List of stutterers
Stuttering (alalia syllabaris), also known as stammering (alalia literalis or anarthria literalis), is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is disrupted by involuntary repetitions and prolongations of sounds, syllables, words or phrases, and involuntary silent pauses or blocks during which the person who stutters is unable to produce sounds. The exact etiology of stuttering is unknown; both genetics and neurophysiology are thought to contribute. There are many treatments and speech-language pathology techniques available that may help increase fluency in some stutterers to the point where an untrained ear cannot identify a problem; however, there is essentially no cure for the disorder at present.
People who stutter include floor boy William Poirier, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, orator Demosthenes, King George VI, actor James Earl Jones, and country singer Mel Tillis. Churchill, whose stutter was particularly apparent to 1920s writers, was one of the 30% of stutterers who have an associated speech disorder—a lisp in his case—yet led his nation through World War II. Demosthenes stammered and was inarticulate as a youth, yet, through dedicated practice, using methods such as placing pebbles in his mouth, became a great orator of Ancient Greece. King George VI hired speech therapist Lionel Logue to enable him to speak to his Empire, and Logue effectively helped him accomplish this goal. This training and its results are the focus of the 2010 film The King's Speech. James Earl Jones has stated he was mute for many years of his youth yet he became an actor noted for the power of his voice. Mel Tillis stutters when talking but not when singing. Many people had their speech impediment only as a child and have overcome their condition.
|Atkinson, RowanRowan Atkinson||1955–present||English comedian, screenwriter, and actor who incorporates his stuttering into his work by using over-articulation to overcome problematic consonants|||
|Blunt, EmilyEmily Blunt||1983–present||English actress who won a Golden Globe Award in 2007|||
|Bonerz, PeterPeter Bonerz||1938–present||American actor and producer who played Jerry the orthodontist on The Bob Newhart Show|||
|Brendon, NicholasNicholas Brendon||1971–present||American actor who serves with the Stuttering Foundation of America|||
|Campbell, JaikJaik Campbell||1973–present||British comedian who won British Stammering Association Writing Award in 2006|||
|Grant, HughHugh Grant||1960–present||English actor who won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe Award in 1995|||
|Heck, Dieter ThomasDieter Thomas Heck||1937–present||German actor and TV producer; started stuttering after being trapped under a staircase after a bombing raid in World War II|||
|Jones, James EarlJames Earl Jones||1931–present||American actor who overcame stuttering to become noted for his powerful voice|||
|Jackson, Samuel L.Samuel L. Jackson||1948–present||American actor who has appeared in over 100 films; active in Civil Rights Movement|||
|Javivi||1961–present||Spanish actor who has appeared in films and TV series, usually in comical roles.|||
|Kastner, BrunoBruno Kastner||1890–1930||German film actor and producer; committed suicide with the advent of sound films because of his speech impediment|||
|Keitel, HarveyHarvey Keitel||1939–present||American stage and movie actor|||
|Kidman, NicoleNicole Kidman||1967–present||Australian actress and film producer|||
|Kitson, DanielDaniel Kitson||1977–present||English comedian winner of the Perrier Comedy Award in 2002|||
|Lipton, PeggyPeggy Lipton||1946–present||American actress who played "Julie Barnes" on The Mod Squad|||
|Lynch, DrewDrew Lynch||1991-present||American comedian who often uses his stutter as the punchline of his jokes; brother of Stephen Lynch and current semifinalist on America's Got Talent|||
|Melendez, JohnJohn Melendez||1965–present||American television writer and radio personality known as "Stuttering John"|||
|Monroe, MarilynMarilyn Monroe||1926–1962||American actress, singer, model, and sex symbol; Golden Globe Award nominee in 1956|||
|Neill, SamSam Neill||1947–present||New Zealand actor who played Dr. Alan Grant in Jurassic Park|||
|Pendleton, AustinAustin Pendleton||1940–present||American actor, playwright, theatrical director, and instructor|||
|Perez, RosieRosie Perez||1964–present||Puerto Rican-American actress|||
|Quinn, AnthonyAnthony Quinn||1915–2001||Mexican-American actor, painter, and writer|||
|Roshan, HrithikHrithik Roshan||1980–present||Indian Bollywood actor who won numerous Best Actor awards|||
|Roberts, EricEric Roberts||1956–present||American actor, Golden Globe Award nominee in 1978; brother of actress Julia Roberts|||
|Roberts, JuliaJulia Roberts||1967–present||One of the highest paid American actresses in terms of box office receipts; sister of actor Eric Roberts|||
|Sizemore, TomTom Sizemore||1961–present||American actor and producer|||
|Sprouse, ColeCole Sprouse||1992–present||American actor, twin of Dylan Sprouse|||
