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8 Famous Mormons

I’m not a Christian—at least not in the traditional sense—but I have many Christian friends (I do live in the Bible belt, after all). I grew up with one friend who was a Mormon, and I have recently met another wonderful woman who is also a Mormon.

I don’t know many Mormons otherwise (at least that I know of), and I never really hear about the religion (it’s all Southern Baptists around here, pretty much!). This got me wondering, how many Mormons are there—it turns out there are millions!—and are there many famous Mormons?

It turns out there are a ton of famous Mormons! Here are just a few:

Amy Adams, the cutie of Disney’s Enchanted among other dazzling performances, was raised Mormon, though she no longer practices the faith.

Don Bluth, one of my absolute favorite innovators in animation, is a Mormon. He graduated from Brigham Young Univeresity and served on a mission to Argentina. He’s the creator of some of my daughter’s and my favorite films—including An American Tale, The Secret of NIMH (which is also an anti-animal experimentation film), Pete’s Dragon, and many other awesome movies. Though Don hasn’t had another movie released since Titan A.E. in 2000 I would love to see something else from him!

Actress Eliza Dushku of Buffy the Vampire fame was raised Mormon, but no longer practices the religion today.

The Dark Knight’s amazing Aaron Eckhart is a Mormon and has served on a mission in France. He doesn’t like to be considered a “poster boy” of the religion, though, saying, “It's a great moral culture.  It has a lot of character.  It's family-oriented.  It stands for hard work.  It stands for believing in something.  Whether or not I personally can abide by it 24 hours a day, seven days a week, that's my own problem.”

Hilarious Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory, and other funny movies is a Mormon. Actually, Jon’s costar in Dynamite, Aaron Ruell, is a Mormon, too!

So is the lovely and funny Katherine Heigl of Knocked Up and 27 Dresses. "I'm not as disciplined about it was I once was, but I hope to find my way back as I get older and a little less selfish,” she has said.

Finally, there is Hollywood star Paul Walker of Varsity Blues and The Fast and the Furious, who was raised a Mormon, but now considers himself a nondenominational Christian. Of the movie industry, Walker has said, “I was raised Mormon, and I went to Christian high school, and I thought it would be impossible to have a family, so for that reason I was reluctant to be a part of it because I thought it meant sacrificing all that."