52 Famous People with Epilepsy

List Criteria: Notable epileptic celebrities

List of famous people with epilepsy, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Epilepsy is a common set of neurological disorders that are characterized by seizures. About 50 million people in the world have epilepsy, including a number of musicians, athletes, and Hollywood stars. There currently is no cure for epilepsy and medication can be used to treat the symptoms, but in severe cases even treatment can not stop the seizures.

Who are the most famous epileptics? Elton John tops our list. The “Your Song” musician began to suffer from severe epileptic fits in the 1980s, thought to be induced by his years of drug use. The seizures have reduced drastically in the ’90s and beyond because John stopped abusing drugs and alcohol. Other celebrity musicians who have epilepsy include Lil Wayne, Prince, and Neil Young.

Lethal Weapon star Danny Glover first started having seizures at age 15, but he wasn’t diagnosed with epilepsy until much later. Glover even experienced six seizures in one night. Later in life, Glover’s seizure stopped for seemingly no reason. Other famous people with epilepsy include Truman Capote, Tiki Barber, and Vincent Van Gogh.

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  1. Prince

    Prince is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Pop icon Prince struggled with epilepsy in his childhood.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 57 (1958-2016)
    • Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: Batman, Happy Feet, Showgirls, Purple Rain
    alsoRANKED
    #23 onThe Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
    #31 onThe Best Singers of All Time
    #80 onThe Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
    #92 onThe Best Rock Bands of All Time
    see more on Prince>
  2. Lil Wayne

    Lil Wayne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Lil Wayne recently revealed that he has epilepsy.  He says that he doesn’t know what it feels like to have a seizure because he blacks out every time it happens.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 33
    • Birthplace: Hollygrove, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Rapper, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Credits: Fast & Furious 6, The Interview, The Wrestler, Magic Mike XXL
    alsoRANKED
    #30 onThe Greatest Rappers of All Time
    #52 onThe Best Rap Lyricists of All Time
    #59 onThe Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
    #88 onThe Dopest Rappers of the ’90s
    see more on Lil Wayne
  3. Elton John

    Elton John is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Elton John has struggled with epilepsy for years.  It is thought that the epilepsy was induced by the star’s years of drug use.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Pinner, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Record producer, Pianist, Television producer, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, American Hustle, Almost Famous, Australia
    alsoRANKED
    #13 onThe Best Singers of All Time
    #32 onThe Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
    #75 onThe Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
    #96 onThe Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World
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  4. Danny Glover

    Danny Glover is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Danny Glover has epilepsy and regularly suffered from seizures for a 20 year period of his life.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 69
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Lethal Weapon, Saw, Shooter, The Color Purple
    alsoRANKED
    #8 onThe Greatest Black Actors in Film History
    #16 onThe Best African American Actors in Film
    #66 onThe All-Time Greatest Action Stars
    #167 onThe Best Actors in Film History
    see more on Danny Glover>
  5. Alexander the Great

    Alexander the Great is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Alexander the Great had epilepsy although at the time is was diagnosed as the “sacred disease.”

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    • Age: Died at 33 (355 BC-322 BC)
    • Birthplace: Pella, Greece
    alsoRANKED
    #7 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #11 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #26 onHistorical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
    #86 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
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  6. Adam Horovitz

    Adam Horovitz is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz has epilepsy and even experienced a grand mal seizure.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 49
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Rapper, + more
    • Credits: Krush Groove, A Kiss Before Dying, Fight for Your Right Revisited, Roadside Prophets, Lost Angels, + more
    alsoRANKED
    #78 onThe Greatest White Rappers of All Time
    #175 onList of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters
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  7. Hugo Weaving

    Hugo Weaving is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    The “Matrix” star Hugo Weaving was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 13.  He doesn’t drive a car because of his high risk of seizure.

