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22nd Sep '16 4:27:14 PM SparkyYoungUpstart
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* ''Series/{{Speechless}}'' has Micah Fowler playing J.J. [=DiMeo=], both of whom have cerebral palsy and normally get around in a motorized wheelchair.
20th Sep '16 2:21:38 AM GreenLady
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* ''Series/TwinPeaks'' has Gerard, a.k.a. The One-Armed Man, who cut off his own arm as penance and to rid himself of the tattoo that allowed the demon MIKE to possess him. He is played by Al Strobel, who lost an arm at the shoulder in a car accident as a teenager.
11th Sep '16 3:17:02 PM AutumnLeaves
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** Also in ''Series/GameOfThrones'' the blind Maester Aemon is played by Peter Vaughan, who is visually impaired.
11th Sep '16 12:46:46 PM kalliston
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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': Actor Allan Dobrescu has cerebral palsy, as does his character, Charlie Gerhardt.

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* ''Series/{{Fargo}}'': Actor Allan Dobrescu has cerebral palsy, as does his character, Charlie Gerhardt. Similarly, Mr. Wrench, a season one antagonist and fan-favorite character, is a deaf hitman played by Deaf actor Russell Harvard.
22nd Aug '16 11:24:14 AM Wordpainter
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** The series' anthology set-up, in which they bring back actors in new roles in later seasons, means that Jamie Brewer appears in ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryCoven'' and ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' as well. Refreshingly, her roles in these later seasons do not expressly require an actor with Down's syndrome (even the Freak Show character--who is heavily implied to be a [[spoiler: hallucination]] and is NOT one of the titular freaks). Brewer is included the same as her colleagues because its the nature of the show.
21st Aug '16 9:35:28 PM BigJaredMonkey
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* When he was younger, the late Richard Lynch suffered 3rd degree burns over nearly 80% of his body, including much of is face. He made a career playing villains in both movies and TV, most of whom turned to villainy after being intensely burned in a fire. According to Lynch, putting his scars on display helped him get over the stigma of carrying them.
13th Aug '16 4:47:25 AM Clare
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* The character, regardless of when in the story he or she becomes disabled, [[ThrowingOffTheDisability is fully recovered by the end]].

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* The character, regardless of when in the story he or she becomes disabled, [[ThrowingOffTheDisability is fully recovered able-bodied by the end]].



* The character starts out able-bodied, but becomes disabled during the course of the story.

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* The character starts out able-bodied, but becomes disabled during the course of the story.
story. (In cases where the disability is not a WrittenInInfirmity)
12th Aug '16 5:35:55 AM Clare
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* The character, regardless of when in the story they become disabled, [[ThrowingOffTheDisability is fully recovered by the end]].

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* The character, regardless of when in the story they become he or she becomes disabled, [[ThrowingOffTheDisability is fully recovered by the end]].
12th Aug '16 5:31:00 AM Clare
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This is about when an authentically disabled person is cast, rather than an able-bodied performer.

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This is about when an authentically disabled person is cast, rather than an able-bodied performer.
performer. However, the use of a non-disabled actor in such a role is sometimes justified if, for example:
* The character, regardless of when in the story they become disabled, [[ThrowingOffTheDisability is fully recovered by the end]].
* The character [[ObfuscatingDisability is not really disabled]].
* The character starts out able-bodied, but becomes disabled during the course of the story.
9th Aug '16 7:18:29 AM WoodyAlien3rd
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* In the first episode of ''Series/StrangerThings'', Dustin states he has [[https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/gard/6118/cleidocranial-dysplasia/resources/1 cleidocranial dysplasia]], which is also true of his actor Gaten Matarazzo. That's the reason of his missing front teeth and being able to do "that thing" with his shoulders.
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