25 Celebs Who Have Hidden Multi-Talents That Many Are Unaware Of
Some people just really seem to have been extra blessed in the talent gene pool. For example, while some people only have the ability to sing others can play an instrument sing and dance at the same time.
Recently a discussion that came up on askreddit was all about hidden or not-so-hidden skills displayed by celebrities who are already famous for one particular skill. A lot of interesting tidbits of information came out on the thread from which we’ve shared the most interesting to share with you, in the gallery below.
#1 Steve Martin, actor/comedian but also well-known serious banjo player.
#2 Brian May is the world level guitarist for the band Queen as well as many solo projects. He also has a PhD in astrophysics and is taken seriously as a researcher in interplanetary dust. (The PhD is not honorary, his dissertation is titled “A Survey of Radial Velocities in the Zodiacal Dust Cloud”. ) He is a visiting research at Imperial College.
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#3 Hugh Laurie, actor (House, Blackadder amongst many others), is an accomplished jazz pianist
#4 Geena Davis almost made the 2000 Olympic archery team
#5 Christopher Lee, he had a pretty successful military career.
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#6 Peter Weller is very well known as RoboCop and Buckaroo Bonzai, but is also a serious art historian with a PhD in the Italian Renaissance.
#7 Viggo Mortensen – I really thought someone else would mention him!
He is fluent in English, Spanish, Danish, and French and can function in a lot of others
He paints, released three jazz albums, incredibly accomplished horseman, and has written a book of poetry. Still writes poetry. Has had his photography in an exhibition, surfs, often did all his own stunts, and picked up swordfighting real easy.
Love this guy.
#8 Matthew Perry was a nationally ranked tennis player in Canada (top 20 in singles, top 10 in doubles).
#9 Rowan Atkinson can drive. I think he’s 2nd all time best celebrity driver on Top Gear. He could have been a race car driver.
#10 Bryan Adams has a career as an award-winning photographer. He was asked to photograph Queen Elizabeth during her Golden Jubilee.
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#11 Hedy Lamarr. Laid the groundwork for Bluetooth. For a lot of radio transmission actually. She did it during WW2 to have jam-free radios.
#12 Jamie Foxx, this man should be studied, he is a top tier amazing actor, he sings like a absolute angel, he is an amazing stand up comedian, and his impressions are spot on!
He’s also a classically trained pianist, for which he went to college on a scholarship. And the director and producers of Ray did NOT know that before casting him as Ray Charles.
#13 Nick Offerman is an accomplished woodworker.
#14 Jack Johnson was world #2 in surfing then broke his ankle and instead became a chart-topping musician.
#15 Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance and wrote the Umbrella Academy. Both very famous in their own regard.
#16 Terry Crews is actually a really talented artist. He used to do courtroom sketches. They sort of show it in some Brooklyn 99 episodes. He also plays football, is a good flautist, designs furniture, the list goes on. Man of many talents
#17 Haven’t seen Dolph Lundgren mentioned here yet. That man has a master’s degree in chemical engineering.
#18 Ken Jeong gave up practicing medicine in California to begin acting.
#19 Aldis Hodge is an actor most famous for playing Alec Hardison in Leverage, but has also been in features like Hidden Figures and Straight Outta Compton. He’s also an incredibly talented watchmaker.
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#20 Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. Also a pilot, not recreation, but type rated commercial and actually worked for an air carrier. Supposedly did some high-profile sorties including evacuating British citizens from conflict zones. Pilot the band’s own aircraft at times, with one of the most famous is a Boeing 747 with Iron Maiden livery “Ed Force One”. Owns own training and maintenance company of sorts too.
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#21 Natalie Portman was working her way toward a research career in neuroscience when the acting career took off. She got into Harvard on academics (earned high As on an academic course load all through high school) and she’s coauthored scientific research papers
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#22 Lucy Liu is a compelling, awesome and accomplished sapphic painter under the name Yu Ling!
#23 Not too long ago Tom Hardy turned up at a Jiu Jitsu tournament unexpectedly and won it.
#24 Vanilla Ice was ranked like 6th in the world in jet ski racing
#25 Anthony Hopkins is also a composer!
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