Before They Were Famous: 11 Celebrities Who Used To Be Tradesmen

February 25, 2021


The arts can be an unreliable career choice, there are millions of actors and budding musicians who spend their entire lives waiting for their big break. This means actors and musicians have often had a whole host of careers before they started acting or before they hit the big time. Having a trade is a reliable skill and something that can often allow flexible working hours – the perfect breadwinner for a wannabe artiste! Read on to find out which of your favourite actors used to be tradesmen.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger

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1. Arnold Schwarzenegger – Before he was a movie star, to make ends meet, Arnold worked in construction. At the time he was trying to make it as a bodybuilder, but, as you would expect, Arnold didn’t do anything by halves – he started his own bricklaying business with his bodybuilding friend!


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2. Ozzy Osborne – Ozzy had a whole host of crazy jobs before he became a rock star, including a job at a slaughterhouse! When he left school at 15, he trained to be a plumber. To be frank, he’s much better suited to the world of heavy metal than that of heavy drainage.


George Harrison

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3. George Harrison – Before the world of electric guitars came calling, George worked as a trainee electrician!

4. Michael Caine – Mr Caine used to be in the army and when he left the forces, he briefly became a plumber’s apprentice before he caught the acting bug. We wonder if he could still fix a leaky tap if he needed to!


Kelsey Grammer

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5. Kelsey Grammer – When ‘Frasier’ was a struggling actor, he made ends meet by painting apartments – a far cry from his pompous character on the popular sitcom – but we guess that’s why they call it acting!


Joe Manganiello

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6. Joe Manganiello – Star of Magic Mike and True Blood, this muscly actor kept his figure between auditions by working in construction. Lifting all those heavy bags certainly paid off!


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7. Matt Le Blanc – Matt comes from a family of tradesman – his grandfather was a carpenter and his dad was a mechanic. Before Matt became an actor, he was on course to become a carpenter. He went to vocational college and boasts of building and fitting an entire kitchen!


Whoopi Goldberg

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8. Whoopi Goldberg – The only lady on the list, it might surprise you to learn that Whoopi worked as a bricklayer before she became a mega movie star!


Sean Connery

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9. Sean Connery – This James Bond was also a bricklayer for a short time before he hit the screens. Next time you need some bricks laid, be friendly to the tradesmen – they could be the next big thing!


Elvis Presley

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10. Elvis Presley – Before he started electrifying young women around the world, Elvis worked as an electrician’s helper. Someone definitely noticed he had a spark!

11. Harrison Ford – Today, Ford is a world-famous movie star, but once upon a time he blended right into the woodwork! Yes, you guessed it, he trained as a carpenter. He actually got his big break because George Lucas hired him to fit some cabinets in his house!

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