Deaf People

by Skysenberg | created - 25 Oct 2015 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

List of deaf celebrities. I'm deaf too.

1. Marlee Matlin

Actress | Children of a Lesser God

Marlee Beth Matlin was in Morton Grove, Illinois, to Libby (Hammer) and Donald Matlin, an automobile dealer. She has two older brothers. Her family is of Russian Jewish and Polish Jewish descent.

Marlee lost much of her hearing at the age of eighteen months. That did not stop her from acting in a ...

Deaf actress

2. Millicent Simmonds

Actress | A Quiet Place

Millicent Simmonds is an actress from Bountiful, Utah. She became deaf at twelve months old. That's when her mother Emily decided that the entire Simmonds family would learn sign language so that Millicent would never feel isolated or lonely. Millie joined the drama class Jean Massieu School for ...

3. Sean Berdy

Actor | Switched at Birth

Sean Berdy is considered by many to be the actor who revolutionized people's passion for learning sign language. Sean was born on June 3rd, 1993 in Boca Raton, Florida, to parents Terrie and Scott Berdy. At a young age Sean began putting on impromptu comedic shows alongside his brother, Tyler, to ...

Deaf actor

4. Emilio Insolera

Director | Sign Gene

Emilio Insolera is an actor and producer known for Sign Gene (2017). He is profoundly deaf and comes from a large deaf family of native visual communicators. Since early age, Insolera lived aboard from Europe, South America to the US therefore he is conversant in Italian, Spanish, English, Italian ...

5. Tova Stewart

Actress | Take Shelter

Tova Stewart is an actress, known for Take Shelter (2011).

Deaf actress

6. Whitney Meyer

Actress | Scream Queens

Whitney Meyer is an actress and figure skater originally from Dallas, Texas. She was born Deaf and is fully bilingual in both American Sign Language (ASL) and spoken English.

At the age of 12, she began studying acting at the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston and has continued with private teachers ...

Deaf actress

7. Aryana Engineer

Actress | Resident Evil: Retribution

Aryana Engineer was born on March 6, 2001 in British Columbia, Canada. She is an actress, known for Resident Evil: Retribution (2012), Orphan (2009) and Dreaming of Peggy Lee (2015).

Deaf actress

8. Linda Bove

Actress | Follow That Bird

Born deaf, she was a founding member of the National Theater of the Deaf in 1963. In 1974, she received the AMITA--the Italian-American Award for her work on television. Best known for playing Linda on Sesame Street (1969) for over 20 years--the longest-running role on American television for a ...

9. Emmanuelle Laborit

Actress | Retour à la vie

Emmanuelle Laborit was born on October 18, 1971 in Paris, France. She is an actress, known for Retour à la vie (1999), Stille Liebe (2001) and Beyond Silence (1996).

Writer and deaf french actress

10. Genevieve Barr

Actress | The Silence

Genevieve Louise Barr was born on the 12 December 1985 in Harrogate, North Yorkshire to Robert, a company director and Caroline, a writer. She has two sisters and a brother, all younger. After secondary education, Genevieve attended Edinburgh University graduating with an MA (Hons) in English ...

Deaf actress

11. Christine Firkins

Actress | Speed 2: Cruise Control

Christine Firkins was born on July 6, 1983 in Canada as Christine Lynn Firkins. She is an actress, known for Speed 2: Cruise Control (1997) and The X-Files (1993).

Deaf actress

12. Stephanie Beacham

Actress | Love and Other Disasters

Stephanie Beacham was born on February 28, 1947 in Barnet, Hertfordshire, England. She is an actress, known for Love and Other Disasters (2006), Dynasty (1981) and Sister Kate (1989). She was previously married to John McEnery.

Deaf actress

13. Theresa Poh Lin Chan

Writer | Be with Me

Theresa Poh Lin Chan was born in 1943 in Singapore. She was a writer, known for Be with Me (2005). She died on June 6, 2016 in Singapore.

