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Famous Vegetarians, Vegans And Fruitarians.. An Updated List

This incomplete list of vegetarians, vegans and fruitarians
includes those who abstain from meat, fish and in some cases eggs, dairy, even nonfruits includes people motivated by
animal rights, prevention of human disease, protection of the environment, energy savings, aesthetics, spirituality 16 million American vegetarians and vegans.
A partial list of the world's hundreds of millions of practitioners of nonviolent diet There are 450 million vegetarians in India alone Not mentioned are millions of animal rights vegetarian and vegan activists. Recent polls indicate 12% of millennials are among the 16 million American vegetarians and vegans.

Hank Aaron (755 home runs 2297 rbi's champion in major league baseball)
Lizzie Armitstead Olympic cyclist won silver medal in 2012 Olympics
B J Armstrong (US Basketball star)
Lance Armstrong who conquered cancer..his livestrong website has been contaminated since others took it over
Anthony Aurelius martial arts
Roger Bannister first man to break 4 minute mile
Al Beckles (body builder)
Sorya Bonali (ice skater)
Brendan Brazier, Canadian vegan ironman triathlete
Les Brown (veteran runner) 10
Peter Burwash (tennis) lost a tennis match once because he refused to step on a column of ants on the court
Andreas Cahling Swedish body builder was on cover of Vegetarian Times
Chris Campbell (1980 world champion wrestler)
Austin Carr Cleveland Cavaliers basketball one of 3 vegetarians on his team then
Joanna Conway (ice skater)
Todd Crandell vegan Ironman
Sylvia Cranston (triathlete)
Alexander Dargatz body builder
Novak Đoković world's number 1 tennis champion has opened vegan restaur.
Meagan Duhamel Vegan two-time world champion Canadian figure skater 20
Barny Du Plessis, Mr. Universe
Sally Eastall (Marathon runner - UK No 2, vegan)
Di Edwards (runner, Olympic semi-finalist)
Cory Everson (bodybuilder, Ms Olympia 6 times)
Chris Evert, tennis champion
Kendrick Farris vegan weightlifter in Rio Olympics
Prince Fielder baseball Milwaukee Braves, Detroit Tigers, Texas Rangers
Katie Fitzgibbon (marathon runner)
Clare Francis (sailor and novelist)
Louis Freitas (body builder) 30
Dick Gregory worked with Dr King, writer, comic, saint (ran 3000 miles across US on his fruitarian diet)
Tony Gonzalez Kansas City Chiefs 17 years in NFL became a vegan after contracting Bell's Palsy and following several doctors' advice.
Goose Gossage San Diego Padres, suspended for saying McDonald's was poisoning the world with cheeseburgers
Carol Gould (marathon runner)
Estelle Gray (cyclist)
Sammy Green (runner)
Lewis Hamilton British driver
Larry Hagman of Dallas etc., son of Mary Martin (Peter Pan)
Ruth Heidrich (6-time Ironwoman finisher, marathoner, , Pres. Vegetarian Society of Honolulu 40
Sally Hibberd (British Women's Mountain Bike Champion)
Dustin Hinton vegan ironman
Sharon Hounsell (Miss Wales Bodybuilding Champion)
Desmond Howard (formerly w/Washington Redskins, now w/Jacksonville Jaguars)
Roger Hughes (Welsh National Ski Champion)
Anton Innauer Olympic skier
Kyrie Irving NBA basketball champion vegan
Billie Jean King (tennis champion)
