Celebrities Who (Probably) Are Autistics
According to autism expert Simon Baron-Cohen believes that based on biographical information, Albert Einstein exhibited traits consistent with autism. Although it’s impossible to make a definitive diagnosis, he says that Einstein’s genius intellect, loner tendencies and obsessive, repetitive behaviour indicated that he was on the spectrum.(Source)
Sir Anthony Hopkins
The man who famously portrayed and won an Oscar for playing Hannibal Lecter in ‘Silence of the Lambs’ is considered one of the greatest living actors around. The actor has been diagnosed with high-functioning Asperger’s even though Hopkins has never actually said at what point in his life he received the diagnosis. When the actor was asked once about how being on the Spectrum affects him, he replied saying: “I don’t go to parties, I don’t have many friends, but I do like people.”
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
One of the greatest musicians of all time and a man who was known even by his peers as a prolific composer, Mozart was a genius who wrote his first musical piece when he was just five-years-old. It was reported that he had shown signs of neurological disorders that included Asperger’s. The things that pointed towards this diagnosis were his obsession with thoughts and static objects, frequent mood swings, repetitive movements, and other odd behavior.
Singer songwriter James Taylor has Asperger’s. (Source)
“Blues Brothers” star Dan Aykroyd was diagnosed with a mild case of Asperger’s as a child.(Source)
Scottish singer Susan Boyle recently revealed that she had spent her life believing she had brain damage after being misdiagnosed as a young girl when in fact, she was on the autism spectrum.
“It was the wrong diagnosis when I was a kid,” she said. “I was told I had brain damage. I always knew it was an unfair label. Now I have a clearer understanding of what’s wrong and I feel relieved and a bit more relaxed about myself.”
“It will not make any difference to my life. It’s just a condition that I have to live with and work through.”(Source)
Many experts claim that I, Robot author Isaac Asimov had Asperger’s .(Source)
Actor Daryl Hannah has been open about being diagnosed with autism as a young girl. She said the disorder manifested in debilitating shyness and a need to rock for self-soothing. She also said public events were a terrifying experience for her.
“I was a little odd and incredibly introverted and withdrawn when I was young,” she told Women’s Weekly. “It’s confronting and always has been. But it’s the way I am; the way I have always been. I’m still not great in crowds. I’m fine one on one but in larger groups I lose my sense of self. Big events are always uncomfortable for me and I don’t know if I will ever grow out of it. I try to keep those feelings under control but it takes a lot of focus and concentration, and energy. It’s not always easy.”(Source)
When asked about his condition, Talking Heads FrontMan David Byrne says that he just sees himself as “different” – not defective. “We all don’t have to be the same,” Byrne has said. “I used to get annoyed when folks placed value judgements on sociability — implying those who are not gregarious or social are somehow less — it’s just different.” (Source)
Bill Gates is suspected of having Asperger’s , but it is not confirmed. Gates is thought to have Asperger’s because of his great intellect and social awkwardness. Gates also has a habit of swaying during meetings.(Source)
Andy Warhol is suspected to have had Asperger’s because of his eccentric personality, unique way of viewing things, and the repetitive nature of his art.(Source)
Sir Isaac Newton
Thanks to researchers at Cambridge University, we have a pretty good idea that Isaac Newton had Asperger’s or something else on the spectrum. The researchers, who also argue that Albert Einstein was autistic, mention in their article evidence that Newton isolated himself as much as possible and was notoriously awkward when it came to typical daily conversation. He was not good at keeping friends, and relied strongly upon routines. Lastly, there are a number of reports that suggest that he was often so focused on his work, that he went for days at a time without eating or sleeping.
