13 Former Celebrity Scientologists

When Katie Holmes filed for divorce from Tom Cruise, not only did she cause one of the biggest breakups in recent Hollywood history, she also created a panic among Scientologists.

But Holmes isn’t the first big-name celebrity to cause a stir in the church.

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The long list includes actresses, producers, and singers—some of whom have lashed out at the religion after their fallout.

We’ve compiled the stars who once practiced the religion, those who have spoken out against the church, and those who considered following Scientology.

Plus, see who considered joining the religion including Ricky Martin and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Paul Haggis

Paul Haggis

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Film director and screenwriter, Paul Haggis (“Million Dollar Baby,” “Crash”) spoke out in the New Yorker about his decision to leave Scientology in 2009 saying it horrified him.”I was in a cult for 34 years,” said Haggis. “Everyone else could see it. I don’t know why I couldn’t.”

After reading an article by the St. Petersburg Times reporting physical violence committed by church members, Haggis was extremely bothered.

“They were ten years old, twelve years old, … scrubbing pots, manual labor—that so deeply touched me,” Haggis told the New Yorker. “My God, it horrified me!”

Haggis ultimately left Scientology after the church refused to publicly denounce Proposition 8—the ballot that banned same-sex marriage in California. He claimed his youngest daughter, Katy, who is gay, lost a Scientologist friend after outing herself, not because of her sexuality, but, rather because she lied about her sexual preference.

Michael Fairman

“Young and the Restless” star Michael Fairman joined Scientology in 2003, acting as the face of the religion for a few years, but left after having misgivings with the group.

He told the Village Voice he began doubting Scientology leader David Miscavige‘s pressure to make expensive purchases in 2009.

“It was a really hard sell, and it turned me and my wife off. I stopped going to events,” he said. “Then, when Paul Haggis’s letter came up in 2009, that’s when I really started to look at things. It brought me to Marty Rathbun’s blog, quite fearfully, because Marty had been painted as the most evil of evil.”

Last year, Fairman made his “Suppressive Person Declare,” public, a document which tossed him out of the Church.

Lisa Marie Presley

Lisa Marie Presley


Elvis Presley‘s daughter broke from the church in May 2012, removing all traces of Scientology from her official website soon afterward.

She then released her third album, “Storm & Grace,” where it was suggested she dissed the religion on several tracks.

From single “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”:

“This here is a city without lights / Those are all the people without eyes / Churches, they don’t have a soul / Soup for sale without a bowl / Religion so corrupt and running lives / Farewell, fair weathered friends / I can’t say I’ll miss you in the end.”

Jeffrey Tambor

The New York Times claimed the “Arrested Development” actor was a member of Scientology in 2007.In 2007, Tambor later spoke out about the rumors saying he took some classes at one time, but no longer follows the religion.

“I took some Scientology classes at one time, studied Scientology for a while, but no more,” said Tambor. “I have nothing against it, but I am no longer a Scientologist.”

Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve

In his 2004 book, “Nothing Is Impossible: Reflections on a New Life,” the “Superman” actor discussed his experience with the religion.In the fall of 1975, when Reeve was 22, found himself at the New York headquarters of the Church of Scientology to find out his score on an assessment he was given by a young man from the church. Instead of receiving a score, the actor was told he should begin “training,” and, so, Reeves took up studying the religion.

After a few sessions in which he divulged of all drug use stronger than aspirin—to expunge his mind of toxins—he was told to recall past lives. Skepticism began to take over.

He ultimately dismissed the religion after concocting a story about a past life as the commander of a warship in ancient Greece to an auditor.

“I didn’t expect my auditor to be familiar with Greek mythology; I was simply relying on her ability, assisted by the E-Meter, to discern the truth. The fact that I got away with a blatant fabrication completely devalued my belief in the process.”

Sonny Bono

In 2008, Cher told “Access Hollywood” Sonny Bono was a Scientologist while discussing her minor fling with Scientology member Tom Cruise.”He just was the most adorable man that you can possibly imagine,” she said. “I have to say, I don’t understand the Scientology thing because I don’t understand it, you know. Sonny was a Scientologist. I didn’t understand that either.”

