22 Most Intelligent Celebrities

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While wacky and dumb celebrities often grab all of the shocking headlines, the truth is that there are plenty of big-name celebs who are smart, smart, smart.

Considering that at least on some level celebrities are shaping our culture and thought, it’s reassuring to know that we’ve got some real thinkers on the red carpet.

1. Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman is most likely more intelligent than anyone I’ve ever met,  besides myself at least.

This slender Star Wars and Black Swan star has a bachelor’s from Harvard, speaks at least half a dozen languages and passed graduate-level classes at Jerusalem‘s Hebrew University.

There’s always pressure from other people and yourself. If you’re happy with the looks you’re born with, then what are you going to do your whole life? We keep thinking up new things and finding better ways of doing things because we’re not happy with what we’re given.” said Natalie on one occasion. Well, it’s a quite decent quote comparing to what Hollywood celebrities usually mumble.

She also once said, “I don’t mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn’t criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism. But I think that it’s a balance. And our job as actors is empathy.”

Professor Alan M. Dershowitz also considered Portman an excellent schoolgirl.

She was in my seminar called Neuropsychology and the Law, and I didn’t know who she was because her name was Natalie Hershlag,” he said, referring to Portman’s birth name. “It was a few weeks into the semester that I learned she was an actress—but she was a terrific student.

She has that shiny personality she’s talking about, “Cute is when your personality shines through your looks. Like, when you see someone’s personality in the way they walk and you just feel like hugging them every time you see them.

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  • Daniel Mowll

    If Ashton is so smart why does he act so stupid.Why would h e play the same character in That 70’s show and two and a half men

    • Guest

      It doesn’t take a genius to play the same character in ever show you are in.

      • i_am_your_father

        perhaps i should elaborate/clarify – first, if anyone can do it [naturally], the role would be saturated with half-cocked-wanna-be’s… second, it takes a certain passion to do it well – even Steve Jobs concurred; like all fields of interest, without passion – there’s no long-term dedication, perseverance and motivation to the art… it would be a temporary enchantment.. thus to get back to my point, the word ‘genius’ is just a broad term to describe one sub-category of excellence – acting, in this case.. you could be a genius in mathematics or science or art or music, etc. etc..

        • Daniel Mowll

          I think your idea of a genius and the real meaning of a genius or what the rest of us consider a genius are miles apart. While Ashton Kutcher maybe a good actor he is far far from being a genius at it .There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate

          • i_am_your_father

            the fact that there isn’t a scientifically precise definition of genius, as you put it, is the reason why my statement – and BECAUSE people have already seen him acted out those roles – to put YOU or anyone with the gonads to act those scripted scenes on stage with directors, producers, onlookers, etc. isn’t going to produce a comparable/fair result to clearly define this category – not to defend anyone in particular, in this case Kutcher; perhaps you and the rest of the world are completely misaligned or confused with the definition of genius – because genius is a rare puzzle of nature, and since not everyone is a genius, it’s safe to say that not everyone could understand it…

          • Daniel Mowll

            You probably consider yourself a genius. Everything you have stated is nothing more than YOUR opinion nothing more YOUR opinion is that Ashton Kutcher is genius that does not make it so, my opinion that he isn’t doesn’t mean he’s not And wether I or anybody else with an opinion one way or the other gets up on stage and act is of little importance.And as you stated “to put YOU or anyone with the gonads to act those scripted scenes on stage with directors, producers, onlookers, etc. isn’t going to produce a comparable/fair result to clearly define this category” means nothing we are not talking about YOU or ME we are talking about him And I and a lot of other people don’t consider him a genius.

          • i_am_your_father

            wow i sense your heart rate rising at a higher than normal pace here – well, if it makes you feel any better – i’ll just drop it and hand you the “genius” label huh? here you go [handing you the Medal of Genius]… you’re the ‘Genius’ – happy now?

          • Daniel Mowll

            I think it’s you that is getting a little excited. Sorry I really didn’t mean to hurt your feelings when I insinuated that you were stupid I really thought you knew. Have a good day

          • i_am_your_father

            quite the contrary my dear Watson; it is YOU that i must apologize – i underestimated your cerebral shortfalls… it’s actually far below the dumb spectrum than i had given you credit for – however, you did spell the word “stupid” right… congratulations on that!

          • Daniel Mowll

            I have chosen to end this conversation “But I had not the strength nor the inclination to bandy words with a idiot. What have you done when you have bested a fool?”

          • i_am_your_father

            If you’re going to be lazy by quoting someone else – perhaps you should make sure to get it right because that’s seriously lame Daniel – let me help you out, it’s “an idiot” not “a idiot” – serioisly SMH… (Sigh)

          • i_am_your_father

            Oh wow, I had no idea you could copy and paste… THAT is a Genius move – it makes perfect sense, an idiot quoting another idiot – that’s just brilliant!! Einstein was right, there are two things that are infinite; the universe and human stupidity – you’re a walking proof!

          • $88301797

            You seem like you are just trying to cause problems here. everything you have said is just to start an argument.

          • $88301797

            Since you are so quick to correct other peoples grammar you should proof read what you post before you post

          • i_am_your_father

            Awww grammar officer 26tudor; you’ll have to excuse my ESL mistype… There’s an Elementary School nearby that could really use your language expertise…

          • $88301797

            I’m sorry I didn’t mean to upset you. Do you suffer from little man syndrome ? Or maybe you’re a female you always seem to have to have the last word. you can’t even get my name right maybe you’re dyslexic sorry I’ll say no more my parents told me never to pick on the mentally handicap. you go ahead and give me another one of your snappy come backs shorty

          • i_am_your_father

            Awww poor child don’t understand sarcasm – your R-tard name was misspelled purposely to filter out children like you – now that the child is identified, there’s no longer a need for me to continue… Say hello to your mom for me… She must be proud of you, learning how to spell and all… ;)

          • $88301797

            Yup just like I figured you’re a dyslexic female .you had to get the last word in and now I know you still live at home with your mom. and if any body has a F-up name it would be you “the mac guru” is that some secret gay thing?. Try not to get too upset here . I have to say you sure get upset easily Poor little girl

          • i_am_your_father

            Aww you poor thing.. I’ll leave you alone now – say hi to your mommy for me..

          • 28tudor

            That would be real hard. My mother passed away a few years ago. Still trying to get the last word in aren’t you. That’s so female

          • Dona Prescott

            “…; it is YOU that i must apologize…” Did you mean “TO you that I must apologize”? Just trying to clarify, b/c as written it’s NOT clear. Prob. a math major. I’ve LONG noticed that the people good with the sort of abstract thought that the higher maths require, FREQUENTLY have difficulty expressing themselves. I went to school with a guy like that: Physics was EFFORTLESS for him, but he nearly flunked English. Myself? I’ve always been envious of the “math people,” while remaining amazed that (to my mind) SIMPLE ENGLISH was such a stumbling block!

          • i_am_your_father

            nvm i feel like putting you in your place, along with others inclined to think like you; so here it is – nice and simple – your opinion stinks, as all opinions… and to use the lame cliche, opinions are like assholes, they all stink no matter who they are or where they come from… thus, lets just keep our pants on and close this subject now and for all… ;)

          • $88301797

            You’re very obtuse using all those big words. Boy you really told Daniel I’ll bet he’s shaking in his boots. Please don’t put me in my place I’m not sure my heart could handle it All that tough talk

          • i_am_your_father

            Awww poor child.. Now run along to mommy and tell her that I was just kidding – didn’t mean to upset a kid… :)

          • $88301797

            Your mom phoned and said I can’t play with you anymore because you are getting too upset and you have bad dreams and end up peeing the bed. So I’ll just say good bye and say it’s been real fun playing with you.

          • i_am_your_father

            Awww how cute…

          • 28tudor

            What you run out of your smart comebacks? I’m waiting for you to put me in my place. You’re not gonna let me have the last word are you? You’ve hardly put up a fight I thought by now you would be really giving me a piece of your mind Not to big a piece though you want to make sure you keep a little for yourself

          • i_am_your_father

            Lol real cute..

          • 28tudor

            That’s the best you got? what a light weight. Come on give it to me show me how tough you are Put me in MY PLACE I just love it when you get all macho and talk tough you’re such a brute. OMG I’m starting to shake just thinking about it.

        • geraldfnord

          Still, I believe he’s smart enough to know that luck also had a good deal to do with it…every half-intelligent actor understands that there are likely ten people who could have done the rôle as well or better, a rough meritocracy prevails but only a very rough one.

      • boni

        so he should not accept it so he is smart huh..so he earned a lot not accepting it huh whos dumb you or ashton

      • Helena_Handbasket

        He played an entirely different character in the movie he wrote, produced and directed.

      • Dona Prescott

        That’s what I always thought about DeNiro: how great can you be if you ALWAYS play a hardass gangster type? THEN I saw him in “Awakenings.” He was good in that also. I don’t watch those love story chick flick-type movies, so he may have been good in those roles, also.

    • Daniel Mowll

      It doesn’t take a genius to play the same character in every show you are in. And it sure doesn’t take a genius to play a dumb person any actor could play that part

    • lea

      I read where ashton kutcher was sweeping up cherrios cereal, in a factory before he made it, in the celebrity world?

      • Douglas Lang

        Have you ever heard his address to children at the MTV kids award show? You should watch it. I wish I could have swept up cheerios as a teen and made it rich years later.

        • a b

          F U and everyone else who is overrating his speech as if it were a commencement address for Harvard. he basically said that it’s OK to be smart. wow what a genius!!

          • BillinDetroit

            I once tutored a young Black man who was failing in English. All the rest of his grades were very good A’s and B’s, but his English grades were the pits … roughly D-.

            Yet, in writing for me, his prose showed a great deal of promise. I asked him why he didn’t do this level of work in school. His answer?

            It’s too White.

            It was considered too White for a young Black man from Detroit to succeed in school. The speech hit the nail on the head because in many circumstances, it is NOT ‘okay to be smart’. Climb down from your lofty tower and walk Five Mile Rd. in Detroit. That will give you a perspective you’ll never get by sitting where you are sitting now.

      • i_am_your_father

        did you all know that Albert Einstein was considered by his teachers as lazy, sloppy, and insubordinate and thus would never amount to anything?! a patent clerk for 7 years, yet is now considered the Father of the equation e = mc [squared]… how about Steve Jobs, a dropout… how about some of the great minds of our times; the ones pegged as a bit abnormal or weird or outcasts… people are quick to critique yet sluggish in gripping the truth… it isn’t just about the journey, it is the destination that counts most or look at it from this perspective; wherever you are in the room, try focusing on one object and concentrate on it’s details, such as colors, shapes, contours, texture, etc. – stare at those for a few minutes and notice, with your mind, how EVERYTHING else other than the object you’re staring at appears to be completely out of focus… THIS is my point… that is why we must look at the big picture and not get too caught up with the little details – so they say – what do i know right? :P

        • Sick and tired

          Einstein didn’t talk until he was four years old. We’d probably put him somewhere on the autism spectrum in our modern world.

          • marcymrp

            Einstein WAS obviously, by general consensus, on the spectrum. Asperger’s does NOT limit one’s intelligence. Traditional IQ testing leaves autistic people in the dust, as their perceptions are NOT traditional. That said, be glad that some people DO have what we call autism. Had Einstein not been the way he was, it’s possible that no one, as yet, would have reached the conclusions that he did. Just as a person can be the smartest person on the planet and INSANE ( the character of Hannibal Lecter, for example), a person can be autistic and genius, concurrently.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            Well said and truth.

          • Laurence Almand

            Yes, many highly intelligent people are late-maturing, since their brains take longer to develop and reach full capability. Modern education tries to force all children into the same mold, at the same timeline – you can’t do that with human beings.

          • Na Cl

            It’s those damn vaccinations he must have gotten. ;)

          • wooter

            You too huh? Hope you don’t have kids, whooping cough and TB are making a return

          • Ralph Byrns

            More baloney.

        • whatintheworld

          Einstein was a patent clerk which permitted him to GLEAM real intellectuals progress and learn from it from the countless patents that he was exposed to over the years. His real knowledge came from that exposure. Nothing more.

