This is a list of famous Catholic celebrities, ranked by popularity. Catholicism is a Christian religion that is full of great traditions. Several famous people were raised in the faith and many still practice the religion to this day. Some famous folks even use their Catholic backgrounds as inspiration to make films, write jokes, and take acting roles that are rich with Catholicism.
Who is the most famous Catholic celebrity? Leonardo DiCaprio is another famous Catholic person. Some famous actresses who are Catholic include Selena Gomez, Nicole Kidman, and Denise Richards.
Several famous filmmakers are also also practicing Catholics. Movie star Mel Gibson is a member of a small sect of Catholicism called Traditionalist Catholicism. He brought his faith to the big screen with his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ. Martin Scorsese was raised by devoutly Catholic Italian parents. He still practices the religion today. He made waves in the faith with his controversial film The Last Temptation of Christ.
Check out this list of the most famous practicing Catholic actors, musicians, singers, footballers, Hollywood entertainers, comedians, and athletes.
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Leonardo DiCaprio was raised as a Catholic, but he does not appear to be very religious today. In 2016, he met with Pope Francis to discuss the growing effects of climate change on our planet.
- Born: 11-11-1974
- Birthplace: Los Angeles, California
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Nicole Kidman was raised by Catholic parents and attended Catholic school growing up. She remained steadfast in her beliefs until she married Tom Cruise. Kidman followed Scientology, amongst other religions, throughout the marriage. After her divorce from Cruise in 2001, Kidman returned to her Catholic roots. She and her husband Keith Urban attend church regularly with their kids.
- Born: 06-20-1967
- Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Both of George Clooney's parents are Catholic, and he was raised as a strict Roman Catholic. Nowadays, it seems that Clooney leans more towards an agnostic or atheist point of view. He has been quoted as saying, "I don’t believe in Heaven and Hell. I don’t know if I believe in God. All I know is that as an individual, I won’t allow this life — the only thing I know to exist — to be wasted."
- Born: 05-06-1961
- Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America
Selena Gomez's parents are both Catholics, and she was raised in the faith. She is still practicing today, and she even wore a promise ring for a period of time. She attends Hillsong Church in Los Angeles, CA.
- Born: 07-22-1992
- Birthplace: Grand Prairie, Texas, USA
Anne Hathaway was raised by Catholic parents, and, in her teens, she even considered becoming a nun. After her brother came out as gay, Hathaway distanced herself from the church. In fact, her entire family converted to Episcopalianism due to that faith's more open view towards being gay.
- Born: 11-12-1982
- Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
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Both of Mel Gibson's parents are Catholic, and he was raised in the faith. Today, he is a member of a small sect of Catholicism called Traditionalist Catholicism. He brought his faith to the big screen with his 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.
- Born: 01-03-1956
- Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America