Famous DYSLEXICS

Albert Einstein was a German theoretical physicist, author, and is one of the most influential scientists and intellectuals of all time. His name “Einstein” has in modern day, become synonymous with the word “genius”.

Alexander Graham Bell – (3 March 1847 – 2 August 1922) Well known as the inventor of the telephone Alexander was actually attempting to find a way that could make deaf people hear.

Charles “Pete” Conrad, Jr. was a naval officer for the American Navy, an engineer, an astronaut, and the third person to walk on the moon. He was the 20th person and the 10th American to fly in space and flew on the Gemini 5, Gemini 11, Apollo 12, and Skylab 2 space missions for NASA.

Charles Schwab – Charles Robert Schwab, Jr. (born July 29, 1937) is the founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation. Schwab has dyslexia – a learning disability that makes reading and writing difficult. He and many other executives with learning disabilities are becoming increasingly outspoken about the challenges they have faced. Mr. Schwab is now trying to increase public awareness of dyslexia and provide support for dyslexic children and their families.

Greg Louganis – U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist

Hans Christian Andersen – (April 2 1805 – August 4 1875) Being an author of children’s fantasy stories, he was a victim of dyslexia and showed the world that when you want something, nothing can stop you from obtaining it. The books that he wrote have been translated into hundreds of different languages and continue to be distributed even today in millions of copies. Hans wrote books such as “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Princess and the Pea” “Thumbelina”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Little Mermaid”.

Henry Winkler – Henry Franklin Winkler is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. He is perhaps most famous for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the popular sitcom Happy Days (1974-1984).  Having struggled throughout his school years with unidentified dyslexia Winkler, at age 31, finally understood what he’d been grappling with all his life, when making a documentary about dyslexia, Winkler himself found that he was dyslexic. He has shown his support of the Dyslexia Foundation through the writing and reading/book tours of his children’s book series about Hank Zipzer, the fourth grade dyslexic boy who became “the worlds greatest underachiever”.

Ingvar Kamprad is the Swedish founder of IKEA and is the eleventh wealthiest person in the world according to “Forbes” magazine. He started dabbling in business at a young age selling matches from his bicycle and eventually expanded his ventures into other areas. At the age of 17, his father gave him a cash reward for his success in his studies. He used this cash to establish IKEA and has been building the IKEA empire ever since.

John Lennon was an English singer and song writer who gained his international notariety as one of the founders and member of The Beatles. After the break up of the popular singing group, he went on to a career as a solo artist and as a song writer for many other popular singers and groups. He was a leader in the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War era, and his songs were adopted as the anthem for the anti-war movement. In 1980, he was shot four times in the back at the entrance to his New York apartment building by Mark David Chapman.

Keira Knightley is an English model and actress who received her first break in international fame in the films “Bend it Like Beckham” and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” trilogy. “Forbes” magazine has listed her as the second highest paid actress in Hollywood, and is the only non-American actress to make this list. She has been nominated for several awards such as the Academy Award for Best Actress, two Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress, and the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her acting in the film “Atonement”.

Leonardo Da Vinci – Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519) was a Tuscan polymath: scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer. As an engineer, Leonardo conceived ideas vastly ahead of his own time, conceptualising a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, and outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics. He also had the gift of dyslexia.

Lindsay Wagner is best known as an actress for her role as Jaime Sommers in the series “The Bionic Woman for which she was nominated and won an Emmy Award. However, she originally got her start as a model in Los Angeles and as the host of “Playboy After Dark”. She has had many other roles in both film and television, however she is most famous for “The Bionic Woman”.

Ludwig van Beethoven was a German pianist and composer.

Magic Johnson – Earvin Effay Johnson, Jr. (born August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan) is a retired American National Basketball Association (NBA) basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. Johnson is acknowledged as one of the most popular NBA basketball players of all time, being well-known for his uncanny passing and dribbling skills, and for his cheerful nature on and off the court. In the words of Magic Johnson: “The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read.”

Mohammed Ali, World Heavyweight Campion Boxer

Nolan Ryan – Lynn Nolan Ryan, Jr. (born January 31, 1947) is a former pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for more than a quarter century and still holds many major league pitching records. Ryan played in a major league record 27 seasons for the New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers, from 1966 to 1993. Ryan is the all-time leader in no-hitters with seven, three more than any other pitcher. He is tied with Bob Feller for the most one-hitters, with 12. Ryan also pitched 18 two-hitters.

