Famous People Who Have/Had Polio

Apart from dreaded epidemics such as AIDS and cancer, polio is another disease which has been plaguing the world since a really long time. Although the disease doesn’t have fatal consequences, it physically handicaps a person, preventing him/her from leading a normal life. The world has also witnessed many famous people who became victims of polio during their childhood. While a few overcame the disease at later stages of their lives, many others had to deal with problems caused by polio even in adulthood. Perhaps, many people still didn’t know that the former American president Franklin D. Roosevelt, and the legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola are a few celebrities who had to deal with this challenge. Coppola, who is known for being the mastermind behind iconic movies such as ‘The Godfather’, is believed to be currently suffering from the disease, and is bed-ridden. However, a few others had to deal with problems like stuttering and limping, due to the impact caused by polio. Explore these biographies of famous people who had to deal with Polio. Go through this section to learn about their life stories, timelines, and interesting trivia & facts related to them.

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F. D. Roosevelt
(32nd President of the United States)

F. D. Roosevelt
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 1945

 2 
Neil Young
(Rock Singer-Songwriter Famous As The 'Godfather of Grunge')

Neil Young
15
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 
Emmett Till
(Victim of Racial Violence)

Emmett Till
22
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 25, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 28, 1955

 4 
Judy Collins
(Singer-songwriter)

Judy Collins
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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 5 
Walter Scott
(Novelist and Poet known for his Works Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, and The Lady of the Lake)

Walter Scott
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1771
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 21, 1832

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 20, 1980
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Ida Lupino
(Actress)

Ida Lupino
4
Birthdate: February 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England, UK
Died: August 3, 1995
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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 8 
Apolinario Mabini
(Revolutionary leader)

Apolinario Mabini
2
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Philippines
Died: May 13, 1903
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 9 
Kerry Packer
(One of Australia's most powerful media proprietors of the twentieth century)

Kerry Packer
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 17, 1937
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: December 26, 2005
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 10 
Paul Winchell
(Actor, Inventor, Voice actor, Television actor)

Paul Winchell
3
Birthdate: December 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 24, 2005
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 11 
Bill Cullen
(Television personality)

Bill Cullen
2
Birthdate: February 18, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 7, 1990

 12 
Hans-Georg Gadamer
(Philosopher)

Hans-Georg Gadamer
1
Birthdate: February 11, 1900
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany
Died: March 13, 2002

 13 
Robin Cavendish
(Advocate)

Robin Cavendish
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Derbyshire, England, UK
Died: August 8, 1994

 14 
Doc Pomus
(Singer)

Doc Pomus
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, United States
Died: March 14, 1991

 15 
Laurent Schwartz
(Mathematician, University teacher, Entomologist)

Laurent Schwartz
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 5, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris
Died: July 4, 2002

 16 
Ken Robinson
(Writer)

Ken Robinson
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England

 17 
Robert Anton Wilson
(Writer, Novelist, Philosopher, Essayist, Playwright, Psychologist, Science fiction writer)

Robert Anton Wilson
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brooklyn
Died: January 11, 2007

 18 
David Starkey
(Historian, Radio personality, Writer)

David Starkey
1
Birthdate: January 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kendal

 19 
Thomas Midgley, Jr.
(Mechanical and chemical engineer)

Thomas Midgley, Jr.
1
Birthdate: May 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 2, 1944

 20 
Tenley Albright
(Figure Skater)

Tenley Albright
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newton Centre, Newton, Massachusetts, United States

 21 
Ray Ewry
(Athlete)

Ray Ewry
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lafayette, Indiana, United States
Died: September 29, 1937
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 22 
B. S. Chandrasekhar
(Former cricketer who played as a leg spinner)

B. S. Chandrasekhar
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mysuru, Karnataka, India

 23 
Milton H. Erickson
(Psychotherapist, Hypnotist, Hypnotherapist, Psychologist, Psychiatrist, Writer)

Milton H. Erickson
2
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Aurum
Died: March 25, 1980

 24 
Odette Hallowes
(Intelligence agent)

Odette Hallowes
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Amiens, France
Died: March 13, 1995

 25 
Agata Buzek
(Actress & Model)

Agata Buzek
0
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pyskowice, Poland
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 26 

Hildegard Knef
1
Birthdate: December 28, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: February 1, 2002

 27 

DuBose Heyward
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 31, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: June 16, 1940

 28 

Howard W. Hunter
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 14, 1907
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boise, Idaho, United States
Died: March 3, 1995

 29 

Florence B. Seibert
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 6, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Easton, Pennsylvania
Died: August 23, 1991

 30 
Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
(International para Athlete)

Malathi Krishnamurthy Holla
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 6, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kota, Karnataka, India

 31 
Avery Dulles
(Theologian)

Avery Dulles
0
Birthdate: August 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: December 12, 2008

 32 
Philip Morrison
(Professor)

Philip Morrison
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Somerville, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 22, 2005

Francis Eugene Cardinal George
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: April 17, 2015

 34 

Pauline Campanelli
0
Birthdate: January 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 2001

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Zenta Maurina
0
Birthdate: December 15, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lejasciems, Latvia
Died: April 25, 1978