35 Celebrities Who Are Smarter than You Think, With Incredibly High IQs


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Robin Williams, IQ 140

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Zelda Williams and father Robin Williams at the “Old Dogs” World Premiere
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Studying political science before moving over to Julliard School in order to study theatre, the late Robin Williams studied under the famed John Houseman. This may have been completely unexpected by those in his hometown as he was voted by his high school classmates as the “least likely to succeed”. Because he didn’t have many playmates as a child, Williams entertained himself by creating various voices, a talent that was key to his longstanding entertainment career. Williams spoke fluent French, and was also Entertainment Weekly’s 50th Greatest Movie Star of All Time.

 

Natalie Portman, IQ 140

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Beginning her acting career at a very young age, Natalie Portman attended well-reputed summer camps such as Stagedoor Manor Performing Arts Camp and Usdan Camp for the Arts. Known for saying that she would “rather be smart than a movie star”, Portman chose to study for her high school final exams rather than attending the premier of her first major film role in Star Wars Episode 1. Portman attended Harvard where she studied Psychology and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts. Turns out, Natalie Portman doesn’t have to choose between being smart and being a movie star. Clearly she is able to do both.

 

Steve Martin, IQ 142

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Brilliant and funny, Steve Martin often makes jokes at his own expense. A college drop-out (from California State University and then UCLA), at age 21 Martin decided to focus on his career in comedy and acting. Many people don’t know that Steve Martin is also a bluegrass musician who actually won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2009 in his collaborative effort with The Steep Canyon Rangers. Although there were rumors flying about that he was a member of Mensa, this has been denied by the actor.

 

Scott Levy, 143

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Shocking as it may seem, Scott Levy, better known as “Raven” from professional wrestling, is an extremely intelligent person. He earned a Criminal Justice degree from the University of Delaware and also served in the United States Marine Corps Reserve. After graduating from college, Levy began training for a career in professional wrestling, which doesn’t seem like the smartest choice but it has earned him a lot of money and fame. Levy has also appeared as a stand-up comic in the past few years.

 

Meryl Streep, IQ 143

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A woman of many talents, Meryl Streep discovered her love for acting while she was attending Vassar College for Opera. Although she desired to go to Law School, Streep overslept on the morning of her Law School interview, so she decided that might not be a good fit. Instead, Streep enrolled in 1971 in the Yale School of Drama. Three Academy Awards, eight Gold Globe Awards, and dozens of nominations (the most of any actor in history!) later, Streep is considered to be one of the greatest actors of all time for film.

 

David Duchovny, IQ 147

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Best known for his time spent as the character Fox Mulder from “The X Files” as well as the show “Californacation”, Duchovny graduated from Princeton University in 1982, majoring in English Literature, and then earned an MA from Yale in the same field of study. Although he worked on a doctoral thesis for quite some time, he never completely finished is, which is what kept him from receiving a PhD. But not just a brainy nerd which in college, Duchovny also displayed his sporty side by playing both basketball and baseball.

 

Sharon Stone, IQ 148

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Another pretty blonde who is genius material, Sharon Stone graduated early from high school and attended Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Not to be pigeon-holed into being just the smart girl, Stone won the Miss Crawford County beauty pageant and was a contestant for Miss Pennsylvania. Although it was suggested that she quit school and start a modeling career, Stone finished her degree in Fine Arts and Creative Writing. Stone then pursued life as a model while working at McDonald’s to support herself. She was in print ads, television commercials, and was an extra in a Woody Allen film before her film career took off.

 

Nolan Gould, IQ 150

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This young guy started his career at the age of only 3 (following in his older brother, Aidan’s footsteps), and was seen as a child prodigy as he graduated from high school at only 13 years old. The irony is that he plays a fairly dopey character, Luke Dunphy, on television’s “Modern Family”. He was recently accepted by Mensa International. Gould recognizes that acting certainly isn’t a sure thing, so he’s begun taking online college classes at community college so that he can have something to “fall back on”, like being “an economist or something.”

 

Mayim Bialik, IQ 150+

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Not only playing a science genius on television (Amy Farrah-Fowler on The Big Bang Theory), Mayim Balik is actually a science genius herself. Establishing herself in a career at a young age, Balik played Blossom as a pre-teen. Then Balik whent on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, Jewish Studies, and Hebrew Studies, and followed that with a Ph.D in Neuroscience. Not only a smart and talented actress, Balik is a musician who plays trumpet, bass guitar, harp, and piano. She’s a big advocate of Attachment Parenting and has written a book on the subject.

 

Alicia Keys, IQ 154

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A mix of incredible talent and brains, Alicia Keys began playing the piano at the early age of 7 years old and started songwriting at age 14. By the time she was 12, Keys had been accepted into the Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan (PPASM) where she majored in choir. Graduating at the young age of 16, Alicia Keys was voted valedictorian of her high school class and was offered a full scholarship to Columbia University. But deciding that she would rather make music than study it, Keys dropped out after only four weeks of college.

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