People Who Have Succeeded With Dyslexia

 

 

Intellectual/Adventure

 

 Albert Einstein / Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner 

Ann Bancroft / Arctic Explorer

Alexander Graham Bell / Inventor

Wernher von Braun / Rocket Engineer  

Dr. Simon Clemmet / Scientist

Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel Prize)
 
Thomas Edison / Inventor 

"My teachers say I'm addled . . . my father thought I was stupid, and I almost decided I must be a dunce."
 

Michael Faraday / Physicist  
 
 Henry Ford / Inventor
 
John R. Horner / Paleontologist, author

I barely made it through school. I read real slow. But I like to find things that nobody else has found, like a dinosaur egg that has an embryo inside. Well, there are 36 of them in the world, and I found 35."

 
 Willem Hollenbach / Astronomical Photographer & Inventor
 
 William Lear / Inventor
 
 Charles Lindbergh / Aviator
 
Dr. James Lovelock / pioneer in the development of environmental awareness
 
Sir Issac Newton / Scientist & Mathematician 
 
 Eli Whitney / Inventor
 
 John VonNeumann / Mathematician
 
 Orville & Wilbur Wright / Inventors
 
 

Field of Medicine

 
Harvey Cushing / Neurosurgeon  
 
 Paul Ehrlich
 
Fred Epstein / Neurosurgeon
 
 William James / Psychologist  
 
  Dr. Edward Hallowell / Psychiatrist
 
 Archer Martin / Chemist 1952 Nobel Laureate
 
John Robert Skoyles / Brain Researcher
 
 Margie C. Sweeney / Doctor, author
 
 Helen Taussig / Pediatric Cardiologist

John W. House / President, House Ear Institute World Renowned Research Facility

 


 

Entertainment

 
Harry Anderson / TV actor, comedian  
 
 Fred Astaire / Performer 
 
Michael Barrymore / British comedian, TV host

 Orlando Bloom / actor  


George Burns / Actor and comedian

Enrico Caruso / Opera singer

Tom Cruise/ Actor

"I had to train myself to focus my attention. I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read."
 

 
Patrick Dempsey /Actor 
 
Harrison Ford / Actor
 
Dave Foley / Actor

Danny Glover / Actor  

"Kids made fun of me because I was dark skinned, had a wide nose, and was dyslexic. Even as an actor, it took me a long time to realize why words and letters got jumbled in my mind and came out differently."
 

 
Tracey Gold / TV actress

 

Whoopi Goldberg / Actress, comedian

 
Anthony Hopkins / Actor

My childhood was "awful" - not because of any lack of parental love, but because I was so hopeless at school. I was a moody, lonely, an only child whose main pleasure was playing the piano and whose father worried about him not being like other boys. I believe that success has made me a nicer person. "I feel more responsive to other people because I'm not so insecure. I just feel reassured that I wasn't the moron I thought I was."
 

 
Bob Hoskins / Actor
 
Keira Knightley / Actress

Susan Hampshire / Actress
 
Salma Hayek / Actress

Jay Leno / Comedian, "Tonight Show" host 

 
 Alyssa Milano, actress
 
Billy Bob Thornton / Actor
 
Liv Tyler / Actress

Will Smith / Actor, musician
 
Tom Smothers / Actor, singer, comedian

Henry Winkler / Actor, author

 "As a child, I was called stupid and lazy. On the SAT I got 159 out of 800 in math. My parents had no idea that I had a learning disability. If you will it, it is not a dream. The great thing about a learning problem is it forces you to become a problem solver."
 

 Robin Williams / Actor Comedian
 
Oliver Reed / Actor
 
Keanu Reeves / Actor
 
Edward James Olmos / Actor
 
Jill Pages / Trapeze artist
 
Loretta Young / Actress

"I hated school. One of the reasons was a learning disability, dyslexia, which no one understood at the time. I still can't spell."
 

 


 

Music

Cher / Actress, singer  

"I never read in school. I got really bad grades--D's and F's and C's in some classes, and A's and B's in other classes. In the second week of the 11th grade, I just quit. When I was in school, it was really difficult. Almost everything I learned, I had to learn by listening. My report cards always said that I was not living up to my potential. Don't focus on how Dyslexia makes life tougher......instead........hear the invisible voices of creativity that sing louder in your heart that those less fortunate people who have not been given our gift (curse) to challenge them to greater heights. Make peace with it and fly!"
 

Noel Gallagher / Oasis Guitarist

Nigel Kennedy / Violinist

Jewel / Singer, actress  

 Harry Belafonte / Singer, actor, producer, human rights activist  

"I grew up in a school system . . . where nobody understood the meaning of learning disorder. In the West Indies, I was constantly being physically abused because the whipping of students was permitted."

 
Brad Little / Stage actor, singer
 
John Lennon / Singer, songwriter, actor, activist

Sarah Miles/Singer

"I was expelled from four schools. Today I still read with difficulty."

