40 celebrities with pectus excavatum

While it's not very common to see famous people with pectus excavatum, there are a fair amount of them. Lets take a look.

Updated on
August 24, 2021
Culture
Celebrity showing off their pectus excavatum chest dent

I love seeing celebrities with pectus excavatum. Not just because it's interesting to see a somewhat rare condition out in the wild, but more so I'm always impressed with the sheer amount of confidence it takes for someone famous to take their shirt off, and reveal to potentially millions of people what some people find their biggest weakness.

When people with sunken chest see the confidence that others carry around, it's often acts as a nice little boost in confidence for themselves. After all, if they aren't afraid of a little dent in their chest, why should we be? In a lot of these cases, the people listed haven't even bothered with things like surgery, or using a vacuum bell to treat pectus excavatum, instead opting for a fitness routine, and a whole lot of confidence.

That said, let's celebrate those that are willing to bare it all, whether they are a musician, actor, athlete, or even just someone that's in popular culture. This is going to be an ongoing article I'll add to over time, but If I missed someone that you think I should add to the list, scroll down to the bottom of the page and let me know in a comment. I'm especially interested in showcasing some more women with funnel chest, because they are often hard to come by.

Actors with pectus excavatum

Jeff Goldblum

Jeff Goldblum has been in the spotlight going way back to 1974, with over 100 movies under his belt. Jeff Goldblum's chest is put right on this display from the smash hit 1993, and when I think of celebrities with pectus excavatum, this glorious photo always pops into my mind.

Interestingly enough, I always see people online talking about how great this photo is, but I never see anyone (other than the PE community) talk about the dent in his chest. Just goes to show what people do and don't notice.

Zachary Woods

I've been an office fan for a while, which is where I first saw Zachary Woods play the perfect, bumbling role of Gabe Lewis. In season 8 episode 12 called "Pool Party", when he's undressing to get into the pool, I immediately noticed Zachary Wood's chest.

He's even talked about his pectus in an interview with James Cordon, discussing the first time he had to take his shirt off for a part.

“I have something called pectus excavatum, which is like this indentation or a concave area of my chest. And so I took off my shirt and I saw the casting agent’s eyes go down to this indentation in my chest and register a completely undisguised look of horror. And (laughs) I was like, OK, I’m not getting this part."

You can watch that full interview here:

Looks like he's confident enough to not care about revealing his chest, as he's also in this ad showing it all off.

Bo Burnham

I just finished watching American comedian and musicians latest Netflix special called "Inside" and noticed that Bo might have a mild case of pectus excavatum. It's a bit hard to tell in some of the shots, but these ones with a little bit more dramatic lighting make it sure look like there is a dip in his chest.

Joaquin Phoenix

"Her" is one of my favorite movies, and Jaoquin's role in the Joker was absolutely stunning.  While his case is pretty mild (especially depending on the photo), it looks like he definitely has a concave in his chest.

Olivier Richters

Oliver is a dutch bodybuilder first and foremost, known for his crazy tall height of 7'2" (2.8 meters). He's also getting some success in the acting world, after recently being cast in Black Widow, and the upcoming Indiana Jones 5. It looks like he had corrective surgery at some point in his life, but you can see that he had a pretty severe case when he was younger.

oliver richters before and after pectus surgury

Sean Gunn

Sean Gunn was born in 1974, and is most famous for his role as Kirk Gleason on Gilmore Girls, as well as Kraglin in the Guardians of the Galaxy series, and Avengers. He's been lighting up the silver screen since 1995, and received some attention online after he first appeared shirtless in an episode of Gilmore Girls. While some people have said Sean Gunn has pectus excavatum, it almost looks like he has a case of pectus carinatum.

Nonetheless, kudos to him for owning it.

Nick Lachey

Here's a name that I haven't heard in a while, but one that was incredibly famous back in the late 90s for his role in the incredibly successful boyband 98 Degrees.

After his success in the music industry, he started dipping his toes into film and TV ending up with 36 credits according to his IMDB profile, while also producing a few shows of his own.

Steve Reeves

Steve Reeves was a global superstar in 50s after playing many iconic roles such as Hercules and Goliath. At the height of his career he was the highest paid actor in Europe! The bodybuilding community often cites Steve as having one of the perfect "classical physiques", which is amazing considering his case of pectus excavatum. It just goes to show that people don't even notice this condition sometimes, and it's mostly us in our own heads.

Kirk Douglas

Kirk Douglas' rose to fame after starting his acting career in the 1940s. He was known for his expressive style, and had many military roles in his 90 film career. While he didn't have any pronounced rib flare, he did have a very wide and deep case of sunken chest that is hard to miss.

Billy Zane

Billy Zane is another actor that gained popularity after his portrayal of 'Cal' Hockley in Titanic - one of the biggest movies of the 1990s. He's since gone on to star in many more films, racking up over 170 credits on IMDB. While it's a bit harder to notice his pectus these days since he's filled out a bit, it's definitely more obvious in some of his shirtless photoshoots when he was younger.

