10 Famous People And Celebrities With Schizophrenia

Last Update on August 9, 2023 : Published on May 1, 2020

Any kind of illness or disorder does not differentiate between the people. Those who think ‘Why Me’ can always look at those who are facing the same disorder or have faced it already with courage and grace. When it comes to schizophrenia, it has equally affected various celebrities that you might have been admiring. Before we reveal the list of famous celebrities with schizophrenia disorder, let’s open the wraps of the disorder first.

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What Is Schizophrenia?

A serious mental disorder, Schizophrenia can severely affect a person’s ability to think, feel and behave straight. The person may seem to be experiencing hallucinations, delusions, improper speech, loss of concentration and impaired behavior. To your knowledge, there is no exact treatment for the illness. However, most of the symptoms greatly improve with regular treatment.

Let’s Discover the most famous schizophrenics personalities in the world.

Famous People With Schizophrenia To Take Inspiration From:

1. John Forbes Nash Jr.

John Forbes Nash Jr.

Genre: Mathematician & contributor to game theory

Years active: 1928-2015

If you have liked the movie ‘A beautiful mind’, you already know who we are talking about. He was diagnosed with schizophrenia disorder in 1959 and was often paranoid, over-imaginative, and unrealistic. Despite all the hardships and visits to the hospital for treatments, Nash shared his Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics in 1994 with two other personnel. He was also awarded Abel prize for differential equations which is absolutely commendable. A true source of inspiration, this celebrity with schizoaffective disorder is someone to look up to.

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2. Syd Barrett

syd Barrett

Genre: Music (Co-founder of Pink Floyd)

Years Active: 1946-2006

Also called Roger Keith, he was an English singer, songwriter and musician who was diagnosed with schizophrenia in the 1960s and was facing psychedelic experiences. However, his passion for music, painting, photography, and gardening stayed with him till he left the world due to pancreatic cancer. He left the famous band due to mental illness and probably drug abuse and stayed in constant isolation for years.

3. Eduard Einstein

eduard Einstein

Genre: Medicine but couldn’t complete studies

Year Active: 1910-1965

Second son of Albert Einstein, Eduard was good in studies as well as gymnasium. Though he joined his medical classes to become a psychologist, he came in the list of famous people with schizophrenia disorder at the age of 20. His memory and cognitive abilities started impacting deeply yet he remained active with poetry, music and art till he departed due to heatstroke.

4. Peter Green

peter Green

Genre: Guitarist

Years Active: 1946-Now

This English songwriter and guitarist has blown our minds with Black magic woman, Albatross, Man of the world and many other songs and was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 1998. Founder of Fleetwood, he faced mental illness throughout the 1970s and 1980s and went through electroconvulsive therapy. Thankfully, he is doing better than ever and enjoying his life in England.

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5. Darrell Hammond

darrell Hammond

Genre: Actor & Stand up comedian

Years Active: 1955-Now

We all have been actively looking at Darrell since years and Saturday Night Live is the most amazing example of the same. But we never knew until he revealed that he faced various psychiatric issues like bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder. This is why he made his name in the list of celebrities with schizophrenia disorder . Hammond spoke about his illness openly about his addictions and wrote a memoir on the same.

6. Veronica Lake

veronica Lake

Genre: Acting

Years Active: 1922-1973

Best known for her roles in film noirs, Veronica Lake was seen in the movie ‘Footsteps in the snow’ in 1966. Her stage of schizophrenia was diagnosed during her childhood which is why she had disturbed and violent adulthood as well. Famous for ‘peek a boo’ hairstyle, her career started falling due to alcoholism. She later died due to kidney injury and hepatitis.

7. Lionel Aldridge

lionel Aldridge

Genre: Sports (Football)

Years Active: 1941-1998

This American football player was one of the celebrities with schizoaffective disorder where he faced hallucinations, was paranoid and diagnosed with this mental illness at the age of 30. He said, ‘There was extreme paranoia and irritability and it was difficult for me to get along with others. I was unable to work. It was a rough setting.’ He openly talked about himself years later before his death.

8. Rufus May

rufus May

Genre: Psychologist

Years Active: 1968-Now

This British psychologist is famous for using his own experiences to treat patients. After qualifying as clinical psychologist, he revealed that he was facing schizophrenia disorder at the age of 18. He experienced himself as a spy of British intelligence services and even hallucinated messages over radio and television. However, he fully recovered after getting treatment and now living a great life.

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9. Wesley Willis

wesley Willis

Genre: Singer-Songwriter

Years Active: 1963-2003

When talked about famous people with schizophrenia, this name highlights as well. During 1989, he developed paranoid schizophrenia where he could hear ‘demons’ regularly, named ‘heartbreaker’, ‘mean sucker’ and ‘nerve wrecker’. This condition demanded him to be hospitalized for two months. Yet he used his own condition to make his career interestingly special and started working on comical lyrics. He sadly died early at the age of 40 after suffering from leukemia but his story is an inspiration for all.

10. Brian Wilson

brian Wilson

Genre: Music (Member of ‘Beach Boys’)

Years Active: 1942-Now

Best known as the co-founder of Beach Boys, the voice of this great man can still be heard anytime online. Due to hard childhood and excessive abuse of drugs and alcohol, he faced mental illness. He tried to kill himself many times and faced hallucinations like hearing voices. But his determination could bring him back and revive his career and he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.

11. John Hinckley Jr.

John Hinckley Jr.

Famous For: Assassination attempt of U.S. President Ronald Reagan

Years Active: 1955-Now

This case might look a little complicated to many but John developed an obsession with Jodie Foster after watching her movie Taxi Driver and constantly tried to gain her attention. Already undergoing treatment for depression, he tried to kill the newly elected President but thankfully, he escaped the bullet. He is now residing in St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Washington D.C. and undergoing treatment of diagnosed schizophrenia along with other mental disorders.

12. Skip Spence

Skip Spence

Genre: Music

Years Active: 1946-1999

Diagnosed with schizophrenia at the age of 23, he was the Canadian born singer and songwriter. But time slowed down when he got into drug addiction and mental illness. After taking too much acid, he became delusional and started acting differently like bashing down rooms with axes. He later died at the age of 52 after suffering from lung cancer.

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After learning the cases and number of celebrities with schizophrenia disorder, you might be able to understand that no matter who it is, mental illness doesn’t discriminate between anyone. Many of these celebrities handled the case really well like Brian Wilson and recovered for the better whereas many couldn’t live for long due to other reasons. Whatever be it, if you are determined to accept the situation you are facing and ready for the treatment, good times are not far away.

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About The Author

Akanksha Soni
Akanksha Soni

Akanksha is an active lifestyle blogger and writer at Calmsage. She has learnt various lessons on happiness and methods to fight depression through 'Gurus' as well as own experiences. An ardent practitioner of Yoga and meditation, she keeps traveling, writes and interacts with people to feel alive.


  1. Chantell Laperle
    Chantell Laperle

    I really like looking through your post and I think this website got some really useful stuff on it!

  2. Emma Sheriff
    Emma Sheriff

    I have schizophrenia and it’s not fun.. I’ve taken medicine and it turned the volume of the voices down in my head, and I’m not as paranoid anymore. But it’s just not fun, and seeing some of these people and reading some of their symptoms I truly understand the hell they went through.. God help us all.. we’re really good people, just annoyed with the tv that won’t turn off.

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