Celebrities with Cancer

Many famous people have been diagnosed with cancer. The following list of celebrities (famous and infamous) who have had cancer is organized by type of cancer. Cancer strikes without regard to fame and fortune, good or bad.

Cancer - Type Not Specified

  • Gloria Shayne Baker - Composer and Lyricist
  • Roscoe Lee Browne - Actor
  • Chandralekha - Dancer
  • Elizabeth Choy - Singapore War Hero
  • Ty Cobb - Baseball Player
  • Gary C. Comer - Founder of Lands End clothing company
  • Cookie - Brooklyn Diana Monkey
  • Christopher Essex - Fashion Designer
  • Giacinto Facchetti - Italian Soccer Player
  • Gert Fredriksson - Olympic Canoeist
  • Joseph Kauffman - Peace Corps Founder
  • Jay Koch - Ronald Reagan Lookalike
  • Jim Lemon - Baseball Player
  • JoAnna Lund - Cookbook author
  • Janis Martin - Singer (Female Elvis)
  • Jeff McClelland - Airline executive
  • George McCorkle - Marshall Tucker Band guitarist
  • Gloria Monty - TV Producer ("General Hospital")
  • Philippe Noiret - Actor ("Il Postino", "Cinema Paradiso")
  • Peter Charles Orton - Founder, HIT Entertainment (Bob the Builder)
  • George Page - TV Host (PBS series "Nature")
  • Denis Payton - Sax Player ("Dave Clark Five")
  • Alfred Peet - Gourmet Coffee Guru
  • June Pointer - Singer (Pointer Sisters)
  • Patsy Ramsey - Mother of JonBenet Ramsey
  • Patricia Goedicke Robinson - Poet
  • Bert Sheldon - Actor
  • Rudolf Vrba - Auschwitz death camp escapee
  • Dennis Weaver - Actor ("Gunsmoke")

Bone Cancer

  • Nick Clarke (Sarcoma) - Broadcast Journalist (BBC)
  • Queen Hatshepsut - Ancient Egyptian Mummy
  • Don Herbert - TV Host ("Mr. Wizard")
  • Vincent Angelo Meli
  • Morag Morrison - Blind Bowler

Bowel Cancer

  • Bobby Moore - England World Cup Team Captain
  • Terry Jones - Actor ("Monty Python")

Brain Tumors

  • Ahmed al-Rubei - Kuwaiti Politician
  • Lyle Alzado - Football Player
  • Lee Atwater - Chairman, Republican National Committee
  • James Batten - CEO, Knight Ridder Newspapers
  • Mollie Beattie - Director, US Fish and Wildlife Services
  • John Buttera - Hot Rod Designer
  • Dan Duva - Boxing Promoter
  • Don Fusilli - CEO of Michael Baker Corp.
  • George Gershwin - Composer
  • Tim Gullikson - Pete Sampras' Tennis Coach
  • Scott Hafeman - Golf pro
  • Bruce Henderson - Imation CEO
  • Craig "Ironhead" Heyward - NFL fullback
  • Dick Howser - Manager, Kansas City Royals
  • Edward M. Kennedy (Malignant Glioma) - US Senator
  • Reginald Lewis - CEO, TLC Beatrice
  • Bob Marley - Reggae Singer
  • Frank Edward "Tug" McGraw - Baseball Player
  • Robert McNair - SC Governor
  • Ryan Larkin - Oscar-nominated Animator
  • David McDonald - Actor ("What's Love Got to Do with It")
  • Greg Morris - Actor (Mission Impossible)
  • Bobby Murcer - New York Yankees' Announcer
  • Joseph Gober Nazel Jr. - Journalist & Biographer
  • Megan O'Connell - Model
  • Bob O'Connor (CNS Lymphoma) - Pittsburgh Mayor
  • Pat Paulsen - Comedian
  • Slim Pickens - Actor
  • Pete Rozelle - NFL Commissioner
  • Dan Quisenberry - Pitcher, Kansas City Royals
  • Wilma Rudolph - Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Gene Siskel - Movie Critic
  • Deke Slayton - Astronaut
  • Dawn Steele - Movie Studio Executive
  • Annette Strauss - Former Dallas Mayor
  • Jan Streeter - Wife of NH Mayor Bernie Streeter
  • Robert Swanson - Founder of Genentech
  • Mike Synar - US Congressman
  • Michael Walsh - CEO, Tenneco
  • Eric Wolf - Arpanet developer

