Yes, yes — you know that Hollywood luminaries Clint Eastwood and Arnold Schwarzenegger are staunch members of the GOP (empty chairs and liberal inclinations notwithstanding). But aside from those very out, very open celebrity Republicans, there are a handful of almost equally famous, though far more quiet, conservatives out there in show business.
Not surprisingly, a lot of these celebs try to keep their noses down and their affiliations “independent.” Yet, whether they’ve stumped for conservatives, made their thoughts known in interviews, or just quietly, privately voted for the Grand Old Party, these are the surprising stars who cast in with the party ticket.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Not only is Hollywood’s leading action star and a smoldering man-crush to many a registered (R), he spoke at the 2000 Republican National Convention and loves Reagan, making him one of the few celebs to simultaneously back his party and somehow still keep it on the down low. He’s not registered for either party, but his allegiances still lie with the GOP.
While The Rock has stepped into his shoes in terms of box-office receipts, Stallone is still a national treasure. While he’s never declared for either party (he has a “let the best man win philosophy”), he’s offered his support to just about every republican presidential candidate you can name. He even attended George W. Bush’s first inauguration.
Though he hung up his cleats after his 2016 Super Bowl win, Manning remains the most famous and most popular quarterback alive—which perhaps also makes him pro sport’s most legendary registered republican.
Speaking of living legends in the world of sports who support the GOP, the Golden Bear is not only now the greatest living golfer (R.I.P. Arnold Palmer), but an establishment republican from way back in the day all the way up to Mitt Romney, who he campaigned for.
Trebek has somehow transcended the game-show genre to achieve true iconic status. The Canadian immigrant also doesn’t just vote GOP, he’s a significant donor. True, he calls himself an “independent” and said that he’s very “disappointed” with “both sides” the 2016 election. Then again, aren’t we all?
The now-contrite, formerly troubled brawler seems to have genuinely turned a new leaf, apologized for his criminal past, and fought his way back into America’s heart (we do love our redemption stories). Somewhere along the line, he converted not only to Islam, but conservatism. Rumors that he would speak at the 2016 GOP Convention were false, but his stumping for a Maryland senatorial candidate was very real.
The king of good-time party Country music is, no surprise here, a fan of traditional good times and traditional values. While he explicitly tells his fans not to listen to him when it comes to politics, he’s privately supported and voted for republican presidential candidates (though he’s expressed a clear dislike for Donald Trump).
Yes, he compromised his own fame through steroid abuse and other chicanery before he stepped off the field for good in 2016. Still, there’s no denying that the registered republican and max GOP donor was and still is one of baseball’s living luminaries for many good reasons.
Many of us grew up reciting lines from Happy Gilmore and Billy Madison. Many of us still can. Interestingly, despite his brand of gross-out humor, the otherwise private and somewhat conservative multimillion-dollar family man votes for and donates to republican candidates. Yes, he’s socially progressive on issues such as gay marriage, but this is a big tent, isn’t it?
To anyone who watches his show—and there are millions and millions—it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the no-nonsense, straight-talkin’ TV therapist consistently votes republican. Then again, his mentor, Oprah is an Obama stan. Television makes strange bedfellows, we suppose.
Much like his fellow 80s/90s colleague in the action-film game Stallone, Willis votes GOP, but holds back on calling himself a republican. Instead, he cites his preference for smaller government, extended financial liberties, and lower taxes. Kinda sounds like a republican to us.
While rising back to the A-list on top of a string of solid movies, Russell admitted not only to supporting republican candidates but being, a “hardcore libertarian” of small government, low taxes, and little to no gun control. He even chills with the Cato Institute for laughs. While he’s technically outside the Big Tent, he’s more republican than most republicans.
He’s not a familiar face, but as the producer of Top Gun, Bad Boys, Pirates of The Caribbean, all the various CSIs, and many, many more gargantuan hits, he’s an A-list name for sure. He’s also a rare open conservative and republican in a mostly liberal business and town. That hasn’t stopped him from holding several fundraising events and offering buckets of cash to the GOP, though.
Is she the most beautiful republican ever, or is that Bo Derek? Your call. Either way Crawford, who is on the record as having donated to Obama in 2008, has given her vote and her money to many republican local and national candidates. She even appeared in a campaign training video for Romney 2012!
Robert Downey Jr.
Yes, Iron Man himself. In the last decade Downey Jr. has voted and supported GOP candidates while leaving an uneven trail of breadcrumbs for those who want to unmask his true politics. He may not be a conservative firebrand—and he is a social progressive—but seems to be on the right side of the political spectrum.