The Most Successful Obese Americans People
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The Most Successful Obese Americans

The most successful obese Americans include men and women who despite being overweight, have found mainstream success. These actors, actresses, musicians, politicians, pundits, and even athletes are all household names who either became famous despite being obese or packed on the pounds after they rose to fame.

If Hollywood has an obsession with being stick thin, it definitely didn't tell some of the most well known large actors, actresses, and other personalities who have reached legendary status despite their size. Oprah Winfrey is just one of many celebrities who has battled weight in a very public forum but never let it stop her from becoming an entertainment mogul.

Who are some successful fat people? For some, being obese has caused the public to question if they were fit for their individual professions. Fans have criticized professional athletes like John Daly and Babe Ruth for their weight, despite leading other athletes at the same games. Pundits have trashed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for his weight, with some even claiming he's too fat to hold public office.

Sadly, for a few of these favorite obese celebrities, their overindulgence contributed to their death. Though other factors were at play, the likes of John Candy, Chris Farley, and even the great Elvis Presley are just a few celebrities who enjoyed gluttony and eventually, in part, died because of it. This list of celebrity fat guys includes male and female, tall and short, young and old overweight movie stars. 

But for all of the sad stories of obesity, there's also many celebrities who have proudly overcome their weight issues. Television personalities Drew Carey and Al Roker both shed extra pounds and became inspirational tales that others can use for their own benefit.

Some stories are definitely more inspirational than others just like some of these famous obese people are more successful than others. Tell us which obese person you think is the most successful by voting for that person, re-ranking this list your way or adding someone we've missed below.

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    Age: age 53
    Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America
    Profession: Politician, Lawyer
    Schools: Livingston High School, Seton Hall University School of Law, Monmouth University, University of Delaware, Rutgers University
    Major/Field Of Study: Political Science
    Children: Sarah Christie, Patrick Christie, Andrew Christie, Bridget Christie
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    Age: age 59
    Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    Profession: Businessperson
    Schools: Stanford Graduate School of Business, Lawrence Technological University, Harvard University
    Major/Field Of Study: Mathematics, Economics
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    Age: age 74
    Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States of America
    Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Author
    Schools: Yale University, Casper College, Calvert Elementary School, Natrona County High School, University of Wisconsin-Madison + 1 more
    Major/Field Of Study: Political Science
    Children: Mary Cheney, Liz Cheney
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    Age: age 50
    Birthplace: Mineola, New York, United States of America
    Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor + 1 more
    Schools: SUNY College at Cortland, Ward Melville High School
    Children: Shea Joelle James, Sienna-Marie James, Kannon Valentine James
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    Age: age 67
    Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Actor, Voice acting, Singer + 1 more
    Schools: Southern Methodist University, White Station High School
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    Age: age 73
    Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America
    Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Actor, Singer + 1 more
    Schools: Northern High School, Juilliard School
    Major/Field Of Study: Classical Piano
    Children: Ted White Jr., Clarence Franklin, Edward Franklin, Kecalf Cunningham
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