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Famous People You Didn't Know Were Greek Orthodox

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The Greek Orthodox Church counts some famous figures among its members. Who is Greek Orthodox in Hollywood? A number of notable actors, singers, and athletes practice the Greek Orthodox faith. Some famous Greek Orthodox people were raised in the church, while others converted to the religion later in life.

What celebrities will you find on this list of famous Greek Orthodox people? Jennifer Aniston was raised Greek Orthodox, but she no longer considers herself to be all that religious. "I grew up really seeing a lot of negativity around religion. I actually had quite a beautiful upbringing with it, because it was never pounded down my throat, and I had the joy of going to church and experiencing ceremony and ritual and incense, and I thought it was quite beautiful," she said.

Tom Hanks was exposed to a wide variety of religions as a child. He reportedly converted to Greek Orthodox when he married Rita Wilson in 1988. Other famous people featured on this Greek Orthodox celebrities list include Tina Fey, George Michael, and John Stamos.

Do you think that having faith has helped these celebs succeed in their career goals? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.

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  • Tina Fey
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    Tina Fey doesn't publicly discuss her faith, but she was reportedly married in a Greek Orthodox ceremony.

    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America
  • John Stamos
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    John Stamos is reportedly Greek Orthodox. He was invited to the White House in 2015 to celebrate Greek Independence Day.

    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Cypress, California, United States of America

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  • Maria Sharapova
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    Maria Sharapova is believed to be Greek Orthodox. "What tennis has brought me has been incredible. God gave me a talent, but it was up to me to play my part in it. I don’t believe in just God-given talent, you have to work for everything you earn and I think the combination has helped me," she said.

    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Nyagan, Russia

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  • Jennifer Aniston
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    Jennifer Aniston was raised Greek Orthodox, but she no longer considers herself to be all that religious. "I grew up really seeing a lot of negativity around religion. I actually had quite a beautiful upbringing with it, because it was never pounded down my throat, and I had the joy of going to church and experiencing ceremony and ritual and incense, and I thought it was quite beautiful," she said.

    • Age: 46
    • Birthplace: Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA

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