This Might Shock You: Celebrities Who Used To Be Electricians

Electricians are cool people. So much so, they turn famous! Well, sort of. Let’s take a look at some well-known people who once helped people with their lighting and power before they were a buzz in the media.


Electricians Who Turned Famous


  1. Elvis Presley

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Okay, so maybe he didn’t make it as a licensed electrician. BUT! He did make it as an apprentice. Elvis Presley was an electrician’s helper, training to become an electrician. I guess we could say we were blessed that he picked up the guitar instead so that he could become the “King of Rock n’ Roll”.


  1. George Harrison



Electricians come in many shapes and sizes. But an English guitarist? You bet ya! George Harrison was famous for being the lead guitarist for The Beatles, as well as a singer-songwriter.

Okay, so he didn’t go on to become a Master electrician, but he did give it a try just like Elvis. Harrison was an apprentice before jamