It is hard to imagine famous celebrities and film stars as anything else but their larger than life on-screen personas. But, the truth is they all had to start somewhere, and most of them had regular jobs before making it big in Hollywood, or whatever career earned them big bucks and the admiration of the world press. In an ode to the working-class citizen, we take a look at strange jobs celebrities had before making it big.
Johnny Depp – Telemarketer
Johnny Depp is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood and is uber-wealthy to boot, with a net worth of around $400 million. Before he made his debut in TV and film, Depp worked as a telemarketer selling pens over the phone. He would cold-call people and offer them a complimentary grandfather clock if they ordered a fancy set of pens. A far cry from acting in 21 Jump Street or as Captain Jack Sparrow, but perhaps a good place to use his voice training!
Madonna – Dunkin’ Donuts
Madonna is a woman who needs no introduction. The multi Grammy award-winning singer, songwriter and actress is best known for her melodic vocals, 80’s pop culture songs and her portrayal of Eva Peron in the major Hollywood film. The former wife of Sean Penn has a net worth estimated at $800 million, but started her working career working in Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square. Hey, we all have to start somewhere…
Hugh Jackman – Professional Party Clown
Hugh Jackman is a multitalented actor, singer and Broadway icon. He is most famously known for his portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films and recently starred in the Greatest Showman. His talents known no bounds, and his acting and singing career has earned him over $150 million. Before he got his big break, Jackman worked as Coco the Clown for kid’s parties, entertaining small children hopped up on sugar. He wasn’t even that good, as he couldn’t do any magic tricks.
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Whoopi Goldberg – Phone Sex Worker
Whoopi Goldberg is one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood. Her husky voice and talented acting skills have earned her numerous awards, and at one point in time she was the highest paid actress on the planet. Today she has a net worth of $45 million. Before she made it big though, she used her husky voice as a phone sex operator. She also happens to be a fully licenced beautician, choosing the mortuary and dead bodies as her canvas of choice.
Sean Connery – Lifeguard, Milkman and Coffin Cleaner
If you are James Bond fan, there is no doubt Sean Connery would be your first choice as the best 007 of all time. The Scottish legend epitomised the suave and charismatic secret agent that we all fell in love with. Many decades later he is still one of the best actors in the industry with a net worth of around $300 million. Before he got into acting though, Sean was a jack-of-all-trades, doing anything he could to earn an income. He was a milkman for a time, as well as a lifeguard. The weirdest job he had was a coffin cleaner, which understandably didn’t last long.
Mick Jagger – Hospital Porter
Mick Jagger is the frontman for the Rolling Stones and a legend in his own right. Now at 75 years old, he is still one of the biggest music stars on the planet, and has a net worth over $350 million to show for it. Before he joined the iconic band and became a household name, Jagger was studying at the London School of Economics. He needed some extra cash, so he worked as a porter at the Bexley Mental Hospital. He job was to cart luggage all day, for which he was paid a measly weekly salary.
Matthew McConaughey – Cleaned Chicken Coops
Matthew McConaughey is one of the most talented actors in Hollywood. He is mostly known for his Oscar winning role in the Dallas Buyers Club, as well as his career-defining portrayal of Detective Rust Cohle in the True Detective series. His chameleon-like acting skills have earned him the reverence of the entire industry and a net worth just under $100 million. When he was younger, Matthew was an exchange student in Australia, and earned extra cash by washing dishes and cleaning out chicken coops. Boy, are we glad Hollywood discovered him!