11) Steven Spielberg – Academy Award Winning Director & Producer
He’s one of the most successful movie writers, producers and directors in history. He’s won over 120 awards, including two Academy Awards, for his work and is very active in major philanthropic projects. He was also a college dropout, leaving California State University Long Beach in 1968 to focus on making films. In 2002, he decided he wanted to get his degree, so he enrolled in a distance learning program with the college he left 34 years earlier and earned his degree in Film Production. In order to graduate, students are required to submit a completed short film. Spielberg submitted Schindler’s List.