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Famous People with Learning Disabilities*
Many successful individuals have learning disabilities and their accomplishments serve as examples of the tremendous potential that can be realized by individuals despite this type of disability.
The following is a list of a few of the many famous people who have learning disabilities:
For a more extensive list of individuals with learning disabilities go to the
Great Schools website
, famous African American
entertainer and political activist
, singer-songwriter for Third Eye Blind.
, pop-music sensation.
, well-known fashion designer.
, famous artist.
, guitarist and vocalist, formerly with The Grateful Dead.
, world class martial artist and television and movie actor.
, former NFL quarterback and host of Fox’s NFL pre-game show.
, San Francisco Giants pitcher.
, two-time Olympian in ice hockey.
, 1976 gold medalist in the Olympic decathlon.
, center for the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers.
lineman for the New England Patriots.
, Olympic gold medalist in diving in the 1984 and 1988 games.
John E. Morgan
, PGA champion, was bullied as a kid because of his learning disabilities.
, successful entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Airlines.
John T. Chambers
, CEO of Cisco Systems.
, founder of one of New York City’s largest residential real estate agencies, recently authored Use What You’ ve Got & Other Business Lessons I Learned from my Mom.
, Swedish founder and chairman of IKEA stores, claims he adapted the inner workings of his business to compensate for his dyslexia.
, Kinko’s founder.
, founder, chairperson, and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation.
Community Advocates & Activists
, inspiration for the movie of the same name.
Entertainers & Celebrities
, English actor Lord of the Rings.
, an Academy Award-winning actress.
, Actor Grey’s Anatomy.
, actor of theatre and film.
,actress and comedian.
, producer of movies such as A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13.)
, Mexican-born actress.
, starred in Bend It Like Beckham and Pirates of the Caribbean.
, popular comedian and late-night talk show host.
, actor who was featured in The Break-Up, Wedding Crashers, Thumbsucker.
Legal & Political Figures
, prestigious lawyer involved in high-profile cases.
, famous political consultants.
, youngest mayor of San Francisco in 100 Years.
, governor of New York for 12 years and
Vice President of the United States under Gerald Ford.
Harvey Cushing, M.D.
(1869-1939), world renowned neurosurgeon.
Helen Taussig, M.D.
(1898-1986), successful cardiologist.
Delos Cosgrove, M.D.
is a cardiothoracic surgeon and inventor of several medical devices.
Writers & Media Professionals
Anderson Cooper, CNN news anchor.
John Dunning, Denver mystery writer.
, writer and actor who is most famous for her novel Fried Green Tomatoe.
author Independence Day.
, novelist and screenplay writer of World According to Garp, Hotel New Hampshire, and Cider House Rules.
, Mexican-American author who has written 9 novels & 65 short stories.
, California author who documents his challenging childhood in children’s and young adult books.
*Adapted from schwablearning.com.