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.
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Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger's syndrome.
Birthplace: Eastern United States, Boston, Area code 617, New England United States of America, + more
Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist Actor, + more
Credits: Funny People, Remember the Titans, Cars, You Don't Know Jack
#236 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists
#152 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#109 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on James Taylor
"Blues Brothers" star Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with a mild case of Aspergers syndrome as a child.
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more
Credits: Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters II, Trading Places
#197 on The Best Actors in Film Historysee more on Dan Aykroyd
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.
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
#487 on The Greatest Minds of All Timesee more on Vladimir Putin
Scottish singing sensation Susan Boyle says she was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome last year, according to a report in The Observer newspaper.
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
#324 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists
#223 on The Best Singers of All Timesee more on Susan Boyle
Many experts claim that I, Robot author Isaac Asimov had Aspergers syndrome.
Age: Died at 72 (1920-1992)
Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
Profession: Biochemist, Historian, Novelist, Author Essayist, + more
Credits: Bicentennial Man, I, Robot, Gandahar Nightfall
#129 on The Best Writers of All Time
#354 on People We Wish Were Still Alivesee more on Isaac Asimov
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.
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
Profession: Activist, Businessperson, Environmentalist, Film Producer Actor
Credits: Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Blade Runner, A Walk to Remember, Splash
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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.
Birthplace: Dumbarton, United Kingdom
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more
Credits: Wall Street, Crazy, Stupid, Love.Youth, + more
#205 on The Best Rock Vocalists
#64 on The Best Frontmen in Rocksee more on David Byrne
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.
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor Entrepreneur
Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge
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