Paul Simon may have been the more popular half of the Simon & Garfunkel duo, but when it comes to academics, Art Garfunkel takes the cake. The two met when they were in the six grade and attended junior high and high school together. In college, however, the two went in different directions.
Paul never graduated from Brooklyn Law School, and Art immersed himself in books to complete two degrees: a B.A. in art history followed by an M.A. in Mathematics Education. He has also started working on his Ph.D. in Mathematics Education but never completed it as he was called for musical duty.
Angela Bassett Is a Master of Fine Arts
Doing well at Yale doesn’t come easily to anyone. It takes discipline and hard work, and apparently Angela Bassett knows that all too well. It turns out this movie star has always seen her education as a priority. She did so well in school she became the first African-American student in the National Honor Society when she was in high school.
Basset got into Yale as part of a special program for students with difficult background. That was how she got her B.A. in African American Studies. She later completed another degree, this time it was a Master of Fine Arts, which she got from Yale as well.
Dolph Lundgren Is a Chemical Engineer
Dolph Lundgren’s square jaw and overall bodyguard-like appearance have earned him acting job that predominantly included bad guys or generally unintelligent dudes. But don’t let that fool you, as he is a sweetheart and a really smart guy.
Born in Sweden, this talented actor has many achievements on his record. He is a world-class martial artist with two degrees in chemical engineering. He would have continued walking along the academic path if it weren’t for his former romantic partner, Grace Jones, who encouraged him to try making a living as an actor.
Graham Chapman Knows Laughter Is the Best Medicine
Graham Chapman is British comedy royalty. But other than that, he is also a medical doctor. Chapman was born in Leicester, England, and two of his earliest interests have been, of course, comedy and acting. However, other than those two fields, he has also enjoyed science. He majored in medicine at Emmanuel College, which is also where he met John Cleese.
Chapman later completed a Medical Degree at St. Bartholomew’s Medical College and became a certified medical doctor. It seems that contagious laugh is the only thing this inspirational man won’t try to cure.
Alan Page Has a Juris Doctor’s Degree
Alan Page has a true Cinderella story. From working in construction during high school to becoming an NFL Hall of Famer, he has seen and done a lot. Despite having a successful career as a football player, Page has always been keen on attending the academy.
Parallel to his prolific football career, Page has been working hard on a legal career as well. He attended the University of Minnesota Law School and rightfully gained his Juris Doctor. He then worked at a law firm, and started pursuing law full time in 1981. Years later, in 1992, Page made history as the first African-American Associate Justice in the Supreme Court in Minnesota. He was easily reelected for several more terms in the years that came after.