"The Fighter" star Mark Wahlberg is heading back to high school at age 41 even though he's obviously done pretty well for himself without a diploma.
The artist formerly known as Marky Mark will be enrolling in a special online program, but he's still nervous about going back to school via the web - he missed a lot of courses after dropping out in the ninth grade and spending some time in the slammer.
Mark definitely isn't alone in Hollywood when it comes to missing out on a complete high school education - there are tons of other celebrity dropouts who made the decision to trade their schoolbooks for the spotlight. Here's a look at some of the other stars who were just too cool for school:
This Oscar-winning Australian actress dropped out of high school at age 16 to pursue an acting career. She got off to a rocky start in movies like "Bush Christmas" before going on to gain critical acclaim in films such as "The Hours." However, perhaps not completing school affected her decision-making skills just a touch - her most recent movie "The Paperboy" got panned at Cannes, and she had to urinate on Zac Efron in one scene.
Nicole's ex-hubby is also a high school dropout. Tom probably had trouble in school because he suffered from dyslexia, but of course it was really acting that made him decide to quit during his senior year so that he could head to NYC. But before making that life-altering choice, he actually considered becoming a priest during his freshman year. And now Tom gets to act like a high school kid forever thanks to movies like "Rock of Ages," in which he plays hard-partying rock star Stacee Jaxx.
Speaking of rock stars, Johnny actually dropped out of school during the 11th grade in order to become a guitar player. When he changed his mind and tried to return to school, his principal advised against it - he actually told young Johnny that he'd make a better rock star than student! Unfortunately Johnny's band didn't end up paying the bills, so he was advised to give acting a go by none other than Nicolas Cage. And the rest is history. Johnny still enjoys rocking out whenever he gets the chance, but his fans love him more for playing rock star pirate Jack Sparrow in "The Pirates of the Caribbean" movies.
This spunky redhead also had a tough time when she decided to drop out of high school. She was devastated when she lost the role of "Heroes" cheerleader Claire Bennet to Hayden Panettiere, saying that the blow caused her to have a meltdown. But luckily she ended up in movies instead of on TV, winning plenty of fans in films like "The Help" and "Crazy Stupid Love." Right now things are better than ever for the likeable actress - she's got to love how her "The Amazing Spider-Man" costar/real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield recently gushed about falling in love with her.
Speaking of Emma's costars, her "Crazy Stupid Love" leading man is also a high school dropout. Ryan had so much trouble in fifth grade that his mother home-schooled him, and his learning difficulty might be why she decided to let him audition for "Mickey Mouse Club," where he ended up starring alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake. Now "The Notebook" star is one of the most beloved actors in Hollywood, and film fans definitely love seeing him and Emma together (sorry, Andrew). In fact, they make such a cute couple that they were also both cast in "The Gangster Squad."
So is the lesson to be learned here that parents should make their kids trade history lessons for acting lessons? Of course not - Mr. Wahlberg's move is evidence that not getting a high school diploma can cause regret, and maybe someday some of these celebs will also go back to school.
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