From Lady Gaga to Brad Pitt, celebrities and their jobs before fame came calling

While it seems celebs hardly work for their money, their pre-fame resumes tell dramatically different stories: rife with tales of cleaning toilets, delivering beer and asking sweetly, "Would you like fries with that?"

Turns out that America's most glamorous hotshots held down all kinds of unglamorous jobs, whether slinging donuts or dancing in chicken costumes, Here, WalletPop surveys the little-known and surprising vocational lowlights of 20 big stars -- uncovering, along the way, some tidbits of job history that speak volumes about where these stars wound up.

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From Lady Gaga to Brad Pitt, celebrities and their jobs before fame came calling
Sandra Bullock worked as a bartender in Manhattan. She was also a cocktail waitress and coat checker.
As a struggling actor, Nicolas Cage had a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater in Los Angeles. Dozens of films later, he's still selling popcorn -- indirectly, of course.
Before "The Office," there was the mail room. Steve Carell sorted mail in Acton, Mass., but quit after a few months because he was "very, very bad at it."
Before conquering grunge music, the late Kurt Cobain of Nirvana mopped grungy floors: He worked as a janitor in Aberdeen, Wash. for Lemons Janitorial Service.
About the same time he was mulling over a stint in the seminary, Tom Cruise was a paperboy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
From 1967 to 1985, Dennis Farina was an officer in the Chicago Police Department. His handgun skills were so poor that his fellow officers nicknamed him "The Great Wounder."
Ford built a recording studio for Sergio Mendes and cabinets in the home of George Lucas. The latter gig led to a key supporting role in Lucas' 1973 film "American Graffiti."
Tom Hanks was a popcorn and peanuts vendor at the Oakland Coliseum. Meanwhile, down on the field, MC Hammer was a bat boy for the Oakland As.
"19th Nervous Breakdown" indeed: Mick Jagger was once a porter in a mental hospital. He also had a summer job selling ice cream.
While studying for a biochemical engineering degree, Kutcher worked summers at General Mills' cereal plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Lady Gaga told Elle that as a Manhattan waitress, she always got big tips: "I always wore heels to work! I told everybody stories and for customers on dates, I kept it romantic. It's kind of like performing."
Ever wonder what inspired those "Top Ten" lists? David Letterman got the hang of sorting as a stock boy at the Atlas Grocery Store in Indianapolis.
Yes, there was a time when Rush Limbaugh balanced the Right and the Left: as a shoe shine boy growing up in Missouri.
Before the Material Girl, Madge was the Cruller Queen, working at a Dunkin' Donuts in New York. Literally, she needed the dough -- she came to the Big Apple with just $35 in her pocket.
Barry Manilow was canned from a job at a Schaefer Brewery when he reportedly left a truck door open and spilled the beer all over the road. What better prep for a career dispensing frothy ballads?
Brad Pitt once dressed as a giant chicken while working for El Pollo Loco. It is a role, we venture to say, that he will not reprise.
Queen Latifah lost her job at a New Jersey Burger King after she blew her stack in front of the assistant manager. It followed a thankless night spent cleaning the restrooms -- defiled by patrons who apparently couldn't hold the pickle or the lettuce.
Rourke was let go from this job after getting into a fight with a co-worker. Seems "The Wrestler" has always had a pugilistic streak.
Seems like a better fit for Kramer, but Jerry Seinfeld once worked as a telephone salesmen hawking light bulbs. Not that there's anything wrong with that...
Howard Stern drove a truck selling ice cream to kids. Now: Would you let Junior buy a soft-serve cone from the man who invented "Butt Bongo"?
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