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10 Celebrities Who Are (Probably) Smarter Than You Are


Celebrities aren’t exactly known for their smarts, are they? But some of the so-called “beautiful people” have surprisingly big brains. Check out these 10 celebs who are probably smarter than you are.

Natalie Portman

Superstar Natalie Portman is super smart. The first Harvard alum to win an Academy Award for best actress, Portman speaks six languages and has twice been published in scientific journals.

Ashton Kutcher

Best known for his role as the buffoonish Kelso on That 70s Show, Ashton Kutcher is anything but a buffoon. Kutcher reportedly lost scholarships to both MIT and Purdue after breaking into his high school as a late-night prank. He’s since proven his smarts in business: Kutcher is a successful investor with stakes in Airbnb, Spotify, and Foursquare.

Conan O’Brien

Dubbed the “pre-eminent jokester” of the Harvard class of ’85, Conan O’Brien was the president of Harvard Lampoon, a semi-secret publisher of the renowned campus humor magazine.

Cindy Crawford

Cindy Crawford was the valedictorian of her high school class, earning an academic scholarship to Northwestern University. Eventually choosing beauty over brains, Crawford soon dropped out to launch her career as a supermodel.

Ben Stein

Ben Stein is extremely smart. A former poverty lawyer, trade regulation lawyer, speechwriter for Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, and professor of law and economics at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Stein has authored more than 30 books.

James Franco

A renowned math whiz, young James Franco interned at Lockheed Martin before launching his acting career as a slacker on Freaks and Geeks. Currently a comparative literature Ph.D. candidate at Yale, Franco graduated from UCLA, among several other reputable schools.

Kevin Spacey

Spacey studied drama at Juilliard, and it shows. Eventually dropping out to pursue a career on Broadway, Spacey is active in the business of the entertainment industry and is a staunch advocate of the “Netflix model.”

Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino hates school. But, with an IQ of 160, the same as Stephen Hawking, he didn’t need a formal education to direct some of the most successful films in history.

Matt Damon

Damon eventually dropped out of Harvard, but not before getting the inspiration to write the Oscar-winning “Good Will Hunting.” Nevertheless, Harvard awarded him the prestigious Harvard Arts Medal in 2013.

David Duchovny

X-Files lead David Duchovny graduated with a degree in English literature from Princeton University. He then went on to earn his master’s in English lit from Yale.