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List Rules 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 Asperger's syndrome? Michael Jackson tops our list. Though it has not been confirmed that he was officially diagnosed with Asperger's, he did 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 and singers who have officially been diagnosed with Asperger's include James Taylor, 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 Aykroyd has been diagnosed with a mild form of Asperger's. Aykroyd believes that his Asperger's helped him create some of his most famous on-screen characters. Other Hollywood A-listers who are suspected of having Asperger's include Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Robin Williams, and Tim Burton.

Featuring successful actors, Hollywood celebs, and more, this list of celebrity autistic people includes Daryl Hannah, Andy Kaufman, and more. 

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


James Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger's syndrome.

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Age: 67

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Guitarist, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Lyricist Actor, + more

Credits: Funny People, Remember the Titans, Cars, You Don't Know Jack

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#31 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#83 on Rank the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame Inductees

#65 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#88 on The (Male) Singer You Most Wish You Could Sound Like

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Dan Aykroyd is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 63

Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter Actor, + more

Credits: Ghostbusters, The Blues Brothers, Ghostbusters II, Trading Places

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#23 on The Funniest People of All Time

#8 on The Best SNL Cast Members of All Time

#25 on Celebrities Whose Names Are Hardest to Spell

#3 on The Funniest Canadian Comics & Actors of All Time

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Vladimir Putin is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 63

Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

Profession: Politician

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#58 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#13 on Famous Politicians You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#6 on Guests You Hope to See on Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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Susan Boyle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 54

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

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#85 on The Best Current Female Singers

#83 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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#32 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

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Isaac Asimov is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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, + more

Credits: Bicentennial Man, I, Robot, Gandahar Nightfall

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#49 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#1 on The Best Science-Fiction Authors

#48 on The Best Short Story Writers of All Time

#52 on The Best Novelists of All Time

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Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 55

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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#97 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

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David Byrne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 63

Birthplace: Dumbarton, United Kingdom

Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more

Credits: Wall Street, Crazy, Stupid, Love.Youth, + more

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#36 on The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

#64 on The Best Frontmen in Rock

#64 on The Greatest Rock Songwriters of All Time

#79 on These Poetic Geniuses Wrote Your Favorite Songs of All Time

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 40 Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
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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: 60

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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#76 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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#94 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

#1 on The Most Powerful People on Twitter

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