People with mobility issues often live very similar lives to the rest of us - and this includes celebrities. In fact, coming from a different set of experiences can often deepen an actor’s process and acting resources.
There are several popular celebrities who live and thrive with mobility disabilities. Here are a few:
RJ Mitte is an actor who gained popularity after playing the role of Walter Jr. on AMC’s “Breaking Bad.” Mitte has Cerebral Palsy (CP), a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement, and motor skills. Mitte’s movement is slightly limited and sometimes uses assistive devices. He is a spokesperson for the Alliance for Inclusion in the Arts.
Michael J Fox
Michael J Fox is a Canadian actor most well known for his portrayal of Marty McFly in the Back To The Future movie franchise. Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease after experiencing the symptoms of shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty walking. Fox started the Michael J Fox Foundation with the goal to cure Parkinson’s Disease in 2000.
Robert David Hall
Robert David Hall is known for playing Dr. Robbins on the smash hit forensic drama “CSI”. Hall is was in a car crash in 1978 and had both his legs amputated and uses prosthetics. He is an advocate for performers with disabilities in the Screen Actors Guild, Actors Equity, and the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists.
Unlike the other names on this list, Vujicic is not a performer. Born without arms or legs, Vujicic experiencing ridicule and discrimination growing up and after an attempted suicide, Vujicic started to look not at what he couldn’t do, but what he could do. Vujicic founded Life Without Limbs and is a motivational speaker.
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