A Few Famous People With GBS:
Andy Griffith, American actor on The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock, developed Guillain–Barré in 1983
Rachel Chagall, actress
Joseph Heller, author, contracted GBS in 1981. This episode in his life is recounted in the autobiographical No Laughing Matter, which contains alternating chapters by Heller and his good friend Speed Vogel.
Franklin D. Roosevelt, U.S. president. In 2003 doctors concluded that Roosevelt”s paralysis, long attributed to poliomyelitis, was actually Guillain-Barré syndrome.
Len Pasquarelli, sports writer and analyst for ESPN
Markus Babbel, German soccer player
Serge Payer, Canadian-born professional hockey player. After battling and overcoming the syndrome, he set up the Serge Payer Foundation, which is dedicated to raising money for research into new treatments and cures for Guillain–Barré syndrome.
Morten Wieghorst, Danish soccer player played for Celtic and Brondby
Lucky Oceans, Grammy Award winning musician
William “The Refrigerator” Perry, former professional American football player with the Chicago Bears was diagnosed with GBS in 2008.
Tony Benn, British politician.
Joseph Heller (May 1, 1923 – December 12, 1999) was an American satirical novelist, short story writer, and playwright. His best known work is Catch-22, a novel about US servicemen during World War II.
Ambrose ("Rowdy") Gaines IV (born February 17, 1959 in Winter Haven, Florida) is a former American swimmer, U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame member, Olympic three-time gold medalist, and member of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.
Samuel Goldstein, American athlete and Paralympian.
Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon Johnson and Lady Bird Johnson. Diagnosed and under treatment for Guillain–Barré in April 2010.
Hugh McElhenny, Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee and former professional American football player with the San Francisco 49ers.
Norton Simon, American industrialist and philanthropist.
Hans Vonk, Dutch conductor.
Danny Wuerffel, 1996 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Florida.