Celebrities with forgotten past lives.

by nitestocker372 | created - 22 Feb 2011 | updated - 09 Jun 2011 | Public

Here are a few celebrities who have had experience in front of the camera at one time or another other than what they are known for now with success, and I use the term "success" lightly (for some celebrities). I've tried to exclude comedians turned actors, fashion models or singers turned actors since that is very common, but you'd be surprised at who did what before. The new trend is rappers turned actors.

1. Will Smith

Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...

[BLUE]...From rapping to acting[/BLUE]

2. Mark Wahlberg

Actor | The Departed

American actor Mark Wahlberg is one of a handful of respected entertainers who successfully made the transition from teen pop idol to acclaimed actor. A Best Supporting Actor Oscar nominee for The Departed (2006) who went on to receive positive critical reviews for his performance in The Fighter (...

[BLUE]...From rapping to acting[/BLUE]

3. Ashton Kutcher

Actor | That '70s Show

Christopher Ashton Kutcher was born on February 7, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Diane (Finnegan), who was employed at Procter & Gamble, and Larry Kutcher, a factory worker. He has a fraternal twin brother, Michael, and a sister, Tausha. He is of Czech (father) and Irish, German, and Czech (mother...

[BLUE]...From fashion model to acting.[/BLUE]

4. John Witherspoon

Actor | Friday

John Witherspoon was born on January 27, 1942 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as John Weatherspoon. He is known for his work on Friday (1995), Next Friday (2000) and Littleman (2006). He has been married to Angela Robinson Witherspoon since 1988. They have two children.

[BLUE]...From fashion model to acting. LOL[/BLUE]

I had to see this for myself... LOL: [link]http://www.bangbangbangbang.com/FashionModel.html[/link]

5. Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

Actor | Friday

If you ever want a 6' 6", musclebound, broad-shouldered, shaved-head actor to play a terrifying bodyguard, a soldier of fortune or a fearsome gangster, then Tommy "Tiny" Lister Jr. is the man you want. This African-American basketball player turned actor first popped up in minor roles such as a ...

[BLUE]...From wrestling to acting[/BLUE]

6. Jared Leto

Actor | Dallas Buyers Club

In the vein of musicians-turned-actors, Jared Leto is a very familiar face in recent film history. Although he has always been the lead vocals, rhythm guitar, and songwriter for American band Thirty Seconds to Mars, Leto is an accomplished actor merited by the numerous, challenging projects he has ...

[BLUE]...From acting to singing.[/BLUE]

7. Jason Statham

Actor | Crank

Jason Statham was born in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, to Eileen (Yates), a dancer, and Barry Statham, a street merchant and lounge singer. Statham has done quite a lot in a short time. He has been a Diver on the British National Diving Team and finished 12th in the World Championships in 1992. He has ...

[BLUE]...From the Olympics to modeling to acting.[/BLUE]

8. Ice Cube

Soundtrack | Friday

Ice Cube was born in South Central Los Angeles, to Doris (Benjamin), a custodian and hospital clerk, and Hosea Jackson, a UCLA groundskeeper. He first came to public notice as a singer and songwriter with the controversial and influential band N.W.A. His compositions with that group included many ...

[BLUE]...From rapping to acting[/BLUE]

9. Jennifer Lopez

Actress | Gigli

Jennifer Lynn Lopez was born in the Castle Hill section of The Bronx on July 24, 1969. She is the middle of three musically-inclined sisters, Leslie Lopez, a homemaker, and Lynda Lopez, a DJ on New York's WKTU, a VH1 VJ, and a morning news show correspondent on New York's Channel 11. Jennifer ...

[BLUE]...From dancing to acting/singing.[/BLUE]

10. Yasiin Bey

Actor | The Italian Job

Regarded as one of hip-hop's most introspective and insightful artists, Mos Def has shaped a career that transcends music genres and artistic medium. Taking a cue from the Afrocentric stylings of the Native Tongues crew, which included De La Soul, Jungle Brothers, A Tribe Called Quest and Andres ...

