25 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Mormon

25 famous people you didn't know were mormon

1) Aaron Eckhart

Aaron Eckhart

He was raised as a member of  the Church, and served a two-year mission in France and Switzerland. He also attended and graduated from BYU. In various interviews Eckhart has talked about his beliefs, his way of life, and his future career ambitions. Talking to Entertainment Weekly regarding his Mormon faith, he revealed: “I’m sure people think I’m a Mormon, but I don’t know that I’m a Mormon anymore, you know? To be honest, to be perfectly clear, I’d be a hypocrite if I did say that I was, just because I haven’t lived that lifestyle for so many years.” In other interviews he has divulged that, through hypnosis, he quit drinking, smoking, and partying.

2) Andy Reid

Andy Reid

Speaking about his conversion to the LDS Church during his football-playing days at BYU he said, “I went there for a great education and to play football,” Reid said, adding that as he learned more about the church he decided he “liked the lifestyle. I liked the gospel part of it; I liked the family part of it.”

3) Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera

Christina Aguilera was born in 1980 to Fausto and Shelly Aguilera. Fausto and Shelly met and attended BYU and were both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They later split up when Christina was seven years old. Whether or not Christina was ever baptized is still unclear, but she is definitely not an active member now.

4) David Archuleta

David Archuleta

Okay, okay. So you probably already knew that David Archuleta was Mormon. He’s swept millions of people off their feet with his voice. He’s currently serving a Mission for the Church, and should be back within the next few months.

 

5) Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck is an American conservative television and radio host, political commentator, author, television network producer , media personality, and entrepreneur. If you haven’t seen his film “An Unlikely Mormon: The Conversion Story of Glenn Beck” I would highly recommend it.

6) Jewel

Jewel

According to Jewel, Her father was a Mormon, but they stopped attending the church shortly before she turned eight.

7) Jon Heder

Jon Heder

Heder lives with his wife Kirsten Heder in Los Angeles, California. The two have been married since 2002. The couple have a daughter and a son, born in 2007 and 2009, respectively. Heder is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served an LDS mission in Japan, for which he learned to speak Japanese.

8) Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough was raised in Sandy, Utah. She grew up as a member, along with her brother, Derek Hough. Though she told Interview Magazine that she’s “not as active in [the church],” Julianne’s still thankful for the way she was raised. “I had morals and standards instilled in me as a kid. […] The church has taught me great life lessons.”

9) Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl

Katherine Heigl grew up in a strict Mormon family in Washington, DC. When her older brother died in a car accident when she was just 7 years old, it was her family’s faith that pulled them through the tragedy. “I give the Mormon church a lot of credit for helping [us] do that,” she told Vanity Fair. Katherine’s conservative upbringing still affects certain choices today, but the star says she’s too selfish to fully devote herself to the church. “I haven’t been an actively practicing Mormon in years,” she revealed to the Daily Mail. “I satisfy my vices instead of fighting them. I love being a sinner.”

10) Amy Adams

Amy Adams

Adams was raised Mormon, but her family left the church after her parents’ divorce in 1985. Adams said her religious upbringing “… instilled in me a value system I still hold true. The basic ‘Do unto others…’, that was what was hammered into me. And love.”

11) Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings

Ken Jennings graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Computer Science and English. He currently lives in Seattle, WA. He is most famous for his $3,172,700 earnings on the popular Game-show Jeopardy! Let’s hope he paid tithing on all of that money!

12) Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is an American Author. After returning back to Provo, UT from serving a two-year Mission in Brazil, He first wrote the short story “Ender’s Game” while working at the BYU press. He later started writing half-hour audioplays on the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the New Testament, and other subjects for Living Scriptures in Ogden, Utah

 

13) Paul Walker

Paul WalkerKnown mainly for his appearances in the “Fast and the Furious” films, Paul Walker was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but no longer practices. According to a USA Today article, Walker states that “I still hold myself accountable. I’m not the kind of guy who’s taking advantage of my position. I could be sleeping with a different 18-year-old girl every day if I wanted to. But that’s not my speed.”

14) Steve Young

Steve Young

His great-great-grandfather may be Brigham Young himself, but BYU and 49er quarterback, Steve Young, never served a mission. He now is often seen as a Sports announcer.

15) Groucho Marx

Groucho Marx

This one is a little bit more vague. But according to records, he was baptized a member of the Church.

16) Bing Crosby

Bing CrosbyThis also is a little vague. Bing Crosby accompanied in singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on numerous occasions. It is believed he was baptized, but the records have said otherwise.

 

17) Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers and his family are featured on the church’s website (Mormon.org) in a promotional video. Flowers is married to Tana Mundkowsky. They have three sons, Ammon (named after a Book of Mormon missionary), Gunnar, and Henry.

