Many celebrities – from Taylor Swift to Tracee Ellis Ross – have received honorary doctorates. However, some have actually worked and obtained a real doctorate, medical degree or other doctoral degree.
Here are 16 celebrities who have earned the right to say “It’s actually Dr.” :
Dr. Shaquille O’Neal earned his doctorate in education from Barry University in 2012, fulfilling a promise he made to his mother to complete his education after leaving Louisiana State for the NBA.
Dr. Ken Jeong received his medical degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and completed his residency in internal medicine in New Orleans, where he won the “Big Easy Laff-Off”. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting.
Dr. Mayim Bialik took a break after having Flower and earned his doctorate in neuroscience at UCLA. When she returned to acting, she played neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on The Big Bang Theory.
In the early 1970s, Dr. Brian May interrupted his studies in astrophysics (his thesis was almost finished) to play guitar as a founding member of Queen, but 30 years later he “put it all on.. .on hold for a year” and earned her doctorate at Imperial College and graduated in 2007.
Dr. George Miller dabbled in short film after finishing medical school and continued to work as a doctor for a living while writing and directing his first low-budget feature film, madmax. Of course, he went on to write and direct the decades-spanning hit movie. madmax franchise.
Dr. Robert A. Leonard, who led Sha Na Na and performed at Woodstock, quit music when he was awarded a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which funded his doctorate in linguistics at Columbia. Since then he has become “one of the nation’s greatest language sleuths”. He worked on the JonBenét Ramsey murder case, testifying that the ransom note he analyzed was not written by the man who made the false confession.
Dr. Pedro-Juan Vázquez Bragan – aka PJ Sin Suela – graduated from Universidad Central del Caribe with his medical degree in 2015, but he soon decided to pursue rap instead of medicine. However, he returned to medicine to help his fellow Puerto Ricans after Hurricane Maria and during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power Actor Dr Lenny Henry (aka Sir Lenny Henry) received his PhD in Media Arts from Royal Holloway, University of London in 2018. His thesis was titled “Does the Coach Have to be Black? The Sports Film, Screenwriting and Diversity : A practice-based survey.”
Before joining the family business as a fashion designer, Dr. Miuccia Prada obtained her doctorate in political science at the University of Milan.
Dr Graham Chapman, who was part of the comedy group Monty Python, earned his MD from the Medical College of St Bartholomew’s Hospital. He didn’t practice medicine for long, but his training came in handy when he wrote for the series. doctor at home.
Actor and comedian Dr. Ellen Cleghorne, who was an icon saturday night live cast member in the 90s, earned his doctorate in performance studies at NYU in 2014. The program taught him “to look at something and see one thing in everything”.
Dr. Don S. Davis received a doctorate in theater from Southern Illinois University in 1982. He served as an academic and teacher until 1987, when he retired to become a full-time actor, landing notable roles in Stargate SG-1 and Twin peaks.
Fearing that he would never be able to support himself as a writer, Dr. Michael Crichton earned his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969. However, during his senior year, the film rights to his bestselling The Andromeda Strain have been sold. He completely gave up a medical career and continued to write novels like jurassic park and movies like Westworld.
Dr. Dan Grimaldi, who played Patsy and Philly Parisi on The Sopranos, earned his doctorate in computer science from the City University of New York. He also worked as a teacher.
Dr. Harold Gould received a doctorate in theater from Cornell. He was also a university professor from 1948 to 1953, and he taught drama, literature and speech. However, in his late thirties, he left academia to act, landing roles in everything from The bite at The golden girls.
And finally, when Dr. Peter Weller, who played the title character in RoboCop, was 51, enrolled in the Italian Art Summer Program at Syracuse University. He continued to earn his master’s degree; then, in 2014, he obtained his doctorate in the history of Italian Renaissance art at UCLA. He then established a scholarship fund for Syracuse graduate students in the same program.
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