23 Celebrities You Didn't Know Were Color Blind

Imagine a world where the colors of the rainbow were limited to only a few shades that you could see. Color blind people have trouble differentiating between different levels of the color spectrum, and celebrities are no exception. Several famous actors, musicians, and politicians are color blind. Some of these famous color blind people cannot tell the difference between red and green, while others have trouble with blues. One of the former presidents of the United States of America is even color blind. 

Who is the most famous color blind celebrity? Bill Clinton might top your list. He reportedly has trouble distinguishing between red and green. Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind. He reportedly chose blue for the color of Facebook's logo because it is the richest color to his eyes. John Kay of Steppenwolf is also color blind. "I'm totally color blind, which means that my world is black and white and gray," he says in a statement on the band's website.

Christopher Nolan has a keen eye for cinematic beauty, but the Dark Knight director is red/green color blind. In an interview with Good Housekeeping Magazine, Howie Mandel stated, "I'm color-blind, so when I make a choice, I'm told that it clashes." Other famous people who are color blind include Mark Twain, Marco Rubio and Eddie Redmayne.

Are you surprised that so many famous people are color blind? Take a look at this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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  • Bill Clinton
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    Bill Clinton reportedly has trouble distinguishing between red and green.

    William Jefferson Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III; August 19, 1946) is an American politician who served as the 42nd president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Prior to the presidency, he was the governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981, and again from 1983 to 1992, and the attorney general of Arkansas from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, Clinton was ideologically a New Democrat, and many of his policies reflected a centrist "Third Way" political philosophy. Clinton was born and raised in Arkansas and attended Georgetown University, University College, Oxford, and Yale Law School. He met Hillary Rodham at Yale and married her in 1975. After graduating, ...more
  • Keanu Reeves
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    Keanu Reeves has stated in interviews that he might be colorblind. 

    Keanu Charles Reeves ( kee-AH-noo; born September 2, 1964) is a Canadian actor and musician. He gained fame for his starring roles in several blockbuster films, including comedies from the Bill and Ted franchise (1989–2020); action thrillers Point Break (1991), Speed (1994), the John Wick franchise (2014–present); psychological thriller The Devil's Advocate (1997); supernatural thriller Constantine (2005); and science fiction/action series The Matrix (1999–present). He has also appeared in dramatic films such as Dangerous Liaisons (1988), My Own Private Idaho (1991), and Little Buddha (1993), as well as the romantic horror Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992). Reeves has earned critical acclaim for ...more
  • Paul Newman
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    Paul Newman once wanted to be a pilot, but his color blindness prevented him from pursuing his goal.

  • Mark Zuckerberg
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    Mark Zuckerberg is red-green color blind. He reportedly chose blue for the color of Facebook's logo because it is the richest color to his eyes.

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer. He also co-founded and is a board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.Born in White Plains, New York, Zuckerberg attended Harvard University, where he launched Facebook from his dormitory room on February 4, 2004, with college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes. Originally launched to select college campuses, the site expanded rapidly and eventually beyond colleges, reaching one billion users by 2012. ...more
  • William, Prince of Wales
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    Prince William has stated publicly that he is color blind.

    William, Prince of Wales KG, KT, PC, ADC (William Arthur Philip Louis; born 21 June 1982) is a member of the British royal family and the heir apparent to the British throne. He is the elder son of King Charles III and Diana, Princess of Wales. Born in St Mary's Hospital, London, William was educated at Wetherby School, Ludgrove School and Eton College. He spent parts of his gap year in Belize and Chile before earning a Scottish Master of Arts degree in geography at the University of St Andrews. William then trained at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst prior to serving with the Blues and Royals. In April 2008, William graduated from Royal Air Force College Cranwell, joining RAF Search and ...more
  • Mark Twain
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    Mark Twain was red-green color blind.

    Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer. He was lauded as the "greatest humorist this country has produced", and William Faulkner called him "the father of American literature". His novels include The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and its sequel, the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), the latter often called "The Great American Novel". Twain was raised in Hannibal, Missouri, which later provided the setting for Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He served an apprenticeship with a printer and then worked as a typesetter, contributing articles to the newspaper ...more