Some of the world’s most famous figures are brilliant and they never told us! Politicians, actors, pop stars, and television personalities live double lives as secret scientists and undercover geniuses. Thankfully, we have the internet to expose and confirm just who’s hiding their big brains from us. This is the list of the top 44 smart celebrities with crazy high IQ’s.
Cindy Crawford is one of the smartest supermodels in the world with an IQ of 154. She graduated high school as the class valedictorian and was offered a full academic scholarship at Northwestern University to study mechanical engineering. However, Cindy only attended classes for one semester. Her modeling career took off by the age of 19 and she chose to pursue her dream of walking down the runway instead of a career in the sciences.
Lisa Kudrow is a former scientist who has an impressive IQ of 161. The Friends actress graduated from Vassar College with a degree in biology and performed experimental research on headaches and migraines for just over 8 years. The reason Lisa abandoned scientific research is because of Jon Lovitz. The two were acquainted through mutual friends and he convinced the funny blonde to try her hand at acting. She may have been type casted for television roles, but her big screen appearances usually portray the undercover smarty pants with more depth than we’re used to.
To call Steve Martin a creative genius would be a gross understatement. The comedic legend has an IQ of 142 and has a habit of criticising his own level of intelligence. He studied philosophy at UCLA before dropping out at the age of 21 to pursue his passion in the stand-up world. Even with his successful career as a comedian and film actor, he still dabbles in the arts to expand his mind and perhaps, to practice a form of positive self-expression. In 2009, he won a Grammy for his Bluegrass album ‘The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo’ and is an avid collector of the fine arts. In his possession, he holds works from Picasso, Hockney, and Hopper.
Considering Meryl Streep is an international treasure that can do anything wrong, we aren’t the least bit surprised to hear that her IQ is 148. Streep originally intended to become a lawyer after graduating from Vassar College but decided to enroll in Yale Drama School instead. We’re sure glad she did! !n 2004, she was awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Middlebury College. Her acting career has earned her 16 Academy Award nominations and 25 Golden Globe nominations.
James Franco isn’t shy about his education achievements and therefore, it’s pretty easy to find the actor’s IQ published formally on the internet. Franco has an IQ of 130 and he exercises his intellectual capacity to it’s fullest extent. When Spiderman 3 was still in production, James managed to enroll at UCLA and took 63 per credits semester to finish his Bachelor’s at an accelerated pace. Then, he attended NYU, Brooklyn College, and Columbia University to receive Masters in Fine Arts. To complete his quest for knowledge, he got his PhD from Yale before returning to NYU to teach as a poetry instructor.
When it comes to Sylvester Stallone, the media tends to scrutinize him for his brawny body and brainless gestures. However, this boxing champion is far from brainless with an IQ of 160! Stallone isn’t just a triple in threat in Holywood (as a director, actor, and writer), he’s also a gifted painter and sells his artwork for over 90 grand a pop. He’s also a skilled businessman who has developed some of the biggest franchise films in movie history including The Expendables and Rambo. Stallone also developed a formula for a fitness supplement called protein pudding.
After the Blossom series ended, Mayim Bialik focused her energy on higher education. She has a BA in neuroscience, Hebrew and Jewish studies, and received a PhD in neuroscience at UCLA. She made a strong comeback in acting as a neurobiologist on The Big Bang Theory, a perfect representation of her intelligence off-screen. She is also a controversial author, who in 2014, wrote and released her latest book “Beyond the Sling: A Real-Life Guide to Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way.” We wonder if Amy Farrah Fowler and Dr. Sheldon Cooper will ever have children…
Before David Duchovny made it big on the X-Files, he was considering a career in academics with an IQ of 147. After he graduated high school, he attended Princeton University and graduated with a BA in English literature, then received his Master’s Degree from Yale in 1987. To obtain his PhD, he began to work on a thesis entitled “Magic and Technology in Contemporary Poetry and Prose” but he never completed the short publication. It looks like he swapped his chance at being a doctor for becoming an outstanding extra-terrestrial Special Agent.
This may come as a shock, but pop star Kesha has an IQ of 140. We don’t mean to be offensive. After all, the girl is musically talented. However, most pop stars don’t usually present themselves as intellectual prodigies and Kesha has seemed far from it in the past as we’ve witnessed some wild, not so smart behavior. She dropped out of high school at 17 after she was signed to a record label but was supposed to attend any university she wanted after scoring a 1500 on her SAT’s.
