NOTABLE CODAs

Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, the deceased husband of England’s current Queen Elizabeth II, his mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was deaf since birth.

Renee Hartman, Holocaust survivor and author of Signs of Survival: A Memoir of Two Sisters, (2021) a powerful true story about two sisters (one Deaf and one CODA) who lost their parents and stayed together and survived the Holocaust.

Myron Uhlberg, men's fashion designer by career turned award-wining and critically acclaimed author of several children's books, including Dad, Jackie, and Me (2005), The Sound of All Things and The Printer (2003). He wrote a moving memoir, The Hands of My Father: A Hearing Boy, His Deaf Parents, and the Language of Love in 2009. His latest publication is My Name is Helen Keller (2020).

Paul Raci, Award-winning American Actor, best known as Joe in the movie, The Sound of Metal, (2020).

Grace Byers, Camayan-American author/activist/actress who stars in Amazon's Harlem (2021) as Quinn; Fox's smash hit series, Empire and Marvel's The Gifted series. She published two children's books, a New York Time Bestseller, I  Am Enough (2018) and I Believe I Can (2020).

Arlene Malinowski, American actor and playwright who wrote the critically acclaimed What Does the Sun Sound Like?, a one-woman show performed nationally and internationally. She has written many other plays and guest starred on numerous TV shows.

Millie Brother, in 1983 coined the acronym, CODA and is the founder of the CODA International organization, where they connect CODAs around the world.

 

Alan Abarbanell, stand-up comedian has toured the U.S. with his acclaimed one-man show The Abababa Road Tour, chronicling his experiences growing up hearing in a deaf family.

 

Lon Chaney, Sr., American actor raised by deaf parents. His upbringing allowed him to communicate better in silent films.

Kambri Crews, American comedic storyteller and writer who incorporates sign language in performances and whose parents, maternal grandparents and several aunts and uncles are deaf.

Lou Fant, American actor; sign language coach for Children of a Lesser God.

Louise Fletcher, American Academy Award-winning actress for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

Edward Miner Gallaudet, founder of Gallaudet University, the world’s only university for deaf and hard of hearing students. He is the son of Sophia Fowler Gallaudet and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, founder of the American School for the Deaf, the first school for the deaf in the U.S.

Craig Gass, American actor, comedian and impressionist best known for his roles in King of Queens, Family Guy, American Dad and Sex and the City and was a writer for Saturday Night Live's Weekend Update.

Richard Griffiths, an English actor of stage, film and television. He is best known as Vernon Dursley in the Harry Potter films, and King George II in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Stefan LeFors, Canadian football quarterback for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Homer Thornberry, a United States Representative from the 10th congressional district of Texas from 1948 to 1963.

Jim Verraros, a finalist on the first season (2002) of American Idol, an American singing competition television series. He was named as one of "2002's Most Intriguing People" by Out, a LGBT-interest magazine.

Keith Wann, with two other Deaf actors, perform regularly in a troupe called Iceworm, to showcase the cultural and linguistic barrier faced between the deaf and hearing worlds in a comedic fashion.

Vera Patterson, Consistent volunteer at the Ontario camp of the Deaf. Lead staff in programming all activities for said camp. A notable deaf ally of her time. Has been voicing her concerns for the deaf community since her early youth.

Blair Patterson, Deaf advocate for the deaf community. At 18 years old, she became one of the youngest CODAs to fight for deaf rights.

Jerry Ferris, best known for appearing on season three of The Bachelorette, which featured Jen Schefft, went on to become a successful sign language interpreter, actor and producer.

Sherry Hicks & Michael Velez, dynamic duo of Half n Half, delight audiences with their original multimedia American Sign Language (ASL) performances combining Music and storytelling.

Andy & Ben Olson, the CODA Brothers YouTube sensations who bring to light hilarious situations growing up with Deaf parents, also run interpreter agencies in Minnesota.

Liysa Croll Callson, CODA Diva, inspirational speaker and comedienne.

Dennis Daugaard, elected as South Dakota’s 32nd Governor on November 2, 2010. Both of Dennis’ parents were born deaf, making sign language the principle means of communication for his family.

Erik Witteborg, a famed YouTuber who goes by the name of ewitty, posts interesting videos and articles on everything from growing up in a Deaf home, also creates hilarious ASL related memes.