10 Hollywood Success Stories Against All Odds
Born in to a tumultuous relationship, Brand’s parents divorced when he was only six months old, with his mother raising him. At the age of seven, he was sexually abused by a tutor, and at the age of eight his mother was diagnosed with uterine cancer, followed by breast cancer. This would scar him for life, leading to him developing bulimia and a taste for illegal drugs. Diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and bipolar disorder, Brand would also go through a period of self-harming. He would use these difficulties as fodder for his early stand-up acts, gaining him recognition and pushing him from small English clubs to become a widely recognized comedic actor.
Michael J. Fox
Michael J. Fox was a success story already in 1991, with a successful film trilogy and an award-winning television series on his resume. While shooting a movie in 1990, he began to display symptoms of early-onset Parkinson’s disease, and in 1991 was diagnosed. The movement-related symptoms of this disease can make it hard to complete even the most menial tasks, but Fox persevered and continued working, going on to win even more awards for his work on Spin City and Rescue Me, showing that such a crippling disease can be overcome.