Jehovah’s Witness is a religion that’s Christian but the members prefer using their very own Bible translation. It’s called “The New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures”. The members have been well-known for many years now for distributing religious literature door-to-door. They don’t celebrate any holidays or even birthdays, also refusing to get blood transfusions for themselves or their children. In addition, they won’t serve in the military. The famous Jehovah’s Witnesses list is a long one and there are quite a few celebs (well-known actors, musicians, and politicians) who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. Whether they still are or not, remains to be seen, but many of them were raised that way. So, here’s a list that we have compiled of 20 Celebrities Who Are Jehovah’s Witnesses.
1. Michelle Rodriguez
This TV Star and “Lost” actress was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, according to Wikipedia. This American actress and screenwriter were born on July 12, 1978, in San Antonio, TX. She started her entertainment career back in 2000 and went on to become #69 of 171 among The All-Time Greatest Action Stars, #139 of 253 among The Best American Actresses Working Today, and #1161 of 1,883 among The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History.
Singer/Songwriter/Musician Prince Rogers Nelson was actually raised in the Baptist faith, but following his mother’s death, he converted in 2001 to becoming a Jehovah’s Witness. According to The Guardian, Prince was remarkably involved in his new faith. In fact, according to his local hometown newspaper, a couple once answered their door and found Prince offering them a copy of the Watchtower. Prince was born on June 7, 1958, in Minneapolis, MN, and he was a true musical genius who sadly passed away at the age of 57 following his hospitalization for a bad case of the flu. He rose to immense fame and popularity and was even named #14 of 656 among The Best Singers Of All Time as well as #1 of 80 on the List of Famous Bands from Minneapolis. His most popular songs included “Purple Rain”, “When Doves Cry”, “Little Red Corvette”, “Kiss”, “1999”, “I Would Die For You” and “Raspberry Beret”, although he made too many to even count.
3. Serena Williams
After being raised a Jehovah’s Witness, Tennis SuperStar Serena is still practicing today. She was born on September 25, 1981, in Saginaw, MI, and besides going on to becoming such a huge female tennis star, she was also voted #14 of 45 among The Most Influential People Of 2021 as well as #23 of 319 among The Most Inspiring Female Role Models (Non-Hollywood). According to the HuffPost, tennis superstar Serena Williams says that her secret weapon is ‘Jehovah God’. Serena and her four sisters became Witnesses following their mother’s conversion to the faith back in the early 80s. At the age of 33, Serena is ranked #1 among all of the women’s tennis players worldwide. She’s well-known for having a relentless will and delivering powerful bullying strokes on the court.
4. Damon Wayans
All of the comedic and very talented Wayans Brothers were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses. Actor/Comedian Damon was born on September 4, 1960, in New York City. He went on to become a very popular actor, producer, stand-up comedian, and writer. From “Saturday Night Live” in the 80s to “In Living Color” in the 90s, starring roles in popular major motion pictures like “Beverly Hills Cop” and “The Last Boy Scout”, Damon never fails to entertain audiences young and old. He also went on to be named #74 of 392 among The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time, #53 of 94 among The Best SNL Cast Members Of All Time, and #59 of 192 among The Funniest Stand-Up Comedians Of All Time.
5. Michael Jackson
The late The King of Pop Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, IN, and was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. In fact, “according to MJ’s biography, as quoted in the Watchtower, MJ actually went out preaching regularly and would wear disguises for avoiding recognition. Michael went on to become #27 of 50 among the 50 Most Popular Music Artists of 2010 and #2 of 656 among The Best Singers Of All Time. Some of his best songs ever include “Billie Jean”, “Smooth Criminal”, “Bad”, “Thriller”, and “Beat It”, although basically, every song he ever did was a hit.
6. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Dwight D. Eisenhower was the 34th President of the United States and was In office from January 20, 1953, until January 20, 1961. Eisenhower brought to his Presidency prestige as the commanding general of the military forces that were victorious in World War II in Europe. He was born on October 14, 1890, in Denison, TX, and passed away in 1969. He was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, however, he left the religion later when he became an adult.
7. Geri Halliwell
Geri’s mother converted to become a Jehovah’s Witness when her daughter was very young. Geri was born Geraldine Estelle Horner on August 6, 1972, in Watford, UK. She later went on to become a member of the wildly popular Spice Girls in the 90s, a girl group that sold more than 100 million records worldwide. She was also named #90 of 237 among Cancer Moon Celebrities and #156 of 215 among The Sexiest Musical Artists of All Time. As a singer, songwriter, author, actress, and philanthropist, she’s made quite a name for herself.
8. Terrence Howard
Actor Terrence Howard is the multi-talented star of “Hustle and Flow”, the 2004 hit film “Crash” with an all-star cast, and the TV series “Empire”. He has said that his ex-wife is currently raising their children as Jehovah’s Witnesses and he would like to become one, too. In fact, Howard was the PBS documentary series host of the Independent Lens and introduced PBS viewers to a film entitled “Knocking”. It was a candid look inside the religion and Howard’s personal connection to it.
