18 Celebrities That Had The Unexpected Jobs Before They Got Famous


When you saw your favorite celebrities on TV and in magazines, it is pretty hard to believe that they were regular people trying to work to get by like us. Even it doesn’t matter if you are a cashier, waitress or janitor chances are that some of the celebrities worked a day job as crappy as yours. And what’s the real point here?

Let us know which one surprised you the most on the comments below. Enjoy!

1. Steve Buscemi was a firefighter and during the 9/11 attack he returned to his job as a firefighter to help out

Steve Buscemi might play weirdoes and gangsters on screen, but his real persona is kind, compassionate, and geared to helping others.

Back in 1976, 18-year-old Steve joined the New York City Firefighters. The actor served four years on Engine Co. 55 in Manhattan, before embarking on the formidable acting career.

Old habits die hard, and Buscemi volunteered to return to duty in the chaotic days that followed 9/11. Refusing all requests of media coverage, Buscemi worked 12 hours shifts in a desperate attempt to save lives from under the rubble.

However, this was not all. The actor resumed service once more in 2012, to assist the clean-up efforts following Super Storm Sandy. While the fact we just shared did not hurt your brain like advertised, it might warm your heart enough for you to do your acts of kindness. (Source)

2. Madonna worked at Dunkin’ Donuts

Did you know that before taking to the stage to expose her fan’s boobs, Madonna once worked with donuts?

The popstar was allegedly fired on her very first day at Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square, for accidentally squirting a customer with jam. We’re not sure how you accidentally cover someone in jam, but, each to their own.

Like many other celebrities that started from scratch, Madonna arrived in the Big Apple with only $35 in her pocket. The 20-year-old was in desperate need for cash and Dunkin’ Donuts provided hours flexible enough.

It helps to know that Madonna reserved plenty of time to pursue her artistic ambitions. Filling coffee cups was a way of financing those goals.

Did “Like a Virgin’ hurt your brain the first time you heard it on radio? Just imagine a waiter singing that while coming towards you with a box of Chocolate Glazed. (Source)

3. Did you know that Johnny Depp worked as a telemarketer

He hated it and made only one sale. He also talked a customer out of the purchase.

Hollywood star Johnny Depp has revealed he hated working as a telemarketer and only made one sale. The 50-year-old ‘Transcendence’ star tried out a multitude of jobs before finding fame as an actor, reported New York Daily News.

“I marketed pens – on the phone. But the beauty of the gig was that you had to call these strangers and say, ‘Hi, how ya doing?’ You made up a name, like, ‘Hey, it’s Edward Quartermaine from California. You’re eligible to receive this grand-father clock or a trip to Tahiti’,” Depp said. (Source)

4. One Direction star Harry Styles once worked in a bakery at the age of 14

Harry, who of course left his job and school to audition for the X Factor, earned just £6-an-hour at the W Mandeville bakery in his home town.

His former boss Simon Wakefield spoke about shop boy skills, sharing: ‘He was the most polite member of staff we’ve ever had. ‘Customers really took a shine to him.’

Harry even returned to his old job to film scenes for the One Direction movie. (Source)

5. Pierce Brosnan was a professional fire eater for three years

Pierce Brosnan became a professional fire eater in his teens and performed under the big top for three years. Brosnan demonstrated his fire eating skills in a 1982 episode of Remington Steele, titled High Flying Steele.

In 1969, he went to an acting workshop where he ran into a fire eating instructor teaching trailing tricks to women. He used those skills to create his very own circle show. he was noticed by a circus agent who picked him up for a 3 year stint. It may have been his first push into show business. (Source)

6. Christopher Walken worked as a lion tamer in a circus when he was 15

Few actors can add this kind of impressive experience to their resume. According to Walken, however, there was nothing that spectacular or dangerous about his job. The lion was named Sheba and she was quite old at the time.

Christopher Walken was 16 when he was a lion tamer. He would perform with a lioness named Sheba.

Walken is far from the only Hollywood celebrity that had a circus career. Mr. James Bond himself – Pierce Brosnan – spent some time working as a fire eater in a circus. He was an acting student when he accidentally passed by a fire-eating workshop. Curious, he had a pick and saw that a couple of the students were topless ladies. Brosnan quickly signed up for the class. (Source)

7. Barak Obama was an ice cream scooper at Baskin Robbins. Can you believe it?

Here’s the scoop; President Barack Obama actually once worked at Baskin Robbins in Hawaii.

He said the experience taught him lessons about hard work, ultimately helping him get to where he is today.

He wrote about his first gig, saying: “My first summer job wasn’t exactly glamorous, but it taught me some valuable lessons.

“Responsibility. Hard work. Balancing a job with friends, family, and school.” (Source)

8. Danny DeVito was a hairdresser for corpses

He would style women’s hair to look pretty before going six feet under.

Film star Danny Devito used to work as a hairdresser – for corpses. The 65-year-old actor would style women’s hair to make them look beautiful before they went six feet under. “What happens when you get old? You pass. And you want to have a nice hair do,” he told US chat show George Lopez. “I used to go to the mortuary. There she would be – it was only women’s hair I did – and she didn’t talk back.” Devito landed his bizarre hair salon job after training with his older sister, Angie. After leaving high school he had no desire to go to college, so worked in his sister’s beauty parlour instead. Devito learned to do shampoos and sets – and even attended the Wilfred Academy beauty school in New Jersey. “I walk in the door, I’ve got my kit and I’ve got my white smock on. I thought it was going to be horrible,” he said. “But I look in the door and there were like 40 girls, me and two guys I didn’t get to know very well. I thank my sister to this day.”

