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14 Famous Actors Who Portrayed Jesus On Film

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Jim Caviezel
Jim Caviezel

Jim is arguably one of the most famous portrayals of Jesus in acting history. He played Jesus in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion Of The Christ,” which is the greatest selling Christian movie of all time. Jim won one award for his portrayal as Jesus, and several other nominations.

Henry Ian Cusick
Henry Ian Cusick

Known for his role in the show “Lost”, Cusick portrayed Jesus in the movie “The Gospel Of John.” Although the movie lost money, bringing in only $4 million at the box office on a $10 million budget, the movie was praised for being well acted.

Christian Bale
Christian Bale

Many do not realize that the famous “Batman” actor also played Jesus in the movie “Mary, Mother Of Jesus.” Although the movie focused more on Mary, Christian played Jesus quite well.

Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell

Will is best known for his comedic antics, as well as his hilarious movies. Will portrayed Jesus in the movie “Superstar,” although the role lasted only briefly in the film.

Ralph Fiennes
Ralph Fiennes

Ralph loaned his voice to portray Jesus in the clay-mation movie, “The Miracle Maker.” Although this was an unusual way to portray Jesus, it still worked well on the screen.

Victor Garber
Victor Garber

The movie “Godspell,” had a hippy-clown rendition of the portrayal of Jesus and was played by ever-talented Garber. He is better known for his work on “Titanic,” “Legally Blonde,” and “Alias.”

Robert Torti
Robert Torti

“Reefer Madness” was a movie as well as a musical, based heavily on the use of marijuana. Robert played as a well-built, singing Jesus in the Showtime adaptation of the stage play. He is better known for his roles on daytime soaps, such as “The Young and the Restless” and “Days of Our Lives,” but you may also recognize him from “That Thing You Do” and “She’s the Man.”

Ted Neeley
Ted Neeley

Ted portrayed Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” He was a singer and drummer by trade. Originally, he wanted the role of Judas and had auditioned for the part on Broadway, but received the role of Jesus.He more recently appeared in “Django Unchained” along with Jamie Foxx.

Robert Powell
Robert Powell

The movie “Jesus Of Nazareth” from 1977, garnered some success for Robert for his portrayal of Jesus in the movie. Production and cinematography of the movie also earned several awards. Robert also narrates the British release of the miniseries “The Bible.”

Max Von Sydow
Max Von Sydow

“The Greatest Story Ever Told” was a 1965 movie nominated for five Oscars, with co-stars such as John Wayne, Charlton Heston, and Angela Lansbury. His career has spanned more than 60 years with parts in “The Exorcist,” “Shutter Island,” and he will soon appear in the upcoming “Star Wars” film.

Jeffrey Hunter
Jeffrey Hunter

Jeffrey was 35 years old when he portrayed Jesus in the movie “King Of Kings” in 1961. Many thought his look was too young to play Jesus. His crucifixion scene had to be re-shot because many were offended by his hairy chest.

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He may be more familiar from his role on “Star Trek.”

Diogo Morgado
Diogo Morgado

Diogo is the latest actor to portray Jesus, in the miniseries called “The Bible.” He is also starring as Jesus in the upcoming movie “Son Of God,” where he picks up where he left off in his previous role from “The Bible” TV series.

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