Famous Diabetics

Actors/Directors

  • Jack Benny, ’50s television host
  • Halle Berry, actress who appeared in films “Losing Isaiah” and “Bulworth”
  • Wilford Brimley, of television and films, including “Cocoon” and “The Firm”
  • Delta Burke, of television’s “Designing Women”
  • James Cagney, producer, director and dancer
  • Jackie Gleason, funny star of “The Honeymooners”
  • Marcello Mastroianni, prolific Italian film actor
  • Mary Tyler Moore, star of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”
  • Spencer Tracy, legend of Hollywood movies

Political Leaders

  • Yuri Andropov, premier of Soviet Union
  • Menachem Begin, Israeli prime minister
  • Fiorello LaGuardia, New York mayor and the airport’s namesake

Business Leaders

  • Bill and John Davidson, heads of Harley Davidson motorcycles
  • Howard Hughes, industrialist
  • Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s fast food restaurants

Musicians

  • Ray Anderson, jazz trombonist
  • Johnny Cash, legendary country singer, known as “the man in black”
  • Mark Collie, contemporary country star
  • Freddy Fender, actor and country singer
  • Ella Fitzgerald, jazz vocalist
  • Mick Fleetwood, singer in Fleetwood Mac, a ’70s group
  • Dizzy Gillespie, jazz trumpeter
  • Waylon Jennings, country singer
  • B.B. King, rhythm and blues star
  • Patti LaBelle, pop singer
  • Peggy Lee, ’50s songster
  • Tommy Lee, of heavy metal band Motley Crue
  • Andrew Lloyd Webber, Broadway composer

Scientists

  • Thomas Edison, inventor

Sports

  • Arthur Ashe, tennis legend
  • Walter Barnes, former Philadelphia Eagle turned actor
  • Ayden Byle, runner
  • Ty Cobb, reportedly bad-tempered baseball player
  • Buster Douglas, boxer
  • Chris Dudley, New York Knicks basketball player
  • Catfish Hunter, Yankees pitcher
  • Billie Jean King, tennis player
  • Jackie Robinson, baseball star who broke the color barrier in the Major Leagues
  • Art Shell, NFL coach

Writers

  • Walt Kelly, animator and Disney founder
  • Mario Puzo, author of “The Godfather”
  • Anne Rice, “Interview With a Vampire” author
  • H.G. Wells, writer, “The Invisible Man”

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