We are often told that we won’t be successful if we don’t complete our studies. It is said that you should complete your studies to lead a stable life in the future. But is this true? We have heard many success stories that make us wonder whether studies are as important to lead a balanced life as they are framed to be. You’ll be shocked to discover that these 15 famous celebrities didn’t complete their high school! I Guess luck out runs education!
1. Leonardo DiCaprio
The Oscar-Winner, a Philanthropist, one of the most promising Actors and film producers, Leonardo DiCaprio was born on November 11, 1974. Besides having a rough childhood, Leonardo dropped out of high school in the third year, ultimately earning a general equivalency diploma. Known for his extraordinary acting skills, Leonardo has won three Golden Globe Awards, British Academy Film Awards and also became an Oscar-winner.
2. Tom Cruise
The strikingly handsome and blessed with boyish charm, one of the most famous American Actor and producer, Tom Cruise, was born on July 3, 1962. Tom originally planned to become a priest but after realizing his natural acting skills, he tried out his hands towards acting. Well, it did not take him long to take Hollywood by storm and soon he was ranked amongst the heart-throb and best actors in the industry.
3. Gisele Bundchen
The world’s 5th highest paid model in 2018 (Forbes), was born on July 20, 1980. Despite being the daughter of a university teacher and writer, Valdir Bundchen, the model left school at 14 to chase her career. A modelling agency brought her to light for the first time, in Sao Paolo. In 1996, Gisele had her first break at the New York Fashion Week (NYFW).
4. Ryan Gosling
One of the real talented Canadian Actor and musician was born on November 12, 1980. Began his acting career as a child star on the Disney Channel, Gosling dropped out of school when he was 17. At the age of 19, Gosling decided to move into Serious Acting and by 2001, secured a leading role in “The Believer”. Presently, BBC recognized him as the “Best deadpan Actor in the business”
5. Harry Styles
A very prominent English singer, songwriter and Actor, was born on February 1,1994. Styles immersed himself in the field of music too soon, since he was in school. He dropped out of school due to lack of time, as One Direction took off. After One Direction split up, Styles debut came after being auditioned for a spot in the show named ‘X Factor’.
6. Jennifer Lawrence
The famous American Actress, was born on August 15, 1990. Lawrence began her acting career at the age of 14. Due to her parents’ dictation, she graduated two years early from high school with outstanding grades. Besides, Lawrence carried on to her acting career since she was 14. According to Forbes, Lawrence was the highest paid actress in the World in 2015-16.
A Barbadian singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, diplomat and a businesswoman, was born in February, 1988. She started her career in her home country in 2003. The celebrity never graduated from high school. Eventually dropped out of school when she was 15 to pursue her career. As a pop icon, Rihanna is among the world’s best-selling music artists, holding nine Grammy Awards, thirteen American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and six Guinness World Records.
8. Johnny Depp
One of the most famous American Actor, Producer and musician, was born on June 9, 1963. Johnny was 15 when he dropped out of school to pursue his career as a rock star. Now, he is regarded as one of the world’s biggest film stars and has been listed in the 2012 Guinness World Records as the world’s highest-paid actor (US$75 million).
9. Walt Disney
An American Entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer, was born on December 5, 1901. Disney developed an early interest in drawing and dropped out of high school when he was 17. Disney started his career as a commercial illustrator at the age of 18. Later on, being a holder of 22 Oscars and 59 nominations, Disney has been known as the pioneer of the American Animation Industry.
10. Robert Downey Jr.
A very popular and successful American A-list actor and singer were born on April 4, 1965. Downey dropped out of school (on approval of his Father, Downey Sr.) when he was 16, to continue focusing on his acting career. Downey was on the top of Forbes list as Hollywood’s highest-paid Actors (US$80 million), for the three consecutive years from 2012-2015. He became famous after his brilliant roles in Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man.
11. Keanu Reeves
A very famous Canadian actor, director, producer and musician, was born on September 2, 1964. Reeves was 15 when he started his acting career but at the age of 17, he dropped out of high school. Reeves was never so enthusiastic about studies, and so he never obtained the high school diploma. Later on, his spectacular acting skills rewarded him with many appreciation awards. His role in the Matrix and John Wick series is strikingly famous.
12. Daniel Radcliffe
Mainly known for playing a titular protagonist in Harry Potter film series, Daniel Radcliffe, a young famous English actor and producer, was born in July 23, 1989. Since his versatile acting career began to consume his academic schedule, Daniel still carried on with his studies and achieved A grades in AS-level exams. After that, he took a break from education and never continued. Later on, Daniel became amongst the highest paid actors in the world during Harry Potter Films.
13. Jim Carrey
A multi-tasking Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, musician, producer and painter, Jim Carrey was born on January 17, 1962. Due to the outrageous financial crisis in his childhood, Jim was unable to continue his studies and dropped out of high school when he was 16. Known for his energetic slapstick performances and versatile acting, Jim achieved three Golden Globe Awards and many others.
14. Avril Lavigne
A famous Canadian singer, songwriter and actress, was born in September 27, 1984. At the age of 16, Avril dropped out of high school to devote herself to her singing career. With the passage of time, Avril got extreme fame and became the third best-selling Canadian female artist of all time, due to her bully-influenced pop music.
15. Al Pacino
A living Legend, an American actor and film-maker renowned for his role in Godfather and Scarface. Al Pacino (April 25, 1940), has had a career span of more than five decades. Pacino proved to be a very reckless student, couldn’t pass any exams due to which he dropped out of school when he was 17. Later on, Pacino won numerous awards including the lifetime achievement award, Golden Global Award and a competitive Oscar as well.