Famous Recipients

People from all walks of life have an Implantable device including; celebrities, world-class athletes, politicians and business leaders.

Entertainers

Elton John had a pacemaker implanted in the summer of 1999. After the procedure, he was quoted as saying, "The only long-term effect of the heart problem is that I have to carry a card explaining why I set off the alarms when I walk through airport security."

Elton John has a pacemaker


Charlie Daniels, an American multi-instrumentalist lyricist, and singer, best known for his number one country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia"

Julie Bowen, star of Modern Family show.  When the doctors broke the news she needed a pacemaker, she remembers having “a big crying fit” about needing a device that’s “for old people.” Since then, she’s come to realize how lucky she is that a serious medical problem could be remedied in a way she considers “no big deal”

Julie Bowen has a pacemaker


Jeffrey Wayne Fattt,an Australian musician, and actor who is best known as a member of the children's band The Wiggles

Les Paul, famous guitarist who invented the solid-body electric guitar and his namesake line of guitar

Slash, former Guns n' Roses guitarist

Kirk Douglas, an American actor, producer, director, and author.

Jann Arden, Canadian singer & songwriter. She had a pacemaker for 17 years, but it was removed because she no longer needed it.  "One tends to really think about living and dying when you get a pacemaker implanted at 20 years old." Her pacemaker experience inspired her popular "Will You Remember Me" song.

Robert Guillaume, actor best known for playing Benson DuBois on 'Soap' and 'Benson'. 

Roger Moore, the star of seven James Bond movies had a pacemaker implanted on May 10, 2003. Moore played the part of Agent 007 in the movies from 1973 to 1985. 

Roger Moore has a pacemaker


Jim Nabors, singer with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "I have much more energy now. I'm made up of parts and pieces" 

Krusty, a character from the famous Simpsons television show

Stan Lee, an American comic-book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel

Mark Fredrick Farner, an American singer, guitarist and songwriter, best known as the lead singer and lead guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad

Burton Race, celebrity French chef

Joseph "Joe" Jackson, a talent manager and the father of the Jackson family of entertainers which includes music superstars Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson


Athletes

Arnold Palmer, retired American professional golfer who is generally regarded as one of the greatest in history

Arnold Palmer has a pacemaker


Fred Hoiberg, men's basketball coach for the Iowa State University Cyclones

Khalilou Fadiga, professional footballer has an automatic defibrillator implanted at 29 years old

Brett MacLean, former NHL hockey player

Sir Alex Ferguson, former Manchester United soccer manager

Alex Ferguson has a pacemaker


Anja Andersen, a famous handball player in Denmark had a pacemaker implanted in 1999 after several fainting spells during playing. She is now a handball coach.

Bob Huggins, an American college basketball coach.University has a defibrillator (ICD)

Staale Solbakken, is a former Norigiena midfielder soccer player who is now coaching received a pacemaker at 33 years old

James Taylor, a former Nottinghamshire and England batsman, has a defibrillator. In April 2016, the right-handed batsman was forced to retire from international cricket at the age of just 26 after he was diagnosed with arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC).

 

Leaders

Silvio Berlusconi, former Italian prime minister

Adrienne Clarkson, former Canadian Governor General

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former Italian President 

George Voinovich, a former US Senator from Ohio

Earl Bakken, it’s quite ironic that Medtronic’s co-founder, has a pacemaker. Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law Palmer Hermundslie started Medtronic in a garage in northeast Minneapolis, where they repaired electronic hospital equipment. Medtronic is now the world’s leading medical technology company and pacemaker manufacturer.

Medtronic founder has a pacemaker


Bob Dole, an American politician who represented Kansas in the Senate

Pope Benedict XVI, leader of the Catholic Church

Dick Cheney, former US Vice-President had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) implanted in 2001. 

James Major, son of former British Prime Minister John Major, had a pacemaker implanted at 26 years old


Famous Member Memorials

Mother Teresa, the Roman Catholic nun who devoted her life to the poorest of the poor in Calcutta had a pacemaker.

Dr. John Hopps, twenty-seven years after inventing the first pacemaker in 1950, he was fitted with one to regulate his heartbeat. Hopps died just before his invention was voted the Canadian engineering invention of the century

Frances Faye, consummate entertainer

Byron Baer, former United Sates Senator

Moose Skowron, former New York Yankee ball player who played in eight World Series in the 1950s

Ted Williams, the last Major League baseball player to hit.400 in 1941 had a single chamber pacemaker implanted in 2000 to treat congestive heart failure.

Ed Koch, New York’s feisty former Mayor

Mike Wallace, news correspondent and co-editor of 60 Minutes since its 1968 premiere.

Howard Reig, NBC nightly news announcer

Hans-Dietrich Genscher, German Foreign Minister

Jesse Helms, United State Senator was fitted with a pacemaker in August 2003

Don Haskins, basketball coach and member of the basketball Hall of Fame.

Byron Nelson, golf legend had a pacemaker implanted in 1999 to combat bouts of vertigo, dizziness and an irregular heartbeat. 

Helmut Schmidt, former German Chancellor

Prince Claus of the Netherlands

Jimmy Stewart, the legendary star of 75 films including "It’s a Wonderful Life" and "The Philadelphia Story"

Dale Evans, known as the "Queen of the West". She co-starred in 35 films and several 1950s and ’60s television shows with her husband, Roy Rogers. She’s credited with writing the "Happy Trails to You" theme song that became attached to her and her husband’s work.

Izzy Asper, the colorful Canadian media baron

Jack Buck, a mainstay in the Cardinals broadcast booth and longtime sports director for KMOX radio, 

Bob Bullock, former Texas Lieutenant Governor, had a pacemaker. Before his operation he joked by saying; "It’s very interesting. ... Once it’s in there, you all can come in here and feel it. They tell me after they install it you can feel it under the skin." 

Buddy Ebsen, the actor who starred as Jud Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies

Phyllis Diller, comedian - "I’m the bionic woman!" she once bragged.

Johnny Grant, Hollywood's honorary mayor who has served as master of ceremonies when new stars were placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jorge Amado, the famous Brazilian novelist

Keizo Obuchi, former Japanese Prime Minister 

Gerald Ford, former United States President

Don Ho, known for his signature tune "Tiny Bubbles" 

Ian Fraser Kilmister (Lemmy), English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motorhead

You know you're wired when...

You can hear your heartbeat in your cell phone.

Member Quotes

Thank you technology! My life is much improved.