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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

  • David Beckham – professional soccer player
  • Donnell Bennet – professional football player
  • Jerome Bettis – professional football player
  • Shannon "The Cannon" Briggs – heavyweight boxer and actor
  • Bruce Davidson – Olympic equestrian
  • Tom Dolan – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Chris Draft – professional football player
  • Dan Girardi – professional hockey player
  • Kurt Grote – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Austin Healy – professional rugby player
  • Nancy Hogshead – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Juwan Howard – professional basketball player
  • Jim "Catfish" Hunter – professional baseball player
  • Miguel Indurain – Tour de France winner (5 times) and Olympic champion
  • Richard Jefferson – professional basketball player
  • Jackie Joyner-Kersee – Olympic medalist, track
  • Bill Koch – Olympic medalist, cross-country skiing
  • Frank Lampard – professional soccer player
  • Greg Louganis – Olympic medalist, diving
  • Tom Malchow – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Debbie Meyer – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Art Monk – professional football player
  • George Murray – wheelchair athlete and Boston Marathon winner
  • Robert Muzzio – decathlete
  • Paula Radcliffe – women's marathon world record holder
  • Dennis Rodman – professional basketball player
  • Jim Ryun – Olympic medalist, track
  • Alberto Salazar – marathon runner
  • Paul Scholes – professional soccer player
  • Emmitt Smith – professional football player
  • Karin Smith – Olympic javelin specialist
  • Mark Spitz – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Alison Streeter – crossed the English channel a record 43 times
  • Isaiah Thomas – professional basketball player
  • Dara Torres – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • Jan Ullrich – Tour de France winner
  • Peter Vanderkaay – Olympic medalist, swimming
  • 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

  • Jessica Alba – actress
  • Steve Allen – comedian, actor
  • Loni Anderson – actress
  • Jason Alexander – actor, director
  • Ludwig von Beethoven – composer
  • Leonard Bernstein – conductor, composer
  • Bono – lead vocalist of U2
  • Kristin Chenoweth – singer, actress
  • Judy Collins – folk singer
  • Coolio – rapper, actor
  • Alice Cooper – rock singer
  • Jonathon Davis – singer
  • DMX – rapper
  • Eminem – rapper, songwriter
  • Morgan Fairchild – actress
  • Sarah Michelle Geller – actress
  • Kenneth Gorelick (Kenny G) – musician
  • Bob Hope – comedian, actor
  • Billy Joel – singer
  • Robert Joffrey – dancer, choreographer
  • Wynonna Judd – singer
  • Diane Keaton – actress
  • Ricki Lake – talk show host
  • Lindsay Lohan – actress
  • Liza Minnelli – actress, singer
  • Pink – singer
  • Christopher Reeve – actor
  • Arnold Schoenburg – composer
  • Martin Scorsese – film director
  • Paul Sorvino – actor
  • Sharon Stone – actress
  • Harry Styles – singer, actor
  • Elizabeth Taylor – actress
  • Anna Trebunskaya – professional dancer
  • Apex Twin – techno DJ
  • 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
  • Marcel Proust – French novelist
  • Joseph Pulitzer – publisher, philanthropist
  • Louis "Studs" Terkel – American author, historian, actor, and broadcaster
  • Dylan Thomas – poet, playwright
  • John Updike – author
  • Edith Wharton – author

Politics

  • Bill Clinton – 42nd President of the U.S.
  • 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.
  • Seneca – Roman philosopher and politician
  • William T. Sherman – hero of the American civil war
  • Daniel Webster – lawyer, statesman
  • William III of England – Prince of Orange, King of England, Scotland, and Ireland
  • Martin Van Buren – 8th President of the U.S.
  • Woodrow Wilson – 28th President of the U.S.