CELEBRITY
08/13/2013 12:51 pm ET | Updated Aug 14, 2013

The Surprising Previous Careers of Super-Successful Celebrities

It's hard to believe that celebrities weren't always celebrities. In fact some of the most successful people in Hollywood held totally mediocre, minimum-wage paying jobs for years before they became household names.

Sean Connery, Milkman
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Before he became Bond, a 14-year-old Connery worked as a milkman in 1944. According to BBC, he made 21 shillings a week.

Kanye West, Gap Employee
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Kanye West started his fashion career early and worked at a Gap store before he became Yeezus, the father of a Kardashian and the creator of a very "meh" fashion line.

Jennifer Aniston, Telemarketer/Bike Messenger
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In her previous life, Jennifer Aniston was a telemarketer and a bike messenger.

Rachel McAdams, McDonald's Employee
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The bombshell revealed that she worked at a McDonald's in Canada for three years before breaking big in Hollywood.

Sandra Bullock, Bartender
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Sandra Bullock was a bartender, and probably made some of the strongest drinks around before she became Miss Congeniality.

Brad Pitt, Limo Driver/ El Pollo Loco Employee
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Brad Pitt was a limo driver for strippers and an employee at El Pollo Loco (rumor has it he dressed up as a chicken) before he was an international heartthrob.

Tom Cruise, Hotel Bellhop
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Before spawning Suri and turning to Scientology, Tom Cruise helped carry luggage as a hotel bellhop.

Jon Hamm, Porn Film Set Designer
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Jon Hamm was a set designer for soft-core porn films. "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 - I wanted to be an actor." Unfortunately for humans around the world, he wasn't actually in porn.

Rod Stewart, Gravedigger
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In his biography, Rod Stewart revealed he was once a gravedigger. He took the job to get over his fear of death.

Sylvester Stallone, Lion Cage Cleaner
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Becoming Rocky was a far-away dream when Sylvester Stallone cleaned lion cages at the Central Park Zoo.

Ellen DeGeneres, Oyster Shucker
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The talk-show host had an assortment of odd jobs before becoming a lovable TV personality, but in her biography she revealed that she was an oyster shucker in New Orleans.

Gwen Stefani, Dairy Queen Employee
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Gwen Stefani worked at a Dairy Queen and in retail at the Anaheim Plaza Mall before becoming the punk rock queen of the '90s.

Quentin Tarantino, Theater Usher
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Quentin Tarantino has always worked in film, but he first started out as an usher at an XXX theater.

Whoopie Goldberg, Mortuary Beautician/ Phone Sex Operator
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Golberg held several quirky jobs including providing makeovers to the dead and talking dirty over the phone.

Tim Allen, Cocaine Dealer
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In 1978, before Tim Allen became a beloved comedian and "Home Improvement" star, he was busted for having 1.4 pounds of cocaine at an airport and spent 28 months in prison.

Ozzy Osbourne, Slaughterhouse Employee
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The rocker known for biting off the head of a bat once worked in a slaughterhouse to no one's surprise.

Patrick Dempsey, Juggler
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The "Grey's Anatomy" star was a professional juggler at 18 years old and even performed in this awesome music video.

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