Most Famous Atheists, Agnostics or Other God-less Individuals

by Dom Nozzi

The people found on this list represent the most famous atheists, agnostics, non-religious, or otherwise god-less. While this is an abbreviated list of the source I cite in the next paragraph, it contains those individuals who have prominent Wikipedia biographies. Some on this list do not necessarily have a “prominent Wikipedia biography,” but are people who at least have a minor Wiki bio, and I happen to know as artists, thinkers, or friends.

According to my source for this list (http://www.celebatheists.com/wiki/Category:Atheist), the following people are those “who identify themselves as ‘atheist’ or ‘godless’ or lacking theistic belief.”

Atheists

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  • Douglas Adams
  • Phillip Adams
  • Woody Allen
  • Robert Altman
  • Lance Armstrong
  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Peter William Atkins
  • David Attenborough
  • Kevin Bacon
  • Russell Baker
  • J.G. Ballard
  • Iain M. Banks
  • Clive Barker
  • Dan Barker
  • Dave Barry
  • Richard Bartle
  • Béla Bartók
  • Bill Bass
  • Simone de Beauvoir
  • Steve Benson
  • Ingmar Bergman
  • George Bernard Shaw
  • Björk
  • Susan Blackmore
  • Bill Blass
  • Sir Herman Bondi
  • Pierre Boulez
  • Nathaniel Branden
  • Marlon Brando
  • Richard Branson
  • Berkeley Breathed
  • Julia Hartley Brewer
  • Isaac Brock
  • Rodney Brooks
  • Richard Burton
  • James Cameron
  • Albert Camus
  • George Carlin
  • John Carmack
  • John Carpenter
  • Fidel Castro
  • Dov Charney
  • Noam Chomsky
  • Arthur C. Clarke
  • Nick Clegg
  • Alexander Cockburn
  • Francis Crick
  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Clarence Darrow
  • Richard Dawkins
  • Daniel Dennett
  • Marlene Dietrich
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Micky Dolenz
  • Marcus du Sautoy
  • Roger Ebert
  • Paul Edwards
  • Barbara Ehrenreich
  • Paul Ehrlich
  • Brian Eno
  • Ludwig Andreas von Feuerbach
  • Richard Feynman
  • Peter Fonda
  • James Forman
  • Jodie Foster
  • John Fowles
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Milton Friedman
  • Bob Geldof
  • Jack Germond
  • Ricky Gervais
  • Paul Giamatti
  • David Gilmour
  • James Gleick
  • Theo van Gogh
  • Mikhail Gorbachev
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • A. C. Grayling
  • Brian Greene
  • Susan Greenfield
  • Germaine Greer
  • Kathy Griffin
  • Che Guevara
  • Joe Haldeman
  • Yip Harburg
  • Sam Harris
  • Roy Hattersley
  • Bill Hayden
  • Robert Heinlein
  • Ernest Hemingway
  • Nat Hentoff
  • Katharine Hepburn
  • Peter Higgs
  • Ayaan Al Hirsi
  • Christopher Hitchens
  • Douglas Hofstadter
  • Derek Humphry
  • Sir Julian Huxley
  • Billy Joel
  • Kevin Kline
  • Neil Kinnock
  • Alfred Kinsey
  • Michael Kinsley
  • Melvin Konner
  • Paul Krassner
  • Paul Kurtz
  • Burt Lancaster
  • Cloris Leachman
  • Richard Leakey
  • Bruce Lee
  • Geddy Lee
  • Vladimir Lenin
  • John Lennon
  • Michael Lewis
  • Bill Maher
  • Barry Manilow
  • Mao Zedong
  • Karl Marx
  • Henri Matisse
  • Armistead Maupin
  • Ian McEwan
  • Butterfly McQueen
  • Arthur Miller
  • Marvin Minsky
  • Dame Helen Mirren
  • Stefan Molyneux
  • John Money
  • Jacques Monod
  • Desmond Morris
  • Rafael Nadal
  • Jawaharlal Nehru
  • Ingrid Newkirk
  • Randy Newman
  • Mike Nichols
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Barack Obama Sr.
  • George Orwell
  • Camille Paglia
  • Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Linus Pauling
  • Ivan Pavlov
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Ferdinand Piech
  • Steven Pinker
  • Brad Pitt
  • Katha Pollitt
  • Vladimir Pozner
  • Daniel Radcliffe
  • Ayn Rand
  • James Randi
  • Ron Reagan Jr.
  • Carl Reiner
  • Christopher Ricks
  • Diego Rivera
  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Richard Rodgers
  • Andy Rooney
  • Richard Rorty
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Bertrand Russell
  • Oliver Sacks
  • Mona Sahlin
  • Margaret Sanger
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
  • Arthur Schopenhauer
  • Tom Schulman
  • Eugenie Scott
  • Claude Shannon
  • Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Michael Shermer
  • Peter Singer
  • B.F. Skinner
  • George H. Smith
  • John Maynard Smith
  • Lee Smolin
  • Annika Sorenstam
  • George Soros
  • Richard Stallman
  • Victor Stenger
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Leonard Susskind
  • David Suzuki
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Studs Terkel
  • Pat Tillman
  • Tom Tomorrow
  • Alan Turing
  • Ted Turner
  • Bill Tytla
  • Eddie Vedder
  • John Craig Venter
  • Jesse Ventura
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • Gore Vidal
  • Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Annika Walter
  • Roger Waters
  • James Watson
  • Steven Weinberg
  • Gene Weingarten
  • Jerry Wexler
  • Gene Wilder
  • Ted Williams
  • Ian Wilmut
  • Rabbi Sherwin T. Wine
  • Tom Wolfe
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Steve Wozniak
  • Elizur Wright
  • Frank Zappa
  • Mark Zuckerberg

