Famous Atheists - List of Famous Atheists

Being an atheist in a world obsessed with God and religions is surely something that sets one apart! To the layman, an atheist is simply someone who lacks belief in the existence of God or gods. But did you know that atheists are also often very rational, practical and have a scientific approach towards the happenings in the world? One such famous rational atheist is Stephen Hawking, the famed theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology. Ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author Richard Dawkins is another prominent scientist known for his atheism. While atheism is a serious issue for many, comedian Woody Allen often jokes about God and calls himself a “Jewish-Atheist!” Richard Branson, another well-known atheist states that a belief in God is not necessary to be a good human; it’s the humanitarian values that count. With more and more people choosing to denounce religion, atheism is surely gaining in prominence! Read on for more information about the life and works of famous atheists.

Check out the list of famous people who are/were atheists. The list includes people from all walks of life and from all over the world.

The Most Famous Atheists

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Brad PittDecember 18, 1963AmericanBrad Pitt is a famous American actor, known for his movies, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, and ‘World War Z’
Jack BlackAugust 28, 1969AmericanJack Black is a renowned American actor-producer and voice artist
Robert SmithApril 21, 1959BritishRobert Smith is an English musician and the lead singer of the British rock band, ‘The Cure.’ This biography of Robert Smith gives detailed information on his profile, childhood, life and timeline.
Morgan FreemanJune 1, 1937AmericanMorgan Freeman is an Academy Award winning actor known for his work in movies like ‘Street Smart’, ‘Driving Miss Daisy’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby’
Joaquin PhoenixOctober 28, 1974AmericanJoaquin Phoenix is a famed actor of Hollywood known for the films, ‘Walk the Line’ and ‘Gladiator’
Richard DawkinsMarch 26, 1941BritishRichard Dawkins is an English ethologist and evolutionary biologist
Keanu ReevesSeptember 2, 1964Canadian, LebaneseKnown for his impeccable character of ‘Neo’ in ‘The Matrix’ trilogy, Keanu Reeves is a Canadian-American actor who has done a variety of roles in Hollywood movies.
Stephen FryAugust 24, 1957BritishStephen Fry is a comedian, actor, author, television and radio presenter
Paul DiracAugust 8, 1902BritishPaul Dirac was an English theoretical physicist known for his contributions to quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics
Paul BettanyMay 27, 1971BritishPaul Bettany is a British actor best recognized for his voice role in the film ‘Iron Man.’
Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia

Camille Anna Paglia is an American author, social critic, and academic

AmericanApril 2, 1947184 views

Paul Bettany

Paul Bettany is a British actor best recognized for his voice role in the film ‘Iron Man.’

BritishMay 27, 1971321 views

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was one of the most iconic martial arts instructors who elevated the popularity of the combat practice in the world

ChineseNovember 27, 1940151 views

Brian Eno

Brian Eno is one of the founders of ambient music

BritishMay 15, 1948146 views

Louis Theroux

Louis Theroux is a British-American documentary filmmaker and broadcaster

BritishMay 20, 1970318 views

Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt is a famous American actor, known for his movies, ‘Ocean’s Eleven’, ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, and ‘World War Z’

AmericanDecember 18, 1963872 views

Bjork

Bjork Guomundsdottie is a singer, lyricist and producer from Iceland

IcelanderNovember 21, 1965199 views

Billy Connolly

Billy Connolly is a Scottish actor, musician and stand-up comedian

ScottishNovember 24, 1942185 views

Bill Maher

Bill Maher is a well-known American talk show host and political satirist

AmericanJanuary 20, 1956116 views

George Bernard Shaw

George Bernard Shaw was an Irish playwright, literary critic and a fervent socialist who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925.

IrishJuly 26, 1856115 views