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12 surprising jobs actors had before they got famous

INSIDER Logo By Jennifer Hussein of INSIDER | Slide 2 of 13: 
  Long before Christopher Walken
  got his big break on the silver screen, he was just another
  hard-working 16-year-old looking for a quick buck. Instead of
  working at a local restaurant or grocery store, he said he worked
  with a lion
  tamer.  

  "When I was a kid, 
  I worked in the circus. It was a touring circus that was
  owned by a man named Terrell Jacobs. It was just one big tent,
  and he was a lion tamer," he told Vanity Fair in 2012. "When he
  would finish his act, there would be one lion left, and I used to
  go in and have this lion do tricks."

Christopher Walken has spoken about when he was a lion tamer.

Long before Christopher Walken got his big break on the silver screen, he was just another hard-working 16-year-old looking for a quick buck. Instead of working at a local restaurant or grocery store, he said he worked with a lion tamer.

"When I was a kid, I worked in the circus. It was a touring circus that was owned by a man named Terrell Jacobs. It was just one big tent, and he was a lion tamer," he told Vanity Fair in 2012. "When he would finish his act, there would be one lion left, and I used to go in and have this lion do tricks."

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