Sunday, June 16, 2013

Famous People, TV Characters, Literary Characters ect Speculated to have or who do have Asperger's Syndrome

There are so many misunderstandings of what it means to be an Aspie/ Autistic. This list (below) shows that while sometimes we DO need more help in life in some daily activities due to sensory overload or anxiety or depression or dyspraxia or ADD (each Aspie is different in these traits),  we give back to the world in ways that are inspiring, artistic, genius, unique, refreshing and original ways. We would not be communicating on computers without Aspies. Nor would we enjoy many philosophical debates, beautifully written prose, or humorous antidotes without many Autistics. I feel this must be said because of the recent judgments and misconceptions that have been given to Autistics/Aspies. Keep in mind it's a spectrum. The original following list can be clicked here.

It can be particularly illuminating to relate to the characters or famous people in the lists below if one can not relate to most "normal" (or NT) people. Funny enough, most Aspies/Autistics have qualities that every person we meet can relate to (I think this is because we can be a chameleon of sorts and mimic behaviours or traits.) Often Autistics feel isolated because those same people can not relate to the way they live nor can relate the Autistic's experience of the world referring to it as odd or dramatic. It is refreshing for those on the spectrum to find people who think alike or offer the same traits of behaviour or thought pattern.

In recent years there are more characters from my own list to add to the list below. *Remember that some of these people are either speculated to show Autistics traits, were Autistic or have many relatable qualities TO Autistics/ Aspies. Some of these people are imaginary characters on shows that may not be stated as on the spectrum but many on the spectrum can relate to ( for instance Kirk or Paris on Gilmore Girls)  and others are imaginary characters actually stated as in the spectrum, real life advocates, heros and writers*:

 Elphaba from the Broadway musical Wicked (non intentional but MANY Aspergirls relate to her), Temple Grandin (real life advocate, author, inventor), Sheldon Cooper and Amy Ferrah Fowler (from the Series the Big Bang Theory), Max (from Parenthood), Abed Nadir (TV sitcom Community), Bones (from TV series Bones), Adam (from the movie Adam), Layla (Movie Sky High), Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter- this is another example of the Aspie GIRL and not what we think of traditionally as Aspies), Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, Percy Jackson (the Lightening Thief book and movie), Jennifer Cooke O Toole (author of Asperkids and other books), Rudy Simone (author of many books including Aspergirls), Sugar Motta (Glee), Parker (Thief/ Character in TV Series Leverage),  Laine Holiday Willey (author of Pretending to be Normal and other books), Jerry Seinfeld (Stand up comedian and TV star - as reported HERE), John Elder Robinson (author of Look me In the Eye), Sam (blogger from the popular site, actress and advocate Audrey Hepburn could qualify for the Aspergirls temperament (she valued privacy, was quiet, felt odd and outcasted, and was a genius in the way she acted. Aspergers can relate by reading Enchantment by her son.) Keep in mind that women on the scale are often very different from the men on the scale. Enjoy the list below and feel like you belong!)

This is another great little post about famous tv characters getting Asperger's wrong...:

This list was found HERE by Anlsmommy:

"I have listed here some well-known people who have shown some autistic or AS traits. Some may have autism or AS, in their mild or severe forms. Others may be elsewhere on the autistic continuum. And others listed may just be unusual individuals. 

