Famous People with Schizophrenia
Famous people with schizophrenia are listed on this page. Some
of the celebrities and other notables are also listed on the famous
people with mental illness list.
A couple of those listed on the famous people with schizophrenia
page are also on the famous
people with bipolar disorder list as well. One reason is that
there has been confusion within the psychological profession since
both diseases share some common symptoms (such as hallucinations)
and were in the past commonly misdiagnosed.
Another reason is that the best guess of differing physicians
and other mental health professionals will place the same person
into two different categories. So, on with the list.
List of Famous People with Schizophrenia
Roger Kynard Erickson
James Beck Gordon
Mary Todd Lincoln
William Chester Minor
Some of the stars, celebrities and other notables with schizophrenia
had led productive lives before the onset of their diseases, but
not so much afterwards. Other famous people with schizophrenia
were able to be treated effectively and move on successfully.
Known as perhaps the most severe of mental illnesses, schizophrenia
may be successfully treated in some cases. In other cases no treatment
is very successful. And, in yet other cases, the disease will,
without warning disappear altogether.
Comedian Darrell Hammond
of Saturday Night Live has publicly discussed struggling
with alcoholism and cocaine abuse. He said that in his troubled
past he has received diagnoses for both bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.
Hammond also in a 2011 CNN interview talked about his mother abusing
him in childhood. He continues to work in theatre, television
The list of famous people with schizophrenia presented here span
the spectrum from those like Pink Floyd's Syd Barrett (pictured
below) who descended into mental illness without recovery to Mark
Vonnegut (who could have either been biopolar or schizophrenic)
and Lionel Aldridge (pictured at top) who have made a miraculous
recovery from the disease. And, of course, as with every other
disease there are all shades of gray in-between on the health
Syd Barrett of Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Richard Wright wrote
the composition "Shine on You Crazy Diamond" as a tribute
to Syd Barrett highlighting his mental health issues. He spent
the last years of his life in reclusive anonymity and died at
age 60 on undisclosed causes.
Lionel Aldridge enjoyed an 11-year pro football career. He played
with the Green Bay Packers under Coach Vince Lombardi in the mid-1960's
and with the San Diego Chargers in the early 1970's. Aldridge
retired from football in 1973 and went on to become a sports analyst.
In the late 1970's Aldridge
developed paranoid schizophrenia, lost his employment,
got divorced and lived homeless on the streets for a while (and
lost both of his Super Bowl rings too). After being properly diagnosed
and accepting treatment, Aldridge made a full and symptom-free
recovery. He advocated for the homeless and mentally ill
until his death in 1998.