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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
Masi Oka Brown University 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.

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

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

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

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

Jayne Mansfield is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Jayne Mansfield UCLA, Southern Methodist University, UT Austin 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 ...more

Jill St. John is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Jill St. John UCLA Extension 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.

Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Bill Gates Harvard College 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 ...more

Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Michael Crichton Harvard University, Harvard Medical School John Michael Crichton, MD was an American best-selling author, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller ...more

Quentin Tarantino is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Quentin Tarantino Reported IQ: 160 Quentin Jerome Tarantino is an American film director, screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, and actor. His films are characterized by non-linear storylines, satirical subject matter, and an ...more

Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Matt Damon Harvard University Reported IQ: 160 Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good ...more

Dolph Lundgren is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Dolph Lundgren Washington State University, Clemson University, Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm) Reported IQ: 160 Dolph Lundgren is a Swedish actor, director, and martial artist. He belongs to a generation of film actors who epitomise the action hero stereotype, alongside Sylvester Stallone, Chuck Norris, ...more

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Steve Wozniak is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Steve Wozniak UC Berkeley Stephen Gary "Steve" Wozniak, known as "Woz", is an American inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who co-founded Apple Computer with Steve Jobs and Ronald ...more

Reggie Jackson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Reggie Jackson Arizona State University Reported IQ: 160 Reginald Martinez "Reggie" Jackson is a retired American baseball right fielder who played 21 seasons in Major League Baseball for five different teams. He was nicknamed "Mr. ...more

Rowan Atkinson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Rowan Atkinson Newcastle University, The Queen's College Oxford Rowan Sebastian Atkinson, CBE is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter best known for his work on the sitcoms Mr. Bean and Blackadder. Atkinson first came to prominence in the sketch ...more

Ellen Muth is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Ellen Muth Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute Reported IQ: 156 Ellen Anna Muth is an American actress, known for her role as George Lass in Showtime's series Dead Like Me.

Cindy Crawford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Cindy Crawford 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

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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Conan O'Brien Harvard University Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows through Conan, which ...more

Asia Carrera is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Asia Carrera Rutgers University Reported IQ: 156 Asia Carrera is an American former pornographic actress.

Danica McKellar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Danica McKellar UCLA Reported IQ: 154 Danica Mae McKellar is an American actress, author, mathematician, and education advocate. She is well known for her role as Kevin Arnold's on-again, off-again girlfriend Winnie Cooper in the ...more

Ben Affleck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Ben Affleck Occidental College, University of Vermont Benjamin Géza Affleck-Boldt, better known as Ben Affleck, is an American actor and filmmaker. Throughout his career, he has won two Academy Awards and three Golden Globe Awards. Affleck ...more

Alicia Keys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Alicia Keys Columbia University Reported IQ: 154 Alicia Augello Cook, known by the pseudonym Alicia Keys, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. Keys released her debut album with J Records, having had previous record ...more

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Kate Beckinsale New College Oxford Reported IQ: 152 Kathrin Romary "Kate" Beckinsale is an English actress. After some minor television roles, she made her film debut in Much Ado About Nothing while still a student at Oxford University. ...more

Alan Rachins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Alan Rachins Wharton School of Business, Empire State College Reported IQ: 152 Alan Rachins 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 his portrayal of Larry on the ...more

Bill O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Bill O'Reilly Marist College, Queen Mary College (London), Harvard Kennedy School Reported IQ: 150 William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The ...more

Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Ben Stein Columbia College, Yale Law School Reported IQ: 150 Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

Jimmy Savile is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Jimmy Savile University of Leeds Reported IQ: 149 Sir James Wilson Vincent "Jimmy" Savile, OBE, KCSG was an English DJ, television presenter, media personality and charity fundraiser. He hosted the BBC television show Jim'll Fix It, ...more

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Jim Morrison is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Jim Morrison St. Petersburg College, Florida State University, UCLA Reported IQ: 147 James Douglas "Jim" Morrison was an American singer, poet and songwriter best remembered as the lead vocalist of the Doors. Due to his songwriting, baritone voice, wild personality and ...more

Sharon Stone is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Sharon Stone Edinboro University Reported IQ: 148 Sharon Yvonne Stone is an American actress, film producer, and former fashion model. Stone first caught the public eye opposite Arnold Schwarzenegger in Total Recall. She then achieved ...more

Nolan Gould is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Nolan Gould Reported IQ: 150 Nolan Gould is an American actor. He is best known for his role as youngest sibling Luke Dunphy on the ABC sitcom Modern Family.

