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Celebrities Who Didn’t Graduate High School

/ May 29, 2014

While growing up many of us were taught that education was one of the most important things in life and that our future depended on us completing school. These high profile celebrities seemed to have defied all parental logic and become hugely successful without even completing high school.

Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr dropped out of Santa Monica High school at the age of 16 years old and headed to New York to follow his dreams of becoming an actor. His dreams were definitely made into reality; after all, we couldn’t imagine ANYONE else as the handsome Tony Stark of Iron Man.


John Travolta

John Travolta dropped of out his New Jersey high school in pursuit of singing, dancing and acting in the glamours of New York City. Ironically enough, when he turned 21 years old he was chosen to play the role of a high school student in “Welcome Back, Kotter.”


Wolfgang Puck

The renowned celebrity chef dropped out of school at the tender age of 14 years old to work with a hotel chef in Austria as an apprentice. It turned out to probably be the best decision of his life since he is one of the most celebrated celebrity chefs out there with his own chain of restaurants and super expensive cooking ware.

Photo Credit: Cristiano Del Riccio

Photo Credit: Cristiano Del Riccio

Hilary Swank

Hollywood superstar, Hilary Swank, left South Pasasena High School after teachers complained about her talking too much. What more suitable for Hilary Swank than becoming an actress whose primary role is to talk!



Rapper Eminem did not complete high school, nay, did not complete ninth grade, after repeating it three times because of all his unexcused absences from class.


Al Pacino

Al Pacino dropped out of high school to pursue his dream of becoming an actor and with his immediate success after “Scarface” he proved that he can become successful without education (although this might not be for everyone, so make sure you stay in school, kids!)