Deafblind writer and self.

14. Ayumi Hamasaki

Soundtrack | Dragonball Evolution

Ayumi Hamasaki was still an infant when her father left the family in their home town of Fukuoka, and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. At age seven she began modeling to earn money for her family. At 14 the family moved to Tokyo so Ayumi could pursue an acting and modeling career. She ...

Singer, deaf in left ear.

15. David Bower

Actor | Four Weddings and a Funeral

David Bower was born in 1969 in Wales. He is an actor, known for Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994), Shatter Dead (1994) and Drive Me to the End.

16. Stephen Colbert

Writer | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

Stephen Tyrone Colbert (pronounced "col-BEAR") was born on May 13, 1964 in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Charleston, South Carolina. He is the son of Lorna Elizabeth (Tuck) and James William Colbert, Jr., a doctor and medical school dean at Yale, Saint Louis University, and MUSC. He is the ...

Deaf in his right ear.

17. Bob Hiltermann

Producer | This Is Ed!!

Bob Hiltermann is a true success story. He was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, the 10th of 11 children. Spinal meningitis left him deaf at the age of 4, but without that knowledge, his family just assumed he was "slow". They moved to Canada when he was 5 years old, making communication even more ...

18. Ace Mahbaz

Actor | Small World

Ace Mahbaz was born as Seyed-Ali Mahbaz. He is an actor and writer, known for Small World (2014), Sign Gene: The First Deaf Superheroes (2017) and You, Me (2012).

19. Clive Mason

Actor | Mongrels

Clive Mason is a Deaf British television presenter. He is probably best known for his work on "See Hear" a program for Deaf and hard of hearing people.

Mason was born in Scotland. He was born deaf, and went to a deaf school when he was five years old. During the first five years of his life he was ...

20. Terry Ruane

Actor | Fox

Terry Ruane is an actor, known for Fox (1980), 2nd House (1973) and See Hear (1981).

21. Eric Sykes

Actor | Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

'Eric Sykes' started as a radio scriptwriter but he soon found he could perform as well as write. The slight handicap of being very hard of hearing doesn't interfere with his wonderful comic timing. The spectacles he wears have no lenses but contain a bone conducting hearing aid.

22. Dolores Faith

Actress | The Phantom Planet

Dolores Faith was born on July 15, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Dolores Faith Hodges. She was an actress, known for The Phantom Planet (1961), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and One of Our Spies Is Missing (1966). She was married to James Robert Neal. She died on February 15, 1990 in Miami, ...

23. Shoshannah Stern

Actress | Hamill

Shoshannah Stern was born on July 3, 1980 in Walnut Creek, California, USA as Shoshannah Oppenheimer Stern. She is an actress and writer, known for The Hammer (2010), This Close (2018) and Jericho (2006). She has been married to Ricky Mitchell since June 3, 2012.

24. Andrea Ferrell

Actress | Jerry Maguire

Andrea Ferrell is an actress, known for Jerry Maguire (1996), Date Movie (2006) and 7th Heaven (1996).

25. Deanne Bray

Actress | Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye

Born mostly deaf from an unknown cause. Completely deaf in right ear, some residual hearing in left ear in which she uses a hearing aid. Enjoys reading, especially with deaf children. Also enjoys attending deaf community events. Role models include Phyllis Frelich, Linda Bove, Freda Norman and Sue ...

26. Terrylene

Actress | Natural Born Killers

Terrylene was born on February 5, 1967 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Terrylene Sacchetti. She is known for her work on Natural Born Killers (1994), Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) and Angel (1999).

27. Ryan Lane

Actor | Veronica Mars

Ryan Lane was born as Ryan Thomas Lane. He is an actor and producer, known for Veronica Mars (2014), House M.D. (2004) and This Is Ed!! (2017).

