Here Are Seven Celebrities Who Had A Strange Path To Fame
See How Some Male Celebrities Strangely Rose To Fame
Hollywood is filled with many celebrities who have graced the big screen and television with their talents and looks. Many of them have reached fame internationally because of their roles in box-office hits or their award-winning performances. All actors have a story to tell, and while most of them aspired to be in the entertainment industry, some found themselves entering the business by accident or stroke of luck. Get to know the beginnings of some of the most well-known actors and be inspired how they turned their ordinary life into something extraordinary.
All actors have a story to tell
1. Harrison Ford
His worldwide fame came as Han Solo in the Star Wars film series and the title role in the Indiana Jones movie series. His acting career has covered six decades, with films grossing over $6 billion worldwide. Thus, earning him the highest grossing U.S. domestic box-office star. Ford came from humbling beginnings, starting out as a carpenter creating film props for LucasFilms. George Lucas himself gave the actor his initial break with a bit role in American Graffiti. Because of his impressive performance, he was offered the Star Wars role. The rest, as they say, is history.
2. Jason Statham
He is an Englishman who ventured into acting in the late 90s. He’s being cast in crime films like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, and the 2003 remake, The Italian Job. He particularly drew attention for his lead role in the action thriller The Transporter trilogy. Soon after he was cast for the seventh installment of The Fast and the Furious franchise. Before acting, Statham used to be a member of Britain’s National Diving Squad for twelve years, even competing at the 1990 Commonwealth Games. Though he also played football, his passion for diving took precedence. It was during his diving training that an agent took notice of Statham. The next thing he knew, he became a model for the clothing brand The French Connection.
3. Channing Tatum
Channing Matthew Tatum debuted in the drama film Coach Carter, but his breakthrough role would happen the following year in the dance film Step Up. A few years later, he would further make a name for himself by appearing as Duke in the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Other successful films followed, including the action-comedy series 21 Jump Street. Tatum also entertained audiences when he produced and starred in the Magic Mike franchise. The project was inspired by his past life as a dancer-stripper. Before being discovered by a model talent scout, he dropped out of college and said goodbye to his football scholarship to work on odd jobs. From working as a roofer, he turned his attention to dancing until he landed a stripper job at a local nightclub.
4. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Austrian-American actor-turned-politician became famous for his roles as Conan the Barbarian and The Terminator. At the peak of his acting career, he embarked on a political career where he served two terms as the 38th Governor of California. The muscle-man worked hard on his physique by doing weight training when he was 15 years old. He was a sports enthusiast, playing soccer since he was a teenager, then devoting more time to the gym to work on his body. Five years later, he bagged the Mr. Olympia contest seven times and went on to become a well-known bodybuilder. This was the image that did justice to the iconic roles for which he gained popularity.
5. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson was born in California but carries an American and Canadian citizenship. Although he had been doing small parts on television back in the late ‘90s, his shot to Hollywood fame came after mainstream roles in the blockbusters The Mummy Returns and its subsequent sequel, The Scorpion King. Johnson, with his large physique, started as a professional wrestler under the World Wrestling Federation from 1996 to 2004. Before becoming an actor, he had to his credit seventeen championship reigns. For his achievements, he is considered as one the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. His wrestling career built his reputation as “The Rock,” which he turned into his ticket to an equally successful acting career.
6. Steven Seagal
Seagal holds an American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship. He had his acting debut with the film Above the Law. Just a few years, he starred in three more successful action movies which gained him further popularity. These films became his trademark – Under Siege 1 and 2, and On Deadly Ground. Seagal went into producing, directing, and screenwriting, in the middle of his acting career. As if his talents weren’t enough, he also pursued his love of music. He has done film scores and released music albums showcasing his guitar-playing talent. Being a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido, Seagal’s first career was as a martial arts instructor in Japan. When he moved to Los Angeles, he worked as a martial arts instructor on the James Bond film Never Say Never Again. Film executives were impressed by his martial arts skills that he was offered an acting job.
7. Mickey Rourke
Here’s an actor who started out in boxing. Philip Andre Rourke Jr. began acting in the early ‘80s, appearing in films such as Rumble Fish, 9 ½ Weeks, The Pope of Greenwich Village, and Barfly where critics praised him for his performance. Rourke trained as a boxer before Hollywood during his teenage years. In 1991, at the height of his acting career, he bid his goodbye to the screen and focused on becoming a professional boxer. Three years later, he made a comeback in the entertainment industry and left boxing for good.
And there you have it, folks. The history of how some great actors got their celebrity status through unconventional ways,
More in Fame
The Fascinating Hobbies Of The Rich And The Famous
The rich and the famous can explore endless horizons. Have you ever wondered how they spend not only their free time...September 11, 2018
Healthy Dieting For Busy People
One of our greatest wish in life is to stay healthy and to live long and in peace. Everyone would want...September 10, 2018
Wasting Your Money? This Is How To Avoid It
Whenever we come in touch with a bit of money, the first thought is how to spend it —it is a...September 7, 2018
A Feeling Of Discomfort Can Be An Excellent Thing And This Is Why
Discomfort is a feeling that arises when we are about to face some changes. Usually, we confuse it for the unhappiness...September 6, 2018
A Sneak Peek Into The World’s Most Luxurious Hotel Suites
The luxurious hotel could be hierarchical in terms of their characteristics but what does it mean to be the most luxurious...September 5, 2018
Learn How to Overcome Depression
Everyone feels depressed at one time in life. Depression results from prolonged stress, and it it has detrimental effects n both physical and...September 4, 2018
Things You Don’t Need To Do When You Turn 24
People always anticipate being adults because it’s the most exciting phase in life. This is where one gets the first job,...September 3, 2018
Five Ways To Stop Unwelcome Thoughts In Their Tracks
Every person has his or her own inner voice—or even more of them. We all think differently, but everyone is influenced...August 29, 2018
Four Tips for Planning and Building Your Own Home
One of our ultimate goals and dream in life is to build our dream house, the one that we can all...August 28, 2018