Adherents.com Home Page

< Return to Famous Adherents page

Famous People with Pages in the Adherents.com/People Section Whose Religious Affiliation is As Yet Unclassified


Related pages:
- Famous "Born-Again" Christians
- Names of "Protestant" Politicians
By "unclassified" we mean that this website has not yet acquired information sufficient to identify a famous individual's religious affiliation. In most cases, doing so simply requires reading a thorough biography.

This is simply a list of individuals for whom we have already begin compiling a spiritual/religious biography page, but whose page could not be yet be classified or categorized into a specific denominational group.

The purpose of this page is to list people about whom additional research is needed, in order to remove them from this page and add their listing to the proper "Famous Adherent" page.

This page is in no way intended as an invitation to invade anybody's privacy. The sources of information we are interested in are public: published biographies, interviews, etc. If Bill Gates attends your Sunday School class or if Mel Gibson is in your yeshiva, but they don't want anybody to know this because they keeps that part of their lives private, feel free to let them retain their privacy. Religion, by definition, is the public, communal expression of a person's spirituality, but we're not out to bother anybody. We recognize that many famous people tend to be private about their religious affiliation simply because they wish to keep this part of their life sacred and unencumbered by craze media scrutiny.

Keep in mind that most of the people in our "spiritual/religious biography" section are deceased and/or have written extensively about and been interviewed extensively about their personal lives (including their religious affiliation and background). So matters of "privacy" are not really in question.


Protestant (denomination unknown):
A few of the individuals in the section below are simply from a vaguely or generically Protestant background and perhaps should NOT be further classified as members of a specific Protestant denomination:
-
Robert Anderson - playwright, screenwriter
-
Elizabeth Bowen - author
-
Tim Burton - film director
-
James Cameron - film director
-
Merian C. Cooper - film director
-
Clint Eastwood - actor, director
-
Townsend Harris - British diplomat to Japan
-
Robert Andres Millikan - physicist (probably Congregationalist)
-
Barbara Stanwyck - actress
-
Orson Welles - actor, director
-
John Paul Stevens - U.S. Supreme Court justice since 1975
-
Wayne Allard - U.S. Senator from Colorado
-
Mark Pryor - U.S. Senator from Arkansas
-
Neil Abercrombie - U.S. Congressman
-
Robert R. Livingston - a writer of the Declaration of Independence
-
Della Reese - actress, "Touched by an Angel"
-
John Schneider - actor, "The Dukes of Hazzard", founder, FaithWorks!
-
Frank Peretti - author, This Present Darkness
-
Charlton Heston - actor, Ben-Hur (1959)
-
Jamie Foxx - actor, Best Actor Academy Award for Ray (2004)
-
William Clingan - signer of Articles of Federation from Pennsylvania
-
Joseph Reed - signer of Articles of Federation from Pennsylvania
-
Daniel Roberdeau - signer of Articles of Federation from Pennsylvania
-
Jonathan Bayard Smith - signer of Articles of Federation from Pennsylvania
-
Francis Dana - signer of Articles of Federation from Massachusetts
-
Samuel Holten - signer of Articles of Federation from Massachusetts
-
James Lovell - signer of Articles of Federation from Massachusetts
-
Henry Marchant - signer of Articles of Federation from Rhode Island
-
John Collins - signer of Articles of Federation from Rhode Island
-
Thomas Adams - signer of Articles of Federation from Virginia
-
John Harvie - signer of Articles of Federation from Virginia
-
John Mathews - signer of Articles of Federation from South Carolina
-
William Henry Drayton - signer of Articles of Federation from South Carolina
-
William Duer - signer of Articles of Federation from New York
-
Titus Hosmer - signer of Articles of Federation from Connecticut
-
Edward Telfair - signer of Articles of Federation from Georgia
-
John Wentworth Jr. - signer of Articles of Federation from New Hampshire
-
John Williams - signer of Articles of Federation from North Carolina
-
Levi P. Morton - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Harrison
-
Schuyler Colfax - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Buchanan
-
Hannibal Hamlin - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Lincoln
-
Garret A. Hobart - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. McKinley
-
Charles W. Fairbanks - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Theodore Roosevelt
-
Charles Curtis - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. Hoover
-
John N. Garner - U.S. Vice-President under Pres. F.D. Roosevelt
-
Henrietta Swan Leavitt - American astronomer
-
Kimo Leopoldo - Ultimate Fighting champion
- John Ray - Founder of Modern Biology and Natural History

