This list of celebrities with cleft lips is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. A cleft lip is a deformity caused by abnormal development while a fetus is still in the womb. An individual with a cleft lip has a gap that interrupts the normal structure of a lip. A cleft lip is often accompanied by a cleft palate, a gap that connects the mouth directly to the nasal cavity.
Who is the most famous person with a cleft lip? Joaquin Phoenix tops this list. The Walk the Line star was born with a microform cleft lip, which made it appear as if he has a scar on his upper lip. Many people thought that Phoenix got the scar after undergoing surgery to repair a cleft lip, but this is not the case. Other actors with a cleft lip include Natural Born Killers actor Stacy Keach, From Dusk Till Dawn actor Cheech Marin, and Only God Forgives actor Tom Burke.
Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip (sometimes called a harelip), but it is hard to spot under his signature mustache. Jackson rarely speaks publicly about his cleft. Other famous people born with a cleft lip include NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning, broadcaster Tom Brokaw, and gun-slinger Doc Holiday.
Do you think that having a cleft lip helped these people to succeed in their given careers?
- Philosopher Jurgen Habermas was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate.
- Age: 92
- Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
- Profession: Political scientist, Philosopher
TutankhamunScientists believe that King Tut had a cleft palate, which also suggest that he may have had a cleft lip.
- Birthplace: Ancient Egypt
- Photo: The Caine Mutiny / Wikimedia Commons / Public DomainActor Jose Ferrer was born with a cleft lip and cleft soft palate, but had it repaired by surgery before he was a year old.
- Age: Dec. at 80 (1912-1992)
- Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Profession: Theatre Director, Actor, Film Director
- Photo: Geoff Plant / InstagramPolitician Geoff Plant was born with a cleft lip and cleft palate and has had surgeries to fix them.
- Age: 65
- Profession: Politician, Lawyer