 
Britney Spears / Singer
 
River Phoenix / Actor
 
Achilles Poulos / Greek Entertainer
 
Bob Weir / Grateful Dead Guitarist  
 
Usher / Singer
 

Political / Legal

 
Erin Brockovich / Activist

"Life is full of challenges. How you handle this challenge is what builds character. Never be afraid to be who you are."
 

David Boies / Attorney

 
 Nicholas Brady / US Secretary Treasury
 
 George Herbert Walker Bush / 41st U.S. President
 

 George W. Bush / 43rd President of the United States

Winston Churchill / Prime Minister Of England  

"I was, on the whole, considerably discouraged by my school days. It was not pleasant to feel oneself so completely outclassed and left behind at the beginning of the race."

 King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden 
 
 Jeffrey H. Gallet / Judge
 
Michael Heseltine / British Prime Minister
 
 Andrew Jackson / 7th President of the United States
 

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

Lyndon Johnson / President of the United States
 
Thomas Jefferson / President of the United States
 
John Fitzgerald Kennedy / President of the United States 
 
 Gavin Newsom / Mayor of San Francisco 
 
General George S. Patton / General, pilot  

"Young George . . . although he was bright and intelligent and bursting with energy, he was unable to read and write. Patton's wife corrected his spelling, his punctuation, and his grammar."
 

Anna Eleanor Roosevelt / First Lady
 
 Nelson Rockefeller / Vice President
 
 Woodrow Wilson / President of the United States 
 
George Washington / President of the United States
 
 Paul Wellstone / U.S. Senator

Peter W. D. Wright / Lawyer, Author Wrightslaw

"For me, dyslexia is not a disability. The unique strengths and characteristics of dyslexia allow me to think "outside the box". Until I was taught the Orton Gillingham approach, I did not have the basic reading, writing, and arithmetic skills necessary for success."
 

 
 

 

Art

 
   
Ansel Adams / Photographer.

Scott Adams / Cartoonist, "Dilbert" creator

David Bailey / British Photographer
 
Nicole Betancourt / Emmy-winning filmmaker
 
 Robert Benton / Director
 
 Michelangelo Buonarroti / Artist
 
 Leonardo da Vinci / Artist 
 
 Elizabeth Daniels / author of mystery novels
 
Walt Disney / Producer, animation artist, theme park pioneer 
 
John Ferrie / Artist
 
 Ignacio Gomez / Muralist
 
 Guy Ritchie / Film director and husband of Madonna
 
 Bernie Taylor / Author of Big Trout.
 
 Nicola Hicks / Sculptress
 
 Auguste Rodin / Sculptor 
 
 Patricia Buckley Moss / Artist
 
Pablo Picasso / Artist  
 
 Robert Rauschenberg / Artist 
 
 J°rn Utzon / Architect
 
 Richard Rogers / Architect
 
 Allison Merriweather/ Artist
 
S°ren Kragh Jacobsen / Danish film director
 
 Stacy Poulos / Photographer, Writer / Philosopher / Philanthropist
 
 Steven Spielberg / Filmmaker
 
 Bennett Strahan / Architect, Artist
 
 Robert Toth / Artist , sculptor
 
Vincent van Gogh / Artist

Andy Warhol / Artist

 

 

Business

Richard Branson / Founder of Virgin Enterprises

G. Chris Anderson / Managing Director of Drexel Burnham
Wall Street Investment banking firm
 
 Stephen Bacque / Inventor & Entrepreneur,
 
President, A.S. Bacque Enterprises, Inc.
 
John T Chambers / CEO of Cisco Systems 

John Corcoran / Real Estate

 "Understand how your brain works; recognize and understand the problems of learning differently. It is hard work to teach people like me, and it is hard for people like me to learn. To learn to read and spell makes me feel successful---at last I am whole."

 
 Fred Curry / Chairman & CEO of Greyhound Bus
 
 Reyn Guyer / Nerf ball developer
 
 William Hewlett / Co-Founder of Hewlett-Packard
 
 Tommy Hilfiger / Fashion designer
 
Steve Jobs / Founder of Apple Computer
 
 Craig McCaw / Founder of McCaw Cellular
 
 Dave Morrison / Owner / The Right Stuff Centers
 
 Jim Messelbeck / Genentech
Craig McCaw, Telecommunications Visionary.

O.D. McKee, founder of McKee Foods.

David Murdock / CEO of Dole Foods

David Neeleman, CEO of jetBlue Airways.
 
 Paul J. Orfalea / Founder and Chairman of Kinko's  
 
Anthony Parle / Managing Director of Parle Foods
 
Charles Schwab / Investor & multimillionaire businessman

"I couldn't read. I just scraped by. My solution back then was to read classic comic books because I could figure them out from the context of the pictures. Now I listen to books on tape."

