When you see your favorite famous people on TV and in magazines, it's hard to believe they were ever people like us - working on getting by. But even the brightest stars had to start with their simple first jobs before making it big!

Whether you're a waitress, a cashier, even a janitor, or have a weird job like lion taming chances are that at least one of the famous actors and actresses you admire once worked a day job as crappy as yours. Some were also in the process of training to enter long-term careers, such as law and teaching, when their big career change 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 or working your ass off with manual labor, but you never know what opportunities lie ahead, so stay focused on your Hollywood dreams. Find out what 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

Joseph Marzullo Report

#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

Laurence Agron Report

Raina Abigail Senryuji
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Matt Sayles Report

Grace Barclay
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Sergio Mendes , Alexandra Wyman Report

Etienne Pisano
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Pascal Le Segretain Report

Anna Sheridan
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

Dior Report

#7

Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

Rihanna Was An Army Cadet

rihannacoverage Report

#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

Frazer Harrison Report

#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

Evan Agostini Report

Master Markus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

EMPPL PA Wire Report

#11

Barack Obama Was An Ice Cream Scooper At Baskin Robbins

Barack Obama Was An Ice Cream Scooper At Baskin Robbins

Obama White House Report

#13

Bob Ross Was A Sergeant In The Air Force

Bob Ross Was A Sergeant In The Air Force

Bob Ross Inc Report

BREAK YOUr perceptions
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

more than that, i believe he was a drill sergeant. he actually hated it SO MUCH about yelling at people that when he quit he decided he was going to do something the complete opposite for the rest of his life. and so he went on to painting little trees and rivers in the most calming voice.

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#14

George Clooney Sold Women's Shoes, Was A Door-To-Door Insurance Salesman, Stocked Shelves, Was A Construction Worker, Cut Tobacco

George Clooney Sold Women's Shoes, Was A Door-To-Door Insurance Salesman, Stocked Shelves, Was A Construction Worker, Cut Tobacco

Kevin Wilkes , David Fisher/REX/Shutterstock Report

Gilda
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I think he cut tobacco because his family owns a tobacco farm

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#15

Bill Murray Used To Sell Chestnuts Outside Of A Chicago Grocery Store

Bill Murray Used To Sell Chestnuts Outside Of A Chicago Grocery Store

Dominique Charriau Report

#16

Gal Gadot Served In The Israeli Defense Forces

Gal Gadot Served In The Israeli Defense Forces

gal_gadot Report

Aahzmandus Pervect
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In Israel, conscription was mandatory for men and women. It's not like it was her choice.

dikla kuzy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not a job.... Everyone in Israel needs to serve the army at 18

Laurenz von Kal
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like every single woman in Israël ;)

Mimis Nachbarin
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That's not a job. That's conscription.

BobbyMcD
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Too bad she didn't get any acting lessons. She was awful in WW.

Helen Slape
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Um - all Israelis have to enter the IDF.

Kevin Perry
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If she saluted me like that, I'd have do some laps.

Amanda Avelar
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I find it irritating how everyone is surprised about this and praises her because as aahzmandus said, it's mandatory. Who know what type of work she actually did. It could have been simple office work. I think everyone's praise should go to those who volunteer and commit to this type of job.

Targaryen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Haters gonna hate. Israel Forever!

Targaryen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like most in Israel did. Doesn't qualify as a job.

Mayank Devmurarjee
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

One hell of woman... This is women empowerment not something girls shout out today

Targaryen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@Loulou, no, babe, it's you who needs to read more about what Israel is all about. There're those things, made of paper originally, called books. This is where the information is hidden. No reason to believe everything you read on the Internets.

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Some Body
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5 years ago

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JEW IS A JEW. Nothing more. During WW2 she would be perfectly raped by everybody. :)

Moha Omar
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5 years ago

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Yah its fun to kill children. What abunch of pathetic fucks.

Targaryen
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

No reason to believe everything you read on the Internets.

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#17

David Bowie Worked As A Butcher's Delivery Boy

David Bowie Worked As A Butcher's Delivery Boy

Steve Schapiro Report

Agnes Jekyll
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He drew up plans for his first band in grade 7 (or earlier!)--lights, outfits, hair--the whole thing!

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#18

Katheryn Winnick Is An Accomplished Martial Artist Who Holds A Third-Degree Black Belt In Taekwondo And A Second-Degree Black Belt In Karate. By 21 She Had Founded And Owned 3 Martial Arts Schools

Katheryn Winnick Is An Accomplished Martial Artist Who Holds A Third-Degree Black Belt In Taekwondo And A Second-Degree Black Belt In Karate. By 21 She Had Founded And Owned 3 Martial Arts Schools

FayesVision / WENN Report

#19

Jason Lee Was A Professional Skateboarder

Jason Lee Was A Professional Skateboarder

Kevin Winter Report

#20

Chris Pratt Worked As A Stripper While Struggling To Make A Living In Hawaii

Chris Pratt Worked As A Stripper While Struggling To Make A Living In Hawaii

Gregg DeGuire , prattprattpratt Report

Sick Boy
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Struggling" and "Hawaii" seem awkward put in the same sentence.

