Of all the jobs out there, one is often used as the worst one that any person could possibly imagine having, and that is working at McDonald’s. How many times have you heard someone say something like ” Yeah, that guy has nothing going on, sooner or later he will wind up working at McDonald’s.” Of course, there actually are worse jobs out there, but for some reason this is the job that people bring up the most as being just horribly bad. Even the words “Do you want fries with that?” have turned into a jokey sort of insult.
But don’t worry McDonald’s workers all over America, and even the world, we have got you covered. It is not just the fact that there is no shame in doing any job, it is also that a lot of famous people have worked at McDonald’s in the past. Oh yeah, like who, you ask? Well, now that you think of it, that guy that used to work at the McDonald’s at your local mall did look a whole lot like George Clooney. Could it have been? Well, no. George Clooney never worked at a McDonald’s. Are you kidding me?
But still, all sorts of people have. So which of your favorite celebrities has had the pleasure of making a Quarter Pounder with cheese? Which of them knows how to make the perfect McFlurry? What hot female celebrities came home smelling like McDonald’s grease? Well read on to find out because here are 15 famous people you would not believe worked at McDonald’s.
15. James Franco
This one may be a bit of a surprise to many of you. James Franco worked at McDonald’s? Really? This is truly the kind of thing that shows you how someone that is famous is going to get a lot more ladies than someone that is not. Who do you think the ladies would like more, totally hot movie star James Franco, or totally hot fry cook James Franco? Don’t worry about guessing the answer because it is rather obvious. James still has some love for his time at McDonald’s, though. He had this to say about it. “All I know is that when I needed McDonald’s, McDonald’s was there for me. When no one else was.” Ahhh, James you are such a sweet talker. You are so charming that you are even making McDonald’s blush.
14. Fred Durst
For those of you that are lucky enough not to have been young when Limp Bizkit was popular, let me cue you in. For a while they were one of the most popular bands in the world. At one point their version of rap and rock was supposed to be the next big thing, and while it was there was no band in that genre bigger than Limp Bizkit. Durst was their frontman. He grew up in Jacksonville, Florida where he had numerous jobs, such as being a landscaper and a tattoo artist. He also was the morning guy at the McDonald’s. Of all the people on this list Durst is probably the least surprising. In fact I would not be surprised if he was working at a McDonald’s now. He is probably the guy that forgot to put the cheese on my McDouble.
With all of the people on this list that have worked at McDonald’s and said nice things about how it helped them form a good work ethic, or that it helped build character, there are others that absolutely hated on it. One of those people is Pink. If you think I am making it up that she hated it, well, I am not. In fact she said that she despised working there so badly that she still has nightmares about it. She said: “Sometimes I dream I am back there, broke and working at McDonald’s. It’s like the worst nightmare because I would never want to be back there.” Hey Pink, don’t worry. Seriously, it is just a dream. Sooner or later you will wake up, and you will still be rich and famous, and not making me some fries.
12. Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis is one of the fastest men ever, and is arguably the best track and field athlete in the world. He came from a family of very good athletes and grew up in Birmingham, Alabama. But he did not spend all of his time running during his youth, he also worked at a McDonald’s. He once talked about how working at McDonald’s helped prepare him for his future career. “Time is very important … you couldn’t let the fries get cold. If I was 10 seconds off, I’d have no gold medal,” he said. Whatever helped prepare him, whether it was working at McDonald’s or anything else that he did, it sure was successful. Over his Olympic career he won 10 medals, nine 0f which were gold. He also won 10 world championships in his career.
11. Sharon Stone
One would not think that Sharon Stone ever worked at a McDonald’s, but she did. While growing up in Pennsylvania she worked as a cashier for a while at a McDonald’s. This is a little more surprising than most on this list. First of all, Sharon was a candidate for Miss Pennsylvania, and went to New York City at a very young age to model and ended up signing with the Ford modeling agency. Now, I do not want to be mean or anything like that, but this may be the first article ever where the words “Ford Modeling Agency” and “McDonald’s cashier” were mentioned in the same sentence. One thing for sure though, Sharon Stone is, and always has been, a total smoke-show, and being the kind of woman that would work at McDonald’s makes her even hotter. All right, all right, you got me. It doesn’t.
10. James D’Arcy
While many of these famous folks seem to have fairly fond memories of working at McDonalds, or at least are pretty good lying about it, English actor James D’Arcy is not one of them. Although I suppose having a gun shoved in his face while he worked there probably had something to do with it. He said in an interview “someone brandished a gun at me when I worked in McDonald’s, which wasn’t great either. I was behind the till and someone pointed a gun at my face. He had come in looking for someone else but that guy wasn’t working that night. He came in, pointed the gun at me and ran away. They gave me a 1 pound per hour pay rise and I left the place soon afterwards.” Come on James, suck it up – people are waiting for their Shamrock Shakes.
9. Shania Twain
This one is not surprising at all. I mean, in one way it is, of course. Shania Twain is incredibly popular and has a hugely successful career. She is obviously completely and totally filthy rich at this point. But this is the part that is not surprising. She also had a troubled childhood and grew up dirt poor. Oh yeah, and there is one more thing that does not make it that surprising. She also is a country singer. I mean think about it, what kind of chick could you imagine working at McDonald’s when she was a teen more than a dirt-poor country singer? That fits the stereotype perfectly, actually. Shania worked at a Mcdonald’s in her former hometown of Ontario. This is just a guess but I bet her boss would give her a reference.
