Don’t let looks fool you; there are many celebrities that are smarter than they look. Unlike looking book-smart with a pair of geek glasses, genius is defined as an IQ of 140 and up. Adding to the neurosurgeons, research scientists and university professors that fall in this IQ range, there is a surprising mix of celebs that sport a high level of intelligence.
Hall of Fame baseball player Reggie Jackson scores a homerun with a 160 IQ. With this genius behind the bat, it comes as no surprise that the Oakland Athletics defeated the New York Mets in the 1973 World Series, in which he was named the series’ Most Valuable Player. With John F. Kennedy only having an IQ of 120, it makes one wonder whether Jackson should’ve been running the country instead in the 1960s. Burn!
Madonna and Shakira go head to head with an IQ of 140. No doubt it’s Madonna’s genius IQ that awarded her name on the 25 Most Powerful Women of the Past Century list by Times Magazine in 2010. This female genius has a net earnings of over $125 million. Columbian singer-songwriter, choreographer, record producer, dancer and model Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll definitely has the brains to match her talent and beauty. She started writing poetry at 4 years and wrote her first song at just 8!
Comedian, musician and actor Steve Martin is a true standup genius with an IQ of 142. As a matter of fact, Martin majored in Philosophy at Cal State University and even pondered becoming a professor before joining the Hollywood arena. Hiding behind those black-rimmed glasses and trademarked white hair, his genius is reflected in perfect timing and goofy acts. Who new goofy requires smarts?
Oscar-winning film writer and director Quentin Tarantino is a high school dropout whose only job before Hollywood was working in a video rental store. But with an IQ of 160, he’s gone on to make films like “Django Unchained,” “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill,” proving that he has what it takes for success without a formal education.
Emmy Award winner James Woods is an Oscar-nominee and superstar has a whopping IQ of 180. While in high school, Woods was in a UCLA linear algebra course. In addition, his SAT scores were amazing. Even though he had a full scholarship to MIT, Woods dropped out to pursue acting. He’s also an ace poker player.
Starring in blockbuster movies alongside Sylvester Stallone and Jean-Claude Van Damme, action film star Dolph Lundgren is a genius with an IQ of 160. He’s got a Chemical Engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden and a full scholarship to MIT.
“Modern Family” star Nolan Gould is one of the youngest actors with an IQ score of 150. This young, smart star started college at the age of 14. Yes, 14.