The process of becoming famous didn’t used to be as easy as it is today. Years ago, many celebrities had to find a way to make a living while waiting for their big break. You would never guess that these seven celebrities worked as plumbers.
1. Fatty Arbuckle
In the early 1900’s, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle was a famous American silent film actor, comedian, director and screenwriter. When his father stopped supporting him a the age of 12, Arbuckle was forced to perform odd jobs in a hotel to make a living. He wasn’t exactly a plumber because he wasn’t licensed, and performed other jobs in addition to plumbing. It was at this hotel that a professional singer heard him and invited him to participate in a talent show. Although his singing wasn’t great, he impressed the crowd and judges with his flair for comedy.
2. Michael Caine
Since making it big decades ago, Michael Caine has performed in many amazing movies and has even won an Academy Award. Since he has been so successful for so long, it seems hard to believe he ever had to do other jobs. But before landing his breakthrough role in Zulu, he had to perform manual labor to make a living. After his service in the Korean War, he worked many jobs, including time spent as a plumber’s assistant.
3. Ronnie Lane
As the bass guitarist for the rock and roll band Small Faces, Ronnie Lane was known as “Plonk.” The band made their debut in 1965, with hit songs including “Itchycoo Park” and “All or Nothing.” Before joining the band, Lane was a plumber. In fact, he actually dropped out of school at the age of 16 to start working as a plumber.
4. Pretty Boy Floyd
Charles Arthur “Pretty Boy” Floyd never exactly got a big break, but became famous in the US due to his criminal activity. His first arrest was at the age of 18, stealing from a local post office. From there, his activity just got worse. His next major crime was for a payroll robbery. After serving three years for the robbery, Floyd worked briefly as a plumber before committing a series of bank robberies.
5. John Gotti
He was a famous American mobster who became the Boss of the Gambino crime family in New York City. He was never actually a plumber, but his cover story involved living the life of a plumbing supplier. Police failed to convict him three times in the 1980’s, which is how Gotti earned the nickname the Teflon Don. Eventually he was caught, when his boss turned in evidence against him.
6. Bob Hoskins
Born in England during World War II, he had trouble finding a job because the economy wasn’t doing well. Along with other manual labor jobs, Hoskins worked as a plumber. His job in the plumbing industry ended abruptly after he set fire to the boot of a coworker. Even as an actor, he still dabbles in plumbing with his role in Super Mario Brothers.
7. Ozzy Osbourne
Dropping out of school to become a plumber’s assistant seems to be a common trend among British men. Ozzy ended his career in the plumbing industry, deciding to live a life of crime. After spending time in prison, Ozzy went into music and became a rock and roll legend.
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