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Famous People Who Have or Had Multiple Sclerosis

  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-11-10 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-17) - List of famous and well known people both living and deceased who have and had multiple sclerosis (MS). For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

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There is as yet no cure for MS. Many patients do well with no therapy at all, especially since many medications have serious side effects and some carry significant risks. However, three forms of beta interferon (Avonex, Betaseron, and Rebif) have now been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for treatment of relapsing-remitting MS.

A physician may diagnose MS in some patients soon after the onset of the illness. In others, however, doctors may not be able to readily identify the cause of the symptoms, leading to years of uncertainty and multiple diagnoses.

Multiple sclerosis affects an estimated 300,000 people in the United States and probably more than 1 million people around the world. MS effects twice as many females as males.

Famous People with Multiple Sclerosis

  • Adam Riedy - US Speed Skater
  • Alan Osmond
  • Alastair Hignell
  • Alison Peebles - Actress most famous for her Taggart role
  • Annette Funicello
  • April Arvan - Basketball Coach
  • Barbara Jordan
  • Betty Cuthbert - Olympic Gold Medallist, Sprinting
  • Beverly Graham - singer, charity worker
  • Bobby Thompson - Banjoist
  • Brenda Gildehaus - champion BMX bike rider
  • Brian Irvine - Scottish soccer player
  • Bruno Tassan Din - Italian publisher
  • Bryan Forbes - actor, writer, director (married to Nanette Newman)
  • Carl Laemmle, Jr.
  • Carrel Cowan-Ricks
  • Cathy Weis - Dancer
  • Charlie Courtauld - British newspaper columnist (Independent on Sunday)
  • Chrystal Gomes - stand up comedienne
  • Cindy O'Connor - Poet
  • Clay Walker - Country and western singer
  • Clifford T.Ward - Singer/songwriter
  • Clive Burr
  • Dan Carnevale - American Footballer
  • Danny Wallace - ex Southampton and Manchester United Footballer
  • Danny Wallace - Soccer Player
  • David "Squiggy" Lander
  • David "Teddy" Thomas - Cricketer
  • David Humm
  • David Maclean - UK Conservative MP - Chief Whip
  • Dean Singleton - Newspaper Magnate
  • Deanna Davis - Basketball player and coach
  • Deborah Bruening - writer
  • Deborah Downey - Cabaret Performer
  • Denise Davis - Singer
  • Diana Markham - Novelist
  • Donal Coghlan - singer/songwriter
  • Donna Fargo
  • Doug Robinson - Novelist
  • Emily Mann - director and playwright
  • Eric Simons - mountaineer
  • Ernie McAlister - US Politician
  • Eve Hayes - actress
  • Exene Cervenka
  • Fausto Rocha - Brazilian TV Actor
  • Fiona MacTaggart - British Politician (Labour MP for Slough)
  • Frank DuBois - New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture 1989-, champion teamroper
  • Fred Hughes - Andy Warhol's financeer and manager
  • Frieda Inescort - actress
  • Guido Crepax - Italian comic
  • Hal Ketchum - Country & Western Singer
  • Heinrich Heine - German poet (1797-1856) posthumously diagnosed with MS
  • Henry Steele - Basketball Player
  • Ivalio Iordanov - Bulgarian International soccer player
  • Jack Osbourne
  • Jackie Bertone - percussionist for Beach Boys
  • Jackie Waldman - Author and motivational speaker
  • Jacqueline Creed Archer - Civil rights activist
  • Jacqueline du Pre - cellist
  • Jacques Raverat
  • James LaRocca - Guitarist with MS
  • James Scofield - poet
  • Javier Artero - Spanish soccer player
  • Jennifer Huget - Washington Post journalist
  • Jim Oelschlager - financeer and philanathropist
  • Jim Poulin - Basketball Coach
  • Jimmy Heuga - Olympic skier
  • Joan Didion
  • Joan Sweeney - children's author
  • Joe Torsella
  • John Medica
  • John Mythen - cartoonist and writer
  • John Pageler - author
  • John Robson - Footballer
  • Johnny Killen - 1960s singer
  • Jonathan Katz
  • Joseph Hartzler - Chief prosecutor for the Oklahoma bombing case
