It can be a connecting moment when you meet someone who shares your faith, whether it’s a colleague, neighbor, or an idol you admire. You may not interact with celebrities personally, though you wish you could; it’s still exciting to learn that your favorite musician, actor, or television persona shares the same religious views as you. These celebrities are sincere about their relationship with God and aren’t afraid to share how God has helped them get from point A to point B in their career.
Celebrity circles and Hollywood can be places where Christian viewpoints and faith seem unwelcome, but that hasn’t kept Christians out of the spotlight. Despite being the minority, Christian celebrities are out there, and many aren’t scared to discuss their faith. These are only a few Christian celebrities who are using their talents to express their faith. Here are some Christian stars you should know.
David A.R. White
David A.R. White is an actor, filmmaker, and producer. He co-founded PureFlix and is best known for his roles in the “God’s Not Dead” film series. After arriving in Los Angeles, White starred in the CBS sitcom “Evening Shade.” White’s early roles also include starring in television series like “Melrose Place,” “Sisters,” and “California Dreams.” White grew up as a Mennonite in Kansas but felt God called him to an entertainment career as he sat on a tractor in the middle of a wheat field. White says that his parents told him to “keep God first,” and that’s a sentiment he still holds on to today.
Chuck Norris is an actor and martial artist. After serving in the Air Force, Norris won numerous martial arts competitions and trained celebrities in martial arts in Hollywood. He played small parts in several films, but one of his friends told him he should take acting seriously. He’s best known for his role as Walker on the CBS series “Walker Texas Ranger.” Norris grew up in a Christian home in Oklahoma but strayed from his faith. He said, “Unfortunately, a lot of times in the entertainment industry, sometimes you lose sight of what’s really important in your life.” Eventually, Norris returned to his faith and now reads the Bible with his wife, Gena O’Kelley.
Dean Cain is an actor best known for playing Clark Kent/Superman in the television series “Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.” After Cain was born, his mother moved to Hollywood to pursue her acting career. She eventually married Christopher Cain, who adopted Dean and his brother Roger. During the most challenging times in his life, Cain said he relied on God and his faith to get him through, saying, “There are so many conversations I’ve had with God at the toughest points and times of my life, and there’s nowhere else to turn if you don’t have that faith.”
Roma Downey is an actress, author, and producer. She’s best known for her role as Monica on the television series “Touched By an Angel.” Downey and her husband, Mark Burnett, produced “The Bible” miniseries, which was nominated for an Emmy. The couple also made feature films like “Ben-Hur” and “Son of God.” While discussing her role as Monica on “Touched By an Angel,” Downey said, “There was just such an enormous privilege for me as a person of faith the be the messenger and get to deliver that message on a weekly basis.”
Angela Bassett is an actress who’s gained numerous accolades throughout her career, including a Golden Globe and seven NAACP Image Awards. Bassett’s career started in the 1980s after she graduated from Yale. Her breakout role came playing Tina Turner in the film “What’s Love Got to Do With It” in 1993, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. When it comes to her faith, Bassett says she grew up in Florida in church, going to Bible study and Sunday school. She added that faith and love of God are the center of her existence, not fame or money.
Zachary Levi is an actor who received critical acclaim for his role as Chuck Bartowski in the series “Chuck” and as Shazam in the film “Shazam!” Levi voiced Eugene Fitzherbert in the animated movie “Tangled” and appeared in the Marvel films “Thor: The Dark World” and “Thor: Ragnorak” as Fandral. Levi recently released a book titled Radical Love: Learning to Accept Yourself and Others. During an interview, Levi said God called him to be an actor when he was young. He also praised God for pushing him to pursue his acting career.
Steve Harvey is a comedian, actor, television host, and producer. He hosts “The Steve Harvey Morning Show,” “Celebrity Family Feud,” “Family Feud,” and “Judge Steve Harvey.” Harvey started his career as a comedian, performing stand-up comedy in the 1980s and hosting “Showtime at the Apollo.” His last stand-up comedy special was in 2012. Harvey is also an author, writing four books. Steve Harvey credits his wife, Majorie, for reconnecting him with God, saying that he started talking to God more often, and credits God for getting him out of poverty.
Proclaiming your Christian faith in Hollywood isn’t easy. However, these celebrities aren’t afraid to tell the world they believe in God. Hopefully, other people and stars will see these celebrities as inspiring and stand firm in their faith or convert to Christianity.