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 Actors

Jarry Seinfeld

The young comedian walked on stage at a comedy club, he looked out at the audience, froze and was eventually jeered and booed off of the stage. Seinfeld knew he could do it, so he went back the next night, completed his set to laughter and applause, and the rest is history.Current Net worth - $820million

Sylvester Stallone

One day Stallone was sitting at home watching a fight between Weppner and Ali. Weppner was getting absolutely slaughtered but kept holding his ground and coming back for more. This underdog was really fighting for it despite the slim chance he would even get close to winning.

This inspired Stallone to begin writing based on his inspiration from this fighter. He wrote for over 24 hours straight and after this time he had written the entire script to Rocky. He began trying to sell the screenplay to many producers with enormous numbers of rejections. This went on for months.

He was so poor by this time that he decided he had to sell his best friend, his dog. Stallone waited outside of a local liquor store asking people if they would buy his dog. Eventually someone bought the dog for around $50. He was devastated to have to do this.He kept pursuing this story that he had written. Eventually someone loved it and they agreed to do the movie. He was wrapped and told them that he wanted to play the part of Rocky. They declined and told him he was a writer not an actor. Stallone disagreed and told them he was an actor. He declined their offer of over $100 000 despite his current poverty. A couple of weeks later they contacted him with an even higher offer and Stallone still insisted that he play Rocky. They once again declined. Was he nuts? I mean the man was poor, he could barely even eat.

The offer kept rising just so he would sell them the film without playing the part. The price eventually got to around $400 000 and still he declined. He was certain that he was actor and that was it, there was no compromise.Eventually they offered Stallone a measly $25000 so they weren't throwing their money away by having him as the lead role. He accepted. Then the first thing he did was go back to the liquor store to buy back his dog. He waited 3 days for the guy to come by and finally there he was with his dog. He offered the guy $150 to buy back the dog, the man declined. The offer kept rising, but again, Stallone knew his outcome and kept pursuing his goal.It ended up costing him $15000 and a part in the movie to buy back his dog. The guy and the dog are in Rocky. Of course we all know what happened with the Rocky movie.

Jim Carrey

The world-famous funny man from Canada lived quite a humbling youth. At 15, his father lost his accounting job so his family had to live rent-free in a farmhouse. In exchange they all performed janitorial and security labor at the nearby tire factory.

Later, his mother became seriously ill, so at 16, Carrey dropped out of school to care for her. Soon after, his family was forced to live out of their VW bus.

Despite all this, Carrey's flame for comedy always flickered and when his mother was bedridden, he performed to make her laugh and to raise money.  He started working comedy clubs in Toronto and became a success. When he was 17, he moved to LA, where he caught the eye of Rodney "No Respect" Dangerfield. Eventually,he starred in "In Living Color" and got his breakout role in "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective."According to Forbes, he now earns around $20 million per film.

Charlie Chaplin

After the early death of his father, Chaplin's mother was put in a mental hospital and the young boy and his brother had to try to make a living by themselves on the streets of London. As both his parents were in show business, Chaplin and his brother decided to follow suit. Today, he's known as one of the greatest actors during the silent film era

 Damoe Craig

Before he became James Bond in the 007 movies, Daniel reportedly slept on park benches and peoples floors while trying to make it as a struggling actor in London.

Danny Devito

Before his big break on Taxi, Danny DeVito was not only short in stature; he was short on cash. In fact, he was once so penniless that he spent a night sleeping on a New York City transit bus. Using a new of his last coins to call his agent, he was thrilled to find out he had a job offer.

Leonardo Dicaprio 

Leo grew up in Hollywood surrounded by drug dealers and prostitutes. Despite these unhappy surroundings, Leo skipped out on the low road and found himself landing acting gigs that helped catapult him to the very top of the Hollywood A-list.

Tom Cruise

Another child of a struggling single mother, Cruise's family moved often so his mother, a special education teacher, could find work. She reportedly held up to four jobs at a time to support her children. Finally settling in New Jersey, Cruise found a safe haven in the theater department of his high school, which he dropped out of during his senior year to pursue acting. Today he makes US$75 Million per film.

 Mark Wahlberg 

US actor Mark Wahlberg turned his back on school at just 14 years old, turning to a life of street crime and gang life. The actor even spent a 50-day spell in jail after he was convicted of assaulting two men. But the star managed to turn his life around, and scored himself a record deal as rapper Marky Mark. After a successful film career, he has an estimated worth of $165million.

Sidney Poiter

At the age of 15 he was sent to Miami to live with his brother. At the age of 17, he moved to New York City and held a string of jobs as a dishwasher. Poitier joined the American Negro Theater, but was rejected by audiences. Contrary to what was expected of black actors at the time, Poitier's tone deafness made him unable to sing. Poitier was told by the casting director, "Why don't you stop wasting people's time and go out and become a dishwasher or something?" Poitier vowed to show him that he could make it, going on to win an Oscar and become one of the most well-regarded actors in the business.

Harrison Ford

In his first film, Ford was told by the movie execs that he simply didn't have what it takes to be a star. Today, with numerous hits under his belt, iconic portrayals of characters like Han Solo and Indiana Jones, and a career that stretches decades, Ford can proudly show that he does, in fact, have what it takes.

Hugh Jackman

Before he was Wolverine on "X-Men" or a Broadway star, actor Hugh Jackman got fired from his cashier job at 7-Eleven."I got fired after six weeks because the (boss) said I talked too much to the customers," Jackman

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