Before They Were Popular: Top 10 Celebrity Lorry Drivers

Actors, athletes and mass murderers – it takes all sorts to drive lorries. With brief details of their involvement in the trade and subsequent celebrity, right here is a countdown of the leading 10 stars who worked as lorry drivers ahead of they were well-known, with varying degrees of good results.

# ten Chris Tarrant:

This radio and tv presenter, ideal recognized for hosting the Television game show ‘Who Desires to Be a Millionaire?’, pursued a number of jobs before discovering his feet in television. Tarrant’s former roles consist of lengthy-distance lorry driver, safety officer and schoolteacher.

# 9 Chris Eubank:

Chris Eubank is notable for being the only member of our list to have taken up lorry driving after he become popular. October 2003 saw a politically motivated Eubank descending on Whitehall in his individual HGV to protest against the war in Iraq. The former planet middleweight champion boxer ended up becoming 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 well-liked American film and television actor and a romantic major man in the 1950s and 1960s. Throughout WW II, Hudson served as a Navy airplane mechanic and following the war he was a truck driver. His size and good appears got him into movies.

# 7 Chevy Chase:

Our number seven is an Emmy Award-winning American comedian, writer, and tv and film actor. Ahead of his breakthrough as a comedian, Chase worked as a truck driver, cab driver, motorcycle messenger, waiter, busboy, building worker, audio engineer, make manager in a supermarket, salesman in a wine shop and theatre usher.

# six Long Distance Clara:

The only lady on our list and, regrettably, 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 produced his name starring in a quantity of main Hollywood flicks which includes ‘The Fantastic Escape’ and ‘The Dirty Dozen’. Just before becoming well-known, Bronson was drafted into the army and was assigned to the Air Corps in 1943. He began as a truck driver and then trained as a pilot, winning awards for great service.

# 4 Richard Pryor:

Pryor was the first African American stand-up comedian to speak candidly to mixed audiences utilizing the language and jokes of the black community. He worked in many jobs prior to locating fame, including truck driving and meatpacking.

# 3 Liam Neeson:

Liam Neeson is a film star most effectively recognized for his part as Oskar Schindler in the 1993 blockbuster ‘Schindler’s List’. Irish-born Neeson after worked as a truck driver as nicely as a forklift operator for Guinness, an assistant architect and an amateur boxer.

# two Sean Connery:

This retired Scottish actor is best identified for starring as James Bond in seven Bond films. Heart-throb Connery joined the Royal Navy soon after leaving school but was discharged on medical grounds. He went on to a succession of jobs, such as 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 following 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, because you’ll never ever make it as a singer’.

The Mass Murderer – Peter Sutcliffe:

Very possibly the most evil and deranged presence in the history of lorry driving, the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’ is far as well nasty to make it into our best 10. In between 1975 and 1984, this lorry driver and former gravedigger killed 13 women in a five-year reign of terror just before being 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 had been lorry drivers ahead of they had 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 these days?
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