To understand all of that excessive detail on House of Cards, Kevin Spacey must have a high level of intelligence. The veteran actor has an IQ of 137. As a teenager, Spacey attended Northridge Military Academy ad graduated valedictorian of his class in 1977. After high school, he was accepted to Julliard College in New York to study drama, but dropped out after two years to perfect and tour a stand-up comedy routine. Thankfully, he switched his gear from comedy to acting and became the success he is today.
Sharon Stone is a total bombshell. She’s worked for her success with genuine acting talent and a hot bod, but she’s not all beauty – she’s got a lot of brains, too. Her IQ is 148 and while her intellectual accomplishments are a footnote on her résumé, they’re still present and accounted for. She’s fluent in Italian, was granted a scholarship to the Edinboro University Pennsylvania at the age of 15, and was honored with the Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French Government.
With an IQ of 184, James Woods is the most intelligent actor known in Hollywood. He only falls six points behind Isaac Newton, who had an IQ of 190 and is two points higher than the polymath Galileo, who has an IQ of 182. Woods was offered a full ride scholarship to MIT after getting a perfect score on his SAT’s and majored in political science before he dropped out as a senior. Woods had participated in 36 plays as a part of the university’s drama program and decided to move to New York to pursue acting over a career in politics or law.
Alicia Keys has a well-nurtured IQ of 154. The musician first exercised her talents on the classical piano at the age of 12 and majored in choir at the Professional Performance Arts School of Manhattan. For her undergraduate studies, she attended Columbia University on a full scholarship but dropped out after a month to focus on her music career. Alicia, not surprisingly, was being hunted down many record labels that wanted to sign and promote her promising talent. In 1998, she created her first album with Artista Records.
Nolan Gould plays a, sorry for being blunt, rather dumb kid brother on the hit tv-series Modern Family. In real life, Nolan Gould is actually way smarter than his on-screen sister Alex Dunphy; the former child star’s IQ is an astounding 150! He graduated high school at the impressive age of 13 and was accepted into MENSA International for testing at a high level of intelligence. We guess it just goes to show, you can’t judge a sitcom character by their scripted dialogue.
Nicole Kidman can thank her incredibly intelligent parents for their genetic contributions to her 132 IQ. Nicole preferred to stray from her family’s conventional attitude of education and focused primarily on her acting chops and self-taught skills. She’s a talented writer, which she probably inherited from her psychologist/author father, and has the ability to teach herself strange, new sets of skills. For example, to prepare for her role in Paddington she taught herself how to throw knives. An even better example is how Nicole learned to castrate bulls before filming Australia. She’s a special kind of smart girl, we guess.
This may be common knowledge, but the late night funny man deserves some credit for his big brains. Conan O’Brien has an IQ of 160, which is equivalent to the likes of Albert Einstein and business mogul, Paul Allen. Conan graduated from Harvard University in 185 with a double-major degree in American history and literature; we should also probably mention that he graduated magna cum laude. He was elected to serve as President of the university’s humor magazine, The Harvard Lampoon.
Kate Beckinsale is a bit of a linguistic genius who is fluent in four languages; Russian, French, German, and her native English. In 1993, the budding actress was a student at Oxford University when she was offered her big break in Much Ado About Nothing. She juggled her acting career with her language studies, but eventually called it quits after her third year at the university to focus on the talent she holds truest to her hear. Her IQ is a stunning 132 – to think what she could have done in the world of language arts!
Our dear, departed Robin Williams was a smart man with an IQ of 140. Williams was voted least likely to succeed in high school and was bullied by his peers, but that didn’t stop him from chasing his dreams. During his childhood, he taught himself voice falsetto and became fluent in French. He went to college to study political science but dropped out and enrolled in Julliard for acting. He also dropped out of Julliard to pursue a career in stand-up comedy.
When most people hear that Mr. Bean has a genius IQ of 178, they’re stunned. Rowan Atkinson enrolled in New Castle University to study electrical engineering and then applied for his Master’s of Science in the same field, respectively. He graduated from the Queen ‘s College in Oxford in 1975 and decided to dedicate his time and effort to comedic acting. Atkinson comes in second to James Wood for the title of mot intelligent celebrity working in the Hollywood entertainment industry.
Emma Watson and Hermione Granger share one pivotal characteristic in common – their 138 IQ. Once the final installment of Harry Potter was released, Emma attended Brown University and graduated from the Ivy League school with a Bachelor’s degree in English literature. Two months after graduating, she accepted a position at the United Nations of Goodwill as an Ambassador for Women and launched a HeForShe Campaign advocating for gender equality. 10 points for Gryffindor!
