Inspirational Offscreen Struggles: 15 Actors Who Overcame Their Disabilities

It’s difficult to measure with words the difficulties faced by people living with a disability. Whether or not their condition is mental or physical, day-to-day life can often result in a series of struggles. Though it’s easy to dismiss glorifying celebrity actors superficially, it is important we recognize the achievements of those who have overcome disabilities to gain onscreen acclaim. With this in mind, here are 15 actors who have overcome various physical and mental disabilities and become all the more successful because of it.

Dan Aykroyd

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In an NPR interview, Blues Brothers and Ghostbusters star Dan Aykroyd revealed he was treated for Tourette’s Syndrome as a youth. During this period he was also diagnosed as having mild Asperger’s, though the symptoms would subside as he got older.

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  1. says:

    Interesting article. However, dyslexia is not a disease, it is a reading disorder (Slide 6).

  2. says:

    it’s “early onset,” not “early on-set.” not the same as a hyphenated instance of being on the movie set early.

  3. says:

    Too bad Bruce Willis couldn’t overcome his douchebaggery.

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