Angela 'Flossie' Biesiada - AAMB Toobah
Andrei Rublev – Important in the history of Russian Iconography
Dionisius – Headed a school of icon painting
El Greco – From Crete, noted for Christian art
Feofan Grek – Noted iconographer
Boris Kustodiev Russian artist known for depictions of Russian Orthodox people and culture
Jerzy Nowosielski – Famous Polish painter, noted for his numerous works of Byzantine influenced religious art
Karl Matzek – Convert from Catholicism who did religious art for the faith
Prokhor – Icon painter
Toros Roslin – An Armenian of Oriental Orthodoxy, but some of his works are Byzantine-influenced
Simon Ushakov – A leading religious artist linked to the reforms of Patriarch Nikon
Roy Marten – An Indonesian Artist
Holly Valance – Singer and model
Valentin Alexandrovich Serov – a Russian painter, and one of the premier portrait artists of his era.
Dimitar Berbatov – Football player
Haile Gebrselassie – Runner
Kenenisa Bekele - Runner
Oksana Baiul - Figure Skating
Dejan Bodiroga - Basketball Player
Anna Chakvetadze - Tennis Player
Tirunesh Dibaba - Runner
Abebe Bikila - runner
Elena Dementieva - Tennis Player
Novak Đoković - Tennis Player
Daniel Nestor - Tennis Player
Nadia Comăneci - Gymnast
Vlade Divac - Basketball Player
Pete Maravich - Basketball Player
Meseret Defar - Runner
Dragan Džajić - Football Player
Aleksandar Đorđević - Basketball Player
Jeff George - Former NFL Quarterback
Alex Holmes - Football Player
Ana Ivanović - Tennis Player
Jelena Janković - Tennis Player
Jaromír Jágr - Former NHL Hockey Player (mostly Pittsburgh Penguins). Russian Orthodox. Converted - is from Czech Republic.
Vladimir Jugović - Football Player
Victoria Azarenka - Tennis Player
Yevgeny Kafelnikov - Tennis Player
Andrei Kirilenko - Basketball Player
Anna Kournikova - Tennis Player
Svetlana Kuznetsova - Tennis Player
Siniša Mihajlović - Football Player
Predrag Mijatović - Football Player
Anastasia Myskina - Tennis Player
Ilie Năstase - Tennis Player
Darko Pančev - Football Player
Troy Polamalu - Football Player
Dwyane Wade - Basketball Player
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Pete Sampras - Tennis player
Dejan Savićević - Football player
Dragoslav Šekularac - Football player
Maria Sharapova - Tennis player
Andriy Shevchenko - Football player
Irina Slutskaya - Figure skater
Dejan Stanković - Football player
Predrag Stojaković - Basketball player
Dragan Stojković - Football player
Nemanja Vidić - Football player
Lev Yashin - Football player
Theodoros Zagorakis - Football player
Sergei Gonchar - Hockey player
Evgeni Malkin - NHL hockey player with Pittsburgh Penguins
Gheorghe Hagi - Football player
Cristian Chivu - Football player
Adrian Mutu - Football player
Gheorghe Popescu - Football player
Evan Lysacek - Figure skater
Gus S. Dolianitis, Danville, VA
Elaine Pristouris (Greek Orthodox) Vienna, VA
F. Murray Abraham, former Syrian Orthodox altar boy
John Belushi, Member of the Albanian Orthodox Church in childhood; his funeral was in that faith
James Belushi, Member of the Albanian Orthodox Church, John's brother.
Charles Bronson, former Russian Orthodox, son of a Kryashen.
George Chakiris - Contributor to a Greek Orthodox Cathedral
Sandra Dee - (birth name: Alexandra Cymboliak Zuck). One time wife of Bobby Darin. Raised Russian Orthodox in New Jersey. Her mother was of Carpathian Russian ancestry.
Tina Fey - Greek-American on her mother's side and married in a Greek Orthodox wedding.
Zach Galifianakis - Baptized at St. Barbara's Greek Orthodox Church in Durham, NC
Tom Hanks - Converted on marrying Rita Wilson, mention by Saint Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles.
Melina Kanakaredes - St. Nicholas's Greek Orthodox Church listed her as a possible speaker, credits the church as helpful to her in youth.
Elia Kazan - The director. Born to Greek parents who immigrated from the Ottoman Empire to the United States.
Emir Kusturica - Serbian Orthodox. Raised in a Bosnian Muslim Family. His conversion gained some media attention.
Larry Lindale - Actor (also an Historian). Russian Orthodox - converted from Presbyterian Church. Reportedly has Russian Ancestry.
Karl Malden (Mladen Sekulovich) was said to have been Serbian Orthodox.
Constantine Maroulis - Greek Orthodox, brother of Athan Maroulis
Christopher Orr - convert from Lutheranism (Some possibility of confusion here with Orthodox church reader Christopher Orr)
Christopher Sarantakos "Criss Angel", American of Greek descent. Can be seen crossing himself in an Orthodox manner during his shows, however it is unknown if he is a practicing Orthodox Christian.
