510.7k readers

Celebrities Who Have Had Bell's Palsy

Updated June 14, 2019 510.7k views31 items

List of Celebrities with Bell's Palsy, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Bell's palsy (sometimes commonly referred to as Bells palsy) is a condition that causes facial paralysis, where there is no known illness associated with the paralysation. The condition appears quickly, often overnight. Viruses can cause Bell's palsy and while the paralysation is usually temporary, some individuals permanently lose mobility in part of their face.

Plenty of famous people have suffered from the condition. Who is the most famous person who has suffered from Bell's palsy. George Clooney tops our list. The Gravity actor had Bell's palsy when he was in middle school. In 2003, Clooney spoke to the Daily Mirror about his Bell's palsy stating, “That was the worst time of my life. You know how cruel kids can be. I was mocked and taunted, but the experience made me stronger.” Clooney has fully recovered from the condition. Other actors who have had Bell's palsy include The Matador star Pierce Brosnan, Rocky mastermind Sylvester Stallone, and Hustle and Flow actor Terrence Howard.

Comedian Roseanne Barr had Bell's palsy when she was just three years old. She has fully recovered from the condition. Other famous women who have had Bell's palsy include Amy Brenneman, Katie Holmes, Joe Mantegna, and Jane Greer.

Why do you think Bell's palsy comes on so suddenly? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

  • Pierce Brosnan
    Photo: Matthew Simmons/Getty Images Entertainment / Getty Images

    Pierce Brosnan had Bell's palsy in his youth and has since recovered from the condition.

    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Drogheda, Republic of Ireland

    More Pierce Brosnan 

    The Best Pierce Brosnan Movies#219 of 1,017 The Best Actors in Film History#121 of 302 The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

  • Sylvester Stallone was born with Bell's palsy.  The condition has given him his signature slurred speaking style.

    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

    More Sylvester Stallone 

    Fascinating Stories About Sylvester Stallone, Hollywood's Most Macho Star#33 of 187 The Best Living American Actors#686 of 904 Celebrity Death Pool 2021

  • The actress and ex-Mrs. Tom Cruise's signature smirk is a possible side effect of Bell's Palsy.

    • Age: 37
    • Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States of America

    More Katie Holmes 

    #418 of 843 The Best Actresses in Film History#195 of 270 The Most Beautiful Women Of 2021, Ranked#208 of 349 The Best American Actresses Working Today

  • George Clooney struggled with Bell's palsy when he was in middle school.  He called the period the "worst time of my life."

    • Age: 59
    • Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States of America

    More George Clooney 

    The Best George Clooney Movies#106 of 269 The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World#91 of 264 The Best (Male) Actors Working Today