Oscars Special: Who is the most famous ex-tradesman ever?

It was the Oscars last Sunday, where celebrities walked the red carpet, with the eyes of the world’s media thrust upon them. But before most celebrities hit the big time and the bright lights of Hollywood and superstardom, they had normal jobs, and many used to work in the construction industry before finding fame.

These celebrities used to be plumbers, electricians, builders and carpenters before they hit the headlines and were thrust into the spotlight.

The nominations are:

Ozzy Osbourne

Ozzy worked as a plumber for a while after leaving school at 15, before focusing on eating bats, becoming the Prince of Darkness, fronting Black Sabbath and starring in MTV’s “The Osbournes”.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford worked as a carpenter alongside his early film roles and got his big break when he was hired by George Lucas to build cabinets in his home. Lucas then cast Ford in Star Wars as Han Solo, which proved to be Harrison Ford’s breakout role and led to films such as the two Star Wars sequels, the Indiana Jones quadrilogy, and many other films in a four decade career.

George Harrison

One quarter of the most famous band ever, George Harrison was an apprentice electrician in Liverpool after leaving school at 16. George swapped working with wiring to become the lead guitarist for the Beatles, where he experienced major international success alongside Paul McCartney, John Lennon and Ringo Starr.

Elvis Presley

Elvis worked as an electrician’s helper in 1954 at Crown Electric, delivering supplies to job sites and hoped train to be an electrician. Unfortunately for Elvis’ electrical dreams, he launched his career as a singer, where he didn’t do half bad. Elvis became a music legend and known as the “King”, as well as becoming the King of Rock and Roll in a career that spanned over twenty years, before his death in 1977.

Michael Caine

Caine originally worked as a plumber’s apprentice after he left the army, where he had served in Korea. Deciding plumbing wasn’t for him, Caine has become a legend of the big screen, starring in films like Zulu, the Italian job, the new Batman films and he is one of two actors who have been nominated for an Academy Award in every decade since the 1960’s, along with Jack Nicholson.

Which celebrity deserves to win the title of the best Celebrity Ex-Tradesman? YOU DECIDE. Let us know on here, or on the Train4TradeSkills Facebook and Twitter pages.


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