 Fictional characters Television characters

* NEARLY NEW Alex P Keaton, played by Michael J Fox in Family Ties, USA 1982-1989 * Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, BBC 1975-1979 * Bert (voiced by Frank Oz) in Sesame Street, USA 1969- * Cliff Clavin, played by John Ratzenberger in Cheers, USA 1982-1993 * Daria Morgendorffer (voiced by Tracy Grandstaff) in Daria, MTV cartoon USA 1997- * Jim Dial, played by Charles Kimbrough in Murphy Brown, USA 1988-1998 * Lisa Simpson (voiced by Yeardley Smith) and Moe (Moe Szyslak of Moe's Tavern, voiced by Hank Azaria) in The Simpsons cartoon, USA 1989- * Martin Miller ("Ben's little brother") played by Matthew Buckley in Grange Hill, Children's BBC UK 1978- * Mr Bean, played by Rowan Atkinson in the eponymous TV series UK 1989- and film Bean UK/USA 1997- * Taz Tasmanian Devil (voiced by Jim Cummings) in Taz-Mania, USA cartoon 1991-1993 * Steven Quincy "Steve" Urkel / Myrtle Urkel / Stephan Urquell, played by Jaleel White in Family Matters, USA 1989-1998 * Dr Victor Ehrlich and Dr Mark Craig, played by Ed Begley Jr and William Daniels, in Saint Elsewhere, USA 1982-1988

TV Aliens/Extra-Terrestrials

* Mr Spock, played by Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek, TV and films, USA 1966- * Data and Reginald Barclay, played by Brent Spiner and Dwight Schultz in Star Trek: The Next Generation, USA 1987-1994 * Seven of Nine and The Doctor, played by Jeri Ryan and Robert Picardo in Star Trek: Voyager, USA 1995- * The Doctor, The Daleks and The Cybermen, from Dr Who, BBC TV and films UK 1963-1989 * Mork, played by Robin Williams in Mork and Mindy, USA 1978-1982 * Dick, Sally, Harry and Tommy Solomon, played by John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in 3rd Rock from the Sun, USA 1996- 2001

Film characters

* Andrew Martin the robot, played by Robin Williams in Bicentennial Man, USA 1999 from a story by Isaac Asimov (see below) * Barry, played by Jack Black in High Fidelity, USA 2000 (based on the book of the same name by Nick Hornby, whose son is autistic) * Benjie, played by Oliver Conant in Summer of '42, USA 1971 * Chance the Gardener ("Chauncy Gardener"), played by Peter Sellers in Being There, USA 1979 * Charly Gordon, played by Cliff Robertson in Charly, USA 1968; also known as Charlie Gordon, played by Matthew Modine, in Flowers for Algernon, USA 2000; based on the novel by Daniel Keyes * Cody, played by Holliston Coleman in Bless the Child, USA 2000 * Edward Scissorhands, played by Johnny Depp in Edward Scissorhands, USA 1990 * Herbie Stempel, played by John Turturro in Quiz Show, USA 1994 * "Joon" (Juniper Pearl), played by Mary Stuart Masterson in Benny & Joon, USA 1993 * Malcolm Hughes, played by Colin Friels in Malcolm, Australia 1986 * Melvin Udall, obsessive-compulsive writer played by Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets, USA 1997 * Molly McKay, played by Elisabeth Shue in Molly,
Jane Austen, 1775-1817, English novelist, author of Pride and Prejudice (see above) * B?la Bart?k, 1881-1945, Hungarian composer * Ludwig van Beethoven, 1770-1827, German/Viennese composer * AMENDED Alexander Graham Bell, 1847-1922, Scottish/Canadian/American inventor of the telephone * Anton Bruckner, 1824-1896, Austrian composer * Henry Cavendish, 1731-1810, English/French scientist, discovered the composition of air and water * Emily Dickinson, 1830-1886, US poet * Thomas Edison, 1847-1931, US inventor * Albert Einstein, 1879-1955, German/American theoretical physicist * Henry Ford, 1863-1947, US industrialist * Kaspar Hauser, c1812-1833, German foundling, portrayed in a film by Werner Herzog * Oliver Heaviside, 1850-1925, English physicist * Thomas Jefferson, 1743-1826, US politician * NEW Carl Jung, 1875-1961, Swiss psychoanalyst * Franz Kafka, 1883-1924, Czech writer * Wasily Kandinsky, 1866-1944, Russian/French painter * H P Lovecraft, 1890-1937, US writer * Ludwig II, 1845-1886, King of Bavaria * Charles Rennie Mackintosh, 1868-1928, Scottish architect and designer * NEW Gustav Mahler, 1860-1911, Czech/Austrian composer * Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 1756-1791, Austrian composer * Isaac Newton, 1642-1727, English mathematician and physicist * Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher * Bertrand Russell, 1872-1970, British logician * George Bernard Shaw, 1856-1950, Irish playwright, writer of Pygmalion (see above), critic and Socialist * Richard Strauss, 1864-1949, German composer * Nikola Tesla, 1856-1943, Serbian/American scientist, engineer, inventor of electric motors * Henry Thoreau, 1817-1862, US writer * Alan Turing, 1912-1954, English mathematician, computer scientist and cryptographer * Mark Twain, 1835-1910, US humorist * Vincent Van Gogh, 1853-1890, Dutch painter * Ludwig Wittgenstein, 1889-1951, Viennese/English logician and philosopher