Breast Cancer

  • Ingrid Bergman - Actress
  • Shirley Temple Black - Actress
  • Erma Bombeck - Journalist
  • Maria del Carmen Bousada de Lara - IVF mother who gave birth at 66
  • Rachel Carson - Author
  • Julia Child - Chef
  • Sheryl Crow - Singer-Songwriter
  • Bette Davis - Actress
  • Jo Ann Davis - Member of Congress
  • Kelly Jo Dowd - Hooters Girl
  • Elizabeth Edwards - Wife of US Senator
  • Jill Eikenberry - Actress
  • Linda Ellerbee - TV Host
  • Belinda Emmett - TV actress
  • Melissa Etheridge - Musician
  • Edie Falco - Actress
  • Sasha Ferrer - Writer-Producer
  • Peggy Fleming - Figure Skater
  • Betty Ford - First Lady
  • Georgia Frontiere - Female owner of NFL football team
  • Kathryn Frost - Major General in US Army (Highest Ranking Woman in US Army)
  • Barbara Gittings - Gay Rights Activist
  • Ernie Green - Football player
  • Nanci Griffith (Breast Cancer, Thyroid Cancer) - Singer
  • Dorothy Hamill - Olympic Figure Skater
  • Ruth Handler - Barbie Doll
  • Kate Jackson - Actress
  • Ann Jillian - Actress
  • Susan Komen (Her sister, Nancy Brinker, founded the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.)
  • Patti LaBelle - Singer
  • Lorraine Hunt Lieberson - Mezzo-Soprano
  • Juliette Gordon Low - Founder, Girl Scouts of the USA
  • Linda Eastman McCartney - Wife of Paul McCartney
  • Kylie Minogue - Singer
  • Olivia Newton-John - Actress/Singer
  • Dr. Jerri Nielsen - South Pole
  • Cynthia Nixon - Actress
  • Sandra Day O'Connor - Supreme Court Justice
  • Nancy Reagan - Former First Lady
  • Lynn Redgrave - Actress
  • Cokie Roberts - Journalist
  • Robin Roberts - ABC Anchor (Good Morning America)
  • Richard Rountree - Actor
  • Carly Simon - Singer
  • Jaclyn Smith - Actress
  • Suzanne Somers - Actress
  • Susan Sontag (Breast Cancer, Uterine Cancer, Acute Myelogenous Leukemia) - Author
  • Soraya - Latin Singer
  • Gloria Steinem - Founder, MS Magazine
  • Wanida Tantiwittayapitak - Thai Social Activist
  • Jane Tomlinson - Completed Ironman, Marathons and Triathlons on Chemotherapy
  • Leigh Tomlinson - Singer, Actress
  • Fawn Vrazo - Journalist
  • Mickey Wright - Golfer

Colon Cancer

  • Charlie Bell - McDonald's CEO
  • Ted Corbitt (Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer) - American Distance Runner
  • Eric Davis - Baseball Player
  • Mildred "Babe" Didrikson - Olympic Track & Field Athlete
  • Ron Fineman - TV Journalist
  • John Forsythe - Actor
  • Dick Hickox (Esophageal Cancer, Colon Cancer) - Basketball Player
  • Betty Hutton - Actress
  • Chen Jinlang - Singer (Singapore)
  • Ernie Ladd (Colon, Stomach, Bones) - Football Player, Wrestler
  • Marilyn Martinez - Standup Comedian
  • Juanita Millender-McDonald - Member of Congress (D-CA)
  • Frank Morgan - Saxophonist
  • Sharon Osbourne - Wife of Ozzie Osbourne
  • Walter K. Palmer - Health Insurance Executive
  • Abdul Razzak (Colorectal Cancer) - Gitmo Detainee
  • Ronald Reagan - US President
  • Ted Schroeder - Tennis Champion
  • Charles Schultz - Peanuts
  • Joel Siegel - Film Critic (ABC Good Morning America)
  • Damu Smith - Peace and Environmental Activist
  • Tony Snow - White House Press Secretary
  • Darryl Strawberry - Baseball Player
  • Edward Yang - Director

