Famous Vegans

Although veganism—the ethical philosophy of avoiding all animal products, especially in diet—is by no means a recent stance, it goes without saying that celebrities like Pamela Anderson, Ellen DeGeneres, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand have played a major role in popularizing it. The 18th century American reformer Amos Bronson Alcott—the father of writer Louisa May-- advocated a vegan diet even before the term was coined! The English animal rights advocate Donald Watson is credited with coining the term “vegan”; he also founded the Vegan Society. However, veganism as a social justice movement started gaining mainstream prominence only in the past few years with the emergence of vegan activists like Gary Yourofsky, Peter Daniel Young, and Shmuly Yanklowitz. In the contemporary times, several actors, directors and musicians are actively engaged in spreading awareness about veganism and animal rights. Actors Natalie Portman, Hillary Swank, and Tobey Maguire are prominent spokespersons for veganism as are musicians Russell Simmons and Moby. Famous vegan spiritual leaders like Alfredo Sfeir and Thich Nhat Hanh are also engaged in dispersing the message of universal peace for all irrespective of the species. Read on for more information about the life and works of famous vegans.
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 1 
Lena Headey
(Portrayed Cersei Lannister in HBO Series 'Game of Thrones' )
Lena Headey
49
Birthdate: October 3, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamilton, Bermuda
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 2 
Bryan Adams
(Best Selling Pop, Pop-Rock Singer-Songwriter Of All Time)
Bryan Adams
28
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kingston, Canada
Canadian rock guitarist and singer Bryan Adams, known for his cult classics Everything I Do and Summer of '69, has won 20 Juno Awards and a Grammy. The Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductee is also an avid animal rights activist and a professional photographer who has held several exhibitions.
 3 
Aamir Khan
(Actor)
Aamir Khan
72
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Considered one of India’s most influential and best actors of all time, Aamir Khan is known for his interesting choice of films, which are well-crafted, entertaining and commercially successful. They mostly have a social message and are appreciated both by critics and the people. Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal are some of his acclaimed films.

 4 
Tricia Helfer
(Canadian-American Actress Best Known for Her Role on the Sci-Fi Television Show 'Battlestar Galactica')
Tricia Helfer
13
Birthdate: April 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Donalda, Canada

Tricia Helfer is a Canadian actress and model. She gained international fame after portraying the enigmatic Cylon model Number Six in the Battlestar Galactica TV series. She began her career as a model and won the Ford Models' Supermodel of the World contest in 1992. Later on, she quit modeling to pursue a full-time acting career. 

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Carl Lewis
(American Track-and-Field Athlete Who Won Nine Olympic Gold Medals During the 1980s and 1990s)
Carl Lewis
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

A dominant sprinter and long jumper, Carl Lewis has won ten Olympic medals, nine of them gold. From 1981 to 1991, he topped the world rankings in the 100 m, 200 m and long jump events, slowly starting to lose his dominance thereafter, eventually retiring in 1997. Currently a businessperson, he has also appeared in films and television productions.

 6 
Peter Sarsgaard
12
Birthdate: March 7, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Illinois, United States

Peter Sarsgaard is a versatile American actor known for his work on stage, films, and TV series. A world-renowned actor, Peter is equally good with women and has dated several good-looking women like Dita Von Teese and Shalom Harlow.

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 7 
Shannon Elizabeth
(Actress and Poker Player Best Known for Her Films: ‘American Pie’, ‘Scary Movie’, and ‘Love Actually’)
Shannon Elizabeth
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Shannon Elizabeth is best known as Nadia from the iconic sex comedy American Pie. She also appeared in films such as Scary Movie and Thirteen Ghosts, and on shows such as Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing with the Stars. She now manages her non-profit Animal Avengers in South Africa. 
 8 
Eugenio Derbez
(Mexican Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Films: 'Instructions Not Included' and 'CODA')
Eugenio Derbez
20
Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Villa Milpa Alta, Mexico

Eugenio Derbez is a Mexican actor and filmmaker best known for co-creating and starring in the family sitcom La familia P. Luche. After establishing himself in the Mexican film industry, he ventured into American films and TV series as well. His feature film Instructions Not Included became the most successful Spanish-language film in US. 