Orlando Bloom – Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He had his break-through roles in 2001 as the elf-prince Legolas in The Lord of the Rings and starring in 2003 as blacksmith Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, and subsequently established himself as a lead in Hollywood films, including Elizabethtown and Kingdom of Heaven. As a child, he managed to get through The King’s School Canterbury and St Edmund’s School in Canterbury despite his dyslexia. 15 to 20 percent of the population is affected with a language-based learning disability – and dyslexia is the most common of these. Dyslexic children grow up to be brilliant doctors, lawyers, actors, writers and inventors. Bloom encourages kids to never give up on their dreams: “Take this obstacle and make it the reason to have a big life.”

Patricia Polacco – Author, illustrator of children’s books

Patrick Dempsey is a well known American actor and race car driver. He is best known for his role as “McDreamy”, Dr. Derek Shepherd, in the dramatic television series “Grey’s Anatomy”. He has also had a roles in many films such as “Enchanted”, “Made of Honor”, and “Sweet Home Alabama”.

Richard Branson – Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Richard Branson has been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts since 1985, when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted to cross the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest recorded time. Branson has dyslexia, resulting in poor academic performance as a student. School was something of a nightmare for him. He was the captain of football, rugby union and cricket teams, and by the age of fifteen he had started two ventures that eventually failed, one growing Christmas trees and another raising budgerigars.

Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Apple, a computer and telecommunications company. Along with Mike Markkula, Steve Wozniak, and many others, he helped design, develop, and market one of the first successful personal computer line called the Apple II series. He is listed as the primary inventor or co-inventor of over 230 awarded patents or patent applications related to technologies from computer and portable devices to user interfaces, speakers, keyboards, power adapters, staircases, clasps, sleeves, lanyards and packages.

Steve Redrave, Olympic Gold Medalist (rowing)

Steven Spielberg When people think of successful filmmakers in Hollywood, Steven Spielberg is typically at the top of the list.

Thomas Edison – Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor of Dutch origin and businessman who developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph and a long lasting light bulb. In school, the young Edison’s mind often wandered. He was noted to be terrible at mathematics, unable to focus, and had difficulty with words and speech. This ended Edison’s three months of official schooling. The cause of Edison’s deafness has been attributed to a bout of scarlet fever during childhood and recurring untreated middle ear infections. Thomas Edison was dyslexic, a problem child, and a mischief-maker. He talked when he was supposed to be listening and did not listen when the teacher talked. He had no patience. He was not well-coordinated and did poorly in sports. He applied himself with a passion to whatever caught his attention, but his attention was easily diverted.

Tom Cruise is an American actor and producer who has had many leading roles in popular films throughout the past two decades. He has been proclaimed to be one of the few producers who can guarantee the success of of a billion dollar film franchise.

Tommy Hilfiger is an Iconic fashion designer.

Walt Disney – Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Disney is notable as one of the most influential and innovative figures in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. Walt Disney had dyslexia, which is a learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. While Walt Disney was attending high school he also went to the Academy of Fine Arts. This caused him to have double the school work than an average student on top of the fact that he also dealt with being dyslexic.

Whoopi Goldberg – Whoopi Goldberg (born November 13, 1955) is an American actress, comedian, radio host, TV personality, game show host, and author. Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in New York City. Whoopi had a lot of difficulty in school, but it was not until she was an adult did she learn that she had dyslexia. Despite her dyslexia, Whoopi Goldberg has gone on to have a highly successful film and television career.

Winston Churchill – Churchill described himself as having a speech impediment“, which he consistently worked to overcome. After many years, he finally stated, “My impediment is no hindrance.” Although the Stuttering Foundation of America has claimed that Churchill stammered, the Churchill Centre has concluded that he lisped. Churchill’s impediment may also have been cluttering, which would fit more with his lack of attention to unimportant details and his very secure ego. According to several sources Winston Churchill was not dyslexic and had no learning disability whatsoever. In his autobiography he played up his low grades at Harrow, undoubtedly to convince readers, and possibly himself, how much he had overcome; but in this he exaggerated. He was actually quite good at subjects he enjoyed and in fact won several school prizes.

Woodrow Wilson – Former president of the United States. Thomas Woodrow Wilson (December 28, 1856-February 3, 1924), was the twenty-eighth President of the United States. Wilson did not learn to read until he was about 12 years old. His difficulty reading may have indicated dyslexia or A.D.D., but as a teenager he taught himself shorthand to compensate and was able to achieve academically through determination and self-discipline. He studied at home under his father’s guidance and took classes in a small school in Augusta.