Who Was Your Favorite Actor That Portrayed Jesus? Here Are 12 Of Our Favorites…

Within a couple years of Jesus’ death and resurrection, stories were cropping up about him – so many, in fact, that the apostle John wrote that “were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written” (John 21:25). And it kept going, moving into fiction from the gnostic gospels in the early centuries to Dante’s epic poetry in the renaissance up to Ben Hur in the late 1800s and Anne Rice’s work today.

Obviously, today, that means movies – from the faithful presentations to the dramatic embellishments, some of Hollywood’s greatest films have been biblical epics. These 12 actors have portrayed the Son of God, and they’re great!

Brian Deacon

Jesus (1979)

In 1945, Bill Bright wanted to finance a biblicaly accurate and entertaining movie centering on the life of Jesus. He never made it, instead founding Campus Crusade for Christ in 1951, but by the mid-1970s, the time had come. Deacon’s performance has been translated into over 1,200 languages and viewed literally billions of times.

Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.
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