Movies, TV shows and other projects designed to distract us from our programs and daily foibles like tax audits and that giant purple thing on your back might make celebrities seems like
brainless meat-heads, but looks can be deceiving (except in the case of Leonard Nimoy who looks like the â€˜Magic: The Gatheringâ€™ player in all of us). Some of the biggest names in movies, TV, music and sports didnâ€™t plan on becoming star drenched celebrities who get free dinners at high class restaurants and physical affection from strangers.
The hulking, blond anti-hero of â€œRocky 4â€ might look like the dumbest member of any group ofÂ muscle-headed weight lifters, but heâ€™s actually much smarter than he looks and could pound youÂ into a fine paste for calling him dumb (donâ€™t hit me).Â The actor, a native of Stockholm, actually pursued a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney in Australia, a degree he earned from a very prestigious scholarship that led to an even more prestigious scholarship to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whereÂ he was certain to become of the worldâ€™s top engineers in his field. Instead he chose to chuck it all away and go to New York to become an actor where he earned his big debut in the James Bond thriller â€œA View to a Killâ€ and achieved fame in the aforementioned â€œRockyâ€ sequel.
The man who made Mr. Spock a household name seems like the average above averageÂ intellectual who cut his teeth on the world of higher knowledge and found fame by chucking itÂ all away on a crazy dream. Maybe itâ€™s because heâ€™s known for playing a character with a purelyÂ intellectual and logical personality who fails to grasp intangible concepts. Maybe itâ€™s becauseÂ he has a following of equally nerdy and bookish fanboys who also have the social skills of aÂ caffienated gerbil.Â Itâ€™s surprising to learn, however, that this actor turned renaissance man actually has a Â mastersÂ degree that greater men could grasp if their brains had opposable thumbs.Â The â€œStar Trekâ€ starÂ actually earned his masters in education from Antioch University, which Iâ€™m sure made millionsÂ of Trekkies in the 60â€™s very conflicted about either getting to enjoy the greatness of â€œStar Trekâ€Â or getting to learn aboutÂ quadrilateralÂ triangles from the likes of Mr. F -ing Spock. He also has anÂ honorary degree from his alma mater for his efforts to honor the victims of the Holocaust.
The lead singer of the California punk band The Offspring might seem like your typical spikyÂ headed speed freak with a penchant for destruction and a love for all things on fire.Â However, his collegiate background could screw up with your entire view of the universeÂ Holland graduated valedictorian of high school and enrolled at USC to study biology, a formÂ of science that most of his fans donâ€™t even know what it studies. He stuck it out for a few moreÂ years and earned his masters degree in molecular biology, a field of study that even the worldâ€™sÂ smartest people couldnâ€™t wrap their heads around without part of them exploding. He was aboutÂ to start earning his PhD in the field when he made his entire family faint by announcing he wasÂ chucking it all away to pursue a career in music.
The man who made Black Adder and Mr. Bean characters beloved the world over (except by people in Britain, for some reason) seems like he had been aspiring to be a career comedian all of his life.Â His actual ambitions had a much different focus. The film, stage and screen star was far fromÂ being the class clown of his school. In fact, he was teased mercilessly and considered himselfÂ deadly serious and scientific of mind and when it came time to go to college, he attendedÂ Newcastle University where he earned a masters in electrical engineering. It wasnâ€™t until heÂ moved to Oxford that he discovered his gift for writing and acting in comedies.
This Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) powerhouse makes his living beating people toÂ a pulp until they either stop screaming or breathing. However, his path could have been muchÂ different if he followed his college masters degree. He would have done the same thing to peopleÂ for a living, except it would focus more on their wallets.Â Martin actually studied at Northern Illinois University and Concordia University whereÂ he earned a masters in psychology and even though heâ€™s still fighting as a very successfulÂ middleweight fighter, heâ€™s still working towards getting his doctorate in clinical psychology. SoÂ if he canâ€™t solve all of his patientsâ€™ problems, at least he can punch them until their faces cave in.Â Now thereâ€™s some awesome behavioral therapy.
Few people thought that this hairy best of unforgiving folds and flesh would not only choose toÂ become a porn star but would also becomes the worldâ€™s most successful and recognized pornÂ star. Then again, if Donald Trump can be considered a viable presidential candidate for moreÂ than a second without laughing, I guess anything is possible.Â Before he jumped into the world of professional fornicating, he was a teacher after earning aÂ masters in special education from Queens College. He was actually working as a special edÂ teacher throughout the New York City school system when he was then girlfriend sent a nakedÂ photo of him to Playgirl and the images that appeared in the magazine earned him a truckload ofÂ fan mail and offers to do adult features.