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Surprisingly Brainy Celebs

Danica McKellar - Vinnie Cooper of Wonder YearsJason English of mental_floss magazine, has compiled a list of surprisingly brainy celebrities in show business. He was spurred by Danica McKellar’s (Vinnie Winnie Cooper in The Wonder Years and object of many teenage fantasies) new textbook – Math Doesn’t Suck. His list contains some surprising names like Dolph Lundgren, Sacha Baron Cohen and Hugh Hefner.


This got us thinking: If Winnie Cooper could grow up to be a math whiz, there must be similar stories about the academic pursuits of other famous people. With help from research editor Kara Kovalchik, we’ve compiled a list of twenty celebrities with impressive degrees and/or unexpected majors.


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