Adam Sandler has that song about how all these famous people are Jewish and you probably didn’t know about some of them. Well, I won’t compose a tune to go with it, but I thought it’d be fun to list from time to time some prominent members of society who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Orson Scott Card – Author of Ender’s Game series and numerous other sci-fi/fantasy works
Mitt Romney – Former governor of Massachusetts, former presidential candidate
Jon Huntsman – Former ambassador to China, former presidential candidate
Jon Heder – Actor best known for his role as Napoleon Dynamite
Glen A. Larsen – Producer of original Battlestar Galactica
Stephanie Meyer – Author of Twilight series
Harry Reid – former Senate Democrat Majority Leader
Glenn Beck – Conservative political pundit
And the man who may surprise and please you all most…Gary Kurtz – producer of Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back
I’ll post more from time to time, and anyone is welcome to contribute. Yes, there are sites that list every conceivable Mormon of prominence, but I think it’d be more fun if every time you learn about someone in some casual manner, only then do you post it.
Update: Steve Young (descendant of Brigham Young) - Former NFL Star
Tracy Hickman - Popular fantasy author
Wilford Brimley - Actor who played in movies like Cocoon, or more importantly Ewoks: The Battle for Endor
Christian Jacobs and Chad Larson - Members of a band named the Aquabats_(often described as new wave, but also as rock, punk, ska, and synthpop; perhaps best summarized as a super-hero music group)_
Scott Schultz - creator of Yo Gabba Gabba!, along with the aforementioned Chad Larson.
Rulon Gardner - Olympic wrestler, Biggest Loser contestant
Ken Jennings - Longest running Jeopardy! champion, second highest Jeopardy! prize winner, and number one prize winner of all game shows
Amy Adams - Actress of rising popularity, getting her big break in Disney’s Enchanted, raised LDS, though no longer practicing
Aaron Eckhart - Popular actor, perhaps best known for his role as Two-Face in The Dark Knight, raised LDS, though no longer practicing
Elaine Bradley - drummer for the Neon Trees. In reality, I believe the entire band is Mormon, aside from the singer who has since left the faith.
Dan Reynolds - lead singer for Imagine Dragons.