For any of you drivers out there who may be dreaming of basking in Hollywoood lights one day, you now have some celebs to hold up as success stories. While it may seem hard to believe, before they were famous, these leading men made their living behind the wheel. Some grew up in the business, others worked as drivers for a nanosecond. Either way, they’re all household names now.
Sean Connery. The son of a truck driver, “007” first joined the Royal Navy. After being discharged for medical reasons, he held many jobs, including one as a truck driver. After being discovered, Connery went on to make it big as one of the most memorable James Bonds ever and won an Academy Award for his role in “The Untouchables.”
Elvis Presley. Before becoming to the “King of Rock and Roll,” Elvis drove a truck. After graduating from high school in Mississippi, he took a truck driving job working for only $40 per week. He never abandoned his dream of becoming a singer, pursuing it in his spare time. The rest, as they say, is history.
Charles Bronson. Bronson is best known for his roles in “The Great Escape” and “The Dirty Dozen.” Before becoming a big time American film and television actor, Bronson grew up poor in the coal region of the Allegheny Mountains north of Johnstown, Pa. He enlisted in the army in 1943, where he served as a truck driver for a short time.
Liam Neeson. Who knew that Liam Neeson used to be a truck driver? Not us. This Oscar-nominated actor was once a truck driver and fork-lift operator for Guinness Brewery before his roles in movies such as “Taken” and “Schindler’s List.”
James Cameron. Now a world-famous director and screenwriter, Cameron was born in Canada on August 16, 1954. Cameron’s interest in becoming a director started around the same time he was a truck driver. Upon seeing the original “Star Wars” film, Cameron decided to quit his job as a trucker to pursue a career in the film industry. His films “Titanic” and “Avatar” stand among the highest-grossing films of all-time.
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