Dyslexia is a learning disability that can often be devastating if untreated. People who suffer from dyslexia primarily have trouble with written language, both reading and writing. Despite having this affliction, many people overcome it to lead normal and successful lives. We’ve compiled a list of 70 well known people who suffered (or were thought to suffer) from dyslexia, some of whom will definitely surprise you. On to the list:
The trained hypnotist, vegetarian and creator of the comic strip “Dilbert” noticed his dyslexia when he worked as a bank teller and couldn’t get his totals to balance at the end of the day.
The boxer barely graduated from high school and also has a daughter who is dyslexic.
He played Judge Harry Stone on “Night Court” and was able to deal with his dyslexia enough to be valedictorian on his high school class.
Rancid’s singer/guitarist has never had a driver’s license or bank account due to his dyslexia.
Alexander Graham Bell
The inventor of the telephone reportedly overcome his dyslexia.
He created exercise craze Tae-Bo but struggled early on when he was placed in special education classes due to undiagnosed dyslexia.
The actor once said, “Dyslexia is not due to lack of intelligence, it’s a lack of access. It’s like, if you’re dyslexic, you have all the information you need, but find it harder to process.” He now considers himself “mildly dyslexic.”
Laura Flynn Boyle
Known for her role in “The Practice” from 1997 to 2003.
He dropped out of school at age 16 after doing poorly in school but later founded the very successful Virgin Records.
She struggled in school and wasn’t diagnosed until later in life. She helped win a $333 million class action lawsuit that is the largest in U.S. history.