During his later life Ralph Richardson, the English actor, used to ride to the theatre on his motorcycle accompanied by his pet parrot, Jose, which was perched on his shoulder.
Jay Silverheels, who played Tonto in the Lone Ranger TV series was a professional lacrosse player. Coincidentally lacrosse was first played by American indians.
US actor David Soul used to appear as a singer in New York and wore a paperbag over his head. He finally got his big break appearing on the Merv Griffin show singing with a ski mask over his head and became well known as "The Covered Man".
US actor James Cagney never actually said "You dirty rat!" in any of his movies.
US actor Warren Beatty's first job in showbusiness , aged 17, was as an official rat catcher at the National Theatre in Washington DC, where he used to patrol the alleyway at night.
Actor/director Charlie Chaplin once came third in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike contest.
US Actor Gary Cooper turned down the role of Rhett Butler in "Gone With The Wind" because he was certain it was going to be a flop.
Australian actor Mel Gibson's real name is Columcille.
British actor John Cleese's middle name is Marwood.
British actor David Niven made his film debut in "Hopalong Cassidy" playing a Mexican.
US actors Tom Cruise and Robin Williams were both voted "Least likely to succeed" at school.
When US actor Tom Cruise was 14 years old he enrolled to become a priest. A year later he dropped out.
Actors Orson Welles and Peter Sellers disliked each other so much while making the film "Casino Royale" that they both acted a scene on different days, each of them performing to a double of the other.
Actor Yul Brynner once worked in the circus as a trapeze artist in France. His career ended when he was injured in a fall.
Actor Boris Karloff's real name was William Pratt.
British actor John Cleese's real name is John Cheese.
British actor Kenneth Willams had an obsession about toilets. He constantly suffered from piles and would not use other peoples toilets. At theatres he always insisted on his own personal toilet paper and any visitors to his home had to use the toilet at Tottenham Court Road tube station.
US actor Donald O'Connor made six films with Francis The Talking Mule during the 1950's. Eventually he quit the series when he found out that the mule was getting more fan mail than him. Mickey Rooney took over the leading role.
US actor Leslie Nielsen is actually legally deaf.
US actor Jack Palance was a pilot during World War II. He was shot down and sustained severe facial burns resulting in major plastic surgery.
US actor Fatty Arbuckle was discovered when movie producer Mack Senett phoned a drain company to unblock his pipes. Arbuckle was working as a plumbers mate and he was immediately signed up as one of the Keystone Cops.
British actor Oliver Reed had a tattoo of an eagle on his penis.
US actor Danny Devito used to work as a hairdresser in his sister's hair salon. He was known as Mr. Danny.
US actor W.C. Fields suffered with insomnia so badly that the only way he could get sleep was by lying under a beach umbrella while being sprinkled with a garden hose.
Actor James Mason rejected a part in the film Botany Bay because he didn't want to stand in a trench for scenes with the much shorter actor Alan Ladd.
US actor Clint Eastwood, famous for his westerns, is actually allergic to horses.
US actor Sylvester Stallone used to have a job working as a lion cage cleaner.
Mexican actor Ramon Novarro would only allow guests into his mansion on the condition that they wear nothing but black, white or silver to match the decor of his house.
US actor Ryan O'Neil once boxed in the Golden Gloves contests when he was a teenager.
US actor Johnny Depp has a morbid fear of clowns.
Actor Rex Harrison had a glass eye.
US actor Nicholas Cage once ate six live cockroaches during the making of the film "Vampire's Kiss". He did this to add realism to the part.
As a child, US actor Marlon Brando used to wander away so much on his way to kindergarten that his older sister, Jocelyn, would take him to school on a leash.
US actor and President Ronald Reagan had his hearing damaged for life when a fellow actor let a gun off next to his ear on a movie set.
British actor Richard Harris had an elastoplast visible on his neck when he played King Arthur in the historical film "Camelot".
US actor Humphrey Bogart had a scar on his lip for life when he was hit in the face by a manacled prisoner of war he was transporting during World War I.
US actor Elmo Lincoln, who played the very first Tarzan on film in 1918, was actually attacked by a lion during the making of the film and stabbed the beast to death. Ironically the lion was the only real animal in the film, the apes being played by American football players in hairy costumes.
