40 Celebrities Who Love To Play D&D

  • By: Richard
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I read an article the other day about which celebrities play Dungeons and Dragons, and I was surprised to see some of the names on the list. It’s a game enjoyed by people of all ages, so I guess it makes sense that celebrities would love it too!

I have to admit that I’m a bit of a D&D nerd myself, so I was excited to see so many famous people listed. Apparently, Ryan Reynolds, Vin Diesel, and even Ben Affleck are all fans of the game. I can’t wait to see their characters come to life on the big screen!

Dungeons & Dragons: 40 Celebrities Who Love To Play

Some of the most famous people in the world like playing Dungeons & Dragons. I have written about celebrities in alphabetical order. Here we go!

Anderson Cooper

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When the journalist and TV personality Anderson Cooper played his character in D&D, he admitted it felt like losing a friend.

“I literally went into mourning,” said an emotional Mr. Coop on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in August 2015 when discussing how important this game is for him and other players who have experienced similar feelings before!

Ashley Johnson

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Johnson was a total “D&D” novice when she joined Critical Role, but the show’s success has made it easy for fans to become familiar with this rug merchant turned paladin. She told DnDB beyond that while at first her character Pike Trickfoot may have just been playing himself in-game and figuring out what exactly his role as a Cleric is all about, he quickly grew into one of our favorite fan favorites from season 1!

Aubrey Plaza

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The Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza has played D&D since she was a kid.

In an interview with IGN, she said, “It’s just always been something that I loved to do,” going on to say how excited she is for the new season of Critical Role.

She also mentioned how fun it is to play in a campaign with kids and that everyone should try it out!

Ben Affleck

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The actor and director Ben Affleck is no stranger to D&D, having played the game since he was a child.

In an interview with Playboy, he spoke about how the game helped him through some tough times in his life.

“I loved fantasy when I was a kid,” said Affleck. “It was a way to escape.”

He said, “D&D was a game that allowed you to be somebody else and go on adventures.”

Who knew that the Dark Knight himself was such a nerd? It shows that anyone can enjoy D&D, no matter who they are. Celebrities like Ben Affleck prove that the game is for everyone.

Brennan Lee Mulligan

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He started out as a loyal player in D&D, but now Mulligan is an established entertainer who has mastered both live-action and animated comedy. He credits his early days playing games with friends for teaching him how to be confident on stage or on camera while also providing them some good laughs along the way!

Brett Gelman

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According to an interview with Inverse, Brett Gelman seems to have a role in just about everything these days, from Stranger Things, Fleabag, and now. He admitted that when he was younger, his cousin Lucas would DM for him while playing D&D, leading them both to be addicted as kids. Still, he says “no” nowadays because of how old-fashioned it feels compared to other games, such as Pokémon GO or Minecraft, where you can actually go outside!

D.B. Weiss

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The creative partner behind Game of Thrones, D.B Weiss, said in an interview with THR that he had been playing compulsively for years. His first experience was world-building when players created their own goals, often involving sexing up imaginary women.”

Dan Harmon

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Dan Harmon, who brought us Community and Rick & Morty and producer of various other shows such as Channel 4’s Lenaerate, is no stranger to Dungeons And Dragons. Having created his own universe in one season or playing through carefully crafted adventures with friends by crafting them together at home; there really isn’t much difference between PvE sessions vs. competitively fighting another player online – both offer an escape from reality for just hours while you’re immersed within immersive worlds filled only good ideas (and maybe some bad ones). But what about outside attention? Does this mean he’ll stop making television to just focus on his D&D streams?

David Benioff

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Dungeons and Dragons have given many people the storytelling skills they need to be successful. For example, David Benioff from Game of Thrones explained how his teenage years playing D&D gave him techniques that help make storylines interesting for audiences today, such as making sure characters don’t become too paragraphs long or giving them inner thoughts through dialogue boxes while also adding conflict into every session, so there’s always something at stake!

David Lindsay-Abaire

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David Lindsay-Abaire is an award-winning playwright and author who has also written the movie Rabbit Hole. He also says that D&D “harkens back to some of my first experiences with storytelling,” which were stories told while playing this game when he was younger.

The passage discusses how immersive it can be in your imagination or through live-action role play (LARP).

