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By Fox Van Allen
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President Trump has his supporters in Hollywood, but many famous actors and musicians are Democrats. Here are 50 well-known celebs who have gone on the record as backers of Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential campaign, from those who offered endorsements (such as Cardi B, right) to those who are giving financial support (such as Alyssa Milano, left).
Superstar Dwayne Johnson, who appears in the Fast & Furious franchise, made his first-ever presidential endorsement on September 27 in a video he released to his social media followers.
“Joe, you’ve had such an incredible career, and you’ve led with such great compassion, heart, drive, and soul,” Johnson said.
Actress Vivica A. Fox isn’t just an ordinary Biden supporter. She’s actually hit the campaign trail for the former vice president, as seen here at a Biden rally in Tougaloo, Mississippi on March 8.
Golden State Warriors point guard (and producer of ABC’s “Holey Moley”) Stephen Curry and Food Network star and host Ayesha Curry both addressed the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020.
“We want to ensure that our kids live in a nation that is safe, happy, healthy and fair and so this election…” said Ayesha Curry.
“…We’re voting for Joe Biden,” finished Stephen.
The former late-night host says he’ll be voting for a “decent man,” Joe Biden, in November.
“People like Joe because he’s got a good character,” Jay Leno said in March.
Springsteen told Rolling Stone magazine, “I think if we get Joe Biden, it’s gonna go a long way towards helping us regain our status around the world.”
Businesswoman and star of ABC’s “Black-ish” Tracee Ellis Ross, along with fellow actresses Eva Longoria, Kerry Washington and Julia-Louis Dreyfus, served as emcees of the 2020 Democratic National Convention. 
She said Kamala Harris‘s “nomination is historic for anyone who believes in ‘We The People.'” 
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Seinfeld” writer Larry David, and “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander, both support Biden’s campaign.
Alexander is slated to moderate a virtual fundraiser for Biden in August, and routinely retweets the former vice president’s content. David, who has famously portrayed Democrat Bernie Sanders on “Saturday Night Live,” gave $15,000 to the Biden Victory Fund.
Originally a supporter of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, singer Cardi B has now said she is backing Joe Biden.
“I’m just gonna go with Joe Biden because I cannot see the next step of America being ran [sic] by number 45,” the rapper said in April, referencing President Trump, the 45th president.
Mark Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and long-time panelist on ABC’s “Shark Tank,” told Fox News’ Sean Hannity that he supports Biden over President Trump in the 2020 election.
“Donald Trump doesn’t want to run a country. He wants to run a campaign,” Cuban said. “Joe Biden actually wants to run a country.”
Pop singers Emily Strayer, Natalie Maines, and Martie Erwin Maguire, now collectively known as The Chicks (and known prior to June 2020 as The Dixie Chicks), performed “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the final night of the Democratic National Convention on August 20, 2020.
Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan, who has worked in the State Department as a U.S. public policy envoy, has joined the Biden campaign as a surrogate director. This means the two-time gold medalist and five-time world champion represents him at events and lines up new supporters.
“I believe that the vice president is the ideal candidate to unify our country with his experience, knowledge and track record of fighting for Americans,” Kwan wrote to her supporters on Instagram.
Comedian Keegan-Michael Key, who does an impression of former President Barack Obama, has been active in making videos for the Biden campaign.
Key has also been spotted at a Biden fundraiser.
Sirius XM radio host Howard Stern announced his choice in April.
“I am all in on Joe Biden,” Stern said. “You see the wall that’s right next to you? I’ll vote for the wall over a guy who tells me that I should pour Clorox into my mouth.”
“New Girl” actress Zooey Deschanel and “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott, now a couple, appeared as part of comedy bit promoting mail-in voting during the 2020 Democratic National Convention’s “DNC After Party.”
Though he told CBS’s Stephen Colbert that “Biden wasn’t my guy,” the comic and director has come around to support the vice president.
“I actually believe something in (Biden’s) life experience can benefit this country at a moment where it desperately needs it,” he said.
“Parks and Recreation” actress Aubrey Plaza also appeared at the Democratic National Convention After Party on August 20, 2020, in support of the former vice president.
“We need a president who will protect our Latinx community and not demonize us,” Plaza said on the stream.
Rapper Common appeared with John Legend at the 2020 Democratic National Convention to sing their Grammy- and Oscar-winning song “Glory” in tribute to the late civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis.
Songwriter, DJ and producer Diplo, seen here at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards in January 2020, appeared at the “Get Up, Stand Up!” virtual dance party fundraiser for the Biden campaign in early July.
The Hollywood power couple has made donations to Joe Biden. Wilson also lent her financial support to the presidential campaign of California Senator Kamala Harris in 2019.
Celebrity chef Cat Cora and her partner, producer/director Nicole Cora Ehrlich, joined the 2020 Democratic National Convention After Party to celebrate the nomination of Joe Biden — and to share Cat’s recipe for “No Malarkey Nachos.”
