1. Hulk Hogan
Hulk Hogan was just another bassist for one of the underground bands in Tampa Bay, until at one of his gigs a few wrestlers saw his potential and recruited him. While training to become a wrestler, his movie career started. Even though at the peak of his career all he did in movies was shout and scowl at children, he became a household name.
2. Evangeline Lilly
Often attributed to be one of the major reasons behind the show “Lost’s” success, Evangeline worked as an air hostess for Air Canada. Eva was scouted accidentally by the Ford Modeling Agency while walking through a Canadian town.
3. Steven Seagal
Seagal was recruited by a renowned talent agent, Michael Ovitz, who was taking aikido classes from him in the 80’s. Although Steven Seagal is considered to be one of the most uncharismatic actors in Hollywood, some say Ovitz made a bet that he could use his powers in the industry to transform a non appealing person into a celebrity.
4. Pamela Anderson
Pamela Anderson is famous all over the world for her erotic poses in the “Playboy” magazines. But that’s not how she rose to fame. An instructor at a fitness center in Vancouver, Pamela was recruited by “Labatt” as their model after a famous appearance at a football game.
5. Burt Reynolds
While actors like Jack Nicholson were working hard to start a career in the industry, Burt Reynolds was playing football and diving off moving vehicles onto the backs of deer. With no interest in acting, Reynolds got a scholarship at the “Hyde Park Playhouse” in New York after an impressive performance in a play, while only in junior high.
6. Jason Statham
From nearly an Olympic swimmer to action hero, Jason Statham sold artificial jewelry and perfumes on London streets. He was spotted by an agent at a local sports center, who hooked him up with one of FCUK’s ad campaigns.
7. Mel Gibson
Going down as one of the biggest actors in Hollywood, Gibson’s movies have grossed over 2 billion dollars in the US alone. Starting off his career with “Mad Max,” Mel Gibson was given the audition originally for a side role in the film due to the bruises on his face from a bar fight the earlier night.
8. Marilyn Monroe
Supposedly a mistress to many renowned men including John F. Kennedy, Marilyn rose to prominence after a cover shoot for the “Yank” magazine. She was just another worker at one of the munitions factories when the photographer took the picture and advised her to use her pretty face to start a filming career.
9. Joe Viterelli
Started acting as a favor to Sean Penn, Joe turned out to be one of the greatest actors to play Italian mafia characters. Joe has worked in over 40 films including “Shallow Hal.”
10. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp wanted to be a rock star since his mom bought him a guitar when he was a kid. Introduced to Nicolas Cage who encouraged him to try acting, Depp nailed the audition for one of Wes Cravens movies, for the role of an ugly janitor. Johnny Depp is now one of the most iconic actors, mastering several characters in blockbuster hits.
11. Charlize Theron
Theron was only 18 when she moved to Hollywood with only a suitcase and about 300 dollars in her pocket. She was making ends meet, living in a pay-by-the-hour hotel, trying to get through the week on small paychecks she was getting through modeling.
One day, the now-huge-star went to the bank to cash her most recent check, when the banker told her she couldn’t cash it because it was from a different state.
The man named John Crosby approached her and helped her. Turns out, that man was a talent agent and he offered to represent her.
The rest was history.
12. Bill Cosby
Cosby was studying at Temple University in the late 1950s, but he was also bartending on the side to make some extra money. One evening the comedian who was supposed to perform didn’t show up, so Cosby decided to take the stage.
The crowd loved him and the star was born.
13. Ashton Kutcher
Now A-lister, Ashton Kutcher, was studying engineering at the University of Iowa, while he was also working as a carpenter on the side.
One night, while he was having fun at a bar in Iowa City, one talent scout approached Ashton and convinced him to enter a certain modeling competition. Luckily, Kutcher decided to give it a shot, and ended up winning the competition.