Famous Deaf People

When Nyle DiMarco said ‘I think the biggest misconception is that people think deaf people are not able to do things’, she couldn’t have been more correct in her observation. Did you know that some of the greatest men/women on earth whom we know or revere today were actually partially or completely deaf in their lifetime? They had the courage to rise above their limitation and become iconic figures that the world would take pride in. If you have a nick of doubt about it, read this. American history would have been miser had there been no Thomas Alva Edison or Helen Keller in it! The most celebrated American inventor and businessman who is best known for inventing the first practical electric light bulb and phonograph, Edison was actually deaf from his childhood. Helen Keller was not just deaf but blind too. But she highly determined that she was, she went on to become the first deaf-blind person to gain a Bachelor degree in Arts. German music wouldn’t have had its share of greatness without the eminent pianist and classical composer Ludwig van Beethoven. But did you know that Beethoven suffered from hearing impairment? And these are just a handful of the many more legendary figures from history who were actually deaf. Check out the list of famous deaf people who made it big in life.

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 1 Marlee Matlin

Marlee Matlin
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Morton Grove, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 2 Sean Berdy

Sean Berdy
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 3, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boca Raton, Florida
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 3 Ayumi Hamasaki

Ayumi Hamasaki
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Seiyū, Songwriter, Model, Actor, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Lyricist, Poet, Record producer
Birthdate: October 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fukuoka
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 4 Matt Hamill

Matt Hamill
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Light heavyweight mixed martial artist who won silver in Greco-Roman Wrestling and a gold at the 2001 Summer Deaflympics
Birthdate: October 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Loveland
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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 5 Maarten Stekelenburg

Maarten Stekelenburg
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: September 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Haarlem, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)

 6 Tigran Petrosian

Tigran Petrosian
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess player, Writer
Birthdate: June 17, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1984
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 7 Fanny Blankers-Koen

Fanny Blankers-Koen
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Listed In: Athletes
Famous As: Athlete
Birthdate: April 26, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lage Vuursche, Netherlands
Died: January 25, 2004
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 8 David Wright

David Wright
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: December 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norfolk
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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 9 Lauren Ridloff

Lauren Ridloff
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Famous As: Known for her roles in the TV series The Walking Dead and the film Eternals.
Birthdate: April 6, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 10 Evelyn Glennie

Evelyn Glennie
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Percussionist
Birthdate: July 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Aberdeen
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 11 Tamika Catchings

Tamika Catchings
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: July 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stratford, New Jersey, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 12 Virginia Satir

Virginia Satir
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: American author
Birthdate: June 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Died: September 10, 1988

 13 Aryana Engineer

Aryana Engineer
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 6, 2001
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Moody, Canada
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)

 14 Laura Bridgman

Laura Bridgman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: December 21, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, New Hampshire,United States
Died: May 24, 1889

 15 Stephanie Nogueras

Stephanie Nogueras
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Famous As: Known for her roles in the television series Switched at Birth[2] and Grimm, and the 2018 film Unfriended: Dark Web.
Birthdate: November 18, 1989
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camden, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 16 Shelley Beattie

Shelley Beattie
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Bodybuilder
Birthdate: August 24, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Ana, California, United States
Died: February 16, 2008
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 17 Lance Allred

Lance Allred
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player, Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pinesdale, Montana, United States
Height: 6'11" (211 cm)

 18 Giovanni Baglione

Giovanni Baglione
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: 1566 AD
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 30, 1643

 19 Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard

Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: May 5, 1809
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sheffield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 27, 1889

 20 Kathleen Ollerenshaw

Kathleen Ollerenshaw
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 1, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Withington, Manchester, England
Died: August 10, 2014

 21 Slava Raškaj

Slava Raškaj
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: January 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ozalj
Died: March 29, 1906

 22 Joachim du Bellay

Joachim du Bellay
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 1, 1522
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Liré, Orée-d'Anjou, France
Died: January 1, 1560

 23 Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern

Godfrey Huggins, 1st Viscount Malvern
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: July 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bexley, England
Died: May 8, 1971

 24 Vanessa Lima Vidal

Vanessa Lima Vidal
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: March 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 25 Charles Joseph Kickham

Charles Joseph Kickham
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: May 9, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mullinahone, Ireland
Died: August 22, 1882

 26 Anders Gustav Ekeberg

Anders Gustav Ekeberg
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 16, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: February 11, 1813

 27 Elena Yakovishina

Elena Yakovishina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Alpine skier
Birthdate: September 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 28 Petrona Viera

Petrona Viera
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 24, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: October 4, 1960

 29 Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő

Ildikó Újlaky-Rejtő
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Fencer
Birthdate: May 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 30 Jack Clemo

Jack Clemo
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 11, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Austell, England
Died: July 25, 1994

 31 Arthur Hinsley

Arthur Hinsley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: August 25, 1865
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Carlton, England
Died: March 17, 1943

 32 Andrea Ferrell

Andrea Ferrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

 33 Ivan Karlovich Arnold

Ivan Karlovich Arnold
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: 1805 AD
Birthplace: Russia
Died: 1891 AD

 34 Sonu Anand Sharma

Sonu Anand Sharma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Badminton player
Birthdate: March 8, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India