Famous Philosophers

Most people think of philosophers as university professors – and many, like Peter Singer, are. Others, though, study philosophy before going on to ground-breaking careers in other fields, like Oscar-nominated director Terrence Malick. Some people take up the study of philosophy after achieving success in other areas, like former Green Beret (as well as one-time member of both Nirvana and Soundgarden) Jason Everman.

Here are some famous philosophers who have excelled in other areas:
Steve Allen (writer & comedian)
Woody Allen (director & comedian)
Max Baer Jr. (actor: Jethro on The Beverly Hillbillies)
William Bennett (NEH leader, Book of Virtues)
William Jefferson Clinton (former President)
Mary Higgins Clark (mystery writer)
Ethan Coen (Oscar-winning filmmaker)
Philip K. Dick (science fiction writer)
David Duchovny (actor on The X-Files)
Umberto Eco (novelist)Elway
John Elway (quarterback, Denver Broncos)
Ivan Frolov (editor of Pravda)
Rebecca Goldstein (novelist & MacArthur prize recipient)
Don Harron (Canadian comedian, author of Anne of Green Gables)
Harrison Ford (actor)
Christy Haubegger (editor of Latina)
Vaclav Havel (writer, activist, and first president of the Czech Republic)
Peter Hoeg (author of Smilla’s Sense of Snow)
Mark Hulbert (financial columnist for Forbes magazine)Ford
Carl Icahn (business person & corporate raider, bought TWA)
Bruce Lee (martial artist & actor)
Michael Lerner (editor of Tikkun)
Peter Lynch (director)
Steve Martin (comedian & actor)
Kate Millett (author of Sexual Politics)
Tom Morris (corporate motivational speaker)
Bob Moses (civil rights activist)
Robert Motherwell (painter)
Iris Murdoch (novelist)Martin
Lachlan Murdoch (son of Rupert Murdoch, media magnate)
Robert Musil (Austrian novelist)
Freeman Patterson (author of The Art of Seeing)
Neil Peart (drummer for rock group Rush)
Chaim Potok (novelist)
Pope John Paul II
Joan Rivers (comedian)
Patricia Rozema (filmmaker, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing)
Mick Schmidt (former Philadelphia Philly)
Gene Siskel (film critic)Rivers
John Silber (former president of Boston University)
Susan Sontag (essayist)
George Soros (money manager, Soros Foundation)
Dave Thomas (comedian and actor, SCTV)
Alex Trebeck (host of Jeopardy!)
David Foster Wallace (novelist & MacArthur prize recipient)
Robert Weaver (doyen of Canadian literature, head of CBC’s Anthology)
Moses Znaimer, (Owner of CITY-TV and MUCH-MUSIC, Toronto)