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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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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix has a microform cleft lip that looks like a scar.

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Age: 42

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

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Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip.

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Age: 75

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

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning was born with a cleft lip.

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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

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#22 on Athletes Who Spark the Most Fan Arguments

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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Cheech and Chong actor Cheech Marin was born with a cleft lip and had it repaired by surgery.

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Lion King, Nash Bridges, Cars, Desperado

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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: 77

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

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#2 on The Best Today Show Hosts

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Doc Holliday is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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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

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#43 on The Most Memorable Film Sidekicks Ever

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Lee R Raymond is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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ExonMobile CEO Lee Raymond was born with a cleft lip.

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Age: 78

Birthplace: South Dakota, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Engineer

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Stacy Keach is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Stacy Keach was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. He now advocates for the cause.

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Age: 75

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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