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Famous Dyslexics

If you are dyslexic or better… a “Multi-dimensional FreeThinker”–in short FreeThinker, one who thinks freely, and with out boundaries you are in good company. The following is a list of famous or recognized people who have been reported in the media, on the web, and in books as having some form of dyslexia or of struggling in school. Our intentions are to research these leads and profile their inspiring stories with factual information about their lives in hopes of opening the door to self-discovery for others. Some of the names are linked to others’ websites that feature their biographies. Those with a little picture have a biography by us (Van Gogh, Dornenburg). Those listed with “*” have confirmed references to their learning difficulties.

If you have any leads to confirm their learning difficulties, we would appreciate the information. At the bottom are references to other lists we have found on the web. [Keep updated on what’s new] If you are a student doing research and have a biography of anyone on our list, send it to us and we may post it.

If you are on my list, or you can contact someone on my list please do. I need to interview you, students are desperate to hear your story! Please right me or call me.

Famous people with Dyslexia

Scientists

  • Albert Einstein / Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
  • Ann Bancroft / Arctic Explorer
  • Alexander Graham Bell / Inventor
  • Wernher von Braun / Rocket Engineer
  • Dr. Simon Clemmet / Scientist
  • Pierre Curie / Physicist (1903 Nobel Prize)
  • Thomas Edison / Inventor
  • Michael Faraday / Physicist
  • Henry Ford / Inventor
  • John R. Horner / Paleontologist, author
  • Willem Hollenbach / Astronomical Photographer & Inventor
  • William Lear / Inventer
  • Charles Lindbergh / Aviator
  • Dr. James Lovelock / pioneer in the development of environmental awareness
  • Sir Issac Newton / Scientist & Mathematician
  • Eli Whitney / Inventor
  • John VonNeumann / Mathematician
  • Orville & Wilbur Wright / Inventors

Medical

  • Pierre Curie / Physicist / 1903 Nobel Prize
  • Harvey Cushing / Neurosurgeon
  • Paul Ehrlich
  • Fred Epstein / Neurosurgeon
  • William James / Psychologist
  • John W. House / President, House Ear Institute World
  • Renowned Research Facility
  • Dr. Edward Hallowell / Psychiatrist
  • Archer Martin / Chemist 1952 Nobel Laureate
  • John Robert Skoyles / Brain Researcher
  • Margie C. Sweeney / Doctor, author
  • Helen Taussig / Pediatric Cardiologist

Performing Arts

  • Harry Anderson / TV actor, comedian
  • Fred Astaire / Performer
  • Michael Barrymore / British comedian, TV host
  • Mr. Abhishek Bachchan / Indian Actor
  • Orlando Bloom / actor
  • George Burns / Actor and comedian
  • Enrico Caruso / Opera singer
  • Billy Connolly / Comedian
  • Patrick Dempsey “Actor /Grey’s Anatomy”
  • Harrison Ford / Actor
  • Dave Foley / Actor
  • Danny Glover / Actor
  • Tracey Gold / TV actress
  • Whoopi Goldberg / Actress, comedian
  • Jerry Hall / Supermodel
  • Anthony Hopkins / Actor
  • Bob Hoskins / Actor
  • Eddie Izzard / Comedian
  • Keira Knightley / Actress
  • Susan Hampshire / Actress
  • Salma Hayek / Actress
  • Jay Leno / Comedian, “Tonight Show” host
  • Thomas Cruise Mapother IV (Tom Cruise) / Actor
  • Alyssa Milano, actress
  • Billy Bob Thornton / Actor
  • Liv Tyler / Actress
  • Will Smith / Actor, singer
  • Tom Smothers / Actor, singer, comedian
  • Henry Winkler / Actor, author
  • Robin Williams / Actor Comedian
  • Oliver Reed / Actor
  • Keanu Reeves / Actor
  • Edward James Olmos / Actor
  • Jill Pages / Trapeze artist
  • Loretta Young / Atress

Musicians

  • Cher / Actress, singer
  • Noel Gallagher / Oasis Guitarist
  • Nigel Kennedy / Violinist
  • Jewel / Singer, actress (link#2)
  • Harry Belafonte / Singer, actor, producer, human rights activist [link #2]
  • Brad Little / Stage actor, singer
  • Daniel powter / Musician
  • John Lennon / Singer, songwriter, actor, activist
  • Britney Spears / Singer
  • River Phoenix / Actor
  • Achilles Poulos / Greek Entertainer
  • Bob Weir / Grateful Dead Guitarist (link #2)
  • Usher / Singer

Goverment

  • Erin Brockovich / Activist
  • David Boies / Attorney
  • Nicholas Brady / US Secretary Treasury
  • George Herbert Walker Bush / 41st U.S. President
  • George W. Bush / 43rd President of the United States
  • Winston Churchill / Prime Minister Of England
  • King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden
  • Jeffrey H. Gallet / Judge
  • Michael Heseltine / British Prime Minister
  • Andrew Jackson / 7th President of the United States
  • Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson
  • Lyndon Johnson / President of the United States
  • Thomas Jefferson / President of the United States
  • John Fitzgerald Kennedy / President of the United States
  • Gavin Newsom / Mayor of San Francisco
  • General George S. Patton / General, pilot
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt / First Lady
  • Nelson Rockefeller / Vice President
  • Woodrow Wilson / President of the United States
  • George Washington / President of the United States
  • Paul Wellstone / U.S. Senator

