Top 10 Celebrities Who Could Have Had Alternate Careers

Script Written by Matt Wende. Everyone needs a back-up plan, but if fame and fortune hadn’t worked out, what would some of these Hollywood types have done? Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrities Who Could Have Had Alternate Careers. For this list, we’re looking at those stars and famous personalities who have achieved notable success, popularity and fame in the public eye, but who also had potential to be successful in alternate career paths. We’ve ranked these celebs based on our surprise and interest in finding out what could’ve been. Special thanks to our user kenn1987 for submitting the idea on our Suggestions Page at WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Celebrities Who Could Have Had Alternate Careers


Everyone needs a back-up plan, but if fame and fortune hadn’t worked out, what would some of these Hollywood types have done? Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Celebrities Who Could Have Had Alternate Careers.

For this list, we’re looking at those stars and famous personalities who have achieved notable success, popularity and fame in the public eye, but who also had potential to be successful in alternate career paths. We’ve ranked these celebs based on our surprise and interest in finding out what could’ve been.

#10: Ken Jeong
Physician

Given his notable appearances in hugely popular comedic roles, and his spectacular over-the-top style, you’d think comedy was the obvious career path for Ken Jeong. But not only did Jeong graduate from medical school, he is also - to this day - a licensed physician in the state of California. In his downtime from his studies though, he tried his hand at stand up comedy, and has since made a career out of that hobby, as evidenced by his screen appearances in “The Hangover” and “Community.” The lesson here: it’s never too late to “Chang” your career path.

#9: Danny DeVito
Hairdresser

But what will you do after school? A lot of us don’t know, and neither did Danny DeVito, so after graduating high school he went to work in his sister’s hair salon. Becoming quite skilled at his craft, he began to apply his skills to the deceased, doing their hair in preparation for their funerals. Eventually, his acting talent would land him parts in plays and movies, but to be honest, we still can’t get over the idea of The Penguin doing anyone’s hair. Especially considering what his own looks like.

#8: Ryan Reynolds
Police Officer

Ryan Reynolds’ whole look can be summarized by the one word: Hunk. It’s no secret that he’s defined himself by such archetypes as the hopeless romantic and the likable action hero, but before all that, this Vancouverite might’ve instead been wearing blue for the public eye. Reynolds’ has two older brothers, both of whom are police officers, and he has stated in interviews that he once considered joining them.

#7: Meryl Streep
Singer

As if she wasn’t talented enough already, right? In her youth, Meryl Streep was once showed tremendous singing talent, and even studied opera for four years. Thank the gods of movies though that Streep made the decision to pursue a career in acting instead. Streep has since had a few chances to show off her singing talents though, and “Mama Mia,” she’s certainly still got some skill!

#6: Gene Simmons
Rabbi

Is it possible to play the Devil’s music and worship the lord at the same time? Well, you can always ask Gene Simmons, the co-founder of the ever-popular hard rock band KISS. Before this Israel-born rocker ever stuck his tongue out on stage, he attended a Yeshiva, where he briefly studied to become a Rabbi. There’s not much more info than that; all we know is that he then heard the calling of rock and roll, and he followed it.

#5: James Stewart
Architect

When you look back at Hollywood royalty, you’d think these actors were born to become legends. That’s not always the case though. Jimmy Stewart, the star who gave us so many spectacular performances, once had his sights set on architecture. Or at least, that’s what his father wanted him to do, as he persuaded him to enroll at Princeton University. Once there, Stewart showed great promise studying architecture at the Ivy League school, but enjoyed the educational institution’s theater and drama clubs much more, and this is where he found his true passion. We don’t know if he actually had problems with vertigo, but if he did… it probably was a good idea that he avoided designing buildings.

#4: Sting
Teacher

Once upon a time, this British rocker had more on his mind than just music. For one thing, in his early life he qualified and worked as a teacher for two years. In the evenings and on weekends, he played jazz in nightclubs, honing his craft. It wasn’t until the late ‘70s that he and the Police made it big. We just wonder if he ever performed any of his music for his students, because considering some of The Police’s work, some of the songs would have been cool, but others could have been… creepy.

#3: Steve Buscemi
Firefighter

We all know this celeb for his signature look. Lesser known though is Steve Buscemi’s work as a firefighter in New York. Buscemi worked for several years at FDNY’s Engine 55, and still supports New York firefighters to this day. A good guy to the core, after the tragedy of 9/11, Buscemi volunteered to work with the company to look through the rubble. For most actors, their pre-acting career jobs were just for cash, but for Buscemi, it seems to have really mattered.

#2: Harrison Ford
Carpenter

Walk down any street in L.A. and you should be able to throw a rock and hit an actor who has a day job on the side. For Harrison Ford, before he hit it big of course, that day job was carpentry, which he took up to support his family. Those skills allowed him to be hired by George Lucas, who then cast Ford in “American Graffiti.” Though he nabbed some small film roles, Ford kept at the carpentry and in the late ‘70s was asked by Lucas to run lines with other actors who were auditioning for “Star Wars.” Eventually, he would be cast in that too, and the rest is history… from a long time ago… in a galaxy f… well, you get the idea.

Before we reveal the alternate destiny of our top pick, here are a few honorable mentions:
- Jim Morrison
Filmmaker
- Christopher Walken
Circus Lion Tamer
- Rebel Wilson
Lawyer
- Alan Rickman
Graphic Designer
- Matthew McConaughey
Lawyer

#1: Tom Cruise
Catholic Priest

We’re pretty sure we’re not surprising anyone when we say that Tom Cruise is really into religion. Like, in a “calm down buddy” kind of way. But Scientology was not always his brand of choice. Growing up, Thomas Cruise Mapother IV was raised Catholic, and he briefly attended a seminary to become a priest. Take a moment to imagine a world without Tom Cruise saying such lines as “Talk to me, Goose!” and “You complete me”, and remember: The world is out one surprisingly short priest.

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