We can all agree that when we look at celebrities, it’s strictly for entertainment purposes. Whether or not they are intelligent doesn’t even cross our minds. In fact, they are decidedly unintelligent and are often fodder for gossip and a bit of enjoyable celeb bashing. However, there are many celebrities with advanced degrees, high IQs, and more brains than you can shake a stick at. Let’s have a look at some top big-brained celebrities:
7. Dolph Lundgren
Maybe Dolph should have put his degree in chemical engineering to better use; his acting career didn’t do him any favors.
This intelligent man earned a Fulbright scholarship to MIT, has an engineering degree from Stockholm and his chemical engineering degree comes from the University of Australia.
6. James Franco
He’s fun to look at but is he fun to talk to? You bet! James earned an English degree from UCLA while acting and has also studied film-making at the Tisch School of Arts.
5. Mira Sorvino
Mira Sorvino was able to really play a wide variety of vapid fools, Mira has gained a reputation among those that don’t know her as a silly, superficial girl.
What people don’t know is that she graduated from Harvard with a degree in Chinese and is fluent in Mandarin as well.
4. Will Smith
Who doesn’t love Will Smith? Whether you want him to be your friend, your brother, or your son, there’s just something about him that makes you want to hang out with him for a day.
A perfect SAT score could have earned Will a seat in any college in the nation but he chose to create DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince instead – which we think was the right move!
3. Asia Carrera
No one will ever be accused of labeling a porn star as smart, and that may be the case for many of these actors, but Asia is definitely an exception.
A stellar SAT score earned her a full ride to Rutgers and with her high IQ, you can find her among the members of Mensa International.
2. Ben Affleck
Presumably his roles like that in the terrible film ‘Gigli’ cause many to think of Ben Affleck as a bit of an airhead. Not so! Like James Woods, Ben scored almost perfectly on the SATs and attended both Occidental College and the University of Vermont.
1. James Woods
While he is a brilliant actor, not many would consider him a smart man. If you are among the many, you are making a mistake!
With a near-perfect SAT score and a spot at MIT, this actor was on the track to a degree in political science before dropping out of the prestigious school to pursue an acting career.
Are all other actors dumb? Of course not. There is a wide range of personalities and intelligence levels in Hollywood. Unfortunately, whether it’s due to their public persona or horrible role choices that follow them for years, our perception is that of vapid, dimwitted humans unable to open a book much less read a page. Happily, our perception doesn’t match reality.