21 Famous Schizophrenics People
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21 Famous Schizophrenics

List of famous people with schizophrenia, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that is diagnosed based on observed behaviors. Symptoms of the illness include delusions, visual and auditory hallucinations, and lack of emotional intelligence. Genetics and environmental factors can be causes of schizophrenia.

Who is the most famous person with schizophrenia? Brian Wilson tops our list. The Beach Boys mastermind has hallucinations in which he hears voices. The “God Only Knows” singer says that he began experiencing the hallucinations when he started taking psychedelic drugs in the 60s. Other famous musicians with schizophrenia include Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, Derek and the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon, and singer-songwriter Roky Erickson.

Some famous women also suffer from schizophrenia. Silent film actress Clara Bow was diagnosed with schizophrenia and underwent over 25 shock therapy treatments. Her hallucinations presented themselves as severe abdominal pains that actually didn't exist. Bow also tried to commit suicide in 1944, claiming that she preferred death to a public life. She retired from acting in 1933. Other famous women with schizophrenia include Veronica Lake, Gene Tierney, and Zelda Fitzgerald.

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  1. Beach Boys front man Brian Wilson has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.  Wilson has hallucinations in which he hears voices.

    about... Age: age 72
    Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    Profession: Bassist, Arranger, Record producer, Pianist, Musician + 4 more
    Institution: Hawthorne High School
    Height: 6'2"
    Born: 1942
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  2. "Saturday Night Live" cast member Darrell Hammond was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

    about... Age: age 59
    Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Actor, Impressionist
    Institution: Brevard Community College, University of Florida, Melbourne High School
    Born: 1955
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  3. Actress Veronica Lake was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child.

    about... Age: Died at 51 (1922-1973)
    Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor
    Institution: Miami High School, Villa Maria
    Height: 4'11"
    Died: 1973
    Cause Of Death: Renal failure, Acute renal failure, Hepatitis
    Place Of Death: Burlington, Vermont, United States of America
    Born: 1922
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  4. On the Road author Jack Kerouac's military records revealed that he was diagnosed with dementia praecox, today known as schizophrenia.

    about... Age: Died at 47 (1922-1969)
    Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States of America
    Profession: Painter, Poet, Novelist, Screenwriter
    Institution: Columbia University, Horace Mann School, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York, Lowell High School, The New School
    Height: 5'8"
    Died: 1969
    Cause Of Death: Cirrhosis
    Place Of Death: St. Petersburg, Florida, United States of America
    Born: 1922
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  5. Although he was never diagnosed, many historians believe that Vincent van Gogh suffered from schizophrenia.

    about... Age: Died at 37 (1853-1890)
    Birthplace: Zundert, Kingdom of the Netherlands
    Profession: Painter, Artist
    Institution: Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts, Willem II College, Royal Academy of Fine Arts
    Major/Field Of Study: Shading, Perspective
    Height: 5'6"
    Died: 1890
    Cause Of Death: Ballistic trauma, Suicide
    Place Of Death: Auvers-sur-Oise, France
    Born: 1853
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  6. Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett was thought to have had schizophrenia by medical experts and people close to him. Pink Floyd member Roger Waters wrote "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" as a tribute to Barrett.

    about... Age: Died at 60 (1946-2006)
    Birthplace: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Singer
    Institution: Cambridgeshire High School for Boys, Camberwell College of Arts
    Died: 2006
    Cause Of Death: Cancer, Pancreatic cancer
    Place Of Death: Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Born: 1946
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