“Margaritaville” singer and restaurant owner Jimmy Buffett has thrown his support behind the former vice president. In May, the musician performed with David Crosby, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh and Rufus Wainwright in a virtual fundraising event for the Biden campaign.
The news should come as no surprise to most parrotheads: Buffett also campaigned for Democrats in state races across Florida in 2018, as seen here.
Broadway performer and star of FX’s “Pose,” Billy Porter gave strong words of support to the former vice president during a Biden campaign fundraiser in April.
“We need to elect a steady, experienced leader to guide us through this storm and forward. Someone with decency, character and empathy whose own life has taught him to persevere,” Porter said.
Tennis great Billie Jean King, who famously defeated Bobby Riggs in the 1973 “Battle of the Sexes” and amassed 39 Grand Slam titles, is a staunch Biden backer.
“The change I dream of celebrating is an America where we can live & love authentically, & where every marginalized community is ensured equality,” King told her followers on Twitter.
King is seen here in 2009 accepting the Medal of Freedom from then-U.S. President Barack Obama.
It likely comes as no surprise that Democratic activist Barbra Streisand, seen here with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi in 2019, is a big supporter of Joe Biden.
“I wholeheartedly endorse Joe Biden for President,” Streisand told her Twitter followers in March. “Trump must be beaten in November before he does more damage to our democracy, environment, health, safety and standing in the world.”
Acress and singer Jennifer Hudson headlined a “Celebration for Change: 100 Days to Go” fundraising concert for Joe Biden on July 26, performing with Barbra Streisand, John Legend and more.
Fashion icon and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, seen here at New York Fashion Week in February 2020, came out in support of Joe Biden in an op-ed.
“(Joe Biden) is unmistakably a man of character and has so many qualities that we are in desperately short supply of in Washington right now: decency, honor, compassion, trustworthiness, and best of all experience,” Wintour wrote in March.
The star of Netflix’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” participated in a “Broadway for Obama” fundraiser in 2008. He is now raising money for Joe Biden in 2020.
Rob Reiner, known for his liberal political activism as well as his Hollywood directing work (“Stand By Me,” “A Few Good Men”), is a harsh critic of President Donald Trump and a vocal supporter of his opponent.
“It’s time to put our differences aside and celebrate what unites us by coalescing behind Joe Biden,” the “All In The Family” star told his followers on Twitter on March 10.
Actor Don Cheadle (“Avengers: Endgame,” “Black Monday”) has participated in a virtual town hall for young Americans to support the Biden campaign, speaking openly with the vice president about race and racism in America.
David Crosby (of Crosby, Stills & Nash folk rock fame) is one of many musicians backing the vice president. He appeared in a May online fundraiser for the Biden campaign.
Said Crosby to Biden about the coming election: “I think it’s going to be the dirtiest fight since the Civil War, and I’m really glad that you are willing to take up your sword and shield, Joe, and step into the fray.”
In 2016, Drew Carey backed the presidential campaign of libertarian Gary Johnson. This year, the long-time host of “The Price is Right” has thrown his support behind the campaign of Biden, donating $25,000 to the Biden Victory Fund.
During the 2020 presidential primaries, EGOT achiever John Legend was a backer of Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Now that Biden is the presumptive nominee, Legend has performed at fundraisers for the vice president.
Actress Tia Carrere, who appeared in Season 5 of “The Celebrity Apprentice” reality TV show with Mr. Trump, joined a group of 250 prominent Asian American and Pacific Islanders in endorsing Joe Biden.
Actress and musician Kristin Chenoweth, seen here at a fall 2011 Fashion Week event, has participated in a virtual gathering for the Joe Biden campaign, appearing with Billie Jean King and Pete Buttigieg at a LGBTQ+ fundraiser via Zoom.
Actor, director and activist George Clooney has thrown his considerable star power behind the Biden campaign. Clooney is expected to host a virtual fundraiser for Biden with former President Barack Obama.
“Watch What Happens Live” host and “Real Housewives” executive producer Andy Cohen spoke briefly at the Biden campaign’s Celebration for Change virtual fundraiser concert in July.
Singer Cher, one of a handful of stars who threatened to leave the U.S. if Trump was elected president, is a Biden backer.
“JOE BIDEN SINK OR SWIM, I’M WITH HIM,” the Goddess of Pop tweeted to her 3.7 million followers.
Film icon Robert De Niro, seen here at the Oscars in February 2020, made headlines in May when he told CBS’s Stephen Colbert that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo would make a good emergency replacement for Biden if needed.
“I’m for Biden and I want everything to go well for Biden,” De Niro said, “but at least we have a person who is a very capable backup if you will, if something would change, God forbid nothing will change.”
Rocker Sheryl Crow sang her ’90s hit “A Change Will Do You Good” at a Biden virtual fundraiser in May.