Esophageal Cancer

  • Kenjiro Haitani - Japanese Children's Author
  • Dick Hickox (Esophageal Cancer, Colon Cancer) - Basketball Player
  • Makoto "Mako" Iwamatsu - Actor
  • Jaap Penraat - Helped Jews escape the Holocaust
  • Ann Richards - Texas Governor
  • Larry Stewart - Secret Santa (anonymously gave away $100 bills to the needy each December)
  • Tom Lantos - Member of Congress and Holocaust Survivor

Kidney Cancer

  • Kevin Hawkins - 9/11 detective
  • Barbara Gallagher - Artist (Alabama)
  • Ivica Racan - Former Croatian Prime Minister
  • Lee Remick (Kidney, Liver, Lung Cancer) - Actress
  • Joni Richards - mother of Denise Richards

Liver Cancer

  • Christopher Glenn - CBS Radio Anchor
  • Calvin Owens - Bluesman
  • Lawrence Payton - Singer
  • Clermont Pepin - Composer
  • Lee Remick (Kidney, Liver, Lung Cancer) - Actress
  • Donald Reese - NFL Football player
  • Suzuki Roshi - Zen Buddhism
  • Jane Rule - Canadian Novelist
  • Lydia Sum - Hong Kong Actress
  • Bungo Yoshida / Teruo Takahashi - Japanese Puppeteer (Bunraku)

Lung Cancer

  • Edward Albert - Actor
  • Desi Arnez - Actor
  • Mark Belanger - Baseball Player
  • Jack Benny (Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer) - Comedian
  • Leonard Bernstein - Composer
  • Gerald Boyd - Managing Editor, New York Times
  • Gay Brewer - PGA Tour Champion
  • Yul Brynner - Actor
  • Herb Caen - Journalist
  • Allen Carr - Anti-Smoking Guru
  • Eric Carr - Musician
  • Julia Carson - Member of Congress (D-IN)
  • Nat "King" Cole - Musician
  • Desiree Collins - FEMA Trailer Formaldehyde Litigant
  • Gary Cooper - Actor
  • Luiz Jose Costa - Musician
  • Joe DeNardo - TV Meteorologist
  • Willie Denson - Singer-Songwriter ("Mama Said")
  • Joe DiMaggio - Baseball Player
  • Walt Disney - Animator
  • David Allyn Dokich - Rapist
  • Jimmy Dorsey - Musician
  • Morton Downey, Jr. - Comedian
  • Richard J. Durrell - First Publisher of People Magazine
  • Duke Ellington - Musician
  • Russell Ellington - Harlem Globetrotters Coach
  • Barbara Epstein - Editor (New York Review of Books, US edition of The Diary of Anne Frank)
  • Freddy Fender - Singer
  • Freddie Fields - Hollywood agent and producer
  • Jim Finks - Football Player
  • Kam Fong - Actor
  • George MacDonald Fraser - Author (Flashman books)
  • Larry Gilbert - Golfer
  • Paul Gleason (Mesothelioma) - Actor
  • Stephen Jay Gould (Lung Cancer, Mesothelioma) - Scientist
  • Betty Grable - Actress
  • George Grizzard - Actor
  • Bobby Hachey - Singer
  • Carrie Hamilton - Actress
  • Lloyd Haynes - Actor
  • Susan Hayward - Actress
  • Andrew Hill - Jazz Pianist
  • Mo Howard - Comedian
  • Nancy Gore Hunger - Al Gore's Sister
  • Peter Jennings - ABC Anchor
  • Andreas Katsulas - Actor (One-armed man in "The Fugitive")
  • Eddie Kendrick - Singer
  • David Knapp - VP Investor Relations, Westinghouse Electric Corp.
  • Jesse Donald [Don] Knotts - Actor
  • Jiddu Krishnamurti - Religious Teacher
  • Hilly Kristal - Father of Punk Rock
  • Larry Linville - Actor (Comedy)
  • Nancy Littlefield - Head, NYC Film Office
  • Robert Mardian - Watergate figure
  • Roger Maris (Lung Cancer, Lymphoma) - Baseball Player
  • Bob Marley - Singer
  • Dean Martin (Lung Cancer, Testicular Cancer) - Actor
  • Kiel Martin - Actor
  • Pat Marsden - Broadcast Journalist
  • William McAnulty - Kentucky Supreme Court Justice
  • Roddy McDowell (Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer)
  • Wayne McLaren - Marlboro Man
  • David McLean - Marlboro Man
  • Doug McLure - Actor
  • Steve McQueen - Actor
  • Audrey Meadows - Actress
  • Melina Mercouri - Actress
  • Tammy Faye Messner - Televangelist
  • George Millay - Founder of SeaWorld and Wet 'n Wild
  • Robert Mitchum - Actor
  • Claude Monet - Painter
  • Gabriel Montalvo - Vatican envoy and ambassador to the US
  • Edward R. Murrow - Journalist
  • Paek Nam-sun - North Korea Foreign Minister
  • Charles Norwood - Member of Congress (R-GA)
  • Benny Parsons - NASCAR driver
  • Suzanne Pleshette - Actress
  • Vincent Price - Actor
  • Ayn Rand - Author
  • Lou Rawls (Brain/Lung Cancer) - Soul Singer
  • Harry Reasoner - Journalist
  • Dana Reeve - Actress
  • Lee Remick (Kidney, Liver, Lung Cancer) - Actress
  • Cal Ripkin, Sr. - Baseball Player
  • Wayne Schenk - Lottery Winner
  • Barbara Seaman - Patients Rights Advocate
  • Beverly Sills - Opera Star
  • Lowell Smith - Dancer
  • Ralph Sturges - Chief of Mohegan Indian Tribe in Connecticut
  • Ed Sullivan - Entertainer
  • Lauren Terrazzano - Reporter (Newsday)
  • Hank Thompson - Country Singer
  • Will Thornbury - Actor (Camel TV Ads)
  • Spencer Tracy - Actor
  • Beau Tucker - Country Music Manager (father of Tanya Tucker)
  • Forrest Tucker - Actor
  • Jim Varney - Comedian
  • Jimmy Walker - Basketball Player
  • Marion E. Warren - Photographer
  • John Wayne - Actor
  • Sandy West - Drummer ("The Runaways")
  • Sir Kyffin Williams (Lung, Prostate) - Artist
  • Carl Wilson - Musician
  • Warren Zevon (Mesothelioma) - Musician

