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10 Celebrities Who Used to Work at McDonald’s

Updated: Dec. 02, 2022

Before they started attending awards shows, they had to put on their uniform and clock in at the famous fast food chain.

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Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

Yes, before Jeff Bezos basically took over the world as the founder of Amazon, he worked at McDonald’s. He worked there as a cook one summer when he was a teenager. He says the job taught him how to crack a lot of eggs really fast with only one hand. That skill probably doesn’t come in handy at his current job, but it’s a plus for Sunday brunch with the family.

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Jay Leno

Jay Leno

Jay Leno hasn’t always been a successful comedian. Before becoming famous, he used to slice potatoes and work behind the register at his local McDonald’s when he was a teen. He says that his boss had very high standards for the restaurant and it taught him an important lesson about success: You can never go too far to ensure you’re producing a great product.

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Shania Twain
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Shania Twain

Before finding fame in the world of country music, Shania Twain worked at her local McDonald’s in Ontario. Check out these secrets that McDonald’s employees won’t tell you.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda
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Lin-Manuel Miranda

The big Broadway star confessed on Twitter that his first job was working the cash register and making deliveries for McDonald’s. The official Twitter account for McDonald’s replied to his tweet saying, “Change is good… literally and figuratively. Bravo, Lin!”

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Rachel McAdams
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Rachel McAdams

Before becoming famous for her roles in The Notebook and Mean Girls, McAdams was greeting customers at McDonald’s. Despite the fact that she admits she wasn’t very good at keeping up with the fast-paced service the chain requires, she worked there for three years. This is what McDonald’s workers really get paid.

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The famous pop singer had a humble start running the drive-through window at McDonald’s. She says it was important to her family that she learned how to work for her own money at a young age. These are the 13 weirdest things drive-through workers have seen on the job.

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Keenan Wayans
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Keenan Ivory Wayans

Before becoming a celebrity for his acting, filmmaking, and comedy, Keenan Ivory Wayans was a manager at McDonald’s. Check out these 33 things your fast food worker isn’t telling you.

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Pharrell Williams

Pharrell Williams

Pharrell started his life in the job industry working at McDonald’s. However, he wasn’t as successful slipping burgers as he has been in the music world. He actually got fired from the job three different times for being too lazy. He admitted that the only thing he was good at while he worked there was eating chicken nuggets. Ironically, years later he went on to co-write the Justin Timberlake song “I’m Lovin’ It,” which became the McDonald’s slogan.

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Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone used to clock in at McDonald’s before landing her first modeling gig at age 19. She worked part-time as a counter girl.

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James Franco
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James Franco

After dropping out of college in 1996, James Franco worked the late-night shift at McDonald’s. He would practice his acting by using fake accents on the customers in the drive-through lane. Next, read about these celebrities you never knew had FBI files.