BREAKING NEWS
OK LogoPHOTOS

Before They Were Famous—What Stars Did To Make Bank Ahead Of Hitting It Big!

Celebrity jobs before famous brad pitt

Jan. 28 2015, Updated 6:39 p.m. ET

Link to FacebookShare to TwitterShare to Email

It's hard to imagine as anything other than a Hollywood heartthrob lighting up the big screen—but before he made it big Brad brought home the bacon by dressing up in a huge chicken suit and handing out flyers for fast food chain El Pollo Loco!

And, that's not the funniest—or most bizarre job—held by a star before they were famous!

From lion tamer to mortician to slaughterhouse worker, OKMagazine.com has the resume rundown on all your favorite stars!

Article continues below advertisement

Check out the gallery below and tweet us @OKMagazine with who you think had the best pre-fame career!

Brad Pitt El Pollo Loco

pre-fame celebrity jobs

Brad Pitt roamed the streets of Hollywood dressed as a giant chicken before hitting the big time! The actor was paid to dress up and hand out flyers for fast food chain El Pollo Loco.

Article continues below advertisement

Kid Rock on stage

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty

Forget that bad boy country rocker persona—before he hit the big time Kid Rock sold cars for a living! He also provided janitorial services at a recording studio, picked apples and worked at a car wash at one time.

Article continues below advertisement

Danny Devito Walk of Fame

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Despite being rather follicly challenged himself, Danny DeVito made a living cutting hair before he hit the big time. The Taxi star worked as "Monsieur Danny" at his sister's beauty salon!

Article continues below advertisement

Jennifer Aniston red carpet

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Aniston tried her hand at waitressing before she scored her breakthrough role on Friends—she also worked as a telemarketer!

Article continues below advertisement

George Clooney in a tux

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty images

Would you buy insurance from George Clooney? How about a men's suit? The hunky actor sold both before hitting the big time on ER—he also enjoyed a stint as a tobacco cutter!

Article continues below advertisement

Adam Scott Johnny Rockets

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

It's a very good job Adam Scott found fame as an actor, as the Parks and Recreation star didn't make the cut as a burger flipper! The actor managed one whole day working at Johnny Rockets before resigning in disgrace after being reprimanded for singing and dancing on the job!

Article continues below advertisement

Alec Baldwin Studio 54

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Alec Baldwin was rubbing shoulders with the in-crowd way before he officially became one of them! The 30 Rock star worked as a busboy at the infamous Studio 54 in NYC back in the day.

Article continues below advertisement

Amy Adams Hooters

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

As a little girl Amy Adams dreamed of being a ballerina—with that aim in mind, she secured a waitressing job at Hooters to support herself as she chased her dream… she also worked as a greeter at Gap before hanging up the dancing shoes and moving into acting.

Article continues below advertisement

Beyonce hair salon

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Before she picked up a mic for a living Beyonce wielded a broom! The singer worked as an assistant at her mom's hairdressing salon, sweeping floors and washing hair.

Article continues below advertisement

Calista Flockhart waitress

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Calista Flockhart worked as a waitress and an aerobics instructor while waiting for her big break.

Article continues below advertisement

Chris Tucker toilers

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Chris Tucker has definitely put his past life way behind him! The Rush Hour star cleaned toilets for a living before finding fame.

Article continues below advertisement

David Boreanaz cleaned toilets

pre-fame celebrity jobs

Perhaps David Boreanaz and Chris Tucker can swap scouring tips one day! The Bones actor also cleaned toilets for a living before getting his big break on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Article continues below advertisement

Diddy Mexican restaurant

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Before becoming the mega-millionaire mogul he is today, Diddy lived a different kind of "flush" lifestyle, scrubbing toilets at a Mexican restaurant!

Article continues below advertisement

Ellen Degeneres bartender

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Ellen Degeneres has always been a hard worker! Before breaking through as a comedienne, Ellen tried various other career paths, including working as a paralegal, a bartender, a house painter and a clothes salesperson.