[BLUE]...He's a well known rapper that's just becoming noticed for his acting abilities, but some say he's an actor first that just happens to know how to rap.[/BLUE]

11. Drake

Actor | Degrassi: The Next Generation

Aubrey Drake Graham was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of Dennis Graham, an African-American musician born in Memphis, Tennessee, and Sandi (Sher) Graham, a Canadian Jewish educator. As a young man, Drake appeared in several commercials, for such retailers as Sears and GMC. In 2001, Drake rose ...

[BLUE]...From acting to rapping/singing.[/BLUE]

12. Queen Latifah

Actress | Chicago

Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a ...

[BLUE]...From rapping to acting[/BLUE]

13. Patrick Swayze

Actor | Dirty Dancing

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. ...

[BLUE]...From dancing to acting[/BLUE]

14. LL Cool J

Actor | Deep Blue Sea

L.L. Cool J was born James Todd Smith on January 14, 1968, in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, the son of Ondrea Griffith and James Louis Smith, Jr. Todd, as he was called, did not have a very happy childhood. At the age of four, he saw his mother and grandfather shot by his own father. After they...

[BLUE]...From rapping to acting[/BLUE]

15. Terry Crews

Actor | Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2

Terry Crews was born in Flint, Michigan, to Patricia and Terry Crews, Sr. He earned an Art Excellence Scholarship to attend Western Michigan University and also earned a full-ride athletic scholarship to play football. Crews was an All-Conference defensive end, and was a major contributor on the ...

[BLUE]...From NFL football to acting[/BLUE]

16. Arnold Schwarzenegger

Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day

With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...

[BLUE]...From bodybuilding to acting ... and now politician.[/BLUE]

17. Shemar Moore

Actor | Criminal Minds

Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 ...

[BLUE]...From fashion model to acting[/BLUE]

18. Justin Timberlake

Soundtrack | Trolls

Justin Randall Timberlake was born on January 31, 1981, in Memphis, Tennessee, to Lynn (Bomar) and Randall Timberlake, whose own father was a Baptist minister. At the age of 11, he appeared on the show Star Search (1983), and even though he didn't win, it didn't dampen his ambitions. He also ...

[BLUE]...From Mickey Mouse Club to singing.[/BLUE]

19. Britney Spears

Soundtrack | Crossroads

Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in rural Louisiana (Kentwood) to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, ...

[BLUE]...From Mickey Mouse Club to singing.[/BLUE]

20. Christina Aguilera

Soundtrack | The Voice

Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...

[BLUE]...From Mickey Mouse Club to singing.[/BLUE]

21. Laura Prepon

Actress | Orange Is the New Black

Laura Helene Prepon was born on March 7, 1980, in Watchung, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Marjorie (Coll) and Michael Prepon. Her father died in 1993, when she was 13 years old. Laura is the youngest of five children--she has a brother named Brad and three sisters: Danielle, Jocelyn, and ...

[BLUE]...From dancing/modeling to acting[/BLUE]

22. Jerry Springer

Actor | Domino

Jerry Springer was born on February 13, 1944 in London, England as Gerald Norman Springer. He is an actor and producer, known for Domino (2005), Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) and Ringmaster (1998). He was previously married to Margaret 'Micki' JoAnn Velten.

[BLUE]...From politician to talk show host.[/BLUE]

23. Jenny Jones

Self | Jenny Jones

Jenny Jones was born on June 7, 1946 in Bethlehem, Palestine as Janina Maria Stronski. She is an actress, known for Jenny Jones (1991), Jenny Can Cook (2010) and Star Search (1983). She was previously married to Buz Wilburn, Al Gambino and Jack Howard Poster.