 
 Jason Silva / Co-owner Silvabodas.com Construction & Design
 
 Raymond Smith / Former CEO of Bell Atlantic
 
 Richard C. Strauss / Real estate developer
 
 Arthur Ochs Sulzberger / Harvard University
 
 Auther Stone
 
 Chick Thompson / Commercial video producer
 
Ted Turner / Founder and President of Turner Broadcasting Systems 
 
 Thomas J. Watson Jr. / Former CEO of IBM
 
 F.W. Woolworth / Department store innovator
 
 William Wrigley, Jr. / Founder of Wrigley Chewing Gum

 


 

Writers

Earnest Hemingway / Author  

Avi / Children's author & illustrator
 
 Jeanne Betancourt / Author of "My Name is Brain Brian"
 
 Hans Christian Anderson / Author
 
 Steven Cannell / TV writer

"Since I was the stupidest kid in my class, it never occurred to me to try and be perfect, so I've always been happy as a writer just to entertain myself. That's an easier place to start. Always look on the bright side of things. Be positive; negativity is the mother of failure. If you believe in yourself, you will somehow succeed."
 

 
Lewis Carroll / Author
 
 Dame Agatha Christie / Author

"I, myself, was always recognized . . . as the "slow one" in the family. It was quite true, and I knew it and accepted it. Writing and spelling were always terribly difficult for me. My letters were without originality. I was an extraordinarily bad speller and have remained so until this day."
 

Fannie Flagg / Author
 
 Gustave Flaubert / French novelists  
 
 Ronald Davis / Writer, educator
 
John Irving / Author
 
Debbie Macomber / Author
 
 Danielle Mullen / 19-year-old playwright
 
Patricia Polacco / Children's author & illustrator
 
Girard Sagmiller / Author
 
 Prophet Joseph Smith / Writer of The Book of Mormon
 
 Elizabeth Daniels Squire / Author
 
 Mark Twain / Author
 
 Bernie Taylor / Author of Biological Time
 
Victor Villase˝or / Author

"Once the fog lifts, dyslexics are prone to genius. Because theirs is such a unique way of looking at reality."
 

 William Butler Yeats / Poet
 
 

 

Sports

Terry Bradshaw / Football player, tv host

Rulon Gardner / Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler

Duncan Goodhew / Olympic Swimmer

Bruce Jenner / Olympic Decathlete

"I just barely got through school. The problem was a learning disability, at a time when there was nowhere to get help. A champion lives deep down inside each one of us. Find the area in your life you can excel in and dare yourself to be the best you can possibly be."

 

Magic Johnson / Basketball player

"The looks, the stares, the giggles . . . I wanted to show everybody that I could do better and also that I could read."
 

Greg Louganis / Olympic Diver 
 

Dan O'Brien / Olympic Decathlete

Babe Ruth / Baseball player

Don Coryell / Football Coach

 "Dyslexia forced me to concentrate and think out problems. It also helped me to use my imagination to visualize solutions in new and different ways. I had to work harder, longer, and be more determined to succeed."

Steven Redgrave / Olympic Rower

Jackie Stewart / Race car driver

"For a dyslexic who does not yet know they are dyslexic, life is like a big high wall you never think you will be able to climb or get over. The moment you understand there is something called dyslexia, and there are ways of getting around the problem, the whole world opens up."

Neil Smith / Football player, author
 

Muhammad Ali / Boxer

Bob May / Golfer

Joe Montana / Football player
 

Diamond Dallas Page / World Wrestling Champion 

Jim Shea, Jr. / gold medal 2002 Winter Olympics
 

Nolan Ryan / Baseball player

"When I had dyslexia, they didn't diagnose it as that. It was frustrating and embarrassing. I could tell you a lot of horror stories about what you feel like on the inside. Keep pitching! Don't let failure of your last pitch affect the success of your next pitch."
 

Billy Banks / Fitness instructor, creator of Tae-Bo

Neil Smith / Football player
 

Notables

 
Charles "Pete" Conrad Jr. / Astronaut
 
 Ennis William Cosby
 
Frank Dunkle /Director of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Tommy Hilfiger / Designer

"I performed poorly at school, when I attended, that is, and was perceived as stupid because of my dyslexia. I still have trouble reading. I have to concentrate very hard at going left to right, left to right, otherwise my eye just wanders to the bottom of the page."
 
 

Peggy Selinger-Eaton / Home Staging Expert - Author Sell Your Home For Profit.

Martha Stewart / Entrepreneur

"Having a learning disability has been a great advantage to me. I've had to work harder to be equal to my peers and that has instilled in me a strong work ethic and perseverance. I believe that it is these qualities that have led me directly to my success."
 

Vince McMahon / World Wrestling Entertainment Founder
 
Jamie Oliver / The Naked Chef