          • big ed 59

            Utter nonsense! First, the word is GLEAN. Second, Einstein got mostly exercise in analysis, and visualization from his patent clerk job. His brilliance in physics borrowed from that, but mostly owed to his simple way of seeing complex issues.

          • MrsMurgatroyd

            I agree with you. Gifted comes in many forms. It takes a special brain to think and be able to express complex ideas and thoughts. Not all intelligent people can express themselves well except perhaps in writing.

          • John Richards

            Ok, that was beyond idiotic. Nobody in the patent office was speculating on the nature of relativity, brownian motion, or the relationship of mass to energy. Oh yes, and whom might these ‘real intellectuals’ be? I suspect your list, if you had one, would include only gentiles.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            I seem to remember Einstein got out of Germany while the getting was good. Hitler couldn’t use him and couldn’t kill him either. BTW he was an accomplished musician.

          • geraldfnord

            No; sorry. He wasn’t clerking all that long, the patents had little to do with the physics or mathematics he used in relativity and quantum theory…he was accounted one of the best _classical_ physicists of his generation, and only failed to get into college at first because he was bad at Latin.

          • disqus_v3SHzvCspj

            He also failed the MATHEMATICS exam.

          • wooter

            Glean.

            The word is GLEAN.

          • Ralph Byrns

            Baloney.

        • Laurence Almand

          Many brilliant people were considered “stupid” or “lazy” by their narrow-minded teachers and parents. Einstein is just one of them. Winston Churchill was a poor student whom his parents considered a failure. (NOTE: Einstein was gifted in just one field. He knew nothing about money and could not even balance a checkbook.) People are born with different skills and abilities. Just because someone is not a conformist does not mean they are backward or stupid. Keep in mind Thoreau’s famous quote: “If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps he marches to a different drummer.”

          • JudgeJulieLit

            “Einstein … knew nothing about money and could not even balance a checkbook”?

            When Einstein died c. 1955 his brain was preserved, then in the 1990s studied by more modern brain scientists, and the math part of his brain found to be about 15% larger than the average human. Einstein computed “e=mc2 [squared].” And once said that the most astonishing equation of all was that to compute “compound interest.”

          • Laurence Almand

            According to his bio, when Einstein was offered a position at Princeton he asked for a salary of $3,000 – a low salary even then. By many accounts his wife handled the family finances.

          • geraldfnord

            That seems less likely to be true than that he were capable of making a joke. Actually, he wasn’t referring to the difficulty of computing compound interest, which is much simpler than the derivation (not ‘computation’) of his well-known relationship between mass and energy, but rather at the power of it…though it is notable that he didn’t say ‘beneficent power’, which anyone with large debts that are mostly interest might not think apt….

          • wooter

            And?
            Einstein’s quote about compound interest tells us nothing, other than he held it in great esteem. Now if he had been quoted as saying, “The happiest moments of my life were spent calculating compound interest and balancing my checkbook,” then you may have something.
            If Einstein indeed had Asperger’s syndrome or autism, then it is entirely plausible that he indeed had problems with pretty much everything outside of his realm of expertise.

          • Ralph Byrns

            Ever read anything Einstein wrote about the nature of society, or his thoughts about economics, or war? Einstein was a multidimensional man with nifty insights into all sorts of things. Restatement of erroneous cliches about Einstein are a symptom of intellectual sloth.

        • wooter

          Actually, it’s the other way around. It’s the journey that counts, not the destination. It’s how you behave towards yourself and others, not where you end up, that’s important.
          In fact, where you end up is largely determined by how you behave towards yourself and others.
          Our destination is the same no matter who we are and what we do; it’s our effect on those we love and the planet that matters, because that is all we have.

          And it is those very same details that most of us miss. Who really spends the time to actually look at a flower, or watch a bird, to the exclusion of everything else? We look, but most of us never take the time to see.

          It used to be that folks knew a lot about a specific subject and very little about anything else (think early farmers, blacksmiths, hunters, etc). Now we know a little about everything and some few of us are experts in their field of study. Deep and narrow or shallow and wide.
          .

      • scot sims

        He’s from Iowa. He was a CK model. Undies.

      • Carroll A Peterson

        He was majoring in biomedical engineering in Iowa. He is very smart.

        • whatintheworld

          was……….I was eating a hamburger- didnt finish it.
          couldnt handle the grease.

        • HexRei

          You can declare a major in whatever you like, it doesn’t mean anything except that you told the registration department and the advisor that you wanted to major in it.

    • Carlos Silva

      the other way around is Val Kilmer playing batman, or a Jet Pilot.
      you don’t get dumber than Val Kilmer.

    • Tess

      His IQ is 160+ and what does his career have to do with his intelligence.

      • Matthew Morrison

        Ashton Kutcher’s IQ is not 160+. That’s bogus crap he has been pushing with his publicist.

    • Papi

      …for $1 million + per episode. NEXT !

      • Matthew Morrison

        $1 million per episode doesn’t make you intelligent Papi. That’s is the dumbest excuse I have ever heard. He made $1 million an episode because there are fools in show business who will pay idiots to be idiots. That’s why!!!! NEXT!!

        • I<3Meth

          I believe Papi was answering the second question that Guest asked.

        • wooter

          You are right, $1 million per episode doesn’t make you intelligent. It makes you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

          But that wasn’t the question. The question was, and I quote, ” If Ashton is so smart why does he act so stupid?”
          Unfortunately the adolescent who asked the question didn’t specify whether he/she/it/them meant only on the shows, or all of the time.

          Maybe, when he is interviewed (which, unless you and him are best buddies, is the ONLY time you see him outside of the movies and TV shows he appears in) he is DELIBERATELY acting like a buffoon! That, or my previous post was right; intelligence is not the same as wisdom, and there are plenty of “intelligent” people in this world who act stupid.

          • David Hill

            He might be smart, but he’s an awful actor with limited range. He keeps trying to play smart people, like a dot com billionaire or Steve Jobs, but he’s terrible at it. When he did “The Butterfly Effect” the producers postponed shooting for six weeks so that he could take acting lessons. But, between his looks and whatever X factor he has, he still gets incredibly lucrative roles.

        • Speer999

          People like you make others dumb. All because you’re an arrogant jealous snob. This guy’s an M.D. and plays dumb roles all the time Kendrick Kang-Joh “Ken” Jeong

        • EverTheGreen

          But it does make him SMARTER THAN YOU, lad.

    • bern1417

      He’s smarter than you no? Surely you have a tenth of what he’s worth in the bank huh? Obviously anyone who is offered a scholarship to MIT or Purdue is a far cry from being dumb. Just bc he plays an idiot on tv and in some movies doesn’t mean he’s an idiot in real life dummy. That’s why it’s called acting Genius!!! Whenever you make $34,000 a minute at you job then you can open your mouth about someones career choice!!! $34,000 a minute times 22 minutes equals 750,000k an episode.. You don’t make that in a year let alone in one working day. Are you jealous much?

      • Rogerohmy81

        it takes 22 minutes to film and produce a 22 minute episode?

        might want to check those numbers.

    • Guest

      $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
      Women Women Women

    • ArlineMathews

      Ifyou mab
      de his kind of dough, Guest, you would be happy to play the part of stupid over and over. Shows he is smart. because he apparently knows that he is not a great actor.

    • juanita

      Because being smart and being a “talented” actor are two different things. and, maybe he really is smart because he knows his limitations and continues to play the one character he knows he is good at. just too bad that he is trying to fill Charlie sheen’s shoes because it really shows just how one dimensional Kutcher is.

    • Helena_Handbasket

      To answer your first question, he is an actor.
      To answer your second question, there is a such thing as typecasting.
      Rather simple, actually.

    • CVASN

      Um, it’s called acting, maybe.

    • soul

      Because it takes a smart person to play someone out of character. It is all about being an actor…

    • Dona Prescott

      I once heard Kutcher, himself, comment on how “easy” acting was. He was marveling at getting paid for it, too. It’s usually IMMEDIATELY apparent when a non-actor is on the screen. I don’t know what it is; self confidence, maybe?

    • Na Cl

      You said it…he is acting….And his character on Two and a Half Men is much more straight forward and toned back from That 70s Show. smh

    • wooter

      Maybe because he GETS PAID MILLIONS TO DO SO?

    • Billy Lipps

      self proclaimed product engineer with 1 year of Gen Ed courses in college. Must be nice to just give yourself a title like that.

    • Kurt Froehlich

      I have found that slower people are poor judges of intelligence. They miss the important cues.

  • JRJ21

    College and degrees usually make people so stupid in day to day real life.Dylan said that colleges and old age homes were a lot alike except more people die in college.

    • jime1

      You have no idea just how true that really is!!

  • Cyber Dactyl

    Tabloid blogs and mag rags are no different from the general public in their guesstimation on who IS or who IS NOT intelligent by the assumption that the university degree makes them so.

    If that were true, then all NFL, NBA, NHL, etc. players would be “intelligent”. Which by empirical and anecdotal evidence, we know is far from the case.

    • Ralph Byrns

      How about owners of NBA teams? Intelligent? We have empirical proof that intelligence is not a universal attribute of Republican team owners.

  • Jackie Jormpjomp

    Intelligent not talented.

  • Jay Trock

    What about James Woods.

    • jwmellott

      Hard to know, since Woods is no longer employed.

    • Pirate7x

      True, reportedly Woods was on the path to a scholarly career when film came knocking. And he’s definitely one of the most articulate actors today.

      • Matthew Morrison

        James Woods may be smart, but he is a terrible actor…same guy in every movie.

        • Eric Lencher

          Apparently you haven’t see many of his movies then. He’s been nominated for Academy Awards, and has been working steadily for over 40 years. You think his portrayal of Hipster lawyer Eddie Dodd in True Believer is the same as his portrayal of a coke-head in Boost? Watch this clip from Entourage and you will laugh hysterically. He’s a great actor.

        • Muhjesbude

          Come on Matt, James is one of the more intensely realistic actors known.

      • ambistoes

        I read that his IQ is the highest in Hollywood, 180.

        • Dave

          It’s hype , he was never actually tested

        • nn55nn

          Ur wrong, its 80.

          • marine43

            Nice try libtard.

          • Jack_Kennedy

            you talking by TL Jones ………….yep, that would be close to accurate

    • Sick and tired

      He is in MENSA, so is Gena Davis. I know he’s a republican too. I’ve always wondered why the GOP always rolls out idiot celebrities to speak for them, when they actually DO have some intelligent celebrities they could possibly engage the undecided with.

      • EverTheGreen

        Woods can be a great intellect, however he doesn’t show it often. Thus, they have to backbench him.

      • nosmiley

        It could be that if Woods spoke, not enough Republicans would understand him. He might not get through to them.
        I had more than one college professor that talked over most of the student’s level.. Admittedly, I’m not the brightest bulb on the tree, but the grades would suggest I was slightly better than 70% of his class.

        • wynnosu

          Yeah those darn democratic voters are just so brilliant. They were smart enough to vote for an empty suit in Obama then, after four horrific years do it again! As we now approach nearly $20 trillion in debt, have the highest poverty rate in 50 years have more people on food stamps that at any time in our history, and a REAL unemployment rate at 12%, I have absolutely no doubts these brilliant, scholarly, deep-thinking democrats would vote for the community organizer a THIRD time if they could. (In fact, maybe they will use those high IQs to change the constitution and allow him a third term.) What’s the old saying: Fool me once…???

          • CTConservatives47

            It’s as William F. Buckley once said: “I would rather be ruled by the people of Cambridge, MA than the entire faculty of Harvard University.” The last we want is to be ruled by “intellectuals,” who don’t have enough common sense to wipe their asses. Remember, the 1930s? Thousands of “intellectuals” were swept up in the utopian dream of Bolshevism and joined the Communist Party. We all know how that turned out.

      • Muhjesbude

        Met James once at a ‘gathering’. He definitely IS of ‘other worldly’ IQ. Hell of a decent non arrogant dude. Even gets smarter and quicker the more he imbibes!

