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Personal faith is, well, personal. So perhaps it's not surprising that you didn't know the religious affiliations of these famous singers, actors, and politicians. But a number of celebrity Presbyterians have made their mark in the performing arts or global arena.

Who will you find on this list of famous Presbyterians? Ronald Reagan lands in the top spot. The former U.S. President's father was Catholic and his mother was Presbyterian, and Reagan considered himself to be a Presbyterian throughout his life. He's not the only former President on the list – Abraham Lincoln attended services at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield where his wife Mary Todd Lincoln was a member. You'll see a number of other Presidents on this list as well.

Outside of the realm of politics, you'll see Presbyterian celebs including Sheryl Crow. The singer was raised as a Presbyterian, but she identifies as simply a Christian as an adult. Other notable people featured on this list of Presbyterian celebrities include John Wayne, Mark Twain, and Andrew Jackson.

Do you think that being Presbyterian helped these celebrities to succeed? Take a look at this list and share your thoughts in the comments section.

Ronald Reagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Presbyterian
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Former President Ronald Reagan's father was Catholic and his mother was Presbyterian. He considered himself to be a Presbyterian throughout his life.

Age: Died at 93 (1911-2004)

Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Spokesperson, Politician, Soldier, Actor

Credits: General Electric Theater, Kings Row, Knute Rockne All American, Bedtime for Bonzo

Also Ranked

#57 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#19 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

#1 on The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

#56 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

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Debbie Reynolds is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Presbyterian
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Debbie Reynolds, who is often listed as Presbyterian, said, "I feel that I'm very fortunate, I have many good friends in my heart, I have my religion — and you can have whatever kind of religion; as long as you try the best you can, and you're a good person, that's all you can do."

Age: 85

Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Actor, Singer, Dancer

Credits: Singin' in the Rain, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Charlotte's Web, In & Out

Also Ranked

#68 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#60 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#49 on The Best Actresses Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Abraham Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Presbyterian
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Former President Abraham Lincoln attended services at First Presbyterian Church in Springfield where his wife Mary Todd Lincoln was a member.

Age: Died at 56 (1809-1865)

Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer

Credits: The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

Also Ranked

#70 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#30 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#12 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

#3 on The Most Important Leaders in U.S. History

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Sheryl Crow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People You Didn't Know Were Presbyterian
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Singer Sheryl Crow was raised as a Presbyterian, but she identifies as simply a Christian as an adult.

Age: 55

Birthplace: Kennett, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Musician, Music Teacher, Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Boyhood, K-PAX, Cars, Point Break

Also Ranked

#48 on The Best Current Female Singers

#69 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

#81 on The Female Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

#31 on The Top Female Country Singers

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