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Sunday, September 03, 2006

Famous Myasthenics

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John Spencer (1936-2006), famous snooker player who twice won the world championship (in 1969 and 1977). Born in Radcliffe, Lancashire he was first introduced to snooker at the age of 14 by his father. He was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in 1985. He worked as a BBC Television summariser and was, from 1990 to 1996, chairman of the World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association.
Roque Carbajo Reyna (1936-1996), famous Mexican musician and songwriter. His mariachi band traveled all over Europe and played at Grace Kelley's wedding to Prince Rainier of Monaco.
Wilma Mankiller, former Chief of the Cherokee Nation (Oklahoma, U.S.A.)
Harold P. "Chuck" Klein (California, U.S.A.)
Amitabh Bachchan, the well known Indian actor, public figure.
Leonas Letas the well known Lithuanian poet (1924-1998) recognized in this page of Lithuanian Poets and a memorial page by his son.
Henrique da Costa Mecking (Mequinho) in Brazil. Mr. Mecking won the Brazilian chess championship at age 13 in 1965 and later went on to word numerous other Brazilian, South American and international championships. A website documenting chess in Brazil (in Portuguese) includes some background on Mr. Mecking's accomplishments.
Linda Darnell (1921-1965), famous Hollywood actress who starred in more than 30 Fox films.
Heine Toerien, famous radio personality in South Africa and first Chairman of the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of South Africa.
David Niven (now deceased), famous actor and writer.
The late Aristotle Onassis - Greek business tycoon and husband of Jacquiline Bouvier Kennedy
Roger Smith - husband of the movie actress Ann-Margret (U.S.A.)
Lamar Lundy - formerly a football player with the Los Angeles Rams (California, U.S.A.)
Rondell Jones. He is a defensive back who plays for the Denver Broncos (Colorado, U.S.A.)
Hjalmar Gullberg the former poet laureate of Sweden. His poetry often describes his symptoms of MG.
Doris Lilly, (1922-1991) author of "How to Marry a Millionaire" and a book on Aristotle Onassis called "Those Famous Greeks." She was also a society and gossip columnist for the New York Post (U.S.A.)
Suzanne Rodgers, actress in "Days of Our Lives" soap opera (U.S.A.). Ms. Rogers is approaching her 27th anniversary on the soap opera as the character "Maggie Horton " who also has myasthenia gravis. Another page with Ms. Rogers. Several photos (note: copyrighted) Maggie Horton (Suzanne Rogers): 1 - 2 - 3 - 4
Sir Peter Wright - formerly director of the Royal Birmingham Ballet - now a Vice-President of the Myasthenia Gravis Association in the U.K.
The late Lord (Sir Lawrence) Olivier - world famous actor and film star - then director of the British National Theatre.
John Spencer - formerly World Snooker Champion - now active in the MGA in the U.K.
Amitabh Bacchan, the leading personality of the Indian Celluloid Screens. (India)
The late Phil Silvers (actor - Sgt. Bilko) (U.S.A.)
Noah Deitrich, right hand man for Howard Hughes.
Weeb Ewbank (former coach of the NY Jets and Baltimore Colts) (U.S.A.)
Lucianno Pavorotti's (the famous singer) daughter has MG (Italy)
sleep"Sleepy" (©Disney) of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs - reportedly modeled after a friend of Walt Disney who had MG. Note the drooping eyelids. (Hollywood, U.S.A.)

Another list has :

A short list of a few famous people that have been reported as having myasthenia gravis:

A - E

Frank Ballance - Former congressman in the US House of Representatives

Brandon Cox - Auburn Tigers quarterback

Weeb Ewbank - NFL Hall of Fame & two-time Super Bowl winning coach

Mabel Fairbanks - US Figure Skating Hall of Famer

F - J

Oscar Henriquez - Former Major League Baseball Pitcher

Donald Herbert - Famous radio personality in Los Angeles

K - O

Henry Kornhauser - Advertiser who also worked on Reagan presidential campaign

Lamar Lundy - Former NFL Pro Bowl linebacker

David Niven - Famous actor

Barney Nugent - Former baseball trainer for the San Francisco Giants

Lawrence Olivier - Famous actor

Aristotle Onassis - Famous husband of Jackie Kennedy

P - T

Glenn Parsons - Former mayor of North Baltimore, OH

Suzanne Rogers - Famous 1970s and 1980s soap opera actress

"Sleepy Dwarf" - One of the seven dwarves - believed to be modeled after a friend of Walt Disney's that had MG

Phil Silvers - Famous actor

Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Weeb Ewbank
Roger Smith - Famous actor and husband of famous actress Ann Margaret

John Spencer - World champion snooker player


  1. just so you know- when I was going to town I saw the firefighters with the boots while I was waiting for light and put my money in- the part you will be happy to hear is that the line was very long at that particular light and every single car in that line put money in

  2. Your in great company. Another writter!

  3. I had no idea about some of those people...I have known for years that "Maggie" (Days of Our Lives) had some kind of illness because of her periods of absense on the show. Also because it was obvious she was on steroids. I didn't know it was MG though. Thanks for this post PK.

    Also, I may not be able to do what I planned this weekend (call) because I have been in bed all day today and running a fever. MY grandaughter is also here for tonight and tomorrow..We will see how I feel tomorrow. I have a cookout tomorrow but I may not make it.

  4. Wow I never knew any of them were affected by it. Thank you for your recent MDA entries, I've learned quite a bit more about the disease and its forms from reading through your posts.

  5. this has nothing to do with this particular post, but i want to thank you for dropping by my site again. thanks too for your words, which assured me i am not alone. also, thanks for sharing your story, you are one strong woman, and your healing will be a blessing to others.

  6. Hey how ya doin??? hmm you will be happy to know i remembered one of the answers on my final because i read it on my blog.. and i know it's going to drive you bonkers cause i can't remmber what the question was .. my brain is gone.. juts that i rmemebered seeing the answers on your blog.. hugs