Autism may present challenges for those who live with it, but celebrities with autism have shown that they can overcome those challenges to achieve tremendous things and fulfill their dreams.
Here are some notable celebrities who have autism.
The famous “Saturday Night Live” alum and star of several films in the 1980s was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourettes Syndrome at the age of 12. In the early 1980s, he found himself obsessed with cops and ghosts, which led him to write the 1984 film “Ghostbusters”.
The film, in which Aykroyd starred with Bill Murray and Rick Moranis, grossed $ 295 million worldwide after its release.
“My very mild Asperger’s helped me creatively,” he once said in an interview. “I hear a voice sometimes and think, ‘This could be a character I could do.'”
As a 26-year-old diagnosed with an ubiquitous developmental disorder, a form of autism, at the age of 3, Savage has grown to become one of the most famous jazz musicians in the country. He toured the world and appeared on “The Today Show”, the “Late Show with David Letterman” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brien”.
Savage has released 12 albums and in 2014 composed and recorded the score for the documentary “Sound of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story”. Continue reading.
Starring in such films as Blade Runner, Splash, Wall Street and Steel Magnolias, Hannah was diagnosed with autism as a child, but that fact about her wasn’t revealed until a 2013 Forbes magazine report.
Hannah now spends a lot of time as an environmental activist.
Love was diagnosed with a mild form of autism at the age of 9 and has grown to become an accomplished singer / songwriter and actress. Love has starred in films such as “The People vs. Larry Flynt”, “Man on the Moon” and “Trapped” and was also the lead singer for the band Hole.
In 1998 Hole’s album “Celebrity Skin” was nominated for three Grammy Awards.
NBC sitcom Community creator and producer and co-creator of the Adult Swim animated series, Harmon, was diagnosed with autism in 2011 while working on the character Abed for Community, according to published reports.
Harmon has also voiced over for several television shows, including “The Simpsons,” and has written for the Academy Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.