      • barada

        Republicanism is indefensable, intellectually or morally. Intelligent people have to lie to defend it. Truly moral people avoid it, or fight it openly.

        • Joe McDonald

          Don’t you just hate that darn Constitution. Free money for everyone and tax businesses at 100% so i don’t have to work Free health care for all and let the government run it just like the VA. Maybe government can force everyone to use common core too, too late they did. But, republicans aren’t intelligent.

          • Russell Byrd

            Well, you did get that last part right. . . :-)

          • Olliekey Thomasmas

            “But, republicans aren’t intelligent.” No comments

          • barada

            If you actually knew anything about the US Constitution, you’d know that drone killings of US Citizens without due process is unconstitutional. Your citing of healthcare, taxes and common core are policy complaints and not constitutional issues.

            You should know that.
            Why don’t you?

            Try making some distinctions between emotional complaints about policy you dislike, and constitutional issues.

          • diablo135

            You probably don’t like Obama for killing those American citizens with drones then?

          • barada

            Obama could be impeached for the drone-killings of Americans overseas without due process (violation of Due process Clause). The problem is that the GOP actually, truthfully SUPPORTS Obama’s drone policy and will never meaningfully oppose it.

            The GOP only impeaches for stuff like lying about blow jobs.

            Secret killings of dark-skinned “enemies” overseas?
            Nah—That’s right up the GOP alley. They can’t wait to have that power for themselves.

          • diablo135

            So you blame the GOP which hasn’t done it even tho Obama actually has with no GOP involvement what so ever? That goes a long away to showing your character and why we need (and have) the GOP in charge now.

          • Todd Ringling

            Joe, your last decent contribution to society was back in the late 60s. At least you and the fish haven’t tried reuniting….

        • Texas_Erectus

          A lot of people say that about Democrats, you know. So get off your high horse, Mr. Sanctimonious.

          • Craig Thomson

            I am a slightly left-of-center Democrat, a former gun owner, and a Texas resident from 1985-2007. I graduated cum laude from the University of North Texas, and one of the only C grades I got was from a hard line conservative war hawk Political Science teacher. I like and miss a lot of things about Texas, (chief among them are “Southern hospitality” and good manners) but I left there for California largely because Republicans seem to be on the wrong side of every issue these days. Too much Tea Party influence and a dearth of Moderates is the biggest problem. Reagan completely killed Eisenhower’s Moderate (8 Millionaires and a Plumber) way of doing things. It’s a crying shame, and apart from the Moderate (“The Third Way”) Clinton years, the Middle Class has been suffering for it ever since. I sort of agree with the comment you replied to here, as in, I believe there are only two reasons someone would purposely vote Republican in a highly polarized political climate like ours: selfishness or ignorance. Wealthy fiscal conservatives don’t care one whit about poor, uneducated, rural or working class Republican voters, but they will play to their fears to get into office. Unfortunately for them, burgeoning Latino population in Texas will likely turn the state Blue before too long, and if the Republican Party does not moderate their positions and get the Tea Party in check by then, they may both go the way of the Whig Party. We Californians are not dumb enough to fall for the idea of dividing up the State into smaller states to skew the electoral college to compensate when that measure hits the ballot, so that won’t save you. See, right now, California has a Moderate Democratic governor and a reasonably Moderate Democratic supermajority, and we are about to simultaneously balance the budget, pay down debt and get a new high speed rail. Feels like Eisenhower is governor or something…

          • Jack_Kennedy

            ahhh ……… more of those special obamastyle “facts”

          • Aristotle120

            Complete fake. CA is not balancing its budget, is not paying down its debt, and will not be building a high speed rail.

          • agranon

            Yeah a lot of idiots say that

        • Olliekey Thomasmas

          This is what Ben Stein is doing. Thanks for your …link

          • Todd Ringling

            having a really weird, almost-stalkerish non-physical affair with women half his age?

        • Steve Borchard

          LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!! God your an idiot. Too bad you have the right to vote.

        • marine43

          Hahahahahaha Liberalism is ALL lies. But hey keep hopin!

        • CTConservatives47

          No, it’s Democratism, otherwise known as libtardism, that is indefensible. Practically everything they do is with someone else’s money, and they’re running out of even that. It really is a mental disorder to think you can spend money endlessly and not have to face the consequences. The CBO has already projected that the cost of entitlements will require a middle class marginal tax rate of 63% by 2080 and an upper class tax rate of 90% to pay for them. And that’s just federal income taxes. Medieval serfs were better off than that. And what does the Obamanation do? He ignores the recommendations of his OWN bi-partisan debt commission which attempted to find a path to addressing it.

          • barada

            Good thing war is free, huh?

        • diablo135

          Ha. Now I know you are just trolling. You had me going. No one can be as completely stupid as you are pretending to be. Good one.

    • Danny Mathey

      James Woods must be Purdy smart to have a high School named after him.

      • Billy Lipps

        Ohh a piece of candy!

    • Edmund Charles

      ….and Johnny Cash!

    • http://florforhillary.blogspot.com/ Eddie Bryan

      May be smart but genius is no proof of enlightenment. He has no heart. He opposes Affordable Health Care Act.

      • Jack_Kennedy

        like 67% of America

    • JackP32

      I believe that he is a graduate of MIT with a degree in Chemistry.

    • Georgia1st

      Woods should be on the list. He apparently has a lot of common sense which would rule him out in many non thinkers.

    • JenJen

      He’s a Republican and that’s one clue. ;-)

  • a b

    ASHTON KUTCHER???
    the guy quit college after one year of taking basics to become a model. what has he ever done or accomplished that sets him apart as one of the more intellectual celebrities? well according to this site, he “had thought he’d be an engineer.”

    well when i was 6, i had thought about being ruler of the universe. i must be a genius!!!

  • Papi

    Ben Stein – smartest man in the room …

    • unclesamonmars

      If he’s alone.

    • Ralph Byrns

      Ben agrees. But when Jimmy Kimmel was in the room … … ?

  • Carrieann1

    Anyone who voted for Obama and pledged to serve him as their master like Ashton and Demi did — is NOT intelligent!

    • WaWaWa

      sore loser

    • unclesamonmars

      Thanks for your input Rush.

  • Jonathan Evan Stern

    Sorry, but Ben Stein is probably retarded. Have you seen the one movie he directed? Have you read any of his papers on economics? He is constantly being proven wrong on every topic on which he pretends to be an expert.

    • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

      Ben Stein is a brilliant writer.

      If you’re referring to the documentary regarding evolution, that movie was very well done.

      • John Richards

        I’ve only read the econ, and his writing style is decent, but his grasp of economics is rather poor. Stein is not a critical thinker, so I shudder to think what he did with evolution (presume he challenged it?)

        • http://thedoctorwhocurescancer.com/ TheDoctorWhoCuresCancer

          The movie focused on the suppression of those scientists whose papers argued against evolution from a scientific – not religious – perspective. They get blackballed once they attempt to publish anything contrary..

          • John Richards

            You buy that? To the extent anyone gets shut out it’s because they aren’t very good scientists. There are a lot of illegitimate claims of bias in the scientific community, and the thing is there are plenty of fine scientists who can’t get funding and have to quit… there is no room for the poorest performers. Steins public pronouncements show a complete failure to grasp the key scientific principles relevant to the discussion, the primary one being that there is no discussion. We see evolution happen every day, only ignorant people think it’s questionable. To the extent there is a discussion worth having, it’s about how it happens, not whether it happens.

  • GLA

    LOL…. Ashton Kutcher “thought” he’d be an engineer. Is that kind of like my friends in undergrad that “thought” they would become a medical doctor?

  • tradergeorge

    I suppose that Kris Kris Kristofferson is too old for the current culture to be included in this article, despite being a Rhodes Scholar and excelling at both a military career and acting.

  • Chuck Goldsmith

    Kind of weird they don’t mention James Woods – he had a near perfect SAT score and went to MIT. Guess they had to fit in Ashton Kutcher even though he doesn’t have the stats to back up his intelligence. Also Jodie Foster and Brooke Shields went to Yale and Princeton, respectively.

    • Carl Robbins

      Woods also was tested with an stunning IQ of 180 (higher than Einstein’s)

      • Justan American

        Gena Davis and Jeff Goldblum should both be on the list. Both belong to Mensa..

      • Ralph Byrns

        Why mention Einstein? IQ testing did not begin in a meaningful way until WWI, long after 1905, the year Albert Einstein wrote the three most notable papers in his incredibly distinguished career. The truth is that no one knows Einstein’s IQ score. Educated guesses, at best.

    • melissa

      I, too, figured Jodie Foster would be on the list!

  • Kelly Shelton

    Ben Stein was also a speech writer for Nixon.

    • Hit Manfan

      That’s why a bunch of these idiots hate him so much.

  • Brian

    I don’t think it takes a rocket scientist to answer your question… Ashton played the role of an idiot on the 70’s show for the same reason and of us would. THEY PAID HIM TO. As far as why he continues to act that way on other shows… I would have to assume because that is his signature persona and that’s what sells on tv for him. That being said he has played more serious roles and done just fine for instance Jobs and Butterfly Effect.

    • unclesamonmars

      He was awful in both those awful flicks.

  • smart girl too

    Where is Jodie Foster…Ivy Leaguer who has done it all?

  • EquusMtn

    I knew Mike Emerson when we were kids. He should definitely be on this list!

  • ev

    Hey— he parlayed a marriage to a REAL movie star, into fame, fortune, commercials and 2 and a half men. He was a nobody before Demi….I think of him as the ‘half man” in the 2 and a half men title. He shamed her after dumping her…that’s a half man. And if he did it to Demi…………. .

    • unclesamonmars

      He’s rich so he’s eccentric. If I did the same I’d be called a gigolo.

  • Patrick Stephenson

    David Duchovny has to be pretty freaking smart. A BA from Princeton and a Masters from Yale.

  • Donald Johnson

    It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun and if you can’t fathom or wrap your tiny mind around common sense, you’re a dumb ass not a genius. Sorry

  • Donald Johnson

    Put a “d” on the end of misplace, didn’t have anything to do with your R-tard name. If you’re close to an elementary school you might listen in.

    • i_am_your_father

      awww look at the little ol’McDonald… he knows how to read.. so cute! 2nd Grade is just around the corner son.. now run along and be a good boy – oh remember to go potty first…

  • Donald Johnson

    Figures, Don’t want to ruffle any feather’s eh!

  • http://www.costleybill7.blogspot.com/ BillCostley

    Just how is Ashton kutcher so smart?

  • jacklyn Hogan

    What about James Wood? He is pretty “Up-there” in the intelligence department.

  • Arkayen Jinglebells

    Ben Stein does NOT deserve to be on this list. The man is an idiot

  • Sick and tired

    Gena Davis and Jodie Foster belong on this list.

  • Charli03

    Too bad this dude can’t act. He was an embarrassment as Steve Jobs.

  • clevs

    all these people dissin ashton… why the hostility? he didnt put himself on the list. relax

  • paulinpittsburgh

    Natalie Portman’s degree from Harvard is in psychology for crying out loud. Harvard or not that doesn’t take a real intellectual heavyweight to accomplish.

    • harkonnenesque

      Exactly. SHe got into Harvard because of her celebrity status and earned a simple, worthless degree.

  • Max Blood

    ugh hes a moron and can’t act get rid of him please.

  • Veteran1

    A 160 IQ would certainly qualify him as a genius, but what do I know? I’m no genius! :)

  • unclesamonmars

    I know a homophobic racist with a high IQ.. If you fear gays and hate people due to their ethnicity or skin color you are not intelligent.And Kutcher is rumored to have been offered scholarships? That should be easy enough to prove or disprove. IQ’s are like TV ratings or a bank balance. A number. It’s what you put forth that counts. I was a trouble maker at 14 and scored very high on IQ tests. They wouldn’t tell me because they thought it would make me even harder to deal with me. The school counselor was a church friend of my grandma’s and told her my score. I’d say a true sign of intelligence is not being impressed by your IQ.

