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Famous Figures Who Completely Changed Careers

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Vote up the famous figures who had a surprisingly big career change.

Well-known people from the past and present may have found fortune and fame - but they didn't always follow a straight road to success. Many of them did a career 180, abandoning one professional pathway for another.

Some famous people, like Ronald Reagan, made a change by using their star power as a springboard for a new career. Others, like Bob Ross, became well known for pursuing things that had nothing to do with their original profession. But, no matter which direction they took, they all had one thing in common: They found new ways to shape the world, for better or for worse.

Just as unlikely friendships throughout history reframe historical figures in new ways, this list of famous people who did a career 180 is a reminder that life is full of surprises.