Article continues below advertisement

Geena Davis window mannequin

pre-fame celebrity jobs

While waiting for her modeling career to take off, and subsequently her acting one, Geena Davis worked as a window mannequin for Ann Taylor in New York!

MORE ON:
Brad Pitt
Article continues below advertisement

Gwen Stefani dairy queen

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Gwen Stefani worked at a local OC Dairy Queen before hitting the big time.

Article continues below advertisement

Hugh Grant cleaned toilets

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Splash News

Hugh Grant used to be a whizz with a plunger and a scrubbing brush! The posh talking thespian once had the decidedly un-posh job of cleaning toilets in London!

Article continues below advertisement

Jennifer Hudson Burger King

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Jennifer Hudson gave her past employer a name check during her 2007 Best Supporting Actress Oscars acceptance speech! She was rewarded by her former bosses (Burger King!!) with the promise of free burgers for life!

Article continues below advertisement

Johnny Depp job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs

Johnny Depp has cultivated a too-cool-for-school persona over the years—but before hitting the big time Mr. Depp had the decidedly uncool job of selling ballpoint pens!

Article continues below advertisement

Jon Hamm job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Jimmy Fallon

Jon Hamm has had a diverse and checkered career history—Included in his past work pursuits—high school drama teacher, day care worker, set decorator for soft porn flicks and restaurant dishwasher!

Article continues below advertisement

Madonna Dunkin Donuts

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Good job Madonna had her singing to fall back on after she failed at her donut selling career! The Material Girl was fired from Dunkin' Donuts back in the day after being caught squirting jelly at customers.

Article continues below advertisement

Matthew McConaughey job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Splash News

Matthew McConaughey is used to taking sh*t! The Texan spent a year shoveling chicken manure for a living while waiting for his big break!

Article continues below advertisement

Megan Fox job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Megan Fox wasn't able to utilize her gorgeous looks and banging body in her first job—the actress worked at a smoothie joint and had to wear a giant banana costume!

Article continues below advertisement

Nick Cannon job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Nick Cannon flunked out of his sausage selling gig when he was 17! Mr. Mariah Carey was fired from Wienerschnitzel for telling too many jokes to customers.

Article continues below advertisement

Ozzy Osbourne job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Ozzy Osbourne worked hard for his money before hitting it big with band Black Sabbath! The Prince of Darkness worked a number of blue color jobs, including construction, car factory horn-tuner, trainee plumber and slaughterhouse worker.

Article continues below advertisement

Rachel McAdams McDonalds

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Rachel McAdams was not cut out for the McDonalds way of life! The Notebook star slaved away at the burger chain for three years while waiting for her career to take off, and admits she "was not a great employee."

Article continues below advertisement

Rod Stewart gravedigger

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Splash News

Rod Stewart toiled as a gravedigger before finding international stardom as a singer!

Article continues below advertisement

Stanley Tucci job before famous

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Gety Images

Stanley Tucci doesn't mind getting his hands dirty! The actor once cleaned outhouses for a living at a Westchester summer camp.

Article continues below advertisement

Tom Cruise paperboy

pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Gety Images

Tom Cruise was always keen to be a part of the news! As a kid he worked as a paperboy in Louisvlle!

Article continues below advertisement
pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Getty Images

Comedienne and actress Whoopi Goldberg once held the decidedly unfunny position of mortuary assistant—she also worked for a while as a bank teller!

Article continues below advertisement
pre-fame celebrity jobs
Source: Splash News

Hands down our favorite pre-fame celeb job is Christopher Walken's! The actor worked a a lion tamer at a circus when he was a teen!

Advertisement

Want OK! each day? Sign up here!

© Copyright 2023 OK!. A DIVISION OF EMPIRE MEDIA GROUP HOLDINGS LLC. OK! is a registered trademark. All rights reserved. Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Cookies Policy. People may receive compensation for some links to products and services. Offers may be subject to change without notice.