We decided to highlight former teachers who just so happen to be famous now and the actors and actresses that played them on television and in movies.

Celebrity Real Life Teachers And Those Who Played Them On TV was originally published on blackamericaweb.com

1. Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

Jesse taught American Studies, African Studies, and English at a public high school in Philadelphia.

2. Jill Scott

Jill Scott

Jill was placed at a school as a student-teacher, but her fellow professors disapproved of her unique method of teaching the kids: she often incorporated singing and melody in order to help with memorization. She quit after receiving several negative comments.

3. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington: The Great Debators

4. Paula Patton: Precious

Paula Patton: Precious

5. Samuel L. Jackson: One Eight Seven

Samuel L. Jackson: One Eight Seven

6. Morgan Freeman: Lean On Me

Morgan Freeman: Lean On Me

7. Orlando Jones: Drumline

Orlando Jones: Drumline

8. Roberta Flack

Roberta Flack

Roberta taught English and music to students in North Carolina and Maryland.

9. Cameron Diaz: Bad Teacher

Cameron Diaz: Bad Teacher

10. Whoopi Goldberg: Sister Act I and II

Whoopi Goldberg: Sister Act I and II

11. Laurence Fishburne: Akeelah and the Bee

Laurence Fishburne: Akeelah and the Bee

12. Julia Roberts: Mona Lisa Smile

Julia Roberts: Mona Lisa Smile

13. Bill Bellamy: Mr. Box Office

Bill Bellamy: Mr. Box Office

14. Cedric the Entertainer: The Steve Harvey Show

Cedric the Entertainer: The Steve Harvey Show

15. President Barack Obama

President Barack Obama

Four years before running for president, he was a constitutional law professor and senior lecturer at the University Chicago.

16. Mr. T

Mr. T

Mr. T attended the Paul Lawrence Dubar Vocational Career Academy and worked as a gym teacher.

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