13 Famous People with Cerebral Palsy People

13 Famous People with Cerebral Palsy

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List Criteria: Notable celebrities with CP

List of Famous People with Cerebral Palsy, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Cerebral palsy is the term associated with conditions that cause physical disability in the various areas of body movement. It is a central motor dysfunction that affects muscle tone, posture and movement. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to an area of the developing brain that occur during pregnancy, childbirth or up to age 3. Therapy, medication and surgery can all be used to treat the symptoms of cerebral palsy.

Who is the most famous person with cerebral palsy? Josh Blue tops our list. Blue is a stand up comedian who has been featured on several TV shows including “Last Comic Standing.” He frequently makes fun of his experiences with cerebral palsy during his act. Blue is also an athlete. He participated in the 2004 U.S. Paralympic soccer team.

“Breaking Bad” actor RJ Mitte has cerebral palsy. Mitte's character Walter White Jr. also has cerebral palsy and uses crutches to help him walk. Mitte has a mild form of cerebral palsy so he himself does not require the crutches. Many famous people with cerebral palsy have become motivational speakers including Anne McDonald and Geri Jewell.

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  1. Comedian Josh Blue has cerebral palsy, and he basis much of his self deprecating humor on his disorder. After becoming the "Last Comic Standing," Blue was featured on "Mind of Mencia" and "The Ellen Degeneres Show."
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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Cameroon
    • Profession: Sculptor, Painter, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Mind of Mencia, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Feast 3: The Happy Finish, Cash
  2. Christy Brown was an author and painter who was born with cerebral palsy. His autobiography "My Left Foot" was the basis for an Academy Award winning film that starred Daniel Day-Lewis.
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1932-1981)
    • Birthplace: Crumlin, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
    • Profession: Painter, Writer
    • Credits: My Left Foot
  3. RJ Mitte has a mild version of cerebral palsy, as does the character he is most famous for playing, Walter White Jr. on "Breaking Bad."
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    • Age: age 23
    • Birthplace: Lafayette, Louisiana, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Breaking Bad, Step Up Revolution, Pilot, House of Last Things
  4. Anne McDonald was an author and advocate for individuals with communication disabilities.  She developed cerebral palsy as the result of a birth injury.
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    • Age: Died at 49 (1961-2010)
    • Birthplace: Victoria, Australasia, Australia, Seymour
    • Profession: Author
    • Credits: Annie's Coming Out
  5. Geri Jewell is an actress with cerebral palsy.  She was featured on the show "The Facts of Life."
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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: Deadwood, Nice Dreams, Two of a Kind, The Night of the White Pants, ARTS: A Film About Possibilities, + more
  6. Eric Gores is the son of billionaire Alec Gores.  He starred in "The Kid and I" with Tom Arnold.
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    • Age: 32
    • Profession: Film Producer, Actor
    • Credits: Saw IV, The Kid & I
  7. Ruth Sienkiewicz-Mercer

    Ruth Sienkiewicz-Mercer was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 13 months due to encephalitis.  She was an advocate for disability rights.
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    • Age: Died at 48 (1950-1998)
    • Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States of America
  8. Dan Keplinger is and artist who was featured in the Oscar winning short film "King Gimp."
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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
    • Profession: Visual Artist, Artist
    • Credits: King Gimp
  9. Maysoon Zayid is an actress, comedian, and activist.  She is the first female Muslim comedian to perform in Palestine and Jordan.
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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Actor
    • Credits: The Arab-American Comedy Tour
  10. David Ring

    David Ring is a Christian Evangelist and motivation speaker.  His signature line is, "I have cerebral palsy... What's your problem?"
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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: Jonesboro, Arkansas, United States of America
  11. Abbey Curran

    Abbey Curran is an American beauty pageant contestant who currently runs the "Miss You Can Do It" pageant for girls and women with special needs.
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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: Kewanee, Illinois, United States of America
  12. Chris Nolan

    Chris Nolan is an award winning poet and author.
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    • Age: age 33
    • Birthplace: Newcastle, Australia
    • Profession: Music Director
  13. Jhamak Ghimire

    Jhamak Ghimire is an award winning writer who was born with cerebral palsy.
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    • Age: 35
    • Birthplace: Nepal
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