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Famous Celebrities With Learning Problems

Famous people with formal or informal diagnoses of dyslexia and or ADD, ADHD are listed below. Most had a tutor to provide tutorials on many subjects at school.

Inventors and Scientists:

Ann Bancroft, Arctic Explorer
(Ann needed a tutor for learning issues)

Alexander Graham Bell

Charles Schwab
(Schwab needed a tutor for dyslexia and never felt that he had ADHD ADD)


John Britten, Inventor
(Dyslexia led Britten to need a tutor while ADHD ADD needed to be ruled out)

Pierre Curie, Physicist (1903 Nobel Prize)

Thomas Edison
(Edison was in need of a tutor albeit it was unclear whether he was dyslexic ADD or ADHD)

Albert Einstein

Michael Faraday
(Faraday needed tutoring for dyslexia some wonder if ADD ADHD was part of his learning issues)

Carol Greider
(Greider dyslexic needed a tutor albeit during a time when ADD ADHD was less likely a diagnosis)

Jack Horner, Paleontologist
(Horner had a tutor for dyslexia without mentioning ADD ADHD)

Dr. Peter Lovatt, psychologist and dancer

Dr. James Lovelock
(Tutoring made dyslexia gift for Lovelock further testing may have indicated ADD ADHD also)

Paul MacCready
(Needed a tutor, undiagnosed dyslexia while ADD ADHD should be considered)

Archer Martin, Chemist (1952 Nobel Laureate)
(Tutor for dyslexia needed by Martin with ADD ADHD could have been the case)

Matthew H. Schneps, Astrophysicist
(Painful dyslexia called for a tutor while he does not think it was also ADD ADHD)

John R. Skoyles, Brain Researcher
(Tutoring needed for future neurologist whether dyslexia ADD or ADHD is unclear)

Artists, Designers, and Architects:

Leonardo da Vinci

Ansel Adams

David Bailey

Chuck Close

Ignacio Gomez

Tommy Hilfiger

Ian Marley

Pablo Picasso

Auguste Rodin

Bennett Strahan

Robert Toth

Jørn Utzon

Andy Warhol

Willard Wigan

Law and Military:

David Boies

Erin Brockovich

Jeffrey H. Gallet

Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson

George Patton

Physicians & Surgeons:

Harvey Cushing

Fred Epstein

Political Leaders:

King Carl XVI Gustaf

Andrew Jackson

Dan Malloy

Gavin Newsom

Nelson Rockefeller

Paul Wellstone

Woodrow Wilson

Entrepreneurs and Business Leaders:

Steve Jobs
(Dyslexia ADD ADHD are not indicated. Jobs needed tutoring in grade school)

Richard Branson
(Dyslexia led Branson to have trouble in school rather than ADD ADHD. He needed tutoring)

John T Chambers
(Tutor to address dyslexia ADD or ADHD)

Henry Ford
(ADHD ADD and Dyslexia are possibilities considered for Ford who needed a tutor)

William Hewlett
(Dyslexia led to tutor needed to address learning issues while ADD ADHD need to be rule out)

Ingvar Kamprad
(Supportive parents of his dyslexia and possible ADD ADHD. He needed a tutor)

Sir Peter Leitch
(ADD ADHD was a possibility while self described as dyslexic in need of tutor)

Craig McCaw
(Managed family money despite or because of dyslexia with ADD ADHD as possible needed tutor)

O.D. McKee
(Dyslexia ADD ADHD possible reasons for learning issues requiring a tutor)

David Neeleman
(Compensation for undiagnosed dyslexia ADD or ADHD with called for tutor services)

Paul J. Orfalea
(Tutor expected for ADHD and dyslexia while not thought to have had ADD)

Charles Schwab
(Dyslexia was a challenge that left Schwab needing a tutor. ADD ADHD were not usually diagnosed during his school years)

Ted Turner, President
(ADHD ADD or dyslexia were not the case. Bipolar issues called for needing a tutor)

Robert Woodruff
(Failed out of Georgia Tech needed tutor services while unclear whether ADD ADHD or dyslexia was the issue)

Frank W. Woolworth
(Teachers thought Woolworth was a dreamer in school and needed tutor while it is unclear whether ADHD ADD or dyslexia)

Writers and Journalists:

F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Student needed tutoring for undiagnosed ADHD)

William Butler Yeats

Agatha Christie
(Dyslexia led Christie to need tutoring as a child)

Scott Adams
(Cartoonist with dyslexia, as a child, needed a tutor)

Jeanne Betancourt
(Betancourt described as dyslexic wanted tutoring as a child)

Stephen Cannell
(Terrible school years due to undiagnosed dyslexia and ADD ADHD)

John Corrigan
(noticed dyslexia in 4th grade and tutoring required)

Andrew Dornenburg
(Dyslexia for student Dornenburg called for tutoring)

Jane Elson
(Tutor can use her stories for children with dyslexia)

Richard Engel (Student tutoring for dyslexia with ADHD needed to be ruled out)

Patricia Neal penn name Fannie Flagg
(Dyslexic Neal required a tutor may have had ADHD)

Gustave Flaubert
(Whether dyslexic or ADHD for student tutoring is unclear)

Sally Gardner
(Diagnosed Dyslexic during time when as a child ADHD may have gone undiagnosed for tutoring)

Terry Goodkind
(Goodkind's dyslexia as a student with possible ADHD ADD needed tutoring)

Byron Pitts
(Dyslexia and ADHD ADD needed to be tested for tutoring purposes when a child)

Patricia Polacco
(Student Polacco dyslexic need more testing for ADD ADHD to be tutored as a child)

Eileen Simpson
(Undiagnosed dyslexic student and possible ADHD ADD could have helped for tutoring)

Philip Schultz
(Schultz student dealt with dyslexia during time as a child when ADHD was rarely diagnosed for tutoring)

Actors and Entertainers:

Harry Anderson
(Anderson needed tutor for dyslexia, albeit student ADHD ADD needed to be ruled out when a child)

Orlando Bloom
(tutor for dyslexia, while ADD ADHD could have been a factor)

Harry Belafonte
(Belafonte dyslexic student during span when ADHD ADD was not child diagnosed for tutor)

Charley Boorman
(Dyslexia impacted student Boorman and possibly when a child ADHD or ADD for tutor needs)

Jim Carrey
(Carrey needed tutor for dyslexia and possibly ADD/ADHD)

Danny Glover
(As a child student ADHD ADD needed to be ruled out, while dyslexia called for tutor services)

Whoopi Goldberg
(Goldberg as a lower grade child student would have gained from tutor as dyslexia an issue and possibly ADD/ADHD)

Susan Hampshire
(Dyslexia and possibly ADD ADHD led to child Hampshire needing tutor services to help student)

Keira Knightley
(Knightley would benefit from tutor as a child student with dyslexia impeded learning, while potentially ADHD ADD also)

Jay Leno
(Student with ADD/ADHD needed to be ruled out for dyslexic child who needed tutor)

Oliver Reed
(Tutor required for dyslexia during during child years and maybe ADD or ADHD as a student)

Keanu Reeves
(Reeves tutor services for dyslexia at child age as student and to have ruled out ADHD or ADD)

Tom Smothers
(ADHD or ADD student possibly while dyslexia issues meant tutor needed for child)

Billy Bob Thornton
(Student needed tutor services that where missing for his dyslexia and possibly ADHD or ADD, even as a child)

Vince Vaughn
(Music star needed tutor for dyslexia to help as a student and to have ADHD or ADD ruled out when a child)

Henry Winkler
(Student Winkler was dyslexic and possibly ADHD or ADD needed tutor when a child)