All engineers have in common this indefinable creative spark that drives them towards finding innovative and sometime even ground breaking solutions. Many young people tend to be very creative during their schooling and university years, yet not every engineer-to-be decides to transfer to art full-time. Here’s the top 3 list of the famous actors who gave up a highly prospective engineer’s career and turned out just fine.
1. Hedy Lamarr (1914–2000) – a famous 1940s actress not formally trained as an engineer. Yet Lamarr is credited with several sophisticated inventions, among them a unique anti-jamming device for use against Nazi radar and spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, design for a device that today speeds wireless communications. Her acting career started in 1933 when she starred in Ecstasy (dir. Gustav Machaty). Other notable films include Samson and Delilah (1949, dir. Cecil B. DeMille), film noir A Lady Without a Passport (1950, dir. Joseph H. Lewis), and musical Ziegfeld Girl (1941, dir. Robert Z. Leonard). She is also credited with the line: “Any girl can be glamorous. All you have to do is stand still and look stupid.” (Image source: wikipedia.org)
2. Rowan Atkinson (b. 1955) is an English actor, comedian, and screenwriter. He finished his degree in electrical and electronics engineering at Newcastle University before getting his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering at The Queen’s College, Oxford. Atkinson was made an Honorary Fellow of The Queen’s College in 2006. He is best known for his work on the British television programme series Mr. Bean (1990-1995) and British sitcom Blackadder (1983-1989). His other work includes the sketch comedy show Not the Nine O’Clock News (1979–82), sitcom The Thin Blue Line (1995–96) and others. (Image source: devotional.org)
3. Ashton Kutcher (b. 1978) is an American actor, producer, investor, and former model. As a University of Iowa student, Kutcher was majoring in biochemical engineering when he was discovered and his acting career began. His most famous roles were created for the movies such as biographical drama Jobs (2013, dir. Joshua Michael Stern), American stoner comedy Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000, Danny Leiner), Just Married (2003, Shawn Levy), science fantasy psychological thriller The Butterfly Effect (2004, dir. Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber), action-adventure drama The Guardian (2006, dir. Andrew Davis) and romantic comedy What Happens in Vegas (2008, dir. Tom Vaughan). (Image source: buckeyeinteractive.com)