16 Famous People with Autism

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List Criteria: Notable autistic celebrities

List of Famous People with Autism ranked by fame and popularity. Autism is a disorder in which symptoms include impaired social interaction, delayed or disrupted verbal and non-verbal communication and repetitive behavior. Autism can be caused through genetics or by agents that cause birth defects. As of 2012, The Centers for Disease Control report that 20 per 1,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with autism.

Who is the most famous person with autism? Albert Einstein tops our list. Einstein is amongst a list of historical figures who are suspected to have had autism. Autism wasn't classified as a disorder until the 1940s. Einstein is thought to have had autism because he experienced language delays and educational slowness. Other historical figures who are thought to have had autism include Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton and Mozart.

Hole front woman Courtney Love was diagnosed with a mild case of autism as a child. Daryl Hannah has struggled with autism all her life and she says that the disorder made her “terrified of fame.” Author Temple Grandin is one of the most famous women with autism. Grandin works tirelessly for the causes of animal rights and autistic rights.

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  1. Jerry Seinfeld

    Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    In November 2014, Jerry Seinfeld told Brian Williams on NBC's Nightly News that he believes he's on the autism spectrum. "I think, on a very drawn-out scale, I think I'm on the spectrum."

    "Basic social engagement is really a struggle. I'm very literal, when people talk to me and they use expressions, sometimes I don't know what they're saying," Seinfeld said. "But I don't see it as dysfunctional, I just think of it as an alternate mindset."

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Seinfeld, Jerry Seinfeld: 'I'm Telling You for the Last Time', Comedian, Bee Movie
  2. Daryl Hannah

    Daryl Hannah is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Daryl Hannah has been coping with autism since she was a child.  She says that in her youth, doctors wanted to institutionalize her.
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    • Age: 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
  3. Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Experts believe that Andy Warhol's social ineptitude, use of minimal words in speech and difficulty recognizing friends are all signs that the pop artist was autistic.
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    • Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Chelsea Girls, Empire, Mario Banana I, Blow Job
  4. Courtney Love

    Courtney Love is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Courtney Love was diagnosed by one of her therapists as having a mild form of autism.
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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Kurt & Courtney, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Juno, Hit So Hard
  5. Albert Einstein

    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Albert Einstein was thought to have autism because he experienced delayed language development and educational slowness.
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    • Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ulm
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more
  6. Charles Darwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Leading psychiatrists believe that Charles Darwin had autism because of his great attention to detail and his difficulties with social interactions.
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    • Age: Died at 73 (1809-1882)
    • Birthplace: The Mount, Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Biologist, Scientist, Naturalist, Geologist, Writer
  7. Temple Grandin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Temple Grandin is an autistic author and savant who revelutionized the livestock industry.
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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Boston, USA, Massachusetts
    • Profession: Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist, Author, Consultant
    • Credits: In the Woods, ARTS: A Film About Possibilities, Disabilities & the Arts
  8. Isaac Newton

    Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 16 Famous People with Autism
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    Isaac Newton was thought to have autism because of his extreme focus on his work and his lack of friends.  Newton also had many eccentricities and he would teach to an empty classroom if no one showed up for a lesson.
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    • Age: Died at 84 (1643-1727)
    • Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Philosopher, + more
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