33 Awfully Odd Jobs Celebrities Did Before Getting Famous

27 | Sean Connery was a coffin cleaner

Long before he was James Bond, Connery held a number of decidedly unglamorous jobs, such as milkman, a lorry driver, a lifeguard at Portobello swimming baths, a laborer, an artist’s model for the Edinburgh College of Art, and, yep, a coffin polisher. According to one article, he bleached mahogany coffins to make them look like oak, and worked for a Mr. Stark, whom Connery said had “an uncanny ability to visually size-up clients for their coffins.” One popular rumor claims he even once slept in a coffin overnight for a bet!

Sean Connery was a coffin cleaner
Sean Connery was a coffin cleaner

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