US actor Chesty Morgan had a 73 inch chest.
Actor Bobby Driscoll, who played Jim Hawkins in the 1950 film "Treasure Island" was imprisoned in 1961 for possessing drugs.
US Actor Harold Lloyd was playing around with what he thought was a fake bomb prop. It wasn't fake and when it exploded he lost part of his hand.
French actor Maurice Chevalier had a contract with Paramount Pictures that if he ever lost his French accent the contract would be made invalid.
US child actor Allen Clayton Hoskins, who appeared in the 1920's "Our Gang" comedy films auditioned for the role of a girl called Farina. Hoskins' mother dressed him up in girl's clothes and he got the part. The producer, Hal Roach, was deceived enough for the young boy to appear in two of the films of the series.
US child actor Justin Henry, who was once nominated for an Oscar for his role in the film "Kramer Vs Kramer" was working as a painter and decorator ten years later.
US actor Bing Crosby had his ears pinned back with gum in all of his early films but when he eventually became famous he stopped bothering.
US actor Mel Blanc, who provided the voice for Bugs Bunny, was allergic to carrots.
US actor Cary Grant, who played the son of actress Jessie Royce in "North By Northwest" was actually one year older than her. He was 55 and she was 54.
US actor Andy Garcia was amazingly born a siamese twin. When Garcia was born he had a twin the size of a small ball attached to his shoulder, but it was surgically removed and died. Garcia still has the scar.
US actor Ben Turpin, who was famous for his boss eyes, was insured for $100,000 against the possibility that his eyes should ever become straight again.
Scottish actor Sean Connery, was paid just £15,000 for making his first James Bond film "Dr. No".
US actor Dustin Hoffman was paid just $17,000 for making the classic 1967 film "The Graduate" but he was paid $425,000 for starring in the flop "John And Mary".
US actor Keanu Reeves was born in the Lebanon. His name means "Cool breeze over the mountains" in Hawaiian.
US actor Charles Bronson, who normally plays a hard man, had to wear his sister's old dresses to school because his family were so poor when he was a child.
US actor Dustin Hoffman's character in the film "Little Big Man" aged from 17 to 121 years of age throughout the movie. Hoffman was 33 years old at the time.
US actor Sidney Poitier once had a job parking cars. He was eventually fired after it was found he didn't know how to drive and when he got the first gear mixed up with the reverse gear and smashed into another car.
US Actors Bill Cosby, Bruce Willis and actress Sandra Bullock all used to work as bartenders.
Scottish actor Sean Connery was 58 years old and US actor Dustin Hoffman was 51 years old when they played father and son in the film "Family Business".
US actor Keanu Reeves was once voted "Most Valuable Player" in his school's ice hockey team. He played in goal where his nickname was "The Wall".
US actor Burt Lancaster once worked in a Chicago department store where he sold lingerie.
US actor Rock Hudson, real name Roy Scherer, took his stage name from the Rock of Gibraltar and the Hudson River.
US cartoon legend Walt Disney, got his idea for Mickey Mouse from watching mice play in the garage where he was working. He initially named Mickey Mouse, Mortimer Mouse.
Australian actor Errol Flynn once worked as a farm labourer where he had to castrate sheep by biting the testicles off them with his own teeth.
US actor Alan Ladd ran his own hot dog stand before becoming famous.
British actors Anthony Newley, James Booth, Terence Stamp and Laurence Harvey all turned down Michael Caine's role in the classic 1960's film "Alfie".
US actor Clarke Gable is listed on his birth certificate as being a girl
Actor John Barrymore played the lead role in the 1926 film "Don Juan". In the film, Barrymore planted 191 kisses on a host of women, an average of one every 53 seconds
The 1950's film "Rebel Without A Cause" starring actor James Dean was initially banned in Britain and Spain because authorities feared it would incite violence among young people.
US actor Tom Selleck appeared twice on the TV series "The Dating Game" when he was younger but didn't get picked either time.
US actor William Shatner claimed that a UFO once saved his life after his motorcycle had broken down in the desert.