    • Hit Manfan

      TV ratings and bank balances can be very important numbers and they in fact DO mean something. You clearly have a room temp IQ or you wouldn’t have posted something so silly. LOL

  • Mark Katz

    I am amazed to read the comments you morons are making regarding Ashton Kutcher and his level of intelligence. Not one of you morons know anything about this man and is IQ!!! From reading the comments it is obvious that all of you have your head right up your ass.
    For this I-AM-Your- Father your head will always remain in your ass! You are pathetic!!!

  • Barry Mole

    Dolph was studying chemical engineering. The dude is smart.

    • Hit Manfan

      He has his Masters in Chemistry.

  • Pearl

    You missed Will Smith, he had full ride to study engineering at MIT but decided to go into music instead.

    You missed Mayim Bialik, she has a PhD in molecular biology from UCLA.

    • harkonnenesque

      No, they didn’t miss Will Smith. He DIDN’T go to MIT NOR did ne study engineering. Could of, would of, should of. He could have failed out for all anyone knows.

  • whatintheworld

    if ashton is smart its only cause he is a twin and absorbed most of his twins brain matter in the uterus cause his twin bother has cerebral palsy- .

  • Owen Johnson

    Ben Stein also made that Creationism movie, so he shouldn’t be on here.

  • joseph

    I don’t know why the poster of this article considers someone to be intelligent just because they graduated college. Since when does that alone make you intelligent? Virtually anyone can graduate college, if given the means, funds, effort and time.
    College isn’t some genius academy in most cases

    • istari

      I agree that some of the choices aren’t necessarily smart, since the only evidence given is that they graduated. However, many of them state that they did graduate summa cum laude or magna cum laude at prestigious universities, so that is quite an accomplishment, that does require a higher intellect than most.

  • Gregorio

    No. Ashton is not so intelligent You’re not smart because you get offered a scholarship from MIT. Moreover, the guy literally compared the creation of Twitter to the invention of the television and the personal computer.
    Pretentious, yes. But don’t be fooled. He’s no genius.

  • HexRei

    he “thought he’d be an engineer” and “Rumor is that he had scholarship offers from both Purdue and MIT”… how is that proof of his intelligence? If I want to be an astronaut and start a rumor that NASA was desperately trying to hire me does that mean I’m a genius too?

  • Laurence Almand

    It takes a lot of smarts to do good comedy. Many stars who did comedy were highly intelligent, among them Bob Hope (a shrewd real estate investor) Jack Benny, Martha Raye, Lucille Ball (good businesswoman), Marie Wilson, and Eve Arden.

  • Sean

    They neglected to mention Brian May, guitarist for Queen, who has a Ph.D in astrophysics.

  • jorgi crews sanders

    What good is being smart do one , without God

  • deacc

    So what if Kutcher got (rumored) scholarship offers from both Purdue and MIT. That is hardly enough to land him a spot on the list. What about Mayim Bialik who actually has a Ph.D in neuroscience?

  • ghosthunter007

    If Ashton knew a tenth of what I know his fuzzy little head would explode.

    • Hit Manfan

      If Ashton knew 10 times what you know he would still just barely have enough brain cells to keep his heart beating. Now sit down and hush.

  • Jason

    Kutcher might have had a scholarship? Uh…how did he make the list? I’m not saying he’s stupid, but smart isn’t what comes to mind.

    • EdG1955

      And how many high-tech startups has your venture capital firm launched? As many as Kutcher? I think not.

      • harkonnenesque

        His celebrity status has provided access to opportunities not his intelligence.

        • EdG1955

          True, access is important for him as it is for anybody. But his intelligence has allowed him to capitalize on those opportunities.

  • harleyjack

    what about sarah palin, winking at the debates, turkeys being beheaded on camera, the lock and load and the get gabby giffords, her children are bigots, racists, drug users, alcohol, and teen pregnancy, the list just goes on and on. standing in the crowd at the white house lawn beside a rebel flag. moderate the truth so much for the truth

  • trumpsahead

    Is that what happened to James Woods? I know he’s been very outspoken about our Constitution usurping president. It shows how deeply embedded is the criminal iluminati throughout America. Man, we’re gonna be in for some serious fighting when the shtf.

    • wooter

      Another breathtakingly stupid remark by someone who probably doesn’t even vote, or if they do, it’s the straight Republican ticket, regardless of who is actually running or the issues.

      I suppose it never occurred to you, that if any of the charges you so carelessly throw around were actually based in fact, Obama would have been impeached and thrown out on his uppity black ear by a Republican party that has devolved into representing the absolute worst of us, and would leap at the opportunity.

      As an uninformed American, it would be in your best long term interests to actually educate yourself as to what is going on, because while you wave your “American patriot, rugged individualist, guns for all pregnant white girls and their Westboro Baptist church baby daddies, drill baby drill, creationism as science” mindlessness, your Republican “representatives” are quietly turning this country into a plutocracy, and no, it doesn’t mean we will be ruled by a cartoon dog…….

      • BillinDetroit

        Has it occurred to you that the Republicans do not have the votes to impeach and that this lack has no bearing on the truth or falsehood of the accusations, merely whether they can be acted upon?

        Of course not, you vote the straight Democratic slate and somehow feel good about it.

        BTW, your comment is so laced with racism that the third paragraph simply doesn’t seem to serve any purpose save to vent your hate.

        And you called trumpsahead uninformed?

        • Billy Lipps

          What would be the charges for impeachment?

      • billyboy

        ^stop drinking the cool aid!!…

    • EverTheGreen

      He criticized George W. Bush?

    • sf_jeff

      Umm, so not only do the illuminati exist, but they are democrats???

  • louwhitaker

    Ben Stein is a moron, I don’t care what is on his resume. Everything he has ever said about the economy has turned out to be wrong. Another right wing hack.

  • geraldfnord

    Is Ben Stein really that respected an economist? His father was so, but I don’t think he’s published much in peer-reviewed journals, and I’ve never heard him cited even by people with whom he’d likely agree….

  • John

    You may think he’s one of the most intelligent celebs but he has the worst show on TV as far as I’m concerned. No, I need to correct myself, second worst, that Pete Holmes show that follow his is the worst. Just because TBS says their shows are funny doesn’t make it so. Stupid is as stupid does….

  • j

    Rashida Jones graduated from Harvard

  • ben

    What about jen lawrence, she gotta be up there. Don’t know if she got any degree stuff but boy she got brains

  • dialogue1

    Especially in America where a sex tape or a centerfold in Playboy can make you rich. I wish people would be smart enough to realize that having money does not always mean that you’re intelligent. For some it just means that they’re willing to do anything to get money. Getting H’wood money has never required one to be intelligent. The same thing goes for the music and modeling industry. Nobody asks you for even a high school diploma in these industries.

  • dialogue1

    I’ve also read where Will Smith was said to have been admitted into MIT but he chose a music career instead. Why isn’t he on this list? You put Ashton there based on rumors that he was offered a place at MIT.

    • EdG1955

      No, they put Ashton there because he is a self-made millionaire who is actively involved in numerous high-tech ventures.

  • Obama_FTW

    Ben Stein? Seriously? If he can’t even distinguish Biology from Physics he doesn’t deserve to be on here.

    • EdG1955

      The conservative mind is easily deluded. While a liberal would set out to learn more about evolution and end up learning more about evolution, Stein set out to learn more about evolution and ended up buying into mythology and false equivalencies.

  • OrthoStice

    As a drummer, I am amused by the phrase “he is a skilled drummer and musician,” as if they are two different things. Which, in my case, they are.

  • wrymind

    Gee. Karma’s a bitch.

  • Caleb L Henry

    Stein must not know about bacteria!

  • Jaguar67

    Replace Ben Stein with Julia Stiles and this list would be near perfect.

  • Ray Fowler

    Only 3 of top 5 even sound impressive. Besides those, you’ve got various 4-year degrees in non-technical fields, an avowed creationist, a guy who went to school next to someone famous, and someone who was offered scholarships but never attended.

    Should have stopped at the top 3.

  • whittx

    Greg Graffin. Lead singer of Bad Religion, PHD in Zoology from Cornell.

  • GreaterSapien

    Ben Stein’s statement “…random selection and mutations didn’t account for the universe, didn’t account for gravity…” is a perfect example of how someone can be highly intelligent in general, yet woefully ignorant when it comes to a specific field. Intelligence displays itself in odd ways…

  • Na Cl

    What a stupid thing to say. You make a sweeping statement and everyone is what? Supposed to take your word for it? Then you draw a conclusion on an unsupported claim. It’s this kind of idiocy that passes for discussion anymore. Let me school you with a real example…Republicans say they are for women while they legislate more control over their bodies…your body in fact. They refuse to support equal pay for equal work. In defunding clinics that performed legal abortions they have also defunded all of the healthcare that women got totally unrelated to abortion and didn’t provide anything to replace it. Now THAT is hypocrisy Alison. James Woods may simply be pursing something else but that never entered you mind did it? He can pick and choose what he wants to do.

    • Luke

      You claim this was a stupid thing to say…then go on with your ridiculous war on women crap? You may want to check your mental gas tank buddy. The pay inequity has been proven BS from the day your team introduced it and your moral equivalency of murder and “a choice” needs checking as well. You people will throw out any diversion to avoid the fact that this is the worst president in American history (see ObamaCare, Foreign Policy, IRS scandal, 436 new taxes, DOJ corruption, worst recovery in history, record food stamps, etc etc etc) . And sorry to disappoint and diffuse your next smoke screen, but that’s NOT because he is black. He is a horrible president because Marxist ideals do not work in a free market system.

      • David Brands

        Okay, prove women’s pay inequity is BS. Have any facts other the Fox Noise drivel?

        • Oil Can Harry

          Wow, that was smart, >winkwink<. What a clever dude. I've never seen such an insightful critique of FOX. You must have been up all night to come up with that, Dave. Why did God give so much brainpower to loser Repugs like James Woods, right?

          • olford

            Mr wink, wink. We don’t fetch bones, sticks or balls for others, we’re used to real live honest people doing their own jobs. Maybe that’s why you have trouble keeping a job.

          • Freword

            No fool

        • http://batman-news.com xbox359

          I have to blow my noise. It’s drivelling.

        • Sharon Thorpe

          Check out Obama’s white house if you want to talk about pay inequality.

          • southern feminist

            oh yeah because the black guy started it…right…..surely you realize that this practice has been ongoing prior to the black guy, right? and “W” has taken more vacation days and asserted twice the number of executive orders – oh, and let’s not forget the 2004 SCOTUS decision that allows Fox News (which has been banned in Canada) to spread “info” that are known to be fallacious at best.

        • Russell Waddell

          Umm… yes. The deparment of Labor Statistics (I believe.. I can’t find the link now) has every job in the nation separated into 287 categories. In 3 of them, men get paid more than their women counter-part. HOWEVER, in 2 of them, women get paid more.
          That’s pretty damn balanced.
          The idea that men get paid more comes from the misleading and BAD statistic that the average man gets paid more than the average woman. The thing is… the average man and the average woman doesn’t have the same job. This Stat does not take into account the actual employment those people have. Men are FAR more likely to be in jobs that are highly dangerous or physically draining.. such as oil rig work or under-water welding. And it’s not the fault of MEN that WOMEN don’t want to risk their life or health for more money.
          Also.. one of the areas where women get paid more is in Customer Service… which is the #1 job in America right now, and has been for over a decade. So actually… here in America there are more cases of women getting paid more than their men counter-parts than the reverse.

          Sorry, but them’s the facts. I’ll try to find that link. I read it straight from their “.gov” site like 2 years ago. I should have bookmarked it, lol.

        • olford

          Don’t need to that’s your job, if you are person enough to research it. I am not against anyone least of all woman. Stand on your two feet and stop throwing foolishness about subjects you have never worked with before. Hiring and firing is all based on ability, experience and desire to learn more. Taking on more responsibility and challenge gives you more salary. If your not wanting to move up or relocate that too makes a difference in pay. A person showing proper principle and honorable character all so plays into the position’s available.
          As far as war on women, that is the most foolish notion of a lie ever spoken. Grow up and help to unite, not spew words of division that have zero merit.

