Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series-Disabled Legend Marc Summers

Marc Summers was born Marc Berkowitz on 11 November, 1951 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Marc is an American television personality, popular game show host, producer, and a two-time talk show host, perhaps best known for hosting the children’s game show Double Dare on Nickelodeon. During an interview with Dr. Eric Hollander on Biggers & Summers, Summers revealed that he has obsessive compulsive disorder. Summers went public about his condition on various television shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show and The Today Show. In 1999, Summers co-wrote a book with Hollander about his experience called Everything In Its Place: My Trials and Triumphs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Series-Disabled Legend Howard Hughes

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was born on 24 December 1905 and died on 5 April 1976. Howard was an American aviator, engineer, industrialist, film producer and director, and one of the wealthiest people in the world. By the late 1950s Howard had developed debilitating symptoms of social avoidance behavior and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The Aviator (2004), directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard focuses primarily on Hughes’ achievements in aviation, in the movies, and on the increasing handicaps imposed on him by his obsessive-compulsive behavior.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Stephen Joseph Cannell

Stephen Joseph Cannell was born on 5 February, 1941. Stephen is an American television producer, writer, novelist, and occasional actor. Stephen struggled with dyslexia in school, but did graduate from the University of Oregon in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in journalism. At UO, he joined the Sigma Chi fraternity. Stephen has also acted occasionally, including a regular supporting role as “Dutch” Dixon on his series, Renegade. Stephen also took a turn in an episode of Silk Stalkings.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney commonly known as Walt Disney was born on 5 December, 1901 and died on 15 December, 1966.  Walt was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Disney is notable as one of the most influential and innovative figures in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century. Walt Disney had dyslexia, which is a learning disorder characterized by reading difficulties. While Walt Disney was attending high school he also went to the Academy of Fine Arts. This caused him to have double the school work than an average student on top of  the fact that he also dealt with being dyslexic.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Tom Cruise

Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was born on 3 July, 1962. More commonly known as Tom Cruise. Tom is an American actor and film producer. Tom has said that he suffered from abuse as a child. This was partially due to him suffering from dyslexia. Tom stated that when something went wrong, his father came down hard on him. Having gone through fifteen schools in twelve years, Cruise, who dropped his father’s name at age twelve, was also a victim of bullying at school.

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Dyslexia Series-Disabled Legend Henry Franklin Winkler

Henry Franklin Winkler was born on 30 October, 1945. Henry is a Golden Globe Award-winning American actor, director, producer and author. He is perhaps most famous for his role as Arthur “Fonzie” Fonzarelli on the popular sitcom Happy Days (1974–1984). Winkler attended the McBurney School and received his bachelor’s degree from Emerson College in 1967 and his MFA from the Yale School of Drama in 1970. In 1978, Emerson gave Winkler an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Winkler has also received a Doctor of Humane Letters from Austin College. Having struggled throughout his school years with unidentified dyslexia Winkler, at age 31, finally understood what he’d been grappling with all his life, when making a documentary about dyslexia, Winkler himself found that he was dyslexic.

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Epilepsy Series-Disabled Legend Bud Abbott

Bud Abbott was born on 2 October, 1895 and died on 24 April, 1974). Bud Abott was an American producer, comedian and actor. Many times did he try to hide the fact that he was suffering from epilepsy. His whole life he had been subject to the disease and many times he tried to control it with alcohol. His alcoholism was getting worst as time went by and he eventually went bankrupt due to tax issues with the IRS. Short after going bankrupt Bud lost his longtime partner Lou Costello when he died from heart damage. Bud then tried to take another shot at his career with Candy Candido but was not successful. Bud Abott died of cancer on April 24, 1974 after suffering from two consecutive strokes.

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