Guitarist Travis Meeks, most famous for his work with Days of the New, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s .(Source)
Abraham Lincoln is thought to have had Asperger’s because of his need to follow a routine, his rigid nature, and his history of depression.(Source)
Comedian and actor Robin Williams was thought to have Asperger’s because of his social awkwardness and hyperactivity.(Source)
Al Gore is thought to have Asperger’s because of his stiff demeanor, social awkwardness, and slow speech patterns. Another trait that Gore demonstrates is that he is very rigid in his beliefs.(Source)
Director Tim Burton is thought to have Asperger’s . His ex-partner, Helena Bonham Carter, has been quoted as calling him “possibly autistic.”(Source)
Michael Jackson is suspected of having had Asperger’s , but it is not confirmed. His unusual behavior and social immaturity raised questions to whether he had the disorder. This could also be blamed on Jackson’s unconventional upbringing, but that can be dismissed because his siblings don’t exhibit these traits.(Source)
Asperger’s groups believe that Alfred Hitchcock had the disorder because it would explain his lack of boundaries and eccentric behavior both on and off the set.(Source)
Woody Allen is suspected of have Asperger’s , but it isn’t confirmed. Allen is thought to have it because of his social awkwardness and lack of boundaries. Allen has a very particular way of directing, and he doesn’t give the actor’s any notes. He just fires someone if he doesn’t like what they do instinctively.(Source)
legendary investor and fund manager Known as a bond king reveals that he recognized his Asperger’s in his 70s after reading the Michael Lewis best seller and that the self-diagnosis was confirmed by a psychiatrist .
Comedian Andy Kaufman was thought to have a high functioning case of Asperger’s due to social awkwardness and his fixation on merging comedy with life. Kaufman pushed the boundaries so far that people thought it was a joke when he was dying of cancer.(Source)
Bob Dylan is suspected of having Asperger’s , but it is not confirmed. He is thought to have the disorder because of his social awkwardness and lack of boundaries. Dylan also seemed to not be able to hear people booing when he famously switched to electric guitar, and he absolutely never plays a song the same way twice, rendering some of his greatest hits unrecognizable. (Source)
Muppets creator Jim Henson was suspected of having Asperger’s .(Source)
Mark Twain is thought to have had Asperger’s because of his eccentric personality and reclusive nature as he aged.(Source)
Monty Python actor Michael Palin is thought to have Asperger’s because of his stutter and social awkwardness.(Source)
America’s Next Top Model star Heather Kuzmich has been diagnosed with Asperger’s .(Source)
Billionaire Howard Hughes is thought to have had Asperger’s because of his eccentric personality, reclusive nature, and his ability to get fixated on a specific topic.(Source)
Greta Thunberg is a Swedish activist. She is known for her work against climate change, a popular example of youth activism.
Actor Crispin Glover demonstrates many of the traits associated with Asperger’s .(Source)
Charles M. Schulz
Cartoonist Charles Schulz was thought to have had Asperger’s , and many people believe that his most famous creation, Charlie Brown, demonstrated many of the traits associated with the disorder.(Source)
American investor and hedge fund manager, Burry was one of the first investors to recognize and profit from the impending subprime mortgage crisis. He is the main character that acted by Christian Bale in the big short film.
“Cars” singer Gary Numan was diagnosed with Asperger’s as an adult.(Source)
Mythbusters star Jamie Hyneman displays many of the traits associated with the disorder.(Source)
Many experts believe that chess legend Bobby Fischer demonstrates all of the traits associated with Asperger’s .(Source)
Trinity College professor Michael Fitzgerald, a leading psychiatrist, researched and published a paper concluding that Charles Darwin had Asperger’s. There are records from Darwin’s childhood that state he was a very quiet and isolated child, who avoided interaction with others as much as he could. Like so many others with Asperger’s, he sought alternative ways of communicating, such as writing letters. He had fixations with certain topics like chemistry, but was a very visual thinker — all traits of someone on the autism spectrum.
American Idol fan favorite James Durbin has been diagnosed with Asperger’s and Tourette syndrome. (Source)
H. P. Lovecraft
Many experts believe that horror writer H.P. Lovecraft demonstrated traits consistent with an Asperger’s diagnosis.
Craig Nicholls, the lead singer of The Vines, has been diagnosed with Asperger’s .(Source)
British actor Paddy Considine was diagnosed with Asperger’s at age 35. Considine is best known for his work with Simon Pegg in Hot Fuzz and The World’s End.(Source)
Writer and producer Dan Harmon was diagnosed with autism late in life while he was writing for the show Community. He found that he very similar tendencies to the character of Abed, who is on the autism spectrum, which drove him to consult a doctor.
“I started looking up these symptoms,” he says, “Just to know what they are. And the more I looked them up, the more familiar they started to seem(Source)
Clay Marzo is one of the best surfers on the planet and has also been diagnosed with Asperger’s .(Source)
Ladyhawke front woman Pip Brown has been diagnosed with Asperger’s .(Source)
Owl City musician Adam Young has the symptoms of the disorder.(Source)