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Celebrities Who Admit They Are Atheists

Updated on March 15, 2019
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Margaret Minnicks has been an online writer for many years. She writes about various things, including celebrities and entertainment.

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

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
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George Clooney

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

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.

Jody Foster

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

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

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

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

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 was an atheist until her 2013 film "Unbroken"
Angelina Jolie was an atheist until her 2013 film "Unbroken"

Angelina Jolie

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.

Cloris Leachman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Thank you for the info on Oprah, and again, I appreciate such a well written piece about some of our favorite celebrities.

      You always do a great job on your topics, Margaret.

      Much respect and admiration,


    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Tim, I was surprised that some of my favorite celebrities admit they are atheists. I was happy to discover that Angelina Jolie and Mark Zuckerberg changed their mind and began to believe in God.

      As for Oprah, she refers to God in a generic term not to offend anyone. She has used the expression "a higher power" on many occasions.

    • Tim Truzy info4u profile image

      Tim Truzy 

      2 years ago from U.S.A.

      Great article. I was surprised by some of these, but I've known for awhile about Billy Joel and his beliefs. Another one I wonder about is Oprah. She's difficult to pin down, but I guess I haven't really searched either.

      It's amazing how success can fool some people into thinking they didn't have help from a God.

      Always interesting and well written and researched.




    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      The filled mind, thanks for reading and responding to my article about celebrities who admit they are atheists. Your comment was eye-opening.

    • Shalon L Leonard profile image

      The filled mind 

      2 years ago from East Orange

      They got they way from the god they serve not the god we serve, most celebs use atheism as away to hide their belief in satanism. Its evident when they bash god , atheist dont have to bash god because they simply dont believe in him.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Christian Writings, I agree with you. I find it interesting that the celebrities are successful, but they think they got that way on their own.

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      Christian Writings 

      2 years ago

      I honestly feel sympathy for these people who call themselves athiests, and go about living their lives as if ''things dont matter''.

    • revmjm profile imageAUTHOR

      Margaret Minnicks 

      2 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Leland, like you, I don't believe everyone who says he or she is an atheist is actually one. As you have stated, "There are no atheists in the foxhole."

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

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      Leland Johnson 

      2 years ago from Midland MI

      Margaret- I enjoyed this article. As atheist claims he doesn't believe in God, I claim to not believe in atheists. "there are no atheists in the foxhole." Good information, just sad.


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