15 Hollywood Stars Who Place Their Faith In God

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Stephen Baldwin

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Stephen Andrew Baldwin is an American actor, director, producer and author. He starred in many films, such as Threesome, The Usual Suspects, Bio-Dome, Fled, The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas and The Flyboys. He also starred in the television series, The Young Riders and as himself in the reality shows, Celebrity Big Brother 2010 and Celebrity Apprentice. In 2004, he directed Livin’ It, a Christian-themed skateboarding DVD.

The youngest of the famed Baldwin brothers, he is no stranger to talking about his faith. The actor has shared his struggle of being a Christian in Hollywood in interviews with “Good Morning America,” among other outlets.

Tom Hanks

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Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You’ve Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. Banks, as well as for his voice work in the animated films The Polar Express and the Toy Story series.

Tom Hanks is also a Christian. A bio on Beliefnet reveals, “While his starring role in the book-to-screen Da Vinci Code films may have raised eyebrows, Tom Hanks firmly believes in God.” The actor has apparently been exposed to Catholicism, Mormonism and the Church of the Nazerene. His wife, Rita Wilson, is Greek Orthodox. It’s unclear which denomination he currently belongs to, but Hanks has shared that he is a church-going Christian.

Sherri Shepherd

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Sherri Evonne Shepherd is an American comedienne, author, businesswoman, actress, and television personality. She headlined her own sitcom, Sherri, on Lifetime television. Shepherd hosts Nickelodeon channel’s “NickMom Night Out” television program. She is a co-host on “The View.”

Sherri is very outward about her Christian faith. Like many others, she has a complex religious history, as she grew up with a mother who was Jehovah’s Witness, and a father who converted (from a Christian denomination) and joined the faith to keep their family together.

Her father was eventually cut off from the church for questioning some of the teachings of the elders. It was this event that led to Shepherd’s eventual severance with the faith. Convinced that she was hell-bound after her departure, Shepherd found herself caught up in irresponsible spending and unhealthy relationships.

In an interview the The Examiner, she described how a period of grief and despair led her to attend a Christian Mega church in Los Angeles, an experience that proved to be life-changing.

Considering her personal challenges — she experienced a failed marriage, the loss of a child and other related problems — her faith has sustained her.

Tyler Perry

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Tyler Perry is an American actor, filmmaker, playwright, author, and songwriter, specializing in the gospel genre. Perry wrote and produced many stage plays during the 1990s and early 2000s. In 2011, Forbes named him the highest paid man in entertainment.

The actor, screenwriter, author and director has made a name for himself in Hollywood, advocating for family values and diversity.

Despite his success, Perry believes in being outward about his faith. During a discussion with Beliefnet, he said, “I’m not afraid to have a character say, I am a Christian,” or I believe in God, because I think they represent real people on this earth. I don’t want to just do movies to do movies. I want to do movies that inspire, motivate and change lives. And long as I’m doing that, I feel like I’m doing the right thing.”

Angela Bassett

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Angela Evelyn Bassett is an American actress and film director. She is best known for her biographical film roles, most notably her Academy Award-nominated performance as Tina Turner in the biopic What’s Love Got to Do with It. In addition, Bassett has portrayed Betty Shabazz in Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in The Rosa Parks Story, Coretta Scott King in Betty and Coretta, Katherine Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream, and Voletta Wallace in Notorious.

Actress Angela Bassett is yet another performer who believes in Jesus Christ. While she’s not as open as Tyler Perry, she has addressed her faith in media and she once gave voice to Queen Esther in “The Bible Experience” (audio Bible).

She attends West Angeles Church of God in Christ and once told the L.A. Times:

“When you realize that every breath is a gift from God. When you realize how small you are, but how much he loved you. That he, Jesus, would die, the son of God himself on earth, then you…you just weep. Loving God is like my being black. I just am. [No one says] ‘You know what? I’m gonna be blacker today!’ It’s my culture. It’s not something I put on or take off or show more. You just communicate that in the way you live your life.”

Roma Downey

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Roma Downey is an Irish Emmy-nominated actress and producer. She is known for her nine seasons as Monica, the tender-hearted angel, on the CBS television show Touched by an Angel, for which she earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Best Actress nominations. Born in Derry, Northern Ireland, and classically trained in London, Downey has performed on stage with the famed Abbey Theatre and has appeared both on and off Broadway. She played the leading role of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the 1991 Emmy Award-winning miniseries for NBC, A Woman Named Jackie. Downey starred in and was also executive producer for seven television movies for the CBS network including “The Bible” and “A.D. The Bible Continues.” Downey is an ambassador for Operation Smile.

Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Helen Heaton is an American actress. She is known for portraying Debra Barone on the CBS sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond from 1996 to 2005, for which she won two Primetime Emmy Awards, and as Frances “Frankie” Heck on the ABC sitcom The Middle.

Off-screen, she’s not shy about making her faith or her opinions heard. Born a Catholic, she embraced evangelical Protestantism as an adult, and now attends a Presbyterian church and advocates on behalf of an anti-abortion group called Feminists for Life. Since “Raymond” ended, she has emceed a Christian comedy tour featured in the DVD “Thou Shalt Laugh,” and told Beliefnet last year that she had “an opportunity to get back to reading and studying and praying more, which I didn’t have much time for” while doing the show.

Denzel Washington

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Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. is an American actor and filmmaker. He has received two Golden Globe awards, a Tony Award, and two Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor for the historical war drama film Glory and Best Actor for his role as a corrupt cop in the crime thriller Training Day.