Christian (denomination unknown):
(For the following individuals, we don't even know which BRANCH of Christianity they belonged to - whether Catholic, Protestant, Latter-day Saint, Eastern Orthodox, etc.)
-
Franco Zeffirelli - film director
-
Paul Harris Boardman - screenwriter
-
Brandon De Wilde - actor
-
Scott Derrickson - film director
-
Dale Evans - singing TV cowgirl
-
Victor Fleming - film director
-
George Gabriel Stokes - physicist, mathematician
-
Olive Thomas - actress
-
Lance Bass - singer with boy band N'Sync
-
Paul Powers - murderer who later embraced Christianity, wrote book Too Tough to Cry and set up a ministry; married to author of famous "Footsteps" poem
-
Matias Reyes - rapist in famous "Central Park jogger" case; also a murderer (embraced Christianity after his crimes)
-
Houston Nutt - football coach for Razorbacks
-
Don Imus - prominent radio show host
-
Ken Wales - producer, "Christy"
-
Heather Whitestone-McCallum - first deaf Miss America
-
Larry Gatlin - country music singer
-
Charlie Daniels - country music artist
-
Paul Azinger - professional golfer
-
Tom Lehman - professional golfer
-
Jackie Joyner-Kersee - professional track athlete
-
Howard Finster - former preacher turned artist
-
Warren Duffy - radio talk show host, KKLA
-
Dawson McAlister - radio talk show host
-
Janet Parshall - radio talk show host, "Janet Parshall's America"
-
Mark Price - former professional basketball player
-
Dikembe Mutombo - professional basketball player
-
Pete Maravich (1947-1988) - professional basketball player
-
Catherine Marshall (1915-1983) - author of the popular novel Christy
-
Joni Eareckson Tada - author, artist, speaker, quadriplegic
-
Richard Kline - unsuccessfully ran for U.S. House or Representative, Missouri's 8th District in 1996 (Republican)
-
Richard Kline - U.S. Representative from Idaho
-
Tony Isabella - comic book writer
-
Johnny Gardner - Columbia, South Carolina abortion protestor
-
Valentinus of Rome (St. Valentine) - early Christian priest for whom St. Valentine's Day was named
-
Angel Manfredy - professional boxer
-
Ron Brown - college football coach
-
Antony Hewish - Nobel Prize-winning physicist
-
Ronald Ross - Nobel Prize winner in Medicine and Physiology
-
Derek Barton - Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
-
Richard Smalley - Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry
-
Nelson Mandela - Nobel Peace Prize winner
-
Hermann Hesse - Nobel Prize-winning author
- Rudolf Eucken - Nobel Prize-winning writer
- Dag Hammarskjold - Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Agnostic, Religious Background Unknown:
(The following individuals are thought to have been agnostic, at least at some point in their lives. But "agnostic" is a theological position, not a religious affiliation. All people are "agnostic" in some way, even if they are simply agnostic with regards to somebody else's religious beliefs. We are also interested in identifying a person's religious background and formal organizational affiliations. Yes, a person was agnostic, but were they a member of the Humanist Association of America, or the Ethical Cultural Society, or the Unitarian-Universalists, or none of these? In what religion were they raised? These types of information help create a more complete picture about a person's cultural background and sociological influences.)
-
Peggy Ashcroft - actress
-
Poul Anderson - science fiction writer
-
Arthur C. Clarke - science fiction writer
-
Larry Niven - science fiction writer
-
Carl Sagan - astronomer
-
Dan Simmons - science fiction writer
-
T.H. White - children's book author
-
Kurt Busiek - comic book writer

Atheist, Religious Background Unknown:
(The following individuals are thought to have been atheists, at least at some point in their lives. But "atheist" is a theological position, and is not necessarily a religious affiliation. We are also interested in identifying a person's religious background and formal organizational affiliations. Yes, a person was atheistic, but were they a nevertheless a member of an organized religious group or congregation? (surveys show that approximately 20% of Americans who identify themselves as atheists or "non-religious" nevertheless belong to an organized religious congregation). In what religion were they raised? These types of information help create a more complete picture about a person's cultural background and sociological influences.)
-
Nick Mason - rock musician, drummer for Pink Floyd
-
Frank Miller - comic book writer

