The Rushmore Report: 20 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Republicans

Let’s be clear. Despite what you might have heard, being a Christian and being a Republican aren’t the same thing. There are Republicans who aren’t Christians and there are Christians who aren’t Republicans. But you might be surprised to hear about some of these celebrities who are among the Hollywood minority who call themselves conservatives or Republicans.

1. Clint Eastwood – The man who spoke for Mitt Romney at the 2012 convention produced American Sniper. He considers himself more of a libertarian. “Let’s leave everyone alone, quit messing with everybody and don’t over-regulate,” he says.

2. Shannen Doherty – The star of Beverly Hills 90210 and Charmed has called herself a “conservative” and was an “avid” supporter of Ronald Reagan. She says, “I realize that the majority of people in the entertainment business happen to be Democrats. I have no problem with that. And they should have no problem with the fact that I’m a Republican.”

3. Robert Downey, Jr. – The star of Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes is an avowed conservative. He told the New York Times, “I have a really interesting political point of view, and it’s not always something I say too loud at dinner tables here, but you can’t go from a $2,000-a-night suite at La Mirage to a penitentiary and really understand it and come out a liberal.”

4. Kelsey Grammer – The star of Frasier backed Rudy Giuliani for New York mayor and founded the now-defunct RightNetwork, a conservative entertainment company. He said he believes he didn’t receive an Oscar nomination because “I’m a declared out-of-the-closet Republican in Hollywood.”

5. Dennis Miller – The former SNL star converted from being a Democrat to becoming a well-known conservative pundit with his own daily radio talk show and is a regular on The O’Reilly Factor.

6. Rob Schneider – The famous comic has expressed admiration for Rick Perry. The Californian said, “I’ve been a lifelong Democrat and I have to switch over because it no longer serves the people of this great state.”

7. Patricia Heaton – The Christian pro-lifer from Everybody Loves Raymond publicly took Rush Limbaugh’s side in blasting Sandra Fluke over free birth control. She campaigned for the McCain/Palin ticket in 2008 and for Romney/Ryan in 2012.

8. Angie Harmon – The veteran of Law and Order and current star of Rizzoli and Isles is no fan of Barack Obama. “I’m just not crazy about what he’s doing,” she said to Fox News. “I do think McCain would have done a better job.”

9. Jerry Bruckheimer – Producer of the CSI franchise, Bruckheimer has supported Republican candidates and told Sean Hannity it has not hurt him in Hollywood.

10. Vince VaughnWedding Crashers star Vince Vaughn was an avid supporter of Ron Paul’s candidacies in 2008 and 2012.

11. Tom Selleck – The man from Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods endorsed John McCain and is a board member for the National Rifle Association. “It’s not that conservatives don’t care,” he says. “We do. We just have different answers than liberals do. It’s a difference of the mind, not of the heart.”

12. James Woods – The award-winning actor once said, “I think Barack Obama is a threat to the integrity and future of the Republic. This president is a true abomination.” Woods has taken to Twitter on many occasions with a stream of conservative postings, adding, “I don’t expect to work again.”

13. Jon Voight – The famous actor switched from liberal to conservative and has said in the past that “economically, we’re headed for disaster. And politically, philosophically, we’ve been raided in the Unites States by the left.”

14. Gary Sinise – A major supporter of the military, Sinise has traveled to entertain U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Europe, Asia, and Guantanamo Bay, and started the Gary Sinise Foundation to help America’s military members and families. The star from Forrest Gump and CSI: NY is also a founding member of Friends of Abe, a Hollywood conservative group.

15. Bruce Willis – The star of Die Hard denies the label “Republican,” claiming to dislike both parties, but has espoused conservative ideals, including opposing gun control and blasting the French “millionaire’s tax.”

16. Adam Sandler – The Hollywood comedian is a registered Republican and once donated heavily to Rudy Giuliani’s campaign for president. He also performed at the 2004 Republican Convention.

17. Chuck Norris – Tough guy Chuck Norris is a committed Christian and frequent supporter of Mike Huckabee. He writes for World News Daily and often speaks at Christian conventions.

18. Robert Duvall – The star of The Godfather and The Judge backed Mitt Romney and narrated a video for the Republican National Convention in 2008. He also raised money for Romney and appeared on stage with John McCain and Sarah Palin.

19. Dwayne Johnson – Wrestling and acting star “The Rock” performed at the 2000 Republican Convention, expressed admiration for Ronald Reagan, and said he hopes for a political career when his acting days are over.

20. LL Cool J – The famous rapper and actor backed George Pataki in 2002 and attended the Republican Convention in 2004 where he supported John McCain.

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