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Famous People with Dyslexia

Famous People with Dyslexia

Famous people with dyslexia are listed and what a large list it is. Because of the sheer number of stars, celebrities and other notables with dyslexia some of the lesser known ones had to be left off this list.

Muhammad Ali
One would think that dyslexia, a learning disability, would hold back many people in life.

But the famous people with dyslexia on this list have found a way to work around this particular disability and succeed anyway.

List of Famous People with Dyslexia

Ansel Adams
Scott Adams
Muhammad Ali
Hans Christian Anderson
Jennifer Aniston
Harry Belafonte
Alexander Graham Bell
Tony Bennett
Orlando Bloom
Napoleon Bonaparte
Lara Flynn Boyle
Terry Bradshaw
Sir Richard Branson
Erin Brockovich
George Burns
George H.W. Bush
Julius Caesar
Prince Charles
Agatha Christie
Winston Churchill
Tim Conway
Anderson Cooper
Tom Cruise
Charles Darwin
Dom Delouise
Patrick Dempsey
Walt Disney
Thomas Edison
Albert Einstein
Dwight D. Eisenhower
Michael Faraday
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fanny Flagg
Henry Ford
Benjamin Franklin
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Danny Glover
Vincent Van Gogh
Whoopi Goldberg
John Grisham
Woody Harrelson
Steven Hawkings
Tommy Hilfiger
Dustin Hoffman
Sir Anthony Hopkins
John Irving
Andrew Jackson
Bruce Jenner
Magic Johnson
John F. Kennedy
Robert Kennedy
Keira Knightley
John Lennon
Jay Leno
Carl Lewis
Greg Louganis
Dexter Manley
Steve McQueen
Jack Nicholson
Edward James Olmos
Louis Pasteur
General George Patton
Pablo Picasso
Edgar Allen Poe
Nelson Rockefeller
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Pete Rose
Nolan Ryan
Charles Schulz
George C. Scott
Charles Schwab
Steven Spielberg
Tom Smothers
Suzanne Somers
Sylvester Stallone
Jackie Stewart
Quentin Tarantino
Channing Tatum
Nicolai Tesla
Thomas Thoreau
Mark Twain
Jules Verne
Leonardo da Vinci
Lindsay Wagner
Robin Williams
Woodrow Wilson
Henry Winkler
Orville Wright
Wilbur Wright
William Wrigley, Jr.
William Butler Yeats

The Washington Post quotes Sir Richard Branson (pictured below) as saying, “Back when I was in school, few people understood dyslexia and what to do for it. My teachers thought I was lazy and not very clever, and I got bored easily … thinking of all the things I could do once I left school. I couldn’t always follow what was going on. On one of my last days at school, the headmaster said I would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. That was quite a startling prediction, but in some respects he was right on both counts!”

Sir Richard Branson

Muhammad Ali (pictured above) became one of the greatest boxers of all time. But he didn’t do well in school because of his problems with reading. After becoming Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the World, Ali created the “Go the Distance” reading program to inspire young black students.

As an adult, F. Scott Fitzgerald (pictured below) wrote what they teach in school as the “Great American Novel.” The author of The Great Gatsby, Fitzgerald didn’t have it easy as a child. He was expelled from school when 12-years-old for not keeping up with his schoolwork. Later, he would get into then drop out of Princeton University. History would tell us, though, that this world famous author, would triumph time and again over his reading issues.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

As you can see above from this list of famous people with dyslexia there are many Hollywood actors and actresses, writers, artists, celebrity athletes, musicians, scientists, politicians and business leaders who have made a name for themselves. Having dyslexia didn’t hold these people back. So, show this list to someone dealing with dyslexia today (including family and friends) and give them hope for the future.