Celebrities often thank God for their awards, but you won't hear these superstars mentioning God. Whether they grew up with religion and left it or have always been atheist, these celebrities steer clear of religion, except when it comes to debates or satire.
Angelina Jolie is an exceptionally famous actress, screenwriter, and director. She is well known for her atheist views, and was raised as an atheist as well. Angelina Jolie has been honored a number of times for her extensive charity work, and has made frequent comments about atheist’s complete ability to behave well despite having a religious code of conduct.
Armstrong won the Tour de France a record 7 consecutive times (though he was later stripped of the title in a scandal) and survived testicular cancer, but he thanks science rather than God. In the athlete's book "It's Not About The Bike," Armstrong writes that he had a soul-searching night before his brain surgery, and realized that the things he most believed in were his doctors and medicine.
Lance Armstrong isn't the only famous atheist athlete out there. Rafael Nadal, the Spanish tennis phenom that many consider to be the best player in the world, revealed that he had many doubts about God in and interview with Sports Illustrated. Nadal said, "It’s hard to say, 'I don’t believe in God.' I would love to know if God exists. But it's a very difficult thing for me to believe."
Black can make us laugh to no end in films like "School of Rock" and "Kung Fu Panda," but he can get serious too. Although Black was raised with a Jewish background, he has made it very clear that he is an atheist now.
Although Radcliffe was raised Jewish, the "Harry Potter" star is now an atheist. In interviews, Radcliffe has been pretty unclear about the intensity of his atheism: once describing himself as "a militant atheist when religion stars impacting legislation" and another time stating "I'm very relaxed about it [being an atheist]."
Always a satirist, Seth MacFarlane began making jokes about the Catholicism that he was raised in at the young age of 11 and hasn't stopped. The "Family Guy" creator is a very outspoken atheist.
This veteran actress is well known for her staunch atheist views. She has stated that it is wrong to call her a simple atheist, and that she regards religion with fear and skepticism. Emma Thompson has also stated the Christian morality is great, but is rarely practiced by religious persons.
Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian Mckellen is one of the oldest celebrity atheists. Ian Mckellen has made a number of statements about religion over the years, and has been critical of it promoting violence. Ian Mckellen is also a well-known homosexual, and has made statements about religious leaders promoting hatred.
Knightley feels as though her atheism makes her feel more responsible for her actions, although she has joked that she thinks being Catholic might be easier. "If only I wasn't an atheist; I could get away with anything. You'd just ask for forgiveness, and then you'd be forgiven."
Ricky Gervais is an actor, comedian, writer, and radio presenter. He has been a very outspoken atheist, and states that he lost his faith when he was just 8 years old. Ricky Gervais has defended his lack of faith in a 2010 editorial in the Wall Street Journal, and is an honorary associate with the National Secular Society.
The controversial comedian has described herself as a "complete militant atheist," and her actions definitely line up with that description. Griffin notably angered Catholics in 2007 when accepting her Creative Arts Emmy, when she said: "Suck it, Jesus. This [award] is my God now!"
Kevin Bacon has appeared in a fantastic number of movies. Bacon announced in a "Time" interview that he does not believe in God. Kevin Bacon has also stated that he is not anti-religious, and he has also been very vocal about the need for separation between church and state.
Moore has been one of the biggest voices for the progressive movement in Hollywood — from sitting on the board of Planned Parenthood to vocally supporting marriage equality. She's also an outspoken atheist. When a reporter asked Moore what she'd say to God at the gates of Heaven, her response was "Wow, I was wrong, you really do exist!"
Thankfully for Angelina, she won't have to argue with her husband on how to raise their children. Pitt was raised Southern Baptist, but soon began identifying himself as a blend of atheism and agnosticism. Pitt said: “I’m probably 20 percent atheist and 80 percent agnostic. I don’t think anyone really knows. You’ll either find out or not when you get there, until then there’s no point thinking about it.”
Although Freeman is famous for portraying God in films, the actor doesn't actually believe in him. Freeman has said that he can't believe in a creator without seeing any hard evidence.
Jodie Foster doesn't let her atheism stop her from some of the fun religion can offer. She celebrates religious holidays from various faiths with her family. "Even though I don’t believe in God, we celebrate pretty much every religion in our family with the kids. They love it, and when they say, ‘Are we Jewish?’ or ‘Are we Catholic?’ I say, ‘Well, I’m not, but you can choose when you’re 18.’”
You probably wouldn't assume the Playboy mogul to be a religious man, and in fact he isn't. Hefner isn't thanking God for his insane blessings in life. "It’s perfectly clear to me that religion is a myth," Hefner has stated.
Hugh Laurie is famous for playing the atheistic doctor on "House," and for his frequent atheist sketches on the show "A Bit of Fry and Laurie." Hugh Laurie has a long history of being atheist, and has been vocal about it in the past. He and his friend Stephen Fry are two of the most intellectual British atheists.
Bardem was raised Catholic, but distanced himself from religion after his father died. The actor said it "suddenly all felt so obvious" that religion was just a way to cope with mortality.
Jack Nicholson has stated on a number of occasions that he is an atheist, and that he was never raised in a religious manner. Nicholson has also stated that he has always been a happy person without being religious.