28. Nyle DiMarco

Actor | This Close

Nyles was born in Queens, New York City, USA. He has 2 brothers--one of them, a fraternal twin. He is the 4th generation in a deaf family. He moved to Maryland where he attended and graduated from Maryland School for the Deaf. Then, he graduated from Gallaudet University, the most popular ...

Deaf model and actor

29. Ariana Rivoire

Actress | Bleu-Gris

Ariana Rivoire was born in March 1995 in France. She is an actress, known for Bleu-Gris (2017), Marie's Story (2014) and Cherif (2013).

Deaf actress, not blind. She played as deafblind in the French movie "Marie Heurtin"

30. CJ Jones

Actor | Baby Driver

As an actor, CJ has done just about everything, from performing a Tony Award winning play on National Tour, to directing Deaf kids from high school to kindergarten in their own productions. He has acted in Film and TV, written several one-man shows that have toured the US and internationally, and ...

31. Bob Hiltermann

Producer | This Is Ed!!

Bob Hiltermann is a true success story. He was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, the 10th of 11 children. Spinal meningitis left him deaf at the age of 4, but without that knowledge, his family just assumed he was "slow". They moved to Canada when he was 5 years old, making communication even more ...

32. Ashley Fiolek

Actress | Switched at Birth

Ashley Fiolek was born on October 22, 1990 in Dearborn, Michigan and has been deaf since birth. In August of 1998, the Fiolek family moved to St. Augustine, Florida so Ashley could attend the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind, the largest school of this type in the United States. At the school,...

33. Michael Anthony Spady

Actor | Diverted Eden

Michael Anthony Spady is best known for his lead role in "Hamill" (a movie that received AFI Fest Audience Award for Best Feature Film) and a supporting role in "Sympathy for Delicious" (starring Mark Ruffalo, Juliette Lewis, Orlando Bloom and Laura Linney). Spady is one of the most notable deaf ...

34. John Maucere

Actor | No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie

John Maucere is an internationally recognized performer who played a critical part in breaking down social stereotypes by being the very first Deaf actor to take part in ABC's Talent Development Program with Tom Hanks and Arsenio Hall. John created and portrayed the SuperDeafy character, a Deaf ...

35. Russell Harvard

Actor | There Will Be Blood

Russell Harvard was born April 16, 1981 in Pasadena, Texas to Kay and Henry Harvard. Russell and his brother, Renny, were born deaf. When the boys were old enough to start school, the family moved to Austin, Texas so they could attend the Texas School for the Deaf (TSD). Russell attended TSD from ...

36. Anthony Natale

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Anthony Natale was born in St Catharines, Ontario, along with his older brother and younger sister, he represent the generation of a large Italian families in White Plains, New York He attended a boarding school for the deaf in Ernest C Drury, He was transferred to a mainstreaming gifted program ...

37. Daniel Durant

Actor | Switched at Birth

Daniel was born in Detroit, Michigan and grew up in Duluth, Minnesota. He attended mainstream schools in Duluth before transferring to the Minnesota State School for the Deaf in 8th grade. Daniel graduated from MSAD in 2008 and attended RIT in Rochester, NY and Gallaudet in Washington, DC. Daniel ...

39. T.L. Forsberg

Actress | Simone

T.L. Forsberg is an actress, known for Simone (2009), Out of Step (2002) and Earth: Final Conflict (1997).

40. Lou Ferrigno

Actor | The Incredible Hulk

An internationally famous and well respected bodybuilder / actor, Lou Ferrigno first appeared on TV screens in 1977 as the musclebound The Incredible Hulk (1978), the alter ego of meek scientist David Banner. Ferrigno was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1951 and as a child suffered from an ear ...

41. Maisie Sly

Actress | The Silent Child

Maisie Sly was born on March 19, 2011 in Plymouth, Devon, England as Maisie Rose Sly. She is an actress, known for The Silent Child (2017), The One Show (2006) and The Oscars (2018).

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