Top 10 Best Educated Hollywood Actors
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Hollywood with its fabulous movies, mind-blowing acting and glittering gowns, and dapper tuxedos continues to awe us, in all parts of the world. With top-class acting, Hollywood is home to some of the most loved stars who are celebrated across the world for their acting acumen. However, these celebrities are not just actors but people who are trained and skilled in other fields too. It would come as a shock to you but some of these Hollywood stars actually have a great parallel educational career as well. Here is a list of the 35 most educated Hollywood stars of all time!

The list of 10 Best Educated Hollywood Actors

1. Hill Harper

2. Rowan Atkinson

3. Ashton Kutcher

4. Bradley Cooper

5. Conan O’ Brien

6. James Franco

7. David Duchovny

8. Hugh Jackman

9. Masi Oka

10. Nolan Gould

Who are the 10 Best Educated Hollywood Actors?

Who Are The Best Educated Hollywood Actors?

1. Hill Harper

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Photo: San Juan Education Foundation

Hill Harper is best known for his role in the hit series CSI: NY as Dr. Stephen Hawkes. What is not well known about Hill is that he has three Ivy League degrees. Hill graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University with a B.A. degree in 1988. He went on to graduate with a Juris Doctor Degree (Cum Laude) from Harvard University followed by a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the John F.Kennedy School Of Government. During his time at Harvard Hill was a full-time member of the Boston’s Black Folks Theater Company, one of the oldest and most acclaimed black theater groups in the country. While also at Harper met and befriended the 44th president of the United States, Barack Obama. He served on Obama’s campaign and canvased to help him get elected.

After receiving three degrees, Hill decided to go ahead and face another challenge. He jumped headfirst into the endless and competitive pit that is attempting to be an actor in L.A. He managed to climb out of the pit and onto the set of the Fox Series Married with Children in 1993. A few years later he would also get his first feature role in the Spike Lee movie Get On The Bus in which he was cast as a UCLA student riding a bus to the Million Man March. In addition to acting, Hill Harper is the author of several books like Letters To A Young Brother: MANifest Your Destiny and Wealth Cure: Putting Money in its Place.

2. Rowan Atkinson

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Photo: VietnamPlus

Rowan Atkinson remains eternal in the minds of the viewers due to his excellent performances in Mr Bean and Johny English.

Children and comedy lovers around the world will always remember him as the Mr Bean. This great actor has also excelled in education is something few are aware of.

Did you know that Rowan Atkinson has got a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering? He also received an MSc in Electrical Engineering from The Queen’s College of Oxford.

3. Ashton Kutcher

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Photo: VietQ

Ashton Kutcher, who still remains a heart throb for many young ladies, is a famous model and actor. His role in ‘Dude, Where’s My Car’ still remains fresh in the minds of people.

The funny fact about his career that few would be aware of is that he has done a major in biochemical engineering.

Kutcher enrolled himself into this course in the University of Iowa inspired to find a treatment for his brother’s heart ailment.

4. Bradley Cooper

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Photo: MiNDFOOD

Besides his deep blue eyes, his gorgeous smiles and romantic hair, Bradley Cooper has a mind of a genius. Bradley Cooper graduated from Georgetown University in 1999 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

He dreamed to be an actor so in 2000, he packed all of his belongings after graduation and moved to New York to study acting. Bradleyt received a master’s degree in acting from the Actors Studio Drama School at Pace University.

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5. Conan O’ Brien

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Photo: KRWG

Conan O Brien, more popularly known as an American Television host has also played roles in countless movies for the television and the big screen.

This American host is particularly noted for his work in The Simpsons. He did his schooling from Brooklyn High School and cleared with great honour from the Harvard University later.

When one checks the background of his parents, this was really no surprise. His father is a Harvard physician and his mother is a renowned attorney.

6. James Franco

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Photo: WLNS

James Franco originally enrolled at UCLA in 1999 and then dropped out to focus more on acting. However, like many people who drop out of school, James regretted the decision and re-enrolled at UCLA in 2006 at age 26. James wanted to push himself so he crammed as many courses as he could into every semester. His course load ranged from 20-62 credit hours a semester. To put that into perspective, anyone who wants to have more than 19 credit hours at UCLA needs special permission. James somehow managed to pull it off, keeping a grade point average of 3.5 all while working on the set of the movie Milk. Whenever he had to fly to San Francisco to work on the movie he would ask classmates to record his professors’ lectures and then listen to them at night in his trailer. He ended up graduating from UCLA with a bachelor’s in English in two years and wrote a novel as his thesis.

The hard work didn’t stop there for James. Keeping true to his nature he moved to New York and received a master’s degree in English from Columbia University. While working on his master’s at Columbia, he also studied filmmaking at New York University fiction writing at Brooklyn College, and poetry at Warren Wilson College. James currently plans on finishing off his higher education binge with yet another master’s in English from Yale. His acting talents almost outshine his academic talents by somehow convincing the world that he was a couch surfing slacker in Freaks and Geeks and Pineapple Express.

7. David Duchovny

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Photo: Time Magazine

Before he was looking for answers on X-Files, David Duchovny was just trying to find the answers for English finals at Princeton University. David graduated from Princeton in 1982 with a B.A in English. He continued to feed his love of literature by receiving a master’s degree in English Literature at Yale University. David was an excellent writer and poet. His work consistently received praise by his fellow classmates and teachers at Yale. His writing was even nominated for a college prize by the Academy of American Poets. Although David was a great writer, he secretly longed to step away from the keyboard and into the limelight. During his last couple of years of school, he began commuting to New York to study acting and began appearing in off-Broadway plays.

Like everyone in show business, David began his career at the bottom desperately trying to crawl his way to the top. After acting in numerous commercials in the late eighties, he managed to make the jump into films. He started doing small parts in movies like New Years Day and Bad Influence. The parts were small but the significance of breaking into film was not. It was the start of David being able to get his foot in the door and kick it open to reveal something bigger. In 1991 David was offered a role on the hit television series “Twin Peaks” as DEA agent Dennis Bryson. The role only lasted three episodes but the show was watched by millions of people. In 1993 David was offered the role of FBI agent Fox “Spooky” Mulder in the cult classic show X-files. The show was a huge success and it launched David into stardom. His character would go on to become a pop culture icon loved by fans across the globe. A few years after the end of X-files, David went on to play the leading role in the series Californication. On the show, David plays a tortured womanizing writer who attempts to balance his career with his personal relationships. David’s career truly came full circle; he went from being a struggling artist to playing one on screen.

8. Hugh Jackman

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Photo: Stuttgarter Nachrichten

After going on a gap year in England, Hugh Jackman studied and graduated with a B.A in Communication from the University of Technology, Sydney. Not long later, he went to the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University in Perth and graduated in 1994.

9. Masi Oka

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Photo: IGN India

Before he was on “Heroes” and Hawaii Five-O,” Masi Oka earned a computer science degree from Brown University. He did research and development for Industrial Light and Magic before going into acting full time. Plus he speaks English, Japanese and Spanish.

10. Nolan Gould

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Photo: ET Canada

The “Modern Family” actor graduated high school at 13, is a member of MENSA and has an IQ score of 150. He’s been accepted to the University of Southern California where he plans to study Cinematic Arts, but not until after a few more seasons of “Modern Family.”

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