Famous left handers

Lefties have excelled at both ends of the scale – the very good and the very bad. They seem to make exceptional leaders, inventors, artists, musicians and murderers! Left-handers have achieved greatness in many walks of life, but particularly in creative, sporting and artistic fields, where their natural talent for lateral thinking and ingenuity have made a huge contribution to all our lives. If you are left-handed then you are in very good company!

This is our list of famous left-handers – with over 1,000 people we think it is the most comprehensive on the Web. The list is based on our research and reports from Club members, but we know we are not perfect. If you spot any errors in our list, can provide any further information or have any famous left-handers we should add to our list, please add your information as comments to these pages.

The list contains well over 1,000 left-handers and is divided into 4 sections as below.   Click on any of the links to go to that part of the list.

Entertainment History Professions Sport Sport
Artists
Actors
Actresses
Authors
Cartoons
Comedians
Fashion
Film
Journalists
Music
Other
Poets
Radio
TV
Biblical
Criminals
Leaders
Philosophers
Royalty
Politics – UK
Politics – US
Politics – Other
Saints
Miscellaneous
Astronaut
Business
Doctor
Explorer
Inventor
Lawyer
Scientist
American Football
Athletics
Badminton
Baseball
Basketball
Billiards
Bowling
Boxing
Broadcasting
Cricket
Diving
Fencing
Football (soccer)
Golf
Hockey
Motor Racing
Miscellaneous
Snooker
Swimming
Table Tennis
Tennis
Wrestling

If you spot famous left-handers we’ve missed, please add them as a comment at the bottom of this page.

We have also produced a list of famous “left-handers” who are really right handed and are often shown in error on lists of famous lefthanders on the web – click here for our list of left-hander mistakes

Left handed U.S. presidents

There have been a lot more left handed United States presidents than you would expect.

  • ford-clinton-obamaJames A. Garfield
    (1831-1881) 20th
  • Herbert Hoover
    (1874-1964) 31st
  • Harry S. Truman
    (1884-1972) 33rd
  • Gerald Ford
    (1913-2006) 38th
  • Ronald Reagan
    (1911-2004) 40th
  • George H.W. Bush
    (1924-) 41st
  • Bill Clinton
    (1946- ) 42nd
  • Barack Obama
    (1961- ) 44th

So, 5 out of the last 7 presidents have been left-handed!

 

Image descriptionLeft handed cartoons

Matt Groening, creator of The Simpsons, is a fellow lefty and he made his lead character Bart Simson left-handed as well.

He also created an episode where Ned Flanders opened a left-handed shop called The Leftorium and we think he modelled it on the original Anything Left-Handed shop in London

Use this link to see our article on left-handed cartoon characvters and the many comments we have reecived on it.

 

 

 

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