Celebrities with Degrees: Famous and Highly Educated
It’s easier on us all to think of celebrities as just a group of pretty faces. But plenty of actors, musicians, and models have pursued academia in addition to their careers. Here are 15 celebrities with surprising degrees.
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You’d hardly guess it from his humorous roles now, but Ray Romano used to be a number cruncher. The comedic actor has a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Queens College in New York City.
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Calvin Klein may have defined her, but Christy Turlington also pursued education while she modeled. The foxy brunette has a bachelor’s degree in comparative religion and eastern philosophy from NYU and a master’s in public health from Columbia University.
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Easily the most surprising of the celebrities with degrees. Ron Jeremy is decidedly situated in the…ahem…adult arena, but back in the day, he had a soft spot for helping kids. The famous porn star has a B.A. in education and a master’s degree in special education from Queens College in New York.
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After founding Bad Religion in high school, Greg Graffin set his sights on education, too. He double-majored in anthropology and geology at UCLA, then pursued a master’s in geology. Next, he earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University, all while leading his band.
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Starting with a bachelor’s degree at UCLA, then moving on to an MFA at Columbia University and a Ph.D. in English at Yale, James Franco has earned a reputation for himself as an academic actor.
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Known for his hulking physique as Russian boxer Ivan Drago in Rocky IV and Gunner Jensen in The Expendables, Dolph Lundgren doesn’t seem like he’d be at home in a lab coat. Wrong. He’s got a genius-level IQ of 160 and a master’s in chemical engineering.
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These days, people look at Brian May and think just one thing: Queen. But prior to blowing minds with his rock music, the musician was (and still is) a science geek. He earned a PhD in astrophysics from Imperial College London, and now serves as Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University.
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“Brainiac” would have been a better screenname for this Blossom star. Mayim Bialik triple majored as an undergrad at UCLA in Hebrew, Jewish studies, and neuroscience and then stayed to earn her Ph.D.
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What can’t Hill Harper do? The skilled CSI: NY actor could have taken his career any number of directions: he holds a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, a J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University.
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She’s got a mug that has turned heads for decades, but that’s not all that Brooke Shields has going for her. Behind that lovely face is a sharp brain. The actress and model earned a bachelor’s degree in French Literature at Princeton.
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Before he was crooning into microphones and drawing crowds at honky tonk bars, Kenny Chesney went to college at East Tennessee State. The country music heartthrob holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising.
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Long before she was walking red carpets, Eva Longoria was pursuing kinesiology, the study of human movement. She got her bachelor’s degree in the subject from Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
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Few things are cooler than an electrofunk musician who’s also a professor. That’s David Macklovitch. The guitarist/singer holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in French literature and teaches at Columbia University, earning a Ph.D when he’s not on tour.
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She played up the stereotype of the spacy blonde for years on Friends, but the real-life Lisa Kudrow is anything but. The actress has a bachelor’s degree in psychobiology from Vassar College.
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Maybe it was a warm-up to getting people on the street to answer questions for The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Comedian and TV host Jay Leno has a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Emerson College.
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