10 Celebrities with Surprising Past Professions

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Celebrity’? Money, fame, paparazzi, glamour, rich, right? This might change after you get to know what many celebrities went through before getting famous. From a milkman to a janitor, from a theatre usher to a juggler, many of our favourite tinsel town people did it all. Of course, we couldn’t include them all because the numbers of such celebrities is surprisingly very high. So, here’s presenting 10 celebrities with surprising past professions.

Top 10 Celebrities with Surprising Past Professions

10. Jennifer Aniston


Starting off our list at number 10 is American actress, director, producer, and businesswoman Jennifer Aniston. The Golden Globe award winning actress, best known for her role Rachel Green in the iconic TV series Friends, was a bicycle messenger in New York City. She confessed that the job which she did when she 19, was her toughest job, and she would often be late in delivering packages. She even apologised for the same while confessing this. She even tried her hands at being a waitress, but claimed she was even clumsy in that, although she was friendly. She even worked in telemarketing. Today, Aniston is one of the highest paid actresses of all time, with her net worth being estimated at around $150 million.

9. Quentin Tarantino


Number 9 on our list of 10 celebrities with surprising past professions is American film director, screenwriter, producer, and actor Quentin Tarantino. This two times Oscar winner legend, who is known for his films like Kill Bill, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, etc., once worked as a theatre usher, showing seats to people, who came to watch movies. Interestingly, it was a porn theatre that he worked for, and he lied about being underage at that time. Today, Tarantino is widely regarded as one of the most influential and powerful filmmakers, and he has created niche and different genre of film making.

8. Brad Pitt

Coming in at number 8 is American actor and producer Brad Pitt. Considered one of the sexiest men alive, could not use his looks in his previous job. Brad once did a job that required him to dress up like a chicken in order to attract customers to a restaurant. Today, worldwide public figure who has given movies like Seven, Troy, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Ocean’s Eleven, among many others, and has won two Oscars, two Golden Globes, 1 BAFTA, 1 Screen Actors Guild, among many others.

7. Ellen DeGeneres


American comedian, television host, actress, writer, and producer Ellen DeGeneres comes in at 7 in our list of 10 celebrities with surprising past professions. The 27 times Emmy winning entertainer before moving to showbiz did it all – From being a waitress to a selling clothes at a chain store, from being a house-painter to a bartender. Today, this host is not only a face of LGBT rights but a global icon in true self. One of the most influential personalities in tinsel town, her show ‘The Ellen DeGeneres show has went on to become one of the best talk shows of all time, spawning 13 seasons and winning 36 Daytime Emmy Awards.

6. Sean Connery

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Number 6 on our list is Scottish actor and producer Sean Connery, most famous for being the first actor to portray James Bond on screen. It might come as a surprise for many, but the first job that this icon did was of a milkman, before joining the Royal Navy. Today, this legendary actor is the winner of 1 Oscar, 2 BAFTAs, 3 Golden Globes, and has starred in seven Bond films, along with films like The Rise of Extraordinary Gentleman, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Dragonheart, Murder at the Orient Express, among others. Besides, he has been named “Sexiest Man of the Century” by People magazine in 1999.

5. Chris Pratt

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The fifth spot on our list of 10 celebrities with surprising past professions goes to American actor Chris Pratt. This current heartthrob of the world who is riding the success of Jurassic World, started out working as a discount ticket salesman and a daytime stripper. But being a stripper is no fancy, mind you. He soon ended homeless, and had to sleep in a van and a tent in a beach. Today, Chris can boast of TV series like Parks and Recreation, Everwood, and films like Wanted, Moneyball, Zero Dark Thirty, etc.

4. Jim Carrey


At number 4 is Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. This comic legend worked as a cleaner in a factory and also worked as a janitor in his growing years. Who knew one day he would be one of the most celebrated actors of all time. He is now one of the most recognizable actors on planet and has starred in film like Dumb and Dumber, The Mask, Man on the Moon, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, among many others.

3. Rachel McAdams

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Number 3 on our list of 10 celebrities with surprising past professions comes Canadian actress Rachel McAdams. The Hollywood It girl worked as a McDonald’s employee for three years during her summer holidays. Today, Rachel is part of TV series like True Detective, Slings and Arrows; and films like Perfect Pie, The Hot Chick, The Notebook, Mean Girls, Sherlock Holmes, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Spotlight, among others.

2. Patrick Dempsey


At number 2 is American actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey, best known for his role of Derek Shepherd in the TV series Grey’s Anatomy. Patrick was a skilled juggler. He even participated and got ranked in a national juggling competition. Today, he is one of the most famous faces in Hollywood, having starred in films like Made of Honour, Valentine’s Day, Outbreak, Loverboy, etc. Besides, he also has a successful racing car career.

1. Whoopi Goldberg


 Coming in at number 1 on our list of 10 celebrities with surprising past profession is American actress, comedian, writer, social critic, and television host Whoopi Goldberg. This powerhouse performer has worked in some of the bizarre jobs that one can think of. She was worked as a phone sex operator and a morgue beautician. Beat that! Today, Whoopi is considered one of the finest actors of all time, and is 12 people in the world who have won a competitive Emmy, Tony, Grammy and Academy award.