13 Stars Who Are Extremely Intelligent

  • 13 Stars Who Are Extremely Intelligent

    13 Stars Who Are Extremely Intelligent

    We tend to think of celebrities as being not the brightest people, probably because most people either get looks or brains. However, these superstars got both. Check out the Hollywood brainiacs blessed with amazing talent and academic prowess.

  • Conan O'Brien

    Conan O'Brien

    The late night talk show host may seem to be all laughs, but there's a brain in there too, and it's an impressive one. Conan graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude and served as president of the Harvard Lampoon, the school's humor magazine.
  • David Duchovny

    David Duchovny

    David Duchovny of "The X-Files" went to Princeton as an undergrad where he won a prestigious prize, then earned a Master's degree in English Literature from Yale.
  • Hedy Lamarr

    Hedy Lamarr

    Lamarr was one if the biggest names in Hollywood during MGM's "Golden Age," and quickly rose to fame as one of the most beautiful women in the world. But she didn't just have looks, she also had brains. Her passion for math and technology led her to patent an early technique for a form of communication called frequency-hopping, which paved the way for modern wireless technology!
  • Steve Martin

    Steve Martin

    Funnyman Martin's talents go well beyond comedy — he's also an accomplished author and musician. The former Philosophy major once considering going on to a career as a professor. Cleary, Martin is a jack of all trades that could succeed at anything he puts his mind to.
  • Ke$ha


    Surprised to find the "Tik Tok" singer on this list? Apparently, the whiskey-guzzling high school dropout is hiding a big brain under that glitter-drenched hair! She has an IQ of 140, which is considered very high, and scored a 1500 on her SATs.
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  • Lisa Kudrow

    Lisa Kudrow

    Her character on "Friends" may have been flighty, but Kudrow herself is anything but. Kudrow earned a B.S. in Biology from Vassar and spent 8 years working for her doctor dad, doing medical research.
  • James Woods

    James Woods

    The star of "Once Upon a Time in America" and Disney's "Hercules" has one of the most impressive IQs possible: an astounding 184! Woods nearly perfected his SATs after already taking linear algebra at UCLA while still in high school. Woods could have gone to MIT or Johns Hopkins on full ride scholarships, but instead chose to go into acting.
  • Jodie Foster

    Jodie Foster

    Jodie Foster was the Valedictorian of her French-speaking high school, and she can hold her own in several languages. Foster received a Bachelor's degree in Literature from Yale.
  • Kal Penn

    Kal Penn

    Kal Penn may not play the most intelligent roles in the "Harold & Kumar" movies, but in real life he is very intelligent and active in political science. The actor famously stepped away from his acting career to work for the Obama administration, and is currently working on a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford.
  • Mayim Bialik

    Mayim Bialik

    Playing a neuroscientist on "The Big Bang Theory" isn't much of an acting challenge for Mayim Bialik — she really is one! Bialik got into both Harvard and Yale but chose to attend UCLA, where she earned a PhD in Neuroscience.
  • Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph Lundgren is known for his brawn, but this tough guy has even more brains. He earned an engineering degree in Sweden, a Master's degree in Australia, and then won a Fullbright scholarship to MIT!
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  • Geena Davis

    Geena Davis

    Davis isn't just a brilliant actress known for her roles in "Thelma & Louise" and "A League Of Their Own," she's also just plain brilliant. Davis is a member of Mensa, which is a social organization for the top 2% of most intelligent people. She's also fluent in Swedish, is an Olympic-level archer, and plays the piano, drums, and flute.
  • Emma Watson

    Emma Watson

    Watson is like her "Harry Potter" character in many ways: she's beautiful, she's outspoken, and she's extremely smart. The British star showed everyone her brainy side by attending the prestigious Ivy League school Brown University. She just graduated with a bachelor's degree in English literature this year.
  • Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino

    Quentin Tarantino was a high-school dropout, but the director is said to have an IQ of 160 and to possess a wealth of self-taught knowledge on a variety of subjects.
  • Natalie Portman

    Natalie Portman

    It's pretty common knowledge now that Natalie Portman is more than just her good looks and impressive acting. She graduated from Harvard with an A.B. degree in psychology, and her work has been published twice in scientific journals.
  • Colin Firth

    Colin Firth

    Swoon-worthy Brit Colin Firth has just as many credits for activism as he does for acting. The most surprising item on Firth's resume, though, is his co-authorship of a very serious scientific paper. The paper studies the brain structures of people with differering political orientations.
  • Sharon Stone

    Sharon Stone

    The actress best known for her role in "Basic Instinct" reportedly has a super-high IQ. The blonde is beautiful, but she's also brainy!
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