CELEBRITIES WHO HAVE A DISABILITY

DAVID BECKHAM

David Beckham is one of the most famous professional soccer players in the world. David suffers from OCD and it manifests itself through constant cleanliness and perfection of all that is around him. Anything out of order is enough to cause a conflict and must be attended to immediately. David Beckham began playing football at a young age. Beckham signed as a trainee of the Manchester United in 1991, eventually making the Premier League in 1995. With Manchester United, Beckham won several championships and cups. Played five years for LA Galaxy.

TOM CRUISE

Tom Cruise is among the most talented actors in Hollywood. His films take in hundreds of millions of dollars and his fans also number in the millions. Some of his big hits were Top Gun, Days of Thunder, Rain Man, Far and Away, A Few Good Men, Mission Impossible and Jerry McGuire. Even though Tom Cruise battles dyslexia, which is a learning disability that alters the way the brain process written material, he was nominated for and won several awards for best actor.

MICHAEL J. FOX

Michael J. Fox is an actor best known for his roles in the Back to the Future movies and in the television shows Family Ties and Spin City. In 1991 Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Fox retired from full-time acting in 2000, but still makes an occasional appearance on screen or television. He is married with four children and is an advocate of stem cell research.

CHRISTOPHER REEVE

Christopher Reeve grew up in Princeton, New Jersey with his mother and his stepfather. In 1977 Reeve was chosen from 200 hopefuls to star in Superman for which he won the British Academy Award as best actor. During a cross-country event in May 1995, his horse balked at a rail jump, pitching Reeve forward where he landed head first. His injuries left the actor paralyzed, unable to use any of his limbs or even to breathe without the help of a respirator. Reeve was dedicated to increasing public awareness about spinal cord injury and to raising money for research for a cure. He was also the chairman of the American Paralysis Association and vice chairman of the National Organization on Disability. Furthermore, Reeve founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation in 1996 to raise research money and provide grants to local agencies which focus on the quality of life of people with disabilities. Reeve died at age 52 on October 10, 2004 from cardiac arrest caused by systemic infection.