9 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College  

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List of Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College ranked by fame and popularity. Many famous people have been kicked out, suspended or expelled from college. Some celebrities got into fights, while others got in trouble for breaking dorm rules. Several of these famous folks went on to have “bad boy” images, but some people on this list may surprise you.

Who is the most famous person who was kicked out of college? Harrison Ford tops our list. Ford was expelled from Ripon College. The "Star Wars" star failed a philosophy class just days before he was supposed to graduate. While Ford was in college he took a drama class to help him with his shyness. He went on to star in some of the most successful film franchises of all time. Other Hollywood A-listers who were kicked out of college include Samuel L. Jackson and Woody Allen.

Artist Salvador Dali was kicked out of San Fernando School of Fine Arts for disturbing the peace. After he was kicked out, he went to Paris where he met fellow artist Pablo Picasso. Though Dali developed a more surrealist style, Picasso remained one of his greatest influences.

Do you think that getting kicked out of college was a blessing in disguise for these famous and successful individuals? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 9 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College
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Samuel L. Jackson was expelled from Morehouse College.  The "Pulp Fiction" actor was involved in a protest that consisted of locking board members in an office for two days.

Age: 70

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

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Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 9 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College
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Senator Ted Kennedy was expelled from Harvard.  He got caught paying another student to cheat on a test for him.

Age: Dec. at 77 (1932-2009)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

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Woody Allen is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 9 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College
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Director Woody Allen was expelled from New York University.  The "Annie Hall" actor/director was kicked out for having really bad grades.

Age: 83

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

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Robert Frost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 9 Famous People Who Were Kicked Out of College
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Poet Robert Frost was expelled from Dartmouth College.  He was kicked out for pranking another student.

Age: Dec. at 89 (1874-1963)

Birthplace: California

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