25 Celebrities Who Had Strange Jobs Before Becoming Famous

Posted by , Updated on May 3, 2014

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Although sometimes we think of movies stars, musicians, and other celebrities as having always been members of the elite upper class, the truth is that at one point many of them also held normal, boring, underpaid positions at the local fast food restaurant. With everything from road side dancers dressed up as chickens to creepy gravediggers, these are 25 celebrities who had strange jobs before becoming famous.
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Eva Mendez

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Before hitting the big screen Eva sold hotdogs at a stand in the mall.

24

Patrick Dempsey

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Known for his role in Grey’s Anatomy, Patrick used to be a juggler and even placed in national competitions.

23

Ozzy Osbourne

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You shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that before achieving rock star fame Ozzy worked in a slaughterhouse.

22

Hugh Jackman

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Famous for playing Wolverine in the X-Men, Hugh really came a long way from wearing a clown suit to birthday parties.

21

Tim Allen

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Before starring in Home Improvement, Tim was a notorious coke dealer…and we’re not talking about Coca Cola.


20

Whoopie Goldberg

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She used to put makeup on dead people in the morgue.

19

Sean Connery

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It may be difficult to imagine (considering the profession doesn’t really exist anymore) but in his earlier days Sean worked hard as a milkman.
18

Christopher Walken

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As usual, it’s nearly impossible to be cooler than Chris. Back in the day he was a lion tamer at a circus.

17

Rod Stewart

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Like Whoopie, Rod used to spend more time in the presence of the dead than the living when he worked as a gravedigger at a local cemetery.

16

Harrison Ford

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Every Star Wars fan knows the story of how George Lucas needed someone to read Han Solo’s lines during the auditions. Harrison Ford, a carpenter on the set, was chosen and the rest is history.

15

Orlando Bloom

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In his earlier days he worked as a trapper on a clay pigeon shooting range.

14

Danny Devito

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The famous funny man used to cut hair to make ends meet.

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Madonna

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Before selling more records than any other female in history, Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts.

12

Robin Williams

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It shouldn’t be hard to believe that Robin used to work as street mime.
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Johnny Depp

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A strange job for a strange man, before fame and superstardom Johnny sold pens for a living.

10

Jim Carrey

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Jim used to practice his jokes on fellow janitors when he was employed at a local steel mill.

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Clint Eastwood

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Before landing his first feature film Clint was busy installing swimming pools for a living.

8

Nicholas Cage

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He used to sell popcorn at Fairfax theatre.

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Tom Cruise

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At one point he worked as a paperboy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.

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Jennifer Hudson

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After mentioning the fact that she used to work at Burger King during her Oscar win in 1997 they awarded her with free burgers for life.

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Dustin Hoffman

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At one point Dustin was a typist for the Yellowpages.

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Mick Jagger

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In his early life Mick Jagger was a porter at a mental hospital.

3

Demi Moore

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Before being loved by the masses Demi was hated by the masses when she worked at a collection agency.

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Matthew McConaughey

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Life literally stunk for Matthew at one point as he would spend his days cleaning out chicken coops.

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Brad Pitt

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Not to be outdone by Matthew, Brad actually dressed up as a chicken and danced on the side of the road for a local restaurant.

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