List of Scientologists

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A Scientologist is an adherent of the doctrines and beliefs of Scientology.[1]

Current Scientologists[edit]

Legend: Career
  Businessmen, businesswomen and CEOs
  Musicians, including composers and singers
  Actors and actresses, including voice actors
Name Lifetime Notes
Kirstie Alley 1951– Actress[2][3][4][5]
Anne Archer 1947– Actress (mother of former Scientology spokesperson Tommy Davis)[3]
Emily Armstrong 1986– Musician[6]
Jennifer Aspen 1973– Actress[7][8]
James Barbour 1966– Broadway actor and singer[9]
Lynsey Bartilson 1983– Actress[10]
Catherine Bell 1968– Actress[10][11][12][13]
David Campbell 1948– Composer[14]
Nancy Cartwright 1957– Voice-over actress, voice of Bart Simpson[10][15][16][17][18]
Kate Ceberano 1966– Actress and musician;[19][20][21][22] a third-generation-Scientologist; her grandmother worked as a governess for the children of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard[20]
Erika Christensen 1982– Actress, raised Scientologist[2][3][10]
Tom Constanten 1944– Former keyboardist for the Grateful Dead[23][24][25]
Chick Corea 1941– Musician[3][5][10][19]
Tom Cruise 1962– Actor[3][19][20][22][26][27]
Sky Dayton 1971– Founder of EarthLink[28][29]
Doug Dohring Unknown Ex-owner of Neopets[30]
Cheney Shapiro 1983– Owner of Silverwood Properties, Inc. and Actress, raised Scientologist[31]
Richard Jud Shapiro -; Contractor and owner of Resourceful Construction, Inc., raised Scientologist[32]
Jason Dohring 1982– Actor, raised Scientologist[33]
Robert Duggan 1944– Billionaire investor and CEO[34]
Bodhi Elfman 1969– Actor[35][36][37][38]
Jenna Elfman 1971– Actress[2][3][5][10]
Richard Elfman 1949– Writer and director[28]
Stacy Francis 1966– Singer[39]
Doug E. Fresh 1966– Musician and actor[10][17][18]
Gary Imhoff 1952– Actor[40]
Mark Isham 1951– Musician and film music composer[41]
Riley Keough 1989– Actress, model, granddaughter of Elvis Presley, and raised a Scientologist.[42][43]
Vivian Kubrick 1960– Filmmaker, composer and daughter of Stanley Kubrick[44]
Juliette Lewis 1973– Actress[3][5][45]
Alanna Masterson 1988– Actress[46]
Christopher Masterson 1980– Actor[2][10]
Danny Masterson 1976– Actor[2][10]
Jim Meskimen 1959– Actor and improviser[47][48]
Julia Migenes 1949– Opera singer[49]
Sofia Milos 1965– Actress[50][51]
Elisabeth Moss 1982– Actress;[52] placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times[53]
Floyd Mutrux 1941– Film director and writer[54]
Haywood Nelson 1960– Actor[55]
Marisol Nichols 1973– Actress[19]
Judy Norton Taylor 1958– Actress[41][56][57]
Michael Peña 1976– Actor[58]
Bijou Phillips 1980– Actress and model[59]
David Pomeranz 1951– Singer, songwriter, composer[60][61]
Laura Prepon 1980– Actress[62]
Priscilla Presley 1945– Actress[63]
Lee Purcell 1947– Actress[41]
Giovanni Ribisi 1974– Actor, raised Scientologist[5][64]
Marissa Ribisi 1974– Actress, raised Scientologist[64]
Michael D. Roberts 1947– Actor[41]
Ruddy Rodríguez 1967– Actress[65][66]
Billy Sheehan 1953– Rock bassist[67][68]
Michelle Stafford 1965– Actress[69]
Ethan Suplee 1976– Actor[70]
John Travolta 1954– Actor[2][3]
Greta Van Susteren 1954– Television show host.[2][11][64] Listed among "A list" members of Scientology in a 2006 article in The Boston Globe. Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer.[71] Placed among "famous Scientologists" in a 2009 article in the St. Petersburg Times.[53] Her husband, a lawyer, is a fellow practitioner of Scientology.[64] She told People magazine, "I am a strong advocate of their ethics."[64]
Joy Villa 1986– Singer[72]
Edgar Winter 1946– Musician[73]

Former members[edit]

