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17 Famous Characters On Crutches

17 Famous Characters On Crutches

You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a few famous characters on crutches. We’ve found 17 of them, with some you might know and others you’ve likely never heard of before.

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    1. Michael Morbius - Jared Leto

    In the film Morbius, Michael Morbius is a scientist suffering from a rare blood disease. This disease has made him lose mobility and use crutches. He turns himself into a transgenic vampire when he attempts to cure himself. 

    Upon becoming a vampire, he gains superhuman abilities but begins losing his humanity. Morbius is played by Jared Leto, an actor and musician who founded the band Thirty Seconds to Mars. 

    2.Luke Martin - Jon Voight

    Jon Voight played Luke Martin in the film Coming Home in 1978. This film received critical acclaim. This is because of Voight’s incredible portrayal of a paraplegic Vietnam veteran “Luke Martin.” Martin had to use crutches. 

    Luke Martin was based on real-life Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic. Voight received the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal. 

    3. Jack Hodgins - T. J. Thyne

    The hit television series Bones ran for 12 years. It had a much-loved cast, including T.J Thyne, who played Dr. Jack Hodgins. For all 12 seasons, Thyne played Hodgins. Hodgins was an eccentric entomologist. He was also obsessed with conspiracy theories and in love with Angela Montenegro. 

    He didn’t use crutches for the entire series. He had to use them after the events in the episode “Aliens in a Space Ship”. In this episode, he and Dr. Temperance Brennan are buried alive after being kidnapped. His injuries cause him to stay on crutches for a few episodes. 

    4. Walter White Jr. - RJ Mitte

    RJ Mitte is one of the few actors to play a character with the same disability in real life. RJ Mitte played Walter White Jr. in the crime drama series “Breaking Bad”.

    During his time on the show, Walter White Jr. is the son of the main protagonist, Walter White, who has cerebral palsy. His disability lead to him suffering speech difficulties. He also had impaired motor control which is why he uses crutches. 

    5. Bering Joy - Lionel Barrymore

    The 1949 film “Down to the Sea in Ships” was about a whaling expedition in the late 1800s. It focused on telling the story of an elderly whaling ship captain Bering Joy. Joy walks on crutches and is at the end of his career. 

    Capt. Bering Joy was played by the enigmatic Hollywood legend Lionel Barrymore. Barrymore was an American film director and actor on the screen, stage, and radio. 

    6. Emily Charlton - Emily Blunt

    In “The Devil Wears Prada”, Emily Blunt played senior assistant Emily Charlton. During the film, Charlton is shown to be mean and arrogant. But her character softens at the end when she is on crutches and forced to wear a leg cast. 

    She doesn’t use crutches for very long and only at the end. Yet, she still manages to showcase an air of superiority that befits her character.

    7. Benjamin Button - Brad Pitt

    One of Brad Pitts’s best films was also one of the strangest. In the film “The Curious Life of Benjamin Button”, Pitt played Benjamin Button. Button was born as an 84-year-old man who aged backward. 

    In the beginning, Button uses crutches because of the frailty of his body. But as he ages and becomes younger, he does not need mobility aids any longer. Button dies as a newborn after living a full life. 

    8. John McBurney - Clint Eastwood

    In the film “The Beguiled”, Clint Eastwood plays the character John McBurney.

    He is an injured Union Soldier. Throughout the movie, McBurney has to use crutches while he heals from his injuries in an all-girls school.

    While recuperating from his injuries, McBurney seduces two people. The elderly woman who runs the all-girls institution and her young assistant.

    9. Katharine Parker - Sigourney Weaver

    One of the best films to come out of the 80s was “Working Girl”. This was a romantic comedy centered on Katherine Parker, played by Sigourney Weaver. Parker fights to get her idea back after her boss steals it.

    In the film, Parker is on crutches. She has to navigate her mobility issues alongside her growing attraction to the man who wants to use her idea. Weaver was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in this classic. 

