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Celebrity, Influential, Well Known, Notable Mennonites
Menno Simmons - Menno Simons was a former Catholic priest in the Netherlands whose teachings grew into the Mennonite denomination
Martin Boehm - co-founder of the United Brethren Church (formerly a Mennonite preacher)
JC Chasez - singer with popular boy band N'SYNC
Milton Hershey - founder of Hershey Chocolates
Brendan Fehr - actor; Final Destination; TV series Roswell, etc. (devout)
Lois Smith - actress; Grapes of Wrath, Minority Report, etc. (Mennonite roots)
J.L. Kraft - founder of Kraft cheese company
Major Dick Winters from Band of Brothers (raised Mennonite)
Matt Groening - creator of the long-running animated series "The Simpsons" (Groening's father - the model for the "Homer" character - was raised as a Mennonite)
Rembrandt - famous painter (Dutch Reformed member, but had "close fellowship" with Mennonites)
Dan Kreider - professional football player for Pittsburgh Steelers (raised Mennonite)
Dan Snyder - professional hockey player for Atlanta Thrashers (NHL)
Erie Sauder - founder of Sauder Woodworking, one of largest furniture makers in U.S.
Maria Gloria Penayo de Duarte Frutos - First Lady of Paraguay
Floyd Landis - bicyclist; was on Lance Armstrong's winning team in Tour de France (raised Mennonite)
Graham Kerr - started "The Galloping Gourmet"
Greg Brennamen - current CEO of Burger King, former CEO of Continental (raised Mennonite)
Jeff Hostetler - professional football player; quarterback (NFL)
Larry Sheets - professional baseball player; played for Orioles, Tigers, Mariners
Miriam Toews - author
Orie J. Eigsti - developed seedless watermelon
Owen Gingerich - senior astronomer emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Robin Regehr - professional hockey player for Calgary Flames
William Rittenhouse - owned first printing press in America (in Germantown, PA); first director of US Mint, appointed by George Washington
Brian Doerksen - worship leader. Graduated from Mennonite Educational Institute.
Additional Notable Mennonites listed at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Mennonites
Anthony Winkler Prins
John Howard Yoder
A major source for this page was the "Famous Mennonite" page created by jamesnw, posted on the Goshen College website at: http://famousmennos.googlepages.com/index.html (previously at: http://www.goshen.edu/~jamesnw/menno/)
Famous Mennonites page at Adherents.com.
Web page created 1 November 2005. Last modified 29 May 2006.
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