Religions and Their Famous Members Roman Catholics
A list of famous Roman Catholics including statesmen, athletes, and artists.
RELIGIONS AND THEIR FAMOUS FLOCKS
CELEBRATED ROMAN CATHOLICS
1. Charles Carroll, U.S., 1737-1832.
Signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, prior to its ratification he was prohibited from holding public office in Maryland due to his religion.
2. Simon Bolivar, Venezuelan, 1783-1830.
Liberator of Latin America from European colonial powers.
3. Kit Carson, U.S., 1809-1868.
Trapper, scout, and Indian agent.
4. Katharine Drexel, U.S., 1858-1955.
Heiress and nun, she donated her $20 million inheritance to social work among American Indians and blacks.
5. Al Smith, U.S., 1873-1944.
Four-time governor of New York State, he was a Democratic presidential candidate in 1928 and his Catholicism was a major issue in the campaign.
6. Konrad Adenauer, German, 1876-1967.
First chancellor of West Germany.
7. Eamon De Valera, Irish (U.S.-born), 1882-.
Irish revolutionary, he is half-Spanish in descent and in his youth belonged to Irish Republican societies which were condemned by the Catholic Church.
8. Gabriela Mistral, Chilean, 1889-.
Poetess, in 1945 she won the Nobel Prize for literature.
9. John Rock, U.S., 1890-.
Gynecologist and obstetrician, he was a key figure in the development of the first effective oral contraceptive pill.
10. Rudolph Valentino, U.S. (Italian-born), 1895-1926.
11. Spencer Tracy, U.S., 1900-1967.
Actor, he portrayed Father Flanagan in the film Boys Town. A devout Roman Catholic, Tracy would not divorce his wife, even to marry Katharine Hepburn.
12. Ethel Waters, U.S., 1900-1977.
Actress and singer, though active in Billy Graham crusades, she was reared a Roman Catholic and said of her background: "I loved all my Catholic experience. One thing the Catholic people taught me, that I'll revere and bless them for as long as I live, is honesty."
13. Bing Crosby, U.S., 1904-1977.
Actor and singer.
14. Irene Dunne, U.S., 1904-.
15. Gracie Allen, U.S., 1906-1964.
16. Joseph McCarthy, U.S., 1908-1957.
Senator from Wisconsin, unscrupulous anti-Communist who gave his name to "McCarthyism."
17. Mother Teresa, Indian (Yugoslavian-born), 1910-.
Social worker and nun, she has gained international attention for her work among the poor of Calcutta.
18. Loretta Young, U.S., 1913-.
19. John F. Kennedy, U.S., 1917-1963.
U.S. president, he is thus far the only Roman Catholic to have held that office.
20. Jeane Dixon, U.S., 1918-.
Psychic astrologer and seer. She attends daily Mass and believes her prophetic ability comes from God.
21. Dino De Laurentiis, Italian, 1919-.
Motion picture producer, he has more than 100 films to his credit, among them The Bible, which he produced because he "wanted to develop an interest in the Bible [which] had been forgotten in our decade."
22. Maureen O'Hara, U.S. (Irish-born), 1921-.
23. Daniel Berrigan, U.S., 1921-.
24. Philip Berrigan, U.S., 1923-.
Peace activists and priests, the Berrigan brothers were the first Roman Catholic clerics to receive federal sentencing for peace agitation in the U.S.
25. Carroll O'Connor, U.S., 1924-.
Comedian, actor, and songwriter, he is best known for his characterization of Archie Bunker in TV's All in the Family.
26. William F. Buckley, Jr., U.S., 1925-.
Author, lecturer, editor of National Review.
27. Tom Dooley, U.S., 1927-1961.
Medical missionary, he established medical services in underdeveloped countries and was the founder of MEDICO.
28. Gunter Grass, German, 1927-.
Dramatist, poet, novelist, and graphic artist.
29. James Alton McDivitt, U.S., 1929-.
Astronaut, according to Current Biography he was "the first Roman Catholic to go into orbit."
30. Mary Tyler Moore, U.S., 1937-.
Comedienne, actress, and dancer. Her dramatic talents were nurtured in a convent school run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart.
31. Romy Schneider, Austrian, 1938-.
32. Patty Hearst, U.S., 1954-.
Heiress and radical activist, she was once suspended from a Catholic school for telling a nun to go to hell.
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