  • Judy Graham - author
  • Judy Grahn - poet
  • Karen G. Stone - Author
  • Kathryn Lindskoog - author
  • Keith Snyder - composer, performer, and author
  • Kelly Sutton - racing driver
  • Ken Novak - Basketball coach
  • Kevin Stevenson - Singer/Guitarist
  • Khiawatha Downey - American Footballer
  • Larry Tucker - Film and TV writer and producer (incl. The Monkees, Alice B. Toklas and Bob & Carol)
  • Laura Mitchell - Public policy analyst, consultant and writer
  • Laurie Elyse
  • Lena Horne - Actress and singer
  • Lisa Peck - Mountain bike rider (5th in 2000 Masters World Mountain Bike Championships)
  • Lola Folana - singer
  • Louise Arters - Actress (one of the Sparkle Twins)
  • Luca Coscione - Italian Politician
  • Lucien Herve - Architectural Photographer
  • Lydwina of Schieden - Dutch patron Saint of Ice Skaters (1400AD).
  • Madeline Rhue - Actress
  • Maggie Weder - Golfer
  • Margaret Leighton
  • Marianne Gingrich - ex-wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich
  • Martin Bruch - Photographer
  • Mary Mullarkey - Colorado State Supreme Court Chief Justice
  • Maureen Manley - Olympic Cyclist
  • Maxine Mesinger - Newspaper gossip columnist, Houston Chronicle
  • Melanie Lawson - Anchorwoman, Ch.13 Houston
  • Michael Blake - Hollywood screenwriter, "Dances with Wolves"
  • Michael Frimkess - Potter
  • Michael R. Duval - Investment Banker and White House Lawyer Under Nixon and Ford
  • Michel Dupuis - Canadian football player (linebacker for Ottawa, Winnipeg & Toronto)
  • Miquel Martm i Pol - Catalan poet
  • Mitch Terpstra - Athlete and Althetics Coach
  • Montel Williams
  • Nancy Mairs - novelist
  • Natalie Mandzhavidze - NASA Physicist
  • Neil Cavuto - lead anchor on Fox News Channel
  • Nicky Broyd - BBC Radio Journalist
  • Nicola Griffith - Author
  • Norah Vincent - Journalist
  • Paul Novoselick - Chronicle staff writer and columnist
  • Paul Wellstone
  • Paul Willey - Virtual Golf Champion
  • Paul Wolfskehl - 19th century German industrialist and amateur mathematician
  • Rachelle Breslow - author
  • Rich Warden - Racecar Driver
  • Richard Berghammer - Wildlife Painter
  • Richard Cohen - journalist (married to actress Meridith Viera)
  • Richard Pryor
  • Richard Radtke - Scientist and Winner Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering
  • Robert "Wingnut" Weaver - Actor
  • Robin Gurr - poet
  • Roger MacDougall - British playwright
  • Roland 'Chubby' Cloutier - TV Entertainer
  • Roman Gabriel - American football player (Los Angeles Rams 1962-72)
  • Ronald Rogers - Concert Pianist
  • Ronnie Lane - musician with The Faces (Rod Stewart's old band)
  • Sarah P. Gibbs - Biologist - Winner of 2003 Gilbert Morgan Smith Medal
  • Sean Coman - (Sean Donahue) - Californian disk jockey
  • Sharon Summerall - model (married to Don Henley (singer with The Eagles)
  • Sir Augustus Frederic D'Este - (1794-1848) - grandson of King George III of England, Possible 1st documented case of MS
  • Stan Belinda - baseball player
  • Stanley Elkin - writer
  • Stanley Knowles - Canadian Politician (1942-1984)
  • Stephanie Millward
  • Stephanie Stephens - golfer
  • Stephen White - Author
  • Steven Mueller
  • Stewart Henry - UK disc-jockey
  • Susan Kisslinger - Author
  • Tamia - R&B singer (Grammy Nominee)
  • Teri Garr - Actress (Young Frankenstein, Tootsie, Close Encounters and others)
  • Valerie Jankowski Skrabut - artist and musician.
  • Victor Willing - Artist
  • Victoria Williams
  • Vince Smith - Country singer Vince Smith had a hit record with a song called "My Annette" after his friend and idol Annette Funicello. Vince now has MS.
  • Wally Wakefield - Ski jumper and sports columnist
  • Wayne Dobson - magician
  • Wendy Carol Roth - Television producer, writer and Advocate for the Disabled
  • Wendy Lill - Canadian Politician
  • William Newman - artist
  • Yury Tynianov - Russian Novelist and literary critic.

NOTE: If you know of a discrepancy in this list please contact us so we can amend the entry.

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