James A. Conrad

20 Famous Skeptics Who Have an Acting Credit on IMDb

One of the standard tools that skeptics have used successfully for over a hundred years to cast doubt about claims of extraordinary scientific phenomena, especially claims made by ordinary people who have no scientific background, is to suggest that the witness or claimant is a fame seeker, that they may just be looking for their 15 minutes of fame . . . their moment in the celebrity spotlight.

f this tactic should be used against you and you feel it is undeserved, here is a page of research to help you provide a defensive response. All of the famous skeptics listed below have at least one acting credit in the Internet Movie database (IMDb) and thus have a bit of fictional Hollywood pretense on their résumés, with their credibility surviving intact as they act as the gatekeepers of mainstream science. Listed alphabetically.

  1. Derren Brown . . . (1971 – ), member of the Editorial Advisory Board of The Skeptic magazine (UK). IMDb
  2. Richard Dawkins . . . (1941 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Editorial Board member of Skeptic magazine (US). IMDb
  3. Ann Druyan . . . (1949 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  4. Harry Houdini . . . (1874 – 1926), member of the Committee on Psychic Phenomena organized by Scientific American magazine in the 1920s that offered a cash prize for proof of supernatural phenomena; namesake of the "Houdini Hall of Honor" into which chosen prominent scientific skeptics are inducted by the US-based Independent Investigations Group. IMDb
  5. Jamie Hyneman . . . (1956 – ), co-creator and co-host of the TV series MythBusters. IMDb
  6. Penn Jillette . . . (1955 – ), Skeptic-oriented stage and television entertainer, half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. IMDb
  7. Lawrence M. Krauss . . . (1954 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  8. Elizabeth Loftus . . . (1944 – ), Executive Council member and Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  9. Bill Nye . . . (1950 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  10. James E. Oberg . . . (1944 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  11. James Randi . . . (1928 – ), co-founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP, now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry); founder of the James Randi Educational Foundation. IMDb
  12. Carl Sagan . . . (1934 – 1996), co-founder of the Committee for Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP, now known as the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry). IMDb
  13. Adam Savage . . . (1967 – ), co-creator and co-host of the TV series MythBusters. IMDb
  14. Michael Shermer . . . (1954 – ), founder of The Skeptics Society, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Skeptic magazine (US). IMDb
  15. Seth Shostak . . . (1943 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb
  16. Julia Sweeney . . . (1959 – ), Editorial Board member of Skeptic magazine (US). IMDb
  17. Jamy Ian Swiss . . . (1953 – ), member of the Board of Directors of New York City Skeptics, co-founder of National Capital Area Skeptics, columnist for Skeptic magazine (US). IMDb
  18. Carol Tavris . . . (1944 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, Editorial Board member of Skeptic magazine (US). IMDb
  19. Teller (Raymond Joseph Teller) . . . (1948 – ), Skeptic-oriented stage and television entertainer, half of the comedy magic duo Penn & Teller. IMDb
  20. Neil deGrasse Tyson . . . (1950 – ), Fellow of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry. IMDb

This list was researched and complied by author James A. Conrad and first published on this web page. If you see it copied elsewhere, this is likely the source from where it originated, if no credit is given.
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