|Stewart, JamesJames Stewart||1908–1997||American film and stage actor whose stutter was a signature trait of his work.|||
|Willis, BruceBruce Willis||1955–present||American actor, producer, and musician who played the role of John McClane in the Die Hard series|||
|Brown, KellyKelly Brown||1982–present||Scottish rugby union player|||
|Carter, RubinRubin Carter||1937–2014||American boxer known as "The Hurricane"|||
|Chamberlain, WiltWilt Chamberlain||1936–1999||American basketball player, holds numerous official NBA all-time records|||
|Damon, JohnnyJohnny Damon||1973–present||American major league baseball outfielder|||
|Gustafson, SophieSophie Gustafson||1973–present||Swedish golfer|||
|Harper, RonRon Harper||1964–present||American basketball player|||
|Hayes, LesterLester Hayes||1955–present||American football cornerback|||
|Johnson, BenBen Johnson||1961–present||Canadian sprinter|||
|Jackson, BoBo Jackson||1962–present||American baseball and football player, 1985 Heisman Trophy winner|||
|John, TommyTommy John||1943–present||American baseball pitcher|||
|Kidd-Gilchrist, MichaelMichael Kidd-Gilchrist||1993–present||American basketball player|||
|Lankster, EllisEllis Lankster||1987–present||American football cornerback|||
|Louganis, GregGreg Louganis||1960–present||American diver|||
|Love, BobBob Love||1942–present||American basketball player|||
|Martin, KenyonKenyon Martin||1977–present||American basketball player|||
|McArdle, KenndalKenndal McArdle||1987–present||Canadian hockey player|||
|Peterson, Adrian N.Adrian N. Peterson||1979–present||American football running back|||
|Spinks, MichaelMichael Spinks||1956–present||American boxer who was a world champion in the light-heavyweight and heavyweight divisions (1981–1988)|||
|Springer, GeorgeGeorge Springer||1989–present||American major league baseball outfielder|||
|Sproles, DarrenDarren Sproles||1983–present||American football running back|||
|Steinfeld, JakeJake Steinfeld||1958–present||American actor and fitness personality who had a fitness line "Body by Jake" and TV show called Body by Jake|||
|Thomas, DuaneDuane Thomas||1947–present||American football running back|||
|Taylor, DaveDave Taylor||1955–present||American ice hockey player|||
|Venturi, KenKen Venturi||1931–2013||American golfer and golf broadcaster|||
|Walton, BillBill Walton||1952–present||American Basketball Hall of Famer|||
|Woods, TigerTiger Woods||1975–present||American golfer, formerly ranked World No. 1 (2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)|||
|Rodríguez, JamesJames Rodríguez||1991–present||Colombian soccer player. Currently plays in the midfield for Real Madrid.|||
|Balls, EdEd Balls||1967–present||British Labour politician; Member of Parliament (2005–)|||
|Bassolino, AntonioAntonio Bassolino||1947–present||Mayor of Naples (1994–1998); President of Campania (2000–2010); member of Italian Communist Party|||
|Biden, JoeJoe Biden||1942–present||United States Senator from Delaware, 47th Vice President of the United States (2009–)|||
|Churchill, WinstonWinston Churchill||1874–1965||Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1940–1945, 1951–1955); Nobel Prize in Literature recipient in 1953|||
|Claudius, Claudius||10 BC – 54 AD||Emperor of Rome (41–54), exaggerated his ailment in youth amid fratricidal dynastic conflicts|||
|Demosthenes, Demosthenes||384 – 322 BC||Ancient Greek orator and politician|||
|De Rossa, ProinsiasProinsias De Rossa||1940–present||Irish Labour Party politician; Member of the European Parliament (1989–1992, 1999–)|||
|Kean, ThomasThomas Kean||1935–present||American politician, 48th Governor of New Jersey (1982–1990)|||
|Namboodiripad, E. M. S.E. M. S. Namboodiripad||1909–1998||Indian communist politician; Chief Minister of Kerala (1957–1959, 1967–1969)|||
|Vanhanen, MattiMatti Vanhanen||1955–present||Prime Minister of Finland (2003–2010)|||
Singers and musicians
|Almond, MarcMarc Almond||1957–present||English singer and songwriter|||
|Gallagher, NoelNoel Gallagher||1967–present||English singer, guitarist, and vocalist|||
|Gates, GarethGareth Gates||1984–present||English singer and songwriter|||
|John, ScatmanScatman John||1942–1999||American scat singer|||
|Kerr, JimJim Kerr||1959–present||Scottish singer and songwriter|||
|Lucier, AlvinAlvin Lucier||1931–present||American music professor and composer of experimental music|||
|Martin, ChrisChris Martin||1977–present||English singer, songwriter, and guitarist|||
|Minogue, KylieKylie Minogue||1968–present||Australian singer, songwriter, and actress|||
|Murphy, PeterPeter Murphy||1957–present||English singer, songwriter, and actor|||
|Presley, ElvisElvis Presley||1935–1977||American rock and roll singer|||
|Simon, CarlyCarly Simon||1945–present||American singer, songwriter, musician, and children's author; recipient of two Grammy Awards, an Academy Award, and a Golden Globe Award; member of Grammy Hall of Fame|||
|Tillis, MelMel Tillis||1932–present||American country singer, spokesman and honorary chairman of the Stuttering Foundation of America in 1998|||