A 1991 Time cover article titled, “The Cult of Greed” also pitted Sonny Bono as a member. You can read the full article here.

Larry Anderson

Larry Anderson

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Anderson, known for his roles on “Days of Our Lives” and appearing in series including, “Boston Public,” “Mork & Mindy,” and “Mad Men,” joined Scientology in 1976.The actor was featured in the religion’s 1996 40-minute promotion film, “Orientation” in which he said the following:

“If you leave this room after seeing this film and walk out and never mention Scientology again, you are perfectly free to do so. It would be stupid. But you can do it. You can also dive off a bridge or blow your brains out. That is your choice … But, if you don’t walk out that way, if you continue with Scientology, we will be very happy with you. And you will be very happy with you.”

In 2008, Anderson became frustrated with the church’s auditing and high costs for the many reprintings of basic teaching books after the founders death.

“I looked around and everybody’s in a standing ovation, getting their checkbooks out. I thought, ‘Oh, my God, we are sheeple.’ Not me. I’m out.”

After his break from the church in 2009, Anderson wanted $150,000 in return, an amount he estimated he spent on his 33 years of service.

Jason Beghe

Actor Jason Beghe of “G.I. Jane” began straying from the religion after a Scientologist suggested a car accident of Beghe’s was caused by his friendship with a homosexual.When he openly left the religion in 2008, he said the purpose of Scientology is to create a “brainwashed, robotic version of you.”

“It’s a ‘Matrix’ of you, so you’re communicating with people all the time using Scientology,” said Beghe. “So we’re seeing you ‘via’ Scientology. And it creates an addiction, so you come back for more.”

The actor claimed he spent $1 million to get to the position of “OT5 auditor.”

Diana Canova

The former “Soap” actress opened up about her time in Scientology for seven years to Premiere Magazine in September 1993.In the article, found here, Canova discussed joining the church before she was an actress and what led to her divorce from Scientology.

“The first time I walked in those doors, they said, ‘Just give us all the money in your bank account. You’ll get it back tenfold … It [prices] went up to about $175 in the early ’80’s,’ she recalls. That was shocking to me. I was beginning to wonder, Is it really worth it? They’re telling you ‘Don’t spend $100 an hour on a shrink’s couch, it’ll ruin your mind.’ Auditing is so much better?’ …

It took me years before I decided to quit … I guess finally I was so fed up with being afraid. You’ve heard all these horror stories … I believed them.”

The church was displeased with the article and in response was permitted to run a 2,000 word essay about Scientology in the magazine under threat of libel.

Afterward, the church published a two-page rebuttal piece entitled “Premiere’s Propoganda: Correction of False Reports in an Article Published in Premiere Magazine, September 1993.”

Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway

Jeff Conaway played Kenickie in “Grease.”

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Conaway of “Taxi,” “Babylon 5,” and “Grease,” claimed Scientology saved him from drug addiction to “Inside Edition” in March 2008.“I’ve been doing Scientology…my doctor was like, ‘Holy cow,’ he says, ‘Whatever you’ve been doing keep doing it because it’s really working.’”

Conaway said “Grease” co-star, John Travolta introduced him to the Church giving him an auditor and a library of Scientology books.

The actor passed away last May.

Isaac Hayes

The R&B singer and DJ, best known for voicing Chef on “South Park,” was a member of the Church of Scientology from the mid ’90s.

Hayes appeared in Youth Human Rights video, “United,” along with other celebrity Scientologists.

Hayes reportedly resigned from his popular “South Park” role in 2006 after the show began airing episodes ridiculing the religion.

However, creator Matt Stone told FoxNews.com his decision to leave wasn’t his choice.

“He said he was under great pressure from Scientology, and if we didn’t stop poking at them, he’d have to leave,” said Stone.

Hayes passed away in 2008, found dead by his treadmill.

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