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Famous People who have LD/ADD/or other DDs

After going several days trying to decipher what one of my professors meant by my exclusion of some 'footnotes' on a paper that took me five hours to write, because it was so intricate, I thought I'd share with you, as I did with him, the list of influential people who suffered from learning disabilities. I've included in this list, people who also suffered from other disabling mental afflictions, and although the list sometimes identifies them as another name/listing, it still is a great list to view when feeling like a 'loser' like I did recently, over something so minute.
I realize it's long, but I couldn't make up my mind who to exclude, from it.

Famous People with Learning/ Developmental Damage Disorders

ALDRIDGE Lionel, 1941-present, (mental disorder),
A defensive end for Vince Loumbardi’s legendary Green Bay Packers of the 1960’s. He played in two Super Bowls. In the 1970’s he was diagnosed with schizophrenia and was homeless for 2 1/2 years. Now gives inspirational talks about his battle against paranoid schizophrenia.

ALDRIN Edwin Eugene Jr [Buzz], 1930-present, (bipolar disorder),
United States Astronaut-second person to set foot on the moon. He and Neil Armstrong landed there in the Apollo Lunar Module on July 20, 1969. He was also the pilot of the Gemini 12 space flight in 1966.

ANDERSON Hans Christian, 1805-1875, (learning disability),
Denmark's most famous author(writer). His fairy tales are among the most widely read works in world literature.

ANDERSON Harry, 1952-present, (attention deficit disorder),
Actor who played Judge Stone on Night Court has attention deficit disorder and has managed to con and charm his way through school. He had an extraordinary memory and could remember anything at 16. He was Valedictorian but, he could barely read to rehearse his lines. He is also a magician and writer.

BEATTY Ned, 1937-present, (bipolar disorder),
American Actor. Appeared in films Deliverance 1972, Superman 1978.

BEETHOVEN Ludwig Von, 1770-1827, (bipolar depression) (hearing impairment),
Brilliant composer who experienced bipolar depression and lost his hearing in 1800.

BELAFONTE Harry, 1927-present, (learning disability),
American singer and motion picture actor who became best known for his interpretation of West Indian Calypso music, popularized Asian and African songs as well as American ballads and spirituals.

BELL Alexander Graham, 1847-1922, (learning disability),
An American inventor and educator. Best known for his invention of the telephone.

BUCHWALD Art, 1925-present, (bipolar disorder),
Writer and humorist American newspaper columnist who specializes in political and social satire. He won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary in 1982.

BURKE Chris, 1965-present, (developmental disability)
Actor. Chris was a gentle happy child who loved to meet people. He would watch TV and learn the lines. Chris enrolled in a theater class for disabled students held near his school in Pennsylvania. For two years he learned about costumes improvisation and set design. His work in theater also improved his speech and reading skills. At 21 he started looking for work. At a workshop he worked with no talking allowed. His mother came to meet him there and was appalled. He never worked there again. The director Michael Braverman was seeking young actors with Down Syndrome for a TV pilot. Would Chris like to try out for the part. The pilot Desperate aired on ABC in September 1987. In 1989 he had the main role in the series Life Goes On. The show ran until spring of 1993.

BURTON Tim, 1958-present, (bipolar)
Artist and Movie Director -American director of off beat movies such as PeeWee's Big Adventure 1985, Beetlejuice 1988, Batman 1989.

CAMPEAU Robert, 1924-present, (bipolar)
Canadian financier, real estate executive developer, founder Campeau Construction Co. 1953 executed hostile takeover of Allied Stores Corp 1986 and Federated Department Stores 1988.

CANNELL Stephen, 1943-present, (learning disability)
American television producer, writer, creator and producer of many successful series.

CAVETT Dick [ Richard Alva Cavett], 1936-present, (bipolar)
American entertainer who won 3 Emmy's for ABC's Dick Cavett Show 1968-1972. hosted PBS' The Dick Cavett Show for five years, wrote Cavett 1974.