Lymphoma

  • Paul Allen - Cofounder of Microsoft
  • Joe Andruzzi (Burkitt's Lymphoma) - Football Player
  • Gene Autry - Singer/Actor
  • Paul Azinger - Golfer
  • Ed Bradley - CBS News Anchor (60 Minutes)
  • Michael Brecker (Leukemia) - Jazz Saxophonist
  • Robin Bush (Leukemia, age 3) - Daughter of President George H.W. Bush
  • Susan Butcher (Leukemia) - Winner of Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • John Allan Cameron (Leukemia, Bone Marrow Cancer) - Celtic Musician
  • William Casey - CIA
  • Joseph Coors - Adolph Coors Brewing Company
  • John Cullen - Hockey Player
  • Mark Fields - Football Player
  • Andres Galarraga - Baseball Player
  • Tim Garton - Swimmer
  • Edward Gramlich (Leukemia) - Member, Federal Reserve Board
  • Lynden David Hall (Hodgkin's Lymphoma) - Soul Singer
  • Anthony Herrera - Actor
  • King Hussein - Jordanian King
  • Arte Johnson - Actor
  • LeShon Johnson - Football Player
  • Ray Katt - Baseball Player
  • Saku Koivu - Hockey Player
  • Mario Lemieux - Hockey Player
  • Charles A. Lindbergh - Aviator
  • Jeff MacNelly - Cartoonist
  • Mickey Mantle, Jr. - Baseball Player
  • Roger Maris (Lung Cancer, Lymphoma) - Baseball Player
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez - Nobel Laureate
  • Carrie Nye - Actress
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma) - First Lady
  • Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) - Shah of Iran
  • Joey Ramone - Musician/Singer
  • Steve Reeves - Athlete/Actor
  • Natt Riddles (Leukemia) - Blues Harmonica Player
  • Gito Rollies - Rock Singer
  • Craig Thomas - US Senator
  • Fred Thompson - US Senator
  • Paul Tsongas - US Senator
  • Mr. T (Laurence Tureaud) - Actor
  • Gene Wilder - Comedian

