Hollywood appears as a place for the cynical non believer – a God denying atheist or questioning agnostic. It may seem like biblical Babylon, where anything happens and any kind of morality goes. Perhaps on Breaking Bad, Walking Dead or Mad Men episodes that’s true, but it’s also true in real life, real bible reading Hollywood Christians exist. They’re bible believing Christians who you see perform as actors and actresses on TV and in movies. Stars like Angela Bassett, Kirk Cameron, Vic Mignogna, Stephen Baldwin and Sherri Shepherd may play naughty and wild – or even demonic evil – in films and television, but in their real lives, they attend church and believe in the Christian bible.
He’s probably the most vocal – if not most public Hollywood figure – to not only proclaim he’s a Christian, but celebrate how it influences his professional projects. We know Cameron best on the hit sitcom Growing Pains – opposite Alan Thicke and Joanna Kerns. Cameron had the distinction of acting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio (Wolf Of Wall Street) when the now superstar joined the cast. Cameron is always on talk shows openly talking about his faith, but he’s run into more than a few controversial moments when he’s spoken against same sex marriage and other hot button topics.
As one of the powerhouse talk titans of ABC’s power talk show The View, Shepherd arguably has the most powerful media soapbox on which to discuss her Christian beliefs. Shepherd started as a stand-up comedian and played a cop on the hit sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond. Although Shepherd shares her talk tank with co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, and Jenny McCarthy, she isn’t always spouting biblical verse. Still, when a topic is raised which conflicts with her Christian beliefs, she’s quite willing to speak her religiously alert mind.
He’s one of the fabled Baldwin brothers. This alone gets him attention and makes him a Hollywood curiosity. Brother to actors Daniel Baldwin, William Baldwin and fiery superstar Alec Baldwin (The Hunt For Red October), Stephen’s most visible role may be his turn as lovable goof Barney Rubble in The Flintstones In Viva Rock Vegas – sequel to the big hit flick The Flintstones. Baldwin wrote a book – The Unusual Suspect – where he offers up both important personal and career incidents and reveals he became a born-again Christian after the 911 terrorist attack on America.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? Bassett might ask – What’s faith got to do with it? She’d probably answer by saying, ‘a whole lot.’ Bassett turned into the electric Tina Turner for her 1993 movie version of the R&B and Pop music queen’s life story – co-starring Laurence Fishburne (The Matrix) as musical mentor and abusive hubby Ike Turner. Since then, she’s wowed us in so many other film roles, such as How Stella Got Her Grove Back. Bassett attends the West Angeles Church of God in Christ, in Los Angeles California.
You don’t know him unless you’re into anime. Mignogna works mostly as a voice actor in Japanese animation productions. He’s trying to branch out in front of the camera, so he crafted a fan show based upon legendary Star Trek. The web show called Star Trek Continues sees him as a middle aged Captain Kirk trying to reign in his ever expanding waistline, while still seeking out new life and new civilizations. Mignogna appears intent on turning his version of Trek into one promoting Christianity. It’s something original Star Trek creator, humanist and agnostic, Gene Roddenberry, would have no doubt found fascinating, if not disturbing, since Roddenberry felt all religions would be disposed of by humanity in the far future.