Before They Were IT: The Normal Jobs of the Rich and Famous


Imagine how surprised you’d be if you ever saw an actor from your favorite television series or film working in a hair salon or whipping up coffees in Starbucks. The truth is that most actors who are past their prime in their Hollywood careers have to find some other way to pay the bills whether it is teaching, cooking, serving tables or cutting hair. Here is a list of some of the memorable celebrities from the past years who ended with normal jobs. We’re curious to know how many of them you can recognize on this list.

Peter Ostrum

Peter Ostrum started his career when he was just 12-years-old with the blockbuster film Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Ostrum, who was cast in the movie as young Charlie Buckett, hoped that his acting career would take off after the success of his first project, but unfortunately the actor had to resort to other, less glamorous jobs to pay his bills. Today, Peter Ostrum is a 59-years-old veterinary who lives in Lowville, New York.