Celebrities With Surprising College Degrees
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Weird Al” Yankovic
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.