Not one to wear his faith on his sleeve, Denzel Washington surprised many by lending his voice to “The Bible Experience,” an audio Bible featuring some of the country’s top African-American stars. (Washington and his wife Pauletta narrate The Song of Songs.) A 2006 Barna study found that Washington is better known and better loved than any living American religious figure. The son of a Pentecostal minister, he has reportedly donated $2.5 million to his church, the West Angeles Church of God in Christ. It was in the parking lot of that church that Washington landed the “Bible Experience” gig. Casting director Robi Reed told the L.A. Times that when she saw her fellow churchgoer and started describing the project, he interrupted her to say, “I have to do it.”

Mel Gibson

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Mel Colm-Cille Gerard Gibson AO is an American actor and filmmaker. He is most well known as an action hero, for roles such as Martin Riggs in the Lethal Weapon buddy cop film series and Max Rockatansky in the first three films in the Mad Max post-apocalyptic action series.

His “Passion of the Christ” changed everything for Hollywood when it comes to matters of faith, waking up the powers-that-be to the box office potential of the Christian audience. Since then, “making the next ‘Passion'” has been Hollywood’s own unique Holy Grail quest, resulting in movies successful (“The Chronicles of Narnia”) and disappointing (“The Nativity Story”), and leading to the creation of FoxFaith and other religion-focused studio subsidiaries.

Kristin Chenoweth

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Kristin Dawn Chenoweth is an American actress and singer, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. In 1999, she won a Tony Award for her performance as Sally Brown in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown on Broadway. In 2003, she received wide notice for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked, including a nomination for another Tony. Her television roles have included Annabeth Schott in NBC’s The West Wing and Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, for which she won a 2009 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series. Chenoweth also starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012.

Last year, she was even fictionalized in ex-boyfriend Aaron Sorkin’s “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,” in which the character Harriet, the beautiful evangelical who stood firm in her faith while defying stereotypes of the closed-minded Christian, was widely assumed to be based on Chenoweth. She has spoken at Women of Faith conferences and released an album of Christian inspirational music called “As I Am.” Having grown up dreaming of success in Christian music, Chenoweth has said, “I’m an actress and a singer and I’m also a Christian. We’re not all crazy right-wingers. I just want to be like Jesus, forgiving and loving and nonjudgmental, accepting of everyone even if they don’t agree.”

Kevin Sorbo

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Kevin David Sorbo is an American actor best known for the roles of Professor Radisson in God’s Not Dead, Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda, and Kull in Kull the Conqueror.

While thirteen back in his hometown of Minneapolis, he attended a large revival featuring Billy Graham. “There must have been 50,000 people there”, says Sorbo. “I went down front at the (altar) call, got saved and even met (Reverend) Graham. Only about 20 people got to meet him.”

Kirk Cameron

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Kirk Thomas Cameron is an American actor. He is known for his role as Mike Seaver on the ABC sitcom Growing Pains, as well as several other television and film appearances as a child actor. In the 1980s and 1990s, Cameron appeared in dozens of television shows and in the films Like Father Like Son and Listen to Me. In the 2000s, he portrayed Cameron “Buck” Williams in the Left Behind film series and Caleb Holt in the 2008 drama film Fireproof.

In November, Cameron’s hugely successful family film, Saving Christmas, arrived on DVD – just in time for the busy holiday season. Saving Christmas attempts to “put the Christ back in Christmas” by debunking disparaging theories surrounding Christmastime. “I’m hoping that people will take away a renewed joy for celebrating Christmas,” said Cameron. “I’m hoping to give them new eyes to see it through, so everything from the decorations to Santa Claus to all the presents and festivities, I want people to see all those things as reason to celebrate the fact that God came to this earth to shine light in the darkness and bring life where there is death.”

Candace Cameron Bure

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Candace Helaine Cameron Bure is an American actress, producer, author, and talk show host. She is known for the role of D.J. Tanner, the eldest daughter, on the television series Full House which she played from ages 10 to 18. She is the younger sister of actor Kirk Cameron. In 2014, she was a contestant on Dancing with the Stars: season 18, finishing in third place.

Now married to former hockey star Valeri Bure and the mother of three, Candace recently told FOXNews.com’s Pop Tarts: “When the kids are back in school, I want to go back to visiting churches, it is a passion of mine. Christian faith is so important, and sharing Christ is one of the most important things to me.”

Jane Fonda

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Jane Fonda is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the American Film Institute AFI Life Achievement Award.

In 2001, actress Jane Fonda announced that she had become a born again Christian. She candidly discussed finding her faith in her book “My Life So Far,” published in 2005, and in April 2006, she said her Christianity may have played a part in her divorce from Ted Turner, as he was quite critical of religion.

Gary Busey

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William Gary Busey is an American actor. He has appeared in films such as Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,The Gumball Rally, The Buddy Holly Story, Big Wednesday, Silver Bullet, Eye of the Tiger, Lethal Weapon, Predator 2, Point Break, Under Siege, The Firm, Rookie of the Year, Surviving the Game, Drop Zone, Black Sheep, Lost Highway, Soldier, and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Busey also made guest appearances on shows such as Gunsmoke, Walker, Texas Ranger, Law & Order, Scrubs, and Entourage.

Busey says he became a born again Christian after a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1988.

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About the Author Duke Taber

Pastor Duke Taber is the Senior Pastor at The Vineyard Church in San Carlos Ca. He is an alumnus from Life Pacific College and Multnomah Biblical Seminary. He is a husband, father, and grandfather.

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