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.
Olivia WildeOlivia Wilde
10 March 1984, American
Actress, Model
Jared LetoJared Leto
26 December 1971, American
American actor

Zooey DeschanelZooey Deschanel
17 January 1980, American
Actress

Travis BarkerTravis Barker
14 November 1975, American
Musician

Natalie PortmanNatalie Portman
09 June 1981, Israeli, American
Actress, Producer, Director

Pamela AndersonPamela Anderson
01 July 1967, Canadian, American
American-Canadian Actress
Michelle PfeifferMichelle Pfeiffer
29 April 1958, American
American actress

Ted DansonTed Danson
29 December 1947, American
 

Cesar ChavezCesar Chavez
31 March 1927, American
Civil Rights Activist
Milo VentimigliaMilo Ventimiglia
08 July 1977, American
Actor

Sarah SilvermanSarah Silverman
01 December 1970, American
Stand-up Comedian
Aamir KhanAamir Khan
14 March 1965, Indian
Actor

Alanis MorisetteAlanis Morisette
01 June 1974, Canadian
American-Canadian singer-songwriter

Venus WilliamsVenus Williams
17 June 1980, American
American tennis player

Carrie UnderwoodCarrie Underwood
10 March 1983, American
Singer-songwriter

Abbie CornishAbbie Cornish
07 August 1982, Australian
Actress, Rapper
Bryan AdamsBryan Adams
05 November 1959, Canadian
Singer

Tia MowryTia Mowry
06 July 1978, American
Actress

Evanna LynchEvanna Lynch
16 August 1991, Irish
Actress

Shannon ElizabethShannon Elizabeth
07 September 1973, American
Actress, Former Model
Russell SimmonsRussell Simmons
04 October 1957, American
Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam

Kirk HammettKirk Hammett
18 November 1962, American
American musician
Mark Allan HoppusMark Hoppus
15 March 1972, American
Musician, Singer

Liberty PhoenixLiberty Phoenix
05 July 1976, American, Venezuelan
Child Actor, Businesswoman

Michelle ForbesMichelle Forbes
08 January 1965, American
Actress
Suzy AmisSuzy Amis
05 January 1962, American
Actress

Carl LewisCarl Lewis
01 July 1961, American
 
Conor OberstConor Oberst
15 February 1980, American
Singer-Songwriter

Don ImusDon Imus
23 July 1940, American
Radio Talk Show Host

Michael RadyMichael Rady
20 August 1981, American
Actor
Jeff MangumJeff Mangum
24 October 1970, American
Singer

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Lucy WatsonLucy Watson
20 February 1991, British
Reporter, Reality Star, Entrepreneur
Bill FordBill Ford
03 May 1957, American
Businessman

Gelila BekeleGelila Bekele
04 September 1986, Ethiopian
Model

Matthew LushMatthew Lush
01 July 1988, American
YouTuber, Gay Rights advocate

Aubrey MillerAubrey Miller
08 August 2001, American
Actress
Amy Lee33Amy Lee33
29 July 1987, British
YouTuber, Vlogger
Tulsi GabbardTulsi Gabbard
12 April 1981, American
Politician

William RoacheWilliam Roache
25 April 1932, British
Actor

Simon AmstellSimon Amstell
29 November 1979, British
Comedian

Davey HavokDavey Havok
20 November 1975, American
Singer
Vatsal ShethVatsal Sheth
05 August 1980, Indian
Actor

Maria BrinkMaria Brink
17 December 1977, American
Singer

Andrew KoenigAndrew Koenig
17 August 1968, American
Actor

Carl PalmerCarl Palmer
20 March 1950, British
Drummer

Dennis KucinichDennis Kucinich
08 October 1946, American
Politician
Caroline VreelandCaroline Vreeland
26 October 1987, German, American
Singer-songwriter

Mike NessMike Ness
03 April 1962, American
Musician
Laura MennellLaura Mennell
18 April 1980, Canadian
Actress

Attila CsiharAttila Csihar
29 March 1971, Hungarian
Vocalist

Zack Sabre Jr.Zack Sabre Jr.
24 July 1987, British
Wrestler
Michael GregerMichael Greger
25 October 1972, American
General Practitioner

Nicole LapinNicole Lapin
07 March 1984
News anchor
Rikki RockettRikki Rockett
08 August 1961, American
Drummer

Traci BinghamTraci Bingham
13 January 1968, American
Actress

Master FatmanMaster Fatman
23 September 1965, Danish
Media personality

Arielle DombasleArielle Dombasle
27 April 1953, French, American
Singer

Mark HaddonMark Haddon
26 September 1962, British
Writer
Julia Butterfly HillJulia Butterfly Hill
18 February 1974, American
Environmental Activist

Richard of ChichesterRichard of Chichester
1197 AD, British
Saint

Dirk BachDirk Bach
23 April 1961, German
Actor

Saint Francis of PaolaSaint Francis of Paola
27 March 1416, Italian
Saint
RadegundRadegund
0520 AD, German
Queen

Lionel StrongfortLionel Strongfort
23 November 1878, German
Wrestler