Hollywood's Secret Brainiacs

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Updated: Monday Sep 03, 2007 | 06:00 AM EDT

DENZEL WASHINGTON

Alma Mater: Fordham University
Major: Journalism
Did He Graduate? Yes. He earned his B.A. in 1977
Washington originally enrolled to study journalism and medicine, but interest in those fields faded once he landed roles in the school's production of The Emperor Jones and Othello. He also found time for the basketball court, playing on the school's junior varsity team under coach P.J. Carlesimo, who went on to lead the NBA's Golden State Warriors.