          • Freword

            Prove it

        • diablo135

          I wonder why Obama’s own admin pays women less for the same job

      • Muhjesbude

        By the way, the highest known IQ of a living person today happens to belong to a woman.

        • Russell Waddell

          hahahaha….no

      • Christine

        He’s been a much better President than Bush ever was. Obama got us out of at least two unnecessary wars, while Bush got us into one, against both the UN and Congress’s wishes. As for Marxism economic policies, if that’s truly the case, then why is the stock market and CEO pay both rapidly rising? There’s nothing “Marxist” about that. Far from it. Stop watching Fox News so much.

    • nj4life

      Liberals, like Obama should be hung from the capital building for all to see. Talk about taking control over our freedom, this stupid obamacare making all the mom n pop business close up course the penalty’s for not paying for inc. Telling me how many bullet s I’m aloud to have in my clip, defending our military, but paying for a multiple million dollar vacation to Hawaii several times a year that we the tax payers pay for. While I haven’t bin on a vacation in 7 years because I need to put food n cell phones in the hands of all the lazy bums that have bin taught by there parents n there parents before them. Oh and let’s not forget all the lies Obama n his office have bin telling us and getting caught,
      I’m a libertarian a true on I disagree with both republican, and democratis the same but ur points ate ass assanine as the people who put Obama in office…

      • David Brands

        Do you hear yourself?
        “Liberals, like Obama should be hung from the capital building for all to see.”
        That’s pure fascism talking. Libertarians, Tea Partiers: Thank goodness you’re just fringe elements even though you’re doing damage to this country with your extremist, violent views.

        • Kc Heller

          and the far left isn’t???

          • Olliekey Thomasmas

            GUYS, we have to be grateful for Internet and discussions there. We avoid a Civil War a day after a day. Hurrah, guys!!!!! (I love you all, even Ben Stein:-)

        • olford

          Fools always side step the issues. The intellect is too high for you.

      • cholly8524

        Please proceed teatroll. Don’t be surprised is you’re the one hanging from the capitol building for all to see. You teatrolls look better outside of it instead of in it.

      • Oil Can Harry

        Nah, you can’t do that – it’s the perception of the whole thing – well, you know why. Change the verb from “hung” to “flung” and I’m down with you.

    • Mark S

      Legal abortion clinics, have you ever been to one? You blast allison for making statements you deem her unqualified to make, but I have to wonder how qualified you are to speak of what you do (because to me it sure sounds like an unsupported claim) moreover how qualified you are to judge another person based on their beliefs. The last time I was at an abortion clinic I was trying to save a young girls life because I was dispatched there to another underhanded doctor who botched the procedure. So I say to you Na Cl until you study anatomy and physiology, you might want to leave the practice of medicine to professionals.

      • Nosmiley

        So driving a truck around town that has flashing lights on it, and making lots of noise qualifies you as a medical professional? A real medical professional probably doesn’t waste time here.
        Me ? I’m retired, and disabled.– not by choice.

      • Helen Morris

        I have done volunteer work for many years at abortion clinics and have yet to see even one botched abortion. In the first 9 weeks, the woman takes pills and goes home to have her period start which washes out the lining, including the 1/2 inch clot of tissue. In the 10-15 week suction abortions, a tube is inserted to the opening of the cervix and it suctions out the contents including the 3/4 inch to 1 inch clot of tissue. This is followed by a D & C. How could anyone botch this? Abortions beyond that time are done in a hospital surgically.

        • Patricia W

          the same here..I did my internship at Planned Parenthood in Baltimore for a year…very professional and caring people…

        • olford

          You sure know a lot about murder. Wow that was easy huh.
          God will have a say about your help.

    • Oil Can Harry

      Hey, calm down.

    • Godagesil Rex

      Most liberals in hollywood ARE hypocrites. They make tons of money off of gun violence, yet support eroding of my 2nd Amendment rights. I’ve known aspiring actors in hollywood and New York, liberals all, none, not one paid taxes since they didn’t make enough and lived off of those of us who did. Yet when they make it, they want to raise taxes on those that have paid taxes all along. They live by do as I say, not as I do. Those in the limelight have a vast inferiority complex since they are making major bucks and know they really do nothing to deserve it and contribute nothing of worth to society. So they want to “give back” by going political. Too bad most of them are too poorly educated on the issues they adopt. Matt Damon Gwenyth Paltrow and Sean Penn come to mind.

  • harkonnenesque

    A trained monkey, maybe even a wild one could earn a liberal arts degree. So please don’t insult us by claiming someone with an English Literature, Communications, etc degree is intelligent. They are worthless degrees and simple to earn.

  • Tony

    Wait… so Ashton Kutcher was smart enough to flunk out of college? His mom must be so proud.

  • MensaBrite

    That’s gauge dude.

    • boatvolt

      Dude?

  • Daddy Love

    Evolutionary theory has nothing to say about the origin of life on earth.That’s just brought up by creation/ID proponents to discredit the science in the minds of the ignorant.

  • pc

    Ashton Kutcher -really?? because he almost went to MIT? So he learned programming at 19. That’s when the average college student learns programming. MySQL – you don’t even need a programming class to learn it.

  • wooter

    Intelligence is not wisdom, and high IQ does not necessarily equate to
    “genius,” as defined by the term.

    Albert Einstein was a genius.

    Not to denigrate intelligence per se, but most of the cult members of Heaven’s gate who committed mass suicide in 1997 in order to reach what they believed was an alien space craft following the Comet Hale-Bopp, were college educated and had degrees, thus implying intelligence……as to wisdom?

    Even people who aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer can be wise; wisdom is
    what you learn by experience, not learning by rote, or having a great memory.
    Acquiring wisdom can be painful, which may explain why so few truly wise people exist, compared to really intelligent ones.

    Having said that, I do prefer intelligent people to stupid people.

    Consider the saying, “Intelligence is knowing that a tomato is a fruit,
    wisdom is not putting a tomato in a fruit salad.”

  • steben

    I know James Woods is supposed to be smart but he says really ignorant stupid things, so he fails my test for intelligence no matter what he IQ. And Ben Stiller doesn’t believe in evolution which means he is very ignorant and closed minded, again failing the minimum test for intelligence. They may be what Bill Maher calls stupid smart people. There seem to be a lot of them.

  • johnrf

    Pretty easy to tell that Ben Stein is either an idiot or a liar. Creationists are today’s flat earthers. He’s not much of an actor either.

  • TomWaitsDisciple

    Jodie Foster…look up Jodie Foster…gessh

  • miller1975

    He’s part owner developer of a new Lenovo division

  • fdsfkdsfidsifidsii

    You have a creationist in the top 13? That doesn’t say much about the rest of them.

  • billybob

    Most of those degrees are a joke….glad they stayed in acting….

  • billybob

    James woods and Gina Davis are MENSA …along with my son!! :)

  • vinceNYC

    OR MAYBE the GOP won’t roll him out because he is a 67 year old man dating a 20 year old

  • Frank Reed

    Ben Stein doesn’t buy Darwinism? We haven’t seen organisms evolve because we haven’t been around long enough. We’re a blip in the universe and he’s arrogant to think we’re any more important than the common cockroach. The physical evidence, including DNA, is overwhelming. Proof that even smart people can be dumb. Hey Ben, try using your “genius” for good.

  • Joe Smith

    Prestigious degrees only prove intelligence if the celebrity got the degree BEFORE he/she was a celebrity. It’s well known that celebrity trumps any academic requirements that other students need for admission, and these schools certainly aren’t going to challenge their brains and risk them flunking.

  • Merkin Muffley

    Ben Stein is a schmuck. The fact is that science doesn’t know how life evolved but DOES KNOW HOW SPECIES EVOLVE.

    But when I talk to people who are Darwinists or evolutionists and say,
    ‘Well, how did life begin’ — they’re…they don’t have an answer. I mean,
    they have an answer, but it’s a BS answer. It’s an answer that wouldn’t
    make sense to a small child.”

  • Merkin Muffley

    Ben,

    You ignorant slot.(sp?) The origin of Life on Earth is not yet known, but the Theory of Evolution has been P-R-O-V-E-N. (time and time again).

    But when I talk to people who are Darwinists or evolutionists and say,
    ‘Well, how did life begin’ — they’re…they don’t have an answer. I mean,
    they have an answer, but it’s a BS answer.

    What a putz!

  • James Bro

    Not that many africans on the list.

  • Dave Dorris

    Ben Stein is smart. And also really stupid. This is one of the dumbest comments ever uttered by a smart person: “Yes, [I spent] two long years, traveling all over the United States, all over Europe, interviewing many, many, many people who had been thrown out of their academic jobs because they thought that there was a possibility of life coming from something other than Darwinism, who thought that possibly random selection and mutations didn’t account for the universe, didn’t account for gravity, didn’t account for why nobody had ever seen an individual species evolve — no one’s ever seen an individual species evolve!”

    • Leah

      Couldn’t agree more with you. Like so many right-wingers, Ben Stein has turned himself into someone who, despite his perfectly good brain, is essentially stupid.

      And btw, scientists are able to observe evolution at work in their labs with specimens like insects, for instance. For an example outside of the laboratory, biologists who work with populations of animals, even mammals and who cross breed to affect temperament have been able to observe evolution in action. For example, in Siberia the local foxes had become extremely feral, and when a biologist cross bred those foxes whose temperaments were less feral, not only did they become even less feral than their parents, but after several generations, their appearance began to change. More study revealed that the gene that controlled how feral those particular foxes might become, also controlled elements of their appearance. That is exactly what Darwin’s notions of evolution would predict.

      Stein’s doubts about evolution are built on a willed ignorance.

      • Ralph Byrns

        To view Herbert Stein as an economist is equivalent to agreeing with historian/pundit Thomas Carlyle, who once wrote, “”Teach a parrot the terms ‘supply and demand’ and you’ve got an economist.” That’s about the limit of Stein’s grasp of economics. Incidentally, Carlyle’s mot was included in a screed condemning brilliant economist and abolitionist John Stuart Mill, based on Mill’s arguments for banning slavery and favoring women’s rights.

    • ericlipps

      Stein actually complained that Darwinism couldn’t be true because it doesn’t account for gravity? What was the man smoking?

  • David

    Education and intelligence are not mutually inclusive. One can be highly educated and still be of average intelligence. It’s just that a highly intelligent person can pursue education with greater speed & ease than a less intelligent person. So don’t conflate education w/ intelligence, because an intelligent person sees through this fallacy!

  • W8forIt

    “Intelligence” and “education” are NOT the same thing.
    I’ll go along with Natalie Portman and Ben Stein fitting the description, but PLEASE…., Ashton Kutcher “THINKING” about becoming an engineer does NOT qualify him by ANY stretch of the imagination.

  • Joseph Haas

    When Jordana Brewster talks about her “legacy” at Yale, I believe she is referring to the fact that her grandfather, Kingman Brewster (I think that name is correct) was president of the university.

  • David Hill

    Really? Clint Eastwood has been a Republican forever, including when he was mayor of Carmel, CA. He also has four Oscars. Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Bruce Willis are all Republicans and they get tons of work. So does Dwayne Johnson. Kelsey Grammar just finish starring in “Boss”, which was critically acclaimed. Despite bomb after bomb after bomb, Adam Sandler still keeps making movies.

    I get that Rob Schneider and Victoria Jackson think that they don’t get work because they’re conservatives. But they objective facts say that they’re wrong. And the truth is that they don’t get work in Hollywood anymore because they’re not nearly as good at entertaining people and drawing people to the theaters as a lot of other people.

    So knock it off, is basically what I’m saying. James Woods can work anytime he wants to because Hollywood really does like working with him.

    • Natalie Jarnstedt

      Clint Eastwood…didn’t he make a real fool of himself at the GOP convention with that chair, didn’t do Mitt much of a favor, either, DUH!

      • Oil Can Harry

        Would you have gotten the point if he were talking to an empty suit?

      • diablo135

        I thought it was funny. You probably didn’t get it.

