Celebrities Who are Also Inventors

Celebrities here means - Actors , Directors , Musicians , Athletes , Politicians , Writers.. Or I can say ..The famous people with non- scientific careers.

The Top Ten

1 Paul Winchell

The famous American grammy-winning television pioneer, Comedian, Ventriloquist, actor, voice artist ( remember Tigger from Winnie the Pooh? ), Inventor, humanitarian and entrepreneur..
Had over 30 ( Thirty! ) patents for inventions..You know his most amazing invention? An artificial heart..Patented in 1961 ( also implanted in human...isn't it obvious! )
Some other of his inventions are blood plasma defroster, a piezo-electric diaphragm, and a sectional garment for hypothermia, disposable razor, flameless lighter, illuminated ballpoint pen, retractable fountain pen, inverted novelty mask, battery operated heated gloves, an indicator to show when the food had gone bad after a power outage.
Also, he worked for the Leukemia Society and American Red Cross and established many patents.., He also had a shirt factory, proposed " The Tilapia Project" for the production of rapidly reproducing Tilapia fish for the undernourished people in sub-Saharan Africa.., did I say the first ...more - Ananya

2 Hedy Lamarr Hedy Lamarr, born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler (9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) was an Austrian-American film actress and inventor. Often called “The Most Beautiful Woman in Films”, Hedy Lamarr’s beauty and screen presence made her one of the most popular actresses of her day. ...read more.

One of the most loved celebrities of 1930s & 1940s.

Inventor of Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum and the invention of " Secret Communication system " with Co-Inventor George Anthiel, to combat the nazis in WW2 by manipulating frequencies at irregular intervals between transmission and reception.

This invention formed an unbreakable code to prevent classified messaged from being intercepted by enemy personnel ( Received a patent in 1941 but the significance of this invention was realised many many decades later).
As for the Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum, it formed the backbone of wireless communication... - Ananya

What Dame!

3 Eddie Van Halen Edward Lodewijk "Eddie" Van Halen is a Dutch-American musician, songwriter and producer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, occasional keyboardist and co-founder of the hard rock band Van Halen.

He also has a patent for the D-Tuna, a mechanical device he invented that allows a guitar with a Floyd Rose whammy bar to drop the low E string a whole step to D (hence the name). - Gg2000

His signature sound two-handed tapping technique, but letting all 10 fingers fly while holding up guitar's neck would be...tricky. He invented a support top that could flip out of the back of axe's body to raise and stabilize the fretboard so he could tap out the songs. The invention works for any stringed instrument. - Ananya

4 Prince Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 - April 21st, 2016) was an American musician, best known for being one of the most popular and influential artists from the 80s, with songs such as "Purple Rain", "Little Red Corvette", "1999", and "When Doves Cry" .

Invented Portable, Electronic Keyboard Musical Instrument. A keytar..with swooping curves and arrows giving birth to the term, Received a Patent in 1994. - Ananya

5 Natalie Portman Natalie Portman is an actress, film producer and film director with dual American and Israeli citizenship. Portman is best known for her roles as Padmé Amidala in the Star Wars prequel trilogy and Nina Sayers in Black Swan. She won an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award, ...read more.

Invented a simple method to demonstrate the enzymatic production of hydrogen from sugar - Ananya

6 Marlon Brando Marlon Brando, Jr. was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with bringing a gripping realism to film acting, and is often cited as one of the greatest and most influential actors of all time.

Brando is awesome. - Q-ube

He received FOUR patents for drum tuning system! ( Drumhead tensioning device and method), instead of being tuned by 5 or 6 screws at the top, it could be tuned by one crank at the bottom. - Ananya

7 Neil Young Neil Percival Young is a Canadian singer-songwriter and musician, producer, director and screenwriter.

Invention of Model train controller using electromagnetic field by this hard-core model-train enthusiast, was granted a patent for a controlling system that communicates signals to model train cars as the move around their tracks. - Ananya

8 Steve McQueen Terence Steven "Steve" McQueen was an American actor. Called "The King of Cool", his "anti-hero" persona, developed at the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s.

In 1971, He was awarded a patent for a Bucket Seat shell, unlike bench seating common in that era...
He was a serious motorcycle and race car driver, who even competed in races like 12 hours of Sebring. - Ananya

9 Penn Jillette

I didn't know Penn and Teller can invent new things! (Like magic) - LightningStrike

That smile though - BreakFastBeast2005

10 Jamie Lee Curtis Jamie Lee Curtis, Lady Haden-Guest is an American actress and author. She made her film debut in 1978 by starring as Laurie Strode in John Carpenter's Halloween.

She's a talented girl. - Q-ube

The Halloween and True lies actress invented...Unitary disposable Diaper with Integrated Soilage Management Structure including disposable container. ( received a patent in 2017) Isn't it cool! - Ananya

The Contenders

11 Mark Twain Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, entrepreneur, publisher, and lecturer.

He invented…a book gah I know nothing haha - AlphaQ

12 Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under ...read more.

Emphasis on the word "illusion".

Invented Method and Means of Anti Gravity lllusion
Remember the 1988 classic Smooth Criminal where he and his crew defied gravity?..Was patented in 1993 for the anti gravity shoes. - Ananya

13 Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865. Lincoln led the United States its bloodiest war and its greatest moral, constitutional, and political crisis.

He invented top hats. - AlphaQ

14 Francis Ford Coppola Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, screenwriter and film composer. He was a central figure in the New Hollywood wave of filmmaking.
15 Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.
16 Bill Nye William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.

He invented the ice sculpture of science... and broke it - LightningStrike

He invented a better Ballet toe shoes...you've no idea what kind of a relief it must be.. - Ananya

17 George Lucas George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American filmmaker and entrepreneur. He is best known as the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones franchises, as well as the founder of Lucasfilm and Industrial Light & Magic.

Granted a patent in 1982 for the Boba Fett action figure with co- inventors Joe Johnston and Ralfh Mcquarrie - Ananya

18 James Cameron James Cameron is a Canadian film director, producer, screenwriter, and deep-sea explorer. He is best known for his films, The Terminator, Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Titanic, and Avatar. He is also the third person in history to reach the bottom of the Mariana Trench, the deepest part of the ...read more.
19 Andy Warhol Andy Warhol, born Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as Pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s.

Invented a watch with 5 watch faces, Patented after artist's death - Ananya

20 Kurt Vonnegut Sr.
21 Jamie Hyneman
22 Harry Connick Jr. Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr. is an American singer, musician, and actor. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide.
23 Paula Abdul Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer-songwriter, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality.
24 Gary Burghoff
25 Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, ...read more.
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