I don’t normally follow “celebrities” and in fact I’m kind of an anti-pop person, but I want this group to provide a kind of advertisement of atheist personalities, ala Scientology’s Celebrity Center strategy (albeit their org is finally in pitiful decline). I want to convert anyone, but just show John Doe public out there how atheism is a practical option to theism. (It’s shocking how many theists are shocked by even considering atheism as an option!)
ATM, I’m just listing people I’m most familiar with, as an oldster American, or people that might surprise theists. Perhaps some of you younger and/or non-Americans will add to the list of atheists who should be popularly recognized.
The following is my list of notable atheists, taken from Wikipedia page links.
Mostly alphabetical, from Wikipedia.
Atheists in Film, Radio, Television, and Theater
Douglas Adams (1952-2001): British radio and television writer and novelist.
Woody Allen (1935-): American film director, writer, actor, comedian, and playwright.
Kevin Bacon (1958-): American film and theater actor.
James Cameron (1954-): Canadian film director.
Jeremy Clarkson (1960-): English journalist and broadcaster.
Peter Fonda (1940-): American actor.
Jodie Foster (1962-): American film actress, director, and producer.
Ricky Gervais (1961-): British actor, film and TV director, screenwriter, producer, and comedian.
Ira Glass (1959-): American radio personality and host of This American Life. He has stated that he is a staunch atheist.
Seth Green (1974-): American actor and comedian.
Kathy Griffin (1960-): American actress and comedian.
Amber Heard (1986-): American film and television actress.
Katharine Hepburn (1907-2003): American actress.
Eric Idle (1962-): British comedian.
Eddie Izzard (1962-): British comedian.
Penn Jillette (1955-): American magician.
Margot Kidder (1948-): Canadian American film and television actress.
Larry King (1933-): American radio and television host.
Keira Knightley (1985-): English actress and model.
Stanley Kubrick (1928-1999): American film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor
Burt Lancaster (1913-1994): American film actor.
Hugh Laurie OBE (1959-): English actor, comedian and writer.
Nigella Lawson (1960-): English journalist, food writer, broadcaster, and television presenter.
John Malkovich (1953-): American actor, producer, and director.
Julianne Moore (1960-): Actress.
Patton Oswalt (1969-): American comedian and actor.
Simon Pegg (1970-): English actor, comedian, writer, film producer and director.
Joaquin Phoenix (1974-): American film actor.
Brad Pitt (1963-): American actor and producer
Sarah Polley (1979-): Canadian actress and director.
Carl Reiner (1922-): American actor, film director, producer, writer and comedian.
Rob Reiner (1947-): American actor, film director, producer, and political activist
Gene Roddenberry (1921-1991): American screenwriter and producer.
Ray Romano (1957-): American actor, writer and stand-up comedian.
Andy Rooney (1918-2011): Humorist, American radio and television writer.
Adam Savage (1967-): American television co-host.
George C. Scott (1927-1999): American stage and film actor, director, and producer.
Ridley Scott (1937-): English film director and producer.
Sarah Silverman (1970-): American comedian, writer and actress.
Stellan Skarsgård (1951-): Swedish actor.
Teller (1948-): American magician.
Joss Whedon (1964-): American screenwriter and director.
Gene Wilder (1933-): American actor.
Alphabetically, from other Wikipedia’s pages:
Isaac Asimov (1920-1992): Russian-born American author of science fiction and popular science books.
Sir Arthur C. Clarke (1917-2008): British scientist and science-fiction author.
Richard Feynman (1918-1988): American theoretical physicist
Billy Joel (1949-): American pianist, singer-songwriter and composer.
Henri Matisse (1869-1954): French artist, known for his use of colour and his fluid and original draughtsmanship.
Tim Minchin (1975-): British-Australian comedian, actor, and musician.
Claude Monet (1840-1926): French painter.
Randy Newman (1943-): American singer-songwriter
Charlie Parker (1920-1955): American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Pablo Picasso (1881-1973): Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer.
Linda Ronstadt, singer and author of Simple Dreams: a Musical Memoir (2013).
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950): Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics
Steve Wozniak American co-founder of Apple Computer and inventor of the Apple I and Apple II.
Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959): American architect
Frank Zappa (1940-1993): American composer, singer-songwriter, electric guitarist, record producer, and film director.