5) Tommy Lee Jones
Oil rigger and accomplished polo player, Tommy Lee Jones is one interesting actor. He started his career on the stage and in films “…listed way, way down the cast list…”, as one biographer remarks and played marginal characters in soap operas. His portrayal of Howard Hughes in a TV miniseries gained him a reputation as a dynamic actor and his lead performance in The Executioner’s Song (1982) won him an Emmy. He continued television acting, notably in the miniseries Lonesome Dove, until he got the attention he deserved. He is as versatile as you can get, being comfortable with thrillers, drama, comedies and even musicals. What is as impressive, however, is that Jones graduated cum laude from Harvard with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. While at Harvard, he was a roommate of Al Gore, who later became the Vice President of the United States.