Artists

  • Ansel Adams / Photographer.
  • Scott Adams / Cartoonist, “Dilbert” creator
  • David Bailey / British Photographer
  • Nicole Betancourt / Emmy-winning filmmaker
  • Robert Benton / Director
  • Michelangelo Buonarroti / Artist
  • Leonardo da Vinci / Artist
  • Elizabeth Daniels / author of mystery novels
  • Walt Disney / Producer, animation artist, theme park pioneer
  • John Ferrie / Artist
  • Ignacio Gomez / Muralist
  • Guy Ritchie / Film director and husband of Madonna
  • Bernie Taylor / Author of Big Trout.
  • Nicola Hicks / Sculptress
  • Auguste Rodin / Sculptor (link#2)
  • Patricia Buckley Moss / Artist
  • Pablo Picasso / Artist (link #2)
  • Robert Rauschenberg / Artist (link #2)
  • Jørn Utzon / Architect
  • Richard Rogers / Architect
  • Allison Merriweather/ Artist
  • Søren Kragh Jacobsen / Danish film director
  • Stacy Poulos / Photographer, Writer / Philosopher / Philanthropist
  • Steven Spielberg / Filmmaker
  • Bennett Strahan / Architect, Artist
  • Robert Toth / Artist , sculptor
  • Vincent VanGogh
  • Andy Warhol / Artist

Business

  • G. Chris Anderson / Managing Director of Drexel Burnham
  • Wall Street Investment banking firm
  • Stephen Bacque / Inventor & Entrepreneur
  • Richard Branson / Founder of Virgin Enterprises
  • John T Chambers / CEO of Cisco Systems (link# 2)
  • Fred Curry / Chairman & CEO of Greyhound Bus
  • Kerry Francis Bullmore Packer / Australian publishing, media and gaming tycoon
  • Reyn Guyer / Nerf ball developer
  • William Hewlett / Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard
  • Tommy Hilfiger / Fashion designer
  • Steve Jobs / Founder of Apple Computer
  • Craig McCaw / Founder of McCaw Cellular
  • Dave Morrison / Owner / The Right Stuff Centers
  • Jim Messelbeck / Genentech
  • Craig McCaw, Telecommunications Visionary.
  • O.D. McKee, founder of McKee Foods.
  • David Murdock / CEO of Dole Foods
  • David Neeleman, CEO of jetBlue Airways.
  • Paul J. Orfalea / Founder and Chairman of Kinko’s [link #2]
  • Anthony Parle / Managing Director of Parle Foods
  • Charles Schwab / Investor & multimillionaire businessman
  • Jason Silva / Co-owner Silvabodas.com Construction & Design
  • Raymond Smith / Former CEO of Bell Atlantic
  • Richard C. Strauss / Real estate developer
  • Arthur Ochs Sulzberger / Harvard University
  • Auther Stone
  • Chick Thompson / Commercial video producer
  • Ted Turner / Founder and President of Turner Broadcasting Systems [link#2]
  • Thomas J. Watson Jr. / Former CEO of IBM
  • F.W. Woolworth / Department store innovator
  • William Wrigley, Jr. / Founder of Wrigley Chewing Gum

Writer

  • Avi / Children’s author & illustrator
  • Jeanne Betancourt / Author of “My Name is Brain Brian”
  • Hans Christian Anderson / Author
  • Earnest Hemingway / Author (link #2)
  • Steven Cannell / TV writer
  • Lewis Carroll / Author
  • Dame Agatha Christie / Author
  • Fannie Flagg / Author
  • Gustave Flaubert / French novelists [Link#2]
  • Ronald Davis / Writer, educator
  • John Irving / Author
  • Debbie Macomber / Author
  • Danielle Mullen / 19-year-old playwright
  • Patricia Polacco / Children’s author & illustrator
  • Girard Sagmiller / Author
  • Prophet Joseph Smith / Writer of The Book of Mormon
  • Elizabeth Daniels Squire / Author
  • Mark Twain / Author
  • Bernie Taylor / Author of Biological Time
  • Victor Villaseñor / Author
  • William Butler Yeats / Poet

Athletics

  • Terry Bradshaw / Football player, tv host
  • Rulon Gardner / Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler
  • Duncan Goodhew / Olympic Swimmer
  • Bruce Jenner / Olympic Decathlete
  • Magic Johnson / Basketball player
  • Greg Louganis / Olympic Diver
  • Dan O’Brien / Olympic Decathlete
  • Babe Ruth / Baseball player
  • Steven Redgrave / Olympic Rower
  • Jackie Stewart / Race car driver
  • Neil Smith / Football player, author
  • Muhammad Ali / Boxer
  • Bob May / Golfer
  • Joe Montana / Football player
  • Diamond Dallas Page / World Wrestling Champion
  • Jim Shea, Jr. / gold medal 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Nolan Ryan / Baseball player
  • Billy Banks / Fitness instructor, creator of Tae-Bo
  • Neil Smith / Football player

Others

  • Charles “Pete” Conrad Jr. / Astronaut
  • Ennis William Cosby
  • Andrew Cunningham
  • Jim Daily / FreeThinker (12 years old)
  • Frank Dunkle /Director of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Carrick Forbes / Recovering Heroin Addict
  • Angus Hepburn
  • Peggy Selinger-Eaton / Home Staging Expert – Author Sell Your Home For Profit.
  • Vince McMahon / World Wrestling Entertainment Founder
  • Jamie Oliver / The Naked Chef
  • Shawn Norman / Personal Trainer
  • Joseph P. Land
  • Andrew Dornenburg Culinary Artist / Chef / Writer
  • Julia Walker / Hollywood hair stylist (caution this links to a pdf)
  • Elizabeth B. (Liz) Student / LD Pride On Line
  • Bob Turney / Probation Officer , author
  • Leonie J. Winson
  • Marco Pierre White / London’s Top Chef
  • Roger Wilkins / Past cahirman of the Pulitzer Prize Board / Professor of History
  • Photo of Stacy Poulos, Author