54 Famous Amputees
List of Famous Amputees, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. An amputee is an individual who has lost a body extremity. Some famous actors, musicians and athletes are amputees. Some of these famous people lost limbs due to accidents, while others became amputees because of severe illnesses like diabetes and blood clots.
Who is the most famous person who is an amputee? Heather Mills tops our list. The former Mrs. Paul McCartney lost her leg below the knee in an accident with a police motorcycle in 1993. She appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Dancing on Ice.” There are actually quite a few famous female amputees on this list (some of them are rather sexy too!) Other famous women who are also amputees include surfer Bethany Hamilton, singer Ella Fitzgerald, and actress Zsa Zsa Gabor, a woman who lived until the age of 97.
Outdoorsman Aron Ralston amputated his own arm after he became trapped under a boulder in the middle of Utah in 2003. The film "127 Hours" is based on the experience of the now-one-armed amputee and stars James Franco. Rock climber Hugh Herr lost both of his legs due to frostbite after being stuck in a blizzard for three nights in 1982. Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia lost a finger during a wood chopping accident when he was four years old. He did not let the injury stop him from becoming one of the most famous guitar players of all time.Do you think being an amputee made it more difficult for these celebrities to succeed in their fields? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Photo: Olivia Jackson / Instagram
Oliva Jackson, a stunt performer and actress who appeared in Mad Max: Fury Road, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Guardians of the Galaxy, and the new Resident Evil movie, was involved in an a serious motorcycle crash on the set of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. The 34-year-old stuntwoman spent two weeks in a medically induced coma following her injuries, which included a brain bleed, a severed artery, facial scarring, broken ribs, paralyzed arm, shattered scapula, broken clavicle, broken humerus, radius, and ulna, an amputated thumb, torn fingers, 7.5 inches of bone missing, and 5 nerves torn out of her spinal chord. She will also lose her paralyzed arm.Source: Yahoo News
- Photo: Heather Mills / FacebookPhilanthropist Heather Mills lost her leg below the knee in an accident with a police motorcycle in 1993.
- Age: 55
- Birthplace: Aldershot, United Kingdom
- Grateful Dead musician Jerry Garcia lost a finger during a wood chopping accident when he was four years old. He did not let the injury stop him from becoming one of the most famous guitar players of all time.
- Age: Dec. at 53 (1942-1995)
- Birthplace: California, United States of America
Bethany HamiltonPhoto: Kanaka Menehune / FlickrSurfer Bethany Hamilton's left arm was bitten off in a shark attack. The film "Soul Surfer" is based on her experience.
- Age: 33
- Birthplace: Lihue, Hawaii, United States of America
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / CC-BY-SAMLB player Jim Abbott was born without a right hand.
- Age: 55
- Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
- Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Fair useIn 1993, Musician Ella Fitzgerald had both of her legs amputated due to complications with diabetes.
- Age: Dec. at 79 (1917-1996)
- Birthplace: Virginia, United States of America