Dolph Lundgren (Actor)
Best known for portraying Soviet boxer Ivan Drago opposite Sylvester Stallone in the movie Rocky IV
, Dolph Lundgren possesses not only looks and brawn, but also brains. The 6 ft - 5 in. Swedish actor holds a degree in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.
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Donald Sutherland (Actor)
This Canadian-born actor has enjoyed a 50+ year career, including roles in M*A*S*H, Ordinary People, JFK
, and The Hunger Games
. Although he’s undoubtedly proud of his actor son Kiefer Sutherland, he should also be proud of earning two degrees from the University of Toronto — one in engineering and the other in drama. Guess we know which degree he decided to put to use.
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Montel Williams (Talk Show Host)
Former talk show host Montel Williams obviously enjoys the gift of gab. But did you know he’s also an engineer? Williams, who now works as an author and actor, received his engineering degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1980.
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Rowan Atkinson (Actor)
Probably most recognized for his "Mr. Bean" persona, English comedian, actor, and screenwriter Rowan Atkinson proved his intelligence is no laughing matter when he earned his electrical engineering degree from Newcastle University. He also holds a master's of electrical engineering degree from Oxford University.
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Bill Nye the Science Guy (TV personality)
William Sanford Nye, commonly known as “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” is an American science educator, comedian, TV host, actor, writer, scientist, and — wait for it — mechanical engineer. Yep, the 59-year-old graduated from Cornell University and started his engineering career at The Boeing Co. in Seattle, where he developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor that’s still used in the Boeing 747.
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Tom Landry (NFL Coach)
Former NFL football coach Tom Landry is considered one of the greatest coaches of all time. During his 29-year tenure with the Dallas Cowboys, he not only invented the 4–3 defense, but also the "flex defense" system. Many people credit Landry’s success on the football field to his engineering background. He earned his master's degree in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.
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Herbie Hancock (Musician)
Grammy-award winning composer and musician Herbie Hancock is perhaps best-known for his contributions to the jazz music genre. But did you know he also studied electrical engineering? Hancock attended Grinnell College where, like Donald Sutherland, he pursued two degrees: one in electrical engineering and the other in music.
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Michael Bloomberg (Business Magnate and Politician)
Michael Bloomberg may be famous for being a media mogul and the former mayor of New York City, but he started out with more ordinary beginnings. In 1964, Bloomberg graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a degree in electrical engineering. He then went on to earn an MBA from Harvard Business School.
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Neil Armstrong (Astronaut)
Astronaut Neil Armstrong may have been the first person to walk on the moon, but do you know what helped get him there (besides a spaceship)? An aeronautical engineering degree from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. Several years later, he graduated with a master of science degree in aerospace engineering from the University of Southern California.
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