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Famous People with Asthma

Many famous people with asthma have proven themselves in the areas of sports, entertainment, literature and politics. They didn't let asthma stop them from becoming the best that they could be, and neither should you!

Sports

  • Jerome Bettis – professional football player
  • Bruce Davidson – Olympic equestrian
  • Tom Dolan – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Chris Draft – professional football player
  • Kurt Grote – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Nancy Hogshead – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Juwan Howard – professional basketball player
  • Jim "Catfish" Hunter – professional baseball player
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Olympic medalist, track
  • Bill Koch – Olympic medalist, cross-country skiing
  • Greg Louganis – Olympic medalist, diving
  • Tom Malchow – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Debbie Meyer – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Art Monk – professional football player
  • George Murray – wheelchair athlete & Boston Marathon winner
  • Robert Muzzio – decathlete
  • Dennis Rodman – professional basketball player
  • Jim Ryun – Olympic medalist, track
  • Alberto Salazar – marathon runner
  • Emmitt Smith – professional football player
  • Karin Smith – Olympic javelin specialist
  • Isaiah Thomas – professional basketball player
  • Amy VanDyken – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Bonnie Warner – Olympic Luge specialist
  • Dominique Wilkins – professional basketball player
  • Kristi Yamaguchi – Olympic medalist, figure skating
  • Theresa Zabell – Olympic medalist, sailing

Entertainment

  • Steve Allen – comedian, actor
  • Loni Anderson – actress
  • Jason Alexander – actor, director
  • Ludwig von Beethoven – composer
  • Leonard Bernstein – conductor, composer
  • Judy Collins – folk singer
  • Alice Cooper – rock singer
  • Morgan Fairchild – actress
  • Kenneth Gorelick (Kenny G) – musician
  • Bob Hope – comedian, actor
  • Billy Joel – singer
  • Robert Joffrey – dancer, choreographer
  • Diane Keaton – actress
  • Ricki Lake – talk show host
  • Liza Minnelli – actress, singer
  • Arnold Schoenburg – composer
  • Martin Scorsese – film director
  • Paul Sorvino – actor
  • Sharon Stone – actress
  • Elizabeth Taylor – actress
  • Antonio Vivaldi – composer, conductor
  • Orson Welles – actor, director

Literature

  • Ambrose Bierce – journalist and author
  • Elizabeth Bishop – poet and author
  • Charles Dickens – author
  • Oliver Wendell Holmes – poet, physician, inventor
  • Samuel Johnson – 18th century poet, critic, essayist
  • Joseph Pulitzer – publisher, philanthropist
  • Dylan Thomas – poet, playwright
  • John Updike – author
  • Edith Wharton – author

Politics

  • Calvin Coolidge – 30th President of the U.S.
  • Benjamin Disraeli – British statesman, author
  • Che Guevara – South American revolutionary leader
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson – political leader
  • John F. Kennedy – 35th President of the U.S.
  • John Locke – 17th century politician, philosopher
  • Walter Mondale – 42nd Vice President of the U.S.
  • Peter the Great – Russian Czar
  • Theodore Roosevelt – 26th President of the U.S.
  • Daniel Webster – lawyer, statesman
  • Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the U.S.