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15+ Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before Becoming Popular

15+ Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before Becoming Popular

When you take a look at some of the most famous and popular celebrities, it can be almost impossible to imagine them doing any other type of work. However, everyone starts somewhere and some of these celebrities were working some pretty weird jobs before their careers took off. Some of the most famous celebrities worked some pretty average jobs. So if you still have dreams of making it big, let these celebrities be an inspiration to you!

20. Danny DeVito

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Danny DeVito is an American treasure. His well-known for his portrayal of the taxi dispatcher Louie De Palma in the television series Taxi, which won him a Golden Globe and an Emmy. However, these days we know him as the crazy and eccentric Frank Reynolds in It’s Always Sunny. But before all of the fame, DeVito was actually a hairdresser for corpses. He used to beautify corpses before they went six feet under.

Next, we have a beloved female singer “bad gal” that had a surprising military past…

19. Rihanna

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Barbados-born singer, actress, diplomat, and businesswoman Rihanna has had quite a successful career. Going from singer to running her own make-up company was a bold move that greatly paid off in the end. However, did you know that before the fame Rihanna was in the military? That’s right, teen Rihanna was an army cadet in a sub-military program. Now we know where she gets her fierce attitude from!

18. Christopher Walken

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Christopher Walken is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and television shows. His face and iconic way of speaking are instantly recognizable in any one of his works. However, did you know that before becoming an actor Walken was actually a lion tamer? Walken used to work for a circus and would perform with a lioness named Sheba – talk about a weird start!

Our next celeb is considered one of the most handsome men in the world, but you won’t believe the kooky job he was doing before the fame!

17. Brad Pitt

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Brad Pitt is ridiculously handsome and is an actor and producer that has received multiple rewards and nominations for his work. However, before making it big as a Hollywood actor, Pitt was actually dressing up as a chicken for an El Pollo Loco restaurant in Hollywood. Pitt would stand in front of the restaurant dressed up a chicken and would wave around at cars passing by. Anyone looking to become an actor should feel inspired by Pitt’s come-up!

16. Pierce Brosnan

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Pierce Brosnan is an Irish actor famously known for his role in the James Bond franchise. However, before he was the deadly 007, Brosnan was a professional fire eater. Brosnan became a professional fire eater in his teens and performed with The Big Top for three years.

Our next celeb is an actor with a highly versatile acting nature who never seems to turn down a Tim Burton role…

15. Johnny Depp

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Johnny Depp is three time nominated Academy Award actor. Depp started off as a teenage heartthrob on 21 Jump Street and then moved onto iconic roles such as Edward Scissorhands and Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. However, before he became an actor, Depp was actually placing phone calls as a telemarketer. He recalls hating the job as he was only able to make one sale!

14. Steve Buscemi

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Steve Buscemi is a successful actor that has been in quite a number of Hollywood and indie films. However, before his big acting break, Buscemi was working as a firefighter in New York City. After the 9/11 attacks, Buscemi actually returned to the FDNY to assist them in searching for survivors. Talk about a real-life hero.

Next, we have an actor who gained worldwide fame from not just one movie series but two.

13. Harrison Ford

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Harrison Ford is arguably one of the most famous and iconic actors as he gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and as the title character of the Indiana Jones film series. However, before his Star Wars days, did you know that Ford was actually working as a full-time carpenter? He was still working as a carpenter when George Lucas offered him the role of Han Solo –  crazy, huh?!

12. Christopher Lee

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Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was an English actor, singer, and author. He is well-known for his role as Dracula in the 1958 film and as the corrupt wizard Saruman in the Lord of the Rings. Before he busted out his acting chops, however, Lee was actually worked as an intelligence officer specializing in cracking German ciphers. Seems like Lee was always a talented man!

Next, we have a brazen comedian that is known for his wacky faces and absolutely absurd style of comedy. You won’t believe what this funny man was doing before making people laugh…

11. Jim Carrey

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Comedian and actor Jim Carrey is well-known for his high-energy performances. Anyone who has seen a Jim Carrey film can attest to just how wacky his comedy style is. However, did you know that before he was making people laugh on the big screen, Carrey was actually a janitor? After school, Carrey would head over to a warehouse and do an 8-hour shift.

Next, can you believe what our 44th President was doing before he got elected to the presidency?!

10. Barack Obama

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Before he became the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama was handling some pretty serious business at Baskin Robbins! Obama used to work at Baskin Robbins, scooping ice cream from behind the counter. Obama has stated that his first job as an ice cream scooper taught him responsibility and hard work.

9. George Clooney

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George Clooney is a famous actor known for his roles in the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ films. However, before his big movie roles, did you know that Clooney worked a variety of odd jobs? From a door-to-door insurance salesman to selling woman’s shoes, Clooney has picked up a ton of jobs to make ends meet before his big break.

8. Hugh Jackman

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Australian actor, singer, and producer Hugh Jackman made it on the big screen with his role as Wolverine in the X-Men movie. However, before he received international recognition for his various movie roles, Jackman was working as a gym teacher! The Hollywood star was a boys P.E. teacher, getting the kids to get active. Who would have thought?

Next, we have a man who made painting iconic with his television programming that made him everyone’s favorite art teacher.

7. Bob Ross

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Bob Ross was an American painter, art instructor, and television host. He was recognized from his iconic instructional television show, The Joy of Painting. But, before Ross was instructing the world on how to paint a sunset he was actually a Sergeant in the Air Force. Ross spent 20 years in the Air Force as a drill sergeant. “I was the guy who makes you scrub the latrine, the guy who makes you make your bed, the guy who screams at you for being late to work,” Ross revealed. However, he grew sick of always having to be mean and decided to paint instead!

6. Gal Gadot

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Gal Gadot is an Israeli actress and model. When she was 18, she was crowned Miss Israel 2004. However, before she was kicking b*** as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces. Now her role in Wonder Woman makes so much more sense!

5. Bill Murray

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Bill Murray is an Emmy Award winning actor and comedian. He first gained some exposure on the famous skit series, Saturday Night Live. It seems almost impossible to picture Murray as anything other than an actor, but before he made it big Murray used to sell chestnuts in front of a grocery store.

Our next celebrity transcended the music scene when he first started making waves in the 60s and 70s. You’ll never believe what he was doing before the fame…

4. David Bowie

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David Bowie was and is an iconic music legend. His quite often dramatic music and experimental nature inspired an entire generation of listeners. However, before he became a superstar, Bowie had a part-time job working for a butcher as a delivery boy!

3. Chris Pratt

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Chris Pratt is a blockbuster superstar these days thanks to his role in Guardians of the Galaxy. However, things weren’t always easy for the actor as he revealed that he used to strip to make ends meet! That’s right, while living in Hawaii, Pratt worked as a stripper throughout his teenage years.

2. Tom Hanks

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Tom Hanks is one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood. He is known for being able to play both comedic and dramatic roles. However, before he was on the big screen, Hanks was working as a popcorn and peanuts vendor at Oakland Coliseum.

Finally, we have an actress who graced the big screens in one of the most iconic romantic films to date.

1. Kate Winslet

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Kate Winslet is an English actress who is known for her work in portrayed complicated and struggling woman. Her leading role in the action-packed romance Titanic is still talked about to this day. However, before starring in the world’s second-highest-grossing film of all time, Winslet actually worked as a sandwich maker in a delicatessen. She left her job making sandwiches once she landed the role of a lifetime!

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