Fact: These 10 Celebs Were Homeless Before Famous Like Now

Demi Moore - on of the former homeless celebs
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Celebs are rich and famous. Their life is just like my or maybe your dream too. However, some of them were actually homeless before famous like now. They have overcame some failures to be there in their position right now and they must be faced it with their hardworking.

They have taught us about the true meaning of an old proverb: “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” These words mean that when life gives some opportunities to you, then you need to use it and not to waste it.

The 10 celebrities who were homeless before famous like now

Without further ado, here is the list of top ten formerly homeless celebrities that hopefully will inspire you too.

1. Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin

Name : Sir Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin

Born : April 16, 1889 – London, England

Died : December 25, 1977 (1977-12-25)

Occupation : Actor, director, composer, screenwriter, producer and editor

“I love to walk in the rain because no one could see me crying”

Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin was believed to born in London, England. After the early death of his father, Chaplin’s mother was put in a mental hospital due to illness. Charlie was thrown on his own resources before he reached the age of ten with his brother to find themselves for their living on the streets of London.

Chaplin’s childhood was fraught with poverty and hardship-Having inherited natural talents from their parents, the youngsters took to the stage as the best opportunity for a career. Charlie made his professional debut as a member of a juvenile group called “The Eight Lancashire Lads” and rapidly won popular favour as an outstanding tap dancer-now known forages.

He was the person who had made people laugh till cry for decades. But from the inside, he was still hurt.

2. Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio

Name : Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio

Born : November 11, 1974 – Hollywood, California, U.S.

Occupation : Actor and Film producer

If you can do what you do best and be happy, you’re further along in life than most people”

Leonardo Wilhelm DiCaprio is an American actor and film producer. Leonardo grew up in Hollywood, California in the environment surrounded by drug dealers and prostitution.

His childhood was sad and of very low grade, but despite of these unhappy surroundings, Leonardo skipped out on the bottom roadof acting, but got removed from the set of children’s television series Romper Room for being disruptive at the age of five but persistence in the hard work that helped him to the very top in the Hollywood.

3. Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise

Name : Thomas Cruise Mapother IV

Born : July 3, 1962 – Syracuse, New York, U.S

Occupation : Actor and Film maker

When you have to cope with a lot of problems, you’re either going to sink or you’re going to swim.”

Tom Cruise is an American actor and filmmaker. He’s very well known for romances and action movies, especially for the movies like Top Gun and Mission Impossible. However, Tom’s childhood wasn’t going so well.

Tom was growing up in near poverty and had a struggling Catholic upbringing. The family was dominated by his abusive father, whom Cruise has described as “a merchant of chaos”. Tom had reported that he was beaten and bullied by his own father. In spite of poverty and violent family, he finally get a well-known reputation as movie actors and starred several box office movies.

4. Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig - The Current James Bond

Name : Daniel Wroughton Craig

Born : 2 March, 1968 – Chester, Cheshire, England

Occupation : Actor

“So, are we equals? Until the answer is yes, we must never stop asking”

Daniel Wroughton Craig is an English actor, who is very well known as Agent 007- James Bond. However, his childhood was miserable with lots of up and down.

At the age of 16, Craig was admitted to the National Youth Theatre, so he left school and moved to London, where he worked part-time in a restaurant and used to sleep on park benches to finance his training there.

Later on, after multiple attempts at auditioning for drama schools, he was accepted to attend the Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the Barbican. Being a struggling actor, he made up all his hard work in by acting as James Bond.

5. Halle Berry

Halle Berrie

Name : Maria Halle Berry

Born : August 14, 1966 – Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.

Occupation : Actress and Model

“I think it’s always best to be who you are”

Halle Maria Berry is an American actress and former fashion model best known as an Oscar-winning actress and international beauty, but she didn’t always live in the luxurious life as she’s now.

In 1989, Berry moved to New York to pursue her acting ambitions in her early age (21 years old). She ran out of money and had to live briefly in a homeless shelter, as she had no financial help from her parents. But now, she’s a multiple award winner with unbelievable talents.

6. Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone - known for his role on The Expendables

Name : Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone

Born : July 6, 1946 – New York City, New York, U.S.

Occupation : Actor, screenwriter, film director and boxing promoter

I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated”


Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone, nicknamed Stallone, is an American actor, screenwriter and film director. Stallone is well known for his Hollywood action roles, particularly boxer Rocky Balboa from Rocky series and soldier John Rambo from the Rambo saga.

It’s shocking to know that rich and famous person like Sylvester was homeless before. According to Sylvester, after being evicted from his apartment, he was broke. This event made him homeless because he just basically sleeping in the NYC Port Authority bus station.

He later saw a casting notice for the 1970 adult film “The Party at Kitty and Stud’s.” He then earned $200 and was finally able to get himself out of the bus station and got back on his feet –became an inspiration to everyone by pursuing the acting career.

7. Jim Carrey

Funny Face of Jim Carrey

Name : James EugeneJimCarrey

Born : January 17, 1962 – Newmarket, Ontario, Canada

Occupation : Actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter and producer

If you aren’t in the moment, you are either looking forward to uncertainty, or back to pain and regret”

James Eugene “Jim” Carrey is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, impressionist, screenwriter, and film producer. He was a poor teen forced to live with his whole family in a single VW camper, which they parked next to the tyre rim factory that employed them.

