Most Famous Atheists/Agnostics

While many people around the world are religious and believe that gods are responsible for happiness and prosperity, some are of the opinion that a man writes his own destiny. You will be surprised to know that many great achievers of today are agnostic. Academy Award winner Jack Nicholson, known for his iconic ‘One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘The Shining’ and ‘The Departed’ once said ‘I don’t believe in god now but can still work up an envy for someone who has a faith. I can see how that could be a deeply soothing experience.’ Interviews with ‘Apple’ co-founder Steve Wozniak have revealed that the famous entrepreneur is neither an atheist nor agnostic. Legendary musician and ‘Beatles’ member John Lennon was agnostic too. The lyrics of the hit single ‘Imagine’ spoke volumes about his agnostic side. Actor Bruce Lee, known for his films like ‘Enter The Dragon’ and acclaimed stand-up comedian George Carlin are two other famous celebrities who question the existence of god. The quotes of these famous people prove that not everybody believes that god is a supreme power who drives this world. We have compiled a list of famous personalities who are agnostic. This list also includes some of your favorite celebrities. While some ardent believers may criticize these celebrities for not being thankful to almighty, these individuals have their own reasons for being atheist/agnostic.
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Billy Connolly
(Stand-up Comedian)
Billy Connolly
33
Birthdate: November 24, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland

Billy Connolly is a retired stand-up comedian, actor, and musician. Known for his observational and idiosyncratic comedy, Connolly is widely considered one of the most influential and greatest stand-up comedians of all time. He has also worked with the British charity, Comic Relief and has appeared in a documentary and a live stage show for the charity.

 2 
Eddie Izzard
(Comedian, Voice actor, Stage actor, Film actor)
Eddie Izzard
29
Birthdate: February 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

Although best known for her surreal and digressive stand-up comedies, Eddie Izzard is also a popular film and television actor. Born as Edward John Izzard, she began her career as a street performer, eventually making her first stage appearance at the age of twenty-five, quickly drawing larger and larger audience with her stream-of-consciousness delivery, achieving fame both home and abroad.

 3 
Rosalind Franklin
15
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, England
Died: April 16, 1958
Chemist and X-ray crystallographer Rosalind Franklin is remembered for her pathbreaking X-ray diffraction studies of DNA, which helped in the Nobel Prize-winning discovery of the double helix structure of DNA by Francis Crick, James Watson, and Maurice Wilkins later. She also worked on the molecular structures of viruses. 
 4 
John Stuart Mill
(The Most Influential English-Speaking Philosopher of the Nineteenth Century)
John Stuart Mill
9
Birthdate: May 20, 1806
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pentonville, London, England
Died: May 7, 1873
Nineteenth-century philosopher John Stuart Mill is best remembered for his work On Liberty, which spoke of personal freedom and "the harm principle.” His The Subjection of Women was one of the first works written by a male author that promoted women's rights. He supported Jeremy Bentham's ethical utilitarianism.
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 5 
Joe Rogan
(Podcaster, Sports Commentator)
Joe Rogan
62
Birthdate: August 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 6 
Francis Crick
(Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner)
Francis Crick
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28, 2004

Nobel Prize-winning British biophysicist Francis Crick is best known for his ground-breaking work to determine the structure of the DNA, along with James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. He taught at various institutes, such as the Salk Institute, and was also awarded the Order of Merit.

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 7 
Stephen Merchant
(Actor, Comedian, Screenwriter, Radio personality, Film actor)
Stephen Merchant
18
Birthdate: November 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bristol

Known for co-writing The Office, British comedian Stephen Merchant was born to a nurse mother and a plumber father. He began his career with the radio and then stepped into stand-up comedy. Over the years, he has used his 6’7” frame to the best in his performances.

