We often think of celebrities as being shallow, somewhat dimwitted people who couldn't hack it in college so moved out to LA to try to "make it big." But just because you don't need to be a braniac to memorize lines from a script doesn't mean there aren't some awfully intelligent celebs out there. Here is a list of people involved in the entertainment industry who also have M.D.'s.
George Miller: he is an Australian film director, screenwriter, and producer who is perhaps best known for his involvement in the Mad Max franchise. He also won an Academy Award for his work on Happy Feet, a well-known children's movie about penguins. He was also nominated for two academy awards for his work on the 1995 hit Babe. Miller studied medicine at the University of New South Wales along with his twin brother John. In his final year of medical school George and his brother made a one minute short that won them first prize at a student competition. He completed his residency at Sydney's St. Vincent's Hospital and then worked as a physician for a number of years, spending most of that time as an emergency room doctor at a public hospital. Ultimately, however, Miller felt he could serve the public better as a film maker, and abandoned medicine to work on movies.
Graham Chapman: he was an English comedian, actor, and writer, well-known for his position as one of the six cast members of the comedy group Monty Python. He also wrote professionally for the BBC as well as for a few other comedic television shows. Before getting involved in the entertainment industry, however, Chapman studied medicine at Emmanuel College in Cambridge and later at St. Bartholomew's Medical College.
Jonathan LaPaglia: he is an Australian actor best known for his roles in the television series Seven Days, The District, and New York Undercover. LaPaglia graduated from Rostrevor College and then from the University of Adelaide with a degree in medicine. He worked for three years as a physician in an emergency room in Adelaide, Sydney, and London, but soon felt that he was being restricted. Inspired by his brother, he decided to pursue a career in acting and moved to New York City in 1994. He landed his first major role as Detective Tommy McNamara in New York Undercover in 1996.
Jonathan Miller: he was a British theater and opera director, actor, author, television presenter, and humorist, in addition to being a medical doctor. Miller started his education at St. Paul's School in London where he became interested in the biological sciences. He studied natural sciences as well as medicine at St. John's College in Cambridge and then went on to the University of London. While in medical school Miller appeared in a number of theatrical performances. After graduating in 1959 he worked as a hospital house officer for two years, including as a house physician for gastroenterologist Dr. (later Sir) Frances Avery Jones.
Ken Jeong: he is an American actor and comedian who is well-known for his roles as Ben Chang on Community and as Leslie Chow in The Hangover trilogy. As a child Jeong was a member of the High IQ Team at his school, played the violin, and was elected to student council. He completed undergrad at Duke and then studied medicine at UNC Chapel Hill. He completed his residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while performing stand-up comedy. He is a licensed physician in the state of California.
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Iris Stone has worked as a freelance writer since 2011. Her writing has included content on medicine, healthcare, and education, although her interests are wide and varied. Prior to breaking into the freelance biz, Iris worked in sales for a health company and prior to that as an assistant in a chiropractic office. She is currently attending George Mason University and is majoring in Political Science. Check out her Google+ profile.