He was so in homelessness, as well as jobs as a janitor, construction worker and picture frame factory worker before making it big on the comedy circuit. Now, he is known for his highly energetic slapstick performances. He has been described as one of the biggest movie stars in Hollywood

8. Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg

Name : Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg

Born : June 5, 1971 – Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

Occupation : Actor, Producer, Model and Rapper

I never lie. I believe everything I say, so it’s not a lie”

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg is an American actor, producer, businessman, and former model and rapper, also known as Marky Mark.

Mark’s childhood was very disturbing. He dropped the school when he was 14 and turned to a life of street crime and gang life. Mark even spent a 50-day spell in jail after he was convicted of assaulting two men. However, he later managed to turn his life around and inspiring others with his own life story.

9. Demi Moore

Demi Moore - on of the former homeless celebs

Name : Demi Guynes

Born : November 11, 1962 – Roswell, New Mexico, U.S.

Occupation : Actress, Film maker, Song writer and model

“Not caring more about what other people think than what you think. That’s freedom”

Demi Guynes known professionally as Demi Moore is an American actress, filmmaker, former songwriter, and model. As a child, Demi Moore spent part of her year in a trailer park, becauseof having an abusive drunken father.

She wasn’t willing to take that living situation, so she dropped out of school and moved to Hollywood at age 16. With her persistence and hard work, she achieved her goal and inspires others.

10. Hilary Swank

Hilary Swank

Name : Hilary Ann Swank

Born : July 30, 1974 – Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.

Occupation : Actress and Producer

“You never know where life is taking you, but it’s taking you”

Hilary Ann Swank is an American actress and producer. In her early 15 Hilary and her mother moved from Washington to Los Angeles by car to pursue her acting career. They were in so much trouble that they had to live in their car until a friend helped them out by offering them a place.

After Hilary got her first acting, things began to resolve around them. Now she has many great achievements by winning many awards and inspiring others.

What Kind of Inspiration Did You Get from Them?

Those are some back-stories from famous people that have felt the failures in their life. They have struggled against their problem, which made them homeless for some periods. However, they all eventually turned their lives around, despite starting from nothing.

They were homeless before famous. However, thanks to their persistence, confidence and hard work, they finally overcame failures and reach success. Should they give up, we may never even hear their names like now.

We can learn from their life story. If you want, you can also read this article about how some famous people went to failures before they reach great success. If you have some opinions about them, do leave a comment below :)

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Alexander Blue

A writer, gamer, book lover, music addict, and a dreamer. My life motto is 'Every thousand mile begins with a single step'. I like to share helpful information with others because the positive feeling is contagious and it will make everyone's life better.

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  1. Melanie

    Hi Alexander
    I found this a very inspiring. When I first started reading it, I thought I wouldn’t recognise most of the celebrities, but I happen to know all of them. The interesting thing is that I never knew any of them where homeless at some point in their lives.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Melanie, thanks for reading and glad you’ve been inspired by some of them :)

  2. Darren

    Just goes to show how you can achieve a lot more in your life if you work hard and gun for your dreams that you can accomplish a lot. Takes a remarkable person to perceive through hard times. Had no idea that Leonardo DiCaprio was homeless at one point.

    Really goes to show people that you might actually have it a lot better then people who have gone through a lot worse.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Yes Darren. Behind every success lies the struggles to achieve it. Hope we can learn from them :)

  3. lilywong

    Interesting list you have here. I never knew so many celebrities were poor and homeless before. It’s encouraging to read about their perseverance and strong belief that they will make it. This really takes more than luch. The story of Stallone is well-known, but nonetheless still inspiring until today. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hello, thanks for sharing your opinion :) Yeah I believe that many people reach their success now not only because of some pure lucks (like born in rich family). Some of them really had a hard time to deal with their life before finally become so famous like now :)

  4. Ian

    Nice post.

    I had no idea that many of these celebrities were homeless at the beginning of their careers.

    I found inspiration in all of these stories. It gives me hope that even if I end up homeless one day, I can come back from that, it’s not permanent.

    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Ian,

      Yes me too, I never really thought that there are so many former homeless famous celebrities. Some are even have ‘bad’ past. I will cover other type of celebs in later inspirational articles.

      Thanks for reading!

  5. meherbani

    Wow, what an inspirational article you have written here.
    I had no clue these famous people were at one time homeless.

    It’s unfortunate to know there are still so many homeless people on our streets. Your article puts to light how we can rise above anything!

    Do you know anyone personally that has been homeless that has risen above that hardship?

    Great post.

    1. Alexander Blue (Post author)

      Hi Meherbani,

      Yes, some of highly successful and famous people are actually come from poor background or having experience as a poor people before. They can become success because they know what is the feeling of being poor, and facing failure.

      That is the purpose of this article, so we all know that success doesn’t come overnight and just being there for already rich people. Everyone can become successful :)

      I know some people like that. One of my sister’s friends has a father who rise from being a public transportation driver to a CEO of prestigious company. There are several public figures and politician in my country that also rise from zero.

      Thanks for asking :)


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