Total Nerd 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented  

Zack Howe
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There is no question that there are many talented celebrities out there, but there seems to be quite a few famous folks in the limelight who don't necessarily deserve the fame. Conversely, there are also celebrities who are really good at something - whether it be acting, singing, or a more obscure talent - who aren't given nearly as much credit as they're due.

Often, these impressive celebrities get pigeon-holed into a single category when in reality, they're multitalented. A lot of these celebrities' hidden talents and quirky hobbies often go unnoticed by fans and the media alike, and it's a shame. And, despite what we may think of certain people in the spotlight, some of them are super smart, too.

Here is a list of celebrities who are really good at something (or somethings), but don't get the credit they deserve.


Nicole Richie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented
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Nicole Richie rose to prominence as Paris Hilton's best friend. The two socialites were widely regarded, but not in the best of lights, especially during the run of their 2003-2007 reality show The Simple Life. Richie had very public struggles with addiction, and legal issues, not to mention a public feud with her one-time friend and co-star. Since overcoming these hurdles, however, Nicole has reinvented herself. She's a fashion mogul and starring in Tina Fey's comedy Great News. And she's a pianist. She's come a long way and deserves recognition.

Age: 35

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

Credits: Kids in America, The Simple Life, Fashion Star, Zac Efron's Pool Party, Celebrity News Reels: Best of Paris, + more

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Neil Flynn is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented
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The Janitor is one of the most beloved characters on Scrubs, but much like his character, many people don't know Neil Flynn's name. What is so impressive about Neil Flynn is that he's a phenomenal improv actor. In fact, the majority of his lines on Scrubs were completely improvised to the point that the writers often didn't even bother writing lines for him. Unfortunately, these talents have not been put to good use on The Middle, but the man is brilliantly, wickedly funny.

Age: 56

Birthplace: USA, Chicago, Illinois

Credits: Mean Girls, Scrubs, The Fugitive, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Magnolia, + more

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David Hyde Pierce is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented
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Part of the reason David Hyde Pierce was able to play the role of Niles Crane in Frasier so well is because he really is brilliant. He graduated from Yale in '81 where he studied classical piano and quickly moved to New York to pursue his acting career. 

He has had wide success in film, television, and Broadway shows, and yet people still call back to his work as Fraiser Crane's neurotic brother. Even this great Vulture interview about DHP's many talents devolves into a Q&A about the show instead of learning more about this incredibly gifted individual. It's understandable, but it's unfortunate that this is the only role for which he is widely known. DHP has 56 named credits spanning his 30-plus year career, and plenty of roles for which he is uncredited, like his voice work on Hellboy.

Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, Saratoga Springs, New York, United States of America

Credits: Frasier, A Bug's Life, The Fisher King, Wet Hot American Summer

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Kesha is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 16 Celebrities You Would Never Guess Are Secretly Insanely Talented
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The first thing that comes to mind when one thinks of Kesha is often the line "Brush my teeth with a bottle of Jack" from the auto-tuned, insubstantial party jam TiK ToK. What many people don't know, however, is that she has written some bangers for other artists, including Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.

Her newest album "Rainbow," meanders into the realms of rock and roll and country, showing off her range, and largely ditches the auto-tune. Rolling Stone gave it four stars, calling it, "Genre-smashing pop." The notion that she's only capable of producing party anthems seems to have been disproven.

Age: 30

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Credits: Neighbors, The Hangover, Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, 21 Jump Street

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