8. Keenen Wayans
Keenen was one of the creators of the hilarious sketch comedy show In Living Color, which is one of the first things most people saw Jim Carrey in. He also was one of the people behind the movie The Hollywood Shuffle. Wayans grew up in the projects of New York City. He not only worked at a McDonald’s, he ended up managing one. This might not sound all that impressive, but the fact of the matter is that he was managing the place while he was still in high school. This seems to be a thing with a lot of these famous people that worked there. They tend to be the type that would do whatever they needed to do to be successful, and there is no shame in doing that, no matter where you end up working.
7. Jeff Bezos
Some of the people on this list are not actors or musicians; some of them have used their start at McDonald’s to launch them on a different career trajectory. One of those people is Jeff Bezos, who is the founder of Amazon. How rich is Jeff you may ask? Well right now it is estimated that he is worth $66 billion. Yes, you read that correctly. $66 billion. He said of his time working for McDonald’s: “One of the great gifts I got from that job is that I can crack eggs with one hand. My favorite shift was Saturday morning. The first thing I would do is get a big bowl and crack 300 eggs into it.” Whatever makes you happy Jeff, just let me know. Hey by the way, do you need someone to run errands for you or wash your car? Call me.
6. D.L Hughley
Hughley is from California and had a bit of a rough time growing up. In fact, saying that he had a bit of a rough time is quite an understatement. He was once a member of the infamous street gang The Bloods and was expelled from high school. Somewhere in that time period he also worked at a McDonald’s. At some point along the way he got himself together and got away from the gang life. He is now quite wealthy, and known as a comedian, and political commentator. This is again the kind of thing that shows how a place like McDonald’s can be important. While it is easy to make fun of working there, it also takes a lot of pride to do the right thing and work at something as opposed to ending up doing gang-related activities and risking prison.
5. Star Jones
Hey, I have a question for you. How many people do you know that are lawyers, television personalities, and also used to work at McDonald’s? Hmmm, let me see, I might have to think on this for a minute… Okay, I don’t actually have to think on it- as far as I know the only one out there in the whole wide world that fits all three criterion is Star Jones. She worked as a fry cook when she was growing up in New Jersey. You also have to admit that is kind of cool. I am sure every other woman on this list worked up at the cash register. Not Star though; she was a fry cook. And hey, whether you like her or you hate her, you have to give her a little respect for doing that kind of work when she was young.
4. Jay Leno
Next on the list of stinking rich celebrities that used to make Big Macs for money is comedian and talk show icon Jay Leno. He worked at a McDonald’s while growing up in Andover, Mass. Now I have to say, I have been to Andover and let’s be honest, it is not like Jay was working at McDonald’s to survive; there are not a whole lot of bad neighborhoods around there. But still, he worked a crappy job growing up, and that is something a lot of rich people cannot say. And mark my words: Leno is now rich. His worth is currently estimated at $350 million. Which, by the way, is probably how much Jeff Bezos spends tipping his caddies at the golf course each year. Still, we think Leno probably makes enough to get by without having to hit up Ronald McDonald for a job again.
3. Paul Ryan
Hey, you know who Donald Trump does not like? Well, I probably need to narrow it down just a little bit. Trump does not like all sorts of people. But one of the people he likes the least is Paul Ryan. The two of them have been involved in a war of words for quite a long time now. Speaking of words, it seems that Ryan’s manager when he worked fast food did not think a whole lot of his abilities in that area. He would not let him work up front. “The manager didn’t think I had the social skills to work the counter, and now I’m in Congress!” he said. Well, Paul, do not get too cocky. I am pretty sure that if Donald Trump owned a franchise he probably would not let you work the register, either.
Seal is now an incredibly famous and successful musician; he also has not done badly with the ladies. He was married to Heidi Klum for a long time, and by anyone’s measure she is one of the hottest women in the world. Things were not always so easy for him, though. He grew up very poor in London and was raised by foster parents. At one point things became so bad that he had to go and work in a McDonald’s. Well, I guess they were not all that bad, because he bailed only after he stayed long enough to get a paycheck. He only lasted two weeks. I have to say that he is a man after my own heart. I have had more than one job I only stayed at through the training, and left before I had to actually start the job. Hey don’t knock it. Seal and I both turned out just fine. Well, he did anyway.
1. Rachel McAdams
Rachel is gorgeous and is all class, so it is a bit of a surprise that she ended up working at a McDonald’s. Well, Rachel was not surprised she got a job at one, she was just more surprised why they did not fire her: “I’m not sure why they kept me: I am something of a daydreamer and a dawdler, so they would only let me be the ‘friendly voice’ that greeted you when you entered the restaurant.” Uhhh, yeah Rachel. Why would a McDonald’s possibly want someone that looked like you greeting people while they came in? Who knows? Another thing I want to know is, why did they ever think the McRib was a good idea? Rachel, if you can help me figure out either one of these questions, please give me a call.