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    • Age: 55
    • Birthplace: Ibadan, Nigeria
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Matrix, V for Vendetta, Captain America: The First Avenger, Cloud Atlas
    alsoRANKED
    #12 onThe Best Marvel Movie Actors Ever
    #46 onThe Greatest British Actors of All Time
    #54 onActors Who Consistently Make Great Movies
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  8. Neil Young

    Neil Young is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Musician Neil Young was diagnosed with epilepsy in his childhood.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 70
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Activist, Film Score Composer, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Philadelphia, Almost Famous, American Beauty, Jerry Maguire
    alsoRANKED
    #38 onThe Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
    #49 onThe Best Rock Bands of All Time
    #95 onThe Druggiest Rock Stars of All Time
    #127 onThe Best Singers of All Time
    see more on Neil Young>
  9. Amy Lee

    Amy Lee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Evanescence singer Amy Lee has epilepsy and she regularly advocates for awareness of the disorder.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 34
    • Birthplace: Riverside, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Songwriter, Pianist, Musician, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Daredevil, Underworld, The Punisher, Underworld: Awakening
    alsoRANKED
    #36 onThe Best Current Female Singers
    #62 onThe Best Female Vocalists Ever
    #85 onThe Best Rock Vocalists
    #162 onThe Best Singers of All Time
    see more on Amy Lee>
  10. Theodore Roosevelt

    Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt struggled with epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 61 (1858-1919)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Police officer, Historian, Polymath, + more
    • Credits: Womanhood, the Glory of the Nation, President McKinley Inauguration
    alsoRANKED
    #7 onThe Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
    #8 onHistorical Figures You Most Want to Bring Back from the Dead
    #101 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #118 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
    see more on Theodore Roosevelt>
  11. Lindsey Buckingham

    Lindsey Buckingham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Fleetwood Mac guitarist Lindsey Buckingham was diagnosed with a mild form of epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Back to the Future, Forrest Gump, Twister, Elizabethtown
    alsoRANKED
    #42 onThe Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time
    #111 onThe (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like
    #129 onThe Best Frontmen in Rock
    #143 onThe Best Rock Vocalists
    see more on Lindsey Buckingham>
  12. Napoleon Bonaparte

    Napoleon Bonaparte is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Many books suggest that Napoleon Bonaparte suffered from epilepsy throughout his life.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 52 (1769-1821)
    • Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer
    • Credits: Le mémorial de Sainte-Hélène
    alsoRANKED
    #10 onThe Most Important Leaders in World History
    #24 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #156 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #198 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
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  13. Lewis Carroll

    Lewis Carroll is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Writer Lewis Carroll used his epilepsy to inspire several of the effects that Alice felt in his classic book “Alice in Wonderland.”

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 66 (1832-1898)
    • Birthplace: Daresbury, Widnes, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Novelist, Author, Writer, Cleric, + more
    • Credits: Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, Alice in Wonderland, (1999) Alice Alice
    alsoRANKED
    #6 onThe Best Children’s Book Authors
    #17 onThe Best Fantasy Authors
    #32 onThe Best Writers of All Time
    #63 onThe Greatest Poets of All Time
    see more on Lewis Carroll>
  14. Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Edgar Allan Poe suffered from seizures and historians differ their opinions on whether the seizures were caused by epilepsy or by alcohol withdrawal.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 40 (1809-1849)
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Magazine editor, Poet, Literary critic, Novelist, Author, + more
    • Credits: Tales of Terror, Witchfinder General, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Raven, + more
    alsoRANKED
    #18 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #24 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
    #57 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #150 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
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  15. Julius Caesar

    Julius Caesar is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    It is thought that Julius Caesar had epilepsy because he experienced seizures on at least four occasions.