Deborah Ann Woll

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Deborah Ann Woll is proof that you can succeed and be involved in your community. The well-known actress of True Blood and Netflix’s Daredevil was initially introduced to the game via her manager back in 2011 when he suggested it would change who I am…

In fact, since then, she has made waves with what some might call “nerd” passions like Dungeons & Dragons (or maybe just D&D). It even got so far as GMing one person’s campaign while still playing another character on screen!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the most accomplished people in Hollywood, with an IMDB profile that’s as long and diverse as it gets. He can include Gamer alongside Wrestling Superstar, an Actor who has been featured on TV shows likable Cyborghans Save Duty, Musician/Comedian extraordinaire (and everything else). But while his schedule may seem hectic at times- even conflicting sessions between Dungeons & Dragons would only be for scheduling conflicts!

Felicia Day

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Felicia Day’s career began with the success of web series like “The Guild” (a comedy about gaming). Her diverse talents have allowed for more than just acting; she co-founded Geek & Sundry, which produced Critical Role in its early days. In December 2019, she participated alongside authors Patrick Rothfuss and Amy Vorpahl from Nerdist to play a D&D game for charity!

Gerard Way

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Gerard Way, lead vocalist and founder of My Chemical Romance, has been vocal about his love for Dungeons & Dragons since he was young. He told Time Out that as a half-elven ranger in the game, it’s always hard finding friends who would want to play along with you because they’re usually going after healers or other less combat-focused classes such as wizards during early levels. Still, once you get into higher level games, things open up more so anyone can enjoy playing any typologist’s desired character!”

Greg Grunberg

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Greg Grunberg has been an actor in genre films since he was a kid. His roles include key parts on NBC’s Heroes and Netflix’s Chefalted, among others, over the years, which is why it makes sense that Greg would be interested in games too! He loves playing Dungeons&Dragons (DND) according to his own channel SocialTronLive where you can see him play all types of D&D content every night – no matter what level your player character might travel up or down Lodge Road…

Jerry Holkins

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Inverse asked Jerry Holkins, co-founder of Penny Arcade and one-half (with Mike Krahulik) behind the popular internet gaming show ‘Stranger Things,’ about how Dungeons & Dragons are represented on Netflix’s hit series. He responded that it’s “certainly been a catalyst” for conversations around our favorite game genre – more specifically by the way if its portrayal in this manner series which has helped children with special needs develop skills like empathy or self-management through play as well as grow into healthy adults able to handle whatever life throws at them!

Joe Manganiello

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Joe Manganiello has been running D&D campaigns for years, and it seems that everyone in Hollywood wants a piece of the action. The actor was involved with an abandoned script back when Warner Bros owned “Dungeons & Dragons” movie rights – but he never gave up on his passion! He got right into playing again while working on this project; word quickly spread throughout Joe’s network of friends, who all wanted info about how to get started themselves…so much so that they asked him if he could become their DM ( dungeon master).

Jon Favreau

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In an interview with Los Angeles Times, director Jon Favreau credits his early days playing Dungeons & Dragons for giving him a strong background in imagination and storytelling. He said that the game taught him how important it is “to create tone” and balance a sense of humor within any project he works on – including Iron Man!

Joseph Gordon Levitt

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, an actor, and producer of films such as The Dark Knight Rises, told us in a recent interview about his experiences with D&D (and later Magic: The Gathering) that these games had a significant influence on HitRecord. He went on to say how they helped inspire not only this project but also other aspects like collaborative storytelling through video content creation online – something we’re seeing more often today than ever before!

Junot Diaz

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Author Junot Diaz credits his success as a writer to “ten years … deeply embedded and invested in fantastic narratives.” He describes how playing D&D with friends during youth allowed him the opportunity for creative expression that helped train important skills needed when telling stories, like giving readers enough space they can play. The New York Times featured an article on this subject in 2014 called ‘A Game As Literary Tutorial,’ which explored how games such as pen-and-paper roleplaying sessions have fueled generations’ imaginations through authorship across various genres-even including fantasy literature!

Martin Starr

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Martin Starr, one of the stars from Silicon Valley and an avid Dungeons & Dragons player, said there’s been a huge resurgence in nerd culture, especially with tech booming. He said, “If nerds were still poor living at their mothers’, nobody would pay attention to D&D because it is only popular among this certain type or group but now, since they’re richly paid professionals, everyone notices! And I am excited about all these developments.”

Matt Damon

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In an interview with GQ, Matt Damon talked about his experience playing D&D and how it has helped him in his acting career. He said, “It’s all about imagination. And also learning to work together with a group of people toward a common goal.” He went on to say that he thinks the reason so many celebrities love playing D&D is because “it’s just like being a kid again.”

