Did you know (famous folks edition)?
Originally posted to wibc.com on 02/06/2012
1 Kurt Warner
Early in his football career, MVP quarterback Kurt Warner was actually cut from the NFL and had to take a job in a grocery store to make ends meet.
2 Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani’s first job was scrubbing floors at Dairy Queen.
3 Jerry Seinfeld
Jerry Seinfeld once worked as a telephone salesmen selling LIGHTBULBS!.
4 Howie Mandel
Howie Mandel was fired from his job as an amusement park ride operator in Toronto for making jokes to riders about the ride’s safety.
Madonna worked at a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant at one time.
6 Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher once pursued a career in biochemical engineering at the University of Iowa. During summers, Kutcher worked in the cereal department for a General Mills plant.
7 Mick Jagger
Mick Jagger used to be a porter in a mental hospital. As a child, he also had a summer job selling ice cream from a refrigerated trolley.
8 Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman once worked as a clown, reportedly making about $50.00 per show.
9 Ice Cube
Before Ice Cube found success with Dr.Dre and Eazy-E in N.W.A., he received a degree in architectural drafting from the Phoenix Institute of Technology.
10 Tom Hanks
As a teenager, Tom Hanks was a popcorn and peanuts vendor at the Oakland Coliseum. He also worked as a hotel bellman and carried bags for a number of celebs. Tom Hanks also worked as an actor in several plays for the Great Lakes Shakespearean Festival in Cleveland, Ohio.
11 Whoopi Goldberg
Whoopi Goldberg actually used to work as a bricklayer and a bank teller.
12 Harrison Ford
Harrison Ford had earned quite a reputation as a carpenter before his acting career took off.
13 Tina Fey
Tina Fey (star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock) said that when she was 14 she worked in a snack bar at a swim club.
14 Will Ferrell
In high school, Will Ferrell was a record-setting place kicker for the varsity football team.
15 Colin Farrell
In a 2000 interview, Colin Farrell said he once spent eight months touring Ireland with a dance troupe – teaching line dancing.
16 Clint Eastwood
In 1955 (at age 25), Clint Eastwood got his start in feature films with an uncredited role in the b-movie “Revenge of the Creature.” He also reportedly installed swimming pools before becoming famous.
17 Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito was a formally trained hair stylist before his break on Taxi.
18 Tom Cruise
At an early age, Tom Cruise joined a seminary in order to become a priest. Cruise also spent a short time in Kentucky where he was a paperboy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
19 Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow was once an elementary school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. She was also a backup singer for Michael Jackson and a song writer for Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
20 Sean Connery
Sean Connery’s first job was delivering milk for St. Cuthbert’s Co-operative Society in Scotland. Then after serving three years in the Royal Navy, he held several odd jobs (still as a teenager) including truck driver, brick layer, lifeguard, cofin polisher, and artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art. In his twenties, he pursued a career in bodybuilding, and placed 3rd in the 1953 Mr. Universe competition.
21 Jim Carrey
When Jim Carrey was 14, he was a rifleman with the army cadets. Jim Carrey also worked as a janitor in a factory.
22 Steve Carell
Steve Carell was once a mail sorter in Acton, Massachusetts, but says he quit after a few months because he was “very, very bad at it.” One of Carell’s earliest acting jobs was a 1989 commercial for Brown’s Chicken of Chicago. In 1996, Steve Carell appeared on the short-lived “Dana Carvey Show” where he voiced Gary in The Ambiguously Gay Duo sketch (before it moved to SNL).
23 Steve Buscemi
Steve Buscemi was actually a New York City Fireman in the early 80’s. Buscemi was also a bartender, ice cream truck driver, and stand-up comedian.
24 Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi once had a job as a Christmas decoration maker.