Ovarian Cancer

  • Marcheline Bertrand - mother of Angelina Jolie
  • Claudia Cohen - Gossip Columnist
  • Sharon Tyler Herbst - Food Author
  • Coretta Scott King - widow of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Gilda Radner - Comedienne and Actress

Pancreatic Cancer

  • Count Basie - Jazz Musician
  • Jack Benny (Lung Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer) - Comedian
  • Joseph Bernardin - Roman Catholic Cardinal
  • Former president Jimmy Carter lost four family members to pancreatic cancer.
  • Emily Couric - Viginia State Senator, Sister of Today Show host Katie Couric
  • Joan Crawford - Actress
  • George Crile - CBS News
  • Michael E. Deaver - Ronald Reagan Adviser
  • Arthur H. DeRosier Jr. - College President
  • Fred Dressler - Time Warner Cable TV Executive
  • Thomas H. Eubanks - Archaeologist
  • Dizzy Gillespie - Jazz Musician
  • Charles Grimes - Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Melissa Hayden - Dancer (Ballet)
  • Marilyn Horne - Opera Star
  • Robert 'Skip' Jennings - ABC News Cameraman
  • Steve Jobs (Islet Cell Neuroendocrine Tumor) - Apple Corp. CEO
  • Ken Kennedy - Computer Scientist (Parallel Computation)
  • Bill Kitchen - Cartoonist
  • Michael Landon - Actor
  • Rafi Lavi - Israeli Contemporary Artist
  • Magnus Magnusson - Host of TV Quiz Show Mastermind
  • Rene Magritte - Artist
  • Henry Mancini - Musician
  • Arif Mardin - Producer
  • Eric Markusen - Genocide Expert
  • Laurie Bartram McCauley - Actress (Friday the 13th)
  • Margaret Mead - Anthropologist
  • Actor Matthew Modine lost his father to pancreatic cancer.
  • Michael J. Parman - Publisher of the Press Democrat
  • Randy Pausch - Computer Scientist (Virtual Reality Pioneer)
  • Luciano Pavarotti - Singer
  • Fred Paxton, Chairman of the Board of Paxton Media Group (owns newspapers in 9 states)
  • Billy Pugh - Inventor of NASA Safety Nets
  • Morris W. Rosenberg - Reporter (AP Bureau Chief)
  • Mel Sachs - Attorney to the Stars
  • Patrick Swayze - Actor
  • Irving Wallace - Author
  • George D. Warrington - Passenger Rail Executive (Amtrak, NJ Transit)
  • Willye White - Olympic Track and Field Athlete
  • Judith D. Wilkenfeld - Attorney (Fought Tobacco Industry)

Prostate Cancer

  • Harry Belafonte - Musician/Actor
  • Yahweh ben Yahweb (Hulon Mitchell Jr.) - Religious Sect Leader
  • Joe Brodsky - Running Backs Coach for Dallas Cowboys
  • James Brown - Singer, Godfather of Soul
  • Henry Bumstead - Oscar-winning Art Director
  • Frank Capra Jr. - Hollywood TV/Movie Producer
  • Charles "Charlie" Chan - Jackie Chan's father
  • Ted Corbitt (Prostate Cancer, Colon Cancer) - American Distance Runner
  • Bob Delegall - Actor, Director, Writer
  • Bob Dole - US Senator
  • Louis Farrakhan - Leader of Nation of Islam
  • Ken Fletcher - Tennis Player
  • Bill Flemming - ABC News Sportscaster
  • Dan Fogelberg - Singer/Songwriter
  • Rudolph Giuliani - Former NYC Mayor
  • Merv Griffin - Talk Show Host, Game Show Creator (Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune)
  • Andy Grove - Intel Corp.
  • Bob Hayes - Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Charlton Heston - Actor
  • Lamar Hunt - Football team owner who coined term 'Super Bowl'
  • John Kerry - US Senator
  • Timothy Leary - LSD
  • Jerry Lewis - Comedian
  • Nelson Mandela - Former President of South Africa
  • Roddy McDowell (Lung Cancer, Prostate Cancer)
  • Roger Moore - Actor
  • Jack Morgan - Superior Court Judge
  • Rupert Murdoch - Media Magnate
  • Daryl G. Nickens - Screenwriter
  • Jerry Orbach - Actor
  • Arnold Palmer - Golfer
  • Gordon Parks - Photographer (Life Magazine) and Director ("Shaft")
  • Floyd Patterson - Heavyweight Champion of the World
  • Linus Pauling - Nobel Laureate
  • Colin Powell - US Secretary of State
  • Norman Schwarzkopf - Retired General
  • James LeVoy Sorenson - Billionaire Medical Equipment Pioneer
  • Stephen Stills - Folk Rock Singer/Songwriter
  • Joe Torre - NY Yankees
  • Eugene Watts - Serial Killer
  • Peter Wells - Musician
  • Sir Kyffin Williams (Lung, Prostate) - Artist
  • Bobby Windsor - Rugby player
  • Frank Zappa - Musician