      • southern feminist

        yeah, i guess ann didn’t do him a favor either by having the taxpayers provide for her “dancing” horse to the tune of 77,000.00 – but hey, let’s focus on things that don’t expose extremist tea party bullshit

  • David Hill

    I’m surprised Ben Stein is on this list. I’d be surprised if ANYbody was surprised that he was smart. I don’t agree with him politically, but the fact is that, besides being an economist, he was a speechwriter for Nixon and host of “Win Ben Stein’s Money”.

    By the way, if you can explain or prove creationism without any reference to the Bible whatsoever, then we’ll talk. Until then, it’s dogma, not science.

    • Ralph Byrns

      Ben Stein is an economist? Really? Ben’s father was an economist, and Ben may have had one or more econ courses when he was an undergraduate. However, mindless babble about economic policies does not qualify anyone as an economist. At best Ben Stein is roughly as much an economist as the other 500 million people on Earth (a very low estimate) who mindlessly babble economic platitudes. In which case, most professionals with reasonable credentials as economists may need to find some other occupational label.

  • PokerFace

    Ben Stein is by no means a “respected economist” and misrepresents evolution every time he talks about it.

  • jomo

    never heard of some of these people and i have never met any of them.
    be careful when you proclaim someone super intelligent.
    how do you define it?
    many people speak lots of languages and have degrees.
    some of the most profound people i have ever talked to were just average people leading lives of anonymity but, when they spoke they were good people who told the truth.
    and what is more wise…. than that?

  • Erasmus Wembley

    Natalie Portman has an academic publication, which makes her one of few people to have an Erdos-Bacon number, which means she is connected via co-authorship with mathematician Paul Erdos and also via movies to actor Kevin Bacon. Danica McKellar of Wonder Years fame also has an Erdos-Bacon number and has a mathematical theorem named after her. She should be on this list unless she is considered not a big enough celebrity.

  • Speer999

    This guy: Kendrick Kang-Joh “Ken” Jeong

  • Andrew of MO

    Well, you lost me with Ben Stein…

  • dickerin

    These writers could could stand to learn a little something about grammar…
    “Shue attended Wellesley College and in her junior year, but a friend
    suggested that because of her looks she could earn extra money for
    college by acting in commercials”.

  • EverTheGreen

    He’s unemployed because he’s lost his looks and won’t take voice work. Which is a shame because he was a great Hades.

  • EverTheGreen

    Ask Tommy Lee Jones about this headline: HARVARD BEATS YALE 29-29.

    • A. C. Fenderson

      Why not ask George W Bush? Dubya went to BOTH Harvard and Yale, after all.

  • nonyabizzz

    I have my doubts about Ben Stein.

  • cabo

    James Woods IQ 180 (genius) hello just sayin’ ! no one on that list within 50 pts of that …

  • kbrown2225

    Good to see Kristofferson on this list. Wonderful and intelligent man.

  • Daniel A Sniadoski

    Um, about Ben Stein… He’s a creationist and climate change denier. That’s not intelligent. At all.

    • ericlipps

      Hear, hear. Ben Stein’s personal anti-Darwin crusade makes me wonder how smart he really is. And compounding it by being a climate change denier doesn’t help.

      He says Darwinism is “overhyped.” How, then, does he explain its survival, given that it has faced savage opposition from religious zealots and had to win over scientists in the first place? “It’s all a plot to deny God” won’t do. As for climate change, if it were bogus it would long since have been relegated to the fringes, especially since unlike “intelligent design” it wouldn’t have had the support of well-heeled Bible-pounding political opportunists (James Inhofe, are your ears burning?).

  • Jess Manuel

    Jody Foster ?

    • JHWBB

      And also Cynthia Nixon.

  • A. C. Fenderson

    Dania McKellar (“Winnie” from the Wonder Years) is one of the provers of the Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem in mathematics.

    Jean Kasem, anyone?

    And someone mentioned Brain May (of Queen); what about Greg Graffin (long-time member of Bad Religion, with a PhD in zoology, and who has actually taught at the college level?

  • martykayzee

    Ben Stein is an intentionally belligerent creationist with a chip on his shoulder and an impenetrable self-imposed block against understanding the scientific method.

  • Amy Whinston

    What about Danica McKellar?

  • Matthew Morrison

    I find the Ashton Kutcher story very hard to believe. I think his publicist put out a BS story to embellish his reputation.

  • samiyam318

    Danica McKellar. Wonder Years, West Wing and a highly regarded mathematician.

  • David Eastwood

    Allison, you’s soooo mistaken. Just Google ‘hollywood republicans’ and see how wrong you are. If poor J.W. needs $$$, he can always go to work for Rupert Murdoch’s FOX Fiction. What is YOUR I.Q.? If you’re really a woman who supports the GOP, you seem to have self-esteem issues … or a weak mind … or both. But I’m pretty sure that “Alison Swain” is one of the fake names that Karl Rove uses when he and his minions are trolling and posting bull.

  • Billy D

    Ben Stein may have achieved some impressive academic accomplishments, but if those quotes are actually his, it has not prevented him from being an ignoramus. No one has seen the evolution of a species? Every being you see is an example of the evolutionary process of their species. Evolution is a lie? Well, my point is made.

    • Ralph Byrns

      Stein has a law degree from Harvard. So do hundreds of other folks who are neither especially intelligent. The guy is a predictable conservative hack.

  • Billy Lipps

    Right, he definitely got absolutely no work from left leaning Seth MacFarlane

  • AutAut

    6. Ben Stein: “I went in thinking: ‘I’m not going to find out that Darwinism is a fraud. I’ll probably find out these (intelligent design proponents) are frauds.’ But I wound up knowing a lot more than when I started. I learned that Darwinism is being overhyped, and that it doesn’t really convey what’s going on. Sometimes if you follow a “truth” far enough, it becomes a lie.” Stein added.— (is this the same Ben Stein who was close to and worked for Richard Nixon?) Stein proved at the close of this article that brilliance cannot mask ignorance – He is and probably will remain a crackpot.

    • http://batman-news.com Jake Lakota

      So answer his question – What are the odds in the entire universe that an amino acid formed in the right temperate climate and was able to nurture itself with NOTHING to support it on a planet the EXACT distance from a sun and other bodies and that planet has a friggin atmosphere to protect that formed protein from being bombarded from the radiation of SPACE? And if the odds are small , which I suspect they are, why in the WORLD are we spending trillions looking for other life in the universe? Gimme a break – just ten years ago your brainiacs said dinosaurs were lizards now they are birds. Crackpt? Attach LEMMING to your climate change ID.

      • Johnny

        You are not intelligent at all.

    • Ralph Byrns

      I know of NO reputable (or even disreputable) economist who views Ben Stein as a credible economist. Mr. Stein is a comedian, an actor, an editorialist, a pundit, and a former speechwriter for Richard Nixon, His father, Herbert Stein, was a superb economist. But was Richard Nixon an economist because he once said, “We’re all Keynesian now.” Nope! Ben Stein’s credentials as an economist are a similar null set. The fact that he embroiders talks to miscellaneous groups with economic cliches worthy of Arthur Laffer does not make Ben Stein an economist, although these talks do aid in enriching him. Ben is clever, but that does not mean that he is brilliant, nor does it mean that he is wise about economic policies.

  • Huck Finn

    Lisa Kudrow has a BA degree in biology from Vassar, and spent some time after college working in her dad’s company. She may be smart, but not because she was a “Medical Researcher.”

  • Ned Rosen

    Ben Stein may be a bright person, but he has endorsed the anti-evolution movement for financial and political gain. His movie “Expelled” is a complete pile of trash.

  • Edmund Charles

    Well, intelligence is an attribute that in and of itself, has a discounted value in the field of acting (and politics). I do not think we care greatly if Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, Lana Turner, Bettie Davis, Marlin Brando, James Dean, etc- had a high IQ or not, it made little difference as IQ only measures a small and narrow range of intellectual capability. Music, dance, singing, sculpture, painting, imagination, athletic ability, etc- are not measured in any manner, nor is probably the most important of human attributes- character of spirit.

  • mathfan

    Kutcher on this list is total bs. “Rumored to have scholarship offers? Yeah right. Learning to code at 19? I learned it at 8. And just because he is friends with some top tech executives and CEOs doesn’t mean he is one.

  • Administrator

    Dolph Lundgren never attended MIT; he was accepted into the graduate program of the Department of Chemical Engineering but he turned it down to pursue an acting career. He was dating Grace Jones at the time. I know because I worked in the department on the admissions committee. He should have gotten his PhD – because frankly, his acting career was and is a joke.

  • http://eyesontopeka.com/ Alex A

    A lot of that is just anecdotal and has nothing to do with their intelligence.

  • Barry Lyons

    Ben Stein is an idiot for his his views on Darwinism.

  • Geri Mellgren-Kerwin

    Okay, James Woods. I knew Tom Lee Jones was smart, he graduated Harvard with a former Vice President as his roommate. What about Harrison Ford, a very brainy guy too.

  • unclesamonmars

    Ashton Kutcher rakes in $20,000,000.00 per year for a grade school humor level TV show. This makes him a flim-flam man , not intelligent.

  • Elijah

    Such B.S. Kutcher did NOT have scholarship offers from MIT or Purdue. He was attending community college in Iowa.

  • RolloMartins

    I often hear Ben Stein’s commentaries. He isn’t any genius.

  • JHWBB

    Matt Damon should be on here. Have you ever heard him being interviewed? Intelligent, quick, thoughtful, articulate–a man of depth.
    Can’t figure out what your criteria are.

    • The Other One

      Same with Ben Affleck

  • Anonymous

    Mayim Bialik has more screws loose than an 80’s Yugo. Just because you have a degree in something doesn’t make you intelligent.

  • Ralph Byrns

    Close minded? Biblical creationism is currently as discredited as flat earth theory. By your logic, astronomy textbooks should give equal time/space to folks who insist that the earth is flat. Give it up.

  • Gandalf33

    Ben Stein is a fraud.

  • jpopop

    Why is it assumed if you go to Harvard, you are smart? Jordana Brewster says “I think that unless you grew up in New York or Chicago or Los Angeles, you’re sheltered” and she is held up as a beacon of intelligence? She even admits she got in as a legacy- or because of her legs.

  • jpopop

    Must be why Patricia Heaton, an outspoken Republican is unemployed. Oh, wait. She has a job on The Middle. I was thinking of Clint Eastwood. No, he just finished directing a film…

  • sf_jeff

    What’s really shocking is that the star of Salvador would lobby for the Iraq War.

  • David Brands

    So, are you saying we shouldn’t still be disgusted with “McCarthyist blacklists” and “50’s McCarthyism? Duh! McCarthy was a Republican who became so reviled that even Pres Eisenhower, another Republican, detested him. You’d probably perfectly okay if McCarthy’s “Red Scare” was still lording over Hollywood. I bet you like Ted Cruz, a.k.a. McCarthy Lite.

  • Kilkee

    Ben Stein is not an “economist,” unless majoring in economics as an undergrad makes you an “economist.” His FATHER was a famous academic economist. he’s mostly a fraud. Not every Yale Law grad is some sort of genius.

  • Johnny

    I agree that Ben Stein is intelligent, but quoting his (wrong) opinions on evolution and creationism doesn’t drive this message at all. Those opinions instead reveal him as supremely stupid.

  • Media Mike

    Ben Stein is “intelligent” for denying evolution? What a dope.

  • rambunctiousexplorer

    OMG! Apparently these are the most brilliant because they went to Ivy League colleges or had “offers” from them. How about a real headline, like “Celebrities and the Ivy League”

  • bdeye51

    Ben Stein an intelligent person. I think many would disagree.

  • Eric Van Bezooijen

    “no one’s ever seen an individual species evolve!” — yes they have; it has been directly observed in the laboratory with E.Coli. Ben Stein is a good example of a smart stupid person, as Bill Maher put it.

    • CM

      Don’t they also bastardize the concept of observable evidence? They assume that it means you can literally ‘sit there and watch something’ without understanding there are a multitude of ways to observe something.