US actor Lorne Greene had one of his nipples bitten off by an alligator when he hosted the TV show "Lorne Greene's Wild Kingdom".
British actor Robson Green's middle name is Golightly.
Irish actor Patrick McGoohan turned down the chance of playing Simon Templar in the series "The Saint" because he didn't approve of the character having a new girlfriend every week.
British actor Dennis Waterman once starred in a 1970's series called "Churchills people" when he suffered an eye injury. At the time he was playing King Harold.
Matt Le Blanc and Harrison Ford both used to work as carpenters.
US actor Dick Van Dyke and US actress Mary Tyler Moore always slept in separate beds in the series "The Dick Van Dyke Show" just in case they upset moral watchdogs.
British actor Eric Sykes once worked in a Lancashire cotton mill. He was eventually sacked for singing "In The Blue Of The Night" with a bucket on his head.
British actor Michael Crawford (Real name Michael Dumble-Smith) took his stage name when he saw a lorry pass by with the sign "Crawfords Biscuits" written on the side.
US actor Bill Cosby was once offered a trial with the Green Bay Packers American Football team.
US actor Jamie Farr, who played cross dressing Corporal Klinger in the Korean War comedy "MASH" was actually the only member of the cast to actually serve as a soldier in the Korean War!
US actor Jerry Seinfeld once had a job selling lightbulbs.
US actor Tommy Rettig, who once played Lassie the dog's human co-star was sentenced to five and a half years in prison in 1976 for smuggling cocaine from Peru.
US actor Roy Rogers loved his horse Trigger so much that after the animal died he had it stuffed and mounted.
US actor Orson Welles used to wear a false nose when he was on stage because he detested his own.
US actor Clayton Moore, who became famous playing "The Lone Ranger" used to charge $2,500 a time for opening new supermarkets. He would charge extra if he brought along his horse, Silver.
Animal actor Rin Tin Tin had a valet, a personal chef and a chauffeur. The dog also had a five room dressing room on the studio lot.
Actor Conrad Phillips, who starred in the 1958 TV series "The Adventures Of William Tell" broke his ankle during a fall and had to play an entire episode sat in a wheelchair.
US actor Harrison Ford has a spider named after him. In return for doing a documentary for the US Natural History Museum they name the spider Calponia Harrisonfordi.
British actor Reg Varney (On The Buses) opened the world's first cash dispenser at Barclays Bank, Enfield in 1967.
Paul Winchell, the man who gave us the voice of Tigger in "Winnie the Pooh", also invented the artificial heart.
American actor, Raymond Burr, famous for his role as Perry Mason was actually wounded in the stomach during World War Two.
He gave the impression that he was a ladies man, claiming to have married three times and fathered a child.
In fact he married just once and was childless.
He preferred the company of his male lover, Robert Benevides.
Russian/American actor Yul Brynner spun a web of lies around his life before becoming a screen legend.
He claimed that he was born on the Sakhalin Islands when in fact he was born and raised in Vladivostock.
He also claimed to be half Swiss and half Japanese and that he had changed his name from Taidje Khan.
In fact Yul Brynner was his real name.
It wasn't until 5 years after his death that anyone knew that these were all lies.
US actor, Robert Downey Jnr was sentenced to three years in prison when he failed three drug tests while on a probationary rehab programme.
In court he pleaded with the judge saying, "This addiction, it is like having a 12 gauge shotgun in your mouth, with your finger on the trigger and saying 'I like the taste of the gunmetal!' I have made real progress."
The judge didn't agree saying, "I don't think so."
American actor, Dustin Hoffman, was once fired from his job as a waiter in a New York restaurant after he was caught stealing and eating six steaks in one sitting.
American actor, Danny Kaye, was fired from his job in an insurance company after he accidentally paid a claimant $40,000 instead of $4,000.
American actor, Mickey Rourke, was once fired from his job as a cinema usher, after he got into a fight with a customer.
US actor, William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in "Star Trek" once ran over a skunk and when he got out of the car to see if it was still alive it jumped up and attacked him, spraying its smelly juice all over him.
He then called the emergency services who bluntly told him to get off the line as it was for important cases only.
