Notable Atheists

Lists of Atheists

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    [I had a big and naive head when first writing this post, thinking I/we could magically keep it up to date. But now I’d rather refer people to other decent lists, while paring down the old list to atheists that either don’t appear in the external list links, or are otherwise uniquely notable according to AZ members.]

    Please help by adding to the list of relevant links, and specific atheists who you think should be more popularly recognized. To start:

    (Wikipedia shows a few other lists, but strangely, not for countries most of us here are more familiar with.)

    Below are my original, non-updated lists taken mostly from Wikipedia sources. I’ll amend it, at least by adding links that I/we feel are most relevant. But it’s a big, and slow project.

    We’ll periodically add links to finer-tuned topics, in the lists below.

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    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. [AZ links]

    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.

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    Alphabetically, from other (e.g. 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. [AZ links]

    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

    Kurt Vonnegut

    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.

    Mark Zuckerberg

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by  PopeBeanie. Reason: Removed old vs new people reference. This post is subject to updates without further edit notices

    Syd Andrews

    This is a great list. Although I don’t think one needs to be an “older American” to recognize these people. Maybe I’m just refusing to consider my middle-age to be “older” hehehe.

    But there are some great names on that list above!

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