5. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is well known for his risky film choices, some of them paying off in a big way (i.e. Pirates of the Caribbean) while others have since proven to be something of a mess (Mortdecai anyone?). But ultimately it can’t be argued but that he’s one of the most famous actors of his generation in Hollywood, from Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas to Edward Scissorhands. Depp dropped out of his Florida high school at the age of 15, not completing his early education or getting a college degree, instead playing in a band and working odd jobs before eventually finding his start in Hollywood with Nightmare on Elms Street and 21 Jump Street. Depp dropped out of school when he was 15 to pursue a career as a rock star. Apparently, acting was his fallback plan.