At the event, she said her two boys were asking her about the protests in Minneapolis over the killing of George Floyd. “And I’m saying, ‘Yes, we need a leader that speaks to this and demands justice.'”
Comedian Sarah Cooper, who found viral fame by lip-syncing Donald Trump videos on Tik Tok, addressed the 2020 Democratic National Convention to criticize the president’s attacks on mail-in voting.
“Whether you plan to vote by mail, or in person wearing your mask, it is your vote. And it’s your right. Don’t let Donald Trump take that away from you,” Cooper said in a prepared video.
Actor Shia LeBeouf (Transformers series, “Honey Boy”), seen here at the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, is a financial supporter of the Biden Victory Fund.
Veteran actor Robert Redford endorsed Joe Biden in an July 8 op-ed he wrote for CNN.
“Biden leads with his heart,” Redford wrote. “I don’t mean that in a soft and sentimental way. I’m talking about a fierce compassion — the kind that fuels him, that drives him to fight against racial and economic injustice, that won’t let him rest while people are struggling.”
Singer Madonna has made her support of Joe Biden — and her disdain for President Trump — known to her Instagram followers.
“Ill (sic) take Sleepy Joe Biden any day over this White Supremacist [pig emoji] Aka/ Nazi Aka Sociopath thats in The WHITE HOUSE!” she posted June 22.
“Fire and Rain” singer James Taylor has lent his star power to the Biden campaign, writing a fundraising email for the former vice president that slams President Donald Trump.
“We can’t afford four more years of a man who cares more about his own power and celebrity than he does about the health and success of our country,” Taylor wrote.
“Argo” actor Ben Affleck, a longtime supporter of Democratic causes and candidates, has donated money to the Biden Victory Fund.
Actor Dustin Hoffman has offered his financial support to a long list of Democratic presidential hopefuls, from Joe Biden’s run in 2020 all the way back to former Nebraska Senator Bob Kerrey’s 1992 bid.
After sparring with President Trump over the use of his songs at a July 4 event at Mount Rushmore, Neil Young updated the lyrics of his 2006 song “Lookin’ for a Leader” to endorse former Vice President Biden.
“Yeah, we had Barack Obama, and we really need him now,” Young sings. “The man who stood behind him has to take his place somehow.”
Comic Wanda Sykes, a Biden booster and vocal critic of President Trump, has gone to battle on the internet with some of the president’s supporters, including actor Scott Baio.
Star Trek franchise actor and activist George Takei devotes much of his Twitter feed to criticizing President Trump and boosting Joe Biden.
“Keep your head in the sand, Donald, as we continue to work every day to elect @JoeBiden,” the star wrote on Twitter.
Star Wars franchise actor Mark Hamill frequently uses his Twitter feed to post content critical of President Trump and his administration.
“The Thing imitates human behavior far more convincingly than (Donald Trump) does,” Hamill wrote on Twitter, following his comment up with a #Biden2020 hashtag.
Actress Donna Dixon, seen here with husband Dan Aykroyd, is a financial supporter of the Biden Victory Fund.
“The View” co-host Whoopi Goldberg, a long-time backer of Democratic candidates, has hosted a virtual fundraiser for Biden with Senator Tammy Duckworth of Illinois.
An early supporter of Pete Buttigieg in the Democratic presidential primary, “This Is Us” star Mandy Moore has since moved to back Biden.
“I’m down to do my part and help out in any way possible to get Biden elected,” Moore told Variety.
Actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who plays fictional Vice President Selina Meyer in the HBO comedy “Veep,” has used her unique role as a springboard for criticism of President Trump.
“[Trump’s] actually worse than a fictional president with a team of professional writers working 24/7 to make her as bad as possible,” Louis-Dreyfus said during a Biden campaign fundraiser event.
Shortly before America shut down to fight the coronavirus pandemic, actor Leonardo DiCaprio attended a fundraiser with Biden at the Bel-Air home of former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing.
Though she initially supported Senator Elizabeth Warren in the Democratic primary, “Come to My Window” singer Melissa Etheridge is now backing — and raising money for — Joe Biden.
The author of Game Of Thrones, seen here holding his Emmy for Outstanding Drama Series, wrote an endorsement of Biden on his personal blog following the vice president’s 2019 entry into the race.
“The main things I want in a nominee, however, are twofold: (1) someone who can beat Trump, and (2) someone who would actually be a good/great president,” Martin said. “Biden qualifies on both counts.”
Country great Willie Nelson headlined a virtual fundraiser for Biden in late June with former Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke.
Managing editor Fox Van Allen is an expert in tech, laptops and computers, toys and video games for CBS Essentials. When he’s not writing about (or playing) the Nintendo Switch and PS5, Fox’s hobbies include reality TV podcasting, designing board games and hanging out in his favorite warehouse stores.
First published on August 10, 2020 / 9:07 AM
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