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones may keep a low-profile when it comes to his personal life, but the natural born actor is gifted in other areas of his life, as well. Tommy’s IQ is a poorly disclosed 135 and he has the Harvard University degree to prove it. He graduated from the university in 1969 magna cum laude with a degree in English literature. He never pursued his higher education any further and claims to have never taken any acting classes. It seems as if life has been nothing except smooth sailing for this Hollywood veteran.
Bill Gates has an IQ of 180. We know. So shocking. The Microsoft inventor got a perfect score on his SAT’s (1600), has co-authored several novels and books, and attended Harvard University for two years before dropping out. Gates’ original plan was to study pre-law but found himself signing up for more math and computer science classes than he had initially intended to. He dropped out to start his own computer company and, fortunately so, his parents were supportive of this decision.
Asia Carrera is an adult film star with an IQ of 156. She plays classical piano and has performed Bach on stage at Carnegie Hall. After she ran away from home at the age of 17, she accepted a financial grant to attend Rutgers University to study Japanese language and economics. Carrera was homeless throughout her college career and began stripping as a means to make ends meet. She quickly entered the adult film industry, starring in over 250 movies, but is now retired and plays the stock market for fun.
Dolph Lundregen chose brawn over his 160 IQ brains when he broke out in the entertainment industry. Dolph was a Washington State graduate with a degree in chemistry before serving his mandatory year in the Swedish Armed Forces. After he was released from the army, he pursued his Master’s degree in chemical engineering and was then offered a full academic scholarship to MIT. Instead of continuing school, he moved to Boston to work as Grace Jones’ bodyguard. During his time with the iconic star, they engaged in a hot and steamy affair just before he made it to the big time.
Goldie Hawn may be a goofy girl on-screen but off-screen she is as smart as they come. With an IQ of 132, Goldie is a certified member of MENSA International. Goldie attended the American University for modern drama but dropped out to open and instruct her own ballet school. When she broke into acting, she took on the dumb blonde persona and it stuck with her for almost a decade. Fortunately, years later she opened the Hawn Foundation in 2003 and the world learned that she had a strong, quick-thinking mind of her own.
Madonna has a 140 IQ, which places her on the MENSA International genius list. The “Queen of Pop” was an honors student in high school and had a long list of extra-curricular activities that included her position as head cheerleader, so naturally, she was given a scholarship to the University of Michigan. Madonna studied modern dance and drama before dropping out after three semesters and moved to New York to try and it make it big. Before she was signed to a record label, she supported herself with odd jobs.
The Terminator was bound to have some extra knowledge around. You know, ’cause he is from the future and all. Arnold Schwarzenegger has an IQ of 135 which is probably his claim to credibility when it came to running for California Governor. The Austrian native emigrated to the States without speaking much English but enrolled in Santa Monica College to educate himself. He soon became an entrepreneur and designed a successful bricklaying business that led to real estate ventures. His corporate success is most likely due to his BA in international marketing of fitness and business administration.
Did you know that Edward Norton has a history degree from Yale University? We didn’t either! In fact, while he studied at Yale he participated in the drama program and acted alongside fellow talents Paul Giamatti and Ron Livingston. The American History X actor has an IQ of 134 and is fluent in Japanese. Before he became a film star, he worked as an analyst for an entrepreneurial nonprofit company. His penchant for non-profits must have inspired his environmental activism.
Another Harvard alum, Natalie Portman, has an IQ of 140. She studied at the Ivy League while filming Stars Wars Episode lV: The Phantom Menace. She’s a linguistically talented woman; she can speak Hebrew and English fluently and is familiar with German, French, Spanish, and Japanese. She graduated from Harvard in 2003 with a degree in Psychology, then went back to pursue her acting career full-time. The Israeli-American has always preferred higher education to being a movie-star and has juggled the two quite successfully thus far.
There must be sort of phenomenon with genius celebs playing dumb characters on television. Ashton Kutcher, who plays some not so smart roles, has an IQ of 160. When he was in high school, Ashton was arrested for breaking an entering and burglary, costing him the full-ride scholarships he was being offered by big name universities. He was eventually able to enroll at the University of Iowa to study biochemical engineering. He dropped out after he was pinned by a modeling agent who wanted to promote his potential… and the rest is history from there. Besides his acting career, he’s a successful venture capitalist who works with companies like Skype, Foursquare, and Airbnb.
