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Famous People with ADHD

There are many famous people with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) who have gone onto fame and fortune. Unlike some other diseases and conditions, ADHD doesn't have to hold one back in life.

 
Famous People with ADHD
Robin Williams
 

If properly diagnosed and treated, not only famous people may live with ADHD but so can everyone else. Below is a list of famous and notable people with ADHD that are known at this time. If you have a celeb or other notable person to add to this list please send it in.

Famous People with ADHD

  Actors and Directors

Ann Bancroft
Harry Belafonte
George Burns
Jim Carey
Cher
Bill Cosby
Tom Cruise
Kirk Douglas
Danny Glover
Tracey Gold
Whoopi Goldberg
Alfred Hitchcock
Dustin Hoffman
Steve McQueen
Jack Nicholson
Joan Rivers
George C. Scott
Will Smith
Tom Smothers
Steven Spielberg
Suzanne Somers
Sylvester Stallone
James Stewart
Lindsay Wagner
Robin Williams
Henry Winkler
Jennifer Connelly
Hilary Duff
Eva Longoria
Liv Tyler
Paris Hilton
Cameron Diaz
Michelle Rodriguez
Brittany Snow
Ashley Olsen
Mary-Kate Olsen
Alison Lohman
Christopher Knight
Dakota Fanning
Daniel Bedingfield
Diane Kruger
Ellen Page
Emma Watson
Forrest Griffin
Glenn Beck
Howie Mandel
Jamie Oliver
Jason Earles
Megan Fox
Melissa Joan Hart
Rachel Hurd-Wood
Rory Bremner
Salma Hayek
Ty Pennington
Vince Vaughn
Willa Holland
Woody Harrelson
Zooey Deschanel
Jillian Michaels
Hayley Williams
Robin Williams


Musicians

William James Adams
Ludwig van Beethoven
John Denver
John Lennon
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ozzy Osbourne
Elvis Presley
Stevie Wonder
Avril Lavigne
Justin Timberlake
Adam Levine
Kurt Cobain
Steven Tyler



Entrepreneurs / Business People

Sir Richard Branson
Andrew Carnegie
Walt Disney
Malcolm Forbes
Henry Ford
Bill Gates
William Randolph Hearst
FW Woolworth



Artists

Ansel Adams
Salvadore Dali
Vincent Van Gogh
Pablo Picasso
August Rodin


Statesmen

Napoleon Bonaparte
Prince Charles
Winston Churchill
Dwight Eisenhower
John F. Kennedy
Robert F. Kennedy
Abraham Lincoln
Nelson Rockefeller
Woodrow Wilson


Writers

Lewis Carroll
Agatha Christie
Ernest Hemingway
Samuel Johnson
Edgar Allan Poe
George Bernard Shaw
Socrates
Henry David Thoreau
Leo Tolstoy
Jules Verne
William Butler Yeats
Lily Collins


Scientists and Inventors

Alexander Graham Bell
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Michael Faraday
Benjamin Franklin
Galileo
Sir Issac Newton
Nostradamus
Leonardo Da Vinci
Orville & Wilber Wright
William Wrigley


Athletes

Terry Bradshaw
Josh Freeman
Bruce Jenner
Magic Johnson
Michael Jordan
Jason Kidd
Carl Lewis
Greg Louganis
Michael Phelps
Pete Rose
Babe Ruth
Nolan Ryan
Jackie Stewart

These are just some of the famous names of people with ADHD. There are many other stars with ADHD who have not made their conditions public or the research has not been conclusive about this ailment.

Some stars have been forthcoming including Justin Timberlake who says he has this condition mixed with OCD (Howie Mandel, too), Will Smith who says that while growing up he had trouble paying attention and reading, Michael Phelps who acknowledges he has ADHD and that swimming helps him focus, and Jim Carrey says that his zany antics are the result of his ADHD.

Sir Richard Branson says he has it. Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan state that they each have taken Adderall to control it. Terry Bradshaw, Bruce Jenner and James Carville speak about it publicly.

And, of course, Robin Williams (pictured above), duh! Just look at his high energy comedy and it's not hard to see what fuels the comedic fire with him.


Albert Einstein

As you can see, having ADHD did not hold many of these famous people back in their careers. In fact, some of the most creative (and brilliant) people the world has known have had this condition.

 

Reader Comments ...

Happy New Year to you and your team. I recently found out i have ADHD.I am a novelist from Corinth, Greece. I plan to write an article based on personal experience on this syndrom.

My favourite artist has been Da Vinci, i write cathreptic script too. And my favourite painter has always been Van Gogh. I never considered him as psychopath, i had this strange understanding of him and his paintings. Hemingway has always been deeply appreciated, i could see throuh his dialogues more than an average reader would do. I now know because we had ADHD in common. Because i can focus extremely, i wrote from the beggining pastiches, which are absolute literary imitation of other writers, such as Llorca. It is a very particular and rare literary gift.

People with ADHD understand each other more deeply.


Your article remains amazing.
respectfully,

Ntina K.
Novelist



 
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