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Famous people with Multiple Sclerosis

 

A

Chrissy Amphlett - lead singer with the Divinyls
Jacqueline Creed Archer - Civil rights activist
Javier Artero - Spanish soccer player
Louise Arters - Actress (one of the Sparkle Twins)
April Arvan - Basketball Coach

B

Dave Balon - Canadian ice hockey player and coach
Stan Belinda - baseball player
Richard Berghammer - Wildlife Painter
Jackie Bertone - percussionist for Beach Boys and others
Michael Blake - Hollywood screenwriter, "Dances with Wolves"
Bill Bradbury - Secretary of State of Oregon
Rachelle Breslow - author
Nicky Broyd - BBC Radio Journalist
Martin Bruch - Photographer
Deborah Bruening - writer
Clive Burr - Iron Maiden Drummer

C

Dan Carnevale - American Footballer
Neil Cavuto - lead anchor on Fox News Channel
Donal Coghlan - singer/songwriter
Benjamin Cohen - technology correspondent for Channel 4 news
Richard Cohen - journalist (married to actress Meridith Viera)
Sean Coman (aka Sean Donahue) - Californian disk jockey
Luca Coscione - Italian Politician
Charlie Courtauld - British newspaper columnist (Independent on Sunday)
Carrel Cowan-Ricks - historical archaeologist and anthropologist
Roland 'Chubby' Cloutier - TV Entertainer
Guido Crepax - Italian comic
Betty Cuthbert - Olympic Gold Medallist, Sprinting

D

Deanna Davis - Basketball player and coach
Denise Davis - Singer
Sir Augustus Frederic D'Este (1794-1848) - grandson of King George III of England, 1st documented case of MS
Joan Didion - writer and director
Bruno Tassan Din - Italian publisher
Tamara Dobson - American actress and fashion model
Wayne Dobson - magician
Deborah Downey - Cabaret Performer
Khiawatha Downey - American Footballer
Jacqueline du Pre - cellist
Frank DuBois - New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture 1989-, champion teamroper
Michel Dupuis - Canadian football player (linebacker for Ottawa, Winnipeg & Toronto)
Michael R. Duval - Investment Banker and White House Lawyer Under Nixon and Ford

E

Allan Eagleson - Hockey impresario & lawyer
Stanley Elkin - writer

F

Donna Fargo - Country and western singer
Lola Falana - singer
Bryan Forbes - actor, writer, director (married to Nanette Newman)
Michael Frimkess - Potter
Annette Funicello - singer, dancer, former Mouseketeer

G

Roman Gabriel - American football player (Los Angeles Rams 1962-72)
Teri Garr - Actress (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters and others)
Sarah P. Gibbs - Biologist - Winner of 2003 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
Brenda Gildehaus - champion BMX bike rider
Marianne Gingrich - ex-wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
Chrystal Gomes - stand up comedienne
Beverly Graham - singer, charity worker
Judy Graham - author
Judy Grahn - poet
Nicola Griffith - Author
Robin Gurr - poet

H

William Hartnell - British actor (the first Doctor Who)
Joseph Hartzler - Chief prosecutor for the Oklahoma bombing case
Eve Hayes - actress
Heinrich Heine - German poet (1797-1856) posthumously diagnosed with MS
Stewart Henry - UK disc-jockey
Lucien Hervé - Architectural Photographer
Jimmy Heuga - Olympic skier
John Hicklenton - British comic artist
Lena Horne - Actress and singer
Alastair Hignell - International Rugby Player, Cricketer and BBC Sports Commentator
Jennifer Huget - Washington Post journalist
Fred Hughes - Andy Warhol's financeer and manager
David Humm - NFL quarterback, Oakland Raiders

I

Iman Ali - Pakistani actor and model
Frieda Inescort - actress
Ivalio Iordanov - Bulgarian International soccer player
Brian Irvine - Scottish soccer player

J

Valerie Jankowski Skrabut - artist and musician.
Barbara Jordan - Congress woman, professor, civil rights activist

K

Jonathan Katz - Comedian
Hal Ketchum - Country & Western Singer
Johnny Killen - 1960s singer
Susan Kisslinger - Author
Stanley Knowles - Canadian Politician (1942-1984)

L

David "Squiggy" Lander - actor in the American TV show "Laverne & Shirley,"
Carl Laemmle, Jr. - film producer and son of the founder of Universal Studios
Ronnie Lane - musician with The Faces (Rod Stewart's old band)
James LaRocca - Guitarist with MS
Melanie Lawson - Anchorwoman, Ch.13 Houston
Margaret Leighton - British actress
Wendy Lill - Canadian Politician
Kathryn Lindskoog - author
Lydwina of Schieden - Dutch patron Saint of Ice Skaters (1400AD) The earliest written record of someone with MS