Jodie Foster has an eclectic academic background. The Silence of the Lambs actress used her 132 IQ to properly balance a childhood acting career and a heavy load of studies. She studied high-level French at Yale University, which obviously means she’s fluent, and graduated suma cum laude. She was her high school valedictorian and taught herself to read before entering pre-school at the age of 3as well. We’d really expect nothing less from Clarice Starling.
Screen Actors Guild member, Matt Damon, has a grand IQ of 160. During his studies at Harvard University, where he majored in English literature, the actor wrote the rough draft of Good Will Hunting for a playwright class. Explains a lot, doesn’t it? After the success of Good Will Hunting, he dropped out of Harvard without graduating but was later honored with the Harvard Arts Medal for achievements and accomplishments in the entertainment field. How do you like them apples?
The last funny man on our list only proves our hypothesis that there’s a positive correlation between humor and intelligence. Ken Jeong, most notably recognized for his roles in The Hangover and Knocked Up, has an IQ of 130. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and studied pre-med at Duke University. Then, Ken pursued his MD at the University of North Carolina and completed his residency in New Orleans. So basically, we should be referring to him as Dr. Ken Jeong.
The most twisted minds are usually the most intelligent, or so we’re told. Quentin Tarantino has a genius certified IQ of 160. He dropped out of high school before graduation and claims to never have enjoyed the conventional, structural form of education. He took a particular liking to history, but only because it reminded him of film-making and gave him inspiration for his own creations. Tarantino never really needed school though – he’s earned a respected reputation and an estimated $1.5 billion in profit from the collection of films he’s written and released.
Geena Davis has a polished resume and it probably lists her IQ as 158 right at the top. Geena graduated from Boston University with a degree in drama. The former fashion model also learned to speak Swedish as an exchange student in Sweden, was a semi-finalist in 1999 for the US Archery Team, and earned an honors degree in chemical engineering from Leeds University. She’s also a skilled musician – she can play the organ, drums, flute, and the piano. Is there anything the film actress can’t do?
Claire Danes has an IQ of 140. She began her acting career at the young age of 11, but decided that it was important to also achieve a higher education. In 1998, with a letter of recommendation from director Oliver Stone, Danes attended Yale University. She majored in Psychology for two years before dropping out to pursue acting full-time. We knew there had to be some educational background behind the portrayal of her Homeland character!
Reggie Jackson’s IQ is extremely high, reported at 160, but the baseball star chose to stick to sports above all else. As bright as he was, Mr. October invested his hard work and energy into his baseball legacy – being inducted into the Hall of Fame and hitting over 560 home runs throughout his career. He did attend Arizona State University on a football scholarship, which requires the student to keep their grades up to stay enrolled at the school. It was during his college career that he made the switch from football to baseball. Thank goodness for that.
Shakira is a musically gifted pop star who has the ability to recognize any note as soon as it’s sung and she can perform a note on cue without having to hear it first. The Columbian beauty’s IQ is 140, even though most of the general public fails to realize this. In 2011, Shakira was appointed to the U.S. Education Advisory Board by the president and enrolled at UCLA back in 2007. She was also appointed as the educational commissioner for Hispanic early education.
If you’ve been waiting to see Stephen Hawking’s name on the genius list, look no further. Stephen has an IQ of 160 that enabled him to become one of the most revolutionary scientists of the 21st century. The theoretical mastermind has a BA from Oxford, and three PhD’s from Cambridge University, Notre Dame, and NYU. He is currently the Lucasian professor of mathematics at Cambridge University, the same position that was once held by philosopher and fellow scientist, Sir Isaac Newton. Hawking is also a member of the US National Academy of Sciences.
Aisha Tyler’s IQ of 156 isn’t surprising to many fans of the comedy actress. Aisha attended Dartmouth University where she received her undergraduate degree in environmental policy. During her time at the Ivy League, she began a female acapella group and joined a co-ed fraternity called The Tabard. When she was in high school, she was dedicated to her extra-curricular improv and theater classes, which eventually inspired her to quit her job at an advertising firm after college and tour the country as a stand-up comedian.
Shockingly enough, Paris Hilton’s recorded IQ is 120. Her dumb blonde persona is just an act that she actually designed off the image of Marilyn Monroe. When she’s not in front in the front of the cameras, she runs her own entrepreneurship empire; she owns a Grand Pix motorcycle team, a fashion and fragrance line, a shoe collection, and wrote a NY Times Best Seller (regardless, of the book’s contextual quality). The hotel heiress also plays the piano and learned to play the violin at age 5.