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    • Age: Died at 56 (99 BC-43 BC)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Politician, Author
    • Credits: Caesar the Conqueror
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  16. Harriet Tubman

    Harriet Tubman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Harriet Tubman suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy as a result of an injury.

    moreABOUT
    • Birthplace: Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Writer
    alsoRANKED
    #29 onThe Best Female Celebrity Role Models
    #79 onThe All-Time Greatest People in History
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  17. Florence Griffith Joyner

    Florence Griffith Joyner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Olympian Florence Griffith-Joyner died in her sleep as the result of an epileptic seizure.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 39 (1959-1998)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Track and field athlete
    alsoRANKED
    #8 onThe Best Female Athletes of All Time
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  18. Truman Capote

    Truman Capote is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” writer Truman Capote had epilepsy that was believed to be induced by drug and alcohol use.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 60 (1924-1984)
    • Birthplace: Area code 504, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Louisiana, + more
    • Profession: Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Breakfast at Tiffany’s, In Cold Blood, The Innocents, Beat the Devil
    alsoRANKED
    #8 onThe Best Gay Authors
    #26 onThe Greatest American Writers of All Time
    #59 onThe Best Novelists of All Time
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  19. Caligula

    Caligula is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    According to historians, Caligula suffered from epilepsy since childhood.

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    • Age: Died at 29 (12-41)
    • Birthplace: Anzio, Italy
    • Profession: Roman emperor
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  20. Susan Boyle

    Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Singing sensation Susan Boyle says that she had a rough childhood because epilepsy caused her to faint frequently.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Artist
    • Credits: Million Dollar Arm, Susan Boyle: An Unlikely Superstar, Welcome to the Space Show, Sport Relief 2010
    alsoRANKED
    #64 onThe Greatest New Female Vocalists of the Past 10 Years
    #91 onThe Best Current Female Singers
    #94 onThe Best Female Vocalists Ever
    #176 onThe Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World
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  21. Vincent van Gogh

    Vincent van Gogh is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Vincent van Gogh suffered from seizures that doctors believed were cause by temporal lobe epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
    • Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    • Profession: Painter, Artist
    alsoRANKED
    #39 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
    #65 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #77 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #191 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
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  22. George Gershwin

    George Gershwin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Composer George Gershwin suffered from seizures and was diagnosed with epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 39 (1898-1937)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: Catch Me If You Can, L.A. Confidential, The Great Gatsby, The Aviator
    alsoRANKED
    #9 onList of Famous Jewish Singers and Songwriters
    #17 onThe Greatest Musicians Who Died Before 40
    #19 onThe Most Overrated Composers
    #35 onThe Best Classical Composers
    see more on George Gershwin>
  23. Margaux Hemingway

    Margaux Hemingway is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Actress Margaux Hemingway suffered from epilepsy from the age of seven.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 42 (1954-1996)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Lipstick, Over the Brooklyn Bridge, They Call Me Bruce?, Double Obsession
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  24. Jonathan Davis

    Jonathan Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Korn front man Jonathan Davis believes that his epilepsy was induced by his years of drug use.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 44
    • Birthplace: Bakersfield, USA, California
    • Profession: Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Disc jockey, + more
    • Credits: Queen of the Damned, Seeing Other People, Woodshop, The Philosophers, Sin-Jin Smyth, + more
    alsoRANKED
    #151 onThe Best Frontmen in Rock
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  25. Socrates

    Socrates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Many researchers believe that Socrates suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Birthplace: Classical Athens
    • Profession: Philosopher
    alsoRANKED
    #10 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #16 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #16 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #28 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
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  26. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Many historians believe that Michelangelo suffered from epilepsy.

