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Celebrities Who Identify as Atheists

Updated November 3, 2020 711.9k views194 items
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Celebrity atheists include some of the biggest names in entertainment and pop culture who do not believe in a higher power. This is a list of famous people who are atheists, with photos, that is regularly updated as new celebrities choose atheism.

Who are the most famous celebrity atheists? There are hundreds of famous Hollywood atheists from TV, film, radio, and the theater. Some notable atheists on this list have either come out with or mentioned their atheism in public, like atheist comedian Ricky Gervais, and others are just known for a lack of a belief in God.

Celebrity atheism seems to be more prominent with the show-business set than in middle America. Academy Award winner Joaquin Phoenix is also an atheist. He and late brother River Phoenix were actually born into a cult, which likely led to The Joker star's current decision to refrain from organized religion. 

Keira Knightley is one of the atheist actresses on the list, while Keanu Reeves is another of the well-known atheist celebs. Did any of these atheist stars surprise you? 

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  • Julianne Moore

    1960-12-03
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  • Brad Pitt

    1963-12-18
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  • Ricky Gervais

    1961-06-25
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  • Keanu Reeves

    1964-09-02
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  • Keira Knightley

    1985-03-26
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    1962-11-19
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  • Javier Bardem

    1969-03-01
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  • Woody Allen

    1935-12-01
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  • Paul Giamatti

    1967-06-06
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  • Kathy Griffin

    1960-11-04
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  • Joaquin Phoenix

    1974-10-28
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    1937-05-12
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  • Hugh Hefner

    1926-04-09
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  • Charlie Chaplin

    1889-04-16
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  • Phillip Adams

    1939-07-12
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  • David Cross

    1964-04-04
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  • Lewis Black

    1948-08-30
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  • Morgan Freeman

    1937-06-01
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  • Patton Oswalt

    1969-01-27
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  • Roger Ebert

    1942-06-18
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  • Angelina Jolie

    1975-06-04
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  • Joe Ahearne

    1963-11-23
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  • Larry King

    1933-11-19
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