Freemasons in Arts and EntertainmentMuch like all other occupations, Freemasonry has a fair share of entertainers in its ranks - many of them famous. So many of the world's best and brightest have graced the lodges of Freemasonry. Here you'll find a sampling of the most popular ones.
Some funny Freemasons include Bud Abbot, W. C. Fields, Harpo Marx, Oliver Hardy, Will Rogers, Red Skelton, Peter Sellers, Richard Pryor, Don Rickles, and Michael Richards. The fraternity has never had a shortage of comedians..
On the big screen and in television, Freemason actors include Douglas Fairbanks Sr., Clark Gable, Ernest Borgnine, Gene Autry, John Wayne, Glenn Ford, Tex Ritter, Roy Rogers, Caroll O'Connor and directors Cecille B. DeMille and Billy Wilder - as was Mel Blanc, the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and many other Looney Tunes characters.
Magician Harry Houdini, Wild West showman "Buffalo Bill" Cody, and all seven of the Ringling Brothers (founders of the circus bearing their name) were Freemasons.
Singers, Songwriters and Composers
Among the musical, the freaternity's members include Louis Armstrong , Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, George M. Cohan, Irving Berlin, and W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan (better known as Gilbert & Sullivan). Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a Freemason, as was Franz Liszt, and Johann Christian Bach (son of Johann Sebastian Bach). John Philip Sousa, who composed "Stars and Stripes Forever," also was a Mason. Many experts even believe Ludqig Von Beethoven was a Mason, as it is said that some of his compositions feature masonic references. How about that?
Artists and Writers
Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, Voltaire, Rudyard Kipling, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Sir Walter Scott, Jonathan Swift, the poet Robert Burns, and the playwright Oscar Wilde. Fine Artists Frederic Bartholdi, the French sculptor who designed the Statue of Liberty, Gustav Eiffel, the designer of the Eiffel Tower, Gutzon and Lincoln Borglum, who carved Mount Rushmore (and you thought it was a coincidence that three of the four Presidents on Mt. Rushmore have Masonic ties), painters Marc Chagall and Charles Willson Peale also were Masons.