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David Linn | Mormon Artists

A multi-talented artist, David Linn has primarily built himself a reputation as a famous Mormon painter but has also spent time composing music and as a designer. Brigham Young University awarded the celebrity Mormon an MFA from which he launched his career to become a well-known Mormon artist who lists American Luminists as well as Baroque artists as his inspirations.

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Isabelle Collin Dufresne | Mormon Actors

Known as one of Andy Warhol’s ‘superstars’, this famous Mormon went by the stage name of Ultra Violet with her hair dyed to match. Appearing in a great number of movies and productions, as well as contributing to the creative process as an author and artist, Dufresne’s influence was far-reaching and of great benefit to Andy Warhol’s studios.

In 1981, Ultra Violet was baptised and became an active member of the Church of Latter-Day Saints but, sadly, this celebrity Mormon passed away in June this year (2014). Her memorial service was conducted at an LDS chapel.

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Wilford Brimley | Mormon Actors

Beginning his career on the big screen as a Cowboy Stuntman in the 60’s, famous Mormon actor Wilford Brimley achieved his big break by the 80’s and appeared in classics such as the hit horror film ‘The Thing’; he also starred in LDS movies such as Brigham City. His success wasn’t limited to the big screen, however, as this famous Mormon was also quite active on television, fronting Quaker Oats for their commercials.

His other run of TV work, however, earned him fame with a different demographic. While acting as the spokesman for Liberty Medical Diabetic Supplies, this famous Mormon actor became something of a Mormon celebrity when his commercials went viral, being used as a meme across the Internet.

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Ryan Little | Mormon Actors

Like Lincoln Hoppe, famous Mormon director Ryan Little attended Brigham Young University, where he studied film and created a series of award-winning short films before moving onto larger productions such as The Last Good War. As an LDS film-maker, Little has built a reputation for himself in the Mormon community for being a prodigious talent with his LDS movies.

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Mitch Davis | Mormon Actors

Beginning his career in film-making at the age of 27, Mitch Davis was employed by Walt Disney Productions which further honed the skills of this famous Mormon before he departed to assume the role of Vice President for a company working with Columbia Studios. Though his film-making was put on a hiatus while he served as a Bishop for the LDS Church, Davis returned to helm the development of LDS Movies, with The Other Side of Heaven releasing in 2001.

As a Mormon film-maker, Mitch Davis did much to further the cause of the LDS Church and is one of the more influential famous Mormons.

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Michael Birkeland | Mormon Actors

Often credited with typos in his name, famous Mormon comedian and actor Michael Birkeland featured in several LDS movies. He felt, however, that his fame got the better of him: “I let the social side take over, I let it ruin my life.” Despite this, he bounced back to write and star in several small roles such as ‘The R.M.’ and ‘The Singles Ward’ and to run his own company aimed at marketing products to the LDS market.

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Lincoln Hoppe | Mormon Actors

Famous Mormon actor and film writer Lincoln Hoppe is best known for co-writing the film Saints and Soldiers: Airborne Creed in which fellow LDS actor, Colbin Allred, starred. In the early 90’s, Hoppe also served on a LDS mission to Portgual and can be regarded as an active member of the Mormon faith.

Away from the big screen, this Mormon celebrity has been increasingly involved with the comedy scene.

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Laraine Day | Mormon Actors

The eponymous ‘First Lady of Baseball’, Laraine Day’s status as a famous Mormon was in place before her marriage to Baseball player and manager Leo Durocher as she played a popular role as Nurse Lamont in the Dr. Kildare series. This Mormon actress also made starring roles in high profile films, such as Foreign Correspondent, directed by legendary filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

Laraine passed away at the age of 87, but her work in films earned her a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame cementing the legacy of this famous Mormon actress forever.

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Kevin J. Foxe | Mormon Actors

Most famous for his low budget blockbuster, the Blair Witch Project, this famous Mormon arguably created a new sub-genre in Horror with his ‘camcorder documentary’ style that turned a low budget into a multi-million dollar box office yield. Despite his success, Foxe is still ferociously dedicated to the Mormon faith, promoting discussions of the faith.

This famous Mormon director also took the time to confirm in correspondence with Famous Mormons that he is a proud member of the LDS Church.

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Keene Curtis | Mormon Actors

A popular and successful Broadway star, Keene Curtis was a famous Mormon actor known for his roles in Annie and La Cage Aux Folles. He also broke into television where he showed an amazing work ethic by starring in over forty dramas, sitcoms, and other shows. This famous Mormon’s appearances include E.R, Star Trek, and Cheers.

Tragically, Curtis passed away at the age of 79 in October, 2002. This Mormon actor and performer will always be remembered, however, for his contributions to the stage and to television.

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