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List of famous people with schizophrenia, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Schizophrenia is a mental illness that is diagnosed based on observed behaviors. Symptoms of the illness include delusions, visual and auditory hallucinations, and lack of emotional intelligence. Genetics and environmental factors can be causes of schizophrenia.

Who is the most famous person with schizophrenia? Brian Wilson tops our list. The Beach Boys mastermind has hallucinations in which he hears voices. The “God Only Knows” singer says that he began experiencing the hallucinations when he started taking psychedelic drugs in the 60s. Other famous musicians with schizophrenia include Pink Floyd co-founder Syd Barrett, Derek and the Dominos drummer Jim Gordon, and singer-songwriter Roky Erickson.

Some famous women also suffer from schizophrenia. Silent film actress Clara Bow was diagnosed with schizophrenia and underwent over 25 shock therapy treatments. Her hallucinations presented themselves as severe abdominal pains that actually didn't exist. Bow also tried to commit suicide in 1944, claiming that she preferred death to a public life. She retired from acting in 1933. Other famous women with schizophrenia include Veronica Lake, Gene Tierney, and Zelda Fitzgerald.

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Brian Wilson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Schizophrenics
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Beach Boys front man Brian Wilson has been diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder.  Wilson has hallucinations in which he hears voices.


Age: 75

Birthplace: Inglewood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Bassist, Arranger, Record producer, Pianist, Musician, + more

Credits: Forrest Gump, The Departed, The Wolf of Wall Street, Apocalypse Now

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Darrell Hammond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Schizophrenics
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"Saturday Night Live" cast member Darrell Hammond was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.


Age: 62

Birthplace: Melbourne, Florida, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Actor, Impressionist

Credits: Saturday Night Live, Scary Movie 3, Epic Movie, Scary Movie 5

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John Forbes Nash, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Schizophrenics
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John Forbes Nash, Jr., the subject of the film A Beautiful Mind, was diagnosed with schizophrenia in 1959.


Age: 89

Birthplace: Bluefield, West Virginia, United States of America

Profession: Mathematician

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Veronica Lake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Schizophrenics
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Actress Veronica Lake was diagnosed with schizophrenia as a child.


Age: Dec. at 51 (1922-1973)

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

Profession: Pin-up girl, Actor

Died: 1973

Cause Of Death: Renal failure, Acute renal failure, Hepatitis

Credits: Sullivan's Travels, This Gun for Hire, The Blue Dahlia, I Married a Witch

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