Tony Hawk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Tony Hawk Torrey Pines High School Reported IQ: 144 Anthony Frank "Tony" Hawk, nicknamed "The Birdman", is an American professional skateboarder and actor. Hawk is well known for completing the first documented 900 and for his ...more

Charlie Korsmo is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Charlie Korsmo MIT, Yale Law School Charles Randolph "Charlie" Korsmo is an American former child actor turned lawyer.

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Meryl Streep is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Meryl Streep Vassar College, Dartmouth College, Yale School of Drama Reported IQ: 143 Meryl Streep is an American actress. A three-time Academy Award winner, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest film actors of all time. Streep made her professional stage debut in The ...more

Raven is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Raven University of Delaware Reported IQ: 143 Scott Levy is an American semi-retired professional wrestler and actor, better known by his ring name, Raven. A journeyman, he is known for his appearances with professional wrestling promotions ...more

Ken Jeong is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Ken Jeong Duke University, University of North Carolina School of Medicine Kendrick Kang-Joh "Ken" Jeong, M.D. is an American actor, comedian and physician. He is best known for his roles as Ben Chang on the critically acclaimed NBC comedy series Community ...more

Geena Davis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Geena Davis New England College, Boston University Reported IQ: 142 Virginia Elizabeth "Geena" Davis is an American actress, film producer, writer, former fashion model, and a women's Olympics archery team semi-finalist. She is known for her roles in ...more

Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Jennifer Connelly Yale University, Stanford University Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the ...more

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Steve Martin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Steve Martin Santa Ana Junior College, CSU Long Beach, UCLA Reported IQ: 142 Stephen Glenn "Steve" Martin is an American comedian, actor, musician, writer, and producer. Martin came to public notice as a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later ...more

Claire Danes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Claire Danes Yale University Reported IQ: 140 Claire Catherine Danes is an American actress, who first came to prominence with her role as Angela Chase in the 1994 series My So-Called Life. The role won her the first of four Golden Globe ...more

Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Natalie Portman Harvard College, Hebrew University of Jerusalem Reported IQ: 140 Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more

David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
David Duchovny Princeton University, Yale University Reported IQ: 140 David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the science fiction horror drama series The X-Files and the alcoholic, ...more

Kris Kristofferson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Kris Kristofferson Pomona College, Merton College Oxford Kristoffer "Kris" Kristofferson is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, and former soldier. He is known for writing and recording such hits as "Me and Bobby ...more

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Madonna University of Michigan Reported IQ: 140 Madonna Louise Ciccone is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and businesswoman. She achieved popularity by pushing the boundaries of lyrical content in mainstream popular music and imagery ...more

Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Robin Williams Claremont McKenna College, Juilliard School Reported member of Mensa (IQ at least 140) Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

Shakira is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Shakira UCLA Reported IQ: 140 Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, ...more

Scott Adams is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Scott Adams Hartwick College, UC Berkeley Reported member of Mensa (IQ at least 140) Scott Raymond Adams is an American cartoonist, creator of the Dilbert comic strip and the author of several nonfiction works of satire, commentary, business, and general speculation. His Dilbert ...more

Kesha is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Kesha Reported IQ: 140 Kesha Rose Sebert, simply known as Kesha, is an American singer, rapper, and songwriter. In 2005, at age 18, Kesha was signed to producer Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and ...more

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Glenne Headly Reported IQ: 140 Glenne Aimee Headly is an American film, stage and television actress. She has received Theatre World Award, Drama Desk, and was nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards.

Mayim Bialik is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Mayim Bialik UCLA Mayim Hoya Bialik is an American actress and neuroscientist. From early January 1991 to May 1995, she played the title character of NBC's Blossom. Since May 2010, she has played Dr. Amy Farrah ...more

Emma Watson is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Smartest Celebrities
Emma Watson Brown University, Worcester College Oxford Reported IQ: 138 Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson is an English actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films ...more