This list of famous introverts begins with a brief description of introverted personality traits. You’ll be surprised at which actors and actresses are famous!
Introverts, famous or not, do not have personality disorders. Readers often ask me about introverted personality traits, and I’m surprised at what people think about introverts – famous or not.
Are you an introvert? Here’s a quick way to tell:
“If there is an emergency do you tend to stand still and feel somewhat shut down or in slow motion? If you have a standstill reaction to stress more often, then you are probably an introvert,” says psychotherapist and author Marti Olsen Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World. “In a crisis do you tend to move your body immediately and feel like taking action, maybe without pausing to think? Then you are probably an extrovert if you react with movement.”
I’m an introvert, but I react with movement. My sister is an extrovert, and she freezes during emergencies. This goes to show that there are exceptions to every rule.
Questions About Introverted Personality Traits
Is introversion a personality disorder?
No, no, no! Introverts are normal. Extroverts are normal. Neither type of personality is a personality disorder. However, any personality type – introverted or extroverted – can veer off in unhealthy directions.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with introverted personality traits, though introverts are commonly seen as abnormal, nerds, loners, withdrawn, shy, and unfriendly. Introverts – even famous introverts – can also be seen as lacking social skills.
- Enjoy time alone
- Consider only deep relationships as friends
- Feel drained after outside activities, even if they were fun
- Are often good listeners
- Appear calm and self-contained
- Think then speak or act
People with introverted personalities have an inward focus and aren’t usually the “life of the party.” Introverts have a strong sense of self that can make them feel highly self-conscious around other people – making walking into a crowded room a little nerve-wracking. They have a hard time being goofy in front of the camera and telling jokes to more than a couple of people at a time, but they can be extremely witty. They’re less “Larry, Curly, and Moe” and more Woody Allen – but that doesn’t mean introverts’ personality traits are neurotic! And yes, Woody Allen is a famous introvert
Introverts process their emotions, thoughts, and observations internally. They can be social people, but reveal less about themselves than extroverts do. Introverts are more private, and less public. Introverts need time to think before responding to a situation, and develop their ideas by reflecting privately. Introverts’ personality traits can be passionate, and sometimes aggressive.
Many introverts prefer working at home, working in home-based businesses.
Is it possible for an introvert to become an extrovert?
I suppose introverts can force themselves to be more extroverted, but why? Not for career success, because introverted people can be just as successful professionally as extroverts – especially if they’re armed with Tips for Networking Successfully for Introverts. Introverts don’t need to become extroverts for relationship success, even if they’re with extroverts.
There’s no reason for introverts to become extroverts. Better to accept your personality traits than to try to change. Take a page from a famous introvert’s book, and embrace your personality.
What advantages does an introvert have?
According to Laney, author of The Introvert Advantage, there are several advantages to being an introvert:
- work well with others, especially in one-to-one relationships
- maintain long-term friendships
- strong ability to concentrate
- creative, out-of-the-box thinking
- analytical skills that integrate complexity
- studious and smart
There are more people with extroverted personality traits than introverted personality traits. Famous introverts aren’t as common as extroverts (there are more extroverts in the world than introverts), but that doesn’t mean introverts are abnormal or have a personality disorder.
Most introverts are not famous because they avoid the spotlight. If you have introverted personality traits, read Best Jobs for Introverts and Quiet People.
Famous Introverts – Actresses
- Candice Bergen, actress, writer, photographer
- Ingrid Bergman, actress
- Ellen Burstyn, actress
- Glenn Close, actress
- Audrey Hepburn, actress
- Helen Hunt, actress
- Diane Keaton, actress
- Grace Kelly, actress
- Jessica Lange, actress
- Laura Linney, actress
- Gwyneth Paltrow, actress
- Michelle Pfeiffer, actress
- Julia Roberts, actress
- Meg Ryan, actress
- Meryl Streep, actress
Famous Introverts – Actors
- Clint Eastwood, actor/director
- Harrison Ford, actor
- Tom Hanks, actor
- Sir Alfred Hitchcock, film director
- Jack Lemmon, late actor
- Bill Macy, actor
- Steve Martin, all around talented guy
- Noah Wiley, actor
Other Famous Introverts
- Johnny Carson, former Tonight Show host
- Jane Clayson, host of CBS Morning Show
- Matt Lauer, co-host on the Today Show
- David Letterman, host of the David Letterman Show
- Diane Sawyer, co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America
- Barbara Walters, host of 20/20
Are you an introvert? Take a Test for Introverted Personality Traits. Tell me what you discover about your personality!
Also – if you’re a lonely introvert, read Does Owning a Dog Make You Happy? It describes how dogs act as “social lubricants” to help people interact in healthy ways. Especially important for introverts!
Resources for Introverts
The Introvert Advantage: How to Thrive in an Extrovert World – by Marti Olsen Laney, the source of the “famous introverts” information.
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (pictured) by Susan Cain – the number one bestselling book on Amazon about introverted personality traits.
The Introvert’s Way: Living a Quiet Life in a Noisy World by Sophia Dembling.
What do you think about this list of famous introverts? I welcome your comments below…