Many people including celebrities have diabetes. If you know of any celebrities with diabetes not listed below, please let us know.

Actors/Directors

  • Halle Berry, Oscar-winning actress
  • Wilford Brimley, of television and films, “Cocoon” and “The Firm”
  • J. Anthony Brown, actor (“Drumline”), comedian
  • Delta Burke, of television’s “Designing Women”
  • Nell Carter, of the television show “Gimme a Break”
  • Dick Clark, television emcee, producer
  • Stephen Furst, actor on the television shows “St. Elsewhere” and “Babylon 5”
  • Victor Garber, actor (“Alias,” “Titanic,” “Sleepless in Seattle”)
  • Dorian Gregory, actor (“Charmed,” “The Other half”)
  • Salma Hayek, actress, had gestational diabetes
  • Randy Jackson, American Idol judge
  • Nicole Johnson, Miss America 1999
  • Zippora Karz, former New York City Ballet soloist, ballet teacher
  • Larry King, talk show host
  • Jerry Lewis, comedian, telethon host
  • Jerry Mathers, actor of “Leave It To Beaver” fame
  • Mary Tyler Moore, actress and star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
  • Park Overall, actress (“Empty Nest”)
  • Della Reese, singer, actress (“Touched by an Angel”)
  • Sir Harry Secombe, Welsh singer, former president of the British Diabetic Association
  • Jean Smart, actress on “Designing Women”
  • Sharon Stone, actress
  • Elaine Stritch, comedian
  • Elizabeth Taylor, actress (“National Velvet,” “Cleopatra,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”)
  • Aida Tuturro, actress (“The Sopranos”)
  • Vanessa Williams, actress, the first African-American Miss America

Political Leaders

  • Hafez al-Assad, dictator of Syria
  • Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister
  • Marion Barry, former mayor of Washington, D.C.
  • Mikhail Gorbachev, former Soviet premier
  • Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas
  • Janet Jagan, president of Guyana
  • Bill Janklow, former governor and congressman, South Dakota
  • Wei Jengsheng, Chinese dissident
  • James Lloyd, congressman, California
  • Winnie Mandela, South African anti-apartheid leader
  • Buddy Roemer, governor, Louisiana

Business Leaders

  • Damon Dash, entrepreneur

Musicians

  • Ray Anderson, jazz trombonist
  • Carol Channing, Tony Award-winning singer/actress in “Hello Dolly”
  • Mark Collie, contemporary country star
  • David Crosby, member of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  • Phife Dawg, rapper, (“A Tribe Called Quest”)
  • Mick Fleetwood, singer in rock band Fleetwood Mac
  • Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul
  • Shirley Horn, Grammy-winning jazz singer
  • Marvin Isley, singer, The Isley Brothers
  • Waylon Jennings, country singer
  • Nick Jonas, lead singer, the Jonas Brothers
  • B.B. King, rhythm and blues star
  • Patti LaBelle, pop singer
  • Tommy Lee, of heavy metal band Motley Crue
  • Meat Loaf, singer
  • Bret Michaels, lead singer of the rock group Poison
  • The Pump Girls
  • Jessica Stone, actress and singer
  • Elliott Yamin, singer
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Broadway composer
  • Neil Young, rock singer and guitarist
  • Norman Whitfield, Grammy-winning R&B producer and songwriter

Scientists

  • Cynthia Ice, developer of Lotus software
  • Lois Jovanovic-Peterson, scientist, endocrinologist, author of “Diabetic Women”

Sports

  • Wasim Akrim, Pakistani cricket bowler
  • Sarah Bina, champion clogger
  • Nick Boynton, hockey player
  • Ayden Byle, runner
  • Bobby Clarke, hockey player for the Philadelphia Flyers
  • Scott Coleman, first man with diabetes to swim the English Channel
  • Chris Dudley, New York Knicks basketball player
  • Rick Dudley, hockey
  • Scott Dunton, world-ranked competitive surfer
  • Mike Echols, NFL
  • Curt Frasier, hockey player for the Chicago Black Hawks
  • “Smokin’ Joe” Frazier, heavyweight boxing champ
  • Walt Frazier, NBA, New York Knicks
  • Kris Freeman, Olympic cross-country skier
  • Joe Gibbs, NFL coach
  • Bill Gullickson, pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds
  • Gary Hall, Olympic gold medalist in swimming
  • Jonathon Hayes, tight end for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs
  • Chuck Henderich, skier
  • Chris Jarvis, champion Canadian rower
  • Jason Johnson, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles
  • Billie Jean King, tennis player
  • Ed Kranepool, baseball player with the New York Mets
  • Kelli Kuehne, LPGA golfer who wears a pump on the golf course
  • Jay Leeuwenburg, offensive tackle for the Cincinnati Bengals
  • Michelle McGann, LPGA golfer
  • Calvin Muhammed, football player for the Washington Redskins
  • David Pembler, baseball player, Milwaukee Brewers
  • Sir Steven Redgrave, rower, winner of five consecutive Olympic gold medals
  • Ron Santo, third basemen for the Chicago Cubs
  • Art Shell, NFL player and coach
  • Kendall Simmons, NFL
  • Michael Sinclair, NFL defensive end
  • Hank Stram, NFL coach
  • Bradley Suttle, major League second baseman
  • Sherri Turner, LPGA golfer
  • Scott Verplank, PGA golfer
  • Jo Ann Washam, LPGA golfer
  • David “Boomer” Wells, major league pitcher
  • Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback

