Everyone knows James Franco as a famous actor, but he’s also a great filmmaker and instructor at NYU, USC, UCLA, Studio 4, Palo Alto High School, and Playhouse West. He has already received a couple of Golden Globes awards, proving to the world that he’s a great actor. And he volunteers for the Art of Elysium charity.
What else? James Franco has an IQ of 130, which makes him smarter than most people in the same age bracket. That’s why he was able to undertake four different degrees simultaneously. When you come to think of it, he has this cheerful personality that steers him away from being perceived as someone who’s smart.
150 - Nolan Gould
Gould is an American actor, most known for his part in the famous ABC show "Modern Family." Nolan is one of a few young actors that has achieved a lot in a short time. In between winning Emmy awards, Gould became a member of Mensa, had accelerated ten grades in school, and graduated from high school by taking a General Education Development.
It is pretty self-evident that he's a great actor, but it wasn't until he got interviewed on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that everyone discovered he has an IQ of 150. It seems like nothing can stop Nolan Gould from getting what he wants. Such an inspiration!
140 - Natalie Portman
Neta-Lee Hershlag is an Israeli-American actress, producer, and director. She is a proud recipient of various accolades: one Academy Award and two Golden Globe Awards. She debuted in a film titled "The Professional," where she played a hitman’s young protege, a girl named Matilda.
Her real rise to popularity started when she was a high school student, as she starred in a very pivotal role, as Padme Amidala, in "Star Wars: Episode I." Adding to her being a successful actress, Natalie's IQ score is 140. She attended Harvard University while filming the Star Wars prequel. Fun fact: She attended Harvard alongside another genius: Mark Zuckerberg.
184 - James Woods
James Howard Woods is an American film and voice actor, as well as a producer. He’s best known for his roles in "Casino," "Contact," and "Once Upon a Time in America." He holds a Golden Globe Award for his film "Promise."
His voice has graced major A-list video games and animations, like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Hades in Hercules, Falcon in Stuart Little 2, Kingdom Hearts series, and Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out. He is a legendary Hollywood actor that once again proved that being smart, particularly having a high IQ of 184 like him, will take you places.
160 - Stephen Hawking
Okay, if there's someone who we expect to be on this list, it’s Stephen William Hawking. Everyone knew who he was: a natural-born genius. He was an English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, author, and director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology, at the University of Cambridge.
One of his most famed works was a collaboration with Roger Penrose, about the gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, as well as the theoretical prediction that black holes do emit radiation. Does that sound like gibberish to you? Well, don't worry, you're not alone! We can't blame Hawking, when your IQ is 160, it's the price you pay for being that smart!