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1475-1564)
    • Birthplace: Caprese Michelangelo, Italy
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Poet, Architect, Artist, + more
    alsoRANKED
    #13 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #27 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #32 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
    #32 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
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  27. Richard Burton

    Richard Burton is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Actor Richard Burton suffered from epilepsy most of his adult life and he self medicated with alcohol in order to treat the disorder.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 59 (1925-1984)
    • Birthplace: Pontrhydyfen, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Where Eagles Dare, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Becket
    alsoRANKED
    #36 onThe Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)
    #79 onThe Best Actors in Film History
    #103 onActors You Would Watch Read the Phone Book
    #113 onThe Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History
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  28. Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Charles Dickens was believed to have suffered from epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 58 (1812-1870)
    • Birthplace: Portsmouth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: A Christmas Carol, Scrooged, Oliver!, Great Expectations
    alsoRANKED
    #42 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #53 onPeople We Wish Were Still Alive
    #65 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #79 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
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  29. Bud Abbott

    Bud Abbott is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Bud Abbott suffered from epilepsy and on occasion he suffered a seizure on stage and his comedy partner Lou Costello would carry him off the stage.

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1895-1974)
    • Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Credits: The Abbott and Costello Show, Africa Screams, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Jack and the Beanstalk
    alsoRANKED
    #148 onThe Funniest People of All Time
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  30. James Madison

    James Madison is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    James Madison was diagnosed by doctors as having epilepsy.

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1751-1836)
    • Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Author, Lawyer
    alsoRANKED
    #3 onThe Most Important Leaders in U.S. History
    #4 onThe Greatest U.S. Presidents of All Time
    #5 onThe Most Important Leaders in World History
    #183 onThe Most Influential People of All Time
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  31. John Roberts

    John Roberts is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Supreme Court Justice John Roberts has suffered several seizures and is believed to be an epileptic.

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    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Judge, Politician, Musician, Author, Actor, + more
    see more on John Roberts>
  32. Neil Abercrombie

    Neil Abercrombie is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie suffers from epilepsy and he regularly campaigns to increase funding for the disorder.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 77
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician
    see more on Neil Abercrombie>
  33. Gustave Flaubert

    Gustave Flaubert is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Historians believe that Gustave Flaubert suffered from epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 59 (1821-1880)
    • Birthplace: Rouen, France
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Cabiria, Maya Memsaab, Madame Bovary, Madame Bovary, Reasons of the Heart, + more
    alsoRANKED
    #50 onThe Best Novelists of All Time
    #79 onThe Best Writers of All Time
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  34. Fyodor Dostoyevsky

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Dostoyevsky kept records of his seizures for the last twenty years of his life.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 60 (1821-1881)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Novelist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Engineer
    • Credits: The Double, Le Notti Bianche, Saawariya, Inside
    alsoRANKED
    #1 onThe Best Novelists of All Time
    #51 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #73 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #149 onThe All-Time Greatest People in History
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  35. Tiki Barber

    Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Football star Tiki Barber suffered from seizures until the age of five.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 40
    • Birthplace: Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: American football player
    • Credits: Today, Super Bowl XXXV, ESPN’s Sunday Night Football, 2009 Golden Globe Awards Red Carpet Special
    alsoRANKED
    #14 onThe Best New York Giants of All Time
    #86 onThe Dirtiest NFL Players of All Time
    #140 onPeople Who Should Be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
    see more on Tiki Barber>
  36. Agatha Christie

    Agatha Christie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Many epilepsy experts believe that author Agatha Christie suffered from the disorder.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 86 (1890-1976)
    • Birthplace: Torquay, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
    • Credits: Witness for the Prosecution, Agatha Christie: Poirot, And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie’s Marple
    alsoRANKED
    #23 onThe Best Novelists of All Time
    #39 onThe Best Short Story Writers of All Time
    #67 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
    #156 onThe Best Writers of All Time
    see more on Agatha Christie>
  37. Ian Curtis

    Ian Curtis is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Joy Division front man Ian Curtis suffered from crippling seizures due to his epilepsy.  The disorder is thought to be one of the reasons that Curtis eventually took his own life.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 24 (1956-1980)
    • Birthplace: Stretford, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Credits: Donnie Darko^! Heat^! The Equalizer^! The Time Traveler’s Wife
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  38. Alan Faneca

    Alan Faneca is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Football star Alan Faneca was diagnosed with epilepsy at age 15.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 39
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: American football player
    alsoRANKED
    #21 onThe Best Pittsburgh Steelers of All Time
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  39. Rik Mayall

