Very few people are born celebrities, and many of our best and brightest have had some pretty accomplished lives well before stepping into the spotlight. Of course, some of these lives are defined by some very strange moments, and in the case of these 16, can be quite surprising or even shocking.
Christopher Walken used to be a lion tamer, and trained as a dancer before becoming an actor.
Somehow we're not even a little bit surprised.
According to her birth certificate, Oprah's real name is Orpah.
The doctors apparently didn't know how to spell "Oprah," so "Orpah" she became.
Justin Timberlake's mom became Ryan Gosling's legal guardian while they filmed The Mickey Mouse Club.
Gosling's mom had to stay in Canada to work, so JT's family looked after him.
Bill Murray was arrested at 20 for trying to smuggle marijuana onto a plane.
I mean, he's Bill Murray. What else was he going to do, watch the in-flight movie?
Julie Andrews had a pretty rough time filming the most iconic scene in The Sound of Music.
The helicopter taking the shots would kick up such a bad wind that she got knocked over several times. She described "spitting out dirt and hay" between each take.
Jack Nicholson was a volunteer firefighter, and was VERY good at breaking that door with a fire axe in The Shining.
The prop department had to build sturdier doors in order to get the takes to look right.
Jerry Springer was once the mayor of Cincinnatti.
We can only imagine what town hall gatherings looked like.