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Celebrities With Surprising College Degrees

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You might be surprised how many celebrities graduated from college — and what they studied. With degrees in fields ranging from neurobiology to chemical engineering to architecture, some stars are brainier than you think. Here are 10 of our favorites.


Dolph Lundgren

Master’s in Chemical Engineering

 

 

Before he starred in movies like ‘Rocky IV’ and ‘The Expendables,’ the Swedish action star thought he’d become a chemical engineer. Not only did he get a master’s degree, he was even awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to the famed Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

 
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Eduardo Parra, Getty Images

Mayim Bialik

PhD in Neuroscience

 

 

The erstwhile ‘Blossom’ now plays neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on ‘The Big Bang Theory.’ But if you think she has trouble with the medical terminology in the script, think again — because Bialik herself holds a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA.

 
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Charley Gallay, Getty Images

David Duchovny

Master’s in English Lit

 

 

Duchovny plays tortured writer Hank Moody on Showtime’s ‘Californication,’ and the role isn’t a total stretch. David has a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale, and even began — but didn’t finish — a PhD program.

 
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Jemal Countess, Getty Images

Eva Longoria

Master’s in Chicano Studies

 

 

The tiniest of the ‘Desperate Housewives’ has a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology from Texas A&M — and even after achieving fame and fortune, she continued her studies. Earlier this year, she earned a master’s in Chicano Studies from California State University.

 
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Kris Connor, Getty Images

Ron Jeremy

Master’s in Special Education

 

 

He’s probably the best known male porn star in America, but that wasn’t always the case. Ron was a 25-year-old special ed teacher (with a master’s from New York’s Queens College) when a girlfriend launched his XXX career by sending nude photos of him to Playgirl magazine.

 
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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Montel Williams

Bachelor’s in Engineering

 

 

Before his eponymous talk show began its 17-year run in 1991, Williams earned an engineering degree from the prestigious U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis and enjoyed a long and illustrious military career — during which he discovered a love of public speaking.

 
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Astrid Stawiarz, Getty Images

Christy Turlington

Master’s in Public Health

 

 

One of the first women to hold the title “supermodel” is a lot more than just a pretty face. In 1999, Christy graduated cum laude from New York University with an undergrad degree in Comparative Religion and Eastern Philosophy, and later earned a master’s in public health from Columbia University.

 
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Rob Kim, Getty Images

Ricky Gervais

Bachelor’s in Philosophy

 

 

The hilarious comedian behind ‘The Office’ began taking classes at University College London in 1980. Originally he planned to study biology, but later switched to philosophy — and eventually earned the American equivalent of a bachelor’s degree.

 
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Andrew H. Walker, Getty Images

Lisa Kudrow

Bachelor’s in Biology

 

 

Turns out the actress who so brilliantly played ditzy Phoebe Buffay from ‘Friends’ isn’t ditzy at all. Lisa’s father is a doctor and she planned to follow in his footsteps, so she earned her biology degree from Vassar and worked with him — until she eventually discovered acting was really her life’s calling.

 
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Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images

“Weird Al” Yankovic

Bachelor’s in Architecture

 

 

The guy behind iconic parodies like ‘Another One Rides the Bus’ and ‘My Bologna’ originally wanted to design buildings — he has a degree in architecture from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.

 
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Michael Buckner, Getty Images

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