Historical people prominent in the late twentieth century (died after 1975)
Isaac Asimov, 1920-1992, Russian/US writer on science and of science fiction, author of Bicentennial Man (see above) * Hans Asperger, 1906-1980, Austrian paediatric doctor after whom Asperger's Syndrome is named * John Denver, 1943-1997, US musician * Glenn Gould, 1932-1982, Canadian pianist * Jim Henson, 1936-1990, creator of the Muppets, US puppeteer, writer, producer, director, composer * Alfred Hitchcock, 1899-1980, English/American film director * NEARLY NEW Howard Hughes, 1905-1976, US billionaire * Andy Kaufman, 1949-1984, US comedian, subject of the film Man on the Moon * L S Lowry, 1887-1976, English painter of "matchstick men" * Charles Schulz, 1922-2000, US cartoonist and creator of Peanuts and Charlie Brown * Andy Warhol, 1928-1987, US artist

Contemporary famous people Woody Allen, 1935-, US comedian, actor, writer, director, producer, jazz clarinettist * Tony Benn, 1925-, English Labour politician * Bob Dylan, 1941-, US singer-songwriter * Joseph Erber, 1985-, young English composer/musician who has Asperger's Syndrome, subject of a BBC TV documentary * Bobby Fischer, 1943-, US chess champion * Bill Gates, 1955-, US global monopolist * Genie, 1957-?, US "wild child" (see also L'Enfant Sauvage, Victor, above) * Crispin Glover, 1964-, US actor * Al Gore, 1948-, former US Vice President and presidential candidate * Jeff Greenfield, 1943-, US political analyst/speechwriter, a political wonk * David Helfgott, 1947-, Australian pianist, subject of the film Shine * Michael Jackson, 1958-2009, US singer * Garrison Keillor, 1942-, US writer, humorist and host of Prairie Home Companion * Kevin Mitnick, 1963-, US "hacker" * John Motson, 1945-, English sports commentator * NEW John Nash, 1928-, US mathematician (portrayed by Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind, USA 2001) * Keith Olbermann, 1959-, US sportscaster * Michael Palin, 1943-, English comedian and presenter * Keanu Reeves, 1964-, Lebanese/Canadian/US actor * Oliver Sacks, 1933-, UK/US, Elvis Presley (speculated) 1935-1977"


Cat said...

I fell those feelings of being misunderstood are very universal, no matter what the personal challenge is that each person faces
finding our own joy and purpose is key...not seeing ourselves through others eyes

ps I love you just the way you are
wise wise woman!

love and light

Kmarie Jones said...

Thanks:) They are universal...perhaps more so for minorities because of adds an extra umph...but I am aware that everyone does feel this way from time to time...maybe not daily though right? It is good to always remember that we each struggle:) I think sharing differences, struggles and feeling misunderstood aid in understanding and empathy. It is not that we are drawing attention to ourselves or saying look at me and what I am doing but instead - look at what people like me have contributed and do not underestimate or undervalue me because I belong to a certain difference ( whether it is race, gender, ability ect.) it is good to remember and perhaps each of us falls into our own minority:)

Cat said...

you are so right K
no one should ever be or fell devalued!!!