CHAMBERLIN Judi, 1944-present, (mental illness)
Disabilities activist. Following the loss of her baby, she became distressed, withdrawn from friends and family. She willingly entered a psychiatric hospital thinking this would help her out of her current mental situation. After 6 months she realized that all she was getting was treatment via medication and the drugs made her lethargic and confused. She also had no legal rights. Her clothes and belongings were taken from her-supposedly for safe keeping. When she failed to improve at the private hospital, she was told she would have to be transferred to a state hospital. She was horrified. She got permission to make phone calls and contacted the Legal Aid Society and the American Civil Liberties Union. No one wanted to hear her story. After 60 days she was discharged from the state hospital. By 1991 she joined an organization called Mental Patients Liberation Project which questioned the very existence of mental illness. As a member she wrote articles and appeared on radio talk shows. In Boston she co-founded a group called Mental Patients Liberation Front. Author of On Our Own Patient-Controlled Alternatives to the Mental Health System 1978.

CHER [Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPierre], 1946-present, (learning disability)
Her success in music, movies, television, and on stage over nearly four decades qualifies her as one of the most enduring entertainers of our time.

CHRISTIE Agatha, 1890-1976, (mental illness)
English mystery writer Queen of Crimes. Play Mousetrap longest running in British history. Created detectives Miss Marple, Hercule Poirot, mysteries sold over 100 million copies.

CHURCHILL Winston Sir, 1874-1965, (bipolar)
Became one of the greatest statesman in world history. He was Prime Minister of Great Britain during World War II. He also was a noted speaker, author, painter, soldier, and war reporter.

CLAIBORNE Loretta, 1953-present, (developmental disability)
Champion long-distance runner. First person with mental retardation to serve on the Special Olympics International Board of Directors. She is believed to be the first person with mental retardation ever awarded an honorary doctoral degree.

CLOONEY Rosemary, 1928-present, (bipolar),
American actress, singer. Had million-selling single Come On in My House 1951.

CORNWELL Patricia, 1956-present, (bipolar),
American novelist, wrote award winning novel Postmortem 1990, best sellers Body of Evidence 1991, Cause of Death 1996.

CRUISE Tom [Thomas Cruise Mapother IV], 1962-present, (learning disability)
Actor. Born in Syracuse NEW YORK. His mother taught children who had dyslexia and other learning disabilities. She herself had dyslexia as did all her children. At age 11 his parents divorced and he and his sisters and mother lived in poverty in Kentucky. When he was 16 his mother remarried and his family moved to Glen Ridge NJ. He auditioned for a role in his school play and got it. Once he broke into movies other roles followed in quick succession. He was nominated for an Academy Award in 1996.

DAVIES Ray, 1944-present, (bipolar),
English singer. Lead guitarist for band formed with his brother Dave 1963 The Kinks.

DA VINCI Leonardo, 1452-1519, (dyslexia) (epilepsy),
One of the greatest painters and most versatile geniuses in history. He was one of the key figures of the Renaissance era. He was trained as a painter but he had other interests that he dealt with over the years. Many of his inventions and scientific ideas were centuries ahead of his time.

DISNEY Walt, 1901-1966, (learning disability),
American cartoonist, producer. Introduced Mickey Mouse in Steamboat Willie 1928. Won 29 Oscars, Opened Disneyland 1955, creating family entertainment empire.

DUKE ASTIN Patty, 1946-present, (Bipolar disorder),
Academy Award winning actress who has bipolar depression. Author of Call me Anna:
A Brilliant Madness.

EINSTEIN Albert, 1879-1955, (learning disability),
Was one of the greatest scientists of all time. Best known for his theory of relativity.

EISENHOWER Dwight D., 1890-1969, (learning disability),
34th President of the United States. Leader of the victorious Allied forces in Europe during World War II.

FISHER Carrie, 1956 present, (bipolar),
American actress and writer. Daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Starred in Star Wars trilogy 1977-1984, wrote novel and screen play Post Cards from the Edge 1985.

FITZGERALD F. Scott, 1896-1940, (learning disability),
Leading writer of America’s Jazz Age, the roaring twenties, and one of its glittering heroes. This Side of Paradise 1920. The Great Gatsby 1925 was less popular at the time.

FORD Henry, 1863-1941, (learning disability),
Leading manufacturer of American automobiles in the early 1900’s. Established the Ford Motor Company which revolutionized the automobile industry with assembly line method of production.

FRANCIS Connie [Concetta Maria Franconero], 1938-present, (bipolar),
American singer. Popular, award winning vocalist, 1950's-1960's, made eight gold records, starred in, sang title song for Where the Boys Are 1963.

