It is easy to be bitter against those who make so much more money than I could ever imagine or fathom. But I have found that when it comes to crappy jobs, the pain is real and universal. Shitty jobs are anything but glamorous, and certain A-listers can attest to this. I have scoured the web looking for some of the more odd stints out there, and these celebrities have certainly paid their dues.
Rod Stewart– Gravedigger
Before Stewart charmed audiences with his British accent, he worked as a gravedigger at Highgate cemetery in London during his teens.
Christopher Walken — Lion Tamer
Yes, this is real! At the age of fifteen, Walken joined a traveling circus and was part of a lion taming act. Whenever asked about this job, Walken is always modest saying ” Sheba, the lion, was really old and more like a dog.” But apparently Walken has his fair share of scars on his back from this “really old lion” so apparently Sheba wasn’t that old.
Sylvester Stallone- Lion cage Cleaner
Sticking with the lion theme, Stallone cleaned up after them. While waiting for his acting career to take off, the Rambo actor cleaned up lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.
Jon Hamm– Set Dresser For Porn Films
Hamm, who stresses that the porn he designed sets for was strictly soft-core, said it was an easy way to earn a few hundred bucks a day. “Essentially, I had to move furniture around sweaty, naked people. It wasn’t a great job but the money was useful. I had to get by and I wanted to be an actor.”
Whoopi Goldberg — Mortuary Beautician & Phone Sex Operator
The 56 year old comedian and actress took a job as a mortuary beautician after she became a licensed beautician. Her boss played a welcoming prank on her by pretending to be dead and sitting upright to wave at her. During a segment of “The View” she also mentioned briefly working as a phone sex operator. “When I was younger the money was great, See now, people would know my voice.”
Hugh Jackman — Party Clown
Jackman’s natural comedian tendencies would make him the perfect candidate for a party clown. At about $50 per show, he’s come a long way.”I just love making a fool out of myself. I made my living as a clown at kids’ parties for about three years. I was Coco the Clown and I had no magic tricks and I remember a six year old standing up at a party saying ‘mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn’t know any tricks’- and he was right.”
Brad Pitt — Chicken Suit Mascot & Limo Driver For Strippers
Today, Pitt may be one of Hollywood’s leading men, but once upon a time, he was nothing more than a chicken on the side of the road. His first employer was El Pollo Loco and he had to dress like a chicken to hand out flyers and attract passers by to eat tacos. During that same year he chauffeured strippers in a limousine. “My job was to drive them to bachelor parties and things. I’d pick them up, take them to the gigg, collect the money and play the bad Prince tapes while catching the girls clothes.”
Johnny Depp — Telemarketer -Pen Salesman
Don’t be so quick to hang up on those telemarketers, you never know who they might end up becoming. This is certainly the case for Johnny Depp. One of his first jobs was cold calling strangers, trying to sell them pens. He claims this job was useful in his acting career as he would use different accents and personas with each call.