Atheist People

by soul_sanctuary_319 | created - 25 Mar 2012 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Carl Sagan

Writer | Contact

Astronomer, educator and author Carl Sagan was perhaps the world's greatest popularizer of science, reaching millions of people through newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts. He is well-known for his work on the PBS series Cosmos (1980), the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning show that ...

Carl Edward Sagan: (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) Was an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in the space and natural sciences. During his lifetime, he published more than 600 scientific papers and popular articles and was author, co-author, or editor of more than 20 books. In his works, he advocated skeptical inquiry and the scientific method. He pioneered exobiology and promoted the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI).

2. Christopher Hitchens

Writer | On an Electric Night

Christopher Eric Hitchens (born April 13, 1949) was a British-American author, journalist, and literary critic. He was a columnist at Vanity Fair, The Atlantic, The Nation, Slate, and Free Inquiry.

Hitchens is known for his atheism and anti-theism and was a firm believer in the Enlightenment values ...

Christopher Hitchens: An English-American author and journalist whose books, essays, and journalistic career span more than four decades. Identified as a champion of the "New Atheism" movement, Hitchens describes himself as an antitheist and a believer in the philosophical values of the Enlightenment. His confrontational style of debate has made him both a lauded and controversial figure.

3. Sam Harris

Self | The God Who Wasn't There

Sam Harris was born on April 9, 1967 in the USA.

Sam Harris: An American non-fiction author, neuroscientist and CEO of Project Reason. He received a Ph.D. in neuroscience from UCLA, and has a B.A. in philosophy from Stanford University. He is a proponent of scientific skepticism and is the author of The End of Faith (2004), which won the 2005 PEN/Martha Albrand Award, Letter to a Christian Nation (2006), a rejoinder to criticism of his first book, and The Moral Landscape (2010).

4. Daniel C. Dennett

Self | Victim of the Brain

Daniel C. Dennett was born on March 28, 1942 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Daniel Clement Dennett III. He has been married to Susan Bell since 1962. They have two children.

Daniel Dennett: An American philosopher and cognitive scientist whose research centers on the philosophy of mind, philosophy of science and philosophy of biology, particularly as those fields relate to evolutionary biology and cognitive science. Dennett is a firm atheist and secularist, a member of the Secular Coalition for America advisory board, as well as an outspoken supporter of the Brights movement. Dennett is referred to as one of the "Four Horsemen of New Atheism," along with Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Christopher Hitchens.

6. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

"God is a concept by which we can measure our pain, I don't believe in magic, I don't believe in I-ching, I don't believe in bible, I don't believe in tarot, I don't believe in Hitler, I don't believe in Jesus, I don't believe in Kennedy, I don't believe in Buddha, I don't believe in mantra, I don't believe in Gita, I don't believe in yoga, I don't believe in kings, I don't believe in Elvis, I don't believe in Zimmerman, I don't believe in Beatles... ..I just believe in me. Yoko and me, and that's reality.." - 'God' by John Lennon

7. Sting

Soundtrack | The Emperor's New Groove

Sting was born Gordon Matthew Sumner on 2 October, 1951 in Wallsend, North Tyneside, Tyne and Wear, England, the eldest of four children of Audrey (Cowell), a hairdresser, and Ernest Matthew Sumner, an engineer and milkman. He received his name from a striped sweater he wore which looked like a bee...

Sting (Gordon Matthew Sumner): Composer, singer, musician, actor and environmental activist. Rose to fame in the late 70's with hit band "The Police", and has been solo performer since 1985. Sting identifies himself as an agnostic.

8. Billy Joel

Soundtrack | Oliver & Company

Billy Joel was born on May 9, 1949 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as William Martin Joel. He has been married to Alexis Roderick since July 4, 2015. They have two children. He was previously married to Katie Lee, Christie Brinkley and Elizabeth Weber.

