Rachel M. Johnson is a lover of all things pop culture. She's been writing about music and entertainment online for years.
Whether you love or hate them, celebrities keep the masses hooked and constantly entertained. It's hard to keep a secret in Tinseltown, especially in the age of social media. Here are 30 wild facts about celebrities you probably never knew.
1. Mr. Rogers' sweaters were all knit for him by his mother. Rogers once told the media in 1999, "My mother, for as long as I could remember, made at least one sweater every month."
2. Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter and was extremely good at breaking down the door with a fire ax in The Shining. The prop department had to build sturdier doors to get the takes to look right.
3. Bill Murray was arrested on his 20th birthday in 1970 for trying to smuggle marijuana onto a plane. United Marshals found five bricks of marijuana, totaling 10 pounds and was valued at $20,000. The drugs were discovered after Murray joked he had a bomb packed in his luggage; he was convicted and sentenced to probation.
4. Christopher Walken worked as a lion tamer in a circus when he was 15. According to the actor, there was nothing terribly dangerous about his job, as the lion was quite old at the time. Her name was Sheba.
5. Glenn Close was forced to join a cult by her father as a child; when she was seven years old her parents joined the Moral Re-Armament (MRA), a movement they remained involved in for 15 years. Close has since said the MRA dictated every aspect of her life, from what she wore to what she could say.
6. Angela Lansbury moved her entire family to Ireland when her children became acquaintances of the Manson family and addicted to drugs. In an effort to rescue her family, she moved them to County Cork in Ireland.
7. Sean Connery had to wear a hairpiece for all of his James Bond films because he began balding at the age of 21.
8. Brad Pitt's first job was at an El Pollo Loco restaurant on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, where he had to dance in a chicken suit to attract customers.
9. Rebel Wilson became an actress after she contracted malaria. While being treated for the disease, she hallucinated that she was a famous actress winning an Oscar, which inspired her to pursue her career.
10. Rick Harrison of Pawn Stars dropped out of high school in 10th grade because he was already earning $2000 a week selling fake Gucci bags.
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11. Ryan Gosling's legal guardian was Justin Timberlake's mom for six months while they were in The Mickey Mouse Club.
12. Simon Cowell polished Jack Nicholson's ax on the set of The Shining. He worked as a runner on the film.
13. Channing Tatum appears as a dancer in Ricky Martin's music video for "She Bangs."
14. Sylvester Stallone's first movie was in a porno called Party at Kitty and Stud's. The film came out in 1970 and was his first starring role. He was paid $200 for two days' work. Stallone has since said he did the film out of desperation after he was evicted and homeless for several days.
15. During World War II, Audrey Hepburn was a courier for resistance fighters in Holland.
16. Woody Harrelson's father was an assassin. His estranged dad was the killer of federal judge John H. Wood Jr.; Harrelson has said he visited his father in federal prison.
17. Tim Allen was arrested in 1978 for possession of 1.4 pounds of cocaine and was jailed for two years. His overall sentence was shortened when he named other people involved and was let out on parole.
18. Samuel L. Jackson was part of a group of college students that held a group of trustees at Morehouse College Hostage, one of which was Martin Luther King Sr. The reason behind the hostage situation was a demand for the school to change its curriculum and governance. The college agreed but Jackson was charged with unlawful confinement and was suspended for two years.
19. James Lipton, the host of Inside the Actors Studio, was once a pimp in France. Prostitution was legal in France at the time.
20. Elvis Presley was a natural blonde and began dying his hair black when he was in high school.
21. Steve Buscemi, a former FDNY firefighter, showed up at ground zero on Sept. 12, 2001, and worked 12-hour shifts for a week digging through rubble for survivors. He declined interviews and photographs.
22. James Earl Jones has one of the most iconic and recognizable voices of all time, but as a child he had a stutter that he was deeply ashamed of. This caused him to be silent for nearly eight whole years.
23. When he was young, Quentin Tarantino used to watch an average of 200 theater movies a year. He kept a list of all the movies he saw and would often pick his own favorite films and give them his own little awards.
24. At the age of 16, Charlize Theron was a witness to her mother killing her father to protect her and her sister. Her father was an alcoholic and verbally abusive, and began shooting into Theron's room one night. Her mother grabbed her own handgun and shot her father in self-defense.
25. Danny Trejo learned to fight while serving time in San Quentin Prison and became a champion boxer in that prison's lightweight and welterweight divisions.
26. Michael Jackson allegedly paid a witch doctor $150,000 to put a curse on Steven Spielberg. According to Vanity Fair, Jackson did this when the director denied him a role in his film Hook.
27. At age 37, Jack Nicholson discovered that the woman he always thought was his sister was actually his mother. June got pregnant at 16 and her mother wanted June to continue her promising dancing career, so she agreed to pose as Jack's mother.
28. Morgan Freeman didn't appear in a movie until the age of 34 and didn't get a big role until he was 52. His first credited role was in 1971's Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow? However, in the mid-1980s is when he began getting more prominent roles, like as Sergeant Major Rawlins in Glory and as the chauffeur in Driving Miss Daisy.
29. Gossip Girl's Leighton Meester was born in prison while her mother was doing time for drug smuggling.
30. At 10 years old and while still in elementary school, Warren Buffet started having lunch meetings with a New York Stock Exchange member. He bought his first stock at 11. Today, he's worth $80 billion.
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