5 Celebrities You’d Never Guess Who Worked in Nightlife
CELEBRITY + NIGHTLIFE
BY DANIEL FARR
You see them on the red carpet and on magazines. TMZ catches them whenever possible and it seems like every big brand in the world wants to just give them their products for free. Celebrities sometimes appear to have the world at their fingertips. What we forget is that most of them weren’t just born into that life. Most had to fight and scrape by with “regular jobs” like the rest of us until their careers took off. And what’s really interesting is how many of today’s big celebrities once actually worked in nightlife.
Here’s our list of the 5 Celebs You’d Never Guess Who Worked in Nightlife…
1.) Sandra Bullock
Before making it big in movies like Speed, The Proposal, and The Blind Side, Bullock actually spent time in New York supporting herself as a bartender, cocktail waitress, and even a coat checker according to Wikipedia. It sounds like this one paid her dues.
2.) Alec Baldwin
Born in New York, Alec Baldwin also once worked in nightlife before he made it big as an actor. In fact, Baldwin was once a busboy at the famous nightclub, Studio 54 and later on a bouncer elsewhere. Who knows what kind of crazy things he saw at 54 that made him the [interesting] person he is today?! In fact, he is quoted as saying he had to quit because “seeing all the ongoing sex left him perpetually horny.” Oh my.
3.) Bruce Willis
Like quite a few struggling actors, Bruce Willis worked as a bartender to make ends meet whilst he attempted to get his acting career off the ground. He also worked in New York City at Café Central, AM/PM, and Kamikazi. According to IMDB, Willis was discovered one night while working when a casting director, who like his personality, needed a bartender for a small movie role and cast him in it.
4.) Ellen DeGeneres
Before she made it big, Ellen DeGeneres did all kinds of jobs including a waitress at TGI Fridays, a house painter, a hostess, and lo and behold, a bartender. We don’t doubt that some of her bartending experiences are source material for her nowadays.
5.) Vin Diesel
Best known for his role in the Fast and The Furious movie franchise, Vin Diesel’s tough guy persona actually helped launch his career. When he was a kid, he and friends broke into a theatre in NYC with the intent to vandalize it. However, they were confronted by the theatre’s artistic director who, instead of calling the cops, handed them scripts and offered them parts in an upcoming show. He got his name “Vin Diesel” later on in life when he was working at New York nightclub Tunnell.
Other Notable Bouncers: James Gandolfini, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mr. T