Billy Joel: Born in the Bronx, N.Y. Joel grew up on Long Island, where he began to play piano as a young child. Joel has won six Grammys: Record of the Year and Song of the Year for “Just the Way You Are” (1978), Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance Male for "52nd Street" (1979), Best Pop Vocal Performance Male for "Glass Houses" (1980), and in 1991 received the Grammy Legend honor. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1992, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999, and has received six honorary doctorates. Many of Joel's albums have gone platinum or multi-platinum.

9. Dan Barker

Self | The Mythicist Milwaukee Show

Dan Barker has been married to Annie Laurie Gaylor since 1987.

Dan Barker: a prominent American atheist activist who served as a Christian preacher and musician for 19 years but left Christianity in 1984. Barker has composed over 200 songs that have been published or recorded. He is the current co-president with his wife Annie Laurie Gaylor of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an American Freethought organization that promotes the separation of church and state.

10. Annie Laurie Gaylor

Self | The Atheist Experience

Annie Laurie Gaylor was born on November 2, 1955 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA. She has been married to Dan Barker since 1987.

Annie Laurie Gaylor: A self-described feminist and liberal, she is co-founder of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and, with her husband Dan Barker, is the current co-president.She is the author of several books, including Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, and Women Without Superstition: "No Gods — No Masters."

11. Bill Maher

Writer | Real Time with Bill Maher

Bill Maher was born William Maher in New York City, New York, and grew up in River Vale, New Jersey. His father, William Aloysius Maher, Jr., who was of Irish descent, was a radio announcer and news editor. His mother, Julie (Berman), was a nurse, who was from a Jewish family. Maher was raised in ...

"When I hear from people that religion doesn't hurt anything, I say, really? Well besides wars, the Crusades, the Inquisitions, 9-11, ethnic cleansing, the suppression of women, the suppression of homosexuals, fatwas, honor killings, suicide bombings, arranged marriages to minors, human sacrifice, burning witches, and systematic sex with children, I have a few little quibbles. And I forgot blowing up girl schools in Afghanistan." –Bill Maher

12. Joy Behar

Actress | Ice Age: Continental Drift

Joy Behar was born on October 7, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Josephina Victoria Occhiuto. She is an actress and writer, known for Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Hall Pass (2011) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). She has been married to Steve Janowitz since August 11, 2011. She was ...

"I'm pathetically pragmatic. . . . I don't believe that there's a higher power that created human beings." -Joy Behar

13. Natalie Portman

Actress | Black Swan

Natalie Portman is the first person born in the 1980s to have won the Academy Award for Best Actress (for Black Swan (2010)).

Natalie was born Natalie Hershlag on June 9, 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel. She is the only child of Avner Hershlag, a Israeli-born doctor, and Shelley Stevens, an American-born...

14. Thandie Newton

Actress | Crash

Thandie Newton was born in London. She is the daughter of a Zimbabwean mother, Nyasha, a health-care worker from the Shona tribe, and Nick Newton, a British father who worked as a lab technician. She lived in Zambia until political unrest caused her family to move back to the UK. She then lived in ...

15. Ricky Gervais

Writer | The Office

Ricky Dene Gervais was born in a suburb of Reading, Berkshire, to Eva Sophia (House) and Lawrence Raymond Gervais, who was a hod carrier and labourer. His father was born in Ontario, Canada, of French-Canadian descent, and his mother was English. He was educated at Ashmead Comprehensive School and ...

"Thank you to God for making me an atheist." -Ricky Gervais (Actor/Comedian)

16. George Carlin

Actor | Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure

George Denis Patrick Carlin was born and raised in Manhattan, New York City, to Mary (Bearey), a secretary, and Patrick John Carlin, an advertising manager for The Sun; they had met while working in marketing. His father was from Donegal, Ireland, and his mother was Irish-American. His parents ...

"If churches want to play the game of politics, let them pay admission like everyone else." -George Carlin

17. Björk

Soundtrack | Dancer in the Dark

Born in 1965 in the Icelandic capital city of Reykjavik, the daughter of Gudmundur Gunnarsson (an electrician) and Hildur Hauksdóttir who divorced before her second birthday, Björk grew up in a hippie-type community with her mother and her seven siblings. She started to study classical music at the...