Finally he poured a can of tomato juice all over himself to stop the smell and when paramedics finally arrived they thought he was bleeding to death!
Shatner later said, "When the paramedics smelled me they ran away!"
American actor Charlton Heston's mother's maiden name was Charlton!
American actor Jack Nicholson's mother pretended for many years that she was his sister.
The mother of American actor David Schwimmer is the attorney who worked on Roseanne Barr's first divorce case.
When British actor Sir Michael Caine was a child his mother used to glue his ears to his head to stop them from sticking out!
The mother of American actor Telly Savalas once won the Miss Greece beauty contest.
For the first few years of his life Irish actor Peter O'Toole was dressed as a girl by his mother.
American actor James Cagney had a fixation with his mother.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has a photgraphic memory.
American actors Tom Cruise and Henry Winkler both suffered from dyslexia.
American actor Tuesday Weld was actually born on a Friday.
American actor Samuel L. Jackson was Bill Cosby's stand-in man on the Cosby show for three years.
American actor John Wayne actually won the real lassie dog from it's owner in a poker game!
American actor Jack Nicholson spent every day of an entire school year in detention.
When American actor Nick Nolte was making the film "Down and out in Beverley Hills" part of the script was for him to show the spoilt dog how to eat out of a dog bowl.
When he did this he actually ate real dog food for realism!
American actor Tom Cruise saved the lives of three people. One in Santa Monica, one off the Isle of Capri and one in London.
American actor Richard Gere hates people swearing to such an extent that if anybody who visits his home curses they will be asked to leave.
British actor Pierce Brosnan owns the typewriter that James Bond creator Ian Fleming used to write his novels.
He paid £52,800 British pounds for it.
Irish actor Colin Farrell once put smarties sweets under his pillowcase when he was a teenager because he thought that it would bring Marilyn Monroe back from the dead!
Actor and director Charlie Chaplin never knew who his father was.
American silent film actor Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle was the very first actor to be paid a million dollars but he was also the very first actor to be banned from the screen.
American actor Robert Mitchum was not only a talented movie star. He also wrote two songs for the film 'Thunder Road' in 1958.
Clark Gable and Carol Lombard were once Hollywood's most glamorous couple but when they were at home they called each other "Ma and Pa".
US actor Mickey Rooney was once declared bankrupt.
US actor Robert Taylor once failed an early screen test because he was told he was too skinny.
Charles Bronson appeared in 14 movies with his wife Jill Ireland.
American actor Clarke Gable once removed his shirt in a film to reveal that he was not wearing a vest.
Overnight the sales in vests dropped by a whopping 40%!
Silent movie star Douglas Fairbanks was so loved by his female fans that when he married Mary Pickford it was decided to keep it a secret.
Comedy actor Stan Laurel was born in Ulverston, Cumbria, England.
US actor Harpo Marx once tried to adopt child star Shirley Temple.
US actor Kris Kristofferson was once an American football star and a student at Oxford University, England.
US actor Bob Hope was once a professional boxer.
The grandmother of English actor Peter Ustinov was half Ethiopian.
When US actor Tony Curtis became infuriated at having to wait for Marilyn Monroe on the set of 'Some Like It Hot' he declared that he would rather kiss Adolf Hitler than her.
American actor Tony Curtis's real name is Bernard Schwarz.
US actor James Dean actually had no front teeth!
He lost them when he was a young boy and wore a special bridge holding the false ones.
He would regularly take them out in public to deter his fans.
US actor Gary Cooper started his film career as a professional stuntman before being spotted.
US actor John Wayne started his film career as a prop man at Fox's studios.
US actor Dustin Hoffman got his first break in the film "The Graduate" after Robert Redford turned the role down.
Covent Garden Tube Station is supposedly haunted by a Victorian actor.
When English actor Charles Laughton confessed to being a homosexual to his friend Elsa Lanchester, she went deaf for a week.
British actor Charlie Chaplin once insured his feet for $150,000.
When English actor Sir Laurence Olivier was first spotted by Film mogul Samuel Goldwyn in the classic movie 'Wuthering Heights' he was described as "...a mess, dirty, unkempt, stagey, hammy and awful!"
Olivier received an Oscar nomination for this role.
