Surprisingly Deep Celebrities


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Actors and other entertainers are already sterotyped as being "know-nothings" or shallow- some people even think they only do what they do because that is all they can do.

This thread is all about finding counterexamples.

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Surprised that nobody has mentioned all of the Monty Python team and they were about at the same time as Dudley Moore at Oxford.

Many British comedians have been to Oxford, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie for example, Footlights (Oxfords Am Dram group iirc) has churned out a lot of big names.


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One whose name I'm blocking on was a multiple Pro-bowl linebacker in the NFL back in the 1990s who retired at the top of his game.


Because he only joined the NFL to take advantage of his physical abilities to earn a lot of money...which he then used to pay for med school. Cash.

He's now a Sports Medicine specialist.

I don't think I ever saw here and it has been a while, but actress Hedy Lamar and composer George Antheil developed a secret communication system during the 2nd world war.:
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Avant garde composer George Antheil, a son of German immigrants and neighbor of Lamarr, had experimented with automated control of musical instruments, including his music for Ballet Mecanique, originally written for Fernand Léger's 1924 abstract film. This score involved multiple player pianos playing simultaneously.
Together, Antheil and Lamarr submitted the idea of a secret communication system in June 1941. On August 11, 1942, U.S. Patent 2,292,387 was granted to Antheil and "Hedy Kiesler Markey", Lamarr's married name at the time. This early version of frequency hopping used a piano roll to change between 88 frequencies and was intended to make radio-guided torpedoes harder for enemies to detect or jam.
The idea was ahead of its time, and not feasible owing to the state of mechanical technology in 1942. It was not implemented in the USA until 1962, when it was used by U.S. military ships during a blockade of Cuba<sup id="cite_ref-5" class="reference">[6]</sup> after the patent had expired. Perhaps owing to this lag in development, the patent was little-known until 1997, when the Electronic Frontier Foundation gave Lamarr an award for this contribution.<sup id="cite_ref-EFF1997_0-1" class="reference">[1]</sup> In 1998, Ottawa wireless technology developer Wi-LAN, Inc. "acquired a 49 percent claim to the patent from Lamarr for an undisclosed amount of stock" (Eliza Schmidkunz, Inside GNSS);<sup id="cite_ref-6" class="reference">[7]</sup> Antheil had died in 1959.
Lamarr's and Antheil's frequency-hopping idea serves as a basis for modern spread-spectrum communication technology, such as COFDM used in Wi-Fi network connections and CDMA used in some cordless and wireless telephones.<sup id="cite_ref-7" class="reference">[8]</sup> Blackwell, Martin, and Vernam's 1920 patent Secrecy Communication System (1598673) seems to lay the communications groundwork for Kiesler and Antheil's patent which employed the techniques in the autonomous control of torpedoes.
Lamarr wanted to join the National Inventors Council, but she was told that she could better help the war effort by using her celebrity status to sell War Bonds. She once raised $7,000,000 at just one event.
For several years during the 1990s, the boxes of the current CORELDRAW software suites were graced by a large Corel-drawn image of Hedy Lamarr, in tribute to her pre-computer scientific discoveries. These pictures were winners in CORELDRAWs yearly software suite cover design contests. Far from being flattered, however, Lamarr sued Corel for using the image without her permission. Corel countered that she did not own rights to the image. They reached an undisclosed settlement in 1999.<sup id="cite_ref-8" class="reference">[9]</sup>


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