Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List No. 2

If they could do it, so can you.

When you are missing something that everyone else seems to have, like a high school diploma, the hole in your resume can cause shame and embarrassment, but there are lots of very successful people who dropped out of high school and made it big on a GED. We brought you our list of 25 Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, and now we're adding more. If these high school dropouts could go on to be successful, so can you. Be inspired.

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Cyndi Lauper

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Cyndi Lauper poses in the press room during the 'From the Big Apple to the Big Easy' New York City's Benefit Concert for the Gulf Coast at Madison Square Garden September 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images). Cyndi Lauper - Peter Kramer - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-55731146

The Cyndi Lauper Archive website states: Lauper was accepted in a special public high school for students with talent in the visual arts, but she was held back and eventually dropped out, earning her GED sometime later. At the age of seventeen, she left home, planning to study art.

See Cyndi Lauper - Profile of an '80s Icon & Singular Talent by Steve Peake, 80s music expert.

Image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: Cyndi Lauper poses in the press room during the 'From the Big Apple to the Big Easy' New York City's Benefit Concert for the Gulf Coast at Madison Square Garden September 20, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images)

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Jon Huntsman, Jr.

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WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 14: Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah listens to questions during a hearing about voting rights in the District of Columbia before the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee September 14, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony on H.R. 5388, the 'District of Columbia Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act.' , whicj wold give the Capitol district a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images). Jon Huntsman Jr - Alex Wong - Getty Images News - GettyImages-71889312

2012 Republican Presidential Candidate Jon Huntsman could have been president of the United States after earning a GED. He dropped out of the race. His bio on his campaign website (no longer live) stated: During the 1970s, he dropped out of high school and was the keyboard player in a rock band before eventually resuming his studies. He eventually received his G.E.D. You can find him Facebook.

Image: WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 14: Governor Jon M. Huntsman Jr. of Utah listens to questions during a hearing about voting rights in the District of Columbia before the Constitution Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee September 14, 2006 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The committee was hearing testimony on H.R. 5388, the 'District of Columbia Fair and Equal House Voting Rights Act,' which would give the Capitol district a full voting member in the U.S. House of Representatives. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Jeremy Bonderman

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ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 26: Starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the 2006 World Series on October 26, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images). Jeremy Bonderman - Dilip Vishwanat - Getty Images Sport - GettyImages-72273755

Peter Gammons wrote this about Jeremy Bonderman, major league baseball pitcher, for ESPN: As he emerged as one of the nation's best high school pitchers his junior year, he said "I knew if I went to college that it would be to junior college." Scouts suggested to his parents, Gene and Dory, that if he passed the GED as an 18-year-old junior he could possibly be eligible for the draft. The Bondermans worked with the school board, the principal and college adviser. They notified Major League Baseball of their intentions, looking not to pull a surprise and try to become a free agent, but simply make their son eligible for the draft.

When Bonderman indeed passed the GED, the commissioner's office made him eligible for the draft. "I believed this was the best way for me to go," Bonderman said. "Believe me, I thought it out. We talked my future out with a lot of people, especially everyone at school."

Image: ST LOUIS - OCTOBER 26: Starting pitcher Jeremy Bonderman #38 of the Detroit Tigers throws a pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during Game Four of the 2006 World Series on October 26, 2006 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Richard Carmona

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WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (R) speaks as Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson (L) listens during a news conference February 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services announced a coordinated campaign to educate veterans and their families about ways to combat obesity and deadly diabetes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images). Richard Carmona - Alex Wong - Getty Images News - GettyImages-56946912

Richard Carmona is an Arizona senator and former U.S. Surgeon General under George W. Bush. His Facebook page states: Carmona was born in New York City of Puerto Rican descent, and raised in Harlem. After dropping out of Dewitt Clinton high school at age 16, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1967. While enlisted, he received his General Educational Development (GED), joined the United States Army Special Forces, became a combat-decorated Vietnam veteran, and began his career in medicine as a Special Forces medic.

Image: WASHINGTON - FEBRUARY 27: U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona (R) speaks as Secretary of Veterans Affairs James Nicholson (L) listens during a news conference February 27, 2006 in Washington, DC. The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Health and Human Services announced a coordinated campaign to educate veterans and their families about ways to combat obesity and deadly diabetes. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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D.L. Hughley

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NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Actor D.L. Hughley, of the film 'Shackles', poses for a portrait during the Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Grand Hotel April 26, 2005 in New York City (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images). DL Hughley - Frank Micelotta - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-52698178

The All American Speakers bureau has this to say in its bio of comedian D.L. Hughley: D.L. Hughley grew up in South Central Los Angeles and had a rough upbringing, getting kicked out of high school and becoming a member of the notorious Bloods gang. After his cousin was shot, D.L. Hughley turned his life around, got a GED and a job and, after prompting by his wife, LaDonna, tried his hand at stand-up comedy.

