Celebrity IQ Scores
Have you ever wondered about celebrity IQ scores? I did, which is why I put together this list of all the known intelligence ratings for your favorite actors and actresses. While IQ scores are interesting to look at, please keep in mind that it’s not a true indication of a person’s smarts. After you look at the list, you’ll notice a few notoriously stupid people with respectable scores, while other will rank lower than you might have expected. For example, Marilyn Vos Savant took an intelligence test when she was 10 years old and scored a 228 on her IQ (the highest ever recorded). She’s never been able to reach that level again, although it’s still a badass distinction to hold.
Since the average American clocks in with an IQ score of 98, let’s see how the Hollywood crowd compares. But first, a note on the IQ ranking system and what it means.
IQ Score Ranking System
The following ranking system shows what each IQ score means.
- 140 + – Genius or near genius
- 130 – 139 – Gifted
- 120 – 129 – Very Superior Intelligence
- 110 – 119 – Superior Intelligence
- 90 – 109 – Average Intelligence
- 80 – 89 – Dullness
- 70 – 79 – Borderline deficiency
- 50 – 70 – Mild mental retardation
- 35-50 – Moderate mental retardation
- 20 – 35 – Severe mental retardation
- < 20 – Profound mental retardation
Here are a few facts about IQ scores that you might find interesting:
- 99.5% of IQ scores fall between 60 and 140
- 95% of IQ scores fall between 70 and 130
- 70% of IQ scores fall between 85 and 115
- 50% of IQ scores fall between 90 and 110
- An IQ score of 134 is in the top 1%
- An IQ score of 66 is in the bottom 1%
Historical IQ Scores
Before we get to the celebrity IQ scores, let’s take a look at the estimated or verified IQ scores for some historical figures and non-Hollywood celebrities. For all the long dead folks, we got the numbers from The Calculated IQ Estimates for 301 Historic Geniuses, a book by American psychologist Catherine Cox Miles.
- Marilyn Vos Savant – 228 IQ
- Stephen Hawking – 160 IQ
- John F. Kennedy – 119 IQ
- Bill Clinton – 137 IQ
- Dwight Eisenhower – 122 IQ
- George W. Bush – 125 IQ (a perfect example of how IQ scores don’t always measure true intelligence)
- George Bush, Sr. – 98 IQ
- Ronald Regan – 105 IQ
- Beethoven – 165 IQ
- Benjamin Franklin – 160 IQ
- Gerald Ford – 121 IQ
- Jimmy Carter – 156 IQ
- Hilary Clinton – 140 IQ
- Bill Gates – 160 IQ
- Albert Einstein – 160 IQ
- Garry Kasparov – 190 IQ
Celebrity IQ Scores
Some of these celebrity IQ scores are verified (Geena Davis, for example), while other estimates are believed to be accurate. Many of these individuals belong to MENSA, an organization whose members must score in the top 2% of a supervised intelligence test. Compare it to the list above, and you might be surprised to find that five celebs have IQs equal to or greater than Albert Einstein. If the father of modern physics hadn’t come up with the Special Theory of Relativity, I’m sure Quentin Tarantino would’ve eventually done so.
- Andy Warhol – 86 IQ. He may not have scored high on his IQ test, but Warhol could sure paint a mean can of soup.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – 135 IQ. While many may consider him a meathead, this Austrian-turned-American rose from being a bodybuilder to the governor of California. In between, he was one of the top movie stars for well over a decade.
- Dolph Lundgren – 160 IQ. The massive action star attended the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1982, he received a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. The following year, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to MIT. And all this while training to beat Rocky Balboa on behalf of the Soviet Union.
- Geena Davis – 140 IQ. A longtime member of MENSA, Davis is fluent in Swedish and plays piano, flute, drums, and the organ.
- James Woods – 180 IQ. Woods scored a 1579 on his SAT test to get accepted to MIT, but then he dropped out to pursue acting.
- Jayne Mansfield – 149 IQ. Best known for her massive breasts (measurements of 40-21-35) and fatal car wreck at the age of 34, Mansfield was also a classically trained pianist and violinist who spoke five languages.
- Jodie Foster – 132 IQ. Foster graduated as valedictorian from the French-speaking Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, after which she attended Yale and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in literature.
- Madonna - 140 IQ. It’s no surprise that Madonna has a high IQ. After all, she’s been able to remain relevant in the world of pop culture for three decades.
- Masi Oka – 180 IQ. Known as the likable Hiro on Heroes, he was featured on the cover of Time magazine when he was 12 years old. The caption? “Those Asian-American Whiz Kids.” Fluent in three languages, he has a degree in computer science and mathematics.
- Nicole Kidman – 132 IQ. While she didn’t have the good sense to avoid a marriage to crazy-ass Tom Cruise, the leggy Aussie does have a celebrity IQ in the gifted range.
- Brett Favre – 104 IQ. The quarterback for the Packers, Jets, and Vikings, Favre made appearances in Something About Mary and Reggie’s Prayer. Still, he’s not smart enough to know when to retire.
- Danica McKellar – 154 IQ. Known as Winnie from The Wonder Years, McKellar has a degree in mathematics from UCLA and has written two best-selling books on the topic.
- Quentin Tarantino – 160 IQ. A high school dropout, Tarantino worked in an L.A. video store while trying to make it as an actor. As it turned out, he would make his mark as a director and one of the most influential figures of the modern pop culture scene.
- Sharon Stone – 148 IQ. Even though she’s best known for uncrossing her legs, this blonde vixen claimed for years to be a member of MENSA. She later admitted this was not the truth, so you have to wonder about her IQ claim.
- Steve Martin – 142 IQ. The movie star and banjo-playing comic was once a philosophy major at Cal State. During those years, he considered becoming a professor.
- Ellen Muth – 156 IQ. One of the stars of Showtime’s Dead Like Me, Muth is also a member of MENSA and Intertel.
- Laura Shields – 160 IQ. A British model and actress with an masters degree in Chemical Engineering from Leeds University. A member of MENSA, she’s put her high IQ to the test by serving as a suitcase holder on the game show Deal or No Deal.
- Muhammad Ali – 78 IQ. Ali might not have been working for NASA anytime soon, but he sure knew how to interact with people. And, of course, when did punching people in the face ever require a big brain?
- Sir Jimmy Savile – 149 IQ. This British DJ, actor, and radio personality has received an honorary Doctor of Laws from Leeds University, as well as being made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Radiology.
- Asia Carrera – 156 IQ. A now-retired porn actress who starred in the adult film-within-a-film from The Big Lebowski known as Logjammin’. In real life, Carrera twice played piano at Carnegie Hall as a youth, and she later attended Rutgers University. A member of MENSA, Carrera also designed and maintained her own adult website, including writing all the code.
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