03 Apr, 2023


10 Celebrities Who Had Surprising Careers Before They Were Famous

By FactsWow Team

Wanda Sykes: Government Procurement Specialist

As a student in New York before moving there, her dreams of becoming an actor, Wanda Sykes worked for the National Security Agency in Washington, D.C.

Media Credits: wicked Local

Jon Hamm: High School Drama Teacher

Previously, Jon Hamm taught drama at St. Louis' John Burroughs High School, where he first became Don Draper. Ellie Kemper was one of his students, and they would later play together in The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

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Ken Jeong: Licensed Physician

His roles in The Hangover and Community have proven to be dynamic comedic actors - but that's not all. The UNC School of Medicine graduate obtained their M.D. after flirting with acting in college.

Media Credits: Television Academy

Nicole Kidman: Massage Therapist

She did not intend to become a massage therapist, but a teenage Nicole Kidman alleviated the pain her mother experienced during chemotherapy for breast cancer.

Media Credits: Hollywood Life

Harrison Ford: Carpenter

He was a carpenter who secured the role of Han Solo in Star Wars, and his carpentry skills made him the right fit. When George and Richard Dreyfuss walked in, Francis Ford Coppola's office looked like a magnificent entrance.

Media Credits: Outsider

Christopher Walken: Lion Tamer

Many people do not get to tame lions. Christopher Walken can. He was just 16 years old when he was offered the gig. My childhood was spent working in a circus. Terrell Jacobs owned the circus.

Media Credits: Vanity Fair

Whoopi Goldberg: Morgue Beautician

Whoopi Goldberg is an experienced beautician like Danny DeVito. In 2015, she told Oprah's Master Class that applying makeup to deceased people was rough since she had already received her beautician license.

Media Credits: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Danny DeVito: Hairdresser

In Danny DeVito's case, he started working as a hairstylist in his sister's salon straight out of high school. It introduced him to possible romantic prospects, according to Always Sunny in Philadelphia star.

Media Credits: Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Hugh Jackman: Physical Education Teacher

The late 1980s were the year when Wolverine taught physical education at Uppingham School in England. Hugh Jackman made it a point to remember his students during his gap year as a physical education instructor.

Media Credits: Vanity Fair

Steve Buscemi: Firefighter

FDNY civil-service tests were taken by Steve Buscemi when he was 18. In Little Italy, he worked for four years with Engine Company 55. Despite Buscemi's success as an actor, writer, and director, he was ready to return to the line of duty again.

Media Credits: Hollywood Life

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