David Johnson (BAA coach)
Kathy Johnson (Olympic Gymnast) 50
Alan Jones (British ski jumper)
Alan Jones, Captain Usmc 17003 consecutive pushups world record
Kuntal Joisher Nepali vegan mountain climber
Colin Kaepernick football player and equality activist
Killer Kowalski wrestler
Jack LaLanne (Fitness guru) (vegan)
Donnie LaLonde (Former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World.
John Landy 2nd man to break 4 minute mile
Tony LaRussa (Manager of St. Louis Cardinals - US team) Source: Peta, Animals - 45
Silken Laumann (Olympic rower) Source: Cooking Television Show
Debbi Lawrence an Olympic race walker in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics 60
Judy Leden (British, European & World Hang Gliding champion)
Avi Lehyani vegan bodybuilder
Marv Levey (Buffalo Bills Coach)
Carl Lewis, Olympic champion 10 times gold medal winner in track and field
Jack Maitland (triathlete and fell runner)
Cheryl Marek (cyclist)
Leslie Marx (fencer;1996 woman's epee national champion)
Kirsty McDermott (runner)
Lindford McFarquar (body builder)
Robert Millar (cyclist) 70
Morgan Mitchell, Australian vegan Olympian team
Katherine Monbiot (world champion arm wrestler and nutritionist) (vegan) Source: The Vegan Society UK
Monika Montsho (weightlifter, 2 x runnerup GB Championships 60kg, NW woman weightlifter of the year 1991)
Edwin Moses
Jutta Müller (multiple Windsurfing World Cup Champion) Source: Flutlicht 95/6/18 on
Leilani Munter vegan race car driver
Adam Myerson cyclist
Joe Namath football player
Martina Navratilova (Retired Tennis Champion) Source: Magazine Interviews/Genesis
Julie Ann Niewiek (Basketball commentator) Source: Grand Rapids press/ Image Mag 80
Paavo Nurmi
Fiona Oakes vegan marathon runner
Robert Parish basketb player (Center - Warriors, Celtics, Hornets, Bulls) Source: Hearsay
Bill Pearl (Bodybuilder, Mr America) Source: Getting Stronger by Bill Pearl, pg 399
Anthony Peeler (NBA Grizzlies basketball player) Source: NBA web site profiles
Bernadette Peters
Sugar Ray Leonard)) Source: Article in San Jose Mercury News
Theo Riddick,, running back for Detroit Lions vegan
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers quarterback, vegan on a cheesehead team
Dennis Rodman (Basketball for Bulls) Source: Oprah, episode sometime in May, 1996 90
Rich Roll called by a magazine the world's fittest vegan
Murray Rose champion Australian swimmer
April Ross volleyball player 2016 Olympics
Dave Scott, 6 times winner of Ironman triathlon
Kelly Slater World Surf League Champion 11 times
Debbie Spaeth-Herring (Georgia State power-lifter) Source: A Teen's Guide to Going
Lucy Stephens (triathlete - vegan)
Ed Templeton Skateboarder
Mike Tyson Boxer
Jacques Vaughn (All American point guard, #1-ranked Univ of KS Jayhawks) Source: Lawrence (KS) Journal World
Anu Vidya vegan 1st woman to climb Mt Everest
Emil Voigt In 1908 British runner who won the Olympic 5-mile race as a vegetarian, and
Kirsty Wade (runner)
Bill Walton Portland Trailblazers basketball
Johnny Weissmuller played Tarzan broke 6 world swimming records as a vegetarian
Serena Williams, champion tennis star
Abdullah Zeinab winner of the 550 km race across Australia 108