 9 
Russell Simmons
(Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam)
Russell Simmons
15
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Russell Simmons is a controversial American businessman who co-founded the hip-hop music label, 'Def Jam Recordings', and established the clothing line 'Phat Fashions'. He is noted for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape which generated a lot of heat in 2013. Simmons who calls himself a Christian yogi is accused of sexual assaults on several women. He has adopted veganism and advocates non-violence.

 10 
Alba Flores
(Spanish Actress Best Known for Her Role as 'Saray Vargas' in the TV Series 'Vis a Vis')
Alba Flores
15
Birthdate: October 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Alba Flores, the only daughter of Spanish musician Antonio Flores, achieved international fame as Nairobi in the Spanish series La Casa De Papel, or Money Heist. Apart from drama, she is trained in the piano, too. She is also an avid animal lover and has campaigned for PETA.

 11 
Krista Allen
(Actress and Stand-up Comedian Known for Her Television Series ‘Days of Our Lives’ and ‘Baywatch Hawaii’)
Krista Allen
9
Birthdate: April 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ventura, California, United States
Krista Allen is best known for playing Billie Reed in the series Days of Our Lives. She also played the titular role in the erotic movie series Emmanuelle in Space. She has also been part of films such as Liar Liar and series such as Significant Mother
 12 
Summer Phoenix
(Actress and the Youngest Sibling of Joaquin Phoenix, Rain Phoenix and River Phoenix)
Summer Phoenix
9
Birthdate: December 10, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Winter Park, Florida, United States
American actress Summer Phoenix is also an active supporter of numerous charities and activist groups. Summer is a member of The Paper Cranes, an alternative band that plays the New York City club. She appeared in the movies Kate's Secret and in Russkies and later appeared in movies Wasted, Dinner Rush, and The Faculty. Summer played lead roles in the movies Esther Kahn and Suzie Gold
 13 
Suzy Amis
(Actress)
Suzy Amis
11
Birthdate: January 5, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States

Suzy Amis Cameron is the wife of Titanic director James Cameron. Suzy is an environmental activist and had initially been an actor and a model. She appeared as Lizzy Calvert in Titanic, as Eddie in The Usual Suspects, and as the titular character in The Ballad of Little Jo.

 14 
Justin Theroux
18
Birthdate: August 10, 1971
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 15 
Tulsi Gabbard
(First Hindu Member of U.S. Congress)
Tulsi Gabbard
22
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 12, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maoputasi County, American Samoa Leloaloa, American Samoa, U.S.

Born in American Samoa and raised in Hawaii, US Representative Tulsi Gabbard formed the environmental non-profit Healthy Hawai’i Coalition as a teenager. At 21, she was the youngest member of the Hawai‘i State Legislature. A US Army major, she later became the first Hindu to be part of Congress.

 16 
James McCartney
(English Musician and the Son of The Beatles Legend Paul McCartney)
James McCartney
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England

Known for his uncanny resemblance to his father, legendary musician and former member of The Beatles Paul McCartney, James McCartney is a talented musician in his own right. Though he has played in some of his father’s tracks and has also released  his own music, he has mostly been away from the limelight.

 17 
Soko
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Remarkably Emotional Performances )
Soko
0
Birthdate: October 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France

Soko is a French musician and singer-songwriter. The song We Might Be Dead by Tomorrow, which is part of her debut album I Thought I Was an Alien, reached the ninth position on the Billboard Hot 100. Soko is also a critically acclaimed actress, earning César Award nominations for her performance in films like In the Beginning and The Dancer. 

 18 
Taran Noah Smith
3
Birthdate: April 8, 1984
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 19 
Maria Brink
(Frontwoman of American Alternative Metal Band 'In This Moment')
Maria Brink
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 18, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States

Maria Brink is a singer and songwriter best known as the lead singer of the rock band In This Moment.  She developed an early interest in performing and received encouragement from her mother. She began her musical career as a young woman and played with numerous other bands before forming In This Moment. She is also an aspiring artist.