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#21

Helen Mirren Worked As A Promoter For An Amusement Park In Southend On Sea

Helen Mirren Worked As A Promoter For An Amusement Park In Southend On Sea

Bentley Archive/Popperfoto , Jeff Vespa Report

Alusair Alustriel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

She was such a lovely fint young girl! Love the fresh looks she had! And she's a beautiful woman now! That's aging with class.

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#22

Tom Hanks Was A Popcorn And Peanuts Vendor

Tom Hanks Was A Popcorn And Peanuts Vendor

Dennis Plehn , Paul Treadway Report

#23

Kate Winslet Was A Sandwich Maker In A Delicatessen

Kate Winslet Was A Sandwich Maker In A Delicatessen

Ian Gavan Report

#24

Liam Neeson Trained To Be A Teacher

Liam Neeson Trained To Be A Teacher

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#25

Whoopi Goldberg Was A Morgue Beautician

Whoopi Goldberg Was A Morgue Beautician

Jason Kempin Report

Pamela
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's shocking the amount of celebs who have worked in morgues !

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#26

Sandra Bullock Worked As A Bartender And Waitress At A Restaurant In Manhattan

Sandra Bullock Worked As A Bartender And Waitress At A Restaurant In Manhattan

Alessio Botticelli Report

#27

Tim Allen Was A Drug Dealer

Tim Allen Was A Drug Dealer

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#28

Channing Tatum Used To Be A Stripper

Channing Tatum Used To Be A Stripper

George Pimentel Report

#29

Nicole Kidman Studied Massage So She Could Help Her Mother, Who Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, With Physical Therapy

Nicole Kidman Studied Massage So She Could Help Her Mother, Who Was Diagnosed With Breast Cancer, With Physical Therapy

Patrick Riviere , Georges Biard Report

#30

Gerard Butler Was A Trainee Lawyer But Got Fired Due To His Partying And Frequently Missing Work

Gerard Butler Was A Trainee Lawyer But Got Fired Due To His Partying And Frequently Missing Work

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#31

Charlize Theron Studied At The Joffrey Ballet School In New York, But Had To Cut Her Dancing Career Short Due To A Knee Injury At The Age Of 19

Charlize Theron Studied At The Joffrey Ballet School In New York, But Had To Cut Her Dancing Career Short Due To A Knee Injury At The Age Of 19

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#32

Jon Hamm Was A Set-Dresser For Porn Films

Jon Hamm Was A Set-Dresser For Porn Films

Pascal Le Segretain Report

Brandon Collinsworth
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If the rumors about him are true then he was equipped enough he could have starred in a few

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#33

Victoria Beckham Played A Sperm On Roller Skates For A BBC Sex Education Show Called ‘Body Matters’

Victoria Beckham Played A Sperm On Roller Skates For A BBC Sex Education Show Called ‘Body Matters’

Neilson Barnard Report

#34

Michelle Pfeiffer Was A Cashier At A Supermarket

Michelle Pfeiffer Was A Cashier At A Supermarket

Gary Gershoff Report

Alusair Alustriel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I adore her looks. Ever since I was a kid I found her one of the prettiest women there were :D

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#35

Jake Gyllenhaal Was A Lifeguard

Jake Gyllenhaal Was A Lifeguard

Araya Diaz Report

#36

Sheryl Crow Was A Music Teacher In An Elementary School

Sheryl Crow Was A Music Teacher In An Elementary School

Jason Merritt Report

#37

Evangeline Lilly Worked As A Flight Attendant

Evangeline Lilly Worked As A Flight Attendant

Albert L. Ortega Report

#38

Adrien Brody Performed Magic Shows At Children's Birthday Parties As "The Amazing Adrien"

Adrien Brody Performed Magic Shows At Children's Birthday Parties As "The Amazing Adrien"

Jim Smeal , Daniel Zuchnik Report

#40

Lucy Liu Was A Secretary, Aerobics Instructor And A Hostess

Lucy Liu Was A Secretary, Aerobics Instructor And A Hostess

celebmafia Report

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#41

Jon Bon Jovi Worked As A Christmas Decoration Maker

Jon Bon Jovi Worked As A Christmas Decoration Maker

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CookieChep
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

At first I didn't read the 'maker, so I thought he work as a Christmas decoration XD

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#42

Matthew Mcconaughey Cleaned Chicken Coops And Washed Dishes

Matthew Mcconaughey Cleaned Chicken Coops And Washed Dishes

Peter Kramer Report

#43

Julia Roberts Worked As A Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Scooper

Julia Roberts Worked As A Baskin Robbins Ice Cream Scooper

Dan MacMedan Report

#44

Bradley Cooper Worked As A Doorman At The Morgans Hotel

Bradley Cooper Worked As A Doorman At The Morgans Hotel

abaca Report

#45

Mick Jagger Was A Bexley Mental Hospital Porter

Mick Jagger Was A Bexley Mental Hospital Porter

ANGELA WEISS Report

#46

Jennifer Aniston Was A Telemarketer

Jennifer Aniston Was A Telemarketer

Barry King , Ari Perilstein Report