15 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Once Homeless!


Rags-to-riches stories don't just happen in the movies. Some of the most famous people in this world didn’t magically find themselves in the middle of success and fame. They spent nights on the streets, in their cars, or on other people’s couches. Here are 15 of those incredible stories of celebrities that turned their misfortune into great achievements later in life.

1. Sylvester Stallone

Before Rocky was made, Sylvester Stallone was homeless and sold his dog for $50. One week later, after he cashed in by selling the script, he reportedly bought the dog back for $3000.

2. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin had to figure out how to make a living on the streets of London as a little kid. After his father’s death, his mother was put in a mental hospital, and Chaplin and his brother had to take care of themselves.

3. Daniel Craig

The Independent reported that the James Bond actor waited tables and even slept on park benches early in his career as an actor.

4. Halle Berry

When she first moved to New York to become an actress at the age of 21, she ran out of money, and her mother decided not to send her daughter more cash. In an interview, Berry said, "It taught me how to take care of myself and that I could live through any situation, even if it meant going to a shelter for a small stint, or living within my means, which were meager. I became a person who knows that I will always make my own way."

5. Carmen Electra

In her early 20s, Carmen Electra’s boyfriend stole all of her savings leaving her stranded for months.

6. Cary Grant

Abandoned by his father at the age of 10 and with his mother in a mental institution, he spent his childhood in Southampton, England taking jobs on the docks and sleeping in alleyways.

7. Chris Pratt

Years before Chris Pratt became a star on television and in movies, he was reportedly homeless and living out of a van in Hawaii. He was living in that van until he was cast in Cursed Part 3, which launched his career.

8. Jim Morrison

Jim Morrison slept on rooftops, in cars, and under the pier at Venice Beach, California.

9. Hilary Swank

Growing up in a trailer park she headed to LA with her mom at 15. The two of them lived out of a car and booked auditions over payphones until Hillary managed to get some roles.

10. Djimon Hounsou

While in his teens, the African born actor and model, was homeless on the streets of Paris.

11. Jennifer Lopez

When Lopez was 18, she wanted to be a dancer while her mother wanted her to go to college, so she moved out and started sleeping on the sofa of her dance studio.

12. Sam Worthington

Before signing up for Avatar and breaking several box office records the Australian actor was living out of his car.

13. Kurt Cobain

Before becoming frontman of the rock band Nirvana, Kurt lived under a bridge and slept in hospital waiting rooms.

14. Steve Jobs

While dropping out of college ultimately helped Steve Jobs achieve his dreams, it first left him without a dorm room. He was homeless and had to collect coke bottles to earn money for food.

15. Jim Carrey


When his family fell on tough times they ended up living out of a van. He worked as a janitor while going to open mic nights in his time off and eventually landed the lead in Once Bitten.

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