    Rik Mayall is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Comic actor RIk Mayall was diagnosed with epilepsy after experiencing sever head injuries.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 56 (1958-2014)
    • Birthplace: England, Epping
    • Profession: Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer
    • Credits: An American Werewolf in London, Guest House Paradiso, Drop Dead Fred, The New Statesman
    alsoRANKED
    #38 onThe Funniest British and Irish Comedians of all Time
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  40. Martin Kemp

    Martin Kemp is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Spandau Ballet’s Martin Kemp has been battling two brain tumors that have left him with epilepsy.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: 54
    • Birthplace: England, London, Islington
    • Profession: Bassist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Krays, Embrace of the Vampire, EastEnders, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, Aspen Extreme, + more
    see more on Martin Kemp>
  41. Jimmy Reed

    Jimmy Reed is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Musician Jimmy Reed died of an epileptic seizure at age 51.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 51 (1925-1976)
    • Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Musician, Singer
    alsoRANKED
    #28 onThe Best Blues Artists of All Time
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  42. Michael Wilding

    Michael Wilding is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Actor Michael Wilding died from a head injuring that was the result of an epileptic seizure that caused him to fall down a flight of stairs.

    moreABOUT
    • Age: Died at 67 (1912-1979)
    • Birthplace: Leigh-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Waterloo, In Which We Serve, The Egyptian, Stage Fright, Under Capricorn, + more
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  43. Pete Duel

    Pete Duel is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Actor Pete Duel suffered from epilepsy after being involved in a car crash.

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1940-1971)
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Gidget, Alias Smith and Jones, Cannon for Cordoba, The Scarecrow, Love on a Rooftop, + more
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  44. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Historians believe that composer Peter Tchaikovsky suffered from epilepsy.

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1840-1893)
    • Birthplace: Votkinsk, Russia
    • Profession: Composer, Writer
    • Credits: Black Swan, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Minority Report, Cast Away
    alsoRANKED
    #4 onThe Best Classical Composers
    #49 onThe Greatest Musical Artists of All Time
    #63 onThe Greatest Minds of All Time
    #109 onFamous Role Models We’d Like to Meet In Person
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  45. Richard Jobson

    Richard Jobson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Singer and film maker Richard Jobson was diagnosed with epilepsy.

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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Footballer
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  46. Tony Coelho

    Tony Coelho is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Tony Coelho’s experience with epilepsy drove him to be the primary sponsor of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: California, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Politician
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  47. Grover Cleveland Alexander

    Grover Cleveland Alexander is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Baseball great Grover Cleaveland Alexander was diagnosed with epilepsy and had frequent seizures later in his life.

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1887-1950)
    • Birthplace: Elba, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
    alsoRANKED
    #6 onThe Best Philadelphia Phillies of All Time
    #14 onThe Best Chicago Cubs of All Time
    #18 onThe Greatest Pitchers of All Time
    #37 onThe Greatest Baseball Players of All Time
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  48. Greg Walker

    Greg Walker is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Baseball player Greg Walker had epilepsy and scared his teammates when he experience a seizure during practice.

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    • Age: 56
    • Birthplace: Douglas, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player, Coach
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  49. Hal Lanier

    Hal Lanier is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Baseball player Hal Lanier was diagnosed with epilepsy as an adult.

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    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Denton, North Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Manager, Baseball player
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  50. Chris Knox

    Chris Knox is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    New Zealand musician Chris Know used his experience with epilepsy to inspire the album “Seizure.”

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    • Age: 63
    • Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
    • Profession: Musician
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  51. Mike Skinner

    Mike Skinner is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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    Streets front man Mike Skinner has suffered from epilepsy since age seven.

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    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, England
    • Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Musician, Actor, Singer
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  52. Ida McKinley

    Ida McKinley is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list 52 Famous People with Epilepsy

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