Celebrities aren’t all as dumb as they look. Yes, we know, some of them can look pretty dumb, but in many ways that is a part of the show. Think about it. Celebrities have to build a “persona.” This persona is the image of themselves that they project to the world. It may be the “bad boy” persona, the “good girl” persona, the “dumb redneck” persona, and the list goes on.
A good example would be comedians. Even when they are doing interviews or just hanging around in the spotlight, they can still hide behind their persona. The same holds true for politicians. Actually, don’t even get us started on that one. Politicians are so guilty of this that it’s not even funny. Of course, that is why you will find both actors and politicians on our list. In fact, you might find some that are both actors and politicians. The governator anybody?
So no matter what your opinion is of these celebrities. Even if you hate them with a very unfounded passion, you still cannot deny that they are most likely not the way they present themselves to the public. These are 25 celebrities that are smarter than their image would lead you to believe!
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"Hacksaw" Jim Duggan
Jim Duggan (whose nickname is Hacksaw) was a plant biologist before he started his wrestling career.
Famous for his role in the Hangover, Ken is a practicing physician.
Although he is often made out to fit the dumb giant mold, the way he has conducted his business affairs shows otherwise. In fact, he even received an Ed.D. (Doctor of Education).
While he might not be quite the math genius he plays in Good Will Hunting, he did go to Harvard.
The fact that he wrote the script for Rocky speaks volumes.
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Well known as Boss Hogg in the Dukes of Hazzard, Sorrell spoke 5 languages, had two degrees, and was a counterintelligence officer during the Korean War.
Larry the Cable Guy
Although it’s probably common knowledge by now, his “dumb redneck” persona is just a gag.
He actually went to college. And that’s probably more than we need to say.
Although he plays the intellectually challenged Luke Dunphy on ABC’s Modern Family, in real life he’s quite smart and graduated high school by the age of 13.
The lead guitarist of Queen, he has a PhD in astrophysics.
He has a Master’s in English Literature from Yale and was even pursuing a PhD when he became an actor.
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He taught himself piano at 5 and eventually picked up 14 more instruments. He also went to culinary school and became a chef.
Although she basically became famous for being dumb, the way she has milked her persona definitely shows off her savoir-faire.
In spite of his “woah dude” reputation, Keanu is actually very well read and spoken offscreen. Unfortunately, his Bill & Ted typecast him a bit.
Although you probably thought that Mr. Bean was Rowan’s actual persona, it’s not. In real life, he has a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from Oxford.
Given his uncanny ability to market himself, Donald is no dummy. If he were to truly be a bad president, it wouldn’t be due to a lack of intelligence. It would be due to an excess of intelligence in all the wrong places. The sharper the man, the more sinister the…well, you know how it goes.
Note: we are not taking a political stance. We are only noting that if Donald has flaws, they do not lie in his stupidity.
Although she received an academic scholarship to study engineering at Northwestern, Cindy dropped out to pursue modeling.
Although known for his “Schwarzenegger” style, Swedish actor Dolph has a Masters degree in chemical engineering and even turned down an offer to go to MIT.
The late Jim Varney was well known in commercials around the world for his role as Ernest. Suffice it to say, he was very different off screen than on.
Granted that it’s anecdotal, but everyone who actually talks to him seems to change their mind about his intelligence.
George W. Bush
Although a lot of people would have disagreed with this one in the past, there has been some tentative acknowledgement of the fact that he wasn’t quite as dumb as he seemed while in office.
She has scientific publications in her name from the time she went to Harvard for psychology.
Sacha Baron Cohen
Although it’s common knowledge that Ali G is just an act, Sacha the man could not be more different. For one, he actually went to college.
"Weird Al" Yankovic
Contrary to what many people think, he isn’t actually strung out on drugs. In fact, he is often said to be one of the only celebrities that abstains from drugs and even alcohol.
Arnold came to America barely able to speak English, became a successful bodybuilder whose theories are still implemented today, started several successful businesses, became a movie star, then a cultural icon, and then the governor of the largest state in the union. He definitely doesn’t fit into the “dumb jock” image that many people hold of him.
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