Sean Penn is one of the most powerful, respected actors
Celebrities are not necessarily considered the smartest people in society. Beauty, talent, and brains? Come on, that’s impossible, right? Well, sometimes. Success doesn’t typically come easy (unless your names rhymes with Bardashian). Success in music and film (as these celebrities are) requires a lot of work, dedication, and a little luck, but there is more to these celebrities than acting or musical talents, these are real deal inventors.
Michael Jackson’s showmanship was essential to his music career. His songs are top-notch, but he made himself an icon with his seemingly impossible dance moves and brilliant choreography, but there was more to his dancing than physical talent. Jackson invented his way into our hearts with his anti-gravity illusion. In his “Smooth Criminal” video, Jackson created a new signature move by nearly pivoting to the ground without falling, but Jackson did not master levitation. He invented a hidden hitch that attached his shoes to the stage in 1993. Thus winning gracing MTV with some of the sickest dance moves of the music video era.
Jamie Lee Curtis
The actress that elevated from potential scream queen in John Carpenter’s Halloween to the fantastic actress of True Lies, A Fish Called Wanda, and Anything But Love. Curtis has another passion in life that eclipses her film work nowadays – socially responsible spokesperson. From her work with natural food and the organic movement, one might forget where her work started, motherhood. Curtis invented a tool for mothers that could make life much easier (well, at least a lighter diaper bag). She invented a disposable diaper that had a waterproof pouch to carry baby wipes. What a great idea, right? But hold on mothers, Curtis refuses to license the idea until diaper companies agree to use biodegradable products. Bummer.
Old Marlon Brando is one of my favorite Hollywood oddities (here’s some more Brando facts.) The older (and larger) he got, the more Brando’s freak flag flew freely. Just watch his turn as the mad doctor in The Island of Doctor Moreau (1996). With the masterful weirdness typically associated with late-career Orson Welles, Brando found plenty of fun hobbies. One of them, drumming. He held many percussion patents, but his most useful is described as “a drumhead tensioning device and method” and is still widely used.
Eddie Van Halen
Guitar god Eddie Van Halen’s riffs are some of the most memorable and impressive. None of these would exist without his signature two-handed, ten-finger technique. The problem was that the neck doesn’t stand up straight without a hand supporting it, but Van Halen wouldn’t let that stop him. So, he invented a device that would do it for him. His 1985 patent would allow any stringed instrument to be played with all ten fingers.
The king of cool isn’t Dean Martin or any member of the Rat Pack for that matter, it is Steve McQueen. From The Great Escape to Bullitt, McQueen’s love for motors was more than apparent. He loved cars and motorcycles, but racing was his favorite pastime. His dream of becoming a professional racecar driver is evidenced by Patent No. D219584, an improved bucket seat that made stunt driving safer and, of course, more stylish.