Many famous stand-up comedians and comedic actors with medical issues didn't allow their challenges to get in the way of their dreams. Some of these comics were born with degenerative diseases, while others were involved in accidents later in life. In fact, one of the greatest stand-up comedians of all time required use of a wheelchair due to multiple sclerosis.
Who is the most famous comedian with a serious medical issue? Michael J. Fox tops our list. Comedic actor Michael J. Fox has Parkinson's disease. He has said, "I have no choice about whether or not I have Parkinson's. I have nothing but choices about how I react to it. In those choices, there's freedom to do a lot of things in areas that I wouldn't have otherwise found myself in."
In the 1990s, stand-up legend Richard Pryor started using a motorized scooter to get around because of his multiple sclerosis. "Ed" actor Daryl Mitchell is paralyzed from the waist down. He was injured in a motorcycle accident in 2001. "Last Comic Standing" alum Josh Blue has cerebral palsy.
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Michael Andrew Fox (born June 9, 1961), known professionally as Michael J. Fox, is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, author, film producer and activist with a film and television career spanning from the 1970s. He starred in the Back to the Future trilogy in which he portrayed Marty McFly. Other notable roles have included his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on the American sitcom Family Ties (1982–1989) and Mike Flaherty on the ABC sitcom Spin City (1996–2000). He has won five Primetime Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards, a Grammy Award, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 at age 29, and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. He ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American stand-up comedian and actor. He reached a broad audience with his trenchant observations and storytelling style, and is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential stand-up comedians of all time. Pryor's body of work includes the concert movies and recordings: Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971), That Nigger's Crazy (1974), ...Is It Something I Said? (1975), Bicentennial Nigger (1976), Richard Pryor: Live in Concert (1979), Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip (1982), and Richard Pryor: Here and Now (1983). As an actor, he starred mainly in comedies such as Silver Streak (1976), ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America
Josh Blue (born November 27, 1978) was voted the Last Comic Standing on NBC's reality show Last Comic Standing during its fourth season, which aired May–August 2006. Blue has cerebral palsy, and much of his self-deprecating humor is centered on this. ...more on Wikipedia
Daryl Mitchell may refer to: Daryl Mitchell (actor) (born 1965), American actor Daryl Mitchell (English cricketer) (born 1983), English cricketer who has played for Worcestershire since 2005 Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand cricketer) (born 1991), New Zealand first-class cricketer who plays for Northern Districts ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York