Religious Affiliation/Background Unknown:
(In the course of other research we have compiled notes on these individuals and have created "religious/spiritual biography" stub pages, but we do not yet know what their religious affiliation was.)
-
Sean Young - actress
-
Barnet Bain - movie producer
-
Greg Bear - science fiction writer
-
Julia Cameron - author, artist, screenwriter
-
Lon Chaney - actor
-
Michael Crichton - author
-
Russell Crowe - actor (possibly SDA)
-
Dino de Laurentiis - movie producer
-
W.K. Laurie Dickson - father of motion pictures
-
Antwone Fisher - screenwriter
-
Benjamin Franklin - Founding Father
-
Graham Greene - Native American actor
-
Ed Harris - actor
-
Jay Hawkins - rock and roll star
-
Thea von Harbou - German screenwriter
-
Emil Jannings - actor
-
Mark Steven Johnson - film director
-
Robert Edmond Jones - scenic designer
-
Sam Jaffe - actor
-
Akira Kurosawa - film director
-
Todd Komarnicki - film director
-
Ang Lee - film director
-
Ring Lardner - screenwriter
-
Brian May - rock star
-
Jim Morrison - rock star
-
Tatum O'Neal - actress
-
Heinz Ruehmann - German actor
-
Phil Alden Robinson - film director
-
Neal Stephenson - science fiction writer
-
Stephen Simon - movie producer
-
Diana Vreeland - fashion editor
-
Luchino Visconti - film director
-
Paul Verhoeven - film director
-
Franz Waxman - film composer
-
Ethel Waters - actress
-
Junior Walker - saxophonist
-
Neale Donald Walsch - author of Conversations With God
-
Mike Weir - professional golfer
-
Randall Wallace - film director
-
John Irving - novelist, screenwriter
-
Justin Timberlake - singer with boy band N'Sync
-
Tammy Baldwin - U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
-
John Olver - U.S. Representative
-
Jill Ireland - actress
-
Sally Field - Oscar-winning actor, Norma Rae (1979), Places in the Heart (1984)
-
Hilary Swank - Oscar-winning actor, Boys Don't Cry (1999), Million Dollar Baby (2004)
-
Jodie Foster - Oscar-winning actor, The Accused (1988), The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-
Glenda Jackson - Oscar-winning actor, Women in Love (1970), A Touch of Class (1973)
-
Fredric March - Oscar-winning actor, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), , Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
-
Anna Magnani - Oscar-winning actor, The Rose Tattoo (1955)
-
Anthony Hopkins - Oscar-winning actor, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
-
Art Carney - Oscar-winning actor, Harry and Tonto (1974)
-
Broderick Crawford - Oscar-winning actor, All the King's Men (1949)
-
Charles Laughton - Oscar-winning actor, The Private Life of Henry VIII (1932-33)
-
Charlize Theron - Oscar-winning actor, Monster (2003)
-
Cher - Oscar-winning actor, Moonstruck (1987)
-
Cliff Robertson - Oscar-winning actor, Charly (1968)
-
Daniel Day-Lewis - Oscar-winning actor, My Left Foot (1989)
-
David Niven - Oscar-winning actor, Separate Tables (1958)
-
Diane Keaton - Oscar-winning actor, Annie Hall (1977)
-
Ellen Burstyn - Oscar-winning actor, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
-
Emma Thompson - Oscar-winning actor, Howards End (1992)
-
Ernest Borgnine - Oscar-winning actor, Marty (1955)
-
F. Murray Abraham - Oscar-winning actor, Amadeus (1984)
-
Gene Hackman - Oscar-winning actor, The French Connection (1971)
-
Geoffrey Rush - Oscar-winning actor, Shine (1996)
-
George Arliss - Oscar-winning actor, Disraeli (1929-30)
-
George C. Scott - Oscar-winning actor, Patton (1970)
-
Geraldine Page - Oscar-winning actor, The Trip to Bountiful (1985)
-
Halle Berry - Oscar-winning actor, Monster's Ball (2001)
-
Holly Hunter - Oscar-winning actor, The Piano (1993)
