Famous People Who Have or Had Epilepsy

Ian C. Langtree Content Writer/Editor for Disabled World
Published: 2017/11/10 - Updated: 2023/09/12
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Synopsis: A list of famous and well known people who have or had epilepsy during their life. There are many different epilepsy syndromes, each presenting with its own unique combination of seizure type, typical age of onset, EEG findings, treatment, and prognosis. Epilepsy is usually controlled, but not cured, with medication, although surgery may be considered in difficult cases.

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Epilepsy is a common chronic neurological disorder that is characterized by recurrent unprovoked seizures. These seizures are transient signs and/or symptoms due to abnormal, excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain.

There are many different epilepsy syndromes, each presenting with its own unique combination of seizure type, typical age of onset, EEG findings, treatment, and prognosis. The diagnosis of epilepsy requires that the seizures be unprovoked, with the implication that the provocant is assumed to be something obviously harmful. However, in some epilepsy syndromes, the provocant can reasonably be considered to be part of normal daily life. Examples of these normal provocants include reading, hot water on the head, hyperventilation, and flashing or flickering lights.

Epilepsy is usually treated with medication prescribed by a physician; primary caregivers, neurologists, and neurosurgeons all frequently care for people with epilepsy. In some cases the implantation of a stimulator of the vagus nerve, or a special diet can be helpful. Neurosurgical operations for epilepsy can be palliative, reducing the frequency or severity of seizures; or, in some patients, an operation can be curative.

Famous People Who Have or Had Epilepsy

  • Adam Horovitz
  • Alan Faneca
  • Andrei Kostitsyn
  • Andrei Kostitsyn
  • Barry George
  • Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson
  • Bob Fosse
  • Bobby Jones
  • Boryslav Brondukov
  • Brad Jones
  • Briar Nolet
  • Bud Abbott
  • Buddy Bell
  • Caligula
  • Cameron Boyce
  • Chanda Gunn
  • Charles Altamont Doyle
  • Chris Knox
  • Dai Greene
  • Daniel Tammet
  • Danny Glover
  • Dave Longaberger
  • Davis Tarwater
  • DeBarra Mayo
  • Derek Bentley
  • Dmitri Sinodi-Popov
  • Don Craig Wiley
  • Edith Bowman
  • Edward Lear
  • Ellen G. White
  • Emanuel Swedenborg
  • Emilie Dionne
  • Ezekiel
  • Florence Griffith Joyner
  • Francis Libermann
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  • Geoff Rickly
  • George Gershwin
  • George Inness
  • Greg Walker
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander
  • Hal Lanier
  • Hans Ulrik Gyldenløve
  • Hervé Boussard
  • Hikari Ōe
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Ian Curtis
  • Ida McKinley
  • Ion Creangă
  • Ivan V Alekseyevich
  • Jago Eliot
  • Jason Snelling
  • Jean Clemens
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti
  • Jimmy Reed
  • Jinxx
  • Joan of Arc
  • Joaquim Maria Machado de Assis
  • Joe Doyle
  • John Roberts
  • Jonty Rhodes
  • Joseph Smith
  • Julius Caesar
  • Karen Armstrong
  • Katharine Ford
  • Kathy Sierra
  • Katie Hopkins
  • Keith Wallace
  • Kyffin Williams
  • Lance Franklin
  • Laura Sandys
  • Lauren Pritchard
  • Laurie Lee
  • Leon Legge
  • Lil Wayne
  • Lindsey Buckingham
  • Maggie McEleny
  • Margaux Hemingway
  • Marie Fredriksson
  • Marion Clignet
  • Martin Kemp
  • Max Clifford
  • Michael IV the Paphlagonian
  • Mike Nolan
  • Mike Skinner
  • Mike Towell
  • Mikhail Tatarinov
  • Minakata Kumagusu
  • Mme Guyon
  • Napoleon I of France
  • Neil Abercrombie
  • Neil Young
  • Paul Maynard
  • Paul Wade
  • Paul of Tarsus
  • Pete Duel
  • Peter Jefferies
  • Pio of Pietrelcina
  • Pope Pius IX
  • Prince Erik, Duke of Västmanland
  • Prince John of the United Kingdom
  • Prince
  • R. D. Blackmore
  • Rabbi Lionel Blue
  • Ramakrishna
  • Ramana Maharshi
  • Richard Jobson
  • Rick Harrison
  • Ronde Barber
  • Rosemary Kennedy
  • Rudi Dutschke
  • Saint Birgitta
  • Saint Catherine of Genoa
  • Saint Catherine of Ricci
  • Saint Marguerite Marie
  • Saint Teresa of Ávila
  • Saint Thérèse de Lisieux
  • Samari Rolle
  • Socrates
  • Stephen Knight
  • Susan Boyle
  • Terry Marsh
  • The Priestly source of the Pentateuch
  • Thom Jones
  • Tiki Barber
  • Tom Smith
  • Tone Loc
  • Tony Coelho
  • Tony Greig
  • Tony Lazzeri
  • Vachel Lindsay
  • Virginia Ridley
  • Vladimir Lenin
  • Vusi Mahlasela
  • Vyacheslav Lemeshev
  • Wally Lewis
  • Ward Bond

NOTE: If you notice any inaccuracies in this list, please reach out to us so we can correct it. Additionally, if you believe someone should be added to this list, please provide us with their name and any information to verify their disability. We value your help, and you can contact us here.

You can also view our other lists of famous and well-known people with various disabilities and conditions, including actors, politicians, and writers who contributed to society.

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