Actors, athletes and mass murderers – it takes all types to drive lorries. With transient particulars of their involvement within the commerce and subsequent superstar, here’s a countdown of the highest 10 stars who labored as lorry drivers earlier than they had been well-known, with various levels of success.
# 10 Chris Tarrant:
This radio and tv presenter, greatest identified for internet hosting the TV recreation present ‘Who Desires to Be a Millionaire?’, pursued quite a lot of jobs earlier than discovering his ft in tv. Tarrant’s former roles embody long-distance lorry driver, safety officer and schoolteacher.
# 9 Chris Eubank:
Chris Eubank is notable for being the one member of our checklist to have taken up lorry driving after he change into well-known. October 2003 noticed a politically motivated Eubank descending on Whitehall in his private HGV to protest in opposition to the warfare in Iraq. The previous world middleweight champion boxer ended up being arrested for blocking the doorway gates to Downing Avenue, driving round Parliament Sq. sounding his horn, with a knife in his pocket, and reversing right into a supply van.
# eight Rock Hudson:
Hudson was a preferred American movie and tv actor and a romantic main man within the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout WW II, Hudson served as a Navy airplane mechanic and after the warfare he was a truck driver. His dimension and attractiveness acquired him into motion pictures.
# 7 Chevy Chase:
Our quantity seven is an Emmy Award-winning American comic, author, and tv and movie actor. Earlier than his breakthrough as a comic, Chase labored as a truck driver, cab driver, bike messenger, waiter, busboy, building employee, audio engineer, produce supervisor in a grocery store, salesman in a wine retailer and theatre usher.
# 6 Lengthy Distance Clara:
The one girl on our checklist and, sadly, fictional, juggernaut-driving Clara was the star of 80s youngsters’s cartoon ‘Pigeon Avenue’. Some see Lengthy Distance Clara as an unsung feminist icon – her marriage to chef Hugo demonstrated a refreshing reversal of gender stereotypes.
# 5 Charles Bronson:
Charles Bronson was an American actor of ‘robust man’ roles who made his title starring in quite a lot of main Hollywood flicks together with ‘The Nice Escape’ and ‘The Soiled Dozen’. Earlier than changing into well-known, Bronson was drafted into the military and was assigned to the Air Corps in 1943. He began as a truck driver after which educated as a pilot, successful awards for good service.
# four Richard Pryor:
Pryor was the primary African American slapstick comedian to talk candidly to combined audiences utilizing the language and jokes of the black neighborhood. He labored in quite a few jobs earlier than discovering fame, together with truck driving and meatpacking.
# three Liam Neeson:
Liam Neeson is a film star most well-known for his function as Oskar Schindler within the 1993 blockbuster ‘Schindler’s Checklist’. Irish-born Neeson as soon as labored as a truck driver in addition to a forklift operator for Guinness, an assistant architect and an novice boxer.
# 2 Sean Connery:
This retired Scottish actor is greatest identified for starring as James Bond in seven Bond movies. Coronary heart-throb Connery joined the Royal Navy after leaving college however was discharged on medical grounds. He went on to a succession of jobs, together with lorry driver, labourer and lifeguard.
# 1 Elvis Presley:
The American singer, musician, actor and cultural icon took up truck driving as one in all his jobs after commencement. The longer term ‘King’ drove a truck for the aptly named ‘Crown Electrical Firm’. Presley even took up sporting his hair longer with a ‘ducktail’ – the type of truck drivers on the time. A musician for whom a younger Elvis Presley auditioned suggested him to ‘Stick with driving a truck, since you’ll by no means make it as a singer’.
The Mass Assassin – Peter Sutcliffe:
Fairly probably essentially the most evil and deranged presence within the historical past of lorry driving, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is much too nasty to make it into our prime 10. Between 1975 and 1984, this lorry driver and former gravedigger killed 13 ladies in a five-year reign of terror earlier than being sentenced to a minimal of 30 years in jail. On his arrest, Sutcliffe claimed that God had advised him to exit and kill prostitutes. A tragic blemish on the great title of lorry driving.
Celebrities who had been lorry drivers earlier than they had been well-known – a heady combination of the proficient, the eccentric, the disagreeable and the downright sensible. Who is aware of what magical creatures are sitting behind the wheels of our nation’s lorries in the present day?