 20 
Killer Kowalski
(Canadian Professional Wrestler)
Killer Kowalski
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Died: August 30, 2008
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 21 
Pete Holmes
(Known for his impressions, including most notably his one of Batman)
Pete Holmes
2
Birthdate: March 30, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 22 
Dave England
(American Stunt Performer and Former Professional Snowboarder)
Dave England
2
Birthdate: December 30, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ventura, California, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Davey Havok
(Singer)
Davey Havok
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, USA
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 24 
Michael Rady
5
Birthdate: August 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Michael Rady is best known as Kostas Dounas from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and its sequel. He also played prominent roles in series such as Melrose Place, Greek, Intelligence, and Swingtown, and has appeared in quite a few Hallmark TV movies. He is a strict vegan.
 25 
Marco Fu
(Snooker player)
Marco Fu
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 8, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hong Kong
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 26 
Don Imus
(Radio Talk Show Host)
Don Imus
4
Birthdate: July 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Riverside
Died: December 27, 2019
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
Hannah Teter
(Olympic Gold & Silver Medalist in Snowboarding)
Hannah Teter
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Belmont, Mount Holly, Vermont, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 28 
Conor Oberst
(Singer-Songwriter)
Conor Oberst
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 15, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 29 
Jason Gillespie
(Australian Former Cricketer Who Played All Three Formats of the Game)
Jason Gillespie
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 19, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 30 
Brian Greene
(American Theoretical Physicist and Mathematician)
Brian Greene
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 9, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist Brian Greene is noted for popularising string theory through his books like The Elegant Universe, and The Fabric of the Cosmos and related PBS television specials. Greene taught as professor of physics at Cornell University, and presently serves as a professor at Columbia University. He is the co-founder and chairman of the World Science Festival.

 31 
Simon Amstell
(Comedian)
Simon Amstell
1
Birthdate: November 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gants Hill, Ilford, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 32 
William Roache
(Actor)
William Roache
2
Birthdate: April 25, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ilkeston, Derbyshire, England, UK
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 33 
Carl Palmer
(Drummer)
Carl Palmer
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Handsworth, Birmingham, England
 34 
Attila Csihar
(Vocalist)
Attila Csihar
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Starting his music career with the Hungarian metal band Tormentor, Attila Csihar also worked with the Norwegian black metal band Mayhem after the suicide of its lead vocalist. Not known to many, the black metal vocalist is an electrical engineer and has also taught math and physics before venturing into music.

 35 
Jeff Mangum
(Founder, Songwriter, Vocalist and Guitarist of 'Neutral Milk Hotel')
Jeff Mangum
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ruston, Louisiana, United States
 36 
Caroline Vreeland
(German-American Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Model, and Columnist)
Caroline Vreeland
3
Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Washington, D.C, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 37 
Jim Morris
(American Bodybuilder)
Jim Morris
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 28, 2016
 38 
Mike Ness
(Musician)
Mike Ness
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lynn, Massachusetts, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Dennis Kucinich
(Politician)
Dennis Kucinich
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 40 
Vatsal Sheth
(Actor)
Vatsal Sheth
2
Birthdate: August 5, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
 41 
Bryant Jennings
(Boxer)
Bryant Jennings
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 42 
Zack Sabre Jr.
(British Professional Wrestler)
Zack Sabre Jr.
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 24, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Isle of Sheppey, England
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 43 
Traci Bingham
(Actress)
Traci Bingham
3
Birthdate: January 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: North Cambridge, Massachusetts, U.S.
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 44 
Andrew Koenig
(Actor)
Andrew Koenig
51
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
Died: February 14, 2010
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 45 
Eva Gutowski
(YouTuber, vlogger)
Eva Gutowski
7
Listed In: YouTubers
Birthdate: July 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brea, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 46 
Julia Butterfly Hill
(Environmental Activist)
Julia Butterfly Hill
7
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 18, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mount Vernon, Missouri, United States
 47 
Bill Ford
(Executive Chairman of Ford)
Bill Ford
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 48 
Michael Greger
(General Practitioner)
Michael Greger
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 25, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: America
 49 
Rikki Rockett
(American Drummer for Rock Band 'Poison')
Rikki Rockett
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, United States

Rikki Rockett is an American musician best known as the drummer of the popular rock band Poison, which he co-founded along with Bret Michaels, Bobby Dall, and C.C. DeVille. Rikki Rockett is also credited with co-forming a rock supergroup called The Devil City Angels. A multi-talented personality, he holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. 

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Mon Laferte
(Singer known for her musical versatility, having composed songs in a wide variety of genres such as pop, rock)
Mon Laferte
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Viña del Mar, Chile