Charlie Chaplin was the very first film star to be signed up for a million dollars.
The actor Cary Grant once played himself in a movie called "Without Reservations".
US actor Clark Gable was so obsessive about keeping clean that he used to shave the hairs off his chest everyday.
US actor Humphrey Bogart was born on Christmas day.
US actor Ben Stiller was taught how to swim by The Pips (as in Gladys Knight and the Pips).
US actor Humphrey Bogart never said the line "Play it again, Sam."
US actor James Cagney never said the line "You dirty rat!"
British actor Sir Laurence Olivier was a virgin on his wedding night.
US actor Steven Seagal was the very first non-Asian to successfully open a martial arts academy in Japan.
Groucho Marx ate his very first bagel when he was 81 years old!
British actor Peter Sellers was the first man to appear on the cover of Playboy magazine.
He also provided the voices for the chimps in the first PG Tips tea ad. He was paid £25.00.
US actor Humphrey Bogart was the very first Gerber Baby (For Gerber Baby foods).
US actor Cuba Gooding Jnr's very first job in entertainment was as a dancer for Lionel Richie at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.
US actor Harrison Ford's very first screen role was as a bellboy in the film "Dead Heat On A Merry-Go-Round".
His line was "Paging Mr. Ellis".
US actors Dustin Hoffman, Jach Nicholson and Mike Myers all suffered with severe adolescent acne.
US actor Bob Hope once read his own orbituary in a newspaper.
Actors Clint Eastwood, Patrick Swayze, Rowan Atkinson and Brian Blessed have all survived plane crashes.
Actors Peter Vaughn, Charlton Heston and John Cleese have all had hip replacements.
Actors William Shatner, Woody Harrelson and Joaquin Phoenix are all vegans.
US actor Mike Myers is related to the poet William Wordsworth.
US actor Kyle MacLachlan is related to the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.
US actor Tom Hanks is related to American President Abraham Lincoln.
US actor William Holden is related to US President Warren G. Harding.
British actor Basil Rathbone is related to King Henry IV of England.
US actor Tom Hanks is a collector of rare 1940's typewriters.
British actor Shane Richie is a collector of "Planet of the apes" memorabilia.
US actor Brendan Fraser is a collector of vintage polaroid cameras.
US actor Nicholas Cage is a collector of antique watches.
British actor and comedian Lenny Henry is a collector of American comic books.
US actor Brad Pitt is a collector of chairs.
US actor David Arquette is a collector of puppets.
US actor Burt Reynolds launched his own jewellery collection.
US actor Paul Newman has his own brand of salad dressing.
US actor Clint Eastwood has his own brand of beer called "Pale Rider Ale".
British actor Sir Dirk Bogarde was once a captain in the Queens Royal Regiment and saw action during World War II in France, Germany and the far East. He was also one of the soldiers who helped to liberate Belsen concentration camp.
British actor Denholm Elliott was a pilot for the RAF during World War II and was actually shot down over Denmark during a bombing mission. He was captured and spent the last three years of the war in a P.O.W. camp in Silesia.
US actor Kirk Douglas served as a US Navy lieutenant during World War II and saw action in the Pacific. He was actually wounded so badly during combat that it led to him being discharged early.
British actor Sir Peter Ustinov served as a private in the Royal Sussex Regiment during World War II before he was transferred as a batman to David Niven so that they could both work on the film "The Way Ahead".
British actor Richard Todd served with the Light Infantry, the Parachute Regiment and the 6th Airborne Division during World War II and saw combat on D-Day and the Battle of the Bulge.
US actor Walter Matthau served in the US army in France during World War II. It was actually at this time that he lost his virginity.
US actor Tony Curtis served in the US Navy in the Pacific during World War II. Amazingly he witnessed the Japanese surrender.
British actor John Pertwee served as a Royal Navy officer during World War II. Amazingly he served on the ship HMS Hood which was sunk by the German Battleship The Bismark, leaving only 3 survivors from the entire crew.
He was lucky to be on shore leave when his ship was destroyed.
British actor Donald Pleasance declared himself a conscientious objector at the start of World War II but then changed his mind and joined the RAF. He was eventually shot down during a bombing raid and spent the last year of the war in a German P.O.W. camp.
