Famous Dyslexics

The following people had either dyslexia, ADHD, or both. These people succeeded BECAUSE of their dyslexic gifts, not despite their dyslexia.
The starting list was created by the Kitty Petty Institute, but it has been added to for years. If you have an addition to this list, please e-mail it to Susan@BrightSolutions.US.

Actors or Entertainment Industry Figures:

  • Henry Winkler (The Fonz)
  • Tom Cruise
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Danny Glover
  • Harry Anderson
  • Daniel Stern
  • Bill Cosby's brother and son
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Steve McQueen
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Tom Smothers
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Robin Williams
  • Lindsay Wagner
  • George C. Scott
  • George Burns
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Bob Jimenez (TV anchorman)
  • Tracey Gold
  • Steven J. Cannell
  • Jay Leno
  • Woody Harrelson
  • Jamie Oliver, "The Naked Chef"
  • Brian Grazer, producer of "A Beautiful Mind"
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Tracey Gold, "Growing Pains"
  • Walt Disney
  • Quentin Tarantino
  • Lara Flynn Boyle
  • Keira Knightley
  • Dom Delouise
  • Dave Foley
  • Bruce McCulloch
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Tim Conway
  • Anderson Cooper

Military:

  • General George Patton
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • General Westmoreland
  • Napoleon Bonaparte

Artists:

  • Rodin
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Chuck Close, artist (photorealist por-
  • traits)
  • Margaret Whittington
  • Allison Merriweather
  • Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert comic
  • strip)
  • Charles Schulz (creator of Peanuts
  • comic strip)
  • Ansel Adams
  • Robert "Bob" Fowler, Sculptor & jewelry maker
  • Robert Toth
  • P. Buckley Moss
  • Michelangelo
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Vincent Van Gogh

Sports:

  • Magic Johnson
  • Greg Louganis (Olympic diver)
  • Bruce Jenner
  • Jackie Stewart, inducted into the Grand Prix Hall of Fame
  • Dexter Manley, former NFL player
  • Carl Lewis
  • Pete Rose
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Billy Blanks, Captain of 1980 U.S. Olympic Karate
  • Team, Creator of Tae-Bo
  • Terry Bradshaw
  • Rulon Gardner, Gold Medal Winner in Greco-Roman
  • wrestling, 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Adam Heidt, Luge competitor
  • Jim Shea, Jr., Gold Medal Winner in Skeleton, 2002
  • Winter Olympics
  • Stan Wattles, Indy race car driver
  • Mohammad Ali, boxer
  • Ellie Hawkins, rock climber
  • Eric Wynalda, professional soccer player
  • Neil Smith, NFL
  • Don Coryell, San Diego football coach (NFL &
  • NCAA)
  • Duncan Goodhew, Swimmer
  • Bob Anderson, coach of Olympic wrestling team

Politicians:

  • Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of UK
  • Anwar Sadat, president of Egypt
  • Woodrow Wilson, president of US
  • John F. Kennedy, president of US
  • Andrew Jackson, president of US
  • Franklin Roosevelt,
  • president of US
  • Nelson Rockefeller, vice president of US
  • Thomas Kean, governor of NJ
  • Gaston Caperton, governor ofWV
  • John Hickenlooper, governor of CO
  • Dannel Malloy, governor of CT
  • Pete Shumlin, governor of VT
  • Gavin Newsom, lieutenant governor of CA
  • Frank Dunkle, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
  • Service
  • Robert Kennedy, senator
  • Luci Baines Johnson Nugent, daughter of US Pres. John-
  • son
  • Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy
  • James Carville, Political Analyst

Architects:

Richard Rogers - won Pritzker Prize

Landscape Design:

  • Fredrick Law Olmsted: designed Central Park in
  • New York City and Chicago's Grant Park

Furniture Design:

  • Mark Wilkinson, kitchen & furniture designer
  • Martha Sturdy, Designer

Auto Design:

Frank Saucedo, GM