Over the years, there have been many Mormon-themed films featuring well-known Hollywood stars.

Possibly one of the first Mormon films was "Mr. Kruegar's Christmas" released in 1980 by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, starring James Stewart.

Previously the LDS Church had produced public service announcements, "Music and the Spoken Word" and other public communication projects, but it had hardly reached into movie production.

Since the release of "Mr. Kruegar's Christmas," the LDS Church has produced many films.

In addition, an increasing number of films have been produced by independent filmmakers surrounding Mormon themes.

Here is a list of some of the notable actors who have appeared in Mormon-themed movies either before or after their Hollywood careers.

Edward Herrmann: "Christmas Oranges"
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Edward Herrmann stars as Mr. Crampton in a Covenant production of "Christmas Oranges" which was released in 2012.

Herrmann is best known for his Emmy-nominated portrayal of Franklin D. Roosevelt in a television series on the History Channel and for his role as Richard Gilmore in "Gilmore Girls."

In 2008 Herrmann was a special guest in the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square's annual Christmas concert.

Gary Coleman: "Church Ball"

Gary Coleman has been considered "the" child TV star of the late '70s and early '80s.

Coleman is known for his role as Arnold Jackson in the TV series "Diff'rent Strokes" from 1978-1986.

Coleman made appearances in many other TV shows, including "The Drew Carey Show," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "Married with Children," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "The Facts of Life." Early on, Coleman also was featured as Stymie in "The Little Rascals."

In 2006, Coleman starred as Charles Higgins in "Church Ball."

Fred Willard: "Church Ball"

Fred Willard is best known for his comedy. Willard has been featured in many comedic roles, especially sketch comedy with more than 50 appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno."

Willard has also stared in hit shows such as "Modern Family," "Saturday Night Live," "Good Luck Charlie," "Wizards of Waverly Place," "Back to You," "King of the Hill," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "Family Guy," "Roseanne" and many others.

In the Halestorm Entertainment production of "Church Ball," Willard plays the role of Bishop Linderman.

Anne Hathaway: "The Other Side of Heaven"

Shortly after her performance in The Princess Diaries series, Anne Hathaway took on the role of Jean Sabin in "The Other Side of Heaven," which was released in 2001.

The film distributed by Walt Disney was based on a true story from the life of Elder John H. Groberg, and Hathaway stars as the young woman who waits for Groberg while he is away, eventually becoming his wife.

Since then, Hathaway has performed in many major motion pictures such as "Les Miserables," "The Dark Knight Rises," "Alice in Wonderland," "Bride Wars," "Get Smart," "Becoming Jane," "The Devil Wears Prada" and many more films.

Christopher Gorham: "The Other Side of Heaven"

Christopher Gorham stars as a young missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints serving in Tonga in the film "The Other Side of Heaven," which was released in 2001.

The film, distributed by Walt Disney, was based on a true story of Elder John H. Groberg, an emeritus member of the Seventy for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Gorham has also stared in "Covert Affairs," "Ugly Betty," "Harper's Island," "Out of Practice," "Medical Investigation," "Odyssey 5" and many others.

Robert Pine: "On the Way Home"

Robert Pine made a name for himself on screen for his role as Sgt. Joseph Getrear on the hit NBC television series "CHiPs."

Several years after Pine concluded the TV series, he participated in the Bonneville production of "On the Way Home." Pine stars as a father whose daughter dies. He and his family eventually met with two LDS missionaries and were baptized into the LDS Church.

Pine has also made appearances in several other hit TV shows, including "Desperate Housewives," "Saving Grace," "General Hospital," "24," "The Bold and the Beautiful" and others.

Aaron Eckhart: "Godly Sorrow"

During his undergrad at Brigham Young University, Aaron Eckhart was cast in the LDS production of "Godly Sorrow."

Since then, Eckhart has become most well-known for his role as Harvey Dent in "The Dark Knight."

Eckhart has also made appearances in "Olympus Has Fallen," "Battle Los Angeles," "Love Happens," "No Reservations" and several other films.

Shawn Stevens: "Our Heavenly Father's Plan"
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Shawn Stevens's career on screen first took off after he accepted a role the TV series "The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove."

Opportunities only picked up after that, as Stevens was offered roles in shows such as "Eight is Enough," "Buck Rockers," "Savage Harvest," "The Facts of Life," "Days of Our Lives" and "Fame," among others.

Soon after his career took off, Stevens was asked to audition for an LDS film. "Our Heavenly Father's Plan" was released in 1986.

Mike Farrell: "Worthy to Stand"

Mike Farrell starred as Fred Washburn in "Worthy to Stand." The film follows a Mormon missionary in Europe who is worried about his family back home. Farrell stars as the family's Elders Quorum president.

Farrell is best known for his performance in the hit TV show "M*A*S*H" from 1975-1983. Farrell also played large roles in hit TV shows including "Providence," "Days of Our Lives" and "Superman.

Farrell has also made appearances in other popular TV shows such as "Without a Trace," "Desperate Housewives" and "Bonanza."

James Stewart: "Mr. Krueger's Christmas"
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James Stewart was the star of "Mr. Krueger's Christmas," an LDS production released in 1980. The film also included scenes with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Stewart is well known for his performance as George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life," as that performance helped launch his career.

Some of Stewart's most popular appearances include roles in "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," "Rear Window," "The Philadelphia Story," "Anatomy of a Murder" and "Vertigo."

Stewart was also the main character on "The Jimmy Stewart Show," which ran from 1971-1972.

Gordon Jump: "Mr. Krueger's Christmas" and "The Singles Ward"

Gordan Jump was cast as the narrator in the LDS production of "Mr. Krueger's Christmas." Jump also made a brief appearance in "The Singles Ward."

Jump is best known for his role as Arthur Carlson in the TV sitcom "WKRP in Cincinnati."

Jump has made other appearances in hit TV shows such as "Seinfeld," "Married with Children," "Baywatch," "Growing Pains," "The Love Boat" and "Diff'rent Strokes," along with many others.