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Brainiacs

These smart celebs might surprise you!

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    Ken Jeong is best known for his roles as Mr. Chow in the Hangover films, as well as the cranky OBGYN in the film Knocked Up. He is actually a licensed doctor in real life! He graduated from Duke, then went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he got his M.D. It seems like his new career is way more fun.

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    Rivers Cuomo, frontman of the band Weezer, took a break from his studies at Harvard University to tour with the band, but returned and graduated in Spring of 2006 with an English degree. You can just tell he's smart from those thick framed glasses!

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    Singer/songwriter Mike Posner graduated from Duke University with a degree in sociology, a 3.6 GPA and a record deal with J Records. You’re right, Mike, very few are cooler than you.

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    Remember Robin Williams’ son in Hook? Well he has since earned a B.S. in physics from MIT, a J.D. from Yale Law School, became a professor, and was nominated by President Obama to be a member of the Board of Trustees for the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. He's come a long way from dueling with Capt. Hook.

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    Founding member of classic rock group Boston, Tom Scholz earned a B.S. and M.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He went on to build a recording studio in his house where he recorded a demo that became Boston’s first album. What a smarty pants!

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    Fight Club’s Edward Norton graduated from Yale College with a B.A. in history. Wouldn't he have been a cool history teacher?

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    Alumna of Boston University, Geena Davis has an Oscar and a Golden Globe under her belt. But what you might not know is that she is a also a member of the high-IQ society Mensa, and founded a society which advocates against female stereotypes in the media. Oh, and she’s also fluent in Swedish. She certainly is in a league of her own.

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    Whether you love him or you hate him, Weird Al Yankovic is a smart guy, he basically created the genre of parody songwriting and is one of the highest-selling comedy recording artists in history!

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    Quentin Tarantino dropped out of high school at 16, but rumor has it he has an IQ of 160.

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    Brian May, best known as the guitarist for classic rock band, Queen, had a bachelor’s degree in math and science from the Imperial College London and started working on his Ph.D. before joining the band. He put this on hold until very recently when a professor reached out to him and encouraged him to finish. By 2008 he obtained a Ph.D. in astrophysics. Far out!

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    The members of Vampire Weekend certainly have an extensive vocabulary, as anyone can hear in listening to a song like "Horchata." But this is probably due to their ivy league education! The band met while they were all studying at Columbia University.

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    Don't let the muscles fool you! Dolph Lundgren attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden, received a masters degree in chemical engineering, and was awarded the Fulbright scholarship to MIT.

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    Mayim Bialik, currently most well-known for her role as Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory attended UCLA where she obtained her Ph.D. in neuroscience. She has also written a book on parenting, so she knows what she's talking about on that show, even if the rest of us scratch our heads...

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    Tom Morello, bassist for Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in social studies from Harvard. Well that's a safe back-up career, not that he'll need it!

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    Actress Jodie Foster was valedictorian of her French-language prep school in L.A., and graduated magna cum laude from Yale with a bachelor of arts degree in literature. Alright, we see you, Jodie.

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    Demetri Martin graduated from Yale in 1995 and turned down Harvard Law for a full scholarship to NYU Law. He dropped out after two years to pursue his career as a comedian, and has been well off because of it!

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    British actress Kate Beckinsale has not only conquered Hollywood and the international film scene, she also completed A levels in three languages and attended Oxford!

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    Emma Watson is a household name nowadays, but this Hollywood beauty has brains as well. She attended Brown University from 2009 to 2011, but took a break to film her most recent blockbuster, “Bling Ring.” She has announced that she intends to return to Brown this fall to complete her ivy league degree.

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    Steve Martin, comedian, actor, author and more, thought about being a professor after he graduated with a degree in philosophy from Cal State.

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    Natalie Portman graduated from Harvard with a bachelor's in psychology. She is an activist for many human and animal rights issues. She shows us that vegetarianism is sexy!

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    Oscar nominee, James Franco has attended numerous universities, obtaining different degrees from each. A Renaissance man of sorts, he has attended Columbia University and Brooklyn College for fiction writing, Warren Wilson College for poetry, New York University for filmmaking, Yale for English, and Rhode Island School of Design for digital and media art. Now he can steal our hearts with his brains AND his smile.

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    James Woods majored in political science at MIT, but he left before graduating to pursue his acting career. And THAT was a smart decision for him!

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    Cindy Crawford was valedictorian of her High School and was granted a full scholarship to Northwestern University to study chemical engineering. She left school to advance her modeling career.

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    Lisa Kudrow, can play dumb really well, but it couldn't be farther from the truth! Our “Phoebe” from Friends graduated with a B.S. in biology from Vassar College.

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    Many love Conan O’Brien for his sense of humor, but this television talk show host has brains underneath that iconic red hair. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University with a bachelor’s degree in history.

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    The musical duo of 3Oh!3 met in physics class at the University of Colorado where Nathaniel Motte was a pre-med major.

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    Grammy award winner, John Legend, doesn't just have the voice of an angel, he also has brains! He went to the University of Pennsylvania but rumor has it, he was also offered scholarships to Georgetown and Harvard.

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