9. Naomi Campell
The lovely SuperModel Naomi Campell was born on May 22, 1970, in Streatham, London, England, UK, and was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. However, she doesn’t practice the religion any longer. After she rose to fame as a supermodel, she continued on to pursue both acting and music careers. Her greatest success in those areas was in Japan with her music and the 1994 hit single “Love and Tears”, although her debut album sold over a million copies (Baby Woman). She was also ranked #138 of 154 among The Most Influential People in Fashion.
10. Notorious B.I.G
This famous rapper was born on May 21, 1973, in Clinton Hill, NY, and raised a Jehovah’s Witness. He was actually considered to be one of the greatest all-time rappers, however, his storied career was cut short by his 1997 death. Some of his most popular hits include “Hypnotize” and “Big Poppa”. He also ranked as #326 of 753 among the People We Wish Were Still Alive.
11. Janet Jackson
Like her even more famous brother, Michael, well-known singer Janet Jackson was raised during her childhood as a Jehovah’s Witness. She no longer practices the religion, however. She was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana, and went on to become a pop star in her own right. She is, however, probably best known for her “wardrobe malfunction” during a halftime show with Justin Timberlake. She was unfortunately blamed for the embarrassing issue where JT grabbed her dress and the top of it came down exposing her breast to millions of NFL fans. Her most popular songs of all time include the hits “Rhythm Nation” and “That’s the Way Love Goes”.
12. Patti Smith
Patti Smith is a well-known punk rock singer who, although she’s no longer practicing, was raised a Jehovah’s Witness. She was born on December 30, 1946, in Chicago, IL, and went on to be not only famous but also ranked #87 of 231 among The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters as well as #168 of 656 among The Best Singers Of All Time. Her most popular songs included “Ghost Dance” and “Frederick”.
13. Dave Mustaine
Besides being a Megadeth guitarist, Dave was raised a Jehovah’s Witness before 2002 when he became a born-again Christian. He was born September 13, 1961, in La Mesa, CA, and grew up to be ranked #105 of 259 among The Best Frontmen in Rock and #60 of 542 among The Greatest Guitarists Of All Time as well as #241 of 488 of The Best Rock Vocalists.
14. Venus Williams
Like her sister, Tennis Star Venus Williams was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and is still practicing the religion. Born on June 17, 1980, in Lynwood, CA, Venus went on to become a major tennis superstar just like Serena. She’s also ranked #11 of 72 among The Greatest Women’s Tennis Players of All Time as well as #190 of 1,316 among the Best Athletes Of All Time.
15. Sherri Shepherd
Although Talk Show Host Sherri Shepherd may have been raised to be a Jehovah’s Witness, she doesn’t practice the religion any longer. She was born on April 22, 1967, and went on to become ranked #106 of 156 among The Best Talk Show Hosts Of All Time, and #38 of 58 among The Best Female Talk Show Hosts on TV.
16. Ja Rule
Rapper Ja Rule, like many other stars of today, was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. However, he became disenchanted and quit as a Witness when his mother was disfellowshipped from the religion. That means that a judicial committee of Jehovah’s Witnesses decides that a witness who has been baptized made the mistake of committing a serious sin and remains unrepentant, thereby becoming disfellowshipped. Born on February 2, 1929, in New York City, the hip-hop singer/rapper rose to fame on the music scene. In 2011, he was also sentenced to two years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted criminal weapon possession.
17. Keenan Ivory Wayans
The oldest of the Wayans Brothers, Actor, Comedian & Director Keenan Ivory was also raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. Born on June 8, 1958, this Wayans brother went on to become not only an actor and comedian but also an excellent director. He was, in fact, ranked #60 of 120 among The Best Comedy Directors in Film History on top of #56 of 279 among all American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the US and #1245 of 1,883 among The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History. Pretty impressive!
18. Marlon Wayans
Just like the rest of the famous and funny Wayans Brothers, Actor & Comedian Marlon was also raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. He was born on July 23, 1972, in New York City. He later became ranked as #168 of 170 among The Best Living American Actors and #161 of 392 The 100+ Funniest People Of All Time.
Singer Selena Quintanilla was a Jehovah’s Witness prior to her untimely death at the hand of the President of her own fan club. Selena was born on April 16, 1971, in Lake Jackson, TX, and was murdered on March 31, 1995, by Yolanda Saldívar, who always claimed to be Selena’s biggest fan. Selena was ranked #121 of 282 among The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years and #497 of 656 of The Best Singers Of All Time.
20. Shawn Wayans
Another one of the Wayans Brothers, Actor & Comedian Shawn was, of course, also raised as a Jehovah’s Witness. Born on January 19, 1971, in New York City, Shawn went on to rank as #42 of 44 of The Best Actors Who Won Razzies and the more prestigious #84 of 279 among American Stand-Up Comedians: The Best Comics In the USA.
So, now you know a little something about some of the many well-known celebrities from all walks of life and all artistic (or political) persuasions, who were or still are Jehovah’s Witnesses. It’s been a well-known religion for many years now and will undoubtedly continue for years to come.