Name Lifetime Left Notes
Larry Anderson 1952– 2009 Actor, star of Orientation: A Scientology Information Film, left the organization in 2009 and requested his money back[74]
Jon Atack 1955– 1983 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[75]
Jason Beghe 1960– 2008 Actor, rose to Operating Thetan level OT V within the organization, left Scientology and subsequently spoke out publicly against the organization in 2008[76][77] He joined the organization through Milton Katsela's acting class, connecting with Bodhi Elfman and Mary Thompson.[78]
Cedric Bixler-Zavala 1974– 2017 Musician.[79]
Nazanin Boniadi 1980– Actress;[80] her mother was a Scientologist[81]
Kate Bornstein 1948– 1981 Transgender author, playwright, performance artist and gender theorist, was a spokesperson for Scientology[82]
John Brodie 1935– American football player;[4][83] credited Dianetics with his recovery from a sports injury; left after some of his friends "were expelled and harassed during a power struggle with church management"[4]
William S. Burroughs 1914–1997 1960s Burroughs was an author and poet. In the 1960s he joined and left the Church of Scientology.[84] In talking about the experience, he claimed that the techniques and philosophy of Scientology helped him and that he felt that further study into Scientology would produce great results. He was skeptical of the organization itself, and felt that it fostered an environment that did not accept critical discussion.[85] His subsequent critical writings about the church and his review of Inside Scientology by Robert Kaufman led to a battle of letters between Burroughs and Scientology supporters in the pages of Rolling Stone magazine. He wrote the book Ali's Smile: Naked Scientology.[86][87]
Diana Canova 1953– 1993 Actress;[88] critical of Scientology's "straightforward" desire for money[89][90]
Tory Christman 1947– 2000 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[75]
Robert DeGrimston 1935– With wife, Marry Anne DeGrimston, founder of The Process Church of The Final Judgment[91][92]
John Duignan 1963– Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[93]
Neil Gaiman 1960– Novelist, graphic novelist and screenwriter. Son of David Gaiman, raised Scientologist in East Grinstead. Has left the Church, although prefers not to speak publicly about it.[94]
Philip Gale 1978–1998 Massachusetts Institute of Technology student and primary developer of EarthLink's innovative ISP software; committed suicide[95]
Paul Haggis 1953– 2009 Film director, Academy Award winner, in response to the San Diego branch's public support of California Proposition 8 and other factors, including Scientology's "indefensible actions, and inactions" and lies[96] He progressed up to OT VII in the 1980s where he remained until he left the church.[78]
Beck Hansen 1970– 2019 Musician who promoted Scientology as a member for many years and featured as a prominent member of the organization.[3][17][18][64] Hansen said in a 2019 interview that he is not a Scientologist and that he doesn't "have any connection or affiliation with it".[97]
Marc Headley 1974– 2005 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[75]
Jim Humble 1933–[98][circular reference] 1981 Self-published author, Pseudoscience advocate and founder of the Genesis II Church[99][100]
Robert Hunter 1941–2019 Lyricist for the Grateful Dead[101]
Jason Lee 1970– 2016 Actor[102][103]
Johnny Lewis 1983–2012 Actor[104]
Charles Manson 1934–2017 Identified as a Scientologist during time in prison;[20][91][105][106] studied Scientology while incarcerated.[107] He incorporated Scientology doctrines in his teachings.[91] He ordered Manson Family member Bruce Davis to journey to the United Kingdom and work for the Scientology organization in London.[108] Manson completed 150 hours of auditing before declaring the religion "too crazy".[109]
Jenna Miscavige Hill 1984– 2005 Niece of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower[110]
Ron Miscavige 1936– 2012 Father of David Miscavige, author and whistleblower[111]
Vince Offer 1964– 2002 Film director of The Underground Comedy Movie and pitchman for Shamwow![112]
Lisa Marie Presley 1968– 2012 Singer and songwriter[113] She made her departure known in music lyrics on an album, Storm and Grace, in a song called You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.[114]
Mark Rathbun 1957– 2004 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[75] In December 2018, Jezebel reported that Rathbun had posted videos on his website that praised Scientology and criticized ex-Scientologist Leah Remini. Jezebel also suggested that Rathbun has actually re-joined Scientology.[115]
Leah Remini 1970– 2013 Actress[116][117] and critic of the Scientology organization. She wrote an autobiography in 2015 entitled Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology, and produces and presents the A&E documentary series Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath.
Mike Rinder 1955– 2007 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[118]
Mimi Rogers 1956– Actress[119]
Amy Scobee 19xx– 2005 Whistleblower, and critic of the Scientology organization[120]
Reed Slatkin 1949–2015 Criminal Ponzi scheme perpetrator[121]
Paul Twitchell 1908–1971 1959 Spiritual writer and founder of Eckankar;[122][123] joined Scientology and achieved the status of "Clear"[124]

Deceased members[edit]

Name Lifetime Notes
Karen Black 1939–2013 Actress[15][125][126]
Sonny Bono 1935–1998 Entertainer and congressman (R-CA 44th).[16] Identified among "notable Scientologists" in the 2007 edition of the book Extraordinary Groups: An Examination of Unconventional Lifestyles by authors William W. Zellner and Richard T. Schaefer.[71] Identified as a Scientologist by his ex-wife; however, she stated that "Sonny did try to break away at one point, and they made it very difficult for him". The Church denied any estrangement with Bono.[127][128]
Stephen Boyd 1931–1977 Actor, rose to Grade IV within the organization, utilized Scientology techniques while filming a movie in Louisiana[129]
Jeff Conaway 1950–2011 Actor[130][131][132][133]
Isaac Hayes 1942–2008 Musician and actor[3][17]
Nicky Hopkins 1944–1994 Musician[134]
Milton Katselas 1933–2008 Acting teacher[3][40]
Geoffrey Lewis 1935–2015 Actor[45][135]
Noah Lottick 1966–1990 Scientologist whose suicide was the focus of the Time magazine article "The Thriving Cult of Greed and Power"[136][137][138][139][140][141]
Lisa McPherson 1959–1995 Woman whose death has been a source of controversy for Scientology[73][142]
Eduardo Palomo 1962–2003 Actor[143][144]
Elli Perkins 1949–2003 Scientologist businesswoman[145] who was murdered by her son who suffered from mental illness[146][147][148][149]
Kelly Preston 1962–2020 Actress[2][5][150][151]
Pablo Santos 1987–2006 Actor[152]

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