Dyslexia is a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person's ability to read. These individuals typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds) and/or rapid visual-verbal responding.

But dyslexia doesn't have to keep a kid down. With some help and a lot of hard work, anyone who has dyslexia can learn to read and succeed.

Here are a few people you may have heard of with dyslexia.

Actors, Entertainers, Filmmakers and Directors

  • Harry Anderson
  • Tom Cruise
  • Tracey Gold
  • Jay Leno
  • Oliver Reed
  • Tom Smothers
  • Dustin Hoffman
  • Anthony Hopkins
  • Martin Nigel Davey
  • Harrison Ford
  • Patrick Dempsey
  • Brad Little
  • Will Smith
  • Daniel Stern
  • Muse Watson
  • Walt Disney
  • Goldie Hawn
  • Orlando Bloom
  • Dave Foley
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Keanu Reeves
  • Billy Bob Thornton
  • Robin Williams
  • Jack Nicholson
  • Fred Astaire
  • Joseph Asthon
  • Zsa Zsa Gabor
  • Bob Hoskins
  • Sarah Miles
  • Suzanne Somers
  • Liv Tyler
  • Guy Ritchie
  • Robert Benton
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Channing Tatum
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Trudie Styler
  • Justin Theroux
  • Harry Belafonte
  • Danny Glover
  • Susan Hampshire
  • Edward James Olmos
  • Loretta Young
  • Henry Winkler
  • Steve McQueen
  • George Burns
  • Michael Barrymore
  • Kristian Digby
  • Keira Knightley
  • George C. Scott
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Lindsay Wagner
  • Soren Kragh Jacobson
  • Nicole Betancourt

Artists, Designers and Architects

  • Ansel Adams
  • Ignacio Gomez
  • Robert Rauschenberg
  • Robert Toth
  • David Bailey
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Andrew Menzies
  • Marco Pierre White
  • David Bailey
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Auguste Rodin
  • Jorn Utzon
  • Chuck Close
  • Lord Richard Rogers
  • Allison Merriweather
  • Leonardo da Vinci
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Bennett Strahan
  • Andy Warhol
  • Margaret Whittington
  • Hugh Newell Jacobson
  • Patricia Buckley Moss

Inventors and Scientists

  • Ann Bancroft
  • Albert Einstein
  • Willem Hollenbach
  • John Robert Skoyles
  • The Wright Brothers
  • Harvey Cushing
  • Isaac Newton
  • Galileo
  • Eli Whitney
  • Alexander Graham Bell
  • Michael Faraday
  • John R. Horner
  • Werner Von Braun
  • Louis Pasteur
  • James Clark Maxwell
  • Nicholai Tesia
  • Tom Francis
  • Baruj Benacerraf
  • Thomas Edison
  • Dr. James Lovelock
  • Archer Martin
  • Allen Grant
  • Steven Hawkings
  • William Lear
  • Henry Ford
  • Simon Clemment

Law and Justice

  • David Boies
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Jeffrey H. Gallet

Military Heroes

  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson
  • General Westmoreland
  • George Patton

Musicians and Vocalists

  • Cher
  • Nigel Kennedy
  • Beethoven
  • Toyah Wilcox
  • Brad Little
  • Bob Weir
  • Jewel
  • John Lennon
  • Mozart
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Florence Welch

Athletes

  • Muhammad Ali
  • Magic Johnson
  • Diamond Dallas Page
  • Jackie Stewart
  • Caitlin Jenner
  • Pete Rose
  • Duncan Goodhew
  • Greg Louganis
  • Steve Redgrave
  • Carl Lewis
  • Dexter Manley
  • Bob May
  • Nolan Ryan
  • Ann Bancroft
  • Chris Boardman
  • Josie Kidd

Physicians and Surgeons

  • Harvey Cushing
  • Fred Epstein

Political Leaders

  • Winston Churchill
  • Andrew Jackson
  • Gavin Newsom
  • Woodrow Wilson
  • George Bush
  • Robert Kennedy
  • Anna Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Lyndon Johnson

Writers

  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • Steve Cannell
  • Agatha Christie
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Elizabeth Daniels Squire
  • W.B. Yeats
  • Edgar Allen Poe
  • Marc Flanagan
  • Robert Scheer
  • Sarah Miles
  • Esther Freud

Entrepreneurs

  • Barbara Corcoran
  • Daymond John
  • Charles Schwab