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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, and Bond girls like Jill St. John. 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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    Reported IQ: 172
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  • Dexter Holland

    Dexter Holland

    University of Southern California


    BirthplaceGarden Grove, California, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 170
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  • James Woods


    BirthplaceVernal, Utah, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 180
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  • Masi Oka

    Masi Oka

    Brown University


    BirthplaceShibuya, Tokyo, Japan

    Reported IQ: 189
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  • Paul Allen

    Paul Allen

    Washington State University


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 170
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  • Bill Gates

    Bill Gates

    Harvard College


    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 160
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  • Quentin Tarantino
    Reported IQ: 160
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  • Michael Crichton

    Michael Crichton

    Harvard University, Harvard Medical School

    AgeDec. at 66 (1942-2008)

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA

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  • Jill St. John

    Jill St. John

    UCLA Extension


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 162
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  • Rowan Atkinson

    Rowan Atkinson

    Newcastle University, The Queen's College Oxford


    BirthplaceConsett, United Kingdom

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  • Jayne Mansfield

    Jayne Mansfield

    UCLA, Southern Methodist University

    AgeDec. at 34 (1933-1967)

    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 163
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  • Danica McKellar


    BirthplaceLa Jolla, San Diego, California, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 154
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  • Reggie Jackson

    Reggie Jackson

    Arizona State University


    BirthplaceWyncote, Cheltenham Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 160
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  • Alan Rachins

    Alan Rachins

    Wharton School of Business, Empire State College


    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

    Reported IQ: 152
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  • Dolph Lundgren

    Dolph Lundgren

    Washington State University, Clemson University


    BirthplaceSpånga, Stockholm, Sweden

    Reported IQ: 160
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  • Matt Damon

    Matt Damon

    Harvard University


    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

    Reported IQ: 160
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  • Steve Wozniak

    Steve Wozniak

    UC Berkeley


    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

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  • Bill O'Reilly

    Bill O'Reilly

    Marist College, Queen Mary College (London)


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 150
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  • Jimmy Savile

    Jimmy Savile

    University of Leeds

    AgeDec. at 85 (1926-2011)

    BirthplaceLeeds, United Kingdom

    Reported IQ: 149
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  • Jim Morrison

    Jim Morrison

    St. Petersburg College, Florida State University

    AgeDec. at 28 (1943-1971)

    BirthplaceMelbourne, Florida, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 147
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  • Nolan Gould
    Reported IQ: 150
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  • Alicia Keys

    Alicia Keys

    Columbia University


    BirthplaceHell's Kitchen, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Reported IQ: 154
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  • Ben Stein

    Ben Stein

    Columbia College, Yale Law School


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C., USA

    Reported IQ: 150
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  • Kate Beckinsale

    Kate Beckinsale

    New College Oxford


    BirthplaceFinsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

    Reported IQ: 152
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  • Scott Adams

    Scott Adams

    Hartwick College, UC Berkeley


    BirthplaceWindham, New York

    Reported member of Mensa (IQ at least 140)
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