11 Celebs' Strange Pre-Fame Jobs From birthday party clown to outhouse cleaner By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 7, 2014 1:25 PM CDT 8 comments Comments Angelina Jolie and Brad PItt. He's in a tux now, but he used to wear a chicken suit. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP) (Newser) – Hey, you gotta start somewhere. Radar rounds up 25 celebrities who had strange—and sometimes a little embarrassing—jobs before they got their big breaks. A sampling: Cindy Crawford: Shucked corn at a local fair for $4 an hour. (But note, that's how she ended up getting discovered.) Hugh Jackman: Performed as "Coco the Clown" at parties for children. "I had no magic tricks," he once recalled, leading a 6-year-old to call him "terrible." Ellen DeGeneres: Sold vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Sylvester Stallone: Cleaned out the lions' cages at New York's Central Park Zoo for $1.12 an hour. Brad Pitt: Handed out flyers, while dressed in a chicken suit, outside a Los Angeles El Pollo Loco fast food joint. Johnny Depp: Sold ballpoint pens over the phone. Or rather, tried to—he reportedly never actually made a sale. Matthew McConaughey: While living in Australia, he got paid to shovel chicken manure out of cages. Howard Stern: Drove an ice-cream truck. Sean Connery: Has been a coffin polisher, a milkman, and a lifeguard. Whoopi Goldberg: Her job was to put makeup on dead people at a mortuary, in preparation for their wakes and funerals. Stanley Tucci: Cleaned outhouses at a New York summer camp. Click for the complete list, including one now-sex-symbol who used to have to dress up as a banana at her old job.