9. Harrison Ford was actually a carpenter

During the AMA, Ford was asked how he felt about “Star Wars” when he first started and how he was approached for his role in the film.

Ford went on to share the famous story of how he got his big break as galactic smuggler Han Solo in 1977’s “Star Wars” while still working as a full-time carpenter.

10. And Christopher Lee worked for the intelligence service

“When the Second World War finished I was 23 and already I had seen enough horror to last me a lifetime,” said the late actor Sir Christopher Lee.

Lee, who died on 7 June in a London hospital aged 93, has been widely celebrated as a cinematic icon but the actor – who spoke several languages – was also a member of the SAS during the Second World War.

Born in 1922 in Belgravia to a one-time Chanel model and an army colonel, Lee was educated privately before joining the Royal Air Force in 1940.

Prior to Britain joining the conflict, the then just 18-year-old had already worked alongside the Finnish in their Winter War against the Russians as a volunteer in 1939.

11. Brad Pitt used to dress up as a chicken for a restaurant in Hollywood

Long before he met Angelina Jolie, long before he became famous as the world’s most attractive man, long before he made a name for himself with his acting skills, William Bradley Pitt was just a 23 year old college student trying to make it in Hollywood. Back in 1986 Pitt decided to drop out of the University of Missouri, where he was taking classes in journalism, and moved all the way to the state of California.

He used to drive strippers around in a limo and last, but not least, he also used to dress up as a chicken. That’s right, Brad Pitt dressed up as a big bright yellow chicken standing outside of an El Pollo Loco restaurant in Hollywood and handing out flyers to attract potential customers’ attention to the restaurant. He had to bear through unimaginable heat in order to walk around in his furry chicken costume and look friendly, entertaining and welcoming.

12. Jim Carrey, he quit school to support his family. He started working as a janitor

Jim Carrey was born as James Eugene Carrey in Canada. His father Percy Carrey was a musician but he started working as an accountant in order to support his family. His mother Kathleen was a housewife. The family had four children.

Unfortunately, one day Carrey’s father lost his job and as the actor confessed in an interview, that was the point when everything started falling apart. The family became poor and they were living out of a van. Jim was 15 years old when he had to quit school in order to work and bring money. He started working as a janitor and he said that at moments his life made him really angry and frustrated.

13. Rihanna was an army cadet

Before making her on-screen debut as a Navy weapons expert in Peter Berg’s Battleship, Rihanna had a bit of real-life experience to help prepare her for the role. The “Umbrella” singer was an army cadet in a sub-military program in her native Barbados. Singer-songwriter Shontelle was even her drill sergeant and ordered Rihanna around. “That’s what drill sergeants do. We boss cadets around, we make them do push-ups . . . especially when they show up on the parade square late,” Shontelle told the BBC in 2009. “We were both in cadets together—it wasn’t compulsory or anything. But picture me and Rihanna in combat boots and fatigues crawling through mud and things like that.”

14. Bill Murray used to sell chestnuts outside a grocery store in Chicago

Long before he became one of the most iconic actors of our generation and crashed an engagement photo session like a boss, Murray literally sold chestnuts outside a grocery store in Chicago 2 years after graduating college. The man really is a chameleon.

15. George Clooney was selling women’s shoes worked as a door-to-door insurance salesman, stocked shelves, was a construction worker and cut tobacco

In his youth, Clooney worked in tobacco fields and took up smoking into his late 20s. He quit after one of his uncles died from lung cancer and has expressed his regret over it in interviews. He went to the University of Cincinnati but did not graduate. Instead, he started selling women’s shoes, insurance door-to-door, stocking shelves, working in construction and cutting tobacco to make money.

16. Hugh Jackman was a gym teacher

Former gym teacher Hugh Jackman runs into old student. Hugh Jackman as Logan/Wolverine in a scene from the film, “The Wolverine.” Before Hugh Jackman was Wolverineor Jean Valjean, he was just Mr. Jackman, an unknown (but probably very well-liked) boys gym teacher at England’s Uppingham School.

17. And Bob Ross was a sergeant in the Air Force

Ross enlisted in the United States Air Force at 18 years old and served as a medical records technician.He eventually rose to the rank of master sergeant and served as the first sergeant of the U.S. Air Force Clinic at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska, where he first saw the snow and mountains that later became recurring themes in his artwork. He developed his quick-painting technique to create art for sale during brief daily work breaks.

Having held military positions that required him to be, in his own words, “tough” and “mean”, “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 decided that if he ever left the military, he would never scream again.

18. Channing Tatum used to be a stripper

Channing Tatum, stripped down and unfiltered! Touting his Oscar-buzzed performance in Foxcatcher, the actor opened up to The Hollywood Reporter in its Nov. 14 issue about his known past as a stripper, and his not-so-known experimentation phase with drugs.

Tatum, 34, explained the premise of Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the 2012 dramedy partially based on his own exotic dancer history. The Warner Bros. movie takes its main character Mike to a stripper convention, similar to one Tatum himself attended in the late ’90s. “I have no idea why it’s called a convention,” he told the mag. “The ‘convention’ was not strippers peddling stripper technology or anything like that. It was just a big show with 50 to 70 strippers and 2,000 to 3,000 women. It was crazy. They attacked me every night.”