Everybody got his or her start somewhere. Check out these 10 celebrities and what they had to do to earn a buck before Hollywood came knocking.
He pulled in $80,000 per episode (22 episodes in total) in the short-lived TV series where he played a lawyer who becomes the guardian of a family member’s orphaned baby girl. The show was “Kevin Hill”.
He plays mostly, if not entirely, deep accented African characters despite the fact that he was born and raised in England. Off camera he sounds more like Sean Connery than Dikembe Mutombo.
She can be heard on Will Smith’s 1998 song, “Miami” were she sings the chorus: “…Welcome to Miami, Bienvenido a Miami…” and starred opposite him in the movie “Hitch”. Her big break: playing Denzel’s girlfriend in “Training Day“.
This actress was originally supposed to star in the Oscar Award winning movie “Monster’s Ball” with Robert De Niro. But because of filming delays the parts went to Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton.
He’s not a doctor he just plays one on TV. He was originally a rapper signed to Warner Brothers records but soon found his true calling after being cast as the lead in a 1995 Spike Lee film.
Before finding international success as a solo artist this individual was part of a ground breaking rap group whose original name was the Tranzlator Crew.
Because of strong similarities in profession, looks and name, Capcom, creators of the video game Street Fighter, switched the name of one of the game’s characters to Balrog from M. Bison when the game was released in the U.S. to avoid being sued by this person.
A Brooklyn native, he studied acting at the High School made famous by the 80’s TV show, “Fame”. He’s since starred alongside some of Hollywood’s elite, including, Samuel L. Jackson and Tom Cruise.
During the lean years, before making it big, this actress worked as a telephone sex operator to pay the bills.
This guy gave up a career as a social worker when he got his acting start on 80’s cult classic “Miami Vice”. He has since become one of Hollywood’s most recognizable faces… and vioces. He can be heard on “Grand Theft Auto: Vice City” as Ricardo Diaz.