Careers Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous  

Matthew Cole Weiss
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Before they were famous, some of the biggest celebrities in the world were working odd jobs to make ends meet, just hustling and scraping by like anybody else. This list runs through celebs who found employment in strange and surprising places prior to landing their dream jobs.

Do you work at Olive Garden? McDonald's perhaps? Well, maybe you're about to hit it big in Hollywood! Yes, this could be your origin story, because just like the rest of us, Kanye West, Megan Fox, Brad Pitt, and Helen Mirren all had to take some pretty menial, bizarre, and even humiliating jobs before they made it.

That's just a taste of the celeb strangeness you'll find on this list. From selling pens over the phone to stripping for a couple dollar bills to doing makeup on dead people and even taming lions, the list of jobs that the rich and famous had before they were rich and famous reads like Kramer's resume on Seinfeld.

Vote up the stars you think worked the best (or the worst) gigs before Hollywood came calling.
Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous
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When Christopher Walken was a kid, he actually worked in the circus. He was the assistant lion tamer in a traveling tent, basically playing the tamer's son. Walken's lion was called Sheba and Walken says she was "like a dog, really" and that all he had to do was wave his whip and Sheba would roll over, sit up, and lay down.

Source: Vanity Fair

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Danny DeVito is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous
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Though DeVito may not be known for his own hair (or lack thereof), the tiny actor worked as a hairstylist one summer. Though he loved the perks of the job (the girls), when he started working at a local mortuary styling the hair of dead people, it got a little creepy for him, though he still would only work on women.

Source: The Guardian, AOL TV

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Johnny Depp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous
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Back in the day, the superstar pushed ballpoint pens on the phone. The trick, according to Depp, was promising someone a big prize like a trip to Tahiti if they bought a handful of pens. However, Depp's guilt led him him to abandon the job, though he credits the gig as his first insight into acting.

Source: Interview

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Hugh Jackman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Celebrities Who Had Weird Jobs Before They Were Famous
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Hugh Jackman held a few weird jobs before becoming the leading man he is today. A former gas station attendant, he was also a party clown, red nose and all, then he was a P.E. teacher. On a red carpet one day, one of his former students called him out, thus revealing Jackman's gym teacher past to the world.

Source: Moviefone, CBS

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