The Smartest Celebrities

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The smartest celebrities are those who have documented high IQs, multiple degrees from distinguished universities, and a history of long hours spent studying complicated subjects. A number of famous actors are members of the "high IQ society" Mensa - or, at least, a number of online sources say they are. Those people are included here, as are businessmen, musicians, and even wrestlers with impressive academic résumés. For example, Swedish-born action star Dolph Lundgren, aka Ivan Drago, has a master's degree in Chemical Engineering and was awarded the Fulbright Scholarship to M.I.T. Likewise, Oscar winner Natalie Portman has a Harvard degree, has lectured at Columbia University, and can speak five languages. And Bill Gates founded Microsoft. Which of these most brilliant celebrities surprises you most?

For brevity, this list does not include career politicians or widely recognized geniuses in academia.
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  1. Reported IQ: 189

    Masayori "Masi" Oka is a Japanese-American actor and digital effects artist. He became widely known for his role on NBC's Heroes as Hiro Nakamura. more

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    • Profession: Actor, Digital Effects Artist
    • Age: 41
    • Birthplace: Shibuya, Japan
    • Credits: Heroes, Austin Powers: Goldmember, Hawaii Five-0, Friends with Benefits, Get Smart, + more
  2. James Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
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    Reported IQ: 180

    James Howard Woods is an American actor, producer and voice artist. After his first Golden Globe nomination for a breakthrough role in The Onion Field, Woods starred in Once Upon a Time in America, the Oliver Stone films Salvador and Nixon, Ghosts of Mississippi, and in the legal series Shark. He has ...more

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    • Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, United States of America
    • Credits: Once Upon a Time in America, Casino, The Virgin Suicides, Videodrome
  3. Reported IQ: 172

    Judy Holliday was an American actress, comedian and singer. She began her career as part of a nightclub act before working in Broadway plays and musicals. Her success in the 1946 stage production of Born Yesterday as "Billie Dawn" led to her being cast in the 1950 film version for which she won an ...more

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    • Profession: Comedian, Musician, Actor, Singer
    • Age: Died at 44 (1921-1965)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Credits: On the Town, Adam's Rib, Winged Victory, The Solid Gold Cadillac, Born Yesterday, + more
  4. Reported IQ: 170

    Paul Gardner Allen is an American philanthropist, investor and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation alongside Bill Gates. As of January 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. Allen is the founder and ...more

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    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, + more
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Credits: Inspirations, The Blues, Me & Isaac Newton, Black Sky: The Race for Space
  5. Reported IQ: 170

    Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland is an American musician and molecular biology graduate student, best known as the singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for the punk rock band The Offspring. more

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    • Profession: Poet, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States of America
    • Credits: Idle Hands, Offspring: Americana, Offspring: Huck It
  6. Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
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    Reported IQ: 163

    Jayne Mansfield was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox's alternative to Marilyn Monroe who came to be known as ...more

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    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Pianist, Model, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Age: Died at 34 (1933-1967)
    • Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Credits: The Match Game, The Wild, Wild World of Jayne Mansfield, Spree, The Girl Can't Help It
  7. Reported IQ: 162

    Jill St. John is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her role as Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever. more

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    • Profession: Actor
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
    • Credits: Diamonds Are Forever, The Lost World, Tony Rome, The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
  8. Reported IQ: 160

    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held ...more

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    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge
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