Celebrities Who (Probably) Have Asperger's Syndrome
List of famous people with Aspergers syndrome ranked by fame and popularity. Aspergers syndrome is a disorder that falls on the autism spectrum. Symptoms include difficulties in social interactions, repetitive patterns, and lacking nonverbal communication skills. The cause of Aspergers is unknown, and the primary treatment involves behavioral therapy.
Who is the most famous person with Asperger's syndrome? Michael Jackson tops our list. Though it has not been confirmed that he was officially diagnosed with Asperger's, he did show many of the traits associated with the disorder. Jackson had trouble interacting socially with people his own age, and he had many eccentric traits. Some musicians and singers who have officially been diagnosed with Asperger's include James Taylor, Adam Young of Owl City, Craig Nicholls of The Vines, Travis Meeks of Days of the New, and “Cars” singer Gary Numan.
“Saturday Night Live” veteran Dan Aykroyd has been diagnosed with a mild form of Asperger's. Aykroyd believes that his Asperger's helped him create some of his most famous on-screen characters. Other Hollywood A-listers who are suspected of having Asperger's include Woody Allen, Alfred Hitchcock, Robin Williams, and Tim Burton.
Featuring successful actors, Hollywood celebs, and more, this list of celebrity autistic people includes Daryl Hannah, Andy Kaufman, and more.
What do you think of the famous people who have been diagnosed or demonstrate the traits of Aspergers? Share your thoughts about this disease or people affected by disorders in the comments section.
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Elon Musk revealed his diagnosis while hosting Saturday Night Live in May 2021. During the opening monologue, he said, "I don't always have a lot of intonation or variation in how I speak... which I'm told makes for great comedy. I'm actually making history tonight as the first person with Asperger's to host SNL."
- Age: 51
- Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
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Anthony Hopkins revealed in a 2017 interview that he was diagnosed as having Asperger's in 2014.
- Age: 85
- Birthplace: Margam, United Kingdom
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Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger's syndrome.(Source)
- Age: 75
- Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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"Blues Brothers" star Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with a mild case of Aspergers syndrome as a child.(Source)
- Age: 70
- Birthplace: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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A 2008 Pentagon think tank study suggested that the Russian president carried some form of Autism, although they couldn't be sure it was Aspergers.(Source)
- Age: 70
- Birthplace: Leningrad, USSR
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Daryl Hannah was diagnosed with a mild case of Asperger's syndrome as a child. She discusses her struggles with the disorder frequently in interviews.(Source)
- Age: 62
- Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America