15 Celebrities Who Had Bizarre Jobs Before They Got Famous

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Not every celebrity started out as a successful child star.

Most of them were either flipping burgers, dressing up in costumes, or doing something sleazy before they got their big break.

Before acquiring mega fame and money, some of these celebrities were doing things that we probably would never even consider doing.

1. Victoria Beckham


This Spice Girls singer is as famous as people can get.

But before she stepped into the limelight, she played a roller-skating sperm to pay the bills.

It's wasn't anything dirty, she was featured on an 80s BBC sex-education show called Body Matters to raise awareness.

2. Brad Pitt

Before the fame and fortune, the actor dressed up as a chicken and handed out flyers for El Pollo Loco in Hollywood.

That wasn't the only odd job he had. Pitt also drove strippers around in a limo and moved around refrigerators to make ends meet.

I guess seeing people following their dreams in the City of Angels helped him to break out into a different career. Good thing he did!

3. Matthew McConaughey

Sometimes you'll do anything to pay the bills, even if that means cleaning chicken coops.

The handsome actor is quite popular now, but when he was a teenager, there was a time I'm sure ladies didn't want to get anywhere close to him.

Like most kids nowadays, McConaughey took a gap year to travel the world. A local family let him stay with them in exchange for cleaning out chicken cages.

"Those types of trips are really ones that leave a lasting impression," he told Dr. Oz.

4. Channing Tatum

The Magic Mike star was actually a male stripper before he got famous. I mean come on, those moves were perfected. It wasn't something that could be learned in a few months.

The Hollywood heartthrob told the Daily Telegraph that there was nothing that he liked about the job:

"I never enjoyed the taking-the-clothes-off part. You are on a stage with people yelling at you and you feel like you're a rock star, but you're nothing."

5. Patrick Dempsey

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Before "McDreamy" graced our TV screens, Dempsey was juggling with his own problems. Literally.

“I did a juggling routine when I was 15 and that’s actually how I made a living,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I did birthday parties on weekends. So I started off in old school vaudeville actually.”

The Grey's Anatomy actor was so good that he almost got a job at a circus.

6. Johnny Depp

This actor's raspy voice was the last thing people wanted to hear when they picked up the phone.

The reason why: Depp was a telemarketer. He tried to sell people ballpoint pens with their name printed on them. Not a glamorous job, and Depp agrees.

“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 or a Jacuzzi or whatever. I only had success one time," he revealed in Andy Warhol's Interview Magazine.

7. Demi Moore

The Ghost actress is no stranger to tragedy. She was born and raised in a trailer park with alcoholic parents.

When she was 16 years old, she dropped out of school and tried to pursue a career in modeling and acting.

That didn't prove to be so easy though. To make ends meet she became a debt collector.

"I had to call people and say all that mean stuff to get them to pay up," she told The Independent.

8. Whoopi Goldberg

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It wasn't easy for Goldberg to make it in Hollywood, but she did.

Now she's famous for her roles in Sister Act, The Color Purple, and hosting The View.

But what makes this actress stand out? Would you say it's her voice?

Before the fame and fortune, Goldberg was a sex phone operator. She was also a morgue beautician, a dishwasher, and a bricklayer.

"I needed the money and I needed to work. So, I figured I would rather lay bricks than lay men for money," she told The Independent.

9. Angelina Jolie

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The action star has always had a successful father, but when her parents split at a young age, she became quite the rebel.

Before she decided to follow in her father's footsteps, she applied to become a funeral director.

“If this whole acting thing didn't work out that was going to be my path,” Jolie said in a television interview. “It sounds like this very strange, eccentric, dark thing to do, but in fact, I lost my grandfather and was very upset with his funeral. How somebody passes and how a family deals with this passing and how death should be addressed in a different way.”

10. Nicole Kidman

When Kidman's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer, she had to drop out of high school to support her family.

She worked as a massage therapist so she could pay the bills while also helping her mother with physical therapy.

Fortunately, Nicole's mother survived, and now she's one of the most famous actresses in Hollywood.

11. Ozzy Osbourne

It's not surprising to learn that the heavy metal band lead singer worked at a slaughterhouse before forming the band Black Sabbath.

"For the first four weeks, I did nothing but throw up," he told The Telegraph.

Now he's a vegetarian, but Osbourne denies his experiences of once working at a slaughterhouse to have changed his eating habits:

"It ain't because of the animals. I just can't digest meat anymore," he told Britain's Sunday Times Magazine.

12. Hugh Jackman

The actor who plays the mutant Wolverine is not someone who you'd think to be a funnyman, but Jackman actually worked as a professional clown before his big break in Hollywood.

He was called Coco The Clown and had this gig for more than three years.

"I had no magic tricks and I remember a six-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks' - and he was right," he told The Daily Beast.

He apparently made $50 a show at the time, which isn't too bad for someone who sucked at their job.

13. Sylvester Stallone

Before he took on the famous role of Rocky Balboa, Stallone was struggling to make ends meet.

He worked several odd jobs before his career took off, like working in his mother's beauty salon, starring in porno films, and cleaning zoo cages.

"When you’re scared, when you’re hanging on, when life is hurting you, then you’re going to see what you’re really made of," he once said.

14. Christopher Walken

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You've seen this actor in just about every movie genre out there, but what would a guy with such amazing acting versatility do if he wasn't famous?

When Walken was a teenager, he was a lion tamer.

"It was a female lion named Sheba, and she was very sweet," he revealed to Vanity Fair. "Like a dog, really. I would wave the whip, and she would run and sit up and roll over and do things."

15. Jon Bon Jovi

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Before he was halfway there, Bon Jovi was making Christmas decorations.

The singer put his creative talents to good use even at a young age.

Have you ever had odd jobs like these celebrities?

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