The Top 10 Most Famous Electricians EVER!

Here on Train4TradeSkills News we have already brought you our lists of the Top 10 Most Famous Plumbers and the Top 10 Celebrity ex-tradesmen. Now we are focusing on the electricians.

These people trained and began their careers as electricians before hitting the big time and achieving great success in other fields.

If we’ve missed any people on the list, feel free to comment below and let us know.

The Top 10 Most Famous Electricians ever are:

10) Emanuel Steward

A former boxer and now world-renowned trainer, Emanuel Steward worked as an electrician to earn some money after finishing his amateur boxing career and starting training boxers. Steward has trained several high –profile boxers, such as Oscar De La Hoya, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko.

9) Benjamin Franklin

He may not have worked as an electrician, but Benjamin Franklin dealt with electricity and in 1750 proved that lightning is electricity by flying his kite in a storm. Franklin was also one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, establishing the country in 1776 with the likes of George Washington (the first president of the USA) and Thomas Jefferson.

 8) Lech Walesa

Walesa worked as an electrician before becoming a political activist, a Nobel Peace Prize winner and eventually the President of Poland in 1990 when the Soviet Union collapsed and led Poland from a communist to a post-communist state. He stayed in office for 5 years, leaving in 1995.

7) Stuart Pearce

Stuart Pearce optimised the old-school left back and was training as an electrician whilst playing for non-league Wealdstone. “Psycho” went on to star in defence for Nottingham Forest and England (playing in two World Cups) before going on to manage Manchester City in the pre-moneybags days and now is the coach of the England Under-21’s.

6) Sir Bobby Robson

One of the greatest English football managers, Sir Bobby worked as an electricians apprentice for the National Coal Board in the late 1940’s. As well as playing football professionally, Sir Bobby managed the likes of Ipswich, Porto and Barcelona, as well as England. Sir Bobby lost his battle with lung cancer and died in 2009.

5) Rowan Atkinson

Atkinson, the comedian who is best known for his role as Mr Bean, studied electrical engineering at Oxford before going into acting and comedy. Atkinson has also starred in Black Adder, The Thin Blue Line and Johnny English in a hugely successful career.

4) Sir Bobby Charlton

One of the greatest English footballers ever and a Manchester United legend, Charlton began an apprenticeship as an electrician in 1953/54, before deciding to concentrate on football and Man United. Sir Bobby was famously part of the 1966 World Cup winning squad.

3) Sir David Jason

Sir David trained as an electrician after leaving school before embarking on a hugely successful acting career. Best known for his role as Del Boy on Only Fools and Horses, David has also starred in Open All Hours and A Touch of Frost in a career spanning over 40 years.

2) 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. George also had success as a solo artist before dying of lung cancer in 2001.

In a 1966 interview, when asked what career he might have chosen had he not become an entertainer, George Harrison responded, “I had a short go at being an electrician’s apprentice, but I kept blowing things up, so I got dumped.”

1) 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.

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Posted on April 15, 2011, in construction news, Electrical News, electrician, electrician courses, electrician jobs, train4tradeskills and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Domestic electrical engineers possess several advantages and several distinct career opportunities, so it’s perfectly logical precisely why more and more people would like to try involved in this profession. Electricians

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    Although electricity is used in every aspect of our lives, it is very dangerous for you to mess with if you haven’t been formally trained and educated. Whenever you have electrical problems, hire an electrician right away are the best in this field.

  3. Ha see its nice to know there are great ambassadors for electricians after all! 🙂

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