Crawford graduated from high school as valedictorian, winning an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University. She only attended one quarter before dropping out to pursue modeling full time.
Norton attended Yale University as a History major and a Japanese minor. Following graduation, Norton spent some time working for The Enterprise Foundation in Osaka before deciding to move to New York City to become an actor.
Redford initially attended the University of Colorado on a baseball scholarship, which he later lost due to alcohol-related infractions. He then attended the Pratt Institute of Art to study painting.
DeVito's goal was to act but he attended the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty Culture and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts for a makeup course so he could make a living working as a hairdresser at his sister's salon.
Baldwin attended Georgetown University but after visiting a friend at NYU who introduced him to the theater department he decided to put his law school plans on hold and take a more risky detour and transferred to NYU.
Johnson ranked as one Pennsylvania's top 10 high school football players, which earned him a scholarship to the University of Miami and the honor of being the first member of his family to attend college.
Jeong was pre-med at Duke University and went to medical school at University North Carolina-Chapel Hill. While at med school, Jeong did stand-up comedy in local clubs & though he became a doctor, he was bit by the acting bug.
Kudrow attended Vassar College with the intention of entering the medical research field & working for her father. Following a stint where she performed headache research, Kudrow finally succumbed to the impulse to act.
Simmons had a strong belief in schooling. By 1970 he had a degree in education and fluent mastery of Hungarian, German, English and Hebrew, all while working with a series of bands.
After touring South America and Kenya for four months as part of the Traveling School, Mara was inspired to launch her own non-profit, Faces of Kibera, and study at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study.
Macy studied veterinary medicine at Bethany College in West Virginia but his "hippie lifestyle" interfered and he transferred to Goddard College in Vermont to study theater.
Butler attended Glasgow University for law but was uncertain about his choice so he moved to LA & appeared as an extra in "The Bodyguard". After dipping his toe unsuccessfully in the acting pool, he returned home & began a law tra...
Following her role as Dr. Kimberly Shaw on 'Melrose Place' Cross earned her Master's Degree in psychology at LA's Antioch University.
After he nearly destroyed his acting career before it began by fighting with Bill Cosby, Howard earned a degree in chemical engineering at Pratt Institute.
Beckinsale pursued her education at Godolphin & Latymer School, then Oxford University, where she also took up acting.
Whitaker was offered a football scholarship but opted instead to attend the University of Southern California Conservatory on a vocal scholarship.
Although she often plays dumb, Faris received her bachelor's in English literature from the University of Washington.
Cameron enrolled at California State University-Fullerton, where he studied physics for a year, before dropping out to marry a waitress, drive trucks and smoke pot.
Kutcher went the University of Iowa, where he majored in biochemical engineering, motivated to find a cure for his twin's heart ailment. He dropped out after being recruited by a modeling agent at a local bar.
Despite her obvious love of performing, she was interested in following in her father's footsteps when Garner enrolled at Denison University in Ohio to pursue a chemistry degree.
Longoria was a student at Texas A&M University-Kingsville when she began competing in pageants, which later evolved into acting when a theatrical agent saw her potential.
Fox received a football scholarship from Columbia University & dreamed of Wall Street. His plans changed when a girlfriend's mom, who happened to be an agent, suggested the 6'2" hunk try modeling instead of trading stocks.
A born class clown, he was reportedly encouraged by a guidance counselor to drop out of high school, but he persevered, receiving his high school diploma and a bachelor's degree in speech therapy from Emerson College in Boston.
Jackson attended Morehouse College and initially majored in Marine Biology but after becoming involved theater, he set his sights on acting.
Ferrell went to University of Southern California but the funniest guy at Delta Tau fraternity realized he liked making people laugh while interning at a local news show.
After childhood on-screen success in '3rd Rock from the Sun', Gordon-Levitt enrolled in Columbia University in New York.
Blanchett attended the University of Melbourne as an art history and economics major but on a whim, she auditioned for a spot in the National Institute of Dramatic Arts and changed her path forever.