British actor Sir Alec Guinness served in the Royal Navy during World War II and actually captained his own ship.
US actor Rod Steiger served in the US Navy during World War II. He lied about his age and became a torpedoman on a destroyer in the South Pacific and saw action at Iwo Jima.
US actor James Stewart served as a pilot in the US Air Force during World War II and eventually reached the rank of Colonel.
British actor Christopher Lee served as a lieutenant in the RAF during World War II and was involved with the intelligence and Special Forces in the Western Desert, Malta, Sicily, Italy and Central Europe. He was also mentioned in dispatches in 1944.
US actor Harrison Ford was bullied at school because he used to like to hang out with the girls.
Australian actor Mel Gibson was bullied at school because of his American accent at his Australian school.
US actor Tom Cruise was bullied at school because he was always the new kid in town.
US actor and director Woody Allen was bullied at school because of his last name, Konigsberg.
British actor Martin Clunes was bullied at school because of his looks.
US actor Patrick Swayze was bullied at school because he liked to dance.
British actor Ralph Fiennes was bullied at school because everybody thought he was a poof!
British actor Robert Carlyle was bullied at school because he had no shoes and long hair.
British actor Sir Michael Caine was nicknamed "The Professor" when he was at school.
US actor Leonardo De Caprio was nicknamed "The Noodle" when he was at school.
US actor Will Smith was nicknamed "The Prince" by his teacher because of his regal attitude.
US actor Jeff Goldblum was nicknamed "Bubwires" because of the braces on his teeth.
US actor Robert De Niro was nicknamed "Bobby Milk" because he was so pale.
US actor Elijah Wood was nicknamed "Little Monkey" when he was at school.
British actor Stephen Fry was once expelled from school after he was caught stealing.
US actor Dan Aykroyd was once expelled from school for committing acts of 'minor' delinquency.
US actor Nicolas Cage was once expelled from school after he was caught putting dead grasshoppers in the egg salad on picnic day.
US actor Kevin Spacey was once expelled from a military academy for hitting a classmate with a tyre.
Irish actor Gabriel Byrne was expelled from school after he was caught smoking in a graveyard.
US actor Billy Crystal was once voted the wittiest student in his class.
US actor Tom Cruise was once voted "Least likely to succeed" when he was at school.
US actor Sylvester Stallone was once voted "Most likely to end up in the electric chair" when he was at school.
US actor Robin Williams was voted "Least likely to succeed" when he was at school.
US actor Eddie Murphy was once voted "Most popular" when he was at school.
US actor John Leguizamo was named after US actor John Saxon.
US actor Dustin Hoffman was named after the actor Dustin Farnham.
US actor Christopher Walkden (Real name Ronald) was named after the actor Ronald Colman.
US actor and director Woody Allen's real name is Allen Konigsberg.
US actor Martin Sheen's real name is Ramon Estevez.
Omar Sharif's real name is Michael Shalhoub.
US actor James Garner's real name is James Baumgarner.
British actor Sid Owen's real name is David Sutton.
US actor Michael Keaton's real name is Michael Douglas.
US actor Tom Cruise's real name is Thomas Cruise Mapother IV.
US actor Tim Allen's real name is Tim Allen Dick.
British actor Michael Crawford's real name is Michael Dumble-Smith.
US actor Chevy Chase's real name is Cornelius Chase.
US actor Christian Slater's real name is Christian Hawkins.
British actor Sir Michael Caine's real name is Maurice Micklewhite.
US actor and director Mel Brook's real name is Melvin Kaminsky.
US actor Nicolas Cage's real name is Nicholas Coppola.
US actor Jack Palance's real name is Walter Palanuik.
US actor Tony Curtis's real name is Bernard Schwartz.
US actor Charles Bronson's real name is Charles Buchinski.
US actor Tom Cruise also uses the names Mr. Bellacon and Paul Cruise.
US actor Johnny Depp also uses the name Mr. Dripnoodle.
US actor Kevin Spacey also uses the name Bobby Dee.
US actor Mike Myers once appeared in a TV ad for Datsun Cars when he was a child.
