10 Actors Plucked From Obscurity

Ken Jeong, 'Knocked Up'
Ken Jeong, 'Knocked Up'
Before he joined the wolf pack in 'The Hangover' franchise, Jeong was a physician. He had the perfect background for his role as a doctor in 'Knocked Up.'
Universal Pictures
Jeremy Irvine, 'War Horse'
Jeremy Irvine, 'War Horse'
Steven Spielberg wanted an unknown actor to play the lead in 'War Horse,' and Irvine was as unknown as it gets. Before his big break, he tried to enlist in the army but was rejected after lying about having diabetes.
Touchstone Pictures
Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Gabourey Sidibe, 'Precious'
Before winning awards for her role in 'Precious,' Sidibe worked at the Fresh Air Fund's office as a receptionist.
Lionsgate
Rebecca Romijn, 'X-Men'
Rebecca Romijn, 'X-Men'
This blue beauty was actually a model before landing her first role as Mystique in the 'X-Men' franchise.
Marvel
Nikki Blonsky, 'Hairspray'
Nikki Blonsky, 'Hairspray'
Before singing about life in the 60s in the reboot of 'Hairspray,' Blonsky was scooping ice cream at ColdStone Creamery.
New Line Cinema
Suraj Sharma, 'Life of Pi'
Suraj Sharma, 'Life of Pi'
Sharma wasn't even supposed to audition for 'Life of Pi'... he was only there because his little brother who was auditioning requested that he come with. He was a student in India before Ang Lee chose him for the role.
20th Century Fox
Kenny Wormald, 'Footloose'
Kenny Wormald, 'Footloose'
This dancer won numerous awards in New England before moving to LA. He was a back-up dancer for Justin Timberlake and The Pussycat Dolls before starring in the remake of 'Footloose.'
Paramount Pictures
Allison Williams, 'Girls'
Allison Williams, 'Girls'
The daughter of NBC News anchor Brian Williams caught Judd Apatow's attention when her YouTube video mashup went viral. He then cast her as one of the leads in 'Girls.'
HBO
Sean Connery, 'Dr. No'
Sean Connery, 'Dr. No'
Before becoming Bond, James Bond, Connery was a milkman, a lifeguard, a bodybuilder, a coffin polisher, and a member of the Royal Navy.
United Artists
Angie Harmon, 'Law and Order: SVU'
Angie Harmon, 'Law and Order: SVU'
Harmon was a famous fashion model before her breakout role on 'Law and Order.' She now stars in TNT's 'Rizzoli and Isles.'
NBC
Writer Sydney Bucksbaum likes to think her hobby of watching insane amounts of TV isn't an obsession... it's not an obsession, okay, so just drop it! As the resident CW-lover on the Hollywood.com staff, she truly believes her Clark Kent/Dean Winchester/Damon Salvatore/Lucas Scott/Oliver Queen/Chuck Bass/Seymour Birkhoff/Wade Kinsella/Vincent Keller/Micah Barnes is out there somewhere, waiting for her, in real life (just go with it). After graduating from Northwestern University with a degree in journalism, Sydney has made it her mission to campaign for more shirtless scenes for her favorite CW hunks. You're welcome.

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