When you see your favourite celebrities on TV and in magazines, it's hard to believe they were ever just regular people working to get by. But even the brightest stars had to start somewhere before making it big!


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Whether you're a waitress, a cashier, or even a janitor, chances are that at least one of the famous faces you admire once worked a day job as crappy as yours. Some were even in the process of training to enter long-term careers, such as law and teaching, when their big break came, while others were fresh out of jail after getting caught up in crime.

The moral of the story? You might be stuck doing shifts at a burger joint right now, but you never know what opportunities lie ahead, so stay focused on your Hollywood dreams. Find out what xx+ stars were doing with their lives before they hit the screen below, and let us know which ones surprised you the most!

#1 Steve Buscemi Was A Firefighter. During The 9/11 Attacks He Returned To His Former Job As A New York Firefighter To Help Out

Steve Buscemi Was A Firefighter. During The 9/11 Attacks He Returned To His Former Job As A New York Firefighter To Help Out

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Benny Lava 1 year ago

The coolest guy ever.

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#2 Christopher Walken Was A Lion Tamer, He Was 16 At The Time And Would Perform With A Lioness Named Sheba

Christopher Walken Was A Lion Tamer, He Was 16 At The Time And Would Perform With A Lioness Named Sheba

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Raina Abigail Senryuji 1 year ago

He looks hot too..no wonder he could tame a lioness..😍😍

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#3 Danny DeVito Was A Hairdresser For Corpses, He Would Style Women's Hair To Make Them Look Beautiful Before They Went Six Feet Under

Danny DeVito Was A Hairdresser For Corpses, He Would Style Women's Hair To Make Them Look Beautiful Before They Went Six Feet Under

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Grace Barclay 1 year ago

Just laughed out loud. No wonder he turned to the funny...thanks Mr DeVito!

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#4 Harrison Ford Was A Carpenter

Harrison Ford Was A Carpenter

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Etienne Pisano 1 year ago

Carpenter and pilot of Millennium Falcon.... Ahahahahahahah :-)

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#5 Christopher Lee Worked For The Intelligence Service

Christopher Lee Worked For The Intelligence Service

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Anna Sheridan 1 year ago

This man is actually one of the most awesome people ever seriously look up his bio

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#6 Johnny Depp Worked As A Telemarketer And Hated It, He Only Made One Sale - And Promptly Talked The Customer Out Of The Purchase

Johnny Depp Worked As A Telemarketer And Hated It, He Only Made One Sale - And Promptly Talked The Customer Out Of The Purchase

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Juana 1 year ago

Before: smile After: scowl

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#7 Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

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Raina Abigail Senryuji 1 year ago

No wonder she doesnt look awkward in Battleship..

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#8 Pierce Brosnan Was A Professional Fire Eater In His Teens And Performed Under The Big Top For Three Years

Pierce Brosnan Was A Professional Fire Eater In His Teens And Performed Under The Big Top For Three Years

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Phyllicia Goh 1 year ago

James Bond. 🔫

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#9 Jim Carrey Quit School To Support His Family And Started Working As A Janitor

Jim Carrey Quit School To Support His Family And Started Working As A Janitor

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Master Markus 1 year ago

Probably should've stayed in school in order to not be gullible enough for your wife to convince you that vaccines cause autism!

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#10 Brad Pitt Used To Dress Up As A Chicken For An El Pollo Loco Restaurant In Hollywood

Brad Pitt Used To Dress Up As A Chicken For An El Pollo Loco Restaurant In Hollywood

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Hope Floats 1 year ago

This gives everyone wanting to become an actor, but working in a similar job, hope for their future..

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