Matthew Lillard

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Matthew Lillard is no stranger when it comes to Dungeons and Dragons. Since his college days, he has advocated for the game’s wide appeal across different age groups with Beadle & Grimm’s Pandemonium Warehouse as proof of good taste and creativity from those who know him best – namely Stu from Scream or Shaggy From Scooby-Doo!

Matthew Mercer

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Matthew Mercer is the modern-day Dungeons & Dragons hero. He voices iconic characters in anime and video games. Still, he will always be remembered for his role as Dungeon Master on Critical Role- one of podcasting’s most successful live play shows with over 3 million downloads per month! Now that D&D has grown into an empire outside just podcasts too, Matthew serves as Chief Creative Officer at WOTC, where they are releasing their first official sourcebook based on material written by him specifically used during season 2B (the second half)of this amazing television show called CRITICAL ROLE.

Mike Myers

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Mike Myers, who brought to life the most famous ogre in modern pop culture with his voice behind Shrek, has been making waves as a Dungeons and Dragons player. He was recently seen at an event playing D&D alongside other well-known figures like Questlove from Beastie Boys and Patton Oswalt – two more celebrities fans of the game themselves!

Patrick Rothfuss

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The author of “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” Patrick Rothfuss, once said that if you’ve played characters in games like Dungeons and Dragons, your imagination is ten steps closer to being an actual writer. As someone who has had DMed for years, I agree with him because every time my party decides what happens next at our table, even. However, some nights were worse than others (I’m looking right back) -it always felt amazing watching all these stories come together on paper throughrolletexts or Skype chats between friends playing different roles!

Patton Oswalt

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The late comedian and actor Patton Oswalt began his career as a standup, which can be seen in how he talks about playing Dungeons & Dragons. He started at such an early age that even then, there were signs of the passionate person we all know today; he was proud to show off old pictures from school days when membership was required for club participation with friends who would eventually become comedy stars too!

Paul “The Big Show” Wight

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Joe Manganiello’s “D&D” group is a star-studded affair. He recruited his brother and friends who loved Dungeons & Dragons as much as he did, including former WWE superstar Paul Wight, The Big Show (and no one else). After booking TV shows in Los Angeles for several months, though – because who can say no to Hollywood?-The big guy joined!

Pendleton Ward

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D&D is all about adventure. The story, settings, and creatures make this game so immersive for players of any level! With Pendleton Ward’s experience in storytelling adventures through his animated series “Adventure Time,” he knows how to bring life into these imaginary worlds with creativity that only seems impossible after seeing it done right before your eyes.

A quote from an article discussing why people play tumbleweed-chasing fantasy games such as Dungeons & Dragons can be found here: “I like how monsters…are fully realized.”

R.A. Salvatore

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One of the most well-known characters in R.A Salvatore’s world is Drizzt Do’Urden, who started out as an original Dungeons and Dragons character! The author used to travel significant distances just so he could play with other Forgotten Realms authors, which also explains why Elminster shows up throughout his novels despite being created by another author besides him (Ed Greenwood).

Rainn Wilson

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Rainn Wilson is no stranger to playing Dungeons and Dragons, the star of “The Office” and one of the funniest people on Twitter. He was first introduced to the game by his father when he was just a kid and has been hooked ever since!

In an interview, he talks about how D&D has helped him become more creative: “I find that as I’ve gotten older, my ability to access that part of my brain-the 12-year-old boy who wants to slay the dragon-has diminished. So it’s nice to have an activity where you can still do that.”

Sharyn McCrumb

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McCrumb, who has written several best-selling books about the region she calls home in Appalachia, said that she’s always wanted to be a game master because creativity comes from – coming up with places and characters for players. She feels confident when her work impacts others through storytelling despite being unable to see what they’re experiencing herself.

“A novel can function as its interactive experience,” says Sharyn. “You get so close acquainted with these people you’ve created.”

Stephen Colbert

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Stephen Colbert is a massive Lord of the Rings fan and even has his show where he challenges guests to Tolkien Showdowns. He got into D&D back in high school. Still, after around 30 years away from it – during college- Stephen says that this game helped him find storytelling methods for comedy because “I found out I could tell stories in an improvisational way.”

Ta-Nehisi Coates

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When Ta-Nehisi Coates, a well-known journalist and author for Marvel Comics, wrote about his experience with D&D in 2011, it not only opened up an interesting discussion on how games like Dungeons & Dragons have impacted American culture but also helped him find beauty within language.