Telly Savalas - Contributed to Greek Orthodox Cathedrals and his bald image began after playing Pontius Pilate
Amy Sedaris - American actress, author and comedian
Nia Vardalos Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church site
Lana Wood - (birth name: Svetlana Gurdin - family name changed from Zakharenko). Russian Orthodox actress - sister of Natalie Wood.
Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko - Russian Orthodox actress known as Natalie Wood
Maksym Berezovsky - Known for religious music
Dmytro Bortniansky - Religious music.
Alexander Frey - Conductor, pianist, organist and composer, was baptized in the Greek Orthodox church, but is also a practicing Episcopalian.
David Gahan - English lead singer for Depeche Mode, converted to Greek Orthodox Christianity to marry his current wife Jennifer.
Constance Geanakoplos, Concert pianist
Chris Hillman - original member of The Byrds
Lena Katina - Member of Russian music group t.A.T.u.
Boris Ledkovsky - Russian-American composer of Church music
Bob Marley - was baptized by the Archbishop of the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church in Kingston, Jamaica, on November 4, 1980
George Michael - celebrity pop singer, a Greek-Cypriote.
Dimitris Mitropoulos - Conductor, pianist and composer. Music Director of the New York Philharmonic and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Stevan Stojanović Mokranjac - one of the most famous Serbian composers and music educators of the nineteenth century.
Lauryn Hill - Baptized into the Ethiopian Orthodox Church with the name "Fikerte Maryam"
Inva Mula - Albanian Orthodox, famous opera singer.
Arvo Pärt - known for religious music, convert from Lutheranism
Tose Proeski - Macedonian pop singer
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Possibly atheist after some point, but did Russian Orthodox church music.
Mstislav Rostropovich - Conductor, National Symphony, Cellist
Thomas Simaku - Albanian Orthodox, famous composer.
Trey Spruance - Leader of the multi-genre outfit Secret Chiefs 3
Igor Stravinsky - Left the faith from 1900 to 1926, after rejoining he did Symphony of Psalms.
John Tavener - Converted to Orthodoxy, and much of his music is influenced by that. He is now often said to be Universalist or Perrenialist, although he himself says that he remains Orthodox.
Julia Volkova Member of Russian music group t.A.T.u.
Stephen M. Wolownik - Church music early on
Steven Delopoulos - Folk singer/songwriter, lead singer for Burlap to Cashmere
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - a Russian composer of the Romantic era. His wide ranging output includes symphonies, operas, ballets, instrumental and chamber music and songs.
Sasha Leonov - A Russian Australian singer/songwriter who has released two albums: Accolades for Days of Sunshine and Remnants of Tomorrow.
Svetlana Ceca Raznatovic - Serbian pop-folk singer
Fr. Demetrios Constantelos - professor of history and religious studies, Richard Stockton College, Pomona, New Jersey
Deno John Geanakopoulos - Byzantine and Italian Renaissance historian
George Pachymeres - Byzantine chief advocate of the church
Avraamy Palitsyn - Russian historian who died at the Solovetsky Monastery
Jaroslav Pelikan - professor of ecclesiastical history, Yale University
Nicephorus Callistus Xanthopoulos - Byzantine ecclesiastical historian
John Xiphilinus - Also a monk
Joannes Zonaras - Also a theologian
Nikolay Yakovlevich Danilevsky
Ernie Anastos - New York television anchor
Daria Albinger - ABC Radio News correspondent
Thalia Assuras - CBS News anchor
Steve Chiotakis - Marketplace Morning Report anchor and former host on WBHM, Birmingham, Alabama
Alexis Christoforous - CBS News anchor / correspondent
Chris Clark - retired news anchor, WTVF, Nashville, Tennessee
Dimitra DeFotis - Barron's staff writer
Rod Dreher - Dallas Morning News columnist, "Crunchy Con" blog
Mike Emanuel - Fox News White House Correspondent
Vicki Liviakis - San Francisco television news anchor
Terry Mattingly - syndicated columnist
Natalie Jacobson - born Natalie Salatich, television news anchor, WCVB - Boston - Serbian Orthodox
Serge Schmemann - International Herald Tribune writer/editor
George Stephanopoulos - ABC News chief Washington correspondent; a former altar boy, and son of a priest.
Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin - Russian Orthodox Church monk and Sinologist
Saint Innocent of Alaska - Wrote books on Tlingit and worked on an alphabet for Aleut
Pyotr Kafarov - Student of Bichurin, also a Sinologist and ROC monk
Mateja Matejić - Priest in the Serbian Orthodox Church
Alexander Nedoshivin - Russian Orthodox Church priest and Esperantist
Epifany Slavinetsky - Polyglot, Russian Orthodox Church monk, and translator
Bullion Pritchard - Translated manuscripts for Leopold II
The list is not complete; the vast majority of politicians in countries such as Greece, Cyprus, Russia, Serbia and others are Eastern Orthodox.
