In honor of Labor Day, we thought we’d celebrate the rich and famous who once had to toil with the occasional odd job, just like us.
Harrison Ford – Carpenter
Harrison Ford (far right) when he was a carpenter building Sergio Mendes’ recording studio, 1970. pic.twitter.com/XEtApncxcT
— History In Pictures (@HistoryInPics) January 5, 2016
Ford speaks positively of his carpentry career.
Harrison Ford is 76.
He’s also the second most famous carpenter in the world after Jesus Christ. pic.twitter.com/d2Bhkaz6c2
— Tom Reagan’s Hat (@RufusTSuperfly) July 13, 2018
And even had a few famous clients.
A thing I didn’t know until today is that Harrison Ford wasn’t just a carpenter he was JOAN DIDION’s carpenter pic.twitter.com/zvKeI2UYE3
— a.b. (@AlannaBennett) October 27, 2017
Rod Stewart – Worked At A Grave Yard
Rod Stewart is the victim of a lot of unsavory urban myths*. But one of the banal ones is that he worked as a gravedigger before making it big.
Well, that is only partially true. Stewart did work in the graveyard, but according to reports, he did not actually dig the graves. He marked out plots.
The bitterest disappointment of my week has been to discover that Rod Stewart was never a gravedigger. It’s Fake Thanatology.
— Otto English (@Otto_English) April 20, 2022
Stewart also worked as a fence installer and sign writer.
Pope Francis – Bouncer
The Pope wasn’t always the lovable and open man he was today. Growing up on the mean streets of Argentina, the man born Jorge Marigo Borgolio worked as a club bouncer.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Bergoglio worked for a time as a bouncer as a young man before training to be a chemist and working as a technician in a food science laboratory.
Think about it. He most certainly did beat people up for a living and became the pope.? pic.twitter.com/NO6OhQzcQ0
— gCMG (@gCMG_Obv) August 29, 2022
Christopher Walken – Lion Tamer
Christopher Walken working as a lion tamer sounds like an SNL skit, but the truth is weirder than fiction. Walken ran away with the circus and of course, began taming lions.
Christopher Walken: ‘I got a job as a lion tamer. Who’s going to turn that down?’ https://t.co/XuHA42QTvK
— The Guardian (@guardian) October 22, 2021
Matthew McConaughey – Chicken Coop Cleaner
A very important question – did McConaughey do this with his shirt off?
— newsworldpress.com (@newsworldpress) July 19, 2022
When the film star was in Australia as an exchange student, he cleaned chicken coops.
Johnny Depp – Telemarketer
I’d probably buy a fake extended warranty from Johnny Depp. That amazing voice could sell ice to a polar bear. But it seems to pale in comparison to his newest job, MTV astronaut.
— ?☠️ JD IS A WINNER! ?☠️ (@JDisawinner) August 29, 2022
What was your favorite crazy job you had growing up?
Mine was when I worked at a movie theatre in high school, which doesn’t sound too crazy. The crazy was part was cleaning up after people. Not only would they spill their entire bucket of popcorn, but they’d dump everything from melted candy and used diapers in the seat for someone else to pick up. It was awful.
*seriously, don’t google it.
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