Odd Jobs Before Becoming a Star

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Brad Pitt Brad was two credits short of graduating from the University of Missouri with a degree in journalism, when he dropped out and moved to LA. During his pursuit of stardom, he delivered refrigerators, drove exotic dancers around in a limousine and wore a chicken suit and danced around for el Pollo Loco.

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Johnny Depp Johnny Depp was a telemarketer. He sold pens and recalls: “I was selling pens.You’re calling people who don’t want you to call them. You put on your best fake voice and try and sell them a gross or two of ballpoint pens with their name printed on them. First you say, ‘Congratulations. you have just become eligible to win a grandfather clock’ – or a trip to Greece, whatever.”

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Madonna Prior to the pop icon’s 1984 appearance on American Bandstand, she worked as a showgirl in France. She also worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts in New York’s Times Square, where she allegedly was fired after she squirted jelly filling all over a customer.

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Ashton Kutcher Ashton studied biomedical engineering at the University of Iowa. Before he dropped out of college to pursue his modeling career, he swept cereal dust at a General Mills factory to help with his living expenses. He also sold his blood for extra cash.’

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Angelina Jolie Angelina, disappointed with how her grandfathers funeral was conducted, pursued course work in mortuary science but did not receive her certificate. She started appearing in music videos at the age of 16 and films shortly after.

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Michelle Pfeiffer Michelle got a taste of celebrity life when she won the Miss Orange County beauty contest and then, the title of Miss Los Angeles. She studied to become a court reporter, but it was while she worked as a cashier at a supermarket that she realized she wanted to get into acting.

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George Clooney At the age of 16, George tried out for the Cincinatti Reds baseball team. He did not get a contract and decided to go to college to become a broadcast journalist. After dropping out of school, he held many odd jobs including shoe salesman and tobacco farm hand before moving to LA.

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Sandra Bullock At the age of 16, George tried out for the Cincinatti Reds baseball team. He did not get a contract and decided to go to college to become a broadcast journalist. After dropping out of school, he held many odd jobs including shoe salesman and tobacco farm hand before moving to LA.

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Harrison Ford Before becoming Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford worked at a Boy Scout adventure camp as a counselor for the reptile merit badge. He also worked as a sports commentator for his high school prior to building custom furniture for people like Richard Dreyfuss and Joan Didion.

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Jim Carrey In the late 1970’s Jim Carrey worked as a janitor at a factory to help support his family. He started making his mark in show biz as the opening act for comedians such as: Rodney Dangerfield and Buddy Hackett.

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Rod Stewart Grammy award winner Rod Stewart dropped out of school at the age of 15. He held various jobs including silk screen printer and grave digger. He also tried out for the Brentford F.C. football club, but never signed a contract.

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Jennifer Aniston Before we knew Jennifer as Rachel on “Friends,” she worked as a telemarketer. Other jobs Jennifer has had are waitress and bike messenger. She also appeared on “The Howard Stern Show” as a spokes model.

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Charlize Theron When Charlize was a young child, she used to sing at the town square for money. She also tended livestock on her parents working farm. At the age of 16, Charlize won a one year modeling contract and following that, when knee injuries forced her from the Joffrey Ballet, she decided to give acting a try.

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Dan Aykroyd Dan Akroyd was a mail sorter for Canada's national postal service. As a teenager, he had intended to become a Catholic priest.

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Halle Berry Halle Berry worked at Higbee's Department store in the children's department. Before becoming a Hollywood star, Halle Berry was in several beauty contests including Miss Ohio USA, Miss Teen All-American, Miss USA (first runner-up in 1986), and Miss World 1986.

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Sean Connery After serving three years in the Royal Navy, he held several odd jobs (still as a teenager) including truck driver, brick layer, lifeguard, coffin polisher, and artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art. In his twenties, he pursued a career in bodybuilding, and placed 3rd in the 1953 Mr. Universe competition.

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Clint Eastwood Clint installed swimming pools before becoming famous. In 1955 (at age 25), Clint Eastwood got his start in feature films with an uncreditted role in the b-movie "Revenge of the Creature."

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Tom Hanks As a teenager, Tom Hanks was a popcorn and peanuts vendor at the Oakland Coliseum. He also worked as a hotel bellman and carried bags for a number of celebs.

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Mick Jagger Mick Jagger used to be a porter in a mental hospital. As a child, he also had a summer job selling ice cream from a refrigerated trolley.

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Boris Karloff Boris Karloff was a truck driver, asphalt spreader, and farm hand before making it big.

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Marilyn Monroe Marilyn was discovered while she was working on an assembly line at the Radio Plane Munitions factory in Burbank, California. A photographer was there doing an article on women's contributions to the war.

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Jack Nicholson Jack Nicholson has worked in a toy store and as a lifeguard. He began his Hollywood career right out of high school as a production assistant at MGM.

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Keanu Reeves Keanu Reeves was once employed as a janitor. In the mid-1980's, Reeves appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola and Kelloggs Cornflakes.

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Sylvester Stallone Stallone worked at the Central Park Zoo for a while tending the lion cages. He also worked as an usher at a movie theater before hitting it big.

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Christopher Walken When Christopher Walken was 15, he worked as a circus performer and at one point, was allowed to tame a lion.

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Robin Williams Robin Williams worked as a street mime in the '70s. He then worked in an ice cream shop before hitting it big.

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