16 Jobs of Celebrities Before They Were Famous

Posted by PZ on August 30th, 2010

These stars may be famous now, but before they were famous, they’ve worked hard, and often quite random jobs: from being employed in McDonalds to being paid to wear a chicken suit all day – these stars may have had a rough start, but later went on to succeed. Some of these jobs are embarrassing, some sound boring, while others are just plain random  – you’ll never guess how Barrack Obama paid his way through Harvard Law School!

Rod Stewart – Grave Digger
British singer Rod Stewart performs during his concert, the last of his European 2010 tour, in Floriana, outside Valletta August 3, 2010. REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi (MALTA - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT) MALTA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN MALTA. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS

Madonna – Dunkin’ Donuts Worker
43579, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Saturday August 14 2010. Madonna arrives at London's swanky Shoreditch House to celebrate her 52nd birthday. The Material Girl is currently in the British capital shooting the period drama W.E. . Photograph:  Ringo, PacificCoastNews.com

Helen Mirren – Amusement Park Promoter
Actress Helen Mirren goes in to get her makeup done on the set of Arthur on August 2, 2010 in New York City (photo by Eddie Elmi / Meet The Famous) Photo via Newscom

Jack Nicholson – Mailroom Worker
Actor Jack Nicholson bows as Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant walks onto the floor before Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals basketball series against the Boston Celtics in Los Angeles, California June 17, 2010.   REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASKETBALL ENTERTAINMENT)

Brad Pitt – Man in a Chicken Suit
Brad Pitt donated his time to interview with NBC news anchor Brian Williams in New Orleans, Louisiana Friday afternoon, August 27th, 2010 for a tribute to the weather-beaten city as the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches. The Hollywood hunk took Williams to the rooftop of one of the new green homes in the city s Lower 9th Ward that Pitt s Make it Right Foundation helped build for residents left devastated and homeless by the hurricane. Looking handsome as always in a blue jean shirt, Pitt expressed his compassion for the low income community and smiled and waved at fans that came out to visit.  Fame Pictures, Inc

Megan Fox – banana suit wearer for smoothie shop
UNIVERSAL CITY, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Megan Fox poses in press room with the Choice Hotties award during the 2010 Teen Choice Awards at Gibson Amphitheatre on August 8, 2010 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp – sold pens over the phone
Johnny Depp and wife Vanessa Paradis attending the de Chanel Party held at the Canal + TV chanel tent during the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France on May 18, 2010. Photo by Hahn-Nebinger-Orban/ABACAPRESS.COM Photo via Newscom

Eva Mendes – waitress at Hot Dog On A Stick
43261, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - Wednesday August 4, 2010. The dazzling Eva Mendes hides behind her handlers as she prepares to make her appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show in LA to promote her latest film The Other Guys . Photograph:  Anthony, PacificCoastNews.com

Pink – flipped burgers at McDonalds
44112, HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA - Saturday August 28 2010. P!nk flashes her wedding and engagement rings as she signs autographs for fans at the Art of Elysium event in Hollywood. The singer, real name Alecia Moore, was accompanied to the event by her reconciled husband Corey Hart. P!nk was one of hundreds of celebrities attending the pre-Emmys fundraiser, which encourages actors, artists and musicians to donate their time and talent who are battling serious medical conditions. Photograph:  Greg Tidwell, PacificCoastNews.com

Simon Cowell – Mail Room Boy
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 13: Simon Cowell attends the Katie Piper Foundation Launch at Sony Headquarters on July 13, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

President Obama – Ice Cream Server
President Barack Obama makes a statement on the economy in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, DC on August 30, 2010.  UPI/Dennis Brack/Pool Photo via Newscom

Mariah Carey – Coat Check Girl
Singer Mariah Carey entertains shareholders at Wal-Mart Stores Inc's annual general meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas June 4, 2010. REUTERS/Sarah Conard (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT BUSINESS)

Kanye West – worked in the Gap
Singer Kanye West dressed in a sharp suit for his attendance at the Rihanna concert in New York City, New York on August 12, 2010. Kanye strolled to the Madison Square Garden for the performance. In related news, Kanye recently explained why he finally signed up for a Twitter account stating that he wanted fans to understand his jokes. Fame Pictures, Inc

Hugh Jackman – party clown
42541, DETROIT, MICHIGAN - Tuesday July 13, 2010. Hugh Jackman holds onto his iPad and a briefcase as he leaves the set of his upcoming movie Real Steel . According to Jackman's IMDb page, Real Steel is one of 17 projects he is currently involved in. Photograph: Jeff Steinberg/Matt Smith,  PacificCoastNews.com

Whoopi Goldberg – brick layer
43514, LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Thursday August 11 2010. Whoopi Goldberg leaves her London Hotel for another day on stage in London. Whoopi is currently performing in the West End production of Sister Act at the Palladium Theatre in London. Photograph: PacificCoastNews.com

Russell Crowe – waiter in a restaurant
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Australian actor Russell Crowe talks during a press conference to announce he will join the cast of 'Ben Hur' as the narrator at the Blue Hotel on July 27, 2010 in Sydney, Australia. ANZ Stadium will be transformed into a Roman Amphitheater for the live production that will bring to life the Academy Award winning epic movie of the same title that starred American actor Charleston Heston in October, 2010. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

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