Celebrities With Osteogenesis Imperfecta
Michael J. Anderson
Michael J. Anderson was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, or brittle bone disease, and was not able to walk until he reached his twenties.
However, his condition did not stop him from pursuing his dream of becoming an actor. He is best known for his roles as the Man from Another Place on Twin Peaks, and Samson Leonhart on the HBO series Carnivle.
Douglas Doug John Herland won the 1984 Olympic bronze medal for Rowing. Even though he was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, he continued to stay active in adaptive rowing.
He had a passion for promoting his sport for others with physical disabilities. He campaigned for government funding for materials and equipment to help make the sport more accessible.
Nabil Shaban is a British actor and author, best known as the creator of the crime thriller series The Ripper Code. Now 57, the author is the founder of a theater production company named The Graeae which promotes performers with disabilities, as he suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta himself.
Child actor Atticus Shaffer, best known for his roles in the ABC series The Middle and horror film The Unborn, suffers from type IV osteogenesis imperfecta. By the age of 12, he already had many bone fractures and had rods attached to his legs to support his body weight. However, he has said of the disease, Its a small portion of me and nothing more.
Julie Fernandez was estimated to live for only two years when she was born with osteogenesis imperfecta. Now she is thirty five years old, and has won many awards for her role in the popular BBC comedy show, The Office. Even though she requires the use of wheelchair to move around, it did not stop her from doing what she loves and does bestacting!