    • pyramid_003

      I think what you saw in the laboratory was adaptation. It started out E. Coli. and ended up E. Coli. (although perhaps a different strain). It didn’t turn into a frog or something with legs (different phylum).

      It just like breeding dogs. You can start with a Bassett hound and through selective breeding end up with a Collie, but in the end it is still a Canine.

      If there is no evidence of a theory about nature seen anywhere in nature the theory is probably incorrect.

  • BoBelinski

    OK, and here we go again — you can’t read even an ordinary, everyday story online without someone who’s caught up in the perpetually aggrieved whine-athon at Fox having to hurl her political vomit on the rest of us. It’s not even a political story, you knot head. Leave normal people alone for a change.

  • Nathalia Ergon

    After reading Stein’s comments, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s not that intelligent at all.

  • galanwarner

    Stein being on this list is positively stupefying. Talk about a guy playing a life role that somehow, apparently works to his favor. It’s because of imbeciles like Stein that so many willingly ignorant folk reject fact.

  • Chuck Coverly

    Sorry, but Ben Stein really IS an idiot. Darwinism? Really? Fucking idiot.

    • CM

      Thank you Chuck!

  • M.R. Canon

    Wasn’t she one of the young stars who was proud to be expecting a baby without marrying its father. I really don’t call that a “smart” decision – at least for the child.

  • Love.it.Be.it.212

    I’m sorry… but having two relatives, as well as 1 close friend graduate from Harvard… it’s only hard to get in.. all 3 stated it was a bit of a joke academically in terms of difficulty.

  • Kenny

    All white folk. Hmmm….John Legend went to UPenn undergrad, Lauryn Hill and Alicia Keys went to Columbia. I’m sure the list goes on.

  • krissyk

    Geena Davus, David Duchovney, Brooke Shields, Tommy Lee Jones…

  • Misty

    This is a weird story. How do you equate people who dropped out of college with people getting a PhD?

  • Joe_HTH

    This list fails because it doesn’t list Kate Beckinsale, who was an honor student at Oxford, studying French and Russian literature. She speaks 4 languages fluently, and a 5th language less fluently. She also won 2 prestigious WH Smith Young British writing awards as a teenagers.

    She may be the best educated celebrity there is.

  • Helen Morris

    You lost me with Ashton Kucher. Just because he thought he wanted to be an engineer and there are “rumors” he might have had scholarship offers and has friends who create software doesn’t make him smart or educated. He needs to wear a sign that says “No sign of intelligent life in my brain.”

  • Oil Can Harry

    I know Mira’s Pop is smart. I used to watch him in interviews and he’s a pretty sharp guy. He didn’t appear stuck-up, either.

  • tina

    No James Spader? The man has a photographic memory. he might have dropped out of school but it doesnt change how smart he is.

  • Dee Dee

    Heddy Lamar was an amazing talent and VERY smart lady

  • sharon

    There is one person here with a PHD. Many with bachelors degrees and many who attended and dropped out of school. Maybe the drop outs are street smart. There are many other celebrates with degrees but lets face it most celebs are not that smart just rich and good looking!

  • Ferdinand

    So one PhD and one with an IQ of 160……slim pickings considering how many celebrities are out there. Seems that Lisa Kudrow had Mensa level status too.

  • http://batman-news.com xbox359

    If Ashton Kutchner is so smart how come he can’t act.

  • Godagesil Rex

    It seems that all you have to do to be considered a “genius” in hollywood is go to Harvard. If the entry qualifications and intelligence level of one of one Harvard’s most famous alums, Barry Obama is any indication, then Harvard’s standards are pretty low. That’s the problem with arguments from authority, they often are empty. With cheating, political correctness, and social and PR promotions and degrees, crediting a celeb for intelligence just because they “graduated” or “attended” somewhere is like saying you helped cure cancer because you once had cancer.

  • Godagesil Rex

    MENSA…my ex-wife was qualified, she was also bi-polar with borderline personality disorder on top of that and bat-shiite crazy. They say there is a fine line between genius and insantiy, and with her, it was true. You’ll find that a lot of others in hollywood are in the same boat with her. Ask Woods about Sean Young, Jon Voight about his daughter, Angelina and a host of others.

  • Muhjesbude

    Yup, and what about the Angelina’s old man? Great actor but the royalist film plutocrats won’t give him a part playing the toilet cleaner at Detroit truck stop because of his ‘outspoken’ anti-status quo politics.

  • indranee

    You missed David Duchovny, aka, Fox Mulder from The X-Files. He’s got a BA in English Lit from Princeton Univ., an MA in English Lit from Yale, and an ABD (all but Dessertation) PhD from Yale in English Lit.

  • Red

    OMG, Elizabeth Shue. HOT.

  • Mrs. Duchovny

    Well, David Duchovny graduated valedictorian of his HS class. got accepted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Brown, went to and graduated from Princeton University in 1982 with a B.A. in English Literature, received a Master of Arts in English Literature from Yale University and subsequently began work on a Ph.D.

  • Mike Silverton

    If that right-winger Ben Stein wants to see evolution in action he should have a look at how viruses change in such a way that they survive antibiotics.

    • http://alanye.com daialanye

      We can accept the theory of evolution, but antibiotics don’t cause mutations. What they do is select for certain mutations that already exist in a population of microorganisms, by killing off susceptible strains. And not viruses but more complex cell-based organisms.

      I apologize for the pedantry—we right-wingers are like that.

  • Dooran

    IQ really doesn’t mean that much; mine was 160 when I was in grade school.. it’s not an indicator of success…it’s not even an indicator of knowledge and common sense.

  • #hashtagmaster#YodaamI’mlike

    I literally laughed out loud when the author stated, “Natalie Portman is most likely more intelligent than anyone I’ve ever met, besides myself at least.” I find narcissism entertaining to say the least. Note to author and editor: should’ve mentioned some other well edumacated actors/actresses worthy of being on the list.

  • Choking Kojak

    James Woods is a Republican? GTFOH!

    I let Woods pull his Jeep ahead of mine outside of a restaurant on Sunset Blvd several years ago — this was when he was doing Shark. Yeah, he gave me a dick look as thanks, but so what? He’s James Woods.

    Let’s put it this way, if Woods is a Republican, he’s an 80’s Republican, or perhaps what I would call a “nostalgic” Republican. He’s certainly not one of the hired floor-smurfs that have been haunting Republican conventions and beefing up Republican vote-counts for the last 20-some years.

  • mrfxx

    How do you miss Danica McKellar, who studied mathematics at UCLA, graduating summa cum laude in 1998, coauthored a scientific paper as an undergraduate (the ‘Chayes–McKellar–Winn theorem’) and has written 4 (FOUR) books aimed at getting girls involved in math? And – how do you miss Geena Davis – a MENSA member and competed to be an archer on the US Olympics team (missed the 2000 team, but was wild-card entry in the Sydney International Golden Arrow competition – less than 5 years after she took up the sport)? You can’t say it’s because they are no longer prominent in the public eye, because a number of the others aren’t either.

  • Carl Mape

    Dan Stevens (Matthew Crawley) from Downton Abbey. Although he is kinda a C-lister in the USA, he got a scholarship to Cambridge (English major I believe), the top-ranked University in the world.

  • norm

    “She eventually graduated from prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut with a B.A. in English.”

    So a BA in English from Yale makes some highly intelligent? Think you need to rethink your qualifications for this list,,,

  • Canned Heat

    Apparently speaking foreign languages and earning a degree from an Ivy League school, presumes “genius” status. Awesome.
    … how ’bout a Masters from Harvard, a BS from Yale, and fluent in two languages? George Bush…

  • plank

    dexter holland? he was a celebrity maybe like 18 years ago for a minute

  • A_to_Z

    All their works will pass away with the world and the heavens, unlike the Word as manifest in Jesus Christ, who held no college degrees.

  • scott

    Hard to leave Ken Jeong off this ,he is a Doctor

  • Charles Schwartz

    Just because he had scholarships does not make Ashton Kutcher one of the most intelligent.

  • Brad

    Ken Jeong from Hangover (and other movies) is a medical doctor. Definitely puts him ahead of many on the list.

  • danlbrau

    This list is incomplete. Where is John Travolta???

  • dcarman686

    Mira Sorvino real or memorex?

  • Jeffrey Coley

    Do watch Ben Stein’s movie “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed”. It isn’t what you might think. He does not discuss intelligent design or argue against evolution; mainly, he exposes what can only be described as an atheist inquisition that persecutes heretics for what is essentially a different philosophical point of view.

  • Jeffrey Gee

    They must have struggled to dig up 13 of them!

  • Fuji Condor

    James Woods has a 180 IQ. But since he is a Conservative, liberal media leave him off the list. BTW Einstein had a 160 IQ.

  • bas4241

    Notice the high percentage of these stars that are conservative?

  • barada

    Ben Stein doesn’t seem that bright to me. Methinks he’s fooled a lot of people on this issue. His mind is very run-of-the-mill, as evidenced by his shallow, ever-partisan thoughts.

  • Suckson Cells

    Well the fact that Ben Stein thinks that Darwin was “overhyped” definitely tells you that he needs to be removed from this list and instead added to the list of dumbest celebrities.

  • rker432

    I don’t understand as to why they called educated actors and actresses that have attended college for a year or so. a lot of people do that and then leave college. Educated means that you have completed your education, yes, you graduated.

  • day2knight

    Clearly being a Yale law school alumnus and economist doesn’t make you very smart, Ben. Evolution doesn’t say anything about how life began, but attributing that beginning to another unknown doesn’t explain anything. Even a small child will be able to tell you that.

  • Hyptiotes

    Why is Ben Stein on this list? His monumental failure to understand the basic tenets of evolution is sufficient to bump him. He claims nobody has ever “seen” evolution? First, he is wrong about this. Bacteria evolved an enzyme that specifically breaks down nylon (nylonase). Nylon was invented in the early 1930s. Where did this enzyme evolve? In the cooling ponds around Nylon factories of course. Dobzansky created the first incipient species of fruit fly under laboratory conditions in the 1960s. If you have a couple of years and know how to do artificial selection you can make your own species of fruitfly yourself without too much trouble. There are literally tens of thousands of published studies that measure evolutionary changes in traits. I mention just two. Even if I were to grant Ben that nobody has actually seen evolution (which is not true!), it is an idiotic statement to make. Nobody has seen Mount Everest form either, but we have satellites that can measure its annual growth (about 2.4 inches per year). One can also track the biogeography and geology of India and surmise that the Himalayas were formed by India slamming into the rest of Asia. Most intelligent people would extrapolate 2.4 inches a year and make a reasonable guess that it takes a long time for Mount Everest to reach its current height, perhaps too long for any single person to witness it rather than claim, nobody has seen mountains form, therefore they don’t! Evolution is the similar, except among bacteria and viruses, the rate of evolutionary change is so fast that you can actually watch it. This is why individuals with HIV have to rotate their drugs, to keep the HIV in their bodies from evolving into a drug-resistant strain. This is why you have to get a different flu shot every year–because last year’s strain evolved since then.

    By the way, I never saw Julius Caesar be born and die either, that doesn’t mean he didn’t exist. Please delete Ben Stein from the list. He’s an idiot.

  • Kiely

    What about Ashley Rickards (Jenna from Awkward)? She graduated high school at 15 and is also a member of MENSA.

  • Tony Vella

    I love Ben Stein. He makes sense, all the time.

  • Oldfart

    I was moving right along with this until you listed the idiot Ben Stein. That removed all credibility from this list.

  • Wartface

    Hmmm… Many of the richest men in the world were college drop outs. Bill Gates being #1.

  • http://ipse-cogita.blogspot.com/ IpseCogita

    One that thought he wanted to be an engineer when he was 19, another who spent seven years in prestigious universities and almost earned an undergraduate degree? Really?

  • George Hilman

    Like Kutcher, I’m rumored to have a high IQ also. (I started the rumor.)
    .

  • Maxwell

    No mention of Danica Mckellar?

  • Bill James

    Is discussing IQ permitted? The implication is that not all people have the same IQ and, being that we’re all equal, might be a violation of the Politically Correct Code.

