All the Stars Who’ve Had COVID-19

From the tragic to the absurd

As movie theaters start to open back up full-time and studios figure out how to go back to shooting films or TV series, many stars are still contracting COVID-19.

Robert Pattinson’s rumored diagnosis that halted the shooting of The Batman is the latest case. Here’s a not-quite-exhaustive (but very thorough) list of all the film and TV celebrities who have caught coronavirus since tracking began.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

March 11, 2020 will be a day for the history books. President Trump addressed the nation about coronavirus in a State of the Union address, the NBA halted its season due to coronavirus after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first player to catch coronavirus- and America’s Dad and his wife announced they had both tested positive for COVID-19.

Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have recovered now, but we’ll remember them as the first celebrities to go on the record with a  COVID-19 diagnosis. Hanks coped by going on Saturday Night Live a month later; Wilson coped by rapping along to Naughty By Nature.


Olga Kurylenko

The Ukrainian–born French actress most famous for playing Camille Montes in Quantum of Solace shared her diagnosis on March 15.

Idris Elba

Idris Elba tweeted on March 16 that he was asymptomatic, but decided take a COVID test anyway after learning he had come into contact with someone who had coronavirus. He tested positive and quarantined at home. He later tweeted that he was still asymptomatic after finishing the quarantine period.

Kristofer Hivju

Hivju, famous for his portrayal of Tormund Giantsbane on Game of Thrones, posted on Instagram on March 16 that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was isolating at home with mild symptoms. His Instagram shows him back at workdoing photoshoots on Sept. 4.

Daniel Dae Kim

Lost and Hawaii Five-0 star Kim said on Instagram on March 19 he tested positive for the virus, but that he was doing OK. He later donated plasma after his recovery.

Colton Underwood

The former Bachelor star posted on Instagram March 20 he tested positive for the virus. He said his symptoms were “kicking my ass” and he urged people to go get tested.

Andy Cohen

The Watch What Happens Live host shared on Instagram on March 20 that he tested positive for COVID-19 and had been quarantining for a few days. He came back for a March 30 post saying he was feeling better, and he thanked all frontline workers for their work.

Harvey Weinstein

The former Miramax mogul and current convicted rapist tested positive for COVID-19 in March while serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York. He was symptom-free in April.

Chris Cuomo

The host of CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time tweeted on March 31 that he tested positive for coronavirus and then went on to host his show from his basement until April 20, claiming at one point that he chipped a tooth from grinding his teeth during a night fever.

Julie Bennett

The voice actor-turned-manager most famous for being the voice of Cindy Bear on The Yogi Bear Show died at 88 from COVID-19 on March 31.

Adam Schlesinger


The Crazy Ex-Girlfriend song scribe and Fountains of Wayne frontman died from coronavirus on April 1 after being hospitalized and on a ventilator for more than a week. He was 52.

Jay Benedict

Benedict, who was in the Dark Knight Rises, Aliens, Lilyhammer and multiple other TV shows and films, died from complications of coronavirus on April 6. He was 68.

Allen Garfield

Garfield, a character actor who was in Nashville, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Majestic, The West Wing and The Conversation, among others, died from the coronavirus on April 7. He was 80.

John Prine

The country singer/songwriter who brought vivid characters to life in songs like Hello In There, Sam Stone, Illegal Smile, Spanish Pipedream and more, died from coronavirus at age 73 on April 7, his family reported. He was in the hospital for a week before doctors placed him on a ventilator.


George Stephanopoulos

The ABC anchor confirmed his diagnosis on Good Morning America on April 13, saying he was asymptomatic but his wife, who also tested positive, “had never been sicker.” On April 21, Stephanopolous said he had tested positive for antibodies and agreed to donate plasma.

Tony Shalhoub

Monk announced he had COVID-19 on the May 11 episode of the Peacock Presents At-Home Variety Show, saying he and his wife had already contracted and recovered from the disease.

Zoey Deutch

The Politician and Zombieland: Double Tap actress said she tested positive for coronavirus “before the shutdown,” according to a May 19 interview she gave to Vulture. She has since recovered.

D.L. Hughley

Comedian Hughley said on Twitter on June 20 he tested positive for coronavirus after collapsing during a set in a comedy club in Nashville. He was asymptomatic and thought he was just exhausted and dehydrated, but his COVID-19 test came back positive. He has since recovered.

Nick Cordero

Broadway actor Nick Cordero, famous for his appearances in Rock of Ages, Waitress and A Bronx Tale: The Musical and Tony-nominated for his role in Bullets Over Broadway, died from coronavirus on July 5, his wife Amanda Kloots posted on Instagram. He was 41. Cordero had been hospitalized for three months with coronavirus and had lost a leg due to the disease. He was scheduled to have a double lung transplant.

Anna Camp

The Pitch Perfect and The Lovebirds star posted on Instagram on July 21 that she got coronavirus after “deciding to forgo wearing my mask in public one. Time.” She has since recovered and tested negative, but said in her Instagram post that she had lingering symptoms for three weeks. 

Bryan Cranston

Cranston said on July 30 that he had coronavirus “a while ago” but has since recovered, saying he had mild symptoms and considered himself lucky.

Lena Dunham

Dunham said on Instagram on July 31 that she got coronavirus in mid-March and had it for 21 days. She also said she had other symptoms after she recovered, including clinical adrenal insufficiency and chronic migraine.

Antonio Banderas

Banderas turned 60 on Aug. 10, which was also the day he contracted coronavirus. On Aug. 25, he said he was “cured” of the virus and offered his condolences to those who were still dealing with COVID-19.

Alyssa Milano

Milano announced on Instagram on Aug. 5 that she had coronavirus, and that “our testing system is flawed” since she was tested multiple times with various COVID-19 symptoms before getting a positive result. She said her symptoms included “vertigo, stomach abnormalities, irregular periods, heart palpitations, shortness of breath, zero short term memory, and general malaise” and said on Aug. 9  that the virus also caused her to lose her hair at an alarming rate, calling the symptom an effect of “long haul” coronavirus.

Kevin Hart

Page Six reported on Aug. 24 that Hart claimed he tested positive for coronavirus “around the same time as Tom Hanks.”

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

The actor and professional wrestler shared on Instagram on Sept. 2 that his whole family had coronavirus but has since recovered and are no longer contagious.

“I wish it was only me who tested positive, but it wasn’t, it was my entire family, so this one was a real kick in the gut. My No.1 priority is to always protect my family. And protect my children, my loved ones,” he said.

Robert Pattinson

The Tenet star tested positive for COVID-19 in early September, according to sources on the set of The Batman, Pattinson’s latest movie. Warner Bros. has not confirmed Pattinson tested positive for COVID-19, and only said “a member of The Batman production has tested positive for Covid-19, and is isolating in accordance with established protocols. Filming is temporarily paused.”

If true, his test results could be a watershed moment for the industry as studios contemplate when and how to go back to work amid quarantining and self-isolating.

Michael Rooker

The Walking Dead and Guardians of the Galaxy actor said on Facebook on Sept. 4 that he has recovered from COVID-19. “IN the middle of this epic battle I’ve come to the conclusion that there aint a whole heck of a lot one can do externally, to fight off COVID-19 once it has gotten into your body,” he wrote.

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Jake Harris

Jake Harris is a Texas-based journalist whose writing about pop culture and entertainment has appeared in the Austin American-Statesman, the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Nashville Scene and more. You can find more of his writings at or through his pop culture newsletter, Jacob's Letter.

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