GOLD Tracey [Tracey Goldstein], 1969-present, (learning disability),
Known for her anorexia and her attention deficit disorder. Played Carol Seavers of Family Ties.

GOLDBERG Whoopi [Caryn E. Johnson], 1949-present (learning disability),
American actor and comedian. Star of film The Color Purple 1985, Ghost for which she won an Oscar, 1991, Eddie 1996. 1993 received the Woman of the Year Award from Howard University. Hasty Pudding Theatricals Organization. Won People's Choice Award 1993 and 1994.

HAMPSHIRE Susan, 1942-present, (learning disability),
English actor, won Emmys in 1970, 1971, and 1973. Appeared in series The Forsythe Saga, The First Churchills.

HESELTINE Michael, 1933-present, (learning disability),
Welsh Government Official. Defense Minister in Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government 1983-1992, Secretary of Parliament 1986-1992, Secretary Department of Trade and Industry 1992.

JEFFERSON Thomas, 1743-1826, (learning disability),
Third President of the United States 1801-1809 and author of the Declaration of Independence. Remembered as a great president, a diplomat, political thinker, and founder of the Democratic Party. Reported to have many learning difficulties.

JENNER Bruce, 1949-present, (learning disability),
Olympic Decathlon champion who barely got through school. Diagnosed as a dyslexic and he found that through spots he could hold his head up with friends and feel good about himself. Sports gave him better self esteem. Won gold medal in decathlon 1960 Olympics.

JOHNSON Erving [Magic] [Dr. J.], 1959-present, (learning disability),
Magic Johnson led the Los Angeles Lakers to 5 NBA Championships in the 1980’s. He picked up three League MVP’s and three Finals MVP’s. In November 1991 he retired because he contracted HIV. Learnind disability is in the area of reading.

JOHNSON Samuel, 1709-1784, (mental disorder),
Was known to have obsessive-compulsive disorder. Was the greatest English writer of his day. His satire London 1738 written in the style of the Roman satirist Juvenal brought him to the attention of the public. The Vanity of Human Wishes 1749 and 1755 he produced almost single-handedly the Dictionary of the English Language. In 1765 he edited an eight volume edition of Shakespeare’s plays.

JONES James Earl, 1931-present, (speech)
American actor who won Tonys for The Great White Hope 1969. Fences 1987, won 1991 Emmy for Gabriel’s Fire awarded National Medal of Arts 1992. Stuttered as a child and used acting as a means to develop speaking skills.

KAHN Madeline, 1942-present, (speech impairment),
American actress. Oscar nominee for Paper Moon, Blazing Saddles, star of television series Oh Madeline 1983, won 1993 Tony for Sisters Rosenswing.

KEACH Stacy Jr., 1941-present, (cleft lip),
Actor starred in television’s Return of Mike Hammer 1984, 1986, 1987.

KEATS John, 1795-1821, (mental disorder),
Renowned English poet of the romantic period.

KENNEDY John F., 1917-1963, (learning disability),
35th President of the United States. Was the youngest man ever elected President. He was also the youngest ever to die in office. He won world respect as the leader of the Free World.

KENNEDY Robert, 1925-1968, (learning disability),
Served as Attorney General of the United States from 1961-1964 and as U.S. Senator from New York from 1965-1968.

KIDDER Margot, 1948-present, (bipolar),
American actor who portrayed Lois Lane in movies Superman 1978, Superman II 1981.

LEIGH Vivien, 1913-1967, (mental disorder),
Stage and screen actor who starred in Gone with the Wind.

LENNON John, 1940-1980, (learning disability),
Founding member of the Beatles, most popular group in the history of rock music. Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote most of the Beatles music. He played rhythm guitar, piano and sang.

LEWIS Carl, 1961-present, (learning disability),
American athlete ranks among the greatest sprinters and long jumps in track and field history. He twice set a world record in the 100 meter dash and ran the final leg on eight world record relay teams. Competed in Olympic Games in 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1996. Won 9 gold medals which tied for highest total Olympic track and field history.

LINCOLN Abraham, 1809-1865, (mental disease),
16th President suffered from severe, incapacitating, and occasional suicidal depression.

LOUGANIS Greg, 1960-present, (learning disability),
Olympic diver has dyslexia and AIDS. Considered the greatest diver in history.