United States / Canada
Spencer Abraham - Former Senator (R-MI) and Energy Secretary
Justin Amash - member of Congress (R-MI)
Eleni Bakopanos - Former Canadian Member of Parliament (Lib-PQ)
Melissa Bean - Former member of Congress (D-IL)
Helen Delich Bentley - Former US Congresswoman (R-MD) (Serbian Orthodox)
Michael Bilirakis - member of Congress (R-FL) (Greek Orthodox)
Rod Blagojevich - Former Illinois Governor (D) (Serbian Orthodox)
Tony Clement - Former Ontario Minister of Health and federal MP (Cons-ON) (Greek Cypriot)
Michael Dukakis - Former Governor and Presidential candidate (D-MA)
Nick Galifianakis - Former Congressman (D-NC)
George Gekas - Former Congressman (R-PA)
Ray Hnatyshyn - Governor-General of Canada (1990–1995)
Michael Huffington - Former Congressman and Senatorial candidate (R-CA)
Johnny Joannou - member of Virginia House of Delegates (D-79)
Nicholas Mavroules - Former Congressman (D-MA)
John Sarbanes - member of Congress (D-MD) (Greek Orthodox)
Paul Sarbanes - Former US Senator (D-MD) (Greek Orthodox)
Andrew S. Shandro - Alberta MLA (Lib)
Dean Skelos - New York State Senate Majority Leader (R)
Olympia Snowe - US Senator (R-ME); Attended St. Basil's Academy
George Tenet - Former CIA Director
Paul Tsongas - Late US Senator and Presidential candidate (D-MA)
John N. Wozniak - member of Pennsylvania Senate (D-35)
Europe / Middle East
Michel Aflaq - Founder of Baathism
Miron Cristea - first patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Prime Minister for about a year
Constantine Karamanlis - First Prime Minister of the Third Hellenic Republic, Former President of Greece (ND)
Boris Tadić - President of Serbia
Kostas Karamanlis - Prime Minister of Greece (ND)
Vojislav Koštunica - former Prime Minister of Serbia.
Leonid Kuchma - former President of Ukraine.
Makarios III - President of Cyprus
Dmitry Medvedev - Former President of Russia
Fan S. Noli - Albanian-Orthodox bishop and briefly prime-minister of Albania
Tassos Papadopoulos - President of Cyprus
Andreas Papandreou - Former Prime Minister of Greece (PASOK)
Vladimir Putin - President of Russia & Former Prime Minister of Russia
Mikhail Saakashvili - Current President of Georgia.
Eduard Shevardnadze - Former President of Georgia.
Bidzina Ivanishvili - Current Prime Minister of Georgia.
Viktor Yanukovych - Current President of Ukraine.
Eleftherios Venizelos - Former Prime Minister of Greece
Viktor Yushchenko - Former President of Ukraine.
Constantin Zureiq - Early Arab nationalist leader
Vlad Tepes - 15th century Wallachian prince of the house of Dracul. He reluctantly converted to Catholicism after months of torture under the hand of king Matthias of Hungary.
Anthemius of Tralles, an architect who designed the Hagia Sophia.
Abram Samoilovitch Besicovitch, mathematician.
Nikolay Bogolyubov (1909–1992), theoretical physicist and mathematician.
Theodosius Dobzhansky – Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution concerns the religious reader.
Pavel Florensky – Worked on Dielectrics and theodicy.
Alexander Friedmann – Discovered the expanding universe solution to the Einstein field equations.
John Kanzius – Raised Russian Orthodox. Created an experimental cancer treatment using radio waves and discovered how to use radio frequencies to ignite salt water.
Sergei Korolev – Designed the R-7 rocket which launched the Space Age on October 4, 1957.
Dmitri Mendeleev – Noted chemist.
Josif Pančić (convert)
Ivan Pavlov – His father was a Russian Orthodox priest and Ivan Pavlov was enrolled in the seminary before reading The Origin of Species .
John Philoponus – "Christian philosopher, scientist, and theologian".
Alexander Popov – Inventor of radio. Son of a priest; planned to study in the seminary.
Michael I. Pupin – Famous physicist.
Nikola Tesla – Serbian scientist and electrical engineer. He was Serbian Orthodox as a child in least since his father was a priest.
Nikolai Berdyaev – Russian Orthodox Christian existentialist
Metropolitan Anthony (Bloom) of Sourozh – A bishop and writer.
Michael Choniates – Byzantine writer and ecclesiastic
Fyodor Dostoevsky – Many of his novels, like The Idiot and The Brothers Karamazov, have specific Russian Orthodox themes
Jim Forest – Writer, peace activist and lay theologian
Alexander Galich – Russian Jewish convert who wrote poems and screenplays. (Also joined the National Alliance of Russian Solidarists)
Christos Jonathan Seth Hayward - author and convert from Protestant Christianity.
Ivan Ilyin – Slavophile, wrote Axioms of Religious Experience
Ivan Kireevsky – often considered the father of Russian and Slavophile philosophy.
Seraphim Rose(convert) – Monk
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn – Russian Orthodox novelist
Richard Swinburne – Christian philosopher and convert to Orthodoxy late in life
Timothy Ware – A bishop and writer.
Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin – Russian author of the Romantic era who is considered by many to be the greatest Russian poet and the founder of modern Russian literature.
Nikolai Vasilievich Gogol – considered the father of modern Russian realism, but at the same time, his work is very much in the genre of romanticism.