Skin Cancer

  • Wayne Boden - Serial Killer (Vampire Rapist)
  • Fitz Dixon Jr. - Owner of Philadelphia 76ers
  • Stuart Entwistle - Surfer
  • John McCain (Melanoma) - US Senator
  • Edward McGaffigan Jr. (Melanoma) - Member of Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Reg Park - Bodybuilder
  • Joe Roth (Melanoma) - Football Player
  • Elizabeth Taylor - Actress
  • Tom Usher - CEO of US Steel

Stomach Cancer (Gastric Cancer)

  • Galyani Adulyadej (Abdominal Cancer) - Thai Princess
  • Rabbi Shmuel Berenbaum - Talmudic Scholar
  • Napolean Bonaparte (Gastric Cancer) - French Emperor
  • Darlene Conley (Stomach Cancer) - Actress
  • Ulrich Muehe (Stomach Cancer) - Actor
  • Ernie Ladd (Colon, Stomach, Bones) - Football Player, Wrestler
  • Anita Roberts (Gastric Cancer) - NCI Cancer Researcher
  • Joseph Weizenbaum - Computer Pioneer (Developed ELIZA)
  • Masakazu Yoshizawa - Japanese Flutist (Memoirs of a Geisha, The Joy Luck Club)

Testicular Cancer

  • Lance Armstrong - Tour de France Winner
  • Todd Barranger - Golfer
  • Josh Bidwell - Football Player
  • Richard Belzer - Actor/Comedian
  • Rico Fata - Hockey Player
  • Bernhard Goetz - Subway Vigilante
  • Tom Green - Comedian
  • Scott Hamilton - Figure Skater
  • Phil Kessel - Hockey Player
  • Bob Losure - Journalist
  • Mike Lowell - Baseball Player
  • Dean Martin (Lung Cancer, Testicular Cancer) - Actor
  • Billy Mayfair - PGA Tour Winner
  • Greg Montalbano - Baseball Player
  • Leonard "The Quahog" Paradiso - Suspected Serial Killer
  • Scott Schoeneweis - Baseball Player

Throat Cancer

  • Ed Bailey - Baseball Player
  • Amanda Blake - Actress
  • Humphrey Bogart - Actor
  • Graham Chapman - Comedian
  • Sean Connery (Polyps) - Actor
  • Sammey Davis, Jr. - Entertainer
  • Mike Evans - Actor
  • Ulysses S. Grant - US President
  • George Harrison - Musician
  • Judy Holliday - Actress
  • Barbara McNair - Singer and Actress
  • Karl Mueller - Soul Asylum Bassist
  • Sam Myers - Blues Musician and Singer
  • Darrell [Wayne] Perry - Musician
  • Anne Ramsey - Actress
  • Babe Ruth - Baseball Player
  • Lana Turner - Actress
  • Charlie Watts - Drummer (Rolling Stones)
  • Mary Wells (Larynx Cancer) - Singer

