23 Celebrities With An English Major That May Or May Not Surprise You

They have an English degree? Say what?

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarJobs - 2 years ago

So you did that thing that your parents warned you about—you decided to throw away any ideas of majoring in something dull and guaranteed to make you money (like Economics, for example), and you followed your passion. You majored in English.

And now that you’ve graduated, or you’re nearing your final years in school, you’re starting to wonder… what next? What kind of job am I going to find out of school that has to do with—writing? With literature? With, you know, knowing the difference between a transitive and intransitive verb?

Well, you could, of course, write. Writing books is very profitable—for like a hundred people in the world. You could teach—that’s a good way to spread your wealth of knowledge. You could write copy for an advertising firm, and just go ahead and throw away your soul right now.

Or—you could do something totally unrelated to your field, like acting, playing music, or being a news anchor, just to name a few. That’s what these 23 famous English Majors did, anyway.

1. Sting

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Okay, just listen to the lyrics of Desert Rose and tell me Sting is not a clear English Major. He went to the Northern Counties College of Education.

2. Tommy Lee Jones

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Not just an actor, Mr. Jones (Mr. Lee Jones? Tommy? T-Dog?) studied English at Harvard.

3. Mitt Romney

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See, you don’t have to study political science to embarrass yourself in a Presidential Election! Romney went to Brigham Young University.

4. Jon Hamm

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Perhaps most famous for his role in Mad Men, this English Major turned actor went to the University of Missouri.

5. Joan Cusack

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Funny lady Joan Cusack went to the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

6. Conan O’Brien

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Now this really shouldn’t be a surprise—you have to have a way with words to be one of the top show writers and talk show hosts on T.V. He went to Harvard.

7. Joan Rivers

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Perhaps the most infamous staple of the Red Carpet, Joan Rivers once (long, long ago) studied English at Barnard.

8. Renée Zellweger

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America’s Sweetheart, Renee Zellweger, studied English at the University of Texas at Austin.

9. Stephen King

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DUH.

10. Barbara Walters

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Before she was Baba Wawa, and one of the most famous faces on television, Ms. Walters was an English Major at Sarah Lawrence College.

11. Sigourney Weaver

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Beauty, brains, talent, and of course, one of the most relaxing voices we’ve ever heard—Sigourney Weaver graduated with a degree in English from Stanford.

12. James Franco

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Okay, is there anything this guy doesn’t do? He’s a professor, an artist, an actor, and of course, a writer. He went to UCLA.

13. Paul Newman

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Famous actor Paul Newman graduated with an English Degree from Kenyon College.

14. Fred Savage

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Fame and fortune for his years on The Wonder Years were not enough for Fred Savage. He hung up his acting shoes and headed to Stanford to study English.

15. Steven Spielberg

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It’s no wonder Steven Spielberg is one of the best cinematic storytellers of our time—he was an English major at California State University, Long Beach.

16. Christopher Nolan

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The Dark Knight, Inception, Interstellar… This guy wows us again and again, making English Majors all over the world proud.

17. Alan Alda

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Perhaps best known in his day for his leading role in M.A.S.H., this beloved American actor once studied English at Fordham College.

18. Chevy Chase

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No surprise here—Chevy Chase started out writing and starring in sketches in his early career. He studied English at Bard.

19. Diane Sawyer

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A natural storyteller turned lead anchor, Diane Sawyer went to Wellesley College for English.

20. David Duchovny

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The truth is out there… And it’s this: David Duchovny started out as an English nerd at Yale University.

21. Jodie Foster

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Another Yale grad turned actor, Jodie Foster once fancied herself a writer.

22. Martin Scorsese

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This guy is so New York, it really is no surprise he went to New York University to get his degree.

23. Paul Simon

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This singer-songwriter is a poet through and through. Of course he studied English in school (Queens College).

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