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5 Celebrities You Wouldn’t Expect To Have College Degrees

By on January 7, 2013

Never judge a book by its cover, it just may have a doctoral degree.

Dolph Lundgren 


Dolph Lundgren

Best known for his role as the borderline-immortal, fear-inducing, Carl Weathers-killing, Russian alpha male, Ivan Drago in Rocky IV, Lundgren isn’t your garden variety 1980s action star, as he graduated from the top of his class from the University of Sydney with an MS in Chemical Engineering. He was later awarded the Fullbright Scholarship to MIT, but declined the offer, after he fell in love with singer/model, Grace Jones, moving to New York City instead.

Ben Stein

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Ben Stein

The dry, monotone actor, most famous for his role in the 1986 classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, as Ferris’ nameless, economics teacher, as well as being the spokesman for “Clear Eyes,” graduated with an Economics degree from Columbia University and as Valedictorian from Yale Law, gaining early success as a speech writer for Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.

Ted Geisel


Theodore Geisel

Little known fact, the prolific, Dr. Seuss, is appropriately named, as Geisel got his Ph.D. in English at Oxford University (along with a BA from Dartmouth University).

“Weird Al” Yankovich


Alfred Matthew Yankovic

Everyone’s favorite accordion-playing, comedy-musician graduated as his high school’s valedictorian at the age of 16, and went on to pursue architecture at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He discovered his talent for satirical music right before the start of his senior year when he recorded a parody of The Knack’s 1979 single, “My Sharona,” entitled “My Balgona.” The rest is history.

Ron Jeremy 

Ron Jeremy

Ron Jeremy

Adult Film “legend,” Ron Jeremy graduated from Queens College in New York with a master’s degree in special education. That’s right, pornographic icon, Ron Jeremy, was at one point, a special-ed and substitute teacher in New York.



About Josh Perline

Josh is currently an undergraduate "Computer Science" and "Environmental Economics and Policy" double major at UC Berkeley, working as a Lab Assistant in the EECS department.

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