M

Ernie McAlister - US Politician
Roger MacDougall - British playwright
David Maclean - UK Conservative MP - Chief Whip
Fiona MacTaggart - British Politician (Labour MP for Slough)
Nancy Mairs - novelist
Natalie Mandzhavidze - NASA Physicist
Maureen Manley - Olympic Cyclist
Emily Mann - director and playwright
Diana Markham - Novelist
Miquel Martm i Pol - Catalan poet
Maxine Mesinger - Newspaper gossip columnist, Houston Chronicle
Laura Mitchell - Public policy analyst, consultant and writer
Mary Mullarkey - Colorado State Supreme Court Chief Justice
John Mythen - cartoonist and writer

N

William Newman - artist
Ken Novak - Basketball coach
Paul Novoselick - Chronicle staff writer and columnist

O

Cindy O'Connor - Poet
Alan Osmond - Singer in Osmond Brothers
Jim Oelschlager - financeer and philanathropist

P

John Pageler - author
Lisa Peck - Mountain bike rider (5th in 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Championships)
Colin Pillinger - British scientist, leader of Beagle 2 Mission to Mars
Jim Poulin - Basketball Coach
Richard Pryor - comedian and actor

Q

Richard Queen - Iran hostage

R

Richard Radtke - Scientist and Winner Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
Jacques Raverat - Artist
Adam Riedy - US Speed Skater
Madeline Rhue - Actress
John Robson - Footballer
Doug Robinson - Novelist
Fausto Rocha - Brazilian TV Actor
Ronald Rogers - Concert Pianist
Anne Romney - wife of Mitt Romney (American politician)
Wendy Carol Roth - Television producer, writer and Advocate for the Disabled

S

James Scofield - poet
Jordan Sigalet - Canadian ice hockey player
Eric Simons - mountaineer
Dean Singleton - Newspaper Magnate
Keith Snyder - composer, performer, and author
Aaron Solowoniuk - drummer for Canadian band Billy Talent
Henry Steele - Basketball Player
Stephanie Stephens - golfer
Kevin Stevenson - Singer/Guitarist
Tim Stevens - Scottish disc jockey
Karen G. Stone - Author
Sharon Summerall - model (married to Don Henley (singer with The Eagles)
Kelly Sutton - racing driver
Joan Sweeney - children's author
Jim Sweeney - British actor and comedian
Mike Szymanski - entertainment writer and managing editor of zap2it.com

T

Tamia - R&B singer (Grammy Nominee)
David "Teddy" Thomas - Cricketer
Mitch Terpstra - Athlete and Althetics Coach
Bobby Thompson - Banjoist
Joe Torsella - US Politician
Larry Tucker - Film and TV writer and producer (incl. The Monkees, Alice B. Toklas and Bob & Carol)
Yury Tynianov - Russian Novelist and literary critic

V

Don Van Vilet (aka Captain Beefheart) - musican & singer/songwriter
Norah Vincent - Journalist

W

Wally Wakefield - Ski jumper and sports columnist
Jackie Waldman - Author and motivational speaker
Clay Walker - Country and western singer
Danny Wallace - Soccer Player
Clifford T.Ward - Singer/songwriter
Rich Warden - Racecar Driver
Robert "Wingnut" Weaver - Actor
Maggie Weder - Golfer
Cathy Weis - Dancer
Paul Wellstone - US Senator, Minnesota
Stephen White - Author
Paul Willey - Virtual Golf Champion
Montel Williams - talk show host and actor
Victoria Williams - Singer
Victor Willing - Artist
Paul Wolfskehl - 19th century German industrialist and amateur mathematician

Y

Ivaylo Yordanov - Bulgarian footballer


Relatives

Wade Boggs' (baseball player) sister
Gloria Estefan's (singer) father
Marg Helgenberger's (actress) father
Tommy Hilfiger's (designer) sister
Larry Kane's (TV news anchorman) mother
Chris Moss's (basketball player) mother
Patty Murray's (US senator) father
Stone Phillips' (Dateline NBC) wife
J K Rowling's (author of the Harry Potter stories) mother
Adam Sandler's (comedian/actor) Cousin
Daniel J. Travanti's (actor) brother
Eddie Vedder's (Pearl Jam) father
Henry "Gizmo" Williams (American footballer) mother


N.B.

Michael Crichton has not been diagnosed with MS. He had a single neurological episode in the 1960s and has not had any other symptoms subsequently.

Ozzy Osbourne had a scare that he might have MS but it was a false alarm:
"Family unity became even more paramount for the Osbournes in 1992 when Ozzy was diagnosed as suffering from multiple sclerosis, announced his retirement and played a farewell tour. Six months later a second opinion pronounced the diagnosis a false alarm, but the family have only now publicly acknowledged the scare." - from this Guardian article

There is also some dispute as to whether Dino Ferrari of Ferrari automobiles had MS.

Please mail me at jones.paul@btconnect.com if you know of other famous people with MS or any inaccuracies on this page.

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