Actors who have played God
Rex Ingram in The Green Pastures (1936)
In one of the most successful classic films with an all-black cast, Ingram plays God, Adam, and more in a set of stories that combine the Bible and black folklore.
Groucho Marx in Skidoo (1968)
Groucho Marx called his final silver screen performance, in which he plays God in the heavily LSD-influenced experimental film, "God-awful," in his 1976 book The Groucho Phile.
George Burns in Oh, God! (1977), Oh, God! Book II (1980), Oh, God! You Devil (1984)
Through the Oh, God! film franchise, veteran entertainer George Burns found new wind in his career playing lord and savior to a different character each movie.
Ralph Richardson in Time Bandits (1981)
In director Terry Gilliam's first film in his Trilogy of Imagination, Richardson plays a Supreme Being that employs dwarves to fix holes in the space-time continuum.
Robert Morley in Second Time Lucky (1984)
British actor Robert Morley plays God making a wager with Satan on whether or not Adam and Eve can stay moral through a series of different time periods, and save humanity from eternal damnation.
Ferdy Mayne in Night Train to Terror (1985)
European actor Ferdy Mayne plays another version of God making a wager with Satan on whether a sample size of humans deserve heaven or hell.
George Plimpton in A Fool and His Money (1989)
Writer and media personality George Plimpton makes a quick appearance as God in this religious satire starring a young Sandra Bullock.
Charlton Heston in Almost An Angel (1990)
Robert Mitchum in Les Sept Péchés Capitaux (1992)
Classic film actor Robert Mitchum somehow found his way into playing Dieu in an obscure Belgian comedy.
Scott Bairstow on Touched By An Angel (1994)
Emily Watson in Breaking The Waves (1996)
Bob Odenkirk on Mr. Show (1998)
Maurice Roëves in The Acid House (1998)
As is common with many of these projects, actor Maurice Roëves is another person woven into several interconnecting stories that turns out to be God himself.
Alanis Morisette in Dogma (1999)
Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf in Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000)
Henry Nasiff Jr., also known as Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf from radio personality Howard Stern's Wack Pack, has a cameo as God in this B-movie sequel that came out in New York shortly after his death.
Whoopi Goldberg in It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie (2002)
Yes, there's a muppet movie where God is a character, and of course they are played by Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg.
Morgan Freeman in Bruce Almighty (2003), Evan Almighty (2007)
Antônio Fagundes in God Is Brazilian (2003)
Brazilian dramedy God Is Brazilian lives up to its name by casting Brazilian actor Antônio Fagundes as the all seeing and all knowing God.
Will.I.Am, Zachary Quinto, and more on Joan of Arcadia (2003)
Rodney Dangerfield in Angels With Angles (2005)
Like comedy legend Groucho Marx before him, stand-up icon Rodney Dangerfield's last film role was that of God. Weirdly, the film also has an actor playing fellow former onscreen God George Burns.
Rob Benedict on Supernatural (2005)
Whoopi Goldberg in A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)
Goldberg falls back into the role of God, trading muppets for Kate Hudson in this forgotten romcom.
Paul Sorvino in The Devil’s Carnival (2012)
Isaac Andrews in Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)
In Ridley Scott's controversial adaptation of the story of Moses, young British actor Isaac Andrews play Malak, the boy God possesses to get a message across to the prophet.
Mark Harelik on Preacher (2016)
Veteran TV actor Mark Harelik dazed and confused the cast of the edgy AMC series Preacher through four seasons as the elusive God.
Octavia Spencer in The Shack (2017)
Steve Buscemi on Miracle Workers (2019)
Steve Buscemi offers another oddball take on God, bored and ready to end humanity on this TBS show. The second season premiering in early 2020 sees him return, with the setting now in the Dark Ages.