US actor Jeff Daniels once appeared in a TV ad for McDonalds when he was a child.
US actor Rick Schroder had appeared in about 60 TV ads by the time he was 7 years old.
US actor Christian Bale once appeared in a TV ad for Pac-Man cereal when he was a child.
US actor Matthew Perry was once ranked No. 2 at tennis Ottawa.
US actor Kurt Russell once retired from acting in 1971 to pursue a career in minor league baseball.
US actor George Clooney tried out for the Cincinnati Reds Baseball Team before he went into acting.
US actor Tommy Lee Jones is a champion polo player.
US actor Chevy Chase once worked as tennis professional at a club.
US actor Paul Newman once competed in the Le Mans 24 hour Car Race and came second!
British actor Richard Harris once played second row in Rugby Union and actually won a Munster Cup medal in 1952.
He could have actually played for the Irish National Team but he contracted TB.
US actor Richard Gere once won a gymnastics scholarship at the University of Massachusetts.
US actor Keanu Reeves once played as a goalkeeper for his high school ice-hockey team. His nickname was "The Wall" and he was eventually voted the Most Valuable Player by his team mates.
US actor Arnold Schwarzenegger not only won many bodybuilding competitions but was also the Austrian Junior Olympics Weightlifting champion.
US actor Robert De Niro had to learn to box when he was making the film "Raging Bull" about the life of boxing champion Jake La Motta.
After the film Jake La Motta himself said that De Niro was so good that he could have taken the sport up professionally.
US actor Bill Cosby was such a good American Football Player that he was once offered a trial with the Green Bay Packers.
US actor William Baldwin was so good at baseball that he could have had a career playing for the New York Yankees.
US actor Kirk Douglas once earned a living as a wrestler before becoming famous.
US actor Billy Crystal once earned a full baseball scholarship but decided on acting instead.
US actor Warren Beatty was offered several American Football scholarships by different universities but turned them all down.
US actor Tom Cruise excelled at wrestling when he was at high school and it was through this that he became an actor. He injured his knee while he was wrestling and decided to turn to acting instead.
British actor Ian McShane could have played football for Manchester United Football Club but turned them down to become an actor.
US actor Jack Palance was a professional boxer before he became an actor. He had his nose broken many times and this helped him get into acting playing heavies.
US actor Mickey Rourke fought in 26 amateur boxing matches during the 1970's and then retired when his acting career took off.
Irish actor Liam Neeson was an amateur boxer from the age of nine until he was 17 years old. During one of his early boxing matches he had his nose broken and his manager had to reset it on the spot.
British actor Paul McGann was once a Junior Triple Jump champion and was considered good enough to compete in future Olympic games.
British actor Ralf Little once had trials with Swindon and Millwall Football Clubs.
British actor Rupert Everett sang backing vocals on the Madonna song "American Pie".
US actor Michael Douglas sang backing vocals on the Billy Ocean song "When The Going Get's Tough, The Tough Get Going".
British actor Michael Gambon worked as an apprentice toolmaker before he was famous.
US actor Harvey Keitel worked as a shoe salesman and a court stenographer before becoming famous. He also joined the US Marines when he was 16 years old and served in the Lebanon.
British actor Hugh Grant worked as an advertising account executive before becoming famous.
US actor George Clooney worked as a door to door insurance salesman and a tobacco cutter before he became famous.
US actor John Goodman worked as a bouncer before he became famous.
US actor Dustin Hoffman worked in the toy department at Macy's and also as an attendant in a psychiatric hospital before becoming famous.
Australian actor Russell Crowe worked as a bingo caller before he became famous.
US actor Matthew Modine worked as an electrician and a macrobiotic chef before becoming famous.
Irish actor Liam Neeson worked at the Guinness Brewery in Belfast as a forklift truck driver before becoming famous.
Josh Hartnett worked as a video store clerk before becoming famous.
British actor Sir Ben Kingsley worked as a penicillin tester before he was famous.
US actor Robert Redford worked as a pavement artist before he was famous.
US actor Wellem Dafoe worked as a carpenter, electrician and a bookbinder for penthouse magazine before he was famous.
US actor Tom Hanks worked as a bellhop before he was famous.