Actors, athletes and mass murderers – it requires all sorts to drive lorries. With short information of their involvement in the trade and subsequent celebrity, right here is a countdown of the major 10 stars who worked as lorry drivers ahead of they have been renowned, with varying degrees of results.
# 10 Chris Tarrant:
This radio and tv presenter, greatest identified for hosting the Television game show ‘Who Desires to Be a Millionaire?’, pursued a quantity of jobs ahead of acquiring his feet in tv. Tarrant’s former roles consist of extended-distance lorry driver, safety officer and schoolteacher.
# 9 Chris Eubank:
Chris Eubank is notable for getting the only member of our list to have taken up lorry driving immediately after he come to be renowned. October 2003 saw a politically motivated Eubank descending on Whitehall in his individual HGV to protest against the war in Iraq. The former globe middleweight champion boxer ended up getting arrested for blocking the entrance gates to Downing Street, driving about Parliament Square sounding his horn, with a knife in his pocket, and reversing into a delivery van.
# eight Rock Hudson:
Hudson was a common American film and tv actor and a romantic major man in the 1950s and 1960s. For the duration of WW II, Hudson served as a Navy airplane mechanic and immediately after the war he was a truck driver. His size and great appears got him into motion pictures.
# 7 Chevy Chase:
Our quantity seven is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and tv and film actor. Just before his breakthrough as a comedian, Chase worked as a truck driver, cab driver, motorcycle messenger, waiter, busboy, building worker, audio engineer, generate manager in a supermarket, salesman in a wine retailer and theatre usher.
# six Lengthy Distance Clara:
The only lady on our list and, however, fictional, juggernaut-driving Clara was the star of 80s children’s cartoon ‘Pigeon Street’. Some see Lengthy Distance Clara as an unsung feminist icon – her marriage to chef Hugo demonstrated a refreshing reversal of gender stereotypes.
# five Charles Bronson:
Charles Bronson was an American actor of ‘tough guy’ roles who created his name starring in a quantity of significant Hollywood flicks like ‘The Fantastic Escape’ and ‘The Dirty Dozen’. Just before becoming renowned, Bronson was drafted into the army and was assigned to the Air Corps in 1943. He began as a truck driver and then educated as a pilot, winning awards for great service.
# four Richard Pryor:
Pryor was the initial African American stand-up comedian to speak candidly to mixed audiences working with the language and jokes of the black neighborhood. He worked in various jobs ahead of acquiring fame, like truck driving and meatpacking.
# three Liam Neeson:
Liam Neeson is a film star most properly identified for his part as Oskar Schindler in the 1993 blockbuster ‘Schindler’s List’. Irish-born Neeson after worked as a truck driver as properly as a forklift operator for Guinness, an assistant architect and an amateur boxer.
# two Sean Connery:
This retired Scottish actor is greatest identified for starring as James Bond in seven Bond films. Heart-throb Connery joined the Royal Navy immediately after leaving college but was discharged on health-related grounds. He went on to a succession of jobs, like lorry driver, labourer and lifeguard.
# 1 Elvis Presley:
The American singer, musician, actor and cultural icon took up truck driving as 1 of his jobs immediately after graduation. The future ‘King’ drove a truck for the aptly named ‘Crown Electric Company’. Presley even took up wearing his hair longer with a ‘ducktail’ – the style of truck drivers at the time. A musician for whom a young Elvis Presley auditioned advised him to ‘Stick to driving a truck, since you are going to by no means make it as a singer’.
The Mass Murderer – Peter Sutcliffe:
Rather possibly the most evil and deranged presence in the history of lorry driving, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is far also nasty to make it into our major 10. In between 1975 and 1984, this lorry driver and former gravedigger killed 13 ladies in a 5-year reign of terror ahead of getting sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in jail. On his arrest, Sutcliffe claimed that God had told him to go out and kill prostitutes. A sad blemish on the great name of lorry driving.
Celebrities who have been lorry drivers ahead of they have been renowned – a heady mixture of the talented, the eccentric, the unpleasant and the downright brilliant. Who knows what magical creatures are sitting behind the wheels of our country’s lorries currently?