief in a 2010 interview with Howard Stern when he was asked him if he believed in a god. His reply was immediate and emphatic. He exclaimed, "No, I'm an atheist."
Angelina Jolie admitted that she used to be an atheist. She once said, "There doesn't need to be a God for me."
Things changed for the actress and producer when she was working with Louis Zamperini on the 2013 hit film Unbroken. The 43-year-old filmmaker and humanitarian then begin to believe in God.
She was really touched by the life of Zamperini who was a born-again Christian and evangelist. He was able to see the film about his World War II survival before he died at the age of 97 on July 2, 2014.
In an interview with Debra Ollivier of the Huffington Post, Cloris Leachman identified herself as an atheist. Not only that, but the 92-year-old actress finds fault with people who say God is the only source of good things that happen in their lives.
The actress said she doesn't believe at all in God and she is very relieved that she doesn't.
Barry Manilow is a successful singer and songwriter. The 75-year-old musician has been in the business for over 50 years. He has had many hit songs such as Mandy, Can't Smile Without You, and Copacabana (At the Copa).
What Manilow thinks about God is printed in the November 18, 1998 issue of The Independent. When asked if he believed in God, he said that he did and his name is Clive Davis, the head of his record company. The singer was asked a follow-up question about how important Judaism was to him. Manilow answered, "It isn't."
Brad Pitt grew up in a religious household. He told The Hollywood Reporter that he grew uneasy over the years. He stated that he was probably 20% atheist and 80% agnostic.
The 54-year-old popular actor concluded, "I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, and until then there’s no point in thinking about it.”
Daniel Radcliffe is a 29-year-old British actor who is well known for his role in the Harry Potter series. In a 2009 interview with Esquire Magazine, Radcliffe admitted that he is an atheist. He said, "I'm an atheist, but I'm very relaxed about it. I don't preach my atheism, but I have a huge amount of respect for people like Richard Dawkins who do."
Andy Rooney died at the age of 92 from complications following minor surgery after he stepped down from his job on ABC's 60 Minutes. Rooney was transparent about everything including what he thought about God. He was very open about his belief. He said believing in God was nonsense.
Howard Stern is an outspoken radio and television personality, producer, author, actor, and photographer. The 64-year-old celebrity said religion was invented to control man. Over the years, he has said a lot about religion and belief in God on The Howard Stern Show. Even though he has gone back and forth with his answers, he concluded that he does not believe in God.
Stern said, "There is no god and religion is no different from a caveman worshipping a big rock."
Emma Thompson is a 59-year-old Academy Award winning British actress. In 2008, she said in an interview with The Australian that she is an atheist. She added that she regards religion with fear and suspicion.
The actress continued by saying she thing religion is distressing and she is offended by some of the things recorded in the Bible and the Koran. The well-known actress concluded by saying she feels strongly about relying on what is inside herself because it is reliable.
Mark Zuckerberg is the 34-year-old co-founder and chief executive officer of Facebook. The technology entrepreneur and philanthropist.was raised Jewish but later identified as an atheist. He has since renounced atheism.
After he posted a Christmas message on Facebook in December 2016, he explained his earlier beliefs to commenters who questioned him about being an atheist. Zuckerberg responded that he is no longer an atheist. He added that he was raised Jewish. He went through a time when he questioned things. However, now he believes religion is very important. to him.
At the end of his commencement address at Harvard University in May 2017, Zuckerberg shared the Jewish prayer Mi Shebeirach. He let the graduates know that the prayer helps him when he goes through challenging times in his life.