World Famous People with Autism

According to WHO statistics, 1 in 160 children is born with an autism spectrum disorder. However, with proper education, children can adapt to society and lead normal lives. 

Stanley Kubrick

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The genius film director who brought “Space Odyssey,” “The Shining,” and “Fullmetal Alchemist” to the world suffered from Asperger’s Syndrome. This disorder is part of the autism spectrum and includes interaction difficulties, lack of motor coordination, unusual perfectionism, and lack of empathy. 

Most actors had a hard time working under Stanley Kubrick. He was rude to his accusations, ignored their problems, and made horrible demands. For example, Shelley Duvall (Wendy) had to repeat the same scene 147 times during the filming of Shine. The actress started losing her hair due to stress.

Robin Williams

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Actor Robin Williams was never diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome during his lifetime, but many facts in his life point to it. Those close to him noted his utter awkwardness in social interactions. His battle with depression, which he eventually lost, could also serve as a clue to Asperger’s Syndrome, as patients with this syndrome often suffer from “complications” such as bipolar disorder.

Robin Williams committed suicide on August 11, 2014.

Suzanne Boyle

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Scott Susan Boyle rose to international fame after winning the UK National Talent Show in 2009 with the song “I Dreamed A Dream”.

She was bullied at school and her schoolwork did not go well. After school, Susan worked as a cook’s assistant for six months. Soon she became disabled living on a modest pension, she had to contend with constant depression and anxiety every day. But in her heart, she had a dream of becoming a singer. After her fame fell to Boyle, she underwent a medical check-up and was given the correct diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.

Bill Gates

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If Bill Gates isn’t the most famous person with autism, he’s the richest. Experts speculate that he has Asperger’s Syndrome, but thanks to the efforts of his wealthy parents, his eccentricity was not an obstacle to his education.

From childhood, Bill was instilled with a desire for constant competition and continuous acquisition of knowledge.

Bill Gates consistently ranks among the top 3 richest people in the world.

Already when he was 12 years old, he concluded that programs, not machines, will change the future. In 1975 he founded Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen. Microsoft turned the world upside down by making computers available to the public which was far from programming. Gates donates most of the profits to his charity.

Anthony Hopkins

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The ‘Silence of the Lambs” star didn’t know he had Asperger’s Syndrome until he was 80. When he was young, he did not study well due to his dyslexia and was unable to read or write, which is why he decided early on to dedicate his life to art. He learned to play the piano but made little progress. Luckily, he met actor Richard Burton when he was 15, after which he started taking acting classes.

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