Actors Who Dropped Out Of School

Goldberg dropped out of school at 16 during a troubled youth that included a series of dead-end jobs and a drug addiction. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG)
Whoopi Goldberg Goldberg dropped out of school at 16 during a troubled youth that included a series of dead-end jobs and a drug addiction. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for IMG)
Bronx-native Al Pacino dropped out of school at the age of 17. He got his start on the New York stage to which he occasionally returns, including a recent stint in "The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Al Pacino Bronx-native Al Pacino dropped out of school at the age of 17. He got his start on the New York stage to which he occasionally returns, including a recent stint in "The Merchant of Venice” on Broadway. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, a native of South Africa, left school when she was 16 and moved to Hollywood with her mother to pursue a career in film. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Charlize Theron Oscar-winning actress Charlize Theron, a native of South Africa, left school when she was 16 and moved to Hollywood with her mother to pursue a career in film. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Actress and singer Cher (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Cher Actress and singer Cher (Photo by Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images)
Actress Demi Moore was born in New Mexico but moved several times with her family during her childhood and quit school at 16 to work as a pin-up-girl. At 19, she found success as a regular on “General Hospital.” (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Demi Moore Actress Demi Moore was born in New Mexico but moved several times with her family during her childhood and quit school at 16 to work as a pin-up-girl. At 19, she found success as a regular on “General Hospital.” (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
Scottish-born Ewan McGregor left school, with his parents’ encouragement, when he was 16 to join The Perth Repertory Theater. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Ewan McGregor Scottish-born Ewan McGregor left school, with his parents’ encouragement, when he was 16 to join The Perth Repertory Theater. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
Funnyman Jim Carrey grew up in Canada where his family spent several months living in their car. He dropped out of high school as a teenager to work full-time. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Jim Carrey Funnyman Jim Carrey grew up in Canada where his family spent several months living in their car. He dropped out of high school as a teenager to work full-time. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
Depp may be one of the hottest stars on the planet, but he’s missing a high school diploma. Depp dropped out of school when he was 15 with dreams of becoming a rock musician. (Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp Depp may be one of the hottest stars on the planet, but he’s missing a high school diploma. Depp dropped out of school when he was 15 with dreams of becoming a rock musician. (Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Travolta dropped out of school at 16 to move to New York and pursue acting and modeling full time. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Fiore Films)
John Travolta Travolta dropped out of school at 16 to move to New York and pursue acting and modeling full time. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Fiore Films)
London-born actor Jude Law dropped out of school at 17 to star in a British soap opera. (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)
Jude Law London-born actor Jude Law dropped out of school at 17 to star in a British soap opera. (Photo credit should read DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images)
Actor Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and grew up in New York and Toronto. An ice hockey star as a teen, he dropped out of school to pursue acting. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
Keanu Reeves Actor Keanu Reeves was born in Beirut and grew up in New York and Toronto. An ice hockey star as a teen, he dropped out of school to pursue acting. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
The Oscar winner dropped out of school at 15 to work full-time. (Photo credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Sir Michael Caine The Oscar winner dropped out of school at 15 to work full-time. (Photo credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
Actress Nicole Kidman dropped out of school in Australia to pursue acting full time.  (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Nicole Kidman Actress Nicole Kidman dropped out of school in Australia to pursue acting full time. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
Russo left school in 10th grade to help her struggling single mother. (Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
Rene Russo Russo left school in 10th grade to help her struggling single mother. (Photo credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)
De Niro, who grew up in Little Italy, quit high school to join a street gang.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Robert De Niro De Niro, who grew up in Little Italy, quit high school to join a street gang. (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)
Barr dropped out of school at 17 and married young. She broke into show business doing stand-up comedy at the restaurant where she worked as a dishwasher. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Roseanne Barr Barr dropped out of school at 17 and married young. She broke into show business doing stand-up comedy at the restaurant where she worked as a dishwasher. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images)
Crowe was a child TV star in his native Australia and dropped out of school to pursue show business. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
Russel Crowe Crowe was a child TV star in his native Australia and dropped out of school to pursue show business. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
The Boston-born daughter of a Buddhist scholar and a European model left boarding school at 15 to pursue acting full-time. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Uma Thurman The Boston-born daughter of a Buddhist scholar and a European model left boarding school at 15 to pursue acting full-time. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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