Agnostics

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  • Margaret Atwood
  • Susie Bright
  • Warren Buffett
  • Dick Cavett
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Winston Churchill
  • Marie Curie
  • Charles Darwin
  • Alan Dershowitz
  • Richard Dreyfuss
  • Carrie Fisher
  • Bill Gates
  • Stephen Jay Gould
  • Stephen Hawking
  • Thomas Huxley
  • Robert Jastrow
  • Jack Kevorkian
  • Larry King
  • Dave Matthews
  • Sean Penn
  • Carl Sagan
  • Sting
  • James Taylor
  • Mark Twain
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson

Ambiguous

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Those who have expressed skepticism regarding theism, but who cannot be fairly classified as either Atheist or Agnostic.

Note that skepticism towards organized religion is insufficient, as there are plenty of theists who dislike the church, mosque, etc. but nevertheless believe in god(s).

  • Napoleon Bonaparte
  • David Bowie
  • Jimmy Buffet
  • Sandra Bullock
  • Michael Caine
  • George Clooney
  • Robert Crumb
  • Dalai Lama
  • Phyllis Diller
  • Émile Durkheim
  • Thomas Edison
  • Albert Einstein
  • E.M. Forster
  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Morgan Freeman
  • Spalding Gray
  • Hugh Hefner
  • Robert Heilbroner
  • Sir Edmund Hillary
  • Aldous Huxley
  • Molly Ivins
  • Mick Jagger
  • Elton John
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Diane Keaton
  • Mark Knopfler
  • Stanley Kubrick
  • James Lovelock
  • Richard Pryor
  • Robert Redford
  • Bernie Sanders
  • Charles Schulz
  • Omar Sharif
  • William Shatner
  • Neil Simon
  • Meryl Streep
  • Donald Sutherland
  • Alice Walker
  • Paul Watson
  • Bruce Willis
  • Edward O. Wilson

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3 Responses to Most Famous Atheists, Agnostics or Other God-less Individuals

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  2. jim says:

    Alan Dershowitz is neither atheist nor agnostic!!

  3. Sean Wood says:

    I describe myself as an agnostic because i believe that nobody can prove the existence of a creator unless it shows itself to us.
    Religion is full of contradictions, just read the bible. How can you feed five thousand on five loaves and two fishes? Science is also a bit contradictory too as no scientist could probably answer what started the ” big bang” explosion.
    I am open minded really, and don’t claim to know anything for sure.

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