    10. Macon Leary - William Hurt

    William Hunt plays travel writer Macon Leary in the film “The Accidental Tourist”. This heartwarming film begins on a sad note when Leary’s son has been tragically murdered, and his marriage has fallen apart. 

    Shortly into the film, he is involved in a freak accident. This accident puts him on crutches where he is forced to go stay with his quirky siblings. While staying with his sibling, Leary meets a charming woman and is soon forced to choose between her and his wife. 

    11.Tucker - Lee Evans

    Well-known British comedian Lee Evans played Tucker in the film “There’s Something About Mary”. In this movie, Tucker is a supporting character who is another man infatuated with Mary, who Cameron Diaz plays. 

    During the movie, Tucker pretends to be an architect who has to use crutches because of spinal damage. But in reality, he is an able-bodied pizza delivery boy. 

    12. Gwen Cummings - Sandra Bullock

    One of Sandra Bullock’s best films was “28 Days”. In this film, she portrayed Gwen Cummings, a journalist with a dangerous lifestyle. During the film, Cummings had an alcohol and painkiller addiction, leading to her getting a DUI. 

    This forced her to go to rehab, where she had an accident climbing out of a bedroom window and injured her ankle. This injury led to her using crutches while she tried to overcome her addictions. 

    13. Christopher Marlowe - John Hurt

    One of the most interesting roles John Hurt played was Christopher Marlowe in the film “Only Lovers Left Alive”. In this movie, Marlowe is an ancient vampire who uses crutches because of his age.

    During the movie, viewers are shown that Marlowe wrote all of Shakespeare’s best works and that he is bitter about letting a lesser man take all the credit.

    14. Eddie - Eddie McGee

    Eddie McGee played Eddie in the film “The Human Race“, about a group of eighty abducted people being forced to race to survive.

    Eddie is at a disadvantage because, unlike the other contestants, he only has one leg and has to use crutches. Nearly all the contestants die throughout the film, and only one left is alive.

    15. Mitch Bradley - Morgan Freeman

    Many believe the film “An Unfinished Life” was one of Morgan Freeman’s best dramas. In this film, Freeman played Mitch Bradley, who was viciously attacked by a bear that managed to escape into the mountains. 

    Bradley tried to save a calf with his drunk friend when the bear attacked him. Throughout the film, Bradley uses crutches and is in constant pain while he tries to help his friend move on from the loss of his son. 

    16. James Ballard - James Spader

    Many people found the film “Crash” unsavory. But many critics felt it was incredible thanks to James Spader, who played the character James Ballard.

    Ballard is in an open relationship in this erotic thriller and psychological drama. He gets entangled in a relationship with Helen, whose husband died in a crash. 

    During the film, Ballard becomes embroiled in the lifestyle of people who sexually fetishize car crashes. This leads him to becoming injured and needs to use crutches.

    17. Martin Vanderhof - Lionel Barrymore

    In the film “You Can’t Take It With You“,  Lionel Barrymore plays Martin Vanderhof. Vanderhoff was cast as an able-bodied character, but this was altered when he lost the use of his legs because of arthritis and a hip injury. 

    During the film, Vanderhoff used crutches and acted like he had a sprained ankle. At every hour of the film’s production, Barrymore received injections to help relieve the pain of his arthritis.

    Final Word

    As you can see, many actors have been cast as characters using crutches. Each actor did an excellent job tastefully showcasing a glimpse into disabled life in various situations.

    No matter the genre, from thrillers and dramas to sci-fi and romantic comedies, there are representations of the disabled or injured who need to use crutches. 

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    40 Halloween Costumes While On Crutches

    40 Halloween costumes while on crutches

    Halloween is just around the corner, and it is time to start thinking about your costumes. You might be worried that your injured leg along with a pair of crutches might ruin your plans! However, with a little creativity and your DIY skills, you’ll be good to go.