  • mattinvt

    Who is this “Andrew” you mention once in the writeup on Elisabeth Shue?

  • mrcurrie

    Not one of these celebrities are of color?

  • Carrie Fischer

    Most of these celebrities on this list and their careers have gone NOWHERE (Lisa Kudrow, Kris Kristofferson, Elizabeth Shue, et cetera). If they’re so intelligent, why is that happening? I think the person who wrote this article needs to do their homework better.

  • Duke

    Where’s Pauly Shore?

  • Dave

    Let’s be frank when they say some celebrities are genius level this is
    really hype , even the James Woods myth is just that myth. The idea he
    has a 180 Iq is just absur9d , he doesn’t show this in any way with what
    he does or what he says.

    • Arkius

      Dave, I’m sure he writes better than you.

  • Dave

    Where you go to school does not determine how smart you are unless you are there on a scholarship. Just means your mommy and Daddy could afford it that’s all

  • nn55nn

    Intelligent celebrities is an o-x-y-m-o-r-o-n.

  • Kristen Taylor

    Well I have the same IQ as Nicole Kidman. Little did I know that my IQ was considered special. Or maybe it’s only because she’s an actress that it’s worth mentioning. I think I also just developed a crush on Ashton Kutcher. I had no idea he was so thoughtful.. and smart

  • Maerzie

    How can Natalie Portman be intelligent, when she obviously allowed her body to be mutilated by fake boobs? How many intelligent men have their penises augmented to look more appealing?

  • David Kaneva

    Dolph Lungren refuted the 160 IQ himself in an interview. He has never taken an IQ test.. while this myth is perpetuated still is beyond me.

  • Chris1232

    142 is only a little above average……

    • SomeOtherDude

      Huh? Mean IQ is (by definition) 100 with a standard deviation of 15. That puts 142 at 99.74% of the population.

  • Bamagirl1

    Why don’t all of you shut the hell up!! I realize that there are two sides to everything but this discussion just seems to repeat itself! Ya’ll have given me a headache!!!

  • TLC

    What about Missy Elliot? She was identified as gifted in school.

  • splitstream

    He’s a good actor, very smart, but he’s not a very nice guy. Runs around with little girls like a spoiled little rich republican. Very superficial. Well, good work if you can find it, I guess. His second home is Foxwoods.

  • splitstream

    Woods can’t be that intelligent. He’s a wingnut.

    • Bill Fleming

      dipping ones dick around town is not a measure of intelligence or lack there of

      • Robin Hood

        How about miss using a possessive?

    • Arkius

      River_Split:

      I wonder how your parents felt, when they realized they were raising a child with no intellectual future.

  • Jeremy Donovan Rohr

    Hey, do some research on Jodie Foster. She acted before she went to college. Geez

  • Jeremy Donovan Rohr

    Hey, just because she’s a porn star doesn’t mean she’s not a celebrity. Asia Carrera is a member of Mensa.

  • http://florforhillary.blogspot.com/ Eddie Bryan

    Does this mean Tommy Lee Jones is a democrat? I’ve heard some very angry words about his manner and personality.

  • http://florforhillary.blogspot.com/ Eddie Bryan

    I find it interesting the Steve Martin loved to work. What we think about work makes it what it is.

  • http://florforhillary.blogspot.com/ Eddie Bryan

    They say Franco’s dangerous. I can relate to a certain dirty look he has in his eyes sometimes. He’s going to do you harm.

  • http://florforhillary.blogspot.com/ Eddie Bryan

    I wonder on the other hand, who are the most loving and compassionate celebrities?

  • JerryW

    How about Weird Al Yankovic. He was a straight-A student in high school and graduated as Valedictorian at the age of 16. From there he went to the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, where he got a degree in Architecture.

  • Chuck Cordes

    How did Ben Stein make the list?

    If he doesn’t understand how evolution works and refers to all of our current scientific evidence as “Darwinism”, he can’t be very smart.

  • Olliekey Thomasmas

    TO BEN STEIN. you just proved your are dump. BS as a writer and as a ‘traveler’ to collect ‘truth’.
    What you collected: things that ARE COMFORTABLE TO RETIRE. So… retire. Your speeches are smelly, your face is swelly, and you YOURSELF is the WAIST. I will not forgive you the game with DARWINISM, a little Kosher Hamburger of no-opinion, no-suggestion, of no-personality. You LOST IT ALL, MAN.
    and what about Darwin? you didn’t come to O N E conclusion because YOU ARE AFRAID TO LOSE ONE SIDE OR ANOTHER – of your followers! You are a REAL coward to chose who YOU are. AND WHO YOU RE BY DARWIN. Because there was Evolution, your name became to be

    the ape

    The smart, snicky,, flexible, (small size… if you’d grow bigger, you’d TALK, but you are crying and whipping, mewing and cripping.

    The ape. . – the name for such a wigly-pigly non-related anymore to the VOICE OF NATION. Shame on you, the little stone of your own CEMETERY. Mumble for longer, and you will get even worse opinions. I am honest to tell you, miniature of Ben-we-knew: you disappoint. Why to sound…. if EVERYTHING YOU DID BEFORE, YOU LOST SO MISERABLY FAST just in a few months… when you lost your last brain. SORRY, BEN. You were a figure. You are not a figure anymore. Checkmate..

  • Olliekey Thomasmas

    Well, you call her HOLLYWOOD. If we ‘d ask 1 mln people if she is a bank director or a cashier in a neighborhood store…. I do believe, not many would know her acting. WHY TO MESS< CELEBRITY GUYS????!!! Who would read your BS if you continue this publishing….. The girl looks smart, she is a scientist, but what in it FOR US? We came at this page to SEE THEM. We need them! We want to know what they think! SHE is not a celebrity. Period.

    • Arkius

      Who are you talking about?

  • Olliekey Thomasmas

    I posted the following at the Elisabeth Shue’s page.
    Natalie… This website is not always stupid and useless. You are better than 10 pages like this! I would hate it, but it was smart enough to introduce #1 and #9 Ladies as the wonderful samples of Life and Brain! We applaud you, Fantastic Women of Our Time. (I am not a feminist, and usually prefer to compliment men, but YOU TWO, Natalie Portman and Elisabeth Shue, are over any man in the world, and, for sure, illuminate this silly page that gives you poor looking compliments and ugly waste of Empress’ wreaths:-). But they MENTION YOU and WHAT IS GREAT ABOUT YOU! So they deserve to exist:-). Quietly admiring you (I never was a fan of no one!) – Olga. Or Ollie. Casting and 2nd Director, actress, TV reporter from 3 wars and 100 small conflicts…. Journalist, artist and writer… but – just your sister (OK, a cousin, LOL) by education (2 Masters in Oceanography and Theatre Direction; unfinished PhD in Psychology… Elisabeth inspired me to finish it!!!! (But I am mom of 4 sons… Will I finally find time to finish it?:-). I WISH YOU BOTH — L O V E. A L O T of Love

  • Seriously

    And Ben Stein proves, with his statements, that he doesn’t understand the theory of Evolution.

  • jetty

    Ben Stein FTW!!!

  • Tom

    Where is Danica McKellar. Chick is genius.

  • Lois

    Conan? I was a little interested in this until I hit Conan. If he is intelligent, he hides it well. My personal opinion (I am entitled to that) contrary to what you say, he is neither good looking nor funny.

  • Jeremy Wessel

    “Later on, (Jodie Foster) attended Ivy League Yale University before pursuing a career in acting.” Umm, no. She was acting long before going to college.

  • Matt B.

    Under the one about Elisabeth Shue, who the hell is Andrew?

  • ccpony

    Re: James Woods. That’s JOHNS Hopkins, you fucking idiot.

  • toncuz

    Intelligence does not mean you can’t be thick-headed, biased or completely ignorant and naive about subject matter. James Woods and Ben Stein are two right-wing nut-jobs who sound like they never read a shred of history and get their talking points from Fox propaganda.

    Quentin Tarantino is the most over-rated directer in Hollywood. He’s known to be a closet racist, showing lazy thinking right there. And has built his career on ONE idea…glamorize the criminal chic…to sell movie tickets to his primary audience…14 year old boys. He thinks he’s being clever pushing blood-porn on under-developed minds by making the bad guys slave-owners or Nazis. He doesn’t fool everyone.

  • Tergiversator_Maximus

    For as smart as Ben Stein is, you’d think he’d understand the difference between evolution and cosmology. Asking an evolutionary scientist how life began is like asking a geologist about chemical bonds – they’re completely different fields. The only conclusion that I see is that he’s being deliberately obtuse for political purposes.

  • Dennis Richardson

    Some of the most brilliant human beings became brilliant after they died and now they are aware of the true nature of reality. They did not know in their life time that only faith in the Hebrew God’s Messiah will result in the happy state of being in the presence of the most intelligent Being in this Universe. These brilliant human beings did not make correct decisions in time. Their present intellect cannot reverse their previous decisions. They will reside in their present brilliant but damned state for all eternity. What good does human intelligence do when it does serve but rejects HIM?

  • David

    Intellect without wisdom. No thank you.

  • meesterbig

    Algore is also highly intelligent… he has parlayed one of the greatest frauds in history into a $500+ million personal fortune.

  • Enzyte Bob

    As usual when it comes to these lists, I’ve never heard of most of these people and don’t know why they are considered “celebrities”.

  • Miasmo

    Certainly the “genius” Jodie Foster meant she sees FEWER films now.

  • nunya

    If these people are so smart, how come they support and vote for ovomit? I think the average burger flipper at McDonalds is smarter than the typical leftist hollywood dope-head megalomaniac.

  • semus

    Tommy Lee Jones can only be one of the following a willfully ignorant Useful Idiot, an ignorant Useful Idiot or an intelligent Leftist.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      useless idiot …………..

  • marine43

    INTELLIGENT? Hahaha supported Algore? Hahahaha yeah right.

  • Jack_Kennedy

    know TL Jones personally, Guy is not dumb, but not “all that” as far as a brain ………… the guy is a real A-hole to his horses and even more so to other people ………. to bad, cuz his dad was a good man

    and someone being a BIG brain cuz they graduate honors in HISTORY and Literature …………. YEA, SURE

    but ……… with celebrities, guess ANYONE graduating, more less with any honors OR good standing is a BRAIN

  • Ray

    I question your inclusion of Natalie Portman.
    Seems to me I remember her supporting John Kerry for president.
    How intelligent is that?
    I don’t mean Kerry who is obviously a half wit, I mean Portman. Unless you’re using some metric from some alternate liberal universe she should not be included.

  • Follow the constitution

    I’m so in love with Elizabeth Shue…

  • IA_Adam

    James Woods is good actor but a pathological liar. I some him claim once that he got “1587” on his SATs. At that time, SATs scores were always in units of 10. Probably still are.

    • Jack_Kennedy

      ok pal, your hate getting the best of you ……….. am JW’s age and I got 1485 on mine ………… don’t know how it scored or why, but it is what it is …………..so, I am a liar also, right?

  • http://www.avowzone.com Golam Rabbani

    Great list, thanks

  • bob1233

    If they’re so smart, why do they back Obama?
    Why do they even give the time of day to anyone who would for a second think that the Democrats are helping our country?
    A high IQ only means that you know how to take IQ tests. Hell, I’m in Mensa and my back still hurts.
    An Ivy League degree only means your family had the means to send you there.
    History majors, literature majors, BS majors.
    The really smart people in Hollywood are the Jews who run the whole thing and put their money offshore, where the Democrats can’t touch it. Now, that’s brains!

  • Franklin Gullo

    Jordana is also a very pleasant person to come into contact with. She once was a customer of mine when I was the manager of an upper East Side vitamin shop in Manhattan, NY. It was always a pleasure to assist her.

  • JenJen

    Some may be more educated than others but …… “Staggeringly” ……doubt that.

  • tipjet

    Sorry Ben, your predilection for “Intelligent Design” does not support the contention that your are intelligent. Your law degree that emphasized recall of numerous legal cases and your affinity toward religious dogma only supports one aspect of intelligence — memorization.

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