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, Walk the Line, The Master, Her
  2. Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip.
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    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion, American football player
    • Credits: Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, Split: A Divided America, Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory, Law & Disorder: The Insanity Defense
  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, Nash Bridges, Cars, Desperado
  5. Tom Brokaw is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
    Photo: Chad J. McNeeley, U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
    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. Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
    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. Lee R Raymond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
    Photo: Union20/Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain
    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
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