Wednesday, April 29, 2015


In pre-Vatican II times there were many Catholic celebrities that tried to live up to their Catholic identity although I am sure that the temptations of Hollywood often caused them to fall.

With today's current crop of Catholic celebrities, I'm not sure they do us any favors. I just read where Mark Wahlberg who goes to daily Mass does not agree with the Church on gay marriage (which calls into doubt all kinds of other doctrines and dogmas of the Church).

And Patricia Heaton formerly of "Everyone Loves Raymond" is supposedly still Catholic but attends a Presbyterian Church. What's up with that?

Are there any faithful Catholic celebrities out there anymore?

I heard Loretta Young, (whom I loved as a child on her TV Show and wanted to marry) once confessed that she turned her life around when she sought counsel from a priest about a problem and the priest told her she was living in mortal sin and would go to hell if she died. After that, she states she turned her life around. 

Here's an interesting list of Catholic celebrities of the past:
  • Bing Crosby (singer, actor)
  • Ray Bolger (The Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz)
  • Jimmy Durante (Singer, comedian, actor)
  • Fred MacMurray (actor)
  • Rosalind Russell (actress)
  • Lawrence Welk (band leader)
  • Charles Boyer (actor)
  • Bela Lugosi (actor "Dracula")
  • Rita Hayworth (actress)
  • Jack Haley (The Tinman in the Wizard of Oz)
  • Jackie Coogan (Uncle Fester in the Addams Family)
  • Pat O'Brien (actor)
  • Dennis Day (Irish tenor)
  • Louella Parsons (gossip columnist)
  • Spike Jones (comedy singer)
  • Sharon Tate (actress murdered by the Charles Manson Family)
  • Joan Davis (actress)
  • Edmond O'Brien (actor)
  • Mary Astor (actress)
  • ZaSu Pitts (actress)
  • John Ford (director)
  • Mario Lanza (actor)
  • Joe Flynn (Captain Binghampton in McHale's Navy)
  • Richard Arlen (actor)
  • MacDonald Carey (actor)
  • John Candy (comic actor)
  • Mary Frann (actress)
  • Vince Edwards (actor "Ben Casey")
  • Audrey Meadows (actress)
  • John Ford (director of "The Quiet Man", & other westerns)
  • John Wayne - 'converted' (actor)
  • Loretta Young (actress)
  • James Cagney (actor)
  • Richard Egan (character actor)
  • Jim Murray (sports columnist, co-founder of Sports Illustrated)
  • Helen O'Connel (big band singer)
  • Mario Tomaza (opera singer)
  • Carroll O'Connor (actor - Archie Bunker)
  • Mack Sennett (comedian)
  • Rudolph Valentino (American actor; silent movies star)
  • Spencer Tracy (American actor)
  • Brigitte Bardot (French actress)
  • Danny Thomas (actor)
  • Bob Newhart (comedian)
  • Dean Martin (actor, singer)
  • Fernando Lamas (actor)
  • Cesar Romero (actor)
  • Carmen Miranda (entertainer)
  • Desi Arnaz (actor)
  • George Carlin (comedian)
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Deforest Kelly (actor)
  • Grace Kelly (actress)
  • Perry Como (singer)
  • Gene Roddenberry (creator Of Star Trek)


qwikness said...

Mark Wahlberg is in a very raunchy movie called Ted, with the teddy bear. I've never seen the movie but I just saw the very dirty video clip promoting the sequel. Dropping F-bombs, talking pornography, homo-porn, drugs, you name it. If he is Catholic why is selling out with this filth. Look up Ted 2 trailer, don't do it at work.

Servimus Unum Deum said...

Please a Hollywood celebrity being truly "Catholic?" It's the devil's playground. You cannot do acting as a professinal career and expect to uphold the teachings of the Church. Next topic please, Father.

John said...

We are all sinners. No more slack than for any other sinner.

Who am I to judge?!

gobshite said...

Absolutely...Catholic celebrities should get special stars, rock stars, politicians, clergy...

Rood Screen said...

Most Catholic children today are, objectively speaking, formed by unfaithful parents, non-religious entertainment and secular schools. This was not the case for most of the earlier celebrities on the list. Therefore, they tended to be better Catholics as famous adults.

Richard M. Sawicki said...

I think you're wrong about Gene Roddenberry.

I believe he described himself as being raised in a conservative Baptist (i.e. Protestant) family, but also made no hesitation to call himself an "apostate" from Christianity.

Although...there was so much subtle Christian and Scriptural material in the original Star Trek series, it just shows that you can't escape it completely! ;-)

Gaudete in Domino Semper!

Православный физик said...

Well, a young actor who seems like the real deal is David Henrie, he's a Catholic, and I have seen him at one of the parishes I attend in LA.

Being famous, or in Hollywierd, is a cross I wish for no one, but someone needs to take back the culture, I long for the days of the legion of decency :)

Anonymous said...

The Bing Crosby "Going My Way" household might not have been the best place for children. There's a lot of buzz about him beating up his sons. Two of them shot themselves in the head....with shotguns.

Militia Immaculata said...

As for Patricia Heaton being Catholic but worshiping at a Presbyterian church, I remember reading where she said it's because she's divorced and remarried.

Daniel said...

Just to cherry-pick the first name on your list, Bing Crosby's affairs were notorious. One of them was with another name on your list, Grace Kelly. Celebrities were protected by their studios back then; now they're on their own. We know more about stars today, but they also feel more free to speak out.

Daniel said...

And now that I've had a chance to look again at that list of "good" Catholic celebrities -- really? Lots of folks there have Bing Crosby issues. Spencer Tracy, for one.

And George Carlin a Catholic. Again, really? Heard any of his anti-religion rants starting in around, oh, 1970 or so. RIP, George, where ever you are.

Daniel said...

Always thought Danny Thomas was a great guy, though. Bob Newhart, too.

Hans said...

Per her own autobiography, actress Rosalind Russell attended a Catholic school, but wasn't a Catholic.