    Here are 40 great Halloween costume ideas from famous characters on crutches.

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      1. The Pirate


      Grab an eye patch, a pirate hat and a shiny sword and get ready to go rob some sweets. A pirate look will look amazing alongside your crutches. Pirates have accidents too!

      2. A Penguin

      Using crutches is no walk in the park, how about you use that to your advantage! Waddle your way across the street rocking a penguin costume.

      3. An Injured Football Player:

      Just a cool and awesome football player dealing with a leg injury. You can wear your favorite player’s shirt, and an armband like a team captain.

      4. A Playful Smurf

      They are blue, cheerful with a hint of crazy. You can dress all blue and walk around with crutches like a smurf who got himself in trouble.

      5. The Monopoly Guy

      A simple and easy costume to rock on Halloween night is the monopoly guy. Wear a tuxedo, put a top hat on, a fake mustache, and you’ll be ready to collect your night’s fees.

      6. A Mummy

      This one is a classic with a twist! Wrap yourself and your crutches with toilet paper and go roaming around.

      7. A Zombie

      The zombie look is also a classic. It’s not like you see a zombie now and then, who’s to say a zombie can’t use crutches!

      8. Extra legs? That's a spider

      Having to use crutches is like having a helping pair of legs! You can attach extra fake arms popping up from your back, and you’ll look the part.

      9. Lara Croft


      Who don’t know the adventuress Lara Croft, with here two guns making a run for it through the jangle. Although, even adventurers could suffer a leg injury. Grab a pair of fake guns and go tell your story.

      10. A Hockey Player

      Another great idea for Halloween is to dress as an injured hockey player. Put on a hockey helmet, a pair of gloves and pretend your crutches are the stick (in this case two!)

      11.Tiny Tim


      Dress like a boy from the 80s and be the cute and funny tiny Tim from Christmas carol. Crutches will only make it look better, as Tim used a crutch to walk around.

      12. The Penguin from Batman

      Jump to the other side of the law for the night and mimic the tricky penguin from batman. Grab a top hat and a monocle. This will also look great if you can manage using a cane.

      13. Grandpa/Grandma is home


      Stroll by like an elderly who needs crutches. How hard can it be to mimic an old man or woman’s look? Dress like an elderly. Wear glasses, throw on grandma’s scarf or grandpa’s coat, and use your crutches to get around.

      14. A GHOST

      You may not manage to look as scary as one, but this will help cover up the crutches. Simply grab a white sheet, poke two holes to see, and throw it on top of you.

      15. An NBA Player


      If you are into basketball and great dunks, you can choose to be an NBA player who’s going through treatment. A nice touch would be to modify a jersey shirt and write your name on the back. 

      16. Octopus

      Octopuses are known to have more than two legs. An octopus costume would be fun and cool if you need to use crutches. Be sure to attach extra tentacles to look the part.

      17. The "I just had a horrible accident"


      What’s better than playing it how it looks? Put on some torn clothes, fake blood and act as if you just made it out of an accident! 

      18. The Flamingo

      Since you can only use one leg, this costume might not be a bad idea. The big pink bird likes to stand on one leg. A pink costume and a long beak along your crutches will hint at the idea.

      19. A Giraffe


      Consider the crutches as your grand and big giraffe legs. Find a giraffe costume and wrap your crutches in a similar fabric.

      20. Super Mario

      All that jumping around and fighting monsters is ought to get you in trouble and result in a broken leg. All you need is a blue pant and a red shirt. If you can’t find a Mario cap, You can grab any cap and glue the letter M to it.

      21. Football Referee Costume


      If you are into football, this costume may be a great choice to go with for Halloween. It is true that you never see a referee with crutches, but maybe you made a call that didn’t appeal to the crowed!

      22. The Skier

      Just as if you are used to skiing down a snowy mountain range, only this time you had some difficulties steering. You can wear your ski goggles and pretend that your crutches are your skiing pole.