|Trapper, ChrisChris Trapper||1971–present||American musician|||
|Withers, BillBill Withers||1938–present||American singer and songwriter|||
|Washington, MeganMegan Washington||1986–present||Australian singer, songwriter and musician|||
|Bennett, ArnoldArnold Bennett||1867–1931||English journalist and novelist|||
|Bentine, MichaelMichael Bentine||1922–1996||British comedian, script-writer, and reader of children's books|||
|Bowen, ElizabethElizabeth Bowen||1899–1973||Irish novelist and short story writer|||
|Carroll, LewisLewis Carroll||1832–1898||English author, mathematician, logician, Anglican deacon and photographer|||
|Davis, JimJim Davis||1945–present||American cartoonist|||
|Machado de Assis, Machado de Assis||1838–1908||Brazilian novelist, short story writer, poet, and literary critic|||
|Drabble, MargaretMargaret Drabble||1939–present||English novelist, biographer, and literary critic|||
|Han Fei||280 BC – 233 BC||Chinese philosopher and writer|||
|Hoagland, EdwardEdward Hoagland||1932–present||American nature and travel writer|||
|James, HenryHenry James||1843–1916||American-born writer and critic who spent most of his life in England|||
|Jones, DylanDylan Jones||1960–present||British journalist and editor|||
|Maugham, SomersetSomerset Maugham||1874–1965||English novelist, playwright, and short story writer|||
|McCurdy, MichaelMichael McCurdy||1942–present||American illustrator, author, and publisher|||
|Mitchell, DavidDavid Mitchell||1969–present||English novelist|||
|Montague, JohnJohn Montague||1929–present||Irish poet|||
|Schulberg, BuddBudd Schulberg||1914–2009||American screenwriter, television producer, novelist and sports writer|||
|Seidler, DavidDavid Seidler||1937–present||British screenwriter; BAFTA and Academy Award-winning writer of The King's Speech.|||
|Shields, DavidDavid Shields||1956–present||American writer of fiction and nonfiction|||
|Shute, NevilNevil Shute||1899–1960||British novelist and aeronautical engineer|||
|Straub, PeterPeter Straub||1943–present||American author and poet|||
|Tynan, KennethKenneth Tynan||1937–1980||English theater critic and writer|||
|Updike, JohnJohn Updike||1932–2009||American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic|||
|Albert II, PrincePrince Albert II||1958–present||Prince of Monaco|||
|Annenberg, WalterWalter Annenberg||1908–2002||Publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat|||
|Allen, TerryTerry Allen||1888–1969||United States Army Major General during World War II|||
|Aristotle, Aristotle||384 BC – 322 BC||Greek philosopher and writer|||
|Bigart, HomerHomer Bigart||1907–1991||American newspaper reporter who won two Pulitzer Prizes for combat reporting—one each during World War II and the Korean War|||
|Bingham, HowardHoward Bingham||1939–present||American photographer and biographer of Muhammad Ali|||
|Blank, ArthurArthur Blank||1942–present||American businessman, co-founder of The Home Depot and owner of the National Football League's Atlanta Falcons|||
|Campbell, PatrickPatrick Campbell||1913–1980||3rd Baron Glenavy, Irish-born British journalist, humorist and television personality|||
|Carver, LordLord Carver||1915–2001||British Field Marshal, tank commander in World War II; Chief of the Defence Staff|||
|Cecil, Lord DavidLord David Cecil||1902–1986||British biographer, historian and professor|||
|Charles I, KingKing Charles I||1600–1649||King of England (1625–1649)|||
|Darwin, CharlesCharles Darwin||1809–1882||English naturalist|||
|Earl, HarleyHarley Earl||1893–1969||American car designer, first vice president of design at General Motors|||
|Eberts, JakeJake Eberts||1941–2012||Canadian movie producer, director, and financier|||
|Fraser, MalcolmMalcolm Fraser||1903–1994||American philanthropist and businessman|||
|French, PhilipPhilip French||1933–||Film critic and BBC radio producer|||
|George VI, KingKing George VI||1895–1952||King of the United Kingdom|||
|Gottlieb, SidneySidney Gottlieb||1918–1999||American chemist who worked with the Central Intelligence Agency|||
|Hill, VernonVernon Hill||1945–present||American banker|||
|James II, KingKing James II||1633–1701||King of England (1685–1688)|||
|Michnik, AdamAdam Michnik||1946–present||Polish editor, historian, essayist, and political commentator|||
|Newton, IsaacIsaac Newton||1642–1727||English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist, and theologian|||
|Oldfield, BruceBruce Oldfield||1950–present||British fashion designer|||
|Rabinowitz, AlanAlan Rabinowitz||1953–present||American zoologist, conservationist, field biologist, and President and CEO of Panthera|||
|Stossel, JohnJohn Stossel||1947–present||American consumer reporter, investigative journalist, author, and libertarian columnist|||
|Tartaglia, Niccolò FontanaNiccolò Fontana Tartaglia||1499–1557||Italian mathematician, engineer, and surveyor|||
|Welch, JackJack Welch||1935–present||American chemical engineer, businessman, and author|||
|Wittgenstein, LudwigLudwig Wittgenstein||1889–1951||Austrian philosopher|||
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