Photographer Peggy Bostick
Leonardo Da Vinci a fruitarian say those who have analyzed his notebooks
Vincent Van Gogh wrote his brother after seeing an abbatoir he was eating no meat
Peter Max
Elizabeth Hoare
Bee Doerfler
G MacCrae
Yehudi Menuhin master violinist and courageous worker for peace
Alexi Lubomirski—Polish prince and photographer 10


Chandra Bose, who demonstrated a radio in the 1890's in Calcutta before Marconi (mit dot edu)
Albert Einstein ate 1 bit of meat annually on a Jewish holiday to appease his wife
Benjamin Franklin (a vegetarian when he discovered electricity... later
in life in Paris he said he was harmed by venison and venery)
Jane Goodall, PhD
Sylvester Graham, inventor of Graham crackers
Alex Hershaft, PhD concentration camp survivor and founder of the Meatout
Dr David Jenkins, inventor of the glycemic index
Isaac Newton in later years
Ramanujan, renowned mathematician
Dr Richard Schwartz, mathematician
Nikola Tesla, inventor of alternating current whose 17 patents were used by Marconi in making his radio 11

Spiritual Leaders

Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman, Swedenborgian missionary)
Annie Besant Theosophical Society
Bible Christian Church 1809-1930
Ching Hai, Buddhist spiritual leader and founder of world's largest vegan restaurant chain
Christians for the first 3 centuries after Jesus' death.. until Constantine became emperor
Clement of Alexandria
Rev. William Cowherd, founder of the Bible Christian Church in 1809
The Druse of Lebanon
The Dukhobors, vegetarian followers of Leo Tolstoy who emigrated to Canada
Essene community of which Jesus a member
Father John Dear, Jesuit priest and board of War Resisters
Father Mario Mazzoleni, formerly of Vatican Radio
Francis of Assisi
Rev. Franklin Graham, son of Billy, has become a vegan, he announced to thousands.
General John Booth Salvation Army founder
General Bramwell Booth Salvation Army
Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikhs
Hazrat Inayat Khan, founder of Sufis
Dexter Scott King, son of Martin Luther King
Jesus of Nazareth, the Essene who as a Nazarene took the Nazarite vow
John the Baptist (ate not locusts but locust bean pods)
Benjamin Lay, 18th century Quaker pacifist vegan
Mahavira, founder of the Jains
Mary, mother of Jesus (according to the Gospel of Mary)
Thomas Merton
Padre Pio
Peace Pilgrim
Rama vegetarian avatar, fruitarian while exiled in the forest
Carl Reiner, 35
David Rosen, former Chief Rabbi of Ireland
Saint Anthony of Padua
Saint Basil
Saint Jerome, author of the Latin Vulgate
Saint John Chrysostom
Saint Paul (took the Nazarite vow)
Sister Catherine Walsh of the Catholic Worker
Sri Sathya Sai Baba, one of 2 Poornavatars
Sri Yukteswar, author of the fruitarian book The Holy Science
Sufis many
Swami Prabhupada founder of Hare Krishnas of Iskcon
Emanuel Swedenborg
Thich Nhat Hanh, Vietnamese Buddhist nominated for Nobel Peace Prize
John Wesley founder of Methodists
Ellen White founder of 7th Day Adventists
Paramahansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi
All Avatars (including Rama, Krishna, Sathya Sai Baba)
All Self Realized masters
Hundreds of thousands of Buddhist monks, Hindu yogis, Catholic saints etc. 55
Spiritual Communities

The Druse of Lebanon are Muslim vegetarians
Hunzas of Tibet
Iskcon, the Hare Krishnas, around the world serve several million free vegetarian meals daily
Japanese Buddhist temples are vegetarian
Vilcabamba of Ecuador
The Farm Summertown Tennessee
Seventh Day Adventist charity reliief around the world is vegan
Virtually every Hindu ashram in the world is vegetarian 9



Shmuel Yosef Agnon
Bronson Alcott, founder of a fruitarian community, Fruitlands, and father of Louisa May Alcott
Louisa May Alcott, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Nathaniel Altman of the Theosophical Society
Francis Bacon, believed by many to be William Shakespeare... and later St Germain
Janet Barkas, author and editor of a publishing house
Stan and Jan Berenstain, authors of Berenstain Bears chldren's books
Annie Besant of the Theosophical Society
Mark Braunstein, author of Radical Vegetarian
Glenn Allen Carrico
Rachel Carson
J. M. Coetzee Nobel winning novelist
Leonard Cohen
Patti Davis, daughter of Ronald and Nancy Reagan
Ariel Durant historian
Will Durant historian
F M Esfandiary Persin author of Day Of Sacrifice and other writings
Poet Lenny Gazbowski
Dudley Giehl author of Vegetarianism A Way Of Life
Franz Kafka
Colman McCarthy, former syndicated columnist for Wash Post and teacher of Peace
Victoria Moran, author of 8 books
Tommy Ohalloran
Alexander Pope
Hans Ruesch Swiss antivivisection activist listed in Ideas That Changed The World
author of Slaughter of the Innocent, listed by Guinness as most litigated man
Mary Shelley
Percy Bysshe Shelley
George Bernard Shaw
Sam Simon, a founding writer of The Simpsons who left his money to a vegan foundation
Upton Sinclair
Isaac Bashevis Singer, Nobel prize winner
Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation
Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom's Cabin
Vic Sussman author of the Vegetarian Altenrative
Rabindranath Tagore
Leo Tolstoy
Alice Walker
Irving Wallace
David Wallechinsky
Thom Yorke
Benjamin Zephaniah - 33
Union Organizers

