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Famous People with Disabilities

Famous people who are dyslexic
Hans Christian AndersenAuthor of children's fairy tales
Harry AndersonActor, magician, comedian
Stephen BacqueEntrepreneur of the Year, 1998
Ann BancroftExplorer, lecturer, educator, first woman to travel across the ice to the North and South Poles
Harry BelafonteSinger, actor, entertainer
Alexander Graham BellInventor
Neil BushSon of Barbara and former President Bush
Terry BowersockEntrepreneur, motivational speaker
Dale S. BrownAuthor, disability advocate
George BurnsActor, comedian
Stephen J. CannellScreenwriter, producer, director
Gaston CapertonFormer governor of West Virginia
Nola D. CheeAward-winning poet and author
CherEntertainer, actress
Agatha ChristieEnglish mystery writer
Winston ChurchillFormer Prime Minister of Britain
John CorcoranReal estate millionaire
Tom CruiseActor
Fred CurryNavy pilot, CEO of Greyhound Lines
Leonardo Da VinciRenaissance artist, sculptor, painter
Walt DisneyCartoonist, visionary founder of Disneyland/Disneyworld
Dr. Red DukePhysician, television commentator
Frank DunkleDirector of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Thomas EdisonInventor, scientist
Tomima EdmarkAuthor, entrepreneur
Albert EinsteinScientist, philosopher
Fanny FlaggActress, screenwriter
Gustave FlaubertWriter
Danny GloverActor
Tracey GoldActress
Whoopi GoldbergActress
Edward Hallowell, MDAuthor, psychiatrist, ADD specialist
Ellie HawkinsRecord-breaking rock climber
John HornerCurator of paleontology, technical advisor to Steven Spielberg for Jurassic Park and The Lost World
William JamesPsychologist, philosopher
Bruce JennerU.S. Olympic Gold Medalist
Bob JimenezTV anchorman
Magic JohnsonProfessional athlete
David JonesStunt man, pioneer in helicopter aerial photography
Thomas H. KeanPresident of Drew University, former governor of New Jersey
Sylvia LawProfessor of law and medicine, author
Greg LouganisU.S. Olympic Gold Medalist
Edward James OlmosActor, community activist
Paul J. OrfaleaEntrepreneur, founder of Kinkos
George PattonMilitary General
Patricia PolaccoAuthor, illustrator of children's books
Robert RauschenbergArtist
Nelson RockefellerFormer governor of New York, former vice president of the United States
Nolan RyanProfessional athlete
Charles SchwabFounder of investment brokerage
William Simmons, MDProfessor of anesthesiology
Tom SmothersComedian
Nancy L. SonnabendResearcher, inventor, author
Jackie StewartRace car driver
Richard StraussReal estate developer, banker
Victor VillasenorAward-winning author
Lindsay WagnerActress, author, "The Bionic Woman"
Russell WhiteProfessional athlete
Roger W. WilkinsHead of the Pulitzer Prize Board
Woodrow WilsonFormer president of the United States
Henry WinklerActor, director, humanitarian, "The Fonz"
Eric WynaldaProfessional athlete
William B. YeatsPoet, dramatist, Nobel prize winner
Famous people with appearance differences
Jim AbbottProfessional athlete
Billy BartyActor
Andrea BocelliOpera singer
Chang and EngConjoined twins who were sideshow performers
Ray CharlesJazz musician
W.C. FieldsActor
Mikhael GorbachevFormer Russian premier
Linda HuntActress
Daniel InouyeU.S. Senator
Helen KellerAuthor
Matt LukeProfessional athlete
Ved MehtaAuthor
Gheorghe MuresanActor, former professional athlete
Tom ThumbSideshow performer
John UpdikeAuthor
Bree WalkerTelevision news anchor
Stevie WonderSinger
Famous people with movement differences
Muhammad AliFormer professional athlete
James BradyFormer presidential press secretary
John CallahanCartoonist
Johnny CashSinger
Chuck CloseArtist
Robert DoleFormer U.S. Senator
Chris FonsecaComedian
Michael J. FoxActor
Annette FunicelloActress
Billy GrahamReligious leader
Stephen HawkingAstrophysicist
Joseph HellerAuthor
Katherine HepburnActress
Judith HeumannAssistant Secretary of Education
John HockenberryJournalist
Pope John Paul IIReligious leader
Ron KovicDisability advocate
Paul LongmoreHistorian, author
Nancy MairsAuthor
Itzhak PerlmanViolinist
Christopher ReeveActor
Janet RenoU.S. Attorney General
Franklin Delano RooseveltFormer president of the United States
Mary Verdi-FletcherDancer
Famous people with speech differences
Ludwig von BeethovenGerman composer
Joseph BidenU.S. Congressman
Lewis CarrollAuthor
Bill ClintonU.S. President
Winston ChurchillFormer Prime Minister of Britain
Walter Cronkite Journalist
Kirk DouglasActor
Ron HarperProfessional athlete
Stephen HawkingAstrophysicist
Florence HendersonActress
James Earl JonesActor
Helen KellerAuthor
Bob LoveProfessional athlete
Marlee MatlinActress
Marilyn MonroeActress
Curtis PrideProfessional athlete
Carly SimonSinger
Richard ThomasActor
John UpdikeAuthor
Heather WhitestoneFormer Miss America
Frank WolfU.S. Congressman
Famous people with mood disorders
Patty DukeActress
Ernest HemingwayAuthor
Kurt VonnegutAuthor
Mike WallaceJournalist
Virginia WoolfAuthor
Famous people with dementia
Rita HayworthActress
Ronald ReaganFormer president of the United States
Famous people with Tourette Syndrome
Mahmoud Abdul-RaufProfessional athlete
Jim EisenreichProfessional athlete
Samuel Johnson18th-century writer
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart18th-century composer
Michael WolffJazz musician
Famous people with mental retardation
Chris BurkeTelevision actor
Gretchen Josephson Poet
Dwight MackintoshArtist

This list was compiled from various sources, including: Everyday Heroes by Jeanne Lagorio Anthony, published by Empowerment in Action, PO Box 3064, Carlsbad, CA 92009. (800)843-0165. 70 p; Understanding and Changing Our Reactions to Disabilities: Everybody's Differentby Nancy B. Miller and Catherine C. Sammons, published by Paul H. Brookes Publishing Co., Inc., PO Box 10624, Baltimore, MD 21285-0624.

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