      23. A Figure Skater

      Skating, jumping and dancing on ice could be all fun and games until you make a bad move. You can dress as a figure skater who’s suffering a leg injury that required you to use crutches. All you need is a colorful skating suit, and a fake medallion.

      24. Panda with chainsaw arms

      Adorable and cute? Well, not tonight! You can make a pair of fake chainsaws from carton and stick them on each crutch. Don’t forget about the panda costume.

      25. A Witch

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      Halloween is all about the spooky theme, therefor dressing as a witch is an excellent choice. Say you fell off while riding your broom. Wear a black dress, grab a wand and maybe decorate your crutch to look like a broom.

      26. Rock Lee from Naruto

      Rock lee may be fast, but not when dealing with a broken leg, and most certainly not with crutches. Put on an all-green suit and orange leg warmers. It would be cool if you can find the Konoha green flak jacket.

      27. Dark Crystal Strider


      One creepy, scary and perfect costume for Halloween with crutches is a one inspired from Dark Crystal. In addition to the costume, you can wrap your crutches in some weary fabric that matches your costume.

      28. TARS from Interstellar

      Something about Tars’ walk just hints out crutches! For this one, all you need is a big carton the size of your body, with a hole on each side for your arms.

      29. Jimmy from South Park


      This one is simple, easy and awesome. Jimmy Valmer from South Park. He is my favorite cartoon character on crutches. All you need is to wear a yellow shirt with jeans

      30. Rambo

      Get ready to go guns blazing tonight like Rambo does. You can decorate your crutches to look like huge guns, along with a combat knife on your waist. Don’t forget to wear similar clothes.

      31. Hobbes with crutches


      Wherever these two crazy friends go, trouble follows. You are bound to get some great comments dressing as this funny comic character. This would be even better if you can convince your friend to join you as Calvin. 

      32. R2-D2

      If you can do a robot voice, then this beloved droid from the great Star Wars franchise would be great for you. Check here for a simple and easy DIY guide.

      33. house M.D.


      Doctor House uses a cane rather than crutches, but if you could keep the grumpiness for the night, then the rest is easy. You can simply wear a suit and hang on a heart listener if you could find one.

      34. Evel Knievel

      Evel Knievel is one of the most famous stunt performers. Dressing as him for Halloween would be a great choice. If anyone asks, just say that you fell off your bike while jumping through a big fire circle!

      35. Jimmy Stewart in Rear Window


      In Rear Window, Jeff gets stuck in his apartment due to a leg injury. To entertain himself, Jeff gets a pair of Binoculars and starts spying on his neighbors. Get yourself a light blue pajama and binoculars or a camera and go out as Jeff.

      36. Jesus Christ with Crosses

      This one is easy and pretty straightforward. All you need is a white robe, and to modify our crutches to look like crosses. You also wear a fake beard to make it look even better.

      37. go as The 3 Stooges


      This would be hilarious if you could get your friend in on it. You can be Curly and act as if you just fell from a high place and injured your leg. Wrap your head with pads to make it look more realistic.

      38. Gundam

      If you are a fan of the anime, or you just always wanted to be an awesome but deadly war machine, this is your chance. You can disguise one crutch as a shield and the other as your sword.

      39. Wear a canoe

      This might seem weird, but it’s actually a good and funny idea. You can make a small canoe that fits you and pretend that your crutches are your paddles to get around.

      40. assassin's creed

      It is probably better to stay off rooftops and keep on the ground. Climbing buildings may get you injured, which is exactly what happened in your case! A nice touch would be to hide the hidden blades (not real, of course) within your crutches.

      Final Word

      Dealing with a leg injury as Halloween approaches may be frustrating. However, it doesn’t mean that you are going to sit in the house for the night and pass on tricks or treats!

      There are a lot of options for you to choose from that will look great despite the crutches. We offer you 40 suggestions for you to pick from. Go spend an unforgettable Halloween night!