Famous People Who Have Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s disease can be complicated to manage because it is a severe bowel disease. In this disease, the immune system damages the digestive path, causing swelling and tissue injury. The symptoms of Crohn’s Disease comprise of stomach cramps, high fever, low energy and fatigue, and mild to severe diarrhea.

Similar to the other autoimmune diseases, symptoms vary a lot. Sometimes, they become extremely severe and then get mild. In this post, we have listed 11 well-known personalities who have achieved popularity all over the world with their work, while overcoming the Crohn’s Disease.

Shannen Doherty

People know Shannen as a successful actress, director, animal rights activist, and a producer. She played her roles perfectly in Charmed and Beverly Hills. In 1999, Doherty made details about her Crohn’s disease public. In 2015, she was diagnosed with cancer. After getting treated for cancer, she announced to be in remission.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight was the President of the US and General. He planned and executed the D-Day in WWII. In 1956, he had surgery to remove a part of his intestine because of the blockage by Crohn’s Disease. He suffered from seven heart attacks and had his gallbladder removed as well.

Ken Baumann

Ken is a book designer, publisher as well as a successful writer. He became hugely popular due to his acting skills. While being successful in so many careers, he was also battling Crohn’s Disease. He had an operation to treat his condition. He made his story public at the very young age of 22 to inspire his fans and let them know that there is no shame in having this type of condition and suffering from its symptoms.

Carrie Johnson

Generally, people believe that all Olympic athletes are healthy and in their best shape. The story of Carrie Johnson says otherwise. She was diagnosed with Crohn’s disorder in 2003. Yet, she managed to qualify for three Olympic games in 2004, 2008, and 2012. She won a gold medal in the 2011 Games. Carrie also attended the School of Veterinary Medicine.

She has often expressed her gratefulness for being able to play despite having some really tough days due to Crohn’s Disease. She feels pride in representing the people and being a role model for many individuals. Carrie is the perfect example to realize that you do not have to give in to your disease as you can become an international start, even with conditions like Crohn’s.

Cynthia McFadden

Cynthia McFadden is an excellent investigative journalist. He works at NBC News and has also hosted the few shows at ABC. Cynthia got to know about her Crohn’s Disease while she was in college. She took a large dose of drugs for a long period of time in order to treat the disease. After they did not work, she opted for bowel resection surgery. Since then, she’s been able to bring some kind of balance in her life as now she is more capable of handling the stress of her job with the stresses of her disease.

Mike McCready

Mike is the primary guitarist for Pearl Jam. He learned that he had Crohn’s Disease when he was just twenty-one. He has also suffered from multiple live accidents because of the Crohn’s attacks. But with the assistance and support of his bandmates and leading a planned healthier life, Mike has been able to manage the Crohn’s to some extent. McCready is the supporter of bringing a revolution in the health insurance and health care industry. He conducts an annual concert in Seattle for charity and funding of Crohn’s research.

David Garrard

David Garrard is the former quarterback of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He had his first Crohn’s attack in 2004. David underwent surgery to remove some part of his intestine. The surgery was a huge success as he was able to continue playing football. He does a lot of work and public endorsement to promote awareness about Crohn’s Disease.


Anastacia found a large lump in her stomach when she was 13 years old. At first, doctors declared it to be cancer. However, it was a mass of a grapefruit-size which was leaving scars. Fearing too much reaction and weight gain, Anastacia decided to follow strict diets. These diets led to a Crohn’s attack.

Ben Morrison

He is one of the most famous stand-up comedians and an excellent actor. Morrison suffers from Crohn’s Disease but has made the best out of this condition by making viral jokes about it. He was diagnosed with Crohn’s in high school, but haven’t let it dictate his life.

Kevin Dineen

Kevin Dineen had just come back from enjoying a vacation when he felt extreme pain in his stomach. Upon visiting the doctor and testing, it was found that Kevin had Crohn’s Disease. He got so weak that he wasn’t able to even skate. However, with the help of a healthy diet and lifestyle, Dineen is now an assistant coach and has good control over the situation.


Steven Frayne is a remarkable person who deals in magic tricks. He is better known by his stage name, Dynamo. His Crohn’s was diagnosed very early. He had a part of his stomach removed at the age of 18.

Although he has managed to control the Crohn’s Disease to a certain level, he says that his sleep is often disturbed due to agonizing pain almost every night. He keeps going in and out of the hospital due to his disease, but he loves to perform magic as well.

Tommie Frazier

He was the champion of Nebraska, who hoped to play professional football. However, he had blood clots that originated from the underlying Crohn’s Disease. He worked with the top management of the various organization. He said that his health, happiness, and satisfaction had improved a lot since he joined the Omaha Health Foundation.

Frank Fritz

Frank Fritz was amongst the many stars of the well-known drama American Pickers. Crohn’s has been rightfully compared with ducks. On the surface, ducks look calm, composed, and happy. While inside the water, ducks are splashing crazily. People who suffer from Crohn’s Disease also have the situation. They look really okay on the outside, while they are maybe severely suffering from the inside.

Dennis Kucinich

Dennis Kucinich is a famous politician from Ohio. Along with being a member of the House of Representatives, Dennis is also a two-time presidential candidate. He has been able to manage his Crohn’s through a strict began a diet, and using herbal medicine.  Dennis has used his political influence to spread awareness about Crohn’s and spent funds in its research as well.

Jon Landau

Jon is a popular music critic and record producer. He is also the chairman of the nominating board for the Rock Music Hall of Fame. He wrote many articles for the first publication of Rolling Stone magazine. But his principal claim to fame is the discovery of the legendary Bruce Springsteen. Landau suffers from severe Crohn’s attacks. Despite his serious health issues, he has co-produced many of hit albums like the Springsteen’s studio album Born to Run.

Mary Ann Mobley

Marry-Ann Mobley won Miss America in 1959. After three years, she was diagnosed with Crohn’s. Despite having to pay special attention to her disease, she maintained a strict acting schedule and appeared in various series and movies in both the lead as well as recurring or the guest roles. Mary and her husband often events and seminars to raise awareness about Crohn’s Disease. In 2009, she was treated for breast cancer. She died when she was 77.

Larry Nance, Jr.

Larry Nance Jr. was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease when he was in his sophomore year. He had an amazingly successful career at Wyoming University. He still has severe episodes of Crohn’s because it needs him to be on an empty stomach most of the time. He follows a very strict diet in order to maintain his energy levels.

Beth Orton

Beth Orton is a British singer and a songwriter. She worked as a waitress before releasing any of her music. She became an instant hit with her album. She won the award of the best female artist in 2000.

George ‘The Animal’ Steele

Jim Myers was an all-rounder sportsperson who had excellent skills in baseball, basketball, and football. He had a severe knee injury due to which he had to change his career to being a wrestler. He had a successful career of 20 years in wrestling, which in 1988 upon the diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease. His Crohn’s attacks got very less in 2012 when he through a procedure to remove his colon. At the age of 79, Jim Myers died in 2017.

Thomas Menino

Thomas Menino is a good politician who served as the Mayor of Boston. He was the longest-serving mayor of Boston. He experienced recurring stomach pains, which were identified as the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. Thomas was hospitalized after eating lots of peanuts. In 2009, Thomas was elected as the mayor at the age of sixty-seven.