MANLEY Dexter, 1959-present, (learning disability),
American football player-defensive end, Washington, 1981-1989, defensive lineman of year, 1986, banned from NFL for life for drug abuse, 1989, currently with Ottawa, Canadian Football League.

MCNICHOL Kristy, 1962-present, (bipolar),
American actress who played Buddy Lawrence on television series Family 1976-1980, won Emmys 1977, 1979, played Barbara Weston on television comedy Empty Nest, 1988.

MCQUEEN Steve, 1930-1980, (learning disability),
American actor who was a superstar in the true sense of the word. Probably the most emulated movie actor ever. His peers called him one of the best actors in film history and his films are considered classics. The Great Escape 1963 and Sand Pebbles 1966 to name two films.

MICHAELANGELO, 1475-1564, (mental disorder) (epilepsy),
One of the world’s greatest artists. He suffered with mental illness. After 1546 he devoted much of his time to architecture and poetry. Pope Paul III appointed him supervising architect of St. Peter’s Basilica which was one of Pope Julius II’s unfinished projects.

MIHALAS Dimitri, 1939-present, (bipolar),
Astronomer and educator. He has taught at Princeton University, 1964-1967, University of Colorado, 1967-1968, University of Chicago, 1968-70 and in 1972-80 at the University of Colorado. He was the senior scientist at the High Altitude Observatory, National Center Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado, 1971-1979 and 1982-1985. From there he went to Sacramento Peak Observatory, Sunspot, New Mexico, 1979-1982. Los Alamos National Laboratory 1981. He is the author of several books.

NASTASE Ilie, 1946-present, (bipolar),
Romanian Tennis player. Won US Opens 1972 and 1975, French Open 1973, Italian Opens 1970 and 1973. Won doubles with Jimmy Connors at Wimbledon 1973.

NIJINSKY Vaslav, 1888-1950, (mental disorder),
Dancer who had clinical depression. One of the greatest male dancers in the history of ballet. Best known role was in the ballet Afternoon of a Fawn.

NORTON Emperor Joshua, 1817-1880, (mental disorder),
Self-appointed Norton I Emperor of the United States and Protector of Mexico, Joshua Norton won a permanent place in the annals of San Francisco as the wisest and shrewdest of madmen.

O’NEILL Eugene, 1888-1953, (mental disorder),
Famous playwright, author of Long Day’s Journey Into the Night. Suffered from clinical depression. In 1936 he received the Noble Prize for Literature.

OE Hikari, 1963-present, (developmental disability),
Hikari was born with a potentially fatal cranial deformity following traumatic brain surgery during infancy. Later found to be a musical savant. Hikari surprised everyone by becoming a recognized composer of classical music. His first two CD’s, Music of Hikari Oe 1992 and Music of Hikari Oe 2 1994 have been best-sellers in his native Japan, worldwide more than 300000 copies have been sold.

PAAR Jack, 1918-present, (speech impairment),
American entertainer, pioneer talk show host, star of Tonight Show 1957-1962, Jack Paar Show 1962-1965 and 1973.

PASTEUR Louis, 1822-1895, (learning disability),
Scientist who made major contributions to chemistry, and medicine industry that greatly benefited humanity. He was a great theoretical scientist.

PATTON George, 1920-1991, (learning disability),
Old Blood and Guts. American Army General commanded the 3rd Army, War World II, leader in Battle of The Bulge 1944.

PIERSALL Jimmy, 1929-present, (bipolar),
Baseball player for the Boston Red Sox who suffered from bipolar depression.

PLATH Sylvia, 1932-1963, (mental disorder),
Poet and novelist had a lifelong struggle with clinical depression.

PRIDE Charley [Country Charley], 1939-present, (bipolar),
American country singer. Won Grammy for Kiss an Angel Good Morning 1972. First African American country music star. First African American to perform at the Grand Ole Opry. He wrote an autobiography Pride: The Charley Pride Story. Known to have bipolar disorder.

RAUSCHENBERG Robert [Milton Raschenberg], 1925-present, (dyslexia)
American artist among the most important in pop art. Uses sophisticated techniques of photomontage and silk-screening. His collages are called "combines" and include "Gloria" 1956 and Summer Rental 1960. He championed the theory that the essential nature of creativity is not in the object produced but in the concept and the process of creation.

REILLY Charles Nelson, 1931-present, (speech impairment),
American comedian, won Tony for How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying 1961, television game shows, situation comedies and varieties.

