Celebrities who worked in construction before they were famous

Celebrities who worked in construction before they were famous

A majority of the celebrities globally have had a very tough past, be it in the field of acting, music or sports. Oprah Winfrey profoundly says “Turn your wounds into wisdom”, this quote stands perfectly true in the lives of a number of celebrities who are extremely popular today.

Here is a list of celebrities who have strived extremely hard to make their place in the world today.

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Popular for his role in the movie Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was laying bricks while he was trying to become a renown bodybuilder. Along with his close friend, Arnold started his own construction business in the year 1968 which was known as ‘Speciality European Bricklayers’.

Although Arnold failed to keep up with his goal, he was successful in making his place in the Hollywood industry with his great acting skills.

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy Osbourne is an English singer, songwriter and an actor. He became popular in the 1970s and appeared in numerous reality television shows like The Osbournes, with his wife Sharon and two of his children Kelly and Jack.

After leaving school at the age of 15, Ozzy did numerous jobs such as a car factory horn-tuner, apprentice toolmaker, trainee plumber and construction site labourer.

Whoopi Goldberg

An American actress, comedienne, author, and a television host, Whoopi Goldberg also worked as a bricklayer in an construction industry. She was invited to join the bricklayer’s union because of her exceptional quality of work. Whoopi also helped to build the wall around San Diego Zoo.

Sean Connery

Having perfectly played the role of James Bond in different movies, Sean Connery was a labourer who was laying bricks and also polishing the coffins. It was solely due to his hard work and determination that he was successful in becoming one of the famous actors in the Hollywood industry.

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Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello is well-known for his different acting roles. He became quite famous by playing the role of Alcide Herveaux in the movie True Blood. Before his career in acting, Joe was shovelling sand and gravel in order to meet his daily expenditure. This phase undoubtedly paid off as this phase helped him to keep his physique fit and healthy.


Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is a famous British singer, songwriter and a guitarist. Before entering the industry, it was Noel’s older brother who got him a job at Kennedy’s Civil Engineering on building sites in Manchester. It was during this period that Noel composed songs which later led him to become a popular musician.

Ian Wright

A former England footballer and Arsenal legend, Ian Wright had a very tough start. After leaving school at the age of 16, Ian was trained as a bricklayer and plasterer. On being asked as to what he would have become if not a footballer, he replied that he must become successful in the construction industry because of his excellent work ethics and put his heart and soul to earn his living.


Winston Churchill once said, “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm”. These celebrities kept up to what they believed in, struggled hard and did reach their goals.

Celebrities who worked in construction before they were famous

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