Cesar Chavez
Henry Spira NY Teachers, Maritime Union.. his animal rights activism
caused Peter Singer author of Animal Liberation, to write a play about him 1


Bryan Adams, musician
Casey Affleck
Adam Ant, British musician
Antagonist all vegetarian New Zealand band
Alec Baldwin
Brigitte Bardot
Kim Basinger
hester Bennington of Linkin Park
Candace Bergen 10
Milton Berle
Beyonce singer
Orlando Bloom
David Carradine star of Kung Fu
Jim Carrey
Linda Carter Wonder Woman
Adam Carson - drummer of AFI
Johnny Cash
Adriano Celentano, singer 19
James Coburn (featured in Veg World for not killing insects)
James Cromwell star of Babe
Kaley Cuoco actress
Alan Cummng Scottish actor
Bob Cummings, actor
Ted Danson
Doris Day (started an animal rights group)
Ellen DeGeneres
John Denver
Johnny Depp
Emily Deschanel, star of Bones 30
Zooey Deschanel
Danny DeVito
Leonardo DiCaprio
Peter Dinklage
Alan Donohue, singer of British rock band The Rakes
Michael Dorn (Star Trek The Next Generation)
Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille, aka Captain & Tennille
David Duchovny.. X files, Aquarius and music album
Earth Crisis - all vegan band 22
Zac Efron 40
Semantha Eggar star of Dr Dolittle with Rex Harrison
Michael Feldman, comic star of Whad'ya Know
Alan Ford British actor
Sara Gilbert of Roseann, The View etc As a teen on Roseanne she protested being forced to serve meat in their restaurant and drew a white chalk crime scene outline of a cow in front of the restaurant.
Ryan Gosling actor and activist
Alexander Greenwald musician
GreyNyteLyfe: hip hop artist
Josh Groban singer
Daryl Hannah
Anne Hathaway
Woody Harrelson raw food vegan
George Harrison Beatle
Marilu Henner star of Taxi
Dustin Hoffman
Chrissie Hynde of the British group The Pretenders
Michael Jackson
Samuel L Jackson
Ashley Judd
Tony Kanal
Casey Kasem
Lisa Kudrow star of Friends
K D Lang singer
Cloris Leachman
Carol Leifer tv comedian
John Lennon &Yoko Ono
Ted Leo
Jared Leto.. chosen for the role of the Joker
Alison Lohman actress
Jennifer Lopez
Fugazi Ian Mackaye
Gavin MacLeod, Mary Tyler Moore Show and Love Boat
Mickey Madden
Wendie Malick
Tobey Maguire
Paul McCartney
Bill Maher
Melanie who sang "I don't eat animals cuz they don't eat me"
Men At Work Australian band, a member of
Hayley Mills British actress of "Trouble With Angels"
John Mills British actor
Moby musician 80
Mary Tyler Moore (who helped PETA free a 65 year old lobster to return to the sea)
Roger Moore, James Bond 1927 to 2017
Adair Moran, stunt performer
Alanis Morissette is a vegan singer and songwriter
Morrissey British singer Madison Sq Garden will cancel meat sales during his singing
Jason Mraz
Laraine Newman (original cast of Saturday Night Live)
Leonard Nimoy of Star Trek
Rosie O'Donnell
Ozzy Osbourne 90
Alan Park, Canadian comedian
Michelle Pfeiffer movie star
Joaquin Phoenix
River Phoenix
Summer Phoenix
Brad Pitt
Ellen Pompeo actor
Natalie Portman
Prince 99
Craig Robinson, actor
Craig Richardson
Fred Rogers (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood)
Adam Russell, bassist of Story of the Year,
Susan St James
Justin Sane from band Anti-Flag
Peter Sellers
Ravi Shankar
Ed Sheeran
Alicia Sllverstone
Russell Simmons hiphop starmaker
Dean Allen Spunt
Ben Stiller
Joss Stone British musician
Gloria Swanson
Aimee Teegarden actress
Marlo Thomas
Danny Trejo
Cicely Tyson
Lindsay Wagner
Dennis Weaver McCloud, Gunsmoke
Forest Whitaker
Betty White, nonagenarian comedian, still acting vegan for years
Olivia Wilde
Cindy Williams of Laverne And Shirley
Saul Williams
Faye Wong Chinese singer
Adam Yauch, musician of Beastie Boys,
Ahmet Zappa musician
Efrem Zimbalist
Pamela Anderson 132


