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At the Golden Globes, 17 famous actors reveal their first jobs

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As "La La Land," a movie every professional should see, swept the 2017 Golden Globes, some of Hollywood's biggest names shared the less-than-glamorous careers they had before making it big.

In a two-minute montage that serves as a poignant reminder that the path to success is not clearly marked, 17 stars share their first jobs in pet shops and perfumeries, on golf courses and loading docks.


1. Taraji P. Henson

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Henson was a singing, dancing waitress on "The Spirit of Washington," a dinner cruise.


2. Amy Adams


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Adams was a red licorice salesperson at a rodeo in Utah.


3. Benedict Cumberbatch

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Cumberbatch worked in a perfumery in London.


4. Ben Affleck

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Affleck tore tickets at a movie theater.


5. Jeremy Renner

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Renner was a paperboy.


6. Kevin Hart

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Hart was a lifeguard.


7. Felicity Jones

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Jones was "the letter V in a promotional video for a British TV channel."


8. Tyler Perry

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Perry's first job was "cleaning up dog poop at a pet shop."


9. Martin Short

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Short was a "TV guide delivery boy."


10. Sarah Paulson

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Paulson was a waitress at a pizzeria in Brooklyn.


11. Eddie Redmayne

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Redmayne was a waiter at the British Soap Opera Awards.


12. Michael Fassbender

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Fassbender was a caddie at the Killarney Golf Club in Ireland.


13. Viola Davis

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Davis flipped bingo cards.


14. Casey Affleck

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Affleck shoveled snow.


15. Bryan Cranston

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Cranston "loaded trucks on a cold loading dock."


16. Chris Pratt


Chris Pratt has been voted one of the most attractive actors in Hollywood.
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Pratt injects some humor into the montage, saying he has always been an actor. He jokingly decides to make something up, saying, "I was a golf boy. Is that even a job?"


17. Robert De Niro

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The video ends with what sounds like a joke from De Niro. After Pratt's quip, De Niro concludes, "I was a golf boy."

Correction: Jeremy Renner worked as a paperboy. An earlier version misidentified the actor who worked the position.

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