He doesn’t wear his faith on his sleeve, but Sean Astin has had a remarkable spiritual journey. Astin grew up with the influences of Judaism and Buddhism in his life. He studied Buddhism, Judaism, and even agnosticism before discovering Christianity.
The “Lord Of The Rings” star now belongs to the Lutheran Church, where he was baptized and his wife. He has recently appeared in several faith-based films. Regardless of what religion his fans identify with, Astin hopes his films will allow them to breathe and reflect for a moment.
Donny and Marie Osmond
The popular sibling pop duo are devout Mormons. Donny and Marie Osmond have always been open about their faith. Donny attributed being Mormon to helping him stay grounded despite his celebrity status. Unlike most Mormons, however, Donny did not serve a two-year mission.
Regardless, his connection with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has been an anchor throughout his life. Likewise, Marie says she owes the Mormon faith everything. The church helped her cope with enormous personal loss and challenges.
Unlike his devil-may-care 007 personas, Pierce Brosnan off-screen is a devout Catholic. The actor revealed that his Catholic faith helped him cope with the deaths of his first wife and adopted daughter, both tragically passed away after battling ovarian cancer.
Being Irish and Catholic is a part of his DNA, Brosnan says. The former 007-star credits prayer and his Catholic faith for making him a better husband, father, and actor.
MC Hammer was a musical icon during the 1990s. His hit hip-hop track "Can't Touch This" defined the MTV generation and got everyone moving. So, it may come as a surprise to learn that the 50-something rapper prefers making Gospel music nowadays.
Hammer grew up in a Pentecostal church, and Christianity has always played a leading role in his life. Today, he's also a preacher for the Church of God in Christ and volunteers at a prison, where he counsels troubled young people. Fun fact - the artist claims that MC now stands for "Man of Christ."
Kevin Sorbo is a conservative Christian who isn't afraid to be himself in Hollywood. The actor best known for playing Hercules believes many of the world's problems stem from a lack of religion. Religion, for Sorbo, isn't just a source of comfort.
It is the only way of life. Sorbo thinks America is too secular. He believes biblical principles offer clarity and hope. It's one of the reasons why he's not afraid to take on faith-based roles and bring hope to the big screen.