His title was officially “stagehand,” but after the National Theater in Washington became infested with rodents, they hired the aspiring teenage actor to get rid of them. After, he called himself a “rat catcher.”
After high school, the It’s Always Sunny star skipped college and attended the Wilfred Academy beauty school in New Jersey. He honed his hairdressing skills at his sister’s beauty parlor. While the thought of the perpetually balding actor snipping hair under the name “Mr. Danny” is amusing enough, he later became a beautician for corpses. “I used to go to the mortuary. There she would be — it was only women’s hair I did — and she didn’t talk back.”
“Skinemax set dresser, Jon Hamm” has a nice ring to it. “There was nothing tasteful about it. It was depressing,” the Mad Men star told Anderson Cooper. “It was a couple of weeks and it was a pretty depressing way to make a couple hundred bucks a day.” Can Hamm’s stint in the soft-core porn biz get worked into a Don Draper storyline somehow? (Or has that pretty much happened already?)
Dee Dee Ramone
We’re cheating a little bit on this one since Dee Dee’s past was filled with a number of wild stunts pre-Ramones, but the troubled musician did embark on a weird and hilarious career as a solo rap artist after he left the seminal punk band, and we feel it’s worth noting. Code name: Dee Dee King. The above video features Dee Dee himself making a sad confession: “It wasn’t so good… I couldn’t do rap.”
It’s a good thing Beckham’s other embarrassing past gig in the Spice Girls paid off for Posh since before she joined the all-girl group, she was dressing up as a roller-skating sperm in the 1980s BBC program, Bodymatters.
We can totally picture the adorable Mad Men and Community star goofing around as a party clown in Compton, even if it’s a gig she’d like to forget. Brie spilled the beans to The A.V. Club about her career as “Sunny”:
“I think I was 17 or 18 at the time. A friend of mine who I did drama with… goes, ‘They’re looking for young, cute, fun girls to be clowns’… I would literally drive into Compton, change into my clown gear, and then drive to whatever party. It was an awesome job… My clown name was Sunny; it was pretty straightforward. I had a yellow wig and a yellow suit, and I did my own face paint, of course. I also did characters sometimes, like Cinderella and Snow White, and Powerpuff Girls, which was the worst, because you had to wear a little mini dress, but then a huge head that just had this little chinstrap, and you could see through these little dots. You had to do balloon animals and paint kids’ faces while dads were scoping you out. It was really weird.”
She also talked about her clown days in the above video, calling out the bad dads again.