Being Left Handed

Left Handed Actors

"All The World's A Stage"
left handed actors

It is hard to throw a stick (with your left hand!) and not come across a zillion left handed actors. Okay, that may be a stretch, but we are known for our dramatic flair!  Let's look at some of the famous southpaws who definitely know how to put on a good show.  
Sir Charles Chaplin, one of the most talented comedic actors ever filmed, was knighted by the Queen of England at age 85. Charlie Chaplin came a long way from growing up in poverty on the streets of London, to becoming the most creative entertainer of silent films. With his slapstick comedy routines, and trademark mustache, Chaplain still wields the power to leave the audience in stitches. Charlie, the son of entertainers, broke into show business at the young age of eight. He overcame many obstacles, even rebuilding a violin to make playing it left handed easier. A larger than life character, both on stage and off, Chaplin married four times, and was Father to ten children. 


Robert Redford, half of the Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid movie fame, has recently been in the news, mourning the passing of his friend, Paul Newman. Paul was Redford’s partner in the film, and married to another in the list of celebrated lefties, Joanne Woodward. Robert was an art student (Left Handed Artists) before becoming one of the most popular stars of the 1970’s. He is also the founder of the Sundance Film Festival. The film festival showcases independent filmmakers, and has become “a place to be seen” in the entertainment industry.  In 2008, over a hundred feature films were shown at Sundance, to the 50,000 people in attendance. 

Pretty woman, Julia Roberts, walking down the street…Sorry, I got a little sidetracked. Julia starred in the hit, Pretty Woman, which grossed a record $463 million in the 1990’s. Roberts earns one of the biggest paychecks of any actress in the world. Her net worth is estimated to be $140 million. If that is not enough to make her flash one of her legendary smiles, she has also been named one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World, eleven times. Not bad, for a girl from a small town in Georgia.
Thomas Cruise Mapother IV, did not set out to become #3 of the top 100 movie stars of all time, his first calling was to be a priest. Tom Cruise joins our list of southpaw actors, ranked among the highest paid in screen history. Tom changed schools fifteen times by the time he was fourteen years old. Can you imagine dealing with the awkwardness of being a teenager, having dyslexia, and always be the new kid in town? Cruise faced these challenges and showed us sometimes ' Risky Business' lands you in a pot of gold!  Tom Cruise was once married to Nicole Kidman, another talented lefty actor.

Other notable Left handed Actors (RIP) include; Steve McQueen, Richard Pryor, Jim Henson - creator of the Muppets. (Kermit the Frog is also left handed.), Michael Landon and George Burns to name a very few.
Current living legend lefty actors include;  Robert DeNiro, Mark Hamill, Goldie Hawn, Angelina Jolie and Bruce Willis. Again a very short list.
This star-studded list of left handed actors reads like a Who’s Who of All Time Hollywood Legends. And we are just getting started! This goes to show you what highly creative and motivated left handed individuals can accomplish, even when others would throw their hands up in defeat. Lefties show unusual grace under pressure, with an uncanny ability to multi-task. We can master a range of activities, with our right hand tied behind our back. Being Left Handed is awesome!

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