RICKENBACKER Eddie, 1890-1973, (learning disability),
Leading US air ace in World War I 1914-1918. He shot down 22 enemy planes and four balloons. Before World War II he inspected American air bases and his plane was shot down. He survived on a raft for 24 days.

ROCKEFELLER Nelson, 1908-1979, (learning disability),
Vice President of the United States from 1974-1977. He was severely dyslexic. He filled a vacancy that was created when Vice President, Gerald Ford succeeded Richard Nixon who had resigned as President.

ROREM Ned, 1923-present, (speech impairment)
American composer. Won 1976 Pulitzer Prize for Bicentennial Commission, Air Music, published many diaries.

SCHUMANN Robert, 1810-1856, (mental disorder),
This inspired poet of human suffering experienced bipolar depression. He was a major German romantic composer and pianist.

SCHWAB Charles, 1937-present, (learning disability),
Founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Charles Schwab Corporation, a brokerage firm. In 1974 he became a pioneer in the discount brokerage business.

SCOTT George C., 1927-present, (learning disability),
American actor. First performer to refuse an Oscar 1970 for Patton.

SHAW George Bernard, 1956-1950, (learning disability),
British playwright, critic, and essayist. Became one of the most famous writers of the 1900’s. Was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1925. Wrote 50 plays in a 70 year career.

SMOTHERS Tom, 1937-present, (learning disability),
American comedian and singer. He and his brother Dick have sung and acted together since the 1960s. Starred in the television show The Smothers Brothers.

SOMERS Suzanne, 1946-present, (learning disability),
American television actress who starred in Three’s Company 1977-1981, Step by Step, 1991.

SPENCER-DEVLIN Muffin, 1953-present, (bipolar),
Before joining the LPGA tour she was an aspiring actress and model in New York City. She also was a contributing writer to Golf Illustrated and writers book reviews for the Advocate. She has manic depression and is trying to cure herself holistically. Her last names are a combination of her father and stepfather.

STALLONE Sylvster, 1946-present, (learning disability),
Won stardom with his movie Rocky. He is one of the world’s highest paid actors, commanding $20 million a picture.

STEWART Jackie [John Young Stewart], 1939-present, (learning disability),
Scottish auto racer, World Grand Prix Champion, 1969, 1971 and 1973,Auto racing commentator for ABC.

STEWART James, 1908-1997, (speech impairment),
American actor. Hollywood great, best known for Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939, It’s a Wonderful Life 1946.

STING [Gordon Summer], 1957-present, (mental disorder),
Before Sting he had small modeling jobs and few television commercials. In 1979 he had a bit par in the film Quadrophemia. Was in the movie Dune. Nicknamed Sting for the black and yellow sweater he would wear while performing. He learned piano from his mother but loved jazz and guitars. In 1977 he started the group Police. The rock-reggae sound broke with Roxanne a song written as a plea to a prostitute. It was subsequently banned from the BBC which made it an instant hit. Later went solo and is successful first album Dream of the Blue Turtles went Platinum.

TESLA Nicola, 1856-1943, (speech impairment)(mental disorder),
Electrical engineer, is generally recognized as the inventor of the induction motor. Was born in Smiljan Croatia. This genius had obsessive compulsive disorder.

TILLIS Mel, 1932-present, (speech impairment),
American county music singer and song writer. Includes stuttering problems as part of his act. Has written over 450 songs. CMA entertainer of the Year 1976.

TOLSTOY Leo, 1828-1910, (mental disorder),
Author of War and Peace, he revealed the extent of his own mental illness in My Confession. Count Leo Tolstoy is considered one of the greatest figures of world literature, was a major influence on late 19th century Russian philosophical theory.

VAN GOGH Vincent, 1853-1890, (mental disorder)(epilepsy),
Celebrated artist who had bipolar depression. Post-impressionist did not receive recognition for his genius until after his death.

VERNE Jules, 1828-1905, (learning disability),
French novelist who wrote some of the first science fiction stories. He forecast the invention of air planes, submarines, television, guided missiles, and space satellites and he predicted their uses accurately. He wrote Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea 1870.

VON BRAUN Werner, 1912-1977, (learning disability),
He regularly failed his high school math examinations, but was often caught day-dreaming (due to his attention deficit disorder) of one day flying to other planets. Led development of V-2 missiles for Germany during World War II, directed post World War II rocket research in United States.

