Famous People With a Cleft

Ian C. Langtree Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2017/11/10 - Updated: 2023/05/05
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Synopsis: List of well known people with a cleft a congenital deformity caused by a failure in facial development during pregnancy. Cleft lips or palates occur in somewhere between one in 600-800 births. Cleft lip and palate is very treatable, however the kind of treatment depends on the type and severity of the cleft.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip contains an opening in the upper lip that may extend into the nose. The opening may be on one side, both sides, or in the middle. A cleft palate occurs when the palate (the roof of the mouth) contains an opening into the nose. The term orofacial cleft refers to either condition or to both occurring together.

  • Cleft: A sub-division in the body's natural structure, regularly formed before birth. A cleft lip or palate can be successfully treated with surgery soon after birth. The term hare lip is sometimes used colloquially to describe the condition.
  • Cleft lip: Formed in the top of the lip as either a small gap or an indentation in the lip (partial or incomplete cleft) or continues into the nose (complete cleft).
  • Cleft palate: A condition in which the two plates of the skull that form the hard palate (roof of the mouth) are not completely joined. The soft palate is in these cases cleft as well. In most cases, cleft lip is also present. Cleft palate occurs in about one in 700 live births worldwide.

Main Digest

Cleft lip and cleft palate, which can also occur together as cleft lip and palate are variations of a type of clefting congenital deformity caused by abnormal facial development during gestation. This type of deformity is sometimes referred to as a cleft.

Cleft lips or palates occur in somewhere between one in 600-800 births. Cleft lip and palate is very treatable, however the kind of treatment depends on the type and severity of the cleft. Thanks to modern technology cleft palate surgery is safer than ever before and can help a child make a full recovery.

List of Famous People with a Cleft

  • Antoinette Bourignon
  • Carmit Bachar
  • Cheech Marin - Richard Anthony "Cheech" Marin (born July 13, 1946)
  • Dario Šarić
  • Doc Holliday
  • Franz Rogowski
  • Geoff Plant
  • Jerry Byrd
  • Jesse Jackson - Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr.
  • Joaquin Rafael Phoenix
  • Joe Mele
  • Jose Ferrer
  • Jurgen Habermas
  • Lee Raymond
  • Ljubo Milicevic
  • Louis Wain
  • Michael Helm
  • Nikki Payne
  • Owen Schmitt
  • Peyton Manning
  • Richard Hawley - (born Richard Willis Hawley)
  • Rita MacNeil
  • Stacy Keach - (born Walter Stacy Keach, Jr.)
  • Tad Lincoln - Thomas "Tad" Lincoln
  • Thomas Malthus - Thomas Robert Malthus (13 February 1766 - 23 December 1834)
  • Thorgils Skarthi
  • Tim Lott
  • Tom Burke
  • Tutankhamun - (1341 BC - 1323 BC)
  • Wendy Harmer

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