There’s no doubt that Dr. House was a genius in the popular medical drama, “House,” but what many fans of the show don’t know is that actor Hugh Laurie is actually pretty brilliant himself. The actor attended Cambridge’s Selwyn College where he studied archaeology, anthropology, and social anthropology.
In addition to being a successful and acclaimed actor, Laurie is also an accomplished author. He wrote the best-selling novel, “The Gun Seller” in 1996 and the sequel called “The Paper Soldier.” He is also an accomplished musician who has released several albums. Give “Didn’t It Rain” a listen and see for yourself!
115 - Will Smith
It's hard to believe that the same man who brought us the ‘90s classic “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” almost became an engineer, but it’s true! Smith considered going to school to study engineering and believes he could have been accepted into MIT.
After being accepted to a pre-engineering summer program at MIT geared towards high schoolers, he decided to change course and pursue a career as a rapper and actor. But don't let his film credentials fool you, Smith is still as brainy as ever and has even shown off his ability to solve a Rubik’s Cube in under a minute!
Unknown - Retta
She might be known for her dry humor and hilarious facial expressions today, but before she starred as Donna on “Parks and Recreation” or Rubi in the Netflix hit "Good Girls," actress and comedian Retta (born Marietta Sirleaf) was actually studying to be a doctor!
After graduating high school, she was accepted into Duke University where she earned a degree in sociology and was on a pre-med track. It was only while she was working as a chemist that she decided to try her hand at standup comedy — a move that would take her career from the laboratory to Hollywood.
133 - Kanye West
Like many things Kanye West says, it might be tempting to dismiss his claims of being a Mensa-level genius. However, Twitter feuds and mental health questions aside, it does seem that the rapper and fashion designer must have a special spark that has allowed him to find success in various industries.
West has become a prominent figure in both the music and fashion industry. Having reportedly started writing poetry at just five years old, West continued his talent as a wordsmith by studying English at Chicago State University. Though he famously dropped out, West’s ingenuity has helped make him a star.
Unknown - John Cleese
Not only is John Cleese a comedic genius, but he has also got the degrees to prove just how brilliant he is. A law student at England’s prestigious University of Cambridge, Cleese honed his acting chops as a member of the school’s famous Cambridge Footlights Club.
From being a writer at BBC radio to co-founding the famous comedy troupe Monty Python, Cleese is known for his razor-sharp wit and irreverent comedy. Another fascinating fact about the comedic actor is that he loves lemurs and actually has a species of lemur named after him, known as Cleese’s woolly lemur (avahi cleesei)!