Taran Killam

Saturday Night Live star Taran Killam is another celebrity who loves playing Dungeons & Dragons! He even created his own web series called “Dungeons & Dragons: Journey of the Fifth Wheel,” which is all about a group of friends who get together to play the game. Killam is such a big fan of the game that he even wrote an episode of SNL based on it. In the skit, Killam’s character tries to get his friends to play D&D with him, but they’re not really into it. However, after some convincing, they finally give in and have a blast playing the game.

Terry Crews

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Actor and former NFL player Terry Crews is another celebrity who loves playing Dungeons & Dragons. He even has his own D&D YouTube series, “Force Grey: Lost City of Omu.” In an interview with Geek & Sundry, Crews talked about how playing D&D has helped him become a better actor.

“It’s all about storytelling,” he said. “And I think the best actors are really good storytellers. They can take what’s on the page and make it real for people.”

Tim Duncan

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Former NBA star Tim Duncan is another celebrity who loves playing Dungeons & Dragons. He’s even been quoted saying that the game helped him during his basketball career, allowing him to think strategically and plan ahead. When he’s not shooting hoops or playing D&D, Duncan is also a huge fan of comic books. He even has his own line of comics called The Tim Duncan Comic Chronicles.

Tom Morello

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The Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave guitarist is a self-proclaimed “Dungeons & Dragons super fan.” He’s even written songs inspired by the game, like “Dragonaut” and “One Step Closer.” Morello said that playing D&D helped develop his imagination and songwriting skills.

In an interview with Geek & Sundry, Morello talked about how he got into the game:

“I was first introduced to Dungeons & Dragons in high school by my friend Mike. We would play after school almost every day. I was immediately drawn to the game because it allowed me to be someone else for a while and escape my boring suburban reality. I also loved the camaraderie of playing with friends and the opportunity to use my imagination.”

Vin Diesel

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The voice of Groot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Vin Diesel is also one of Dungeons & Dragons’ most famous celebrity proponents. He has been playing since 30 Years Of Adventure: A Celebration Of D&D was published by Wizards ForuMCo 05/15 – 10 years ago! The book features essays from many other celebrities besides Stephen Colbert. Still, he got his own little section where he talks about how it helped shape him into who today knows what kind of person would be needed when faced with such intense decisions while exploring a virtual world…or maybe even two?

Vince Vaughn

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In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, player and Dungeon Master (or DM) Vaughan said he had played D&D throughout his childhood. However, as time passed by, it became more complicated due to new editions of rules being released every few years, which can make things difficult for players like him who want to keep up on all changes made in games they enjoy so much – but this doesn’t seem too bad at first glance! The fifth version will be out soon, though; some pretty hefty books are waiting inside those covers…I bet you’ll have fun learning whatever comes your way from now until then.

Conclusion

Dungeons & Dragons is a popular tabletop roleplaying game that has been around for decades. Many celebrities are fans of the game, and they credit it with helping them develop their imagination and storytelling skills. Whether you’re a fan of D&D or not, it’s fascinating to see how the game has influenced some of Hollywood’s biggest names.

FAQs about Celebrities Who Play Dungeons and Dragons

What are some of their favorite things about the game?

Some of their favorite things about the game include the creative aspect, the social interaction, and the opportunity to escape reality for a while. For some celebrities, playing D&D is also a way to connect with their fans uniquely.

Do they play with other celebrities?

While the celebrities on this list come from all different walks of life, they all have one thing in common- they love playing Dungeons and Dragons. But do they play with other celebrities? The answer is a resounding yes! In fact, many famous people have been known to gather for a friendly game of D&D, including Vin Diesel, Joe Manganiello, Dax Shepard, and even the members of Metallica. So if you’re ever feeling down, just remember that your favorite celebrities are just like you- regular people who love spending their free time rolling dice and slaying goblins.

Who is the most famous D&D player?

Gary Gygax was the co-creator of Dungeons and Dragons and perhaps the game’s most famous player. He has been credited with helping to popularize the game and even appeared in an episode of Seinfeld.

Does Dwayne Johnson play D&D?

Yes, Dwayne Johnson is known to play D&D. He’s even played with the game’s creator, Gary Gygax. Johnson has said that playing the game helps him “escape” the pressures of being a celebrity.

What are Dungeons and Dragons fans called?

Dungeons and Dragons fans are typically called “nerds” or “geeks.” This is because the game requires much knowledge about different creatures, spells, and items. Players must also be able to imagine what it would be like to be in a particular world and act out their character’s actions.

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