Connery was a milkman, a bricklayer, a lifeguard, and a coffin polisher before playing James Bond.
Garner had a run of mundane jobs before her breakthrough appearance on "Alias." Her lesser-known jobs included babysitting and restaurant hostessing in New York.
With roles in "Risky Business" and "Top Gun," Cruise is one of the world's most famous superstars. Pre-stardom, Cruise was a hotel bellhop.
The View co-host Goldberg worked in a lot of unglamorous professions before becoming famous in cinema and stand-up. Her previous jobs were morgue beautician and mason.
Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp made millions portraying Captain Jack Sparrow, but he was terrible at telemarketing. Sold pens over the phone.
Between stand-up gigs, the future "Seinfeld" star sold light bulbs over the phone and peddled counterfeit jewellery on New York's streets.
Oscar-winner Before becoming a household name, Hudson worked in a fast-food restaurant. On East 87th and State Street in Chicago, she was 16.