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39 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome

List Criteria: Celebrities diagnosed or suspected to have Asperger's disorder

List of famous people with Aspergers syndrome ranked by fame and popularity. Aspergers syndrome is a disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Symptoms include difficulties in social interactions, repetitive patterns, and lacking nonverbal communication skills. The cause of Aspergers is unknown, and the primary treatment involves behavioral therapy.

Who is the most famous person with Aspergers syndrome? Michael Jackson tops our list. Though it has not been confirmed that he was officially diagnosed with Aspergers, he does show many of the traits associated with the disorder. Jackson had trouble interacting socially with people his own age, and he had many eccentric traits. Some musicians who have officially been diagnosed with Aspergers include Adam Young of Owl City, Craig Nicholls of The Vines, Travis Meeks of Days of the New, and “Cars” singer Gary Numan.

“Saturday Night Live” veteran Dan Akroyd has been diagnosed with a mild form of Aspergers. Akroyd believes that his Aspergers helped him create some of his most famous on-screen characters. Other Hollywood A-listers who are suspected of having Aspergers include Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Robin Williams, and Tim Burton.

What do you think of the famous people who have been diagnosed or demonstrate the traits of Aspergers? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

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    Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger's syndrome.

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Funny People, Badlands, Two-Lane Blacktop, No Nukes, The Love We Make + 6 more
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    "Blues Brothers" star Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with a mild case of Aspergers syndrome as a child.

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 2 more
    • Credits: Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters II + 90 more
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    A 2008 Pentagon think tank study suggested that the Russian president carried some form of Autism, although they couldn't be sure it was Aspergers.

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
    • Profession: Politician
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    Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle says she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome last year, according to a report in The Observer newspaper.

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Blackburn, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Musician, Actor, Singer, Artist
    • Credits: I Dreamed a Dream: The Susan Boyle Story, The Christmas Candle
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    Many experts claim that I, Robot author Isaac Asimov had Aspergers syndrome.

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
    • Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
    • Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author, Essayist + 3 more
    • Credits: I, Robot, Bicentennial Man, Probe, Nightfall
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    Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with a mild case of Asperger's syndrome as a child. She discusses her struggles with the disorder frequently in interviews.

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Blade Runner, Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2, Steel Magnolias, Splash + 84 more
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    It is not confirmed if David Byrne has been officially diagnosed with Asperger's, but the Talking Heads genius says that he displays several of the symptoms associated with the disorder.

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Dumbarton, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician + 6 more
    • Credits: The Last Emperor, Married to the Mob, Stop Making Sense, This Must Be the Place, Young Adam + 18 more
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    Bill Gates is suspected of having Aspergers, but it is not confirmed. Gates is thought to have Aspergers because of his great intellect and social awkwardness. Gates also has a habit of swaying during meetings.

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    Andy Warhol is suspected to have had Aspergers syndrome because of his eccentric personality, unique way of viewing things, and the repetitive nature of his art.

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 7 more
    • Credits: Tootsie, Saturday Night Live, Blood for Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, Chelsea Girls + 77 more
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    Guitarist Travis Meeks, most famous for his work with Days of the New, has been diagnosed with Aspergers syndrome.

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Jeffersonville, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Composer, Singer
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    Abraham Lincoln is thought to have had Aspergers because of his need to follow a routine, his rigid nature, and his history of depression.

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1809-1865)
    • Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States of America
    • Profession: Statesman, Politician, Lawyer
    • Credits: The Perfect Tribute, Atlanta Symphony Golden Anniversary, A Tribute to John F. Kennedy from the Arts, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address
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    Comedian and actor Robin Williams is thought to have Aspergers syndrome because of his social awkwardness and hyperactivity.

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1951-2014)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Stand-up comedian
    • Credits: Aladdin, Good Will Hunting, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook + 91 more
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    Al Gore is thought to have Aspergers because of his stiff demeanor, social awkwardness, and slow speech patterns. Another trait that Gore demonstrates is that he is very rigid in his beliefs.

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Environmentalist, Advocate, Author, Actor + 3 more
    • Credits: Futurama: Bender's Big Score, An Inconvenient Truth, Recount, Johnny Cash's America
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    Director and auteur Tim Burton is thought to have Aspergers syndrome. His longtime partner, Helena Bonham Carter, has been quoted as calling him "possibly autistic."

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Poet, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 4 more
    • Credits: Batman, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman Returns + 41 more
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    Keith Olbermann is thought to have Aspergers syndrome because of his personality.  Olbermann also has Celiac disease, which can be linked to psychological disorders.

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Commentator, Journalist, Actor, TV Personality, Sports commentator
    • Credits: SportsCenter, 30 for 30, MSNBC Live, Football Night in America, Countdown with Keith Olbermann + 1 more
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    Michael Jackson is suspected of having had Aspergers Syndrome, but it is not confirmed. His unusual behavior and social immaturity raised questions to whether he had the disorder. This could also be blamed on Jackson's unconventional upbringing, but that can be dismissed because his siblings don't exhibit these traits.

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1958-2009)
    • Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer + 10 more
    • Credits: Men in Black II, Free Willy, Boomerang, Moonwalker, The Wiz + 24 more
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    Aspergers groups believe that Alfred Hitchcock had the disorder because it would explain his lack of boundaries and eccentric behaviors both on and off the set.

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1899-1980)
    • Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 2 more
    • Credits: Psycho, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Rear Window + 78 more
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    Woody Allen is suspected of have Aspergers syndrome, but it isn't confirmed. Allen is thought to have it because of his social awkwardness and lack of boundaries. Allen has a very particular way of directing, and he doesn't give the actor's any notes. He just fires someone if he doesn't like what they do instinctively.

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Comedian, Musician, Film Producer, Screenwriter + 5 more
    • Credits: Annie Hall, Manhattan, Hannah and Her Sisters, Antz, Midnight in Paris + 70 more
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    Comedian Andy Kaufman was thought to have a high functioning case of Aspergers syndrome due to social awkwardness and his fixation on merging comedy with life.  Kaufman pushed the boundaries so far that people thought it was a joke when he was dying of cancer.

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1949-1984)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer + 2 more
    • Credits: Saturday Night Live, Taxi, Heartbeeps, God Told Me To, My Breakfast with Blassie + 8 more
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    Bob Dylan is suspected of having Aspergers syndrome, but it is not confirmed. He is thought to have the disorder because of his social awkwardness and lack of boundaries. Dylan also seemed to not be able to hear people booing when he famously switched to electric guitar, and he absolutely never plays a song the same way twice, rendering some of his greatest hits unrecognizable. 

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    • Age: age 74
    • Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Poet, Guitarist, Musician + 8 more
    • Credits: Dont Look Back, Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, No Direction Home, I'm Not There, Masked and Anonymous + 12 more
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