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The Smartest Celebrities 

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Updated June 14, 2019 811k views 95 items

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

Age: 44

Birthplace: Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan

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

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James Woods is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
MIT

Age: 71

Birthplace: Vernal, Utah, United States of America

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

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Judy Holliday is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Smartest Celebrities

Age: Dec. at 44 (1921-1965)

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

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

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Paul Allen is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Washington State University

Age: 66

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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

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Dexter Holland is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
University of Southern California

Age: 53

Birthplace: Garden Grove, California, United States of America

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

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Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Pomona College, Merton College Oxford

Age: 82

Birthplace: Texas, USA, Brownsville

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

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Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA, Southern Methodist University, UT Austin

Age: Dec. at 34 (1933-1967)

Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Reported IQ: 163 Jayne Mansfield (born 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 early Playboy ...more

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Jill St. John is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA Extension

Age: 78

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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).

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard College

Age: 63

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

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

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard University, Harvard Medical School

Age: Dec. at 66 (1942-2008)

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Celebrities

Age: 55

Birthplace: Knoxville, Tennessee, USA

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

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Harvard University

Age: 48

Birthplace: Cambridge, USA, Massachusetts

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

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Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Washington State University, Clemson University, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm)

Age: 61

Birthplace: Spånga, Stockholm, Sweden

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

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UC Berkeley

Age: 68

Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America

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

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Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Arizona State University

Age: 72

Birthplace: Wyncote, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Newcastle University, The Queen's College Oxford

Age: 64

Birthplace: Consett, United Kingdom

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

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Ellen Muth is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute

Age: 37

Birthplace: Milford, Connecticut, United States of America

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

Age: 55

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

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

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Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Northwestern University

Age: 53

Birthplace: USA, DeKalb, Illinois

Reported IQ: 154 Cynthia Ann "Cindy" Crawford (born February 20, 1966) is an American model. Her success at modeling made her an international celebrity that has led to roles in television and film, ...more

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Danica McKellar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
UCLA

Age: 44

Birthplace: La Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

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

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Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Occidental College, University of Vermont

Age: 46

Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States of America

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

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Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Columbia University

Age: 38

Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, USA

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

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
New College Oxford

Age: 45

Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

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

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Alan Rachins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Wharton School of Business, Empire State College

Age: 76

Birthplace: Cambridge, USA, Massachusetts

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
Nolan Gould is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Celebrities

Age: 20

Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, United States of America

Reported IQ: 150 Nolan Gould (born October 28, 1998) is an American actor. He is known for his role as youngest sibling Luke Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.