Neil Patrick Harris

While doing some research for this article, I was shocked to learn that Neil Patrick Harris was born in 1973—I always thought he was much younger, and he aged really well. He's another one one of the more popular in the pectus community, as he's not shy to reveal his chest whenever he sees fit.

Steve Odekerk

Steve Oedekerk (born 1961) is an American actor, standup comedian, director, editor, producer and screenwriter. He's best known for working with Jim Carrey on the Ace Ventura franchise, as well asa his 2002 movie Kung Pow! Enter the fist.

Steve Oedekerk's chest is definitely noticable for those of us with a keen eye, but I think his body is a perfect example of what fitness can do to help distract people from the dent in his chest. There is enough muscle around it, where I doubt the average viewer would even notice (lets be honest, the 6-pack always helps).

Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze is an American actor that rose to super stardom in the 80s with his roles in huge films like Dirty Dancing, Roadhouse, Ghost and Point break. He's always been in great shape, and was never shy to take his shirt off, even with a mild case of pectus excavatum.

Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone probably needs no introduction, but for those that aren't familiar with the unique name, he was another massive film star that gained global popularity after appearing in his own film Rocky in 1976. Once he started his acting career, he never slowed down, ending up as one of the biggest action movie stars of this generation.

Although he's always been in great shape, you can see a mild case of pectus in a lot of his photos with his shirt off. He's managed to hide most of the condition with muscle, but you can still see a deep small dent in the middle of his chest.

Brendan Fraser

Here's an actor that's been out of the limelight for a little bit, but has a great body of acting work going all the way back to 1991! His most famous roles are one of his earlier roles in Encino Man and George of the Jungle, then his roles in the Mummy series in the early 2000s.

He's another great example of showing the benefits of packing on some extra muscle to distract from his concave chest.

Brandon fraser shirtless showing pectus excavatum

Joel Kinnaman

“It’s something that’s survivable,” Kinnaman explains. “But it’s a condition that grows worse over time: your posture becomes worse; your stamina worsens as your heart is not given room to pump. By correcting it you can add years to your life.”

Shun Oguri

Shun Oguri is a Japanese voice and screen actor with over 100 credits to his name on IMDB. While he may not be a household name in North America and Europe, he's certainly a huge star over in Japan. It looks like he's got a mild dent in his chest, but it's pretty apparent in some photos.

shun ogiri funnel chest
shun ogiri pectus excavatum

Pauly D

Pauly D is most known from his appearance on the show Jersey Shore. His chest is pretty noticable, but he's done a great job distracting from it by uttilizing fitness.

Musicians with funnel chest

Parker Cannon

Parker Cannon's chest shows a pretty severe concave, but that doesn't appear him from taking his shirt off at every opportunity while singing for his punk band called The Story So Far. I think this must be one of the more extreme cases of pectus excavatum on this list, but it's great to see him completely own the condition, and not care what anyone else thinks.

Athletes with sunken chest

Robert Drysdale

I'm a huge MMA fan, and always get a little bit excited when I spot a fighter with pectus excavatum. While there aren't many I can name off hand, Robert Drysdale is the first that comes to mind. He's an American MMA fighter with a record of 8-0 that's fought in the UFC, as well as smaller leagues like Legacy FC and AFC.

I've always wondered if fighters were more prone to damage in they were hit in the chest, but thankfully there haven't been any notable cases.

Quinton Jackson

Quinton Jackson is somewhat of a legend in the fight game, with a career that spans way back tot 1999. He's been a huge name in the UFC and Pride fighting, and even had a season coaching the Ultimate Fighter TV show.

His case looks pretty mild, but I feel like he has enough of it (at leastt in these photos) to make the cut.

Pieter Van Den Hoogenband

This man is a Dutch born swimmer, record holder, and three-time Olympian. I noticed a few swimmers with this condition, but it clearly isn't stopping them from being the best in the world at what they do. I figured they would be at a considerable disadvantage due to the reduced lung capacity, but that doesn't look like the case!

Steve Pfiester

While Steve isn't a huge celebrity like others on this list, he's one of the few bodybuilders that's completely embraced his chest and pushed forward in becoming successful in competition. He's a great benchmark in showing what sort of crazy results fitness can get you, even though you have pectus.

Kofi Kingston

Kofi is a Ghanaian-American wrestler that rose to fame through his performance in the WWE. In true performance fashion, he claimed his chest was changed after receiving a hit from rival wrestler The Big Show. His case is pretty mild compared to others on this list, but he makes the cut anyway.

Cody Miller

Cody Miller is an American Olympic swimmer that's known for his impressive breaststroke. He's one of two swimmers on this list, and his chest dent is definitely far from mild. Just like Van Den Hoogenband, I'm amazed at the level of his cardiovascular output considering the studies showing reduced lung capacity in those with pectus excavatum.

I highly recommend watching this video where he talks about his body image issues, and confidence needed to compete.

Bobby Fischer

If you're not familiar with chess (especially back in the 70s), you might not be aware of chess grand master Bobby Fischer. He was extremely famous back in his prime, not only as the youngest grand master at the time, but also one of the most dominant players the game has ever seen.

I was looking through some of his old games when I discovered these pictures showing off Bobby Fischers sunken chest.

