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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.

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Joaquin Phoenix is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Actor Joaquin Phoenix has a microform cleft lip that looks like a scar.

Age: 42

Birthplace: Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, Puerto Rico

Profession: Television producer, Musician, Film Producer, Actor, Music video director, + more

Credits: Gladiator, Walk the Line, The Master, Her

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Jesse Jackson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Politician Jesse Jackson was born with a cleft lip.

Age: 75

Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Film Producer, Minister of religion, American football player

Credits: Both Sides with Jesse Jackson, Split: A Divided America, Mahalia Jackson: The Power and the Glory, Law & Disorder: The Insanity Defense

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Peyton Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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NFL Quarterback Peyton Manning was born with a cleft lip.

Age: 39

Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Profession: Athlete, American football player

Credits: Spike Guys' Choice Awards, Battle of the Gridiron Stars, NFL Super Bowl XLIV Champions: New Orleans Saints, 1998 Orange Bowl National Championship Game, NFL: In Just One Play, + more

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Cheech Marin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Celebrities with Cleft Lips
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Cheech and Chong actor Cheech Marin was born with a cleft lip and had it repaired by surgery.

Age: 69

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Lion King^! Nash Bridges^! Cars^! Desperado

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