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25 More Celebrity Dropouts Who Earned a GED, List No. 2

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11. Joshua Leonard

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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: NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: Actor Joshua Leonard visits the Tribeca Film Festival 2011 portrait studio on April 26, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Tribeca Film Festival)

12. Bam Margera

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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, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Bam Margera poses at Charlotte Ronson Spring 2012 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at The Stage at Lincoln Center on September 10, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for FIJI Water)

13. Greg Mathis

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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: HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 09: Judge Greg Mathis attends the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Joyful Noise' at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on January 9, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

14. F. Story Musgrave

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Story Musgrave was a NASA astronaut for more than 30 years. Although his biography at StoryMusgrave.com doesn't specify that Story earned a GED, it does state: Story never finished school, ran off to Korea with the U.S. Marines where he was an aircraft electrician and an engine mechanic.

Image: American astronaut, pilot, surgeon, mechanic, scientist, poet, and philosopher Story Musgrave in a spacesuit as an alternate for Apollo 16, January 17, 1972. (Photo by NASA/Pictorial Parade/Getty Images)

15. Danica Patrick

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Sheri & Bob Stritof, About.com Guides to Marriage, have a detailed profile of Danica Patrick, the fourth woman to start the Indianapolis 500, and her husband, Paul Hospenthal. About Danica's education, they write: She attended Hononegah Community High School and received a GED.

Image: DAYTONA BEACH, FL - JANUARY 13, 2012: Danica Patrick, driver of the #10 GoDaddy.com Chevrolet, smiles in the garage area during Daytona Preseason Thunder at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images for NASCAR)

16. Josh Peck

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Josh Peck of The Amanda Show and Drake & Josh, reportedly has a GED, although the only source I could find was a mention in a New York Times article by Peggy Orenstein about Miranda Cosgrove from iCarly: "At first I was kind of happy to be home-schooled," she continued, “because all my friends were afraid of that first day of middle school. But actually it's harder. You're all alone." For a short time, her co-stars, Drake Bell and Josh Peck, shared her classroom, but they were several years older than she and quickly obtained their G.E.D.'s. "I cried when they left," Cosgrove admitted. "It's cool in a way, but I miss being in a regular school."

Image: BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 15: Actor Josh Peck arrives at 13th Annual Warner Bros. And InStyle Golden Globe Awards After Party at The Beverly Hilton hotel on January 15, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

17. Selena Quintanilla Perez

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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: UNITED STATES - MARCH 09: Selena in the press room at the 1994 Grammy Awards in New York City, New York (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)

18. Michelle Rodriguez

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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: ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Michelle Rodriguez attends amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 64th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 19, 2011 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)

19. Richard Schiff

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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: LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 24, 2011: Actor Richard Schiff attends the 6th annual 'Oscar Wilde: Honoring the Irish in Film' pre-Academy Awards party at the Ebell Club of Los Angeles in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

20. Homer Simpson

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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: The Simpsons character Homer Simpson attends '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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