Thyroid Cancer

  • Isaac Asimov - Author
  • Catherine Bell - Actress
  • Rudy Bladel - Serial Killer (1978 Railroad Murders)
  • Richard Crenna - Actor
  • Gail Devers - Athlete
  • Jerry DiPoto - Baseball Player
  • Roger Ebert - Movie Critic
  • Nanci Griffith (Breast Cancer, Thyroid Cancer) - Singer
  • Eli Marrero - Baseball Player
  • Michelle Jessica Noble - Addict Counselor
  • Bessie Padilla - Philippine Model/Actress
  • Joe Piscopo - Actor/Comedian
  • William Rehnquist - Supreme Court Justice
  • Rod Stewart - Musician

Miscellaneous Cancers

  • R. W. "Johny" Apple Jr. (Thoracic Cancer) - Reporter and Editor
  • Richard Bell (Multiple Myeloma) - Keyboardist and Songwriter
  • Garry Betty (Adrenocortical Cancer) - CEO of Earthlink
  • Heather Burcham (Cervical Cancer) - Proponent of HPV Vaccine
  • Jenessa Boey Byers (Rhabdomyosarcoma) - 8-year-old featured on "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and lobbied Congress on childhood cancer cures
  • Fran Drescher (Uterine Cancer) - Actress
  • Archbishop Christodoulos (Intestinal Cancer) - Leader of Greek Orthodox Church
  • Farrah Fawcett (Lower Intestinal Cancer) - Actress
  • Daniel N. Finegood (Multiple Myeloma) - Prankster (Changed Spelling of Hollywood Sign)
  • Sigmund Freud (Cancer of the Jaw) - Psychologist
  • Francis George (Bladder Cancer) - Roman Catholic Cardinal
  • Bobby Hamilton (Head and Neck Cancer) - NASCAR driver
  • Lee Hazelwood (Renal Cancer) - Singer/Songwriter
  • Jeff Healey (Retinoblastoma) - Musician/Guitarist
  • Gordon B. Hinckley (Intestinal Cancer) - President of Mormon Church
  • Paul Hunter (Intestinal Cancer) - Masters Champion Snooker Player
  • Claude Jade (Eye Cancer) - Actress
  • Joe Maierhauser (Carcinoid Syndrome) - Colossal Cave Park Caretaker
  • Diane Middlebrook (Retroperitoneal Liposarcoma) - Author
  • Victor Navarra (Head and Neck Cancer) - Firefighter, Marathon Runner/Coordinator
  • Louis Rukeyser (Multiple Myeloma) - Author and TV Host (Business & Economic News)
  • Eugene Saenger (Bladder Cancer) - Radiologist (Studied effects of radiation on the body)
  • Roy Scheider (Multiple Myeloma) - Actor (Jaws movies)
  • Chandra Shekhar (Multiple Myeloma) - Indian Prime Minister
  • Aaron Spelling (Oral Cancer, Stroke) - TV Producer
  • Julia Thorne (Transitional-Cell Carcinoma) - ex-wife of Senator John Kerry
  • Jack Wild (Mouth Cancer) - Actor
  • Kathleen Woodiwiss (Carcinoid Cancer) - Author (Historical Romance Novels)

3 Responses to "Celebrities with Cancer"

Tammy Reasoner said :
September 14, 2008 at 10:27 PM
Please add Leroy Sievers, who was a journalist and former producer of NBC's Nightline. Leroy shared his cancer journey through an NPR Blog, "My Cancer", which brought together cancer patients, family and friends from all over the world. He recently passed away, but had lung cancer and brain cancer.
September 15, 2008 at 5:43 AM
Born in 1947, aiming high and making the grade were the catchwords, so I was horrified when it was said that 'underachievement' was currently popular......but, if excellence in one's work means a higher risk of a range of issues, including cancer, maybe that's what's behind such a terrible negative energy path....I might hide under the bed, too, if my work meant that my health would certainly fail. I love my work so much that I watch my health a bit better, if anything, so I will be sure to healthy, happy and 'up to it' till I'm 100.

Prayers and good wishes of comfort to all who suffer, and all who love them.

Elle Fagan
ellefagan.com
dibstruth said :
September 15, 2008 at 8:10 AM
Leonard Paradiso died from Bladder Cancer. A great deal was misreported about Paradiso including his illness. It is unfortunate he passed away before he could see that his wrongful conviction is being exposed.

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