Becoming a celeb is generally considered to be the least intelligent career to pursue, as a desire for a life in the limelight does not equate with requiring a scientific mind
You would think that only shallow people would wish to demand the attention and glorification that the big screen provides, the only real qualification being the ability to look super attractive, remember your lines, and cry on cue.
But this is simply not true. There are many super intelligent Celebs with IQs way above the average – which is approximately 100.
Stars like David Duchovny, Madonna and Natalie Portman have IQs over 140, which is defined as the official level of a genius.
Cindy Crawford, Asia Carrera, Geena Davis and Sharon Stone, all have an even greater genius level with IQs between 150-160.
But there are some Celebs that have outrageously high genius level IQs that rival the likes of Stephen Hawkins, who is estimated to be 160. We have listed top 10 brightest and most intelligent celebrities below:
10. Conan O’Brien – IQ 160
Not just a funny late night talk show host, Conan O’Brien also graduated from Harvard University, a magnum cum laude. This means he was in the top 10% of his class when he studied literature and history.
9. Ashton Kutcher – IQ 160
Before Ashton Kutcher decided to choose an acting career, he was motivated to find a cure for his twin brother’s heart problems that were connected to his mild cerebral palsy. Kutcher wished to major in biochemical engineering at Iowa University, but dropped out to take modelling jobs.
8. Quentin Tarantino – IQ 160
Quentin Tarantino is a certainly a genius when it comes to creating movies that are simultaneously complex, intellectually stimulating, action packed and extremely entertaining.
Despite his superior intelligence, he never decided to chase any academic pursuits and dropped out of high school at 15.
7. Lisa Kudrow – IQ 160
Most famous for playing dippy and dopey characters, but don’t be deceived – this blonde is not dumb in the slightest.
With a superior IQ of around 160, Lisa Kudrow also has a biology degree under her belt, and before she joined the cast of Friends, she worked for 8 years as a medical researcher.
6. Reggie Jackson – IQ 160
This all-star baseball champion is not just some dumb old jock – he is a certified genius. His nickname was “Mr. October” and he was a right fielder in the New York Yankees Major League – and also just as intelligent as Stephen Hawkins.
5. Matt Damon – IQ 160
Matt Damon attended Harvard but ended up dropping out to become an actor. But it was while he was still a student at Harvard that he first started to put together the script for the immensely powerful film Good Will Hunting, which in 2013 earned him an honorary Harvard Arts Medal.
4. Dolph Lundgren – IQ 160
Dolph Lundgren will really smash your stereotypes of a buff dumb jock – not only does he speak 6 languages, he also holds degrees in chemical engineering and chemistry, and in 1983 was awarded the MIT Fulbright Scholarship.
3. Mayim Bialik – IQ 163
The casting of Mayim Bialik in The Big Bang Theory as a neurobiologist is spot on – as also in real life she has a PhD from UCLA in neuroscience.
She was a famous child actress, but rather than go off the rails as they so many child stars commonly do, she buckled down and studied in university. She was even accepted into Yale and Harvard, but her university of choice was instead near her family.
2. Rowan Atkinson – IQ 178
Rowan Atkinson is without a doubt an absolute comic genius and we are fairly certain his IQ has a lot to do with it. He might play the super dopey and ditzy Mr. Bean, but his comedy career began while he was pursuing a master’s degree in electrical engineering at Oxford.
1. James Wood – IQ 184
James Wood is the ultimate genius on our list. In fact, he is technically defined as an “extraordinary genius,” as is anyone with an IQ surpassing 180.
He has starred in theater, and countless movies since the 70s, but originally he had planned on becoming an eye surgeon, though eventually switching to political science, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.