Sometimes a kid just has that “it,” and everyone knows he’s going to make the big time. There are those lucky few who never had an awkward phase, or who were always blowing people away with their talent at a young age. For these people who are now celebrities, it’s no big shock to hear they were named “most handsome” or “most likely to succeed” in their high school yearbook. But sometimes the personas we associate with certain celebrities were yet to be recognized in their school days. Here are 10 celebrities who were dubbed with surprising superlatives by their schoolmates.
He was The King Of Pop. Five of his albums debuted at No. 1 in the U.S. His Thriller album is the biggest-selling record of all time. And yet, after two years at Montclair College Preparatory School in Van Nuys, Calif., Michael Jackson was listed as “Shyest” in the school’s 1976 yearbook, years after becoming known as the star of The Jackson 5. He is also listed in the yearbook as “Best Dressed” and “Most Creative,” but no real surprises there. Because his father was constantly moving the family as he looked for work, Tom Cruise attended 15 different schools over 12 years. Maybe that’s why his classmates at one of his schools did not know who they were dealing with when they voted him “Least Likely to Succeed.” For more than 25 years he’s been one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, with his movies grossing billions of dollars worldwide. As he said in a recent interview, “I decided that I’m going to create, for myself, who I am, not what other people say I should be.” Apparently Kim Kardashian went to school with some really catty witches. At Marymount High School, a private, all-girls Catholic school in Bel Air, young Kim was named “Most Likely to Meet Her Husband at the Million Man March,” as well as “Most Likely to Lie About Her Ethnicity.” Yes, she was so concerned with hiding her background she started a reality TV show featuring her entire family. As for the Million Man March thing, about a zillion magazine covers beg to differ with your assessment of Kim’s attractiveness to males. Another world-famous celebrity and another way off “Least Likely to Succeed.” In 1969 it was Robin Williams’ turn to receive the ignominious mantle, in his senior year at Redwood High School in Marin County, Calif.. In the school’s defense, it was the only year Williams attended Redwood. His track coach still refers to Williams as being “kind of quiet” when he was a student. But soon after graduation, Williams set off on the course that would see him to an Academy Award, two Emmys, five Grammys, and four Golden Globes. If you had to guess which X-Files agent was voted “Class Clown” in high school, you’d go with Mulder, right? Turns out the woman behind no-nonsense agent Dana Scully was not only a prankster in her teenage years, Gillian Anderson was voted “Most Bizarre” and “Most Likely to be Arrested” by her peers at City High School in Michigan. The latter turned out to be spot-on: she was arrested and jailed the night of her graduation for gluing the locks on the school doors. Fortunately she was able to charm the cops into reducing the crime to trespassing. It’s really hard to become famous for being an environmental activist. Leo DiCaprio has acting, and Al Gore has inventing the Internet, but Erin Brockovich became famous by helping bring a lawsuit against a polluting power company. According to her classmates at Lawrence High School in Kansas, she should not have been successful in this undertaking. But she was, winning $333 million for the plaintiffs. And as the president of her own consulting firm, she clearly plans to continue defying that negative superlative. Colt Ford is an up-and-coming player on the country rap scene. His fourth album will be released soon, and he hangs out with Lady Antebellum and Jason Aldean. He recently told an interviewer that he was named “Biggest Flirt” at his Georgia high school. If you’ve seen Ford, you know this is kind of surprising. The guy, shall we say, eats well. He also has some facial hair that permanently looks like he decided to get rid of his goatee and shaved the chin, then decided he wanted to keep the goatee after all. Long story short, he’s not what you picture when you hear the word “flirt.” Michael Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone attended the private Notre Dame Academy in Pennsylvania in the late ’50s. It was here that Sly says he was appallingly named “Most Likely To End Up in the Electric Chair.” This assessment was made not by fellow students, but by teachers. Imagine! Adult educators predicting a middle school kid will end up being executed by electricity. We get that he’s a tough-looking guy, but come on now, Notre Dame. You’re better than that. We’re counting Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman together because they shared the “Least Likely to Succeed” stigma at the Pasadena Playhouse, their alma mater. It doesn’t seem to have bothered them; Hoffman now says, “We fully expected to be failures for our entire life.” Of course, failure was not in the cards. At the Academy Awards in 1968, the two were in attendance as nominees: Hackman for Best Supporting Actor and Hoffman for Best Actor. They’ve been two of the most prolific and accomplished actors in Hollywood ever since. First off, let’s acknowledge that Kevin Federline’s net worth is estimated at $6,000,000. He reportedly only got $1 million in his divorce from Britney Spears, meaning he’s parlayed being Mr. Britney Spears into a $5 million gig. So it was a little unfair for Federline’s peers at Tenaya Middle School in Fresno, Calif. to predict he would one day be on America’s Most Wanted. Yes, he looks the part. But to be “wanted” would mean he’d have to initially elude cops after committing a crime, and we’re not so sure he could pull that off.