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30th Oct '17 7:03:30 PM LadyNorbert
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* Michael Zaslow, who played David Renaldi on ''Series/OneLifeToLive'', was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease and confined to a wheelchair. The character, who was absent from the show for several years, was given the same diagnosis when he returned. Also a case of TheCharacterDiedWithHim, as David was written to have passed away in 1998 when Zaslow did.
27th Sep '17 6:02:45 AM PikaHikariKT
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* The English dub of ''Manga/ASilentVoice'' has Shoko voiced by deaf actress Lexi Cowden.
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21st Sep '17 6:41:39 AM PaddyMurphy
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* During his time on ''Series/MacGyver'', the late, great supporting actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar's]] slow descent into total blindness due to glaucoma was written into the show as a part of his character's life. But even ''after'' Elcar went completely blind, he still played a lot of ''sighted'' characters, because he was just that good an actor.

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* During his time on ''Series/MacGyver'', the late, great supporting actor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana_Elcar Dana Elcar's]] slow descent into total blindness due to glaucoma was written into the show as a part of his character's life. But even ''after'' Elcar went completely blind, he still played a lot of ''sighted'' characters, because he was just that ''that'' good an actor.
20th Sep '17 8:59:31 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* The EvilAlbino in ''Film/EndOfDays'' was played the genuinely albinistic actor Victor Varnado.

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* The EvilAlbino in ''Film/EndOfDays'' was played by the genuinely albinistic actor Victor Varnado.



* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' played this trope straight, but also averted it. Legless Suzie, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Ma Petite, and Meep are all played by actors that share their conditions. In contrast, Jimmy, Pepper, Elsa, and the Twins are all the result of elaborate special effects. Notably, Jyoti Amage, the actress who plays Ma Petite, has been listed in the Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords book as the shortest adult female.

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* ''Series/AmericanHorrorStoryFreakShow'' played this trope straight, but also averted it. Legless Suzie, Paul the Illustrated Seal, Ma Petite, and Meep are all played by actors that share their conditions. In contrast, Jimmy, Pepper, Elsa, and the Twins are all the result of elaborate special effects. Notably, Jyoti Amage, the actress who plays Ma Petite, has been listed in the Literature/GuinnessWorldRecords book as the shortest adult female.woman in the world.
20th Sep '17 8:57:49 AM VanHohenheimOfXerxes
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* In a sort of inversion of Creator/GaryOldman as a little person, Creator/PeterDinklage would later play the ''ComicBook/XMen'' villain Bolivar Trask in ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast''. The character didn't have dwarfism in the original comics, but Dinklage's audition was just so good that he got cast due to AbilityOverAppearance, making it an example of Initially Able-Bodied Character, Disabled Actor (much like how ''Series/StrangerThings'' retroactively gave Dustin the same disability as his actor).
16th Sep '17 11:10:36 PM daria2weird
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*Shoshannah Stern plays deaf hunter, Eileen Leahy on "Series/{{Supernatural}}".
22nd Aug '17 8:29:44 AM PonchoBot
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* Peter Sellers did his scenes of DrStrangelove in a wheelchair as he was recuperating from a sprained ankle.

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* Peter Sellers did his scenes of DrStrangelove ''Film/DrStrangelove'' in a wheelchair as he was recuperating from a sprained ankle.ankle.
* ''Film/BabyDriver'' cast deaf actor CJ Jones as Baby's deaf foster father Joseph.
14th Jul '17 4:37:19 AM fearlessnikki
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* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' they hired a man with only one leg to play the Black Knight after Arthur chops one of his legs off.
** Amusingly, the man [[NamesTheSame happened to be named Richard Burton]]. Creator/JohnCleese would joke later about having Creator/RichardBurton as a stunt double.

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* In ''Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail'' they hired a man with only one leg to play the Black Knight after Arthur chops one of his legs off.
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off. Amusingly, the man [[NamesTheSame happened to be named Richard Burton]]. Creator/JohnCleese would joke later about having Creator/RichardBurton as a stunt double.


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* The BBC MadeForTVMovie ''Don't Take My Baby'' revolves around a man with an eye condition. Although the lead is played by able-sighted actor Adam Long, supporting character Mike is played by Ross Grant - who has the same eye condition in real life. WordOfGod is that the part was written for him because of his condition.
15th Jun '17 8:35:23 PM Scifimaster92
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* Actor Michael Berryman was born with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition which caused him to have no hair, fingernails, or sweat glands. His distinctive appearance led to a career in horror and science fiction movies, usually playing villains or monsters, most notably Pluto in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977''.

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* Actor Michael Berryman was born with Hypohidrotic Ectodermal Dysplasia, a rare condition which caused him to have no hair, fingernails, or sweat glands. His distinctive appearance led to a career in horror and science fiction movies, usually playing villains villains, aliens, or monsters, most notably Pluto in ''Film/TheHillsHaveEyes1977''.
24th May '17 3:20:18 PM smalltime
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* CJ Casagrande from ''WesternAnimation/TheLoudHouse'' has Down's syndrome just like his voice actor Jared Kozak.
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