For All the Saints: Famous Lutherans

Posted by Pastor Andrzejewski on Monday, November 02, 2009
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Below is a partial list of Famous Lutherans. Saints and sinners... just like the rest of us. But known by more people than we "average Lutherans":

Tom Brady, Super Bowl MVP, and NFL record holder. Quarterback, New England Patriots.

Flip Saunders, head coach, Washington Wizards, former head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Kirsten Dunst, actress. Spiderman trilogy.

Loni Anderson (b.1946), actress. Born in St. Paul, Minnesota and raised in the Lutheran Church, Loni was for a time a Sunday School teacher. She is perhaps best known for her role as Jennifer Marlowe, in the popular sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati (1978-1982).

Lloyd, Beau and Jeff Bridges, actors.

David Hasselhoff (b.1952) actor, "talent" judge. Perhaps best known for his role as Mitch in "Baywatch".

William Hurt (b.1950), actor. whose many film credits include The Big Chill (1983), Broadcast News (1987), Children of a Lesser God (1986), Lost In Space (1998), and The Village (2004).

William H. Macy (b. 1950) Oscar award winning actor who starred in, among over 100 films, Fargo, Jurassic Park, Seabiscuit, and Wild Hogs. Married to Desperate Housewive’s Felicity Huffman. Once was quoted as saying "I am Lutheran down to my socks."

Ann-Margret (b.1941) actress, singer. Born in Valsjobyn, Sweden. Her many film credits include Grumpy Old Men (1993) and its sequel, Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Bye Bye Birdie (1963). She is also one of the very few Lutherans ever to have dated Elvis.

David Soul (b. 1943) actor. Best known for playing Detective Hutchinson in the television police drama "Starsky and Hutch" (1975-1979), and singer of the hit song “Don’t Give Up on Us Baby”. His father, Dr. Richard Solberg, served as a Religious Affairs Advisor to the U.S. High Commission in Berlin and as Senior Representative for the Lutheran World Federation (LWF).

Sally Struthers - Perhaps best known for her portrayal of Gloria on the popular sitcom "All in the Family".

Bruce Willis (b.1955) actor. Confirmed at Trinity LCMS, Carney’s Point, NJ and star of The Sixth Sense (1999), Armageddon (1998), and the Die Hard Series.

Dana Carvey (b.1952) comedian and actor known especially for his gift of mimicry. Former member of Saturday Night Live (1986-93), where he created many numerous characters, including "The Church Lady". His film credits include Wayne's World and its sequel.

Gary Cole comedic actor. Best known for playing boss Bill Lumberg in the cult classic, "Office Space".

Gary Larsen (b.1950) cartoonist and creator of the classic comic The Far Side.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) Church musician. One of the greatest composers of all time, known especially for his organ compositions, chorales, and the Brandenburg Concertos.

Mary Hart, "Entertainment Tonight" host. Bears the distinction not only of outlasting all her male co-hosts on ET, but is- quite possibly the only Lutheran ever to have her legs insured by Lloyd's of London for a million dollars.

Pat O'Brien, Former "Access Hollywood" and "The Insider" host. Quite possibly the only Irish-Lutheran in his field.

Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Computer. Confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church (LCMS) in Palo Alto, CA.

John Woo - Hollywood director. Directed such films as Face Off (John Travolta, Nicolas Cage), Mission Impossible II (Tom Cruise), Paycheck (Ben Affleck).

Norman Schwarzkopf, U.S. Army general; leader of the famed "Operation Desert Shield/Storm."

Jeff Williams, NASA Astronaut. currently serving as a Flight Engineer for Expedition 21 aboard the International Space Station. Member of Gloria Dei LCMS, Houston.

Edwin Meese III, lawyer; U.S. Attorney General (1985-1988)

William Rehnquist (b.1924) lawyer; appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by Richard Nixon in 1972.

Lyle Lovett (b.1957) singer-songwriter; actor. His great-great maternal grandfather was one of the founding members of Trinity Lutheran Church in Klein, Texas (established 1873). Former husband to actress Julia Roberts.

Lou Gehrig, famed baseball player whose life was cut short by the disease that now bears his name. According to his biography, he was raised in a very devout Lutheran household and in another book ("Giants of the Polo Ground") an encounter is reported where he is asked by a NYC reporter if he is Jewish - he proudly replied that he was Lutheran !

John Mellancamp (b.1951) musician, singer, recording artist, songwriter, painter. His many hits include "Jack and Diane," and "Small Town."

Michelle TaFoya, Vern Lunquist, CBS sports.

Garrison Keillor (b.1942) humorist; host and creator, A Prairie Home Companion (1974-present); inductee Radio Hall of Fame (1994); author of Lake Wobegon Days (1985) and nine other titles; icon of National Public Radio.

Theodore Geisel, better known to the world as "Dr. Seuss"; well-loved children's author.

Robert Cade, sainted University of Florida scientist, inventor of Gatorade.

Athletes: Troy Aikman, NFL Super Bowl winning quarterback, Shane Battier, Houston Rockets NBA, Dale Earnhardt (1951-2001) NASCAR driver, Darin Erstad, Houston Astros, Dale Jarrett, NASCAR driver, Bennie Joppru, former UM and Houston Texans tight end, Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers, active in Lutheran churches in the Detroit area, and elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1980, Tom Landry, legendary former coach of the Dallas Cowboys (1960-1988), Paul Molitor, Minnesota Twins; elected to the Hall of Fame in January 2004, Lute Olson, former University of Arizona basketball coach, John Schuerholz, general manager, Atlanta Braves, Duffy Waldorf - PGA Tour, Dave Winfield, Hall of Fame New York Yankee, Minnesota Twin, Danny Wuerffel, Heisman Trophy winner.