Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List No. 3

Be Inspired by Successful Dropouts

In our third list of celebrity dropouts who earned a GED and went on to become not only successful, but famous, we include race car driver Danica Patrick, comedian Ron White, and actors Mark Wahlberg and Richard Schiff. Even Homer Simpson made the list! Dropping out of high school does not make you a loser. You can earn a GED and get right back into the game of life. Be inspired.

Be sure to check out our other celebrity GED lists:

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Danica Patrick

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KANSAS, KS - JULY 2: Danica Patrick driver of the #16 Rahal Letterman Racing Argent Pioneer Panoz Honda, is mobbed by the press after qualifying on pole for the IRL Indycar Series Argent Mortgage Indy 300 on July 2, 2005 at the Kansas Raceway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Gavin Lawrence/Getty Images). Danika Patrick - Gavin Lawrence - Getty Images Sport - GettyImages-53186124

Danica Patrick was the fourth woman to start the Indianapolis 500. Marriage expert Sheri Stritof wrote a detailed profile of Danica Patrick and her husband, Paul Hospenthal. About Danica's education, she wrote: She attended Hononegah Community High School and received a GED.

Image: KANSAS, KS - JULY 2: Danica Patrick driver of the #16 Rahal Letterman Racing Argent Pioneer Panoz Honda, is mobbed by the press after qualifying on pole for the IRL Indycar Series Argent Mortgage Indy 300 on July 2, 2005 at the Kansas Raceway in Kansas City, Kansas. (Photo by Gavin Lawrence/Getty Images)

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Mark Wahlberg

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Mark Wahlberg talks at the Loews Regency Hotel on September 17, 2006 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images). Mark Wahlberg - Fotos International - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-72207969

IMDb writes about Mark Wahlberg in its biography of the actor: Wahlberg dropped out of high school at age 14 (but later got his GED) to pursue a life of petty crime and drugs.

Clearly, he got his act together.

Image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 17: Actor Mark Wahlberg talks at the Loews Regency Hotel on September 17, 2006 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Piyal Hosain/Fotos International/Getty Images)

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Ron White

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NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1: Comedians Ron White, Bill Engvill and Jeff Foxworhty arrive to the Comedy Centrals Jeff Foxworthy Roast December 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images). Ron White - Bryan Bedder - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-51813908

On comedian Ron White's CD, A Little Unprofessional, he says: "I have Attention Deficit Disorder. I have learning disabilities. I don't even have a high school diploma. I'm smart, but you can't prove it on paper. I do have a GED, and if you don't know what GED stands for...you probably got one, too."

You can find Ron at tatersalad.com.

Image: NEW YORK - DECEMBER 1: Comedians Ron White, Bill Engvill and Jeff Foxworhty arrive to the Comedy Centrals Jeff Foxworthy Roast December 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

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Gretchen Wilson

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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Singer Gretchen Wilson performs on stage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' show September 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images). Gretchen Wilson - Paul Hawthorne - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-55782560

LyricsFreak.com writes about country music singer Gretchen Wilson: She made her debut in 2004 with the Grammy Award-winning single "Redneck Woman," a number-one hit on the Billboard country charts.... In 2007, she completed the GED program.

Image: NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Singer Gretchen Wilson performs on stage during the Toyota Concert Series on the 'Today' show September 27, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

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Rob Thomas

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Santana and Rob Thomas performing live at the Grammy Awards 2000 in Los Angeles.Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect. Rob Thomas and Carlos Santana - Frank Micelotta Archive - Hulton Archive - GettyImages-2229863

From AtlanticRecords.com, in an interview with Rob Thomas:

AP: You dropped out of high school. Do you ever regret that decision?

RT: Yes and no. I dropped out and got my GED and thought I was going to join the Army. The only reason I regret it and if I could’ve found a way to do what I’m doing, I would’ve liked to go to college, which I may still do just for the sake of learning. I still regret not taking piano lessons.

