He has a career spanning nearly 40 years, and a life most people envy. But scratch beneath the surface, and Steven Spielberg is just a very ordinary man with ordinary problems – even struggling from dyslexia. The Schindler’s List hero was only diagnosed five years ago, and credits filmmaking with helping him to express himself. He said: ‘I never felt like a victim. Movies really helped me… kind of saved me from shame, from guilt. Making movies was my great escape.’ Speaking to the Friends of Quinn website, the Oscar-winner added: ‘When I felt like an outsider, movies made me feel inside my own skill set.’
The Cincinnati-born star certainly hasn’t allowed the learning disability to interfere with his professional life.
Having begun his career back in 1973, the 65-year-old continues to work today, with his latest project Lincoln set for release in November.
Spielberg also has a rather decorated mantlepiece, with an Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan.
He has also made the Forbes list, weighing in at a hefty $3billion.
Other famous people to suffer from dyslexia include Albert Einstein, Cher, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill and Tom Cruise.
Cruise, who worked with Spielberg on Minority Report, has also spoken of the condition, saying: ‘I had to train myself to focus my attention.
‘I became very visual and learned how to create mental images in order to comprehend what I read.’
While it is not known exactly how many people worldwide suffer from dyslexia, it is estimated that 15 per cent of the population have it.