Ancient Greece and Rome ivu.org/people

Orpheus (according to Aristophanes) 13

Environmentalists of which there are millions

David Kidd who coordinated the planting of over 1 million trees
Jeremy Rifkin
Munqeth Mehyar- Jordanian Director of Friends of the Earth Middle East, Jordan -
Frances Moore Lappe... author of Diet For A Small Planet
Alexandra Paul , also actor in Baywatch 4


Physicians And Nurses

Dr Don Barnes whose refusal to irradiate primates at Brooks Air Force Base was made into the movie Project X
Psychiatrist Neal Barnard founder of Pcrm a group with thousands of vegan physician, nurse and other health therapist members
Clara Barton
Psychiatrist Murry J Cohen MD
Joel Fuhrman MD
Steve Kaufman, MD founder of the Christian Veg. Assn
John Harvey Kellogg, MD whose family founded Kellogg Cereals He found that cadavers'
colon bacteria (ecoli) multiplies into the billions within 4 hours of slaughter
Michael Klaper MD
Jonathan Lieff MD psychiatrist who started vegetarian options at Lemuel Shattuck Hospital
John McDougall MD
Several thousand vegan physicians, nurses, therapists are members of pcrm.org

Political Leaders

Senator James Abourezk US Senator, South Dakota
Jim Beall, Jr.—California Assemblyman (24th District)
Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey
Ben Carson secretary in the 2017, 2018 cabinet
Fidel Castro
President William Clinton
Moraji Desai, PM of India and many other Indian PM's
Dr. Janez Drnovsek, Vegan President of Slovenia
Benjamin Franklin was a vegetarian when he discovered electricity. In later years as ambassador to Paris he wrote that he had had lapses due to venison and venery.
Mahatma Gandhi
Maneka Gandhi environmental activist and political leader
Vice President Al Gore was elected president in 2000, his election stolen by Jeb Bush in Florida and the Supreme Court
Dick Gregory
Andrew Jacobs former congressman from Indiana
Abdul Kalam, Dr president of India and space scientist
Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, former president of Zambia
Coretta Scott King
Dennis Kucinich whose congressional district was stolen by GOP gerrymandering
Former Governor Richard Lamm Colorado
Sophie Maxwell—San Francisco Supervisor (10th District)
Kerry McCarthy, Member of British Parliament Labour Party
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India
Jawaharlal Nehru, Prime Minister of India
Gulzari Lal Nanda, Prime Minister of India
Jamie Raskin—Maryland State Senator (20th District)
Prince Khaled bin Alwaleed of Saudi Arabia, not to be confused with the one bombing Yemen
Molotov (born Vyacheslav Mikhailovich Skryabin.
Albert Schweitzer
Al Sharpton
Lal Bahadur Shastri, Prime Minister of India
Jill Stein, Green Party presidential candidate
Ohio Democratic Party candidate for governor:Congresswoman Betty Sutton Akron Ohio 26
Activists There are millions

Lyman Beecher, abolitionist, father of Harriet Beecher Stowe,
fruitarian community
Russell Brand anarchist and comic
Cesar Chavez saintly organizer of the United Farm Workers and
Angela Davis
Francisco Martin antibullfighting activist
John Prestige, founder of the Hunt Saboteurs
John Robbins vegan heir of Baskin Robbins
Nathan Runkle
Capt. Paul Watson of Sea Shepherd
Dr Ann Wigmore, teacher of raw food vegan healing, whose clients included Prime Minister
Moraji Desai of India, Secretary of Interior Rogers Morton and many others 10


