List of celebrities who had really weird jobs before they became famous
1. Danny Devito was the hairstylist for dead people.
Although Danny DeVito may not be a fashion icon when it comes to his hair, or lack of it, this actor actually got the job as a hairstylist. And though DeVito admits he loved the perks that came with this gig (the girls!), things got a bit creepy when he first started selling dead people’s hair at a mortuary – even though he still worked on women.
2. Hugh Jackman worked as a party clown and a p.e. teacher.
Hugh Jackman wasn’t always the leading man that he is considered today. In fact, this Wolverine actor had quite a few weird jobs before he made it big. He worked as an attendant at the gas station, became a clown at parties, and then even worked as a P.E. teacher!
In fact, no one knew about it until one day, a former student called him out at a red-carpet event, and thus revealed the actor’s gym teacher past to everyone around the world.
3. Christopher walken used to tame lions.
During his childhood, Christopher Walken used to work in the circus where he was hired as an assistant to a man who tamed lions, which was basically the role of tamer’s son. In a recent interview, he talked about how the lion he was assigned, Sheba, was more of a dog, and that he just had to wave the whip and the lion would sit up, lay down or roll over.
4. Victoria Beckham was dressed as a sperm.
Before she became a household name, Victoria Beckham was dressed up like a sperm for a BBC show known as Body Matters, which was related to sexual education. This took place obviously before the Spice Girls and David Beckham, but we are more than sure that she would have been the ‘poshest’ sperm even way back then!
5. Whoopi Goldberg did makeup on dead bodies.
Whoopi Goldberg was actually a trained beautician prior to becoming such a huge star in the comedy world and even winning an Oscar. In her early days, things weren’t as smooth for her, and she even took the job of a makeup artist at a local mortuary. The boss acclimated Goldberg to her new job by slowly opening a corpse drawer from where he was hiding, and then waving to her! That sure sounds like a good ground for a potential lawsuit right there.
6. Johnny Depp used to sell pens over the phone
Johnny Depp is a household name now, but this wasn’t always the case. In his initial days trying to find a job to make ends meet, Johnny Depp had to sell some ballpoint pens over the phone. He was promised that if he was able to sell some handful of ballpoint pens, he would be offered a trip to Tahiti! However, Depp didn’t work too long on this job, but he agrees that the job gave him great insight into acting.
7. Geena Davis posed as a mannequin
Before Thelma and Louise, it was Thelma and Anne… Taylor. And it was precisely at this clothing store that Geena Davis used to pose like a mannequin, standing alongside actual mannequins. She revealed in an interview how one person saw her do that and then stopped to see how it goes about now – and she didn’t move an inch, thanks to her uncanny ability to stand still for a very long time. Her still poses drew a lot of crowds and it later helped in her getting fashion modeling offers.
8. Dustin hoffman used to type the yellow pages
Dustin Hoffman, in his initial years of working as an actor, had to change numerous jobs in order to make ends meet. The jobs included one that of a doorman, security check, stringing Hawaiian leis, and even typing up entire yellow pages with a team of eighty women. However, unlike some of the other celebrities on this list, Hoffman said that he never felt any shame in doing trivial jobs as long as it helped him make ends meet.
9. Helen Mirren Worked as a carnie
Before making it big, Dame Helen Mirren actually worked as a carnie for the Kursaal Amusement Park, where she tried to lure people into trying out various rides available at the park. The term for this job is actually “barker” in the United States, but in the United Kingdom, it is known as “blagger”.
10. Mick Jagger held a job in a mental hospital
Mick Jagger used to work as a porter at the Bexley Psychiatric Hospital where he transported patient’s belongings to make enough money to pay off his tuition fee at the London School of Economics. This has been claimed in several of the biographies written on him, and many rumors also say that he lost his virginity in a Bexley closet with a nurse!