40 Well-Known Celebrities with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
40 Well-Known Celebrities with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
While the diagnosis of ASD is increasing, it is still largely misunderstood. Today we’ll look at 40 well-known celebrities living with an autism spectrum disorder. From actors to musicians, these celebrities have achieved great success despite their diagnoses. Through executive functioning coaching, they have been able to improve their communication techniques and organization skills, as well as utilize their strengths to the best of their ability. By highlighting the accomplishments of people with ASD, we hope to demonstrate that autism is not a hindrance to success in life.
1. Elon Musk
Elon Musk, in 2021, admitted to being on the autism spectrum and having Asperger’s while hosting the “Saturday Night Live” show.
2. Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld, one of the most famous comedians worldwide, has admitted to having autism spectrum disorder, evidenced by his “weird” thought patterns.
3. Anthony Hopkins
Anthony Hopkins is an award-winning actor that was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome during his childhood.
4. Dan Aykroyd
Comedy legend Dan Aykroyd was expelled from two schools during childhood before being diagnosed with mild Asperger’s syndrome.
5. Courtney Love
The singer of “Hole” was diagnosed by an ADHD therapist with mild autism as a young girl after struggling with social interactions and anxiety.
The legendary rapper revealed in the song “Legacy” that he had Asperger’s syndrome.
7. Tom Malone Jr.
Today, Tom, Ex Gogglebox star and a TV personality, was diagnosed as autistic when he was 27.
8. Temple Grandin
Grandin, a renowned author and American professor of Animal Science, has lived with ASD for a long time.
9. Chris Packham
Packham, British TV’s BBC’s Spring watch presenter, has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome.
10. Christine McGuinness
Model and TV personality Christine was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when she was 33.
11. Jennifer Cook
Cook was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome in 2011 when she was thirty-five. This was after her three children had also been diagnosed with anxiety disorder by an ADHD therapist.
12. Rick Glassman
Rick Glassman discussed his autistic condition on his “Take Your Shoes Off with Comedian Rick Glassman” podcast and was diagnosed with level one autism in 2017.
13. Paula Hamilton
At 47, former supermodel Hamilton was diagnosed with dyspraxia, dyslexia, and Asperger’s syndrome by an ADHD therapist.
14. Darryl Hannah
This Hollywood actress, popular for her roles in ‘Kill Bill’, ‘Blade Runner’, and ‘Splash’, was diagnosed with borderline autism and spent a lot of her childhood alone.
15. Ian Terry
Former ‘Big Brother’ Star Terry was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as a child.
16. Susan Boyle
Britain’s Got Talent popular singing sensation, Boyle, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. She has admitted the condition has caused her depression.
17. Johnny Dean
Dean is an accomplished British artist of the ’90s Britpop era. He was diagnosed with autism in 2009, aged 38.
18. Tony DeBlois
Tony DeBlois, a famous pianist and musician with autism aged five, has proven the condition doesn’t have to limit anyone.
This New Zealand singer (also called ) Pip Brown, was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome during her 20s.
20. Kodi Lee
He is the first autistic person to win the American Got Talent Show.
21. Abz Love
The 5ive singer opened up about his ASD diagnosis after encouragement from Sophie Anderton, a fellow contestant on the Celebrity Big Brother show.
22. Hannah Gadsby
Gadsby was diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder in 2016 after feeling consistently out of place.
23. Jessica-Jane Applegate
This British swimmer boasting 24 gold medals in the Paralympics has also been diagnosed with ASD.
24. Clay Marzo
Marzo is a renowned American professional surfer who won the NSSA National Title when he was 15. He got his Asperger’s syndrome diagnosis in 2007.
25. John ‘Doomsday’ Howard
This popular American professional mixed martial artist was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 33.
26. Daniel Jones
Jones is a famous social media influencer renowned for his uplifting and fun videos.
27. James Durbin
Durbin got his diagnosis when he was nine. He became popular when he appeared on season ten of American Idol.
28. Satoshi Tajiri
The man behind Pokémon hasn’t shared when he was diagnosed with high-functioning autism, but it’s likely during childhood.
29. Stephen Wiltshire
Stephen Wiltshire is a British autistic savant and architectural artist diagnosed with autism when he was three. He couldn’t say his first word until he was five.
30. Greta Thunberg
Greta Thunberg is a renowned Swedish environmental activist diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) when she was 11.
31. Armani Williams
This American stock car racing driver was diagnosed with ASD when he was two.
32. Matt Savage
At age 3, Savage was diagnosed with pervasive development disorder but has become an accomplished jazz musician.
33. Dan Harmon
Harmon, the co-creator of the animated series, “Rick and Morty” and the creator and producer of “Community” the NBC sitcom, was diagnosed with autism in 2011.
34. Robbie Williams
During childhood, Williams was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Growing up was difficult because he suffered from depression when he felt that people didn’t understand him.
35. Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Miller shared on Instagram that he got his autism diagnosis in 2020 during the quarantine period.
36. Tim Burton
This popular filmmaker has identified with ASD as much as he hasn’t been formally diagnosed with autism.
37. Kayla Cromer
Cromer was told she had ASD and dyslexia when she was a preteen.
38. Simon Biles
This gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast could only speak in complete sentences once she was seven.
39. Niall Aslam
Niall’s revealed he had Asperger’s more than two weeks after quitting Love Island.
40. Robert White
This 2018’s Britain’s Got Talent 2018 runner-up wasn’t diagnosed with Asperger syndrome until adulthood
The personalities we have listed above have accomplished great things despite ASD, anxiety disorders, depression, or ADHD. This should motivate you to believe being on the autism spectrum disorder is not a disability. It is just a hurdle you must embrace and overcome to attain greatness!