Note: For a more complete and up-to-date list refer to the following links:

  • http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/famous_people
  • http://www.diabetesdaily.com/wiki/Famous_People_with_Diabetes
  • http://www.fact-index.com/l/li/list_of_celebrities_with_diabetes.html


 

 

Writers/Reporters

  • Richard Bartlett, film
  • June Bierman, author of books on diabetes
  • Fran Carpentier, editor of Parade magazine
  • Sylvia Chase, ABC News Reporter
  • Rodolfo Garcia, AP reporter
  • Linda Goodman, horoscope book author
  • Anne Rice, “Interview With a Vampire” author

Deceased

Actors/Directors

  • Jack Benny, ’50s television host
  • James Cagney, producer, director and actor
  • Alvin Childress, actor (“Amos & Andy)
  • James Doohan, actor (Scotty on “Star Trek”)
  • Dale Evans, actress, singer and wife of Roy Rogers
  • Jackie Gleason, actor and comedian, star of “The Honeymooners”
  • Dana Hill, actress (“Shoot the Moon”)
  • Gordon Jump, actor on “WKRP in Cincinnati”
  • Mabel King, actress who played Mama on “What’s Happening”
  • Al Lewis, actor (“The Munsters”)
  • Marcello Mastroianni, actor who appeared in 142 films
  • Richard Mulligan, actor on the television show “Empty Nest”
  • Carroll O’Connor, actor (“All in the Family,” “In the Heat of the Night”)
  • Minnie Pearl, entertainer, actress on the variety show “Hee Haw”
  • Esther Rolle, actress on the TV Show “Good Times”
  • George C. Scott, Academy Award-winning actor
  • Kate Smith, singer who sang classic “God Bless America” rendition
  • Spencer Tracy, famous leading man of Hollywood movies
  • Mae West, actress (“She Done Him Wrong,” “My Little Chickadee”)
  • Jane Wyman, actress on “Falcon Crest”

Political Leaders

  • Yuri Andropov, former premier of the Soviet Union
  • Samuel Block, civil rights activist
  • Ralph Bunche, Nobel Peace Prize winner, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations
  • Lucille B. Chapman, a five-time Menominee Indian tribal chairwoman
  • Paddy Devlin, co-founder of the Social Democrat and Labor Party in Northern Ireland
  • King Fahd, king of Saudi Arabia
  • James Farmer, civil rights pioneer
  • Anwar Sadat, Egyptian leader
  • Business Leaders
  • James Conkling, founder of The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Bill and John Davidson, founders of Harley Davidson motorcycles
  • Tom Foster, former head of Foster Poultry Farms
  • W.L. Gherra, of Payless Drugs
  • Howard Hughes, industrialist, eccentric billionaire
  • Ray Kroc, entrepreneur who bought and built McDonald’s restaurants into the world’s largest fast food chain

Musicians

  • Nat Adderley, jazz trumpeter
  • Hoyt Axton, folksy baritone, songwriter and actor
  • Syd Barrett, of the rock group Pink Floyd
  • Danny Joe Brown, singer (Molly Hatchet)
  • James Brown, The Godfather of Soul
  • Johnny Cash, legendary country singer, known as “the man in black”
  • Johnny Darrell, country music singer
  • Miles Davis, legendary jazz great
  • Mama Cass Elliott, singer, Mamas and the Papas
  • Freddy Fender, actor and country singer
  • Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist
  • Jerry Garcia, lead singer of The Grateful Dead
  • Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter
  • Mahalia Jackson, singer
  • Rick James, singer (“Super Freak”)
  • Herbert Kahury (“Tiny Tim”), singer (of sorts)
  • Peggy Lee, ’50s songster
  • Curtis Mayfield, soul singer
  • Elvis Presley, The King
  • Luther Vandross, singer

Scientists

  • Morris Braunstein, scientist
  • Thomas Edison, inventor
  • Albert Ellis, psychologist, rational emotive therapy
  • George Minot, first person with diabetes to receive Nobel Prize in medicine

Sports

  • Arthur Ashe, tennis legend
  • Walter Barnes, former Philadelphia Eagle turned actor
  • Ty Cobb, baseball player for the Detroit Tigers
  • Buster Douglas, boxer
  • Kenny Duckett, football player for the New Orleans Saints
  • Del Ennis, baseball player
  • Catfish Hunter, pitcher for the Oakland A’s and the New York Yankees
  • Ham Richardson, tennis pro
  • Jackie Robinson, baseball star who broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues
  • Sugar Ray Robinson, boxer
  • Jersey Joe Walcott, boxer
  • David “Boomer” Wells, major league pitcher
  • Wade Wilson, NFL quarterback

Writers/Reporters

  • Ernest Hemingway, 20th-century novelist
  • Ken Kesey, novelist (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”)
  • Walt Kelly, animator and cartoonist (“Pogo”)
  • Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather”
  • Carl Rowan, syndicated editorial columnist
  • H.G. Wells, writer, “The Invisible Man”
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder, author

 

 

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