The Quick 10: What 10 Famous People Did Before They Were Famous

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If Sean Connery started his working life as a truck driver, that gives us all a little hope for doing something great, doesn't it?

connery1. Sean Connery - coffin polisher. Back when Sean was still known as Thomas Sean, he held a series of odd jobs to help his family out during the depression. These included delivering milk, driving a truck, and polishing coffins.
2. Michelle Pfeiffer - supermarket cashier at Von's.
3. Greta Garbo - a lather girl at a barber shop. Can you imagine?
4. Jack Nicholson - office boy in MGM's cartoon department. He made friends with all of the animators, especially Tom & Jerry animator Erv Spence, who liked to draw caricatures of Jack's big teeth and ears.
5. Alec Baldwin - busboy at Studio 54.
6. Luciano Pavarotti was an elementary school teacher for two years - but only after abandoning his dream job of being a professional football goalkeeper.
brosnan7. Patrick Swayze - professional ballet dancer with Disney on Parade.
8. Pierce Brosnan - fire-eater. Yeah, like with the circus. He learned it as a teen and says he still puts it on his resume.
9. Alan Ladd owned a hot dog stand named Tiny's (some sources say it was a hamburger stand). But to be fair, he only did it to get his foot in the door with acting: the stand was just outside of Universal Studio Acting School and it was all part of Ladd's ploy to get noticed.
10. Anne Rice - insurance claims adjuster. No wonder she needed a creative outlet.

January 27, 2009 - 10:27am
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