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Famous and Historic Deaf (and Hearing) People

From Anthony to Marlee

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Updated December 30, 2011

Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason

Marlee Matlin with Jack Jason

Jack Jason
Read articles about a wide variety of deaf and hearing people:

Art

Louis Frisino
Deaf painter of realistic-looking animal portraits.

Granville Redmond
Deaf artist whose work is collected by many.

Douglas Tilden
A famous deaf sculptor sometimes referred to as the "Michelangelo of the West."

DeafBlind

Julia Brace
Brace is one of two largely-forgotten deafblind women from the 19th century.

Laura Bridgman
Bridgman is the other largely-forgotten deafblind women from the 19th century.

Helen Keller
Keller is perhaps the best-known deafblind person ever. About.com Deafness Forum members have also discussed Helen Keller.

Education

William Castle
He was the vice president of RIT/Director of the National Institute for the Deaf in the 1980s.

Laurent Clerc
He was perhaps the most important deaf man in history.

Dr. Richard Orin Cornett
A look at the career of Dr. Richard Orin Cornett, the developer of cued speech.

Abbe De l'Epee
This French man played a pivotal role in the history of deaf education.

Andrew Foster
The first deaf African-American Gallaudet graduate and founder of schools for the deaf in Africa.

Thomas H. Gallaudet
The hearing man for whom Gallaudet University is named. Thomas Gallaudet was honored on a postage stamp.

Samuel Heinicke
Learn more about the father of oral deaf education.

I. King Jordan
The first deaf president of Gallaudet University

Entertainment

Antoinette Abbamonte
Antoinette Abbamonte is a deaf actress who got a role in a web series.

Michelle Banks
Michelle Banks is an African-American deaf performer.

Sean Berdy
Sean Berdy plays Emmet on the popular ABC show, "Switched at Birth."

Linda Bove
A respected deaf actress

Deanne Bray
"Sue Thomas, FBEye" was a hit. Read about Bray, the deaf star of the television program, and read an interview that About.com did with Bray-Kotsur.

Amy Ecklund
Ecklund is a deaf actress who received a cochlear implant.

Lou Ferrigno
A bodybuilder and actor with hearing loss

Phyllis Frelich
One of the most respected deaf actresses

C.J. Jones
A look at the career of this longtime deaf African-American actor and comedian

Marlee Matlin
She is perhaps the best known deaf actress today. Matlin has an article on About.com, and was interviewed by About.com. Her autobiography was also reviewed at About.com.

Anthony Natale
In my opinion, he is one of the best deaf actors around today.

Howie Seago
Another top deaf actor

Christy Smith
An episode of "Survivor" included a this deaf contestant. Forum members also discussed Christy Smith.

Shoshannah Stern
Deaf actress

Terrylene
Deaf actress

Heather Whitestone McCallum
She was the first -- and maybe the only -- deaf Miss America.

Leadership

Kelby Brick
Profile of deaf leader Kelby Brick

Media

Laura C. Redden Searing
She was perhaps the first deaf woman journalist.

Julius Wiggins
Founder of Silent News

Organizations

Juliette Low
The founder of the Girl Scouts in America.

Rocky Stone
Founder of Self Help for Hard of Hearing People (SHHH) which is now Hearing Loss Association of America.

Sports

Shelley Beattie
A successful deaf bodybuilder

James "Deaf" Burke
He was a boxer in the 19th century.

Dummy Hoy
A deaf baseball player who has yet to make it into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Terrence Parkin
Swimming in the pool in the summer is my favorite summertime activity. Terrence Parkin is a deaf man who not only likes to swim, but made a name for himself doing it.

Curtis Pride
A contemporary baseball player who is deaf.

Kenny Walker
For awhile, he was a professional deaf football player.

Sudden Deafness

Rush Limbaugh
Rush Limbaugh experienced sudden deafness.

Technology

Alexander Graham Bell
Going beyond the telephone, the hearing Bell was an active member of the deaf community.

Vinton Cerf
The "father of the Internet" happens to be hard of hearing.

Thomas Edison
This historic inventor had a hearing loss.

War

Erastus Smith
The only deaf man known to have an entire county named after him.

Writers

Connie Briscoe
It isn't often that I get the chance to interview an author as well known as Connie Briscoe, a deaf African American.

Raymond Luczak
Luczak is a contemporary deaf writer. He has written poems, plays, and novels.

Stevie Platt
Platt is a contemporary novelist who includes deaf characters in his stories.

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