18) Stephenie Meyers

Stephenie Meyers

Stephenie Meyer is an Author, known best for her series, “Twilight.” Meyer acknowledges that her faith has influenced her work. In particular, she says that her characters “tend to think more about where they came from, and where they are going, than might be typical.” Meyer says that she does not consciously intend her novels to be Mormon-influenced, or to promote the virtues of sexual abstinence and spiritual purity, but admits that her writing is shaped by her values, saying, “I don’t think my books are going to be really graphic or dark, because of who I am. There’s always going to be a lot of light in my stories.”

 

19) Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond

Donny Osmond is an American singer, musician, actor, dancer, radio personality, and former teen idol. Osmond has also been a talk and game show host, record producer and author. Donny was born in Ogden, Utah and was raised as a Mormon in Utah along with his siblings. Osmond has traced his family ancestry back to Merthyr Tydfil in Wales.

20) Ty Detmer

Ty Detmer

Ty Detmer won the Heisman Trophy his junior year in 1990, the same year he became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He went on to a lackluster career in the NFL, playing for the Green Bay Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons. He currently lives in Austin, Texas

21) Harry Reid

Harry Reid

As Senate Majority Leader and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Reid has achieved a more senior elected position in the United States government than any other Mormon in history. Reid (who was raised agnostic) and his wife, converted to the Church while he was a college student. In a 2001 interview he said, “I think it is much easier to be a good member of the Church and a Democrat than a good member of the Church and a Republican.”

22) Larry H. Miller

Larry H. Miller

Larry H. Miller was a Utah businessman and philanthropist who was well known as the owner of the NBA’s Utah Jazz. He was a lifelong member of the Church.

23) Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay

Roy Halladay is an American Major League Baseball starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies. Although raised Mormon, he is now not active.

24) Stephen R. Covey

Stephen R. CoveyStephen R. Covey (who recently passed away in 2012) was famous for his most popular book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Covey was born to Stephen Glenn Covey and Irene Louise Richards Covey in Salt Lake City, Utah, on October 24, 1932. Louise was the daughter of Stephen L Richards, an apostle and counselor in the first presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under David O. McKay.

25) Shawn King (Larry King’s wife)

Larry King’s wife

Shawn King (also known as Shawn Southwick or Shawn Engemann), Larry King’s current wife, is a member of the Church. She attended BYU and is a friend of Marie Osmond. She and Larry have agreed that her sons will be raised in the LDS Church, although Larry is an Agnostic Jew.

11 Comments on 25 Famous People You Didn’t Know Were Mormon

  1. That is really sad that lots of LDS celebrities lost contact with the church. I pray that they hold on to their moral standards.

  2. Ashley Tallman // August 29, 2014 at 4:36 am // Reply

    I’M MORMON ❤❤
    I KNOW IT

  3. How can you leave out Troy Dunn? Possibly the most well-known Mormon on TV today! He has his own show, I see on on Dr. Phil and Oprah all the time, I read his books. A list of famous Mormons that doesn’t include Troy Dunn is a poorly researched, poorly written article.

  4. Jeremy Morales // November 10, 2014 at 6:55 pm // Reply

    You missed actress Marie Windsor, the “Queen of the B’s” was born in Utah,raised in the Church of Latter-day Saints and starred in film noir classics like “The Narrow Margin” and “The Killing”.

  5. I know a lots of more famous people, but that is just a prove that hollywood can change people. Unless people change Hollywood. There are only a few that try and lost the battle because the preferences of obscene people, who delight on sinn. But remember is you and me and millions of others who pay for it.

  6. They’re all going to hell

    • That is mean and rude.. How can you possibly say such things to these people.. They have their own reasons leaving the church or becoming non-active but for your to say that; I’d say you have no right to say that. Only God know’s where they’ll be heading after they die.. Maybe you will go HELL yourself..

  7. Doug Crookston // May 2, 2015 at 5:26 pm // Reply

    edI notice you missed Loraine Day. Born and raised in Roosevelt Utah. Played the lead in Mr. Lucky with Cary Grant.
    You almost misted Marie Osmond

  8. Mary Dawn // May 19, 2015 at 9:22 am // Reply

    I’m an inactive member too. and even though im not that active member but the good heART that was built in church of jesus christ of latter day saints exist on me. im grateful that i became member. its not about your commitment to the church but your commitment to the Lord. 🙂 i believe that if you already see the truth you’ll never look back on the wrong past. sorry for my grammar im not good in english. thank you

  9. Sam Woodard // June 16, 2015 at 10:50 pm // Reply

    I was a firefighter that was involved in a hit ‘n run crash. After lifeflight came I was taken to a trauma center. Then I got called to a rehab center. And I have been here 8 years.

  10. Sam Woodard // June 16, 2015 at 11:08 pm // Reply

    I’m Mormon and I know it.

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