WACHTLER Sol, 1930-present, (bipolar),
He was appointed to the Court of Appeals by Governor Mario Cuomo in 1985, after 12 years as a justice on the court, preceded by 4 years on the Supreme Court and was named to the position by Governor Nelson Rockefeller. He was arrested in 1992 and charged with a 13 month harassment campaign against an ex-lover and her daughter. This time in his life he was a Chief Judge of New York Court of Appeals. He may be reinstated to the bar in 1999.

WAGNER Lindsay, 1949-present, (learning disability),
Only science-fiction woman ever to win best actress Emmy, 1976-1978 for Bionic Woman. Television films include This Child Is Mine 1985.

WALLACE Mike, 1918-present, (depression),
American Broadcast journalist CBS correspondent, 1963-1976, co-editor, 60 Minutes 1968, inducted into television Academy Hall of Fame 1991.

WALTERS Barbara, 1931-present, (speech impairment),
American broadcast journalist. First woman to co-anchor the Today Show 1963-1976. With ABC News since 1976, known for one-on-one interviews, correspondent 20/20 1981, co-host 1984 to present.

WASHINGTON George, 1732-1799, (learning disability)
1st President of the United States. Was unable to spell throughout his life and his grammar usage was very poor. Thought to have learning disabilities.

WESTMORELAND William Childs, 1914-present, (learning disability),
American general commanded United State forces in the Vietnam War (1964 to 1968). Relied on ground operation search and destroy. He retired in 1972.

WILLIAMS Robin, 1951-present, (attention deficit disorder),
Actor/comedian who has been diagnosed with ADHD, starred in television’s Mork and Mindy, 1978-1982, won Grammy 1979 for album Reality What A Concept, films include Good Morning, Vietnam 1987 and The Birdcage 1996.

WILLIAMS Tennessee, 1911-1983, (mental disorder),
American playwright who suffered with clinical depression. Plays include the popular The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcare Named Desire

WILLIS Bruce, 1955-present, (speech impairment)
American actor with childhood stuttering who played David Addison on television series Moonlighting, 1985-1989, won 1987 Emmy starred in film Die Hard.,

WILSON Brian, 1942-present, (bipolar disorder),
Musician composer for the Beach Boys. Vocalist, bassist, pianist with CA rock group, hits include Help Me Rhonda 1965, wrote Wouldn’t It Be Nice: My Own Story 1991.

WILSON Woodrow, 1856-1924, (learning disability),
28th President of the United States from 1913-1921 who is known to have a (learning disability) (dyslexia). World War I leader awarded Nobel Peace Prize for Versailles Treaty, 1919, domestic reforms included 1914 creation of Federal Reserve.,

WINKLER Henry, 1945-present, (attention deficit disorder),
American actor, director and producer. Has ADD. He was at the bottom 3% in the county in math. Played Fonzie on television series Happy Days 1974-1984.

WINTERS Johnathan, 1925-present, (bipolar),
American comedian and actor. Known for characterizations, improvisations, films since 1963 include The Loved One 1965.

WOOLF Virginia, 1882-1941, (mental disorder),
British novelist who experienced bipolar depression characterized by feverish periods of writing and weeks immersed in gloom.

WRIGHT Brothers - Wilbur, 1867-1912, (learning disability), 1871-1948 Orville,
Invented and built the first successful airplane. On December 17 1903 they made the world’s first flight in a power-driven, heavier-than air machine near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

YOUNG Robert, 1907-1998, (mental illness),
American actor who starred in television series Father Knows Best 1954-1962, Marcus Welby MD 1969-1976.

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Very interesting list. Very well put together, I thought i knew alot of the famous people who were ADD/LD, but u found some I didn't know about.

