The Most Shocking Pre-Fame Celebrity Careers

Most celebrities aren’t born into their glamorous, glitzy lives. They come to Hollywood after working the same kinds of jobs as everyone else. But are you prepared for some of the strangest and most shocking pre-fame celebrity careers?

1. Patrick Dempsey

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Before he became Dr. McDreamy on Grey’s Anatomy, this hunky actor was a professional juggler. He even won the International Jugglers Competition in 1982!

2. Eva Mendes


Eva Mendes understands the value of elbow grease. As a young woman, she worked in a busy shopping mall and sold hot dogs on sticks. She later revealed that these sales skills helped her with her Hollywood career.

3. Simon Cowell


In an inspiring “rags to riches” story, Simon Cowell started as a mail boy in a recording company before he ascended to his current position of CEO. Never let anyone tell you that dreams are impossible!

4. Sheryl Crow


Sheryl Crow was a struggling elementary school teacher when she sold her first songs. It would take her awhile to actually write and sing her own, but she worked her way up the ladder and eventually became a household name.

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5. Whoopi Goldberg


Whoopi Goldberg held a variety of jobs before she struck it big in Hollywood. The most laborious was her work as a bricklayer, and the most unusual was her work as a morgue beautician.

6. Steve Buscemi

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An active firefighter in the ’80s, Steve Buscemi returned to his roots on September 11th and volunteered for several days to clear the rubble and help the survivors.

7. Evangeline Lilly


Before she crash-landed in a plane on the hit TV series Lost, Evangeline Lilly was a real flight attendant. It’s just too bad that her real job never yielded as much excitement as her fictional one!

8. Ozzy Osbourne


Would you believe that Ozzy Osbourne worked in a slaughterhouse? Actually, you probably would, and you would be right on the money. He held the job when he was in his 20s.

9. Demi Moore


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