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Famous High School Dropouts
Part Two

Shaun Kerry, M.D.
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

H.G. Wells.......best-selling British author (dropped out to help family earn income; later returned and went on to college)

Jim Clark........self-made billionaire  American businessman; founder of "Netscape"; first Internet billionaire (17, U.S. Navy)

Jimmy Dean..........singer-songwriter-actor; self-made multimillionaire American businessman; founder of the "Jimmy Dean Foods" brand sausage business (16, U.S. Merchant Marines; 18, U.S. Air Force)

Andrew Jackson......7th U.S. President; face is pictured on the U.S. twenty dollar bill (13, U.S. Continental Army; orphaned at 14; little formal education; home schooling/life experience; studied law in his late teens and became a lawyer)

Leon Uris..........best-selling American author (Exodus, etc.) (17, U.S. Marines)

Walter L. Smith.....former president of Florida A&M University (equivalency diploma, at age 23)

W. Clement Stone....self-made multimillionaire (some sources indicate billionaire) American businessman-author; founder of "Success" magazine (elementary school dropout; later attended high-school night courses and then some college)

Jack London.......best-selling American author (dropped out at 14 to work; later gained admission to the University of California; left after one semester)

Arthur Ernest Morgan....American flood-control engineer; college  president-author; appointed by President Roosevelt to be director of the Tennessee Valley Authority public works project (left high school after three years; later attended the University of Colorado for six weeks)

Ray Charles.........singer-pianist; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Cher......Oscar-winning actress-singer

Maurice Chevalier.... Oscar-winning actor-singer; French Legion of Honor inductee/Medal recipient (note: rank bestowed in 1938

Pierce Brosnan......actor

Ellen Burnstyn......Oscar-winning actress

Raymond Burr.......actor

Sammy Cahn.......... Oscar-winning American songwriter-composer

Michael Caine.......Oscar-winning actor; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Michael Caine)

Glen Campbell.......country music star

Daniel Gilbert......Harvard University psychology professor (equivalency diploma)

Dizzy Gillespie.....musician-composer (received honorary diploma from high school he attended)

Patrick Henry
.......American Revolutionary War era politician; Virginia's first governor; famous quote: "Give me liberty, or give me death!" (little formal education; home schooling/life experience; later studied on his own and earned a law degree)

Peter Jennings......Canadian-born American television journalist; evening news anchorman

Ansel Adams.........American wilderness photographer; photography book author; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Julie Andrews.......Oscar-winning actress-singer

Louis Armstrong.....singer-musician

Brooke Astor........wealthy American socialite-philanthropist-author; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Pearl Bailey........singer-actress; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Lucille Ball........actress-comedienne-producer; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Bill Bartman........self-made billionaire American businessman

Count Basie.........bandleader-pianist

Jack Benny.......... comedian-actor-violinist

Humphrey Bogart.....Oscar-winning actor

Peter Bogdanovich....Oscar-nominated American film director-screenwriter (The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Mask, etc.)

Whoopie Goldberg....Oscar-winning actress-comedienne

Benny Goodman.....bandleader-clarinetist

Lew Grade
.........British film/TV producer (TV: The Avengers, The Saint, Secret Agent, The Prisoner, The Muppet Show, etc.); knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Lew Grade)

Philip Emeagwali....supercomputer scientist; one of the pioneers of the Internet (high-IQ high-school dropout; left school in native Nigeria due to war conditions and lack of tuition money; continued to study on his own and earned an equivalency diploma; later won a scholarship to Oregon College of Education in the United States; transferred after one year to Oregon State University)

Danny Thomas........actor-producer-humanitarian (actor: Make Room for Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show; co-producer: The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, etc.); Congressional Gold Medal recipient

Peter Ustinov.......Oscar-winning actor

Hiram Stevens.......American-born engineering inventor; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Hiram Stevens)

Patrick Stewart..... actor-writer-producer-director; former captain of the Enterprise on TV's Star Trek: The Next Generation and in films.

