Phobias and Fame: 45 Celebrities with Unusual Fears

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1Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

American talk show host Oprah Winfrey has a great phobia of chewing gum.


2Dalai Lama

Dalai Lama

Ever since childhood, the Dalai Lama has had an intense phobia of caterpillars. He said "In my childhood, I always afraid of caterpillar," he said. "A scorpion, I could touch. But caterpillar, never." Nonetheless, he said, he expects to be reincarnated some day as a caterpillar.


3Benjamin Burnley

Benjamin Burnley

The lead singer of Breaking Benjamin, Benjamin Burnley, who has several phobias, including the fear of dark and flying, used ferry ships along with the band to tour outside of US and Canada for the first time of the band's 17 year career.


4John Madden

John Madden

American football coach and sportscaster John Madden has primarily claustrophobia, the fear of being enclosed in a small space or room and unable to escape or get out and a phobia of flying and hasn't flown since 1979.


5Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson has Eisoptrophobia, meaning she is afraid of mirrors.


6Matt Damon

Matt Damon

Matt Damon has Ophidiophobia. He said, “I’m afraid of snakes. And I got bullied into interacting with them by Scarlett Johansson and the kids.”


7Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel

Howie Mandel (voice of Gizmo in Gremlins) has a separate, smaller house in his backyard to live in when one of his family members is sick due to his irrational fear (mysophobia) of germs.


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8Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin

Australian zookeeper Steve Irwin also nicknamed "The Crocodile Hunter" was afraid of parrots. He said "They’ve nearly torn my nose off. I’ve had some really bad parrot bites."


9Woody Allen

Woody Allen

American director Woody Allen is both claustrophobic and agoraphobic, meaning he is afraid of both open and closed spaces.


10Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick

Stanley Kubrick was afraid of flying, even though he was a licensed pilot. His wife said "As a photographer for Look magazine early in his career he had to learn to fly and nearly crashed his plane. Shortly after, a colleague was killed piloting a plane and for some reason, his camera and notebooks, horribly squashed and burnt, were sent to Kubrick. It traumatized him. But it was only when he flew to Spain to film Spartacus that the reaction hit him. Terribly ill, in a state of nervous shock, the return flight was his last."

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