"I'm no fucking buddhist, but this is enlightenment..." -Björk Guðmundsdóttir

18. Janeane Garofalo

Actress | Ratatouille

Janeane, the petite woman with the acerbic wit, was born in Newton, New Jersey, in 1964, to Joan, a secretary, and Carmine Garofalo, an Exxon executive. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Janeane had many jobs before breaking into show biz. She worked as a bike messenger, a shoe salesperson, ...

"[God] just seems very man-made to me. There are so many theories, and not everyone can be right. It's human nature to need a religious crutch, and I don't begrudge anyone that. I just don't need one" -Janeane Garofalo

19. Julia Sweeney

Actress | It's Pat: The Movie

Benevolent, sweet-faced, actress and comedienne Julia Sweeney, who was born in 1959 in Spokane, Washington, is normally identified with one single, highly unappetizing androgynous character. This sniveling, chunky-framed, springy-haired, plaid shirt-wearing, grotesque-looking character named Pat ...

"It took me years, but letting go of religion has been the most profound wake up of my life. I feel I now look at the world not as a child, but as an adult. I see what's bad and it's really bad. But I also see what is beautiful, what is wonderful. And I feel so deeply appreciative that I am alive. How dare the religious use the term 'born again.' That truly describes freethinkers who've thrown off the shackles of religion so much better!” –Julia Sweeney

20. Penn Jillette

Writer | Penn & Teller Get Killed

Penn Jillette was born on March 5, 1955 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, USA as Penn Fraser Jillette. He is a writer and producer, known for Penn & Teller Get Killed (1989), Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (2003) and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998). He has been married to Emily Zolten Jillette ...

Penn Jillette - Eccentric magician, comedian, actor, musician, and co-host of "Penn & Teller: Bull!"

21. Eddie Izzard

Actor | Ocean's Thirteen

Best-known for his surreal and digressive stand-up, British comedian and actor Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962, in Aden, Yemen, where his English parents -- Dorothy Ella, a nurse and midwife, and Harold John Izzard, an accountant -- worked for British Petroleum.

Izzard worked as a street ...

Eddie Izzard - Famous comedian, actor. Also known for his transvestism. Has main comedy role model as Monty Python, and John Cleese once referred to him as the "Lost Python". Receiver of an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England (2003) for pro-Europe campaigning on such issues as the Euro, and has also received an honorary doctorate in Letters from the Faculty of Arts at the University of Sheffield.

22. Jesse Ventura

Actor | Predator

Jesse Ventura was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Bernice Martha (Lenz), a nurse who was of German descent, and George William Janos, a steam fitter of Slovak ancestry. In November 1990, professional wrestler turned actor Jesse Ventura was elected to a four-year term as mayor of Brooklyn Park, ...

James George Janos (Jesse “The Body” Ventura): After graduating high school in 1969, Ventura joined the U.S. Navy, spent time in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged in 1973. He developed a rigorous workout routine, and his newly muscular physique attracted the attention of famous Midwest wrestling promoter Bob Geigel. He began wrestling professionally in the mid-1970s and changed his nam... See More

23. Woody Allen

Writer | Manhattan

Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...

"I am a Jew only in the sense that I was born into a Jewish family. I have no interest in the organized religions beyond a certain cerebral historical curiosity. They are all nonsense to me in their basic premises. . . . I'm agnostic, but I have one foot in atheism." -Woody Allen

24. Katharine Hepburn

Actress | The Lion in Winter

Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...

“I'm an atheist, and that's it. I believe there's nothing we can know except that we should be kind to each other and do what we can for each other.” -Katharine Houghton Hepburn

25. Charlie Parker

Soundtrack | Se7en

Charles Christopher Parker Jr. was born on August 29, 1920, in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, to Charles Parker Sr. and his 18-year-old wife Addie. His father ran out on the family when Charlie was just a little boy. When he was 11 his mother bought him an alto saxophone for his birthday. By ...

