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Famous Libertarians? There are many

Libertarians are often seen as being "on the fringe" or having "kooky" ideas, however that is the past. Libertarianism has been catching on lately with many Americans and celebrities are not bashful to express their opinion on the issue.

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"How would you characterize yourself politically?" Eastwood replied: "Libertarian... Everyone leaves everyone else alone."
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Humorist author Dave Barry has been quoted as saying, "I'm a libertarian... Does it matter to me that it's Democrats who think we need more elaborate programs that involve shifting money from one group to another group, or it's Republicans saying we need to take a harder look at what kinds of things people are watching on cable TV? Neither one of those things strikes me as a good idea."

Legendary actor and director Clint Eastwood has said, "I like the libertarian view, which is to leave everyone alone. From a libertarian point of view, you would say, 'Yeah? So what?' You have to believe in total equality. People should be able to be what they want to be and do what they want -- as long as they're not harming people."

Sitcom star and comedian Drew Carey is a strong libertarian, even hosting a series for Reason.TV called 'The Drew Carey Project' with each episode dealing with a different subject, but always an overzealous government.

Angelina Jolie holds strong libertarian-leanings and wanting to star in the first Atlas Shrugged movie (released in 2011), however scheduling did not work out.

Actor Tom Selleck is another strong libertarian preferring private solutions to society's problems rather than a dependence on government. He has stated he is a registered independent with a lot of libertarian-leanings.

Author and drummer for the band Rush, Neil Peart is a longtime libertarian, even devoting the 1976 album '2112' to Ayn Rand, author of the tome 'Atlas Shrugged'.

The list of libertarian and libertarian-leaning celebrities is lengthy and the purpose of this article is to expose Americans to the idea libertarian ideals may be the best solution for America and to relate many people they know could very well be a libertarian.

Here is a more comprehensive list of famous libertarians (Source: RonPaulForums):

Confirmed libertarians:
Penn Jillette & Teller (Magicians, comedians and hosts of the show 'BULLSHIT')
Drew Carey
Vince Vaughn (endorsed Ron Paul, hosted him at movie premiers, introduced him at LPAC in Reno NV in 2011)
Kurt Russell
Glenn Jacobs (AKA 'Kane' the wrestler)
David Draiman (singer of Disturbed)
Matthew Bellamy (singer/songwriter of the band 'Muse')
Billie Joe Armstrong (singer/songwriter of the band 'Green Day')
Aaron Lewis (singer/songwriter for the band 'Staind')
John Popper (singer/songwriter of the band 'Blues Traveler')
Barry Manliow (endorsed Ron Paul)
Krist Novoselic - (bassist for the band 'Nirvana')
Trey Parker & Matt Stone (creators of Southpark)
Joe Rogan (comedian, actor of show 'News Radio', Host of 'Fear Factor', and UFC host)
Adam Corolla
Doug Stanhope (comedian, host of man show w/ rogan, epic ranter)
Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong, That 70s Show, actor, musician, comedian, activist)
John Fitch (MMA Fighter)
Kennedy (former MTV VJ & television talk show host)
Christina Ricci
Clint Eastwood
John Stossel (journalist, former host of 20/20 on ABC, current host of 'Stossel')
Jimmy Whales (founder of Wikipedia)
Peter Thiel (founder/CEO of Paypal)
John Mackey (CEO of Whole Foods)
Patrick Byrne (CEO of
Mark Cuban (entrepreneur, owner of NBA's Dallas Mavericks, Landmark Theatres, and Magnolia Pictures, and chairman of the HDTV cable network HDNet.)
Peter Schiff (writer, economist, CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, Senatorial Candidate for CT)
Ron Paul (DUH! lol)
Rand Paul
Milton Friedman (economist, Nobel Prize winner)
FA Hayek (economist, Nobel Prize winner)
Ludwig Von Mises (economist)
Ayn Rand
Thomas E. Woods, Jr. (Professor, Historian, Author)
Judge Andrew Napolitano (FOX News contributor, FOX Business News Host, former Supreme Court Judge of NJ)
David Asman (FOX Business News anchor)
Neil Peart (drummer from the band 'Rush')
Geddy Lee (singer from the band 'Rush')
Dean Koontz (author)
Robert Heinlein (author)
PJ O'Rourke (satirist, journalist, writer, author)
Dave Barry (Pulitzer Prize winner, author, columnist, founder/owner of online game
Jack Kevorkian (AKA 'Dr. Death', American pathologist, euthanasia activist, painter, composer and instrumentalist)
Willie Nelson
Angelina Jolie
John Malkovich
Keanu Reeves
Kurt Loder (from MTV)
Mobb Deep (rapper)
Aimee Allen
Phil Gordon (Poker player, authored books on Poker. Former host Celebrity Poker Showdown. On board of Libertarian National Congressional Committee)
Greg Raymer (Winner of the World Series of Poker, 2004)

Likley Libertarians:
Sir Mix-a-Lot (rapper)
Denis Leary
Alice Cooper
John Carpenter (horror movies director)
Wesley Snipes
Howard Stern
Tom Selleck (supported McCain?, no known substantive libertarian positions/comments)
Eva Mendez (says 'Any potential boyfriend has to be an Ayn Rand fan' - but that's all I have as evidence for her potential libertarianism)
Nolan Ryan (friend of Ron Paul's, honorary campaign chair and ad spokesman for one of the campaigns)
Chuck Norris (says Ron Paul is the only one he trusts)
Greg Gutfeld (host of 'Red Eye' on FOX News)