Celebrity Facts Weird Celebrity Facts That Are 100% True  

Katia Kleyman
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Celebrities tend to be an eclectic bunch of people. For many celebrities, their quirks and zany personalities helped them become famous in the first place. But, there are some quirky things about celebrities that you won’t believe. This list goes over bizarre trivia about famous people that will leave you dumbfounded. Some of these weird but true celebrity facts are from before they were even famous, while other things are just batsh*t insane capabilities they have that will totally surprise you.

You’ll never believe what celebrity on this list is a trained sniper, or which celebrity on this list used to work as a pimp! These things you never knew about celebrities will blow you away — but hopefully knowing them will land you a spot on Jeopardy, or at least win you the local pub trivia. Vote up the things that shock you the most about these celebs!

James Lipton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Weird Celebrity Facts That Are 100% True
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James Lipton may possibly be one of the most refined men in show business, but the Inside the Actor’s Studio host didn’t start off that way. He actually managed a bunch of sex workers in Paris in the early ‘50s. Yes, that’s right, James Lipton was a pimp.  He made a decent living at it, too.

Age: 91

Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America

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Ruth Westheimer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Weird Celebrity Facts That Are 100% True
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Famous sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer may teach you a trick or two about spicing up your love life, but did you know she could also probably blow your brains out from 400 yards away? She was sniper in the Israeli army during the early formation of the state. Also, she was apparently an excellent shot.

Age: 87

Birthplace: Karlstadt am Main, Germany

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Weird Celebrity Facts That Are 100% True
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When Christopher Walken was 16 years old, he worked several odd jobs, one of which was as a lion tamer in a circus. Well, he was the assistant lion tamer to head tamer, Terrel Jacobs. “When he [Terrel Jacobs] would finish his act, there would be one lion left, and I used to go in and have this lion do tricks. It was a female lion named Sheba, and she was very sweet,” Walken said in an interview with Vanity Fair.

Age: 72

Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, USA

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Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Weird Celebrity Facts That Are 100% True
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Before Simon Cowell was up on his high horse judging others' talent, he was at the bottom of the entertainment totem pole, polishing set props. He got a job as a runner on Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining at Elstree Studios in London.

Apparently, he buffed Jack Nicholson’s axe for the famous “Here’s Johnny” scene.

Age: 58

Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

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