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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.

Aishwarya Rai
Aishwarya Rai did her first commercial in the 9th grade for Camlin pencils.
Twiggy Ramirez
Twiggy Ramirez (Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson) said in an interview that he worked in a pizza parlour before finding fame.
Keanu Reeves
Keanu Reeves was once employed as a janitor.
In the mid-1980's, Reeves appeared in commercials for Coca-Cola and Kellogs Cornflakes.
Tara Reid
As a child, Tara Reid appeared on the game show "Child's Play" and commercials for Jell-O, McDonald's and Crayola.
Trent Reznor
After a year of studying computer sceince in college, Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails worked as a handyman at Right Track Studios in Cleveland. In his off-hours, this is where Reznor created the very first NIN demo tracks.
Caroline Rhea
TV star Caroline Rhea's previous job was working for a caterer - walking around collecting garbage from guests.
Keith Richards
Keith Richards (of the Rolling Stones) said in an interview that he worked several summers as a ball boy at a local tennis court.
Michael Richards
Michael Richards (Kramer from Seinfeld) served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. Richards was a co-director of the V Corps Training Road Show.
Miranda Richardson
Oscar nominated actress Miranda Richardson had originally intended to become a vet.
Alan Rickman
Long before Alan Rickman starred in Die Hard, Robin Hood, Dogma, or Harry Potter, he ran a Soho-based graphic design shop.
Kelly Ripa
Long before "All My Children" or "Live with Regis and Kelly," Kelly Ripa appeared as a teenage dancer on the TV show Dance Party USA.
Cal Ripken Jr.
When he was 11, Cal Ripken Jr. worked in a minor league ballpark in North Carolina sweeping and folding towels.
Julia Roberts
Before becoming famous, Julia Roberts worked in an ice cream shop.
Chris Rock
In 1987, long before his Saturday Night Live fame, Chris Rock appeared on Miami Vice as a file clerk who happens to also be an UFO expert.
Dennis Rodman
Dennis Rodman was a camp counselor for the Boys Club of Memphis.
Adam Rodriguez
Before starring in the TV show "CSI: Miami," Adam Rodriguez was a paper boy, hotel bellman, construction worker, stockbroker (in training), pizza delivery guy, and janitor (at Penn Station in New York).
Ray Romano
Before finding fame, comedian Ray Romano had studied to become an accountant. In fact, he did work as a bank teller for a while.
Diana Ross
Diana Ross revealed in an interview that when she was 14, Motown CEO Berry Gordy turned her away for being too young, so instead she worked as his secretary, mostly organizing his office.
David Lee Roth
David Lee Roth of Van Halen was once a hospital orderly.
Mickey Rourke
Mickey Rourke was fired from a job as a cinema usher after getting into a fight with a co-worker.
Brandon Routh
Before being cast as Superman, Brandon Routh was working as a bartender.
J. K. Rowling
Before writing Harry Potter, J. K. Rowling was a researcher for Amnesty International and a school teacher.
Meg Ryan
In 1981, Meg Ryan was featured in a TV commercial for Aim Toothpaste.
Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder spent four years of her childhood living on an isolated commune without electricity in California. Her family also lived breifly in Columbia with Chilean revolutionaries in the mid 1970s.


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