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6 Comedians Who Have Medical Issues 

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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.

Are you impressed these comics didn't let their medical issues stop them from pursuing their dreams? Share your thoughts in the comments section. 

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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."

Born: 1961-06-09

Age: 57

Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada

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Richard Pryor is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 6 Comedians Who Have Medical Issues
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In the 1990s, Richard Pryor started using a motorized scooter to get around because of his multiple sclerosis.

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

Born: 1940-12-01

Age: Dec. at 65 (1940-2005)

Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, United States of America

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Josh Blue is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 6 Comedians Who Have Medical Issues
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"Last Comic Standing" alum Josh Blue has cerebral palsy.

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

Born: 1978-11-27

Age: 40

Birthplace: Cameroon

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Daryl Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 6 Comedians Who Have Medical Issues
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"Ed" actor Daryl Mitchell is paralyzed from the waist down. He was injured in a motorcylcle accident in 2001.

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Born: 1965-07-16

Age: 53

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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