-
Jack Lemmon - Oscar-winning actor, Save the Tiger (1973)
-
Jane Wyman - Oscar-winning actor, Johnny Belinda (1948)
-
Janet Gaynor - Oscar-winning actor, Seventh Heaven; Street Angel; Sunrise (1927-28)
-
Jennifer Jones - Oscar-winning actor, The Song of Bernadette (1943)
-
Jeremy Irons - Oscar-winning actor, Reversal of Fortune (1990)
-
Jessica Lange - Oscar-winning actor, Blue Sky (1994)
-
Jessica Tandy - Oscar-winning actor, Driving Miss Daisy (1989)
-
Joan Fontaine - Oscar-winning actor, Suspicion (1941)
-
Joanne Woodward - Oscar-winning actor, The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
-
Jose Ferrer - Oscar-winning actor, Cyrano de Bergerac (1950)
-
Julia Roberts - Oscar-winning actor, Erin Brockovich (2000)
-
Julie Christie - Oscar-winning actor, Darling (1965)
-
Kathy Bates - Oscar-winning actor, Misery (1990)
-
Kevin Spacey - Oscar-winning actor, American Beauty (1999)
-
Lee Marvin - Oscar-winning actor, Cat Ballou (1965)
-
Liza Minnelli - Oscar-winning actor, Cabaret (1972)
-
Louise Fletcher - Oscar-winning actor, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
-
Maggie Smith - Oscar-winning actor, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
-
Maximillian Schell - Oscar-winning actor, Judgment at Nuremburg (1961)
-
Meryl Streep - Oscar-winning actor, Sophie's Choice (1982)
-
Paul Lukas - Oscar-winning actor, Watch on the Rhine (1943)
-
Paul Scofield - Oscar-winning actor, A Man for All Seasons (1966)
-
Peter Finch - Oscar-winning actor, Network (1976)
-
Ray Milland - Oscar-winning actor, The Lost Weekend (1945)
-
Rex Harrison - Oscar-winning actor, My Fair Lady (1964)
-
Robert Donat - Oscar-winning actor, Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
-
Roberto Benigni - Oscar-winning actor, Life is Beautiful (1998)
-
Rod Steiger - Oscar-winning actor, In the Heat of the Night (1967)
-
Ronald Colman - Oscar-winning actor, A Double Life (1947)
-
Sissy Spacek - Oscar-winning actor, Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
-
Wallace Beery - Oscar-winning actor, The Champ (1931-32)
-
Warner Baxter - Oscar-winning actor, In Old Arizona (1928-29)
-
Yul Brynner - Oscar-winning actor, The King and I (1956)
-
Burt Reynolds - movie star, top box office draw 5 years in a row
-
Wallace Reid - movie star, top box office draw in 1919 and 1920
-
Tom Mix - movie star, top box office draw in 1926 and 1927
-
Charles Farrell - movie star, top box office draw in 1931 and 1932
-
Glenn Ford - movie star, top box office draw in 1958
-
William R. King - Vice-President under Pierce
-
Stephen Hume - Michigan politician and frequent political candidate (Republican)
-
Joan Miro - famous Spanish painter
-
Jackson Pollock - famous American painter
-
Georges Braque - famous French painter
-
Chris Consani - famous painter
-
Paul Klee - famous painter
-
Gustav Klimt - famous painter
-
Rene Magritte - famous painter
-
Claude Monet - famous painter
-
Jan Brueghel the Elder - famous Belgium-born painter
-
Ray Manzarek - rock musician; pianist/keyboarder for The Doors
-
Alan Moore - comic book writer
-
Chris Claremont - comic book writer
-
Brian Azzarello - comic book writer
-
Grant Morrison - comic book writer

Search Adherents.com

Custom Search
comments powered by Disqus

Do you know have information about the religious affiliation of any of these famous individuals? Please write to us and let us know.
Web page created 21 October 2005. Last modified 19 April 2007.

We are always striving to increase the accuracy and usefulness of our website. We are happy to hear from you. Please submit questions, suggestions, comments, corrections, etc. to: webmaster@adherents.com.