Morton Downey
Bill Gordon Ksdo
Thom Hartmann
Paul Harvey
Paul Harvey Jr
Father Ron Lengwin Kdka Radio
Robin Quivers Howard Stern's sidekick
Jeff Rense
Carrie Underwood
Ace Young Kmet 6

Joyce Di Benedetto-Colton, M.S. - Earth Ethics Institute, Miami Dade College
Susan Hargreaves - Humane Education Reaching Out. Founder, U.S.
Richard Schwartz online course in Jewish vegetarianism 3
Stephen Webb professor of religion
Nutritionist Gillian McKeith

Business Leaders

Dhirubhai Ambani
Michael Eisner of Disney
Bill Ford, chairman of Ford Motors
Ching Hai many restaurants around the world
Steve Jobs, for a while a fruitarian
Howard Lyman former Montana rancher  http://madcowboy.com
Elon Musk founder of Paypal
Gary Pruitt CEO of McClatchy Newspapers
Biz Stone cofounder of Twitter
Ratan Tata billionaire philanthropist
Paul Wenner, inventor of Gardenburger
Evan Williams cofounder of Twitter
Steve Wyn casinos
Mort Zuckerman real estate magazines 14
(Sergei Brin of Google and Bill Gates are investing in vegan businesses)


Native Americans
Jermaine Sam of the Navajo tribe


The vegan rednuck trucker youtube dot com

Peggy Mason of the UK
Uri Geller 2
Women's Rights

Carol J Adams
Susan B Anthony
Gloria Steinem
Constantina Salamone



Captain Alan Jones, USMC broke a record with 17,003 consecutive pushups
Captain Rick Corbin, went through Rangers as a vegetarian


Rip Esselstyn and his entire Engine 2 fire station
Police Officers

Frank Serpico, whose career fighting corruption in the Nypd was the subject of a movie 1
Chess Players

Jonathon Speelman
James Cameron, director of Avatar
James LaVeck and Jenny Stein, filmmakers of 'The Witness' and
'The Peaceable Kingdom'  http://www.tribeofheart.org
Shaun Monson, of the film Earthlings  http://www.Earthlings.com 2

Ted Zagar

Fashion And Models

Rory Freedman, author of 'Skinny Bitch'  http://www.SkinnyBitch.net
Adriana Karembeu model
Yasmin Le Bon
Stella McCartney - British designer daughter of Paul and Linda 4
Petra Nemcova also a philanthropist

Proponents of Vegetarian Diet who were not necessarily vegetarian

Isaac Newton


"There is Dotsie Bausch, a seven-time U.S. national cycling champion who, at 39, was the oldest cyclist to ever qualify for the Olympics, not to mention return home with a silver medal. There is Patrik Baboumian, the former Germany's Strongest Man who holds multiple world records, including lifting a staggering 1,213 pounds over his head. There is one of the greatest ultramarathoners of all time, Scott Jurek, who ran the Appalachian trail in 46 days, eight hours, and seven minutes—three hours faster than anyone else at the time, and months shorter than the average hiker. There are Roman gladiators, gorillas, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, all of whom have two things in common: superpower strength, and a plant-based diet.ts+Consciousness"

Vegetarians Who Did Harm (We have all harmed beings but some have done it on a greater scale.)
Adolph Hitler was a vegetarian, but bombed billions of animals or smashed them with tanks while providing animal cadavers to the German army.
Health vegetarian Thomas Alva Edison publicly electrocuted a prisoner and an elephant, dog, cat to demonstrate his electric chair.
Rene Descartes a vegetarian for health who in vivisecting dogs nailed their paws to tables


Venus Williams is a raw vegan during tennis season

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Another Scientist 22.May.2018 18:04


I believe that Brian Greene (author of The Hidden Reality and other popular physics books) is a vegetarian (see Fabric Of Cosmos pp 180-200) but I can't be sure.