In recent years, Dungeons & Dragons (D&D) has taken the world by storm, transcending its niche beginnings to enter the mainstream consciousness. As a result, it’s no surprise to discover that several A-list celebrities have joined the ranks of devoted D&D enthusiasts.
This article delves into the lives of famous actors, musicians, and performers who love rolling the dice and immersing themselves in the fantastical realms of this beloved role-playing game. We also asked Midjourney what the celebs would look like as a Dungeons and Dragons character, we kind of regret it.
Action movie star Vin Diesel is perhaps the most well-known celebrity D&D enthusiast. A long-time fan of the game, Diesel has been playing since his childhood and even wrote the foreword to the book “30 Years of Adventure: A Celebration of Dungeons & Dragons.”
He’s known to play a half-drow named Melkor and even incorporated elements of D&D into his film, “The Last Witch Hunter,” a testament to his passion for the game.
Actor Joe Manganiello, known for his roles in “True Blood” and “Magic Mike,” is another devoted D&D player. A fan since his youth, Manganiello has a dedicated game room in his house, filled with hand-painted miniatures and terrain.
He often shares his love for the game on social media. His character, Arkhan the Cruel, made an appearance in the official campaign book, “Explorer’s Guide to Wildemount.”
Late-night television host and comedian Stephen Colbert is no stranger to the world of D&D. Colbert started playing in his youth and has spoken about his love for the game on multiple occasions.
He has participated in live-streamed charity D&D games, playing a half-elf bard named Capo, and has interviewed game creators on his show, demonstrating his continued enthusiasm for the role-playing phenomenon.
Actress, writer, and producer Felicia Day, best known for her work in “The Guild” and “Supernatural,” is an avid D&D player. Day frequently plays in live-streamed D&D games, using a variety of characters, including a tiefling warlock named Nott.
Deborah Ann Woll
“True Blood” and “Daredevil” actress Deborah Ann Woll is another Hollywood celebrity who loves D&D. Woll has spoken about her passion for the game in interviews and hosts her own D&D show, “Relics and Rarities.” The show often features guest appearances by other celebrities, showcasing the broad appeal of the game.
Acclaimed journalist and television personality Anderson Cooper is a more surprising addition to the list of D&D-loving celebrities. Cooper has revealed that he played the game throughout his childhood and has participated in charity D&D games alongside other celebrities.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Former wrestler and blockbuster actor Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has admitted to having played Dungeons & Dragons in his younger years. Although not as publicly involved in the game as some of his fellow celebrities, Johnson has spoken fondly of his D&D experiences and the sense of adventure it provided.
Jon Favreau, the talented director and actor known for his work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and “The Mandalorian,” is also a fan of D&D. Favreau has cited the game as an inspiration for his storytelling, particularly when it comes to creating immersive worlds and developing characters.
Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has expressed his love for D&D, particularly for its ability to bring people together and foster creativity. Gordon-Levitt has played the game with friends, and the experiences have helped him form strong bonds and create lasting memories.
Actor and writer Wil Wheaton, best known for his role in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” is an avid D&D player. Wheaton frequently participates in tabletop gaming events and even hosted his own web series, “TableTop,” which featured various role-playing and board games, including D&D.
Filmmaker and comic book writer Kevin Smith is another celebrity who enjoys playing D&D. Smith has spoken about his love for the game in interviews and podcasts and has participated in live-streamed games alongside other celebrities.
Comedian and actor Patton Oswalt is a self-proclaimed D&D fan. Oswalt has participated in celebrity D&D games and often references the game in his stand-up routines, demonstrating his appreciation for the imaginative world of D&D.
“Community” and “Rick and Morty” creator Dan Harmon is known for his love of D&D. Harmon’s passion for the game is so strong that he even created a television show, “HarmonQuest,” which combines live-action role-playing with animated sequences, bringing D&D to a new medium.
Retired NBA star Tim Duncan is an unexpected D&D enthusiast. Duncan has been playing the game since his college days and continues to enjoy it in his retirement, citing its creative nature and camaraderie as key reasons for his love of the game.
Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews is another surprising D&D fan. The actor is also a big fan of the MMORPG World of Warcraft, and has appeared on various shows promoting both games.
Comedian and “Austin Powers” star Mike Myers is a long-time D&D player. Myers has spoken about playing the game during his time on “Saturday Night Live”.
Actor Matthew Lillard, known for his roles in “Scream” and “Scooby-Doo,” is an avid D&D player. Lillard co-founded a company called Beadle & Grimm’s, which produces high-quality D&D adventure supplements, further demonstrating his passion for the game.
Actress Ashley Johnson, known for her roles in “The Last of Us” and “Blindspot,” is a dedicated D&D player. Johnson is a regular cast member on the popular web series “Critical Role,” where she plays a gnome cleric named Pike Trickfoot.
Musician and comic book writer Gerard Way, best known as the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, is a fan of D&D. Way has spoken about the influence of the game on his storytelling and world-building in both his music and comic book projects, such as “The Umbrella Academy.”
Retired professional wrestler and actor Paul Wight, also known as Big Show, is a part of Joe Manganiello D&D group.
Actor and producer Vince Vaughn is another surprising D&D enthusiast. Vaughn is yet another member of Joe Manganiello’s group.
Acclaimed actress Dame Judi Dench might not be the first person you’d associate with D&D, but she too has dabbled in the game. Dench was introduced to D&D by Vin Diesel. The legendary actress’s foray into the world of D&D demonstrates the game’s wide-ranging appeal and ability to bring people together.
From action movie stars to late-night hosts, D&D has attracted a diverse range of A-list celebrities who love immersing themselves in its imaginative worlds. These famous faces not only enjoy playing the game but also use their platform to introduce it to a wider audience.