8 Iconic Personalities Who Had PF

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1. Bill Bright

William R. Bright, best known as Bill Bright, is the co-founder of the largest Christian ministry in the world, the Campus Crusade for Christ. He died from complications related to pulmonary fibrosis in 2003.

Did you know that pulmonary fibrosis can be difficult to diagnose and treat? 

2. Boyd Bennett

The musician Boyd Bennett is considered a pioneer in the music industry. In 1955, he composed and sang the first two rock ‘n’ roll hits dedicated to teenagers — “Seventeen” and “My Boy – Flat Top.” The records sold more than three million copies worldwide. During World War II, Bennett was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and mesothelioma. He died in 2002, at the age of 67.

Learn some simple facts about pulmonary fibrosis. 

3. Gordon Jump


The actor Gordon Jump had a 40-year career, during which he played a string of fumbling but lovable roles such as the station owner on TV’s “WKRP in Cincinnati,” or the incompetent Chief of Police Tinkler in the sitcom Soap. He died from pulmonary fibrosis in 2003.

Here are nine steps to help you manage idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

4. James Doohan

Best known for his role as Scotty in “Star Trek”, the actor James Doohan suffered from a series of severe diseases before his death in 2005, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis.

Wondering how you can better manage you pulmonary fibrosis? Find out more here. 

5. Jerry Lewis

The actor and comedian Jerry Lewis was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis in May 2001. Due to scarring in the lung tissues, doctors treated him with steroid prednisone but the treatment led him to gain 50 pounds and his waist ballooned from a trim 33 inches to 51 inches.

Here are some simple facts about idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.

6. John Bowden Connally, Jr.

John Bowden Connally, Jr., the 38th governor of Texas, was in the front seat of the presidential limousine on November 22, 1963, when  John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Connally was also hit by a bullet that passsed through his back, chest, wrist, and thigh. He survived but was left with the lifelong lung condition of pulmonary fibrosis, from which he died in 1993.

Here are 4 things you can do to help prevent pulmonary fibrosis. 

7. John Ritter


John Ritter was an actor who became best known for his role as Jack Tripper in the television sitcom “Three’s Company”, from which he earned a Emmy and a Golden Globe Award in 1984. Though he had had pulmonary fibrosis, he died in 2003 because of a torn heart valve.

Did you know that pulmonary fibrosis can be difficult to diagnose and treat? 

8. Marlon Brando

The renowned actor Marlon Brando is considered one of the greatest movie actors of all time, and he became one of the most famous patients with pulmonary fibrosis. He died of the  a disease on July 1, 2004 at UCLA Medical Center.

Learn some simple facts about pulmonary fibrosis. 

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