Image: Santana and Rob Thomas performing live at the Grammy Awards 2000 in Los Angeles.Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect.

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Jamie Lynn Spears

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LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Jamie Lynn Spears opens for Alabama at United Supermarkets Arena on November 16th, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images). Jamie Lynn Spears - John Weast - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-459121730

On February 25, 2008, people.com reported this about Jamie Lynn Spears: Last month, Britney's younger sister was photographed in Hammond, La., carrying a GED book. She was accompanied by her mom Lynne outside a building that houses both the Tangipahoa Parish School System Adult Education Center, which is a GED preparation site, and the Title I Parent Center, which teaches parents how to help their children develop learning skills.

Jamie Lynn's older sister, Britney, is reported to have her GED also, but I can't find a source for this information.

Image: LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 16: Jamie Lynn Spears opens for Alabama at United Supermarkets Arena on November 16th, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Homer Simpson

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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: (L to R) The Simpsons characters Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson pose for a photograph at 'The Simpsons' 350th episode block party on the New York street of Fox Pico Lot on April 25, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images). The Simpsons - Stephen Shugerman - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-52695862

In season 5, episode 3, of The Simpsons, Homer Goes to College, he burns his "high school diploma" which reads GED.

Image: LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 25: (L to R) The Simpsons characters Lisa, Marge, Maggie, Homer and Bart Simpson pose for a photograph at 'The Simpsons' 350th episode block party on the New York street of Fox Pico Lot on April 25, 2005 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stephen Shugerman/Getty Images)

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Richard Schiff

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Actor Richard Schiff at the 'People I Know' press conference at the Yarrow Hotel during the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. January 18, 2003. Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images. Richard Schiff - Evan Agostini - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-2335886

The bio at IMBd for Richard Schiff, who is famous for his role on West Wing, states: He dropped out of high school but obtained an equivalency diploma.

Image: Actor Richard Schiff at the 'People I Know' press conference at the Yarrow Hotel during the 2003 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. January 18, 2003. Photo by Evan Agostini/Getty Images

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Michelle Rodriguez

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WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Jeremy Renner, Oliver Martinez, L.L. Cool J., Michelle Rodriquez, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and producer Neal Moritz attend the world premiere of Columbia Pictures' film 'S.W.A.T.' at the Mann Village Theatre July 29, 2003 in Westwood, California. The film opens nationwide August 8, 2003. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images). Michelle Rodriguez - Kevin Winter - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-2349238

BuddyTV has this to say about actor Michelle Rodriguez: Though she dropped out of high school, she earned her GED and briefly attended business school. She eventually quit in order to pursue a career in acting, hoping to become a writer and director as well.

Image: WESTWOOD, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Actors Jeremy Renner, Oliver Martinez, L.L. Cool J., Michelle Rodriquez, Colin Farrell, Samuel L. Jackson and producer Neal Moritz attend the world premiere of Columbia Pictures' film 'S.W.A.T.' at the Mann Village Theatre July 29, 2003 in Westwood, California. The film opens nationwide August 8, 2003. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

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Selena Quintanilla Perez

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HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 7: Fans of Selena and Latin music wait at the 'Selena Vive' tribute concert, April 7, 2005, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas. Many of the stars of Latin music and television came to pay their respects and honor the memory of the pop star. (Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images). Selena Quintanilla Perez - Jana Birchum - Getty Images Entertainment - GettyImages-52602434

Young Tejano singer Selena Quintanilla Perez died in 1995. A fan site, Selena Forever, states that Selena earned a GED (General Equivalency Diploma) from The American School of Chicago in 1989.

Image: HOUSTON, TX - APRIL 7: Fans of Selena and Latin music wait at the 'Selena Vive' tribute concert, April 7, 2005, Reliant Stadium, Houston, Texas. Many of the stars of Latin music and television came to pay their respects and honor the memory of the pop star. (Photo by Jana Birchum/Getty Images)