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26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips

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This list of celebrities with cleft lips is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. A cleft lip is a deformity caused by abnormal development while a fetus is still in the womb. An individual with a cleft lip has a gap that interrupts the normal structure of a lip. A cleft lip is often accompanied by a cleft palate, a gap that connects the mouth directly to the nasal cavity.

Who is the most famous person with a cleft lip? Joaquin Phoenix tops this list. The Walk the Line star was born with a microform cleft lip, which made it appear as if he has a scar on his upper lip. Many people thought that Phoenix got the scar after undergoing surgery to repair a cleft lip, but this is not the case. Other actors with a cleft lip include Natural Born Killers actor Stacy Keach, From Dusk Till Dawn actor Cheech Marin, and Only God Forgives actor Tom Burke.

Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip (sometimes called a harelip), but it is hard to spot under his signature mustache. Jackson rarely speaks publicly about his cleft. Other famous people born with a cleft lip include NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning, broadcaster Tom Brokaw, and gun-slinger Doc Holiday.

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  1. Actor Joaquin Phoenix has a microform cleft lip that looks like a scar.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico
    • Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Music video director, + more
    • Credits: Gladiator, Signs, Hotel Rwanda, Walk the Line, Brother Bear, + more
  2. Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion, American football player
    • Credits: American Dream, Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel, Wattstax, Ballou, + more
  3. NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Athlete, American football player
    • Credits: Spike Guys' Choice Awards, Battle of the Gridiron Stars, NFL Super Bowl XLIV Champions: New Orleans Saints, 1998 Orange Bowl National Championship Game, NFL: In Just One Play, + more
  4. Cheech and Chong actor Cheech Marin was born with a cleft lip and had it repaired by surgery.
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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: The Lion King, Cars, From Dusk till Dawn, Ghostbusters II, Married... with Children, + more
  5. Newsman Tom Brokaw was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate that have been fixed by surgery.
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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Webster, South Dakota, United States of America
    • Profession: Journalist, Screenwriter, Author, Writer, Presenter
    • Credits: Dateline NBC, NBC Nightly News, Run for Your Life, Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed, America: The Story of Us, + more
  6. Photos suggest that gunslinger Doc Holliday was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
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    • Age: Died at 36 (1851-1887)
    • Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Gunfighter, Dentist
  7. ExonMobile CEO Lee Raymond was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: South Dakota, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Engineer
  8. Stacy Keach was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. He now advocates for the cause.
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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: American History X, Prison Break, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Get Smart, The Bourne Legacy, + more
  9. Philosopher Jurgen Habermas was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Profession: Political scientist, Philosopher
  10. Scientists believe that King Tut had a cleft palate, which also suggest that he may have had a cleft lip.
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    • Birthplace: Ancient Egypt
  11. Actor Jose Ferrer was born with a cleft lip and cleft soft palate, but had it repaired by surgery before he was a year old.
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    • Age: Died at 80 (1912-1992)
    • Birthplace: San Juan, United States, with Territories
    • Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
    • Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, Dune, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Caine Mutiny, The Sentinel, + more
  12. Politician Geoff Plant was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate and has had surgeries to fix them.
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    • Age: age 59
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
  13. Actor Jason Robards was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: Died at 78 (1922-2000)
    • Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: Once Upon a Time in the West, All the President's Men, Philadelphia, Magnolia, Crimson Tide, + more
  14. Theorist Thomas Malthus had a cleft lip and cleft palate.
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    • Age: Died at 68 (1766-1834)
    • Birthplace: Surrey, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Scientist, Demographer, Economist
  15. Abraham Lincoln's son Tad was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: Died at 18 (1853-1871)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States of America
  16. Tom Burke

    Actor Thomas Burke was born with a cleft lip.
  17. Tim Lott

    Author Tim Lott was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Southall, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Novelist, Writer
  18. Michael Helm

    Cities of Refuge author Michael Helm was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Saskatchewan, Canada
    • Profession: Novelist
  19. Pussycat Dolls singer Carmit Bachar was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Profession: Performer, Model, Actor, Singer, Dancer
    • Credits: 13 Going on 30, The Hot Chick, Good Burger, Along Came Polly, Pussycat Dolls Present
  20. Comedian Nikki Payne was born with a cleft palate that makes her talk with a lisp.
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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: FRO - The Movie, Satisfaction, Halifax Comedy Festival
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