Image: NEW YORK - APRIL 26: Actor D.L. Hughley, of the film 'Shackles', poses for a portrait during the Tribeca Film Festival at the Tribeca Grand Hotel April 26, 2005 in New York City (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

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Brandon Lee

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LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1979: Bruce Lee's Mother, wife Linda, children Brandon and Shannon celebrate Bruce Lee Day circa 1979 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images). Brandon Lee - Michael Ochs Archives - GettyImages-77344839

A fan website for actor Brandon Lee (son of actor Bruce Lee), brandonlee.eu, states: He attended high school at Chadwick School, but was asked to leave for insubordination, more specifically driving down the school's hill backwards, three months before graduating. He received his GED in 1983, and then went to Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts where he majored in theater.

Image: LOS ANGELES - CIRCA 1979: Bruce Lee's Mother, wife Linda, children Brandon and Shannon celebrate Bruce Lee Day circa 1979 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)

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Stephen Leicht

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FORT MITCHELL, KY - JUNE 17: Stephen Leicht prepares to qualify the #90 Citifinancial Ford prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Meijer 300 on June 17, 2006 at the Kentucky Speedway in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images for NASCAR). Stephen Leicht - Joe Robbins - Getty Images Sport - GettyImages-71229480

Stock car racer Stephen Leicht's Facebook page states that "at the age of 12, he began racing stock cars, and got his GED to focus full-time on racing."

Image: FORT MITCHELL, KY - JUNE 17: Stephen Leicht prepares to qualify the #90 Citifinancial Ford prior to the NASCAR Busch Series Meijer 300 on June 17, 2006 at the Kentucky Speedway in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images for NASCAR)

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Joshua Leonard

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PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actor Joshua Leonard visits the Gibson Gift Lounge during the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2005 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images for Gibson Lounge). Joshua Leonard- Marsalli McGrath - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-52068076

Actor Joshua Leonard's bio on at Turner Classic Movies states: By the time he hit puberty, though, Leonard had decided that acting "was the last thing I wanted to do with my life." Instead, he pushed to obtain his GED at age 16 and underwent survival training with Outward Bound as preparation for a year and a half stay in Mexico where he volunteered with a youth services organization.

Image: PARK CITY, UT - JANUARY 25: Actor Joshua Leonard visits the Gibson Gift Lounge during the 2005 Sundance Film Festival on January 25, 2005 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Marsaili McGrath/Getty Images for Gibson Lounge)

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Bam Margera

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NEW YORK - JULY 06: Bam Margera (L) and Ryan Dunn appear onstage during a taping of MTV2's 'All That Rocks' at CBGB's on July 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images). Bam Margera - Scott Gries - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-71385989

Skateboarder and Jackass actor Bam Margera's bio at IMDb states: Dropped out of high school in 11th grade, but later got his GED.

Image: NEW YORK - JULY 06: Bam Margera (L) and Ryan Dunn appear onstage during a taping of MTV2's 'All That Rocks' at CBGB's on July 6, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images)

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Greg Mathis

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Presenters (L-R) Judge Mathis, Vivica A. Fox and Randy Jackson are seen on stage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images). Greg Mathis - Kevin Winter - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-52457142

The bio for Judge Greg Mathis at TheHistoryMakers.com states: After attending Herman Gardens Elementary School, Peterson Seventh Day Adventist School, and Wayne Memorial High School, Mathis earned his GED through Operation Push while on juvenile probation in 1977.

Image: LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 19: Presenters (L-R) Judge Mathis, Vivica A. Fox and Randy Jackson are seen on stage at the 36th NAACP Image Awards at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on March 19, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Walter Anderson

You could argue that Walter Anderson is the ultimate GED poster child. A high school dropout, Anderson went on to become the publisher of Parade magazine. He writes about his journey in the autobiography, Meant to Be: The True Story of a Son Who Discovers He Is His Mother's Deepest Secret, published by Harper Collins.

Anderson's bio on the Harper Collins website states: Walter Anderson has been editor of Parade since June 1980. He is a member of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences, and he serves on the boards of Literacy Volunteers of America, the National Center for Family Literacy, the National Dropout Prevention Fund, Very Special Arts, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, and PBS.

Impressive indeed.