Years of making movies that revolve around his impressive physique, can make it hard to think of Arnold as anything but a mountain of muscles. Even if disregarding his term as Governor of California, which can be attributed to citizens voting for their favorite actor, it’s hard to ignore the impressive business empire he managed to build, or the fact that he was a millionaire by the age of 30. Turns out the Terminator can think just as well as he can hit.
Sometimes an actor is so well known for playing someone dumb, that people cannot even imagine them as being smart. Ashton Kutcher is just that actor. Kutcher became famous for his iconic role as air-headed Michael Kelso in That 70’s Show. In reality, he is incredibly intelligent. Kutcher has made a fortune from investments in successful companies such as Airbnb, Spotify, and Foursquare.
In her iconic role in Friends, Lisa Kudrow portrayed a bit of an oddball, who was known for making comments that made viewers wonder how in tune with reality she really was. While no one could actually call Phoebe Buffey dumb, Lisa herself is quite a genius, boasting an I.Q of 160. Kudrow has a research credit for a study on the comparative likelihood of left-handed individuals developing cluster headaches, which is truly impressive, considering we have no idea what that even means.
Making a career off playing silly and clumsy characters such as Mr. Bean has been associating Rowan Atkinson as a goofball rather than a genius. But since you’re reading this list, it should come as no surprise that Atkinson is very, very smart. With a reported I.Q of 178 and a Master’s in Electrical Engineering, Atkinson is at the highest echelon of brainy celebrities. He has also been named one of the top 50 comedians ever, in a 2005 poll of fellow comedians, proving that intelligence is truly the secret to good comedy.
The original blond bombshell was known for portraying roles of a naïve, nice girl. For that reason, one might think she was all looks and no brains. The truth is that Marilyn corresponded with Albert Einstein and hung out with literary heavyweights as Saul Bellow, Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and Arthur Miller, the latter of which she married. Even though she never got any credit for her intellect prior to her untimely death in 1962, there’s a reason she managed to attract that kind of attention, and it wasn’t just for her figure.
Korean-American Ken Jeong has made his debut on the silver screen in Knocked Up and has gained a reputation for portraying awkward characters. In many of his roles he plays a doctor, which is no coincidence, as he is indeed a fully certified medical doctor. It seems that Jeong graduated from high school at the tender age of 16, and set course for not one, but two successful careers.