Magnus Carlsen

Speaking of chess players, Magnus Carlsen is the best of the new generation, and is the highest rated player in the world, which he's held for many years. If you check out his Instagram, you'll find a few shirtless photos that shows off his sunken chest.

Tommy Fury

Tommy Fury is a light-heavyweight boxer fighting out of England who got an additional bump to fame after appearing on the reality dating show Love Island. He's also the half-brother of current boxing heavyweight champ Tyson Fury.

Tommy is in great shape which hides a lot of his pectus, but he does have a visible dent as well as some rib flare.

Stanimal De Longeaux

Stanimal is a French body builder, currently living in the United States. As you can probably tell, he's a pro body builder and he's managed to cover up his mild sunken chest with an absolute ton of muscle. I like putting these bodybuilders on this list just to show you the extremes in terms of different body types.

Women celebrities with concave chest

While women with pectus excavatum aren't as common in men, there are a few celebrities out there that have this condition. Here are some of the more notable ones, drop a comment below if we're missing any from the list.

Hayden Panettiere

Hayden Panettiere is an American actress, model and singer that rose to fame during for her role as Claire on Heroes. Her IMDB profile has 67 credits, mostly from TV series dating back to 1996.

She's got a very mild case of pectus, and isn't as noticeable after she had breast surgery.

Tori Spelling

Beverly Hills 90210 was a massively successful TV series in the 90s, which is where Tori Spelling got her first major break out role playing Donna Martin. Tori Spellings chest is one of the more noticeable on this list of females with sunken chest, but that doesn't stop her from rocking a bikini.

Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul has an an interesting career that started off in music, but then ended up in entertainment (most notably as a judge on American Idol. Paulas pectus excavatujm was more noticible in her younger years, but isn't as notible now after getting some breast enhancement surgery.

Grace Park

Grace Park is an American-Canadian actress who is most famous in her roles in TV series such as Battlestar Galactica, Edgemont, and Hawaii Five-O. While she was born in Los Angeles, her and her family ended up moving to Vancouver, Canada when she was a child. She even has a degree in psychology from the University of British Columbia!

Grace Park's chest shows a mild case of pectus excavatum, but that doesn't seem to affect her confidence at all. Good on you Grace!

People in pop culture with pectus excavatum

I wanted to include some other people in this list, but they aren't necesssarily celebrities in the traditional sense. These people are still extremely popular in their niche, but may not be household names to the average person.

Asmongold

Asmongold is a massively popular gamer with over 2.2 million followers on the streaming platform twitch. He did a charity stream in the shower to raise some money, and you can see Asmongold's chest clearly has a dent. Here's a timestamped video, also note than no one even brings it up in the YouTube comments, which just shows that us with pectus are going to notice it more than anyone else.

Ludwig

Speaking of Twitch streamers, Ludwig is another heavyweight with over 2.8 million followers. Ludwig has been very open about his pectus excavatum, and often finds lightweight ways to address the dent in his chest.

Here is a great clip of him addressing someone else having the condition, but making it seem like a great thing. After all, Ludwig filled his chest hole with fame and fortune!

Steven Crowder

Steven Crowder is a Youtube personality and podcast host that gained a lot of notoriety through this "Change my mind" youtube show, where he approaches controversial topics with college students. Steven Crowders pectus excavatum was first brought up in this July 2021 video where he mentioned getting his sunken chest fixed at the Mayo clinic. Steven talks about his limited lung functionality, and dealing with a dent in his chest for his whole life, as well as an announvement of a mini documentary where he'll be outlining the entire process.

Steven is a controversial figure, but I'm looking forward to seeing a modern take, and well produced video on living with pectus excavatum, as well as his experiences. We'll create a new post when the documentary is released.

Miles McMillan

It's somewhat rare to see models with pectus excavatum, so I was pleasantly surprised when I came across Miles McMillans Instagram. If you go through some of his photos, us with pectus would definitely notice his condition, but I don't see any comments pointing it out. Just goes to show how much we think people notice things.

Miles Mcmillian pectus excavatum

Celebrities that look like they have pectus excavatum, but probably don't

Sometimes it looks like someone has pectus excavatum, but it's often just a mixture of strange lighting and an awkward pose. I've seen some people say that the following celebrities have pectus excavatum, but after looking multiple photos of each, it's more likely that it was just the photo.

Bradley Cooper

The first person that comes to mind in this category is Bradley Cooper. I've seen some discussion online of people thinking this famous actor has a mild case of pectus excavatum, but if you look at some other photos, it's clear that he doesn't have the condition.

Gerard Butler

I also see Gerard Butler often get thrown into the mix when people are discussing mild cases of pectus excavatum. This man has been in so many movies with his shirt off that it's easy to see that he doesn't have the condition, but there are a few photos out there where his chest hair might make it look like he has a mild case.

Chris Evans

Chris Evans is another American actor that's become a staple in many Marvel movies, after claiming the role of Captain America. It's always this photo that confuses people, but instead of pectus excavatum, it just looks like the lighting is casting a shadow below his large pecs.

Feel like we missed someone? Feel free to drop a comment and we'll take a look.

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