30 Famous Jehovah’s Witnesses  

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This list of famous Jehovah’s Witnesses is sorted by fame and popularity. Jehovah’s Witness is a Christian religion where believers  follows the bible literally, using their translated bible called, New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures. They distribute literature door-to-door and they do not celebrate birthdays or holidays. Jehovah Witnesses also refuse blood transfusions, and they will not serve in the military.

Who is the most famous celebrity Jehovah’s Witness? Prince tops our list. The “Purple Rain” musician Prince became a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, after his mother’s death. Family friend and fellow Jehovah’s Witness Larry Graham was a big influence on Prince during this time. It has been reported that once Prince needed hip surgery, but refused the treatment because his religion prevented him from accepting the supplemental blood needed to complete the procedure.

Michael Jackson was also a famous Jehovah’s Witness. The Jackson family matriarch Katherine is a practicing Jehovah’s witness, and she raised all of her children in the religion. Most of the Jacksons are no longer practicing, but Katherine has attempted to raise Michael Jackson’s children as Jehovahs Witnesses. Recently, it was reported that Paris and Prince Michael Jackson told their grandmother that they would no longer pass out literature or go door-to-door to raise money for the religion.

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Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Prince was raised a Baptist, but converted to become a Jehovah’s Witness in 2001, shortly after his mother’s death.

Age: Died at 57 (1958-2016)

Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America

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Michael Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Michael Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness.

Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

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Serena Williams is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Serena Williams was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and still practices today.

Age: 36

Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States of America

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Dwight D. Eisenhower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Dwight D. Eisenhower was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, but he left the religion as an adult.

Age: Died at 79 (1890-1969)

Birthplace: Denison, Texas, United States of America

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Geri Halliwell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Spice Girl Geri Halliwell’s mother became a Jehovah’s Witness when Halliwell was young.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Watford, United Kingdom

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Hustle and Flow star Terrence Howard has been quoted saying that he wants to become a Jehovah’s Witness.  His wife is raising their children in the religion.

Age: 49

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Michelle Rodriguez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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“Lost” actress Michelle Rodriguez was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.

Age: 39

Birthplace: Texas, USA, San Antonio

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The Notorious B.I.G. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses

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Rapper The Notorious B.I.G. was raised a Jehovah’s Witness.

Age: Died at 25 (1972-1997)

Birthplace: Clinton Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Naomi Campbell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Naomi Campell was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but she no longer practices the religion.

Age: 47

Birthplace: Streatham, London, United Kingdom

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Janet Jackson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Janet Jackson was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but is no longer practicing.

Age: 51

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

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Damon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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The Wayans Brothers, Damon included, were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Age: 57

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Patti Smith is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Punk rocker Patti Smith was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, but is no longer practicing.

Age: 71

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Venus Williams is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses

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Venus Williams was raised a Jehovah’s Witness and still practices the religion.

Age: 37

Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States of America

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Dave Mustaine is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Megadeath guitarist Dave Mustaine was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, but he became a born-again Christian in 2002.

Age: 56

Birthplace: La Mesa, California, United States of America

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Sherri Shepherd is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Sherri Shepherd was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but no longer practices the religion.

Age: 50

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

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Keenen Ivory Wayans is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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The Wayans Brothers, Keenen Ivory included, were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Age: 59

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Jill Scott is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Singer Jill Scott was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but she is not actively practicing the religion.

Age: 45

Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Ja Rule is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Rapper Ja Rule was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness, but he grew disenchanted with the religion when his mother was disfellowshipped.

Age: 42

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Selena is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Singer Selena was an active Jehovah’s Witness at the time of her death.

Age: Died at 24 (1971-1995)

Birthplace: Lake Jackson, Texas, United States of America

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Kid Gavilán is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Boxer Kid Gavilan converted to become a Jehovah’s Witness as an adult.

Age: Died at 77 (1926-2003)

Birthplace: Berrocal, Spain

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Xzibit is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Rapper Xzibit was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, but he is no longer practicing the religion.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Marlon Wayans is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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The Wayans Brothers, Marlon included, were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Age: 45

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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Donald Glover is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Actor and rapper Donald Glover was raised a Jehovah’s Witness, but now identifies as an atheist.

Age: 34

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Coco Rocha is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Model Coco Rocha is a practicing Jehovah’s Witness.

Age: 29

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Larry Graham is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Sly and the Family Stone guitarist Larry Graham is an active Jehovah’s Witness.  He has been a great influence in the life of Prince.

Age: 71

Birthplace: Beaumont, Texas, United States of America

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The Wayans Brothers, Shawn included, were raised as Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Age: 47

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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George Benson is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Benson is an active Jehovah’s Witness

Age: 75

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Michael Hutchence is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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RochelleShepherd addedMichael Hutchence

Age: Died at 37 (1960-1997)

Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Aaliyah is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Age: Died at 22 (1979-2001)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA

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Lou Whitaker is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 30 Famous Jehovah's Witnesses
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Baseball player was an active Jehovah’s Witness and put the religion above his MLB career.

Age: 60

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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