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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. Some of these celebs, like Matt Damon, even star in the best movies about geniuses. 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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Masi Oka is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Brown University
Reported IQ: 189 Masayori "Masi" Oka (岡 政偉, Oka Masayori) (born December 27, 1974) is an American actor of Japanese descent, occasional rapper, producer and digital effects artist. He became widely ...more
James Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
MIT
Reported IQ: 180 James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an American actor, voice actor, and producer. His best known roles are Videodrome (1983), Once Upon a Time in America (1984), Casino (1995), Nixon ...more
Judy Holliday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Reported IQ: 172 Judy Holliday (born Judith Tuvim, June 21, 1921 – June 7, 1965) was an American actress, comedian, and singer.She began her career as part of a nightclub act before working in Broadway plays and ...more
Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Washington State University
Reported IQ: 170 Paul Gardner Allen (January 21, 1953 – October 15, 2018) was an American business magnate, investor, researcher, humanitarian, and philanthropist. He co-founded Microsoft alongside Bill Gates in ...more
Dexter Holland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
University of Southern California
Reported IQ: 170 Bryan Keith "Dexter" Holland, Ph.D (born December 29, 1965) is an American musician and molecular biologist, best known as the lead singer, rhythm guitarist, and primary songwriter for ...more
Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Pomona College, Merton College Oxford

Reported IQ: 163

Kristoffer Kristofferson (born June 22, 1936) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. Among his songwriting credits are the songs "Me and Bobby McGee", "For the Good ...more
Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA, Southern Methodist University, UT Austin
Reported IQ: 163 Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American film, theater, and television actress. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the ...more
Jill St. John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA Extension
Reported IQ: 162 Jill St. John (born Jill Arlyn Oppenheim; August 19, 1940) is an American actress. She is best known for playing Bond girl Tiffany Case in Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard College
Reported IQ: 160 William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft ...more
Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard University, Harvard Medical School
John Michael Crichton (; October 23, 1942 – November 4, 2008) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director and producer best known for his work in the science fiction, thriller, and ...more
Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Reported IQ: 160 Quentin Jerome Tarantino (; born March 27, 1963) is an American filmmaker, actor, film programmer, and cinema owner. His films are characterized by nonlinear storylines, satirical subject ...more
Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard University
Reported IQ: 160 Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing ...more
Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Washington State University, Clemson University, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)
Reported IQ: 160 Hans Lundgren (; Swedish: [ˈdɔlːf ˈlɵnːdgreːn] (listen); born 3 November 1957), better known as Dolph Lundgren, is a Swedish actor, filmmaker, and martial artist. Lundgren's breakthrough came in ...more
Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UC Berkeley
Stephen Gary "Woz" Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950) is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur. In 1976 he co-founded Apple ...more
Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Arizona State University
Reported IQ: 160 Reginald Martinez Jackson (born May 18, 1946) is an American former professional baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons for the Kansas City / Oakland Athletics, Baltimore Orioles, New York ...more
Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Newcastle University, The Queen's College Oxford
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson (born January 6, 1955), CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to ...more
Ellen Muth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
Reported IQ: 156 Ellen Muth (born March 6, 1981) is an American actress, known for her role as Georgia "George" Lass in Showtime's series Dead Like Me.
Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard University
Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has ...more
Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Northwestern University
Reported IQ: 154 Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford is an American model. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, and to work as a ...more
Asia Carrera is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Rutgers University
Reported IQ: 156 Asia Carrera Lemmon (born Jessica Steinhauser, August 6, 1973) is an American former pornographic actress.
Danica McKellar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA
Reported IQ: 154 Danica Mae McKellar (born January 3, 1975) is an American actress, mathematics writer, and education advocate. She played Winnie Cooper in the television series The Wonder Years. From 2010–2013 ...more
Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Occidental College, University of Vermont
Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt (born August 15, 1972) is an American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two ...more
Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Columbia University
Reported IQ: 154 Alicia Augello Cook (born January 25, 1981), known professionally as Alicia Keys, is an American musician, singer, and songwriter. A classically-trained pianist, Keys was composing songs by age ...more
Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
New College Oxford
Reported IQ: 152 Kathrin Romary Beckinsale (born 26 July 1973) is an English actress and model. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing (1993) while still a student ...more
Alan Rachins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Wharton School of Business, Empire State College
Reported IQ: 152 Alan Leonard Rachins (born October 3, 1942) is an American television actor, best known for his role as Douglas Brackman in L.A. Law which earned him both Golden Globe and Emmy nominations, and ...more