From Warehouse To World Fame: 12 Famous Celebrities That Worked In Logistics
Apr 24, 2023
7 mins read
Listening to the success stories of celebrities is always inspiring. Isn’t it? For many, it is just what they need to achieve their loftiest goals and ambitions!
That’s because many celebrities took the road less traveled, making many sacrifices and doing part-time jobs to support their livelihood as they focused on achieving their dreams.
You might have known that many celebrities worked in restaurants as servers. But did you know that many others were a part of the logistics industry in some way like warehouse workers, courier managers, bike messengers, and truck drivers?
Let’s go through the twelve celebrities and their logistics connection.
1. Jennifer Aniston
The actress, who rose to international fame as Rachel Green on the popular television sitcom series Friends, was once a bike messenger riding in the crowded streets of New York City. Before becoming the star of romantic comedies, she took up the bike courier job at age of 19 to support her career auditions. She recounts that being a bike messenger was the most challenging job of her life, and she faced daunting dooring experiences often.
2. James Cameron
The Oscar-winning director of blockbuster movies like Titanic, Avatar, and Terminator dropped out of Fullerton College and drove trucks during weekends to buy film equipment and make short films.
3. Bill Burr
The famous American standup comedian, known for his role as Patrick Kuby in the crime-drama series Breaking Bad, started his career by delivering newspapers. Before becoming a renowned comedian, actor, filmmaker, and podcaster, he also worked as a warehouse assistant in Massachusetts. He humorously states that he enjoyed the freedom of this warehouse assistant job, and if his boss gave him a tough time, he could get on a forklift and drive away from him.
4. Sean Connery
The first actor to portray the fictional British secret agent James Bond worked as a truck driver before rising to fame. The Golden Globe and Academy winner who starred in several 007 movies was a son of a truck driver who left the Navy and drove trucks in Scotland before getting a huge break in his acting career. Another piece of trivia is that Sean Connery played a truck driver’s role in Hell Drivers movie before becoming the secret agent 007 on screen.
5. Viggo Mortensen
The actor who entertained us as Aragorn in the epic fantasy trilogy The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring once worked as a truck driver. It’s pretty surprising that before making his film debut as an Amish farmer in the movie Witness, he was a long-distance truck driver in Southwest Denmark.
6. Richard Pryor
Much before becoming the leading standup comedian during the 1970s and 1980s, Richard Pryor worked as a truck driver in Germany. His truck driving stint was just before 1958 when he joined the US Army.
7. Steve Carell
The actor who lived as Michael Scott in the popular television series The Office worked as a USPS mailman (which has many parallels to last-mile logistics fulfillment) in 1985 in Massachusetts. He quit the job after seven months as his boss told him he was not good for the job and needed to be faster. The man who delivered us with truckloads of laughter earlier delivered big, thick, and heavy catalogs of couriers.
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8. Walt Disney
Walt Disney, the pioneer of the American animation industry who produced iconic feature films like Mickey Mouse and Disneyland, worked as a substitute mailman in Chicago in 1918. He was originally rejected for this job due to his young age (16), but he disguised himself as an older man and got this job. During the day, Walt Disney used to operate letter carriers and worked as a route collector at night before founding the multi-billion-dollar empire that Disney is today.
9. Benjamin Franklin
Being one of the founding fathers of the United States of America, drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence, and founder of the United States Postal Service (USPS), which in many ways was the precursor to last-mile delivery. Benjamin Franklin worked as the first Postmaster general for the British in Philadelphia from 1737 – 1753 and a joint postmaster from 1753-1774 of Independent USA. Holding this post for more than two decades, the American Polymath brought in huge improvements like establishing a regular schedule for mail movement, a system to inspect postal routes, finding the most reliable postal clerks, and a dead-letter post office to handle undeliverable mail. Measures like these cut the delivery time and cost of postal operations.
10. Abraham Lincoln
The leader who modernized the US economy, abolished slavery, and successfully bolstered the federal government worked as a postmaster in New Salem, Illinois, from 1833-1836. The man who successfully guided the nation through tough times of civil war and unified it began his civil service position as a postmaster at 24. Also, he was the only US president who served as a postmaster.
11. Liam Neeson
Known for his iconic roles of Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List and a protective father in Taken, Liam Neeson worked as a forklift driver for Guinness Brewery. After driving for a few years on the road, he decided to focus on acting. Liam Neeson did a fantastic job acting as an ice-road trucker in the 2021 movie The Ice Road, which was released on Netflix. Only a person who worked as a truck driver in real-life can portray that role interestingly in a film.
12. Elvis Presley
The American singer who dominated the bestseller musical charts in the 50’s and 60’ with influential works like Jailhouse Rock, Blue Suede Shoes, Hound Dog worked as a truck driver before. After graduating high school in 1953, Elvis worked as a truck driver for Crown Electric. He pursued a music career while driving, and a musician told him to stick to truck driving as he could never make it as a singer. But the man broke barriers in music with his truck, which became a sanctuary for writing and composing his poems and songs.
A Whole New Landscape
It has been decades since most of these well-known personalities mentioned here worked in some manner in the logistics industry.
While the work was laborious, it did feel like simpler times. Today, last-mile logistics has become expensive, daunting, and complex for enterprises. A survey states that last-mile delivery incurs more than 53% of total shipping costs. And this indicates that last-mile logistics is becoming a tricky business to manage.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lakshmi Narashimman is one of the senior writers at Locus. He is a voracious reader and a passionate writer who loves making complex aspects sound simple.Read other blogs by this author
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From Warehouse To World Fame: 12 Famous Celebrities That Worked In Logistics