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11 Famous People With Rheumatoid Arthritis


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James Coburn

While RA affects 2.5 times as many women as men, that doesn’t mean men don’t get the disease—including macho movie stars. After starring in a string of Westerns and spy movies in the '60s and '70s, James Coburn temporarily retired from film in the 1980s, due to his RA.

But in the 1990s he was able to act again, winning an Oscar in '98 for playing Nick Nolte’s abusive, alcoholic father in Affliction. Backstage at the awards, Coburn claimed that a drug called MSM and a holistic treatment regimen had "cured" his RA. He died of a heart attack in 2002.

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