Being a Christian in Hollywood is not the easiest thing in the world to do. Hollywood is considered a liberal bastion where certain ideals and morals are held in low regard. However, when you begin to pay attention, listen, and look around, you begin to see that there are actually quite a few Hollywood actors who are born again Christian.
A born again Christian is someone who, as an adult, takes their faith in Christ seriously. It will involve baptism, dedicating themselves to reading the bible every day, and working on improving their life to not only live more positively, but to also help others. There are certainly a number of movies and TV shows produced every year with wholesome, heartfelt messages in them, and some of those messages fall right in line with the Christian faith, but when an actor comes out and claims to be a Christian, they run the risk of ridicule and having difficulty finding work in a close-knit society.
Here are 20 such Hollywood celebrities who have actually professed their faith in Christ and who continue to live as close to His teachings as possible.
20. Gary Busey
The actor most well-known for portraying interesting characters in movies like Lethal Weapon and Point Break, with his stunted dialogue and rebellious personae, became a born again Christian following serious injuries he suffered during a motorcycle accident in 1998. He has not avoided expressing his faith since that time, even having been quoted as saying, “I am proud to tell Hollywood I am a Christian. For the first time I am now free to be myself.”
Gary Busey has since suffered relapses from drug use, fought cancer, and continues to strive to be the best person he can be, as eccentric as his personality happens to be.
19. Mr. T
Mr. T may be most famous for his role as B.A. Barracus on The A-Team, an ’80s hit television program, or for his role as Clubber Lang in Rocky III, but he has also maintained a strong connection with his community and desire to help his fellow man whenever he can. He has also been vocal about his Christian faith through the years, though it wasn’t until the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina when he sold off his signature gold jewelry he always wore, saying, “As a Christian, when I saw other people lose their lives and lose their land and property … I felt that it would be a sin before God for me to continue wearing my gold.”
18. Jane Fonda
Few people in Hollywood can truly inspire the ire of so many veterans in the United States, but Jane Fonda is considered by many to be a traitor for her support of the Viet-Cong during the Vietnam War. Since then, Jane Fonda has continued to work in Hollywood, but in 1998 she became a born again Christian. She said that she turned to Christ when she developed an eating disorder and her faith helped her overcome it.
17. Niki Taylor
Supermodel Niki Taylor has had plenty of attention throughout her life, and Hollywood has embraced her due to her beauty, charm, and intelligence. She was involved in a serious car accident in 2001 that nearly cost her life. Shortly afterward, she began to seek out God and became a born again Christian and attends Calvary Chapel Brentwood in Nashville, Tennessee. She continues to model, though any work she might have pursued in Hollywood has been left behind for the most part and she doesn’t appear to mind at all with her newfound faith.
16. Kirk Cameron
One of the heartthrobs of the 1980s television shows, starring as Mike Seaver in Growing Pains, Kirk Cameron became a born again Christian when he was 17. He fought with producers on the program toward the end of the series regarding his characters ‘sinful ways’ as he didn’t want to portray someone being unfaithful to Christ. It ultimately led to the end of the show’s successful run and Kirk Cameron turned to Christian films and other projects, leaving the commercialism of Hollywood behind. He has said, “Put your nose into the Bible everyday. It is your spiritual food. And then share it. Make a vow not to be a lukewarm Christian.”
15. Charlie Sheen
This revelation will likely shock a lot of people, especially considering his recent role as Charlie Harper on Two and a Half Men, and his subsequent departure from the show, as well as his womanizing and reported drug use, but in 1997 Charlie Sheen reported that he had become a born again Christian. However, not everyone who comes to the faith manages to stay there and he eventually went back to his old ways, drug use, and in 1998 was hospitalized following a drug overdose.
14. Justine Bateman
Justine built a solid Hollywood career for herself, though arguably not to the level that her brother Jason managed. However, she developed a serious eating disorder known as bulimia nervosa and after repeated struggles to overcome it, she finally turned to Christ in 1995. She claims that this newfound faith helped her overcome this serious eating disorder and help her build a stronger life for herself. She now has two children and continues to work in Hollywood as a producer, writer, and actor.
13. Denzel Washington
There are few Hollywood actors more open and vocal about their Christian faith than Denzel Washington. He doesn’t hide his faith or try to gloss over it, whether it’s during an interview for his latest movie or talking about his life. His faith is front and center and he talks openly about how he reads the Bible every day and also starts his day by getting out of bed, kneeling down, and praying. He belongs to the Church of God in Christ and likes to admit that he keeps his slippers under his bed so that when he gets up, he has no choice but to kneel down.
12. Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry is one of the most well known and beloved comedic writers, actors, and producers in Hollywood today. He’s also a Christian who tries to incorporate the Christian values he believes into his films. However, like most human beings, Tyler Perry is susceptible to sin and recently fathered a child out of wedlock with his girlfriend, which rankled many of his Christian followers and fans. He continues to be a major success story within Hollywood and his faith doesn’t seem to slow him down and his positive messages continue to reverberate through his works.
11. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg is the younger brother of Donnie, one of the New Kids on the Block, and began his career as a model before turning to acting. The Transformers and Shooter actor wasn’t always the best of characters in real life, having been arrested as a teenager for an attack on an immigrant, but he is a practicing Catholic now and is known to attend two services on Sundays from time to time. His work continues to provide him more opportunities to share his faith and he doesn’t appear to be slowing down any with the number or type of projects he takes on.
10. Martin Sheen
Charlie Sheen’s father Martin has had a stellar career in Hollywood, portraying a wide range of inspirational, cold, and loving characters, and while his portrayal of President Josiah Bartlet on the West Wing was one of a Catholic president, it wasn’t too far of a stretch for Martin. He is a Catholic himself and has a strong foundation in the Christian faith. He continues to work in Hollywood, but is much more selective of the projects and roles he takes on. He will openly talk about his faith with those who ask.
9. Angela Bassett
Angela Bassett may be most well known for her biographical roles in which she has portrayed Tina Turner (What’s Love Got to Do with It), Rosa Parks (The Rosa Parks Story) and Katherine Jackson (The Jacksons: An American Dream) but she is also a born again Christian in Hollywood. She has a strength of character in herself that comes across on the screen and has earned her numerous awards and recognitions. She doesn’t back down about her faith and talks openly and warmly about it in interviews. She continues to work as an actor and producer.
8. Chris Tucker
Chris Tucker became an international sensation in Hollywood for the Rush Hour movies he starred in with Jackie Chan. He began his career with the Def Comedy Jam and that opened up doors for other opportunities. He became a born again Christian in 1997 and has traveled with former President Clinton on a few overseas trips for goodwill events. He continues to strive to help those less fortunate and divides his time between Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Atlanta where he has family. He was also close friends with Michael Jackson and still maintains a good friendship with Rush Hour costar Jackie Chan.
7. Mel Gibson
It’s easy to allow his recent escapades to overshadow his Christian faith, but Mel Gibson has long been an open and devout Christian. The Passion of the Christ director irked many in Hollywood, especially those of Jewish faith, with this film, but he also inspired millions of people around the world to turn to Christ. He has recently been accused of being a womanizer, anti-Semitic, and has been arrested for drunk driving. He has many children and recently divorced his wife of many years, leaving many to wonder what is happening with this downward spiral in his life.
6. George Foreman
The former heavyweight boxing champion of the world and well known grilling advocate is also a born again Christian. He claims that after a near death experience following a fight in 1997, he turned to Christ to help bring him comfort and healing. He has also become an ordained minister in Houston and named all of his sons George. His over the top personality when advocating for something he truly has passion for may be contagious, but it hasn’t slowed him down one bit, especially when it comes to sharing his faith with others.
5. Stephen Baldwin
Even though Stephen Baldwin will not likely climb out from the shadow that his older brother Alex cast over him with regard to acting, he has done quite well, especially with lower budget films. He became a born again Christian after the attacks on 9/11 and is convinced that his new faith has cost him film roles. He is outspoken about his faith as well and once said, “I think it’s really terrifying that a country based on the foundations and ideals of God, is now systematically removing God from everything. Everything!”
4. Chuck Norris
Voted one of the best martial artists in history and in the top 10 greatest action stars of all time, Chuck Norris is also a born again Christian. He strongly advocates that Bibles should be incorporated into public schools and has written a number of Christian books through the years. The Missing in Action and Walker, Texas Ranger star continues to work out regularly and recently appeared in a cameo role in one of Sylvester Stallone’s The Expendables films. A younger generation of film fans have also taken a liking to this incredible and timeless actor whose fitness remains second to none.
3. Patricia Heaton
For those who have tried to interview Patricia Heaton, the former Everybody Loves Raymond star is an outspoken Christian. She has even worked hard at trying to convert her interviewers to her faith, though there is no report about whether she’s been successful or whether her efforts were over the top. She is very proud about her faith and continues to strive to be a good representative of Christ in her life and in the lives of those around her. She has taken on roles since the television series ended, but they have not been close to the level of success she enjoyed during that series.
2. Angus T. Jones
The former child star of Two and a Half Men became a Christian in 2012. He was still working on the set of this program that was filled with topics of sex, drinking, drugs, and debauchery, and immediately became an outspoken critic of the show. He went so far as to encourage anyone who happened to be watching the program to stop watching. Shortly after his conversion to this new faith, the show came to an end, but it’s not clear if his change of heart had any direct connection to that.
1. Kevin Sorbo
Once a heartthrob most well known for his portrayal of Hercules, Kevin Sorbo is a born again Christian. He has pretty much left the commercial aspect of Hollywood behind and is focused primarily on Christian based movies. His most recent work was playing a jaded atheist college professor in the movie God’s Not Dead. He was convincing as a holier than thou atheist who was determined to make sure all of his students admitted that God was dead. He is open and honest about his faith during interviews as well.