[BLUE]...From stand up comic/singer to talk show host[/BLUE]

24. Cuba Gooding Jr.

Actor | Jerry Maguire

Cuba Gooding Jr. was born on January 2, 1968, in The Bronx, New York. His mother, Shirley (Sullivan), was a backup singer for The Sweethearts. His father, Cuba Gooding, was the lead vocalist for the R&B group The Main Ingredient, which had a hit with the song "Everybody Plays The Fool". His ...

[BLUE]...From breakdancing to acting[/BLUE]

25. Bruce Lee

Actor | Meng long guo jiang

Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and ...

[BLUE]...From Cha Cha dancer to martial arts icon.[/BLUE]

26. Omar Epps

Actor | House M.D.

Omar Epps is an American actor, starring on the ABC drama Resurrection (2014).

Epps was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised by his mother, Bonnie Maria Epps, an elementary school principal. No stranger to the big screen, Epps has appeared in lead roles in feature films, including Paramount's ...

[BLUE]...From dancing to acting[/BLUE]

27. Fred Dalton Thompson

Actor | The Hunt for Red October

Fred Dalton Thompson was born on August 19, 1942 in Sheffield, Alabama, USA as Freddie Dalton Thompson. He was an actor, known for The Hunt for Red October (1990), No Way Out (1987) and Sinister (2012). He was married to Jeri Kehn Thompson and Sarah Elizabeth Lindsey. He died on November 1, 2015 in...

[BLUE]...From politician to acting. He's actually still a politician and usually plays a politician when he acts.[/BLUE]

28. Ronald Reagan

Actor | The Killers

Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989).

Ronald Wilson ...

[BLUE]...From acting to US president.[/BLUE]

29. Teri Hatcher

Actress | Desperate Housewives

Teri Lynn Hatcher was born in Palo Alto, California, the only child of Esther (Beshur), a computer programmer, and Owen Walker Hatcher, Jr., a nuclear physicist and electrical engineer. She has Syrian (from her immigrant maternal grandfather), Irish, English, and Czech ancestry. Teri grew up in ...

[BLUE]...From NFL cheerleader to acting[/BLUE]

30. Stacy Keibler

Actress | Bubble Boy

Although her career spans over two decades, Stacy Keibler continues to be the fresh-faced beauty that both film and television audiences adore. Stacy was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She began dancing when she was three-years-old and has a background in ballet, tap and jazz. Stacy went to school in...

[BLUE]...From NFL cheerleader to acting[/BLUE]

31. Paula Abdul

Actress | Robots

Paula Abdul grew up in the San Fernando Valley, California. She began taking dance lessons when she was eight. She attended Van Nuys High School, where she was senior class president and head cheerleader. After graduating in 1980, she started college at Cal State-Northridge, majoring in TV and ...

[BLUE]...From NBA cheerleader to acting[/BLUE]

32. Jill Marie Jones

Actress | Girlfriends

Jill Marie Jones was born on January 4, 1975 in Dallas, Texas, USA. She is an actress and producer, known for Girlfriends (2000), Drool (2009) and Private Valentine: Blonde & Dangerous (2008).

[BLUE]...From NFL cheerleader to acting[/BLUE]

33. Fred Williamson

Actor | MASH

Former Oakland Raiders/Kansas City Chiefs football star who rose to prominence as one of the first African-American male action stars of the "blaxploitation" genre of the early 1970s, who has since gone on to a long and illustrious career as an actor, director, writer, and producer! Burly, yet ...

[BLUE]...From NFL football to acting[/BLUE]

34. Jim Brown

Actor | Mars Attacks!

Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film ...

[BLUE]...From NFL football to acting[/BLUE]

35. Isaiah Mustafa

Actor | The Three Stooges

Isaiah Mustafa was born on February 11, 1974 in the USA. He is an actor and director, known for The Three Stooges (2012), Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments (2016) and Horrible Bosses (2011).

[BLUE]... (the Old Spice commercial guy) ...from NFL football to acting[/BLUE]