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Before these celebrities became famous in Hollywood movies, TV shows, sports, business, or government, they had regular jobs just like you and me. Click the links below to see what your favorite stars did before they were famous.

James Caan
Before his career in Hollywood took off, James Caan was a steer roper in the rodeo circuit.
Nicolas Cage
At one time, Nicolas Cage had a job selling popcorn at the Fairfax Theater. Cage can also be seen in a very small part in Fast Times At Ridgemont High.
Dean Cain
Before playing Superman on "Lois & Clark," Dean Cain was signed to play football with the Buffalo Bills (until he suffered a knee injury).
Jeremy Camp
Before becoming a chart-topping Christian artist, Jeremy camp worked part-time jobs in a window shade factory, as a construction worker, and on a farm.
Naomi Campbell
As a young child, Naomi Campbell appeared in music videos for Bob Marley's "Is This Love" and Culture Club's "I'll Tumble 4 Ya."
Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell was pursuing a career as a ballerina, but decided to quit after suffering related injuries.
Neve Campbell appeared as a Catholic school girl on the sketch comedy show "The Kids in the Hall."
Neve Campbell worked in the Canadian Department of Indian and Northern Affairs as a linguist.
Steve Carell
Steve Carell was once a mail sorter in Acton, Massachusetts, but says he quit after a few months because he was "very, very bad at it." One of Carell's earliest acting jobs was a 1989 commercial for Brown's Chicken of Chicago. In 1996, Steve Carell appeared on the short-lived "Dana Carvey Show" where he voiced Gary in The Ambiguously Gay Duo sketch (before it moved to SNL).
Drew Carey
Drew Carey can be seen in a small role in Coneheads as a taxi passenger.
Drew Carey was in the Marine Corps Reserve in the early eighties before hitting it big.
Carey once worked in a Denny's Restaurant in Nevada.
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey started beauty school but dropped out.
Mariah Carey was fired from her job as a hat checker.
Jim Carrey
When Jim Carrey was 14, he was a rifleman with the army cadets. Jim Carrey also worked as a janitor in a factory.
Dana Carvey
Dana Carvey started his acting career in the 1981 bummer Halloween 2.
Julian Casablancas
Julian Casablancas (The Strokes frontman) once tended bar at a local tavern.
John Cena
Before becoming a champion WWE wrestling entertainer, John Cena worked as a chauffeur for a limousine company.
Don Cheadle
Cheadle appeared in an episode of the "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" as "Ice Tray" - Will's friend from Philadelphia.
Chubby Checker
Before his recording career took off, Chubby Checker plucked chickens at a poultry market named Henry Colt's.
Kenny Chesney
Before his big break, country singer Kenny Chesney worked as a valet attendant, telemarketer and mail sorter.
Jacques Chirac
Jacques Chirac (President of France) spent a summer in the US in the 1950's taking classes at Harvard and working for Anheuser-Busch.
Hayden Christensen
Hayden Christensen kicked off his career by appearing in a Pringles commercial when he was eight.
Hayden Christensen used to be a tennis ball boy, and he once accidentally interupted play during a John McEnroe match.
Kelly Clarkson
Clarkson has held jobs as a pharmacy clerk, waitress, Six Flags performer, telemarketer, Kirby Vacuum saleperson, and Red Bull promoter.
Before becoming famous, Clarkson was as an extra on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and That 80's Show.
George Clooney
George Clooney got his break in a 1987 low-budget horror flick titled "Return to Horror High."
In 1988, Clooney "starred" in another classic - Return of the Killer Tomatoes.
George Clooney played George Burnett on "The Facts of Life" in 1987, during the 8th season.
Clooney was in an episode of Murder She Wrote titled "No Laughing Matter."
Kurt Cobain
Before hitting it big in the band Nirvana, the late Kurt Cobain worked as a janitor for Lemons Janitorial Service.
Cheryl Cole
Before Cheryl Cole rose to English pop stardom, one of her first acting gigs as a child was in a commercial for British Gas central heating (alongside her brother).
Gary Coleman
Gary Coleman's first job was as a TV star before becoming a famous security guard. :-)
Sean Combs
Diddy was an intern at Uptown Records where he did grunt work like washing cars & fetching coffee.
Combs appeared as a dancer in Father MC's video "Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated"
Tara Conner
Tara Conner worked as a waitress and bikini model before being crowned Miss USA 2006.
Sean Connery
Sean Connery's first job was delivering milk for St. Cuthbert's Co-operative Society in Scotland. Then after serving three years in the Royal Navy, he held several odd jobs (still as a teenager) including truck driver, brick layer, lifeguard, cofin polisher, and artist's model for the Edinburgh College of Art. In his twenties, he pursued a career in bodybuilding, and placed 3rd in the 1953 Mr. Universe competition.
Coolio
Coolio was a firefighter for a short period.
Bill Cosby
Bill Cosby shined shoes and sold produce when he was young. He later joined the Navy, serving at the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia and at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello used to be a computer programmer.
Katie Couric
Katie Couric's first job was as a desk assistant at ABC.
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell started out as a mail room clerk for EMI Music Publishing where his father worked.
Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox was a spokesperson for Tampax tampons before she was a superstar. Cox was also featured in Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark" video in the 1980s.
Chace Crawford
Chace Crawford (star of "Gossip Girl" on The CW) worked as a parking valet when he moved to Hollywood.
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford graduated from DeKalb High School (Dekalb, Illinois) in 1984, as valedictorian. She won an academic scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, where she attended for only one quarter.
Joan Crawford
Joan Crawford used to work in a laundromat and as an elevator operator in a Kansas City department store.
Walter Cronkite
Walter Cronkite grew up selling newspapers and magazines in Kansas City.
Sheryl Crow
Sheryl Crow was once an elementary school teacher in St. Louis, Missouri. She was also a backup singer for Michael Jackson and a song writer for Eric Clapton, Tina Turner and Celine Dion.
Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe did a public broadcast promoting AIDS awareness.
Tom Cruise
At an early age, Tom Cruise joined a seminary in order to become a priest. Cruise also spent a short time in Kentucky where he was a paperboy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Billy Crystal
Billy Crystal worked as a substitute teacher after graduating from New York Univerity. However, he started his college career at Marshall Univerity where he played baseball until the program ended after his freshmen year.
Billy Ray Cyrus
Billy Ray Cyrus went to Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship before fully concentrating on his music career.
Miley Cyrus
Before major fame in Hannah Montana, Miley Cyrus got her start by appearing in a 2003 episode of her father's short-lived series "Doc."


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