Celeb Watch: Past Lives

Updated: January 20, 2011 17:29 IST

Here's a look at what some celebs did before they hit the silver screen. Take a peek...

Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Before they became superstars, they were chickens, bus conductors, chefs and phone sex operators. Take a look at how some celebs earned a living before they got famous!
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Before he became the Big B of Bollywood, Amitabh was a freight broker for a shipping firm in Calcutta.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Greatness comes from humble beginnings. Rajinikanth used to be a bus conductor before he was advised to go into films.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Back in the day, when Akshay Kumar was Rajiv Bhatia, he was also a chef in Bangkok.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Shahid Kapur was part of Shaimak Davar's dance troop. He was one of the background dancers for Aishwarya's Taal song, Kahin aag lage lag jaave.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Raaj Kumar started out as a sub-inspector in the Mumbai police.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Bollywood legend, Dev Anand began his career at the military censor office, for a meager salary of Rs 160.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Pretty boy John Abraham was a media planner.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Soha Ali Khan kept away from her family's laurel and worked for the Ford Foundation and Citibank.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Ashton Kutcher donated his plasma for money, apart from other odd jobs.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Brad Pitt used to be a chauffeur, and even dressed up as a chicken to pay for acting lessons.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
The dashing George Clooney used to sell men's suits!
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Tom Cruise aspired to be a Catholic priest and attended a Franciscan seminary for a brief period.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
The man who changed the face of film-making, James Cameron was a truck driver.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
One of the most inspirational stories is of Boman Irani, who once worked as a room service staff, ran his family's ancestral bakery shop and established an Uncle Chips franchise.
When all else failed, Irani turned to photography.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
A young Jennifer Aniston worked many part-time jobs, as a telemarketer, waitress, and even a bike messenger.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Golden Globe winner Jeremy Renner was once a makeup artist.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Believe it or not, Johnny Depp was a telemarketer for pens!
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
The very talented Morgan Freeman went from being a mechanic in the United States Air Force to transcript clerk, dancer and then movie star.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Mega star Madonna was a simple waitress at Dunkin' Donuts.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Matthew McConaughey's year in Australia saw him washing dishes and shoveling chicken manure. EW!
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Mithun was a staunch Naxalite and martial arts expert. Talk about a change of heart.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Smooth operator: Award winning actress Mo'Nique worked as a phone sex operator.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Quentin Tarantino always had a calling for films. He previously worked at a defunct video rental store.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Sandra Bullock held jobs as a bartender, cocktail waitress and coat checker.
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
Somewhat in the business, Sylvester Stallone was the 'Italian Stallion' in soft porn films!
Celeb Watch: Past Lives
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