ByKarly Rayner, writer at Creators.co
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Creative types often find the regimented school environment a repressive and restrictive place, and all of the stars below were expelled from academia before making their big break in the industry.

While many of us can knuckle down and endure the daily grind of excessive handwriting and droning lectures, these guys all bailed out — whether through lackluster academic performance, a penchant for mischief, or simply pure rebellion. But who on this list will surprise you the most?

11. Robert Pattinson

He might have been the most smoldering undead creature in high school in Twilight, but Robert Pattinson was booted out of school long before Edward Cullen met Bella Swann in the hallowed halls.

Although he didn't let it slip in the interview above, Rob was reportedly expelled for refusing to complete his homework. Naughty!

10. Salma Hayek

Young Salma Hayek and now
Young Salma Hayek and now

Salma Hayek was booted out of her Catholic school for repeatedly pulling pranks on the nuns.

9. Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson's school photo and now
Owen Wilson's school photo and now

A self-proclaimed troublemaker, Wilson was expelled from St. Mark's School in Dallas, Texas in the tenth grade for his general misbehavior and poor grades. He completed his schooled in the military when he was at an academy in New Mexico.

8. Charlie Sheen

A young Sheen at school and now
A young Sheen at school and now

Probably one of the least surprising people on this list, Sheen was expelled from high school just a few weeks before his graduation for poor attendance and sub-standard grades.

Although he might not have completed his education, Sheen did gain plenty of things from Santa Monica High School in California including his friendships with fellow actors Sean Penn and Rob Lowe.

7. Ryan Gosling

Little and large Goslings
Little and large Goslings

Ryan Gosling was suspended from school for threatening behavior to other students and hyperactivity. He was later diagnosed with ADHD and received the help he needed to deal with the school environment, Gosling himself explained:

"I was highly influenced by violence. When I was a kid I saw 'Rambo: First Blood' and the next day I took knives to school and threw them at everybody!"

6. Marlon Brando

Marlon Brando aged 16 and one of his last images
Marlon Brando aged 16 and one of his last images

Marlon Brando was a Rebel Without A Cause in real life as well as in the movies. The legendary classic actor never took school life seriously and was held back a year thanks to his poor academic performance in school. While this is all pretty run of the mill, he was later expelled from Libertyville High School for riding his motorcycle through the corridors. Now that's badass.

5. Elizabeth Hurley

Elizabeth Hurley was expelled from her upmarket British boarding school for her poor grades and punk look. Apparently pink hair and a nose piercing weren't the thing in her school's hallowed halls.


4. Cary Grant

Young Cary Grant & one of his last public appeances
Young Cary Grant & one of his last public appeances

After beginning to perform in the Empire Theater when he was 14 years old by forging his father's signature for permission, Cary Grant became addicted to the limelight and deliberately got himself expelled from school by sneaking into the girl's toilet so he could continue his career.

3. Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey at high school and now
Kevin Spacey at high school and now

Kevin Spacey was was sent to military school but was expelled for throwing a tire at another student. Luckily, he managed to channel his rebellious energy into acting at the drama focused Chatsworth High School in LA.

2. Willem Dafoe

Willem Dafoe, high school rogue
Willem Dafoe, high school rogue

Willem Dafoe was expelled from school for making a pornographic film. I don't think there's much more to say than that, really!

1. Humphrey Bogart

Humphrey Bogart owning the pose game all his life
Humphrey Bogart owning the pose game all his life

Bogart was an indifferent student who didn't engage with his peers or get into any extra curricular activities and he was eventually expelled after being admitted to the prestigious boarding school, Phillips Academy.

There are many legends about why he was thrown out, including one that he threw a headmaster into the pond in campus and another citing smoking, drinking, and inappropriate comments made to staff as the reason for his premature departure.

Which celeb's high school history surprised you the most?

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