Charlie "Bird" Parker - was an American jazz saxophonist and composer. Parker is widely considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians, along with Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington. A PBS special on the life of "Bird" (i.e., Charlie Parker) quoted his widow as criticizing Parker's family for giving him a Christian funeral even though they knew "he was irreligious".

26. Neil deGrasse Tyson

Actor | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator.

Born and raised in New York City, Tyson became interested in astronomy at the age of nine after a visit to the Hayden Planetarium. After graduating from the Bronx High School of Science, where he was ...

Neil deGrasse Tyson: An American astrophysicist, science communicator, the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS, and has been a frequent guest on The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and Jeopardy!

27. Stephen Hawking

Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of ...

28. Albert Einstein

Self | Champagne for Caesar

Albert Einstein was born in Ulm, Kingdom of Württemberg, to a German Jewish family. He was the son of Pauline (Koch) and Hermann Einstein, a featherbed salesman. Albert began reading and studying science at a young age, and he graduated from a Swiss high school when he was 17. He then attended a ...

29. Butterfly McQueen

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Thelma McQueen attended public school in Augusta, Georgia and graduated from high school in Long Island, New York. She studied dance with Katherine Dunham, Geoffrey Holder, and Janet Collins. She danced with the Venezuela Jones Negro Youth Group. The "Butterfly" stage name, which does describe her ...

"As my ancestors are free from slavery, I am free from the slavery of religion." -Ms. Thelma "Butterfly" McQueen (January 8, 1911 – December 22, 1995)

Originally a dancer, McQueen appeared as Prissy, Scarlett O'Hara's maid in the 1939 film Gone with the Wind.

30. A. Philip Randolph

Self | The Mike Wallace Interview

A. Philip Randolph was born on April 15, 1889 in Crescent City, Florida, USA as Asa Philip Randolph. He was married to Lucille Green. He died on May 16, 1979 in New York City, New York, USA.

Asa Philip Randolph: A prominent twentieth-century African-American civil rights leader and the founder of both the March on Washington Movement and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, a landmark for labor and particularly for African-American labor organizing. He was one of several Black atheists involved in the civil rights movement.

31. W.E.B. Du Bois

W.E.B. Du Bois was born on February 23, 1868 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, USA as William Edward Burghardt Du Bois. He was married to Shirley Graham and Nina Gomer. He died on August 27, 1963 in Accra, Ghana.

"From my 30th year on I have increasingly regarded the church as an institution which defended such evils as slavery, color caste, exploitation of labor and war." W.E.B. Du Bois (Cofounder of NAACP)

32. Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Producer | Submission: Part I

Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born on November 13, 1969 in Mogadishu, Somalia as Ayaan Hirsi Magan. She is a producer and writer, known for Submission: Part I (2004), Honor Diaries (2013) and The National (1952).

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: A brave and prominent critic of Islam. Her screenplay for Theo van Gogh's movie Submission led to death threats, unfortunately her screenplay also led to the assasination of Theo van Gogh. In 2005, she was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

33. Heather Henderson

Actress | Shorty & Morty

Heather Henderson was born on March 7, 1973 in Camden, New Jersey, USA as Heather Anne Henderson. She is known for her work on Shorty & Morty (2011), 2012 Doomsday (2008) and Lili VonSchtupp: The Bumps and Grinds of Burlesque (2017).

Heather Henderson - Actor, model, incredible singer (No God Band wPenn Jillette), witty co-host and producer of the Ardent Atheist podcast, and can be seen as "Deft Deulist" from Magic: The Gathering card game

34. Ernest Hemingway

Writer | To Have and Have Not

Ernest Hemingway was an American writer who won the Pulitzer Prize (1953) and the Nobel Prize in Literature (1954) for his novel The Old Man and the Sea, which was made into a 1958 film The Old Man and the Sea (1958).

He was born into the hands of his physician father. He was the second of six ...

"All thinking men are atheists." — Ernest Hemingway

Sarah Haider is a Pakistani-American writer, speaker, and political activist. She co-created the advocacy group Ex-Muslims of North America (EXMNA)



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