Kemmons Wilson.......self-made multimillionaire American businessman; founder of the "Holiday Inn" hotel chain

Kjell Inge Rokke.....self-made billionaire Norwegian businessman

David Puttnam.......Oscar-winning British film producer (Chariots of Fire, Midnight Express, etc.); knighted (United Kingdom: Sir David Puttnam)

Anthony Quinn.......Oscar-winning actor

Julie London....... singer-actress

Sophia Loren.......Oscar-winning actress; best-selling Italian-born author; former model (elementary school dropout)

Joe Louis..........boxer; Congressional Gold Medal recipient

Roy Rogers..........actor-singer-guitarist

Walter Nash.......New Zealand Prime Minister 1957-1960; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Walter Nash)

Olivia Newton-John.... singer-actress; British-born Australian author

Rosa Parks.........U.S. civil rights activist-pioneer; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient; Congressional Gold Medal recipient

Mary Pickford......Oscar-winning actress; early Hollywood pioneer; co-founder of "United Artists Corporation" (little formal education [six months]; home schooling/life experience)

Sydney Poitier.....Oscar-winning actor (elementary school dropout)

Frederick "Freddy" Laker.... self-made multimillionaire British businessman; airline entrepreneur; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Frederick [or Freddy] Laker)

Tommy Lasorda...... baseball team manager; National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee

David Lean.........Oscar-winning British film director (Lawrence of Arabia, Dr.Zhivago, etc.); knighted (United Kingdom: Sir David Lean)

Anton van Leeuwenhoek....Dutch microscope maker; world's first microbiologist; discoverer of bacteria, blood cells, and sperm cells)

Richard Branson.....self-made billionaire British businessman; founder of "Virgin Atlantic Airways," "Virgin Records," etc.; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Richard Branson)

Isaac Merrit Singer....American sewing machine inventor; self-made multimillionaire founder of "Singer Industries," "I.M. Singer and Company," etc. (elementary school dropout)

Alfred E. Smith.....New York Governor; 1928 Democratic U.S. Presidential candidate (elementary school dropout)

Charles Chaplin.....Oscar-winning actor-writer-director-producer; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Charles [or Charlie] Chaplin) (elementary school dropout)

Sean Connery........Oscar-winning actor; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Sean Connery)

Jack Kent Cooke.....self-made billionaire Canadian-born American media businessman

Noel Coward.........Oscar-winning actor-director-producer-playwright-composer; knighted (United Kingdom: Sir Noel Coward) (elementary school dropout)

Joan Crawford
....... Oscar-winning actress; former dancer

Charles E. Culpeper....self-made multimillionaire American businessman; early 1900s' owner and head of "The Coca Cola Bottling Company"

Robert De Niro......Oscar-winning actor-producer; knighted (France: Chevalier [Knight] of the Legion of Honor; Chevalier [or Chev.] Robert De Niro)

Gerard Depardieu....Oscar-nominated actor; knighted (France: Chevalier [or Chev.] Gerard Depardieu) (elementary school dropout)

Richard Desmond.....self-made billionaire British publisher

Thomas Dolby........ musician-composer; music producer

Joe Lewis........self-made billionaire British businessman

Carl Lindner.......self-made billionaire American businessman

John Llewellyn.....U.S. Labor leader pioneer; for 40 years until his retirement, president of the United Mine Workers' Union

Marcus Loew........self-made multimillionaire American businessman; early Hollywood pioneer; founder of the "Loews" movie-theater chain; co-founder of "MGM" studios (elementary school dropout)

Mary Lyon
.........American women's education pioneer; early American teacher; founder of Mount Holyoke College (America's first women's college)

Sonny Bono...........singer-songwriter-actor; U.S. Congressman (California U.S. Representative)

Duke Ellington......Oscar-nominated American composer-bandleader; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Ella Fitzgerald.....singer; Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient

Aretha Franklin....singer; Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Horace Greeley.... American newspaper publisher-editor; U.S. Congressman; 1872 U.S. Presidential candidate; co-founder of the Republican party in the United States

Thomas Haffa......self-made double-digit billionaire German media businessman

J.R. Simplot.......self-made billionaire American agricultural businessman

Robert Maxwell.....self-made billionaire British publisher

Rod McKuen.........best-selling American poet (elementary school dropout)

Source:
www.lists.Hollywood.com