Everyone knows that the rise to stardom is long and difficult, but the path to celebrity status is not always as linear as people think it is. These celebrities are well-known for their talent and fame, but they each had surprising secondary careers at different points in their lives.
Harrison Ford is a legendary leading man in action and adventure franchises such as "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones." What even the most devoted fan may not know is that Ford had a long career as a carpenter before he traded in his tool belt for a light saber. While Ford always longed for a career in Hollywood, he was met with only marginal success and turned to carpentry for a stable income. Four years later, he landed a role in "American Graffiti" that kickstarted his acting career.
Actor and politician Arnold Schwarzenegger has enjoyed a long and varied career in the government and in the spotlight. The Austrian celebrity became famous for his bodybuilding career, which he turned into A-list status in Hollywood with his starring role in "The Terminator" franchise. Numerous roles in action and comedy catapulted Arnold Schwarzenegger to fame, but he turned his attention to politics as governor of California later in his career, earning him the nickname of "The Governator."
Walt Disney is known for creating "The Most Magical Place on Earth," but long before he was the king of theme parks and animation, he worked as a newspaper editor. Disney found that the job simply didn’t satisfy his creativity and made a career change that changed the world.
Julia Child was a spy long before she became a celebrity chef. She worked as a CIA intelligence officer until the age of 36 and her career change is chronicled in the film "Julie & Julia."
Ray LaMontagne is one of the world’s greatest singer-songwriters, but his career began with arduous 65-hour workweeks at a Maine shoe factory. During his early career, he admits that he was not particularly interested in music. It wasn’t until he discovered a Stephen Stills song that he decided to turn his talent to learning acoustic guitar. At the age of 30, he quit his job and went on to land a major record deal with RCA Records.
These celebrity career changes are as inspiring as they are surprising. From celebrities who sought the spotlight later in life to those who took on jobs outside the Hollywood glare after an illustrious career, these stars prove that it is never too late to make a change.