Maybe we can get a good database of movies/tv shows (old or new) that have roles where someone in the story has T1 or T2. I know Hollywood rarely gets the truth of the disease correct. But I wouldn't mind knowing what else is out there.

So list your movies/tv shows - and maybe a brief description of the role.
I can only think of the one I just saw last night...

-Wonderful World (2008 matthew broderick  rated R)


EDIT on 5/1/2011 - Here is the movies, episodes, books you have all mentioned throughout the thread. I thought I would edit/update it here for people reading this for the first time, they can see what has been listed and what hasn't. If you don't see it in this list, than please add you title on the last page.
In no particular order...
1. Movie- "Wonderful Wold" 2008 with Matthew Broderick
2. Movie- "Memento" 2000 with Guy Pearce
3. Book titled "The Sugarless Plum"
4. Book titled "The Breakthrough"
5. Movie- "Con-Air" 1997 with Nicolas Cage
6. Movie- "The Godfather 3" 1990 with Al Pacino
7. Movie- "Steele Magnolias" 1989 with Julia Roberts
8. Movie- "The Baby-Sitters Club" 1995 with Schuyler Fisk
9. Book(s) The Babysitters Club by Ann Martin
10. Episode- "Nurse Jackie" Character named Thor is diabetic.
11. Movie- "Black Book" 2006 with Carice Van Houten
12. Episode "Saving Grace" unknown episode has a diabetic cop.
13. Movie- "Species" 1995 with Ben Kingsley
14. Episodes "Scrubs" Turk is diabetic and it is mentioned in a few episodes
15. Movie- "The Panic Room" 2002 with Jodie Foster
16. Movie- "Derailed" 2002 with Jennifer Aniston
17. Book- "Some Kind Of Normal" written by Heidi Willis
18. Episodes "Army Wives" A few unknown episodes has a diabetic character
19. Movie- "Porky's" 1982 with Wyatt Knight
20. Movie "Chocolat" 2000 with Alfred Molina
21. Episode "Brothers & Sisters" granddaughter is diagnosed T1 in episode titled "Family Portrait"
22. Episode "Grey's Anatomy" Season 6 unknown episode of T2
23. Episode "Hanna Montana" Unknown episode of Oliver telling Miley he is T1
24. Episode "CSI Vegas" Character named Lady Heather is diabetic. Unknown episode(s)
25. Episode "Private Practice" season 2, Episode 10
26. Movie - "Big Nothing" 2006 with David Schwimmer
27. Movie "Bread And Roses" 2000 with Adrien Brody
28. Movie "Brokedown Palace" 1999 with Claire Danes
29. Movie "Click" 2006 with Adam Sandler
30. Movie "Dog Day Afternoon" 1975 with Al pacino
31. Movie "Gubra" Possibly from 2006?
32. Movie "It Runs In The Family" 2003 with Michael Douglas
33. Movie "Jerry and Tom" 1998
34. Movie "Mad Money" 2008 with Katie Holmes
35. Movie Meeting Daddy (2000)
36. Movie "Nothing in Common" (1986)
37. Movie "Phonies Beware!" (1956)
38. Movie "Scarecrow Gone Wild" (2004)
39. Movie "Soul Food" (1997)
40. Movie "The General" (1998)
41. Movie "The Witches" (1990)
42. Movie "Warlock" (1989)
43. Episode "E.R." season 12, episode 1
44. Episode "The Young And The Restless" 2001 a character named Raul Gutierez
45. Episode "Doc" unknown episode about character named Sam
46. Book "Sugar Isn't Everything" by Willo Davis Roberts (kids book)
47. Book "Gift of the Pirate Queen" by Patricia Reilly Giff (for kids?)
48. Movie "Death at a Funeral" 2010
49. Movie "Repo Men" 2010 with Jude Law
50. Book "The Strain" by Guillermo Del Toro & Chuck Hogan
51. Episode "X-Files" unknown episode where Skully is handcuffed while someone goes into a coma.
52. Episode "Rizzoli & Isles" unknown episode about a T1 found deceased
53. Episodes "Marcus Welby MD" a couple unknown episodes with diabetic roles
54. Episodes "Blue Bloods" Season 1, Episode 1 (pilot)
55. Book "Painted Blue" by Laura Fogarty
56. Book "One Second After" by William R. Forstchen
57. Movie "The Pick Up Artist" 1987 with Molly Ringwald and Robert Downey Jr.
I didn't include any non-fiction in this list but I think a few are based on true stories. I also list the star actor and not the actor with a diabetic role. I'm sure this list could help you find more info on the internet. Also read through the entire thread since a lot of members have already given a description of the diabetic role. I will try and keep the original post updated when more movies, shows, books are added. Thanks everyone for contributing!

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Ah I remember another...

-Memento (2000 Guy Pearce, rated R)
Also, besides TVshows and Movie roles, please list any BOOKS that have diabetic roles.
Just finished a bio about a ballerina with diabetes. The Sugarless Plum Was interesting and informative. I have also ordered The Breakthrough due out in October.
I completely forgot about that part of the movie.
There really was something back in the day that could alert parents if their kids were going low - it detected some kind of differences in the skin during lows. There was one called the Sentry, and another by Animas (the Glucowatch). I kinda wish I'd had one, as a kid - that would have been cool!
Is this real? Did anyone here on Tudiabetes have this? Let us know?

Here is a pic in the link!
In ConAir Nick Cage's buddy is a diabetic that needs his shot and they break his syringes so Nick Cage stays with it and tries to help him . . . .
THey are TRYING to portray severe DKA.
they do an OK job, mostly because they do hint that he hasn't gotten his shot even before they leave the Jail...but I remember being pretty ticked off at one point for some reason or another related to inaccuracy.
The most classic of all movies.. THE GODFATHER III
Michael Corleone was a Type 2 diabetic. In the movie, he had a "diabetic stroke." And there are references of having hypoglycemia and injecting insulin.
Wow I had no idea. I seen it before I was diagnosed so I'm sure that's why I don't remember. Great movie!
Injecting insulin for a low.... Finish him off already!!
Steele Magnolias - Julia Roberts is a T1 diabetic that gets married and has a child and an over protective mother in Sally Fields.




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