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This is my list of "Famous People With ADHD"
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Famous people with ADHD...
Albert Einstein
Ansel Adams
Ann Bancroft
Richard Branson
Alexander Graham Bell
James Boswell
Sir Richard Francis Burton
President George Bush (both)
Admiral Richard Byrd
Lord Byron
Thomas Carlyle
Andrew Carnegie
Jim Carrey
Gen. H. Norman Charles
Thomas Chatterton
Samuel Clemens
Samuel T. Coleridge
Christopher Columbus
Tom Cruise
Leonardo da Vinci
Salvador Dali
Emily Dickinson
Patty Duke
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Ernest & Marel
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Edward Fitzgerald
Malcomb Forbes
Henry Ford
Rick Fox
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Frost
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Tom Gainsborough
Bill Gates
Susan Hampshire
Mariette Hartley
Stephen Hawking
Wm Randolph Hearst
Ernest Hemingway
Bill Hewlett
Alfred Hitchcock
Dustin Hoffman
Anthony Hopkins
Howard Hughes

...Even More Famous people with ADHD...
Thomas Jefferson
Bruce Jenner
"Magic" Johnson
Samuel Johnson
Michael Jordan
Carl Jung, M.D.
King Karl XI of Sweden
John F. Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
Jason Kidd
Evel Knievel
Bill Lear
John Lennon
Lewis and Clark
Carl Lewis
Abraham Lincoln
Luci Baines Johnson Nugent
Louis Pasteur
Gen. George Patton
H. Ross Perot
Pablo Picasso
Edgar Allan Poe
Cole Porter
Elvis Presley
Dan Rather
Buddy Rich
Eddie Rickenbacker
Guy Ritchie
Joan Rivers
John D. Rockefeller
Nelson Rockefeller
Pete Rose
John Ruskin
Nolan Ryan
Eleanor Roosevelt
Anwar Sadat
Pierre Salinger
Charles Schulz
Robert Schumann
Charles Schwab
More Famous people with ADHD...
Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf
George C. Scott
George Bernard Shaw
Tom Smothers
Steven Spielberg
Sylvester Stallone
Robert Louis Stevenson
Jackie Stewart
James Stewart
Richard C. Strauss
Lord Alfred Tennyson
Nicolai Tesla
Henry David Thoreau
Leo Tolstoy
Ted Turner
Vincent Van Gogh
Jules Verne
Werner von Braun
Lindsay Wagner
Mike Wallace
General Westmoreland
Weyerhauser Family
Walt Whitman
Jamie Williams
Robin Williams
Tennessee Williams
Woodrow Wilson
Henry Winkler
Stevie Wonder
Virginia Woolf
F.W. Woolworth
Wright Brothers
Vince Lombardi
Robert Lowell
James Clark Maxwell
Soeren Momsen
Steve McQueen
David H. Murdock
Isaac Newton
Jack Nicholson
Ty Pennington
Mario Lopez
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Where did you get your list?

And how does anyone know whether these people have ADHD or not? Why does everyone keep saying Einstein had it or Edison or Beethoven? I mean, it is not as if they are around to have a clinical assessment done or take a TOVA assessment, is it? What responsible doctor (besides Bill Frist) would diagnose a patient they can't even talk to?

I think those "famous people with ADHD lists" are bogus, unless the person is living today and able to confirm that they do have it, like Richard Branson or Ty Pennington.
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Post I think there are actually alot of very intelligent people with ADD/ADHD

I can believe alot of those people were or are ADD/ADHD because it was actually diagnosed in the Chinese dynesties, and there are herbs a chinese doctor can prescribe for it... oddly enough they are stimulants or antidepressants... Sometimes even sleep aid's or sedatives...
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we have lots of posts on famous people with ADHD . .. ..

here they are:

Leonard: “You’re using chocolates as positive reinforcement for what you consider good behavior!”
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it's ok! it's a pretty popular topic and fun to read!

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Scott Eyre, a relief pitcher for the Chicago Cubs, has ADD.
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Re: Famous People who have LD/ADD/or other DDs

It's interesting how some of those LD people from extremely wealthy families managed to rise so high in their education and attainments. (Unless it is all connections.)

e.g. Didn't JFK go to Harvard; Rockefeller was severely dyslexic (sounds like he couldn't really read) but he became VP of the USA. And I've read before that Churchill was LD (in addition to having a mood disorder).

NB. With all his hilarious speech mistakes and learning problems -- I am waiting for it to come out in the news that George W. Bush_has 'some sort of LD'...
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Re: Famous People who have LD/ADD/or other DDs

I think some of them are wrong, always some lists that have plenty of errors. So you never know. I take with a pinch of salt.

Famous AD(H)Ders, I always think:

Paris Hilton
Mary-Kate Olsen
Jim Carrey
Robin Williams


(And I really don't question whether they're true. )
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