Robert DeNiro proved that you could drop out of high school and still earn a doctorate degree. He fell in love with acting at ten years old when he played the Cowardly Lion in a school production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Although he went to two different high schools, DeNiro dropped out altogether at the age of 16 to pursue a career in acting. But that didn’t mean he stopped studying for good. The Oscar-winning actor studied at the Stella Adler Conservatory, as well as Lee Strasberg’s Actors Studio. At the age of 68, DeNiro was given an honorary doctorate in fine arts from Bates College.