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.
Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger's syndrome.
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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"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
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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.
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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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.
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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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
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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.
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: West Dunbartonshire, Eurasia, United Kingdom, Dumbarton United Kingdom, + more
Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter Musician, + more
Credits: Wall Street, Crazy, Stupid, Love.Youth, + 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.
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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