 8 
Gene Roddenberry
(Screenwriter, Producer, and Creator of American TV Series, 'Star Trek: The Original Series')
Gene Roddenberry
6
Birthdate: August 19, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Paso
Died: October 24, 1991
TV writer and producer Gene Roddenberry, who created the original Star Trek series of the 1960s, also produced its spin-offs. He was the first TV writer to have a Hollywood Walk of Fame star and was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His ashes were flown into space.
 9 
Luis Buñuel
(Film director, Screenwriter, Actor, Film editor, Writer)
Luis Buñuel
9
Birthdate: February 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Calanda, Spain
Died: July 29, 1983

Luis Buñuel was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker with a brilliant career spanning almost half a century. He worked in France, Mexico, and Spain and directed films spanning various genres. His filmmaking technique was strongly influenced by mise-en-scène. He was hailed as a leader of avant-garde surrealism and is considered one of the top directors of the 20th century.  

 10 
Charlie Brooker
(Critic, Humourist, Screenwriter)
Charlie Brooker
6
Birthdate: March 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reading

Charlie Brooker is best known for creating the science-fiction series Black Mirror. He has also written for shows such as Brass Eye and hosted shows such as Screenwipe and Gameswipe. He is known for his signature style of sarcastic criticism of society. He is also a creative director of Zeppotron.

 11 
Jamie Hyneman
(American Television Host and Special Effects Expert)
Jamie Hyneman
9
Birthdate: September 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marshall

Jamie Hyneman is an American television host and special effects expert. He achieved popularity as the co-host of the popular TV series MythBusters. He is also credited with inventing an unmanned firefighting robotic vehicle called Sentry. Jamie Hyneman also co-designed Wavecam, an aerial cable robotic camera system used in entertainment and sports events.

 12 
Adam Savage
(Industrial designer)
Adam Savage
15
Birthdate: July 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

Adam Savage is an American television personality, special effects designer, educator, fabricator, actor, and producer. Savage's model work has appeared in movies, such as The Matrix Reloaded and Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones. He has also co-hosted popular TV shows, such as Unchained Reaction and MythBusters.

 13 
Robert Noyce
(Co-inventor of the integrated circuit)
Robert Noyce
1
Birthdate: December 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: June 3, 1990

American engineer Robert Noyce, who co-invented the integrated circuit, later gained the nickname the Mayor of Silicon Valley. The co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, Noyce is also said to have given Silicon Valley its name with his invention that included a silicon microchip. He was also a swimming champion.

 14 
J. Michael Straczynski
(Screenwriter, Film producer, Novelist, Journalist, Writer, Playwright, Science fiction writer)
J. Michael Straczynski
3
Birthdate: July 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paterson

The son of a manual laborer, J. Michael Straczynski grew up to graduate in psychology and sociology. Best known for writing the Marvel Comics series The Amazing Spider-Man, he has written for both TV and films, apart from authoring his own books and creating the sci-fi TV show Babylon 5.

 15 
Joss Whedon
(Screenwriter, Director & Producer)
Joss Whedon
21
Birthdate: June 23, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Joss Whedon is best known for creating the series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly. He has directed the Marvel film The Avengers and its sequel. He co-wrote Justice League and Toy Story. He has also created various comic book series, such as Astonishing X-Men, and owns two production houses.
 16 
Jimmy Carr
(Actor, Comedian, Television presenter)
Jimmy Carr
12
Birthdate: September 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Jimmy Carr is one of the biggest selling live comedians of Britain. The award-winning performer is best known for shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats and jokes about everything from politics to sex. He has gained fame for his signature deadpan delivery, his high-pitched laughter, and his dark humor.

 17 
Russell T Davies
(Screenwriter, Television producer, Science fiction writer)
Russell T Davies
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea

Russell T Davies is a Welsh television producer and screenwriter who contributed immensely to the success of the popular science fiction television show Doctor Who. When Davies was working for the show, Doctor Who received five successive National Television Awards starting from 2005. He has also won prestigious awards, such as the British Academy Craft Award and the Cymru Award.

 18 
Edward Teller
(physicist)
Edward Teller
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: September 9, 2003

Edward Teller was one of the famous "Martians,” or eminent Hungarian scientists who had migrated to the U.S. A prominent chemical engineer and nuclear physicist, he was part of the team that created the world’s first atomic bomb and also designed the first hydrogen bomb, or thermonuclear bomb.

 19 
Peter Greenaway
(Welsh Artist, Film Director, and Screenwriter)
Peter Greenaway
2
Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport

Peter Greenaway is a Welsh artist, film director, and screenwriter. He is best known for making films with common traits, such as the contrasts of nature and architecture, costume and nudity, sexual pleasure and painful death, and furniture and people. Some of his best-known films include The Pillow Book and Goltzius and the Pelican Company.

 20 
Bernard Malamud
(American novelist)
Bernard Malamud
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: March 18, 1986
 21 
Adrienne Shelly
(Actress)
Adrienne Shelly
107
Birthdate: June 24, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: November 1, 2006
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 22 
Ram Gopal Varma
(Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter)
Ram Gopal Varma
3
Birthdate: April 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyderabad
 23 
Andy Rooney
(Radio and Television Writer)
Andy Rooney
9
Birthdate: January 14, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany, New York
Died: November 4, 2011
 24 
Sarah Kane
(Playwright, Writer)
Sarah Kane
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brentwood
Died: February 20, 1999
 25 
Griff Rhys Jones
(Actor, Comedian)
Griff Rhys Jones
1
Birthdate: November 16, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 26 
Amol Palekar
(Actor)
Amol Palekar
6
Birthdate: November 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
 27 
Paul Taylor
(One of the foremost American choreographers of the 20th century)
Paul Taylor
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: July 29, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: August 29, 2018
 28 
David Starkey
(Historian, Radio personality, Writer)
David Starkey
1
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal
 29 
A. Bartlett Giamatti
(Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League Baseball)
A. Bartlett Giamatti
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 4, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston
Died: September 1, 1989

The son of a professor, A. Bartlett Giamatti grew up to follow in his father’s footsteps and be a professor of English and the president of Yale. However, his love for baseball also made him an MLB Commissioner. As the president of the National League, he removed Pete Rose for shoving an umpire.

 30 
Tony Hancock
(Comedian, Actor)
Tony Hancock
7
Birthdate: May 12, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: June 24, 1968
 31 
Joan Bakewell
(Correspondent, Journalist, Politician, Author, Writer)
Joan Bakewell
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Stockport
 32 
Rebecca Lord
(Adult Film Star, Actor)
Rebecca Lord
1
Birthdate: February 16, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 33 
Tom Leykis
(Radio personality)
Tom Leykis
0
Birthdate: August 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: The Bronx
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 34 
Kenneth Tynan
(Diarist, Theatre critic, Screenwriter)
Kenneth Tynan
1
Birthdate: April 2, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: July 26, 1980
 35 
Elyse Sewell
(Model)
Elyse Sewell
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 10, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Albuquerque
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 36 
Henry Sidgwick
(British Philosopher and Economist Best Known in Philosophy for His Utilitarian Treatise 'The Methods of Ethics')
Henry Sidgwick
0
Birthdate: May 31, 1838
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skipton, Yorkshire, England
Died: August 28, 1900

An influential English ethical philosopher and economist of the Victorian era, Henry Sidgwick is perhaps best known for his utilitarian treatise The Methods of Ethics. He promoted higher education of women and co-founded Newnham College. He remained a member of the Metaphysical Society and co-founded and served as first president of the Society for Psychical Research.

 37 
Paul Ehrenfest
(Austrian Theoretical Physicist Who Made Major Contributions to the Field of Statistical Mechanics)
Paul Ehrenfest
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 18, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 25, 1933

Paul Ehrenfest was an Austrian-Dutch theoretical physicist. A close associate of Albert Einstein, whom he had met during his visit to Prague in 1912, Ehrenfest frequently hosted Einstein in Leiden where he was serving as a professor. Paul Ehrenfest is best remembered for his work in the field of statistical mechanics.

 38 
Andrew Denton
(Television presenter)
Andrew Denton
0
Birthdate: May 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sydney
 39 
Konstantin Novoselov
(Russian-British Physicist Best Known for Isolating 'Graphene' at the University of Manchester)
Konstantin Novoselov
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 23, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nizhny Tagil, Russia

Konstantin Novoselov is a Russian-British physicist, currently serving as a professor at the Centre for Advanced 2D Materials, National University of Singapore. He is the Langworthy Professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Manchester as well. Along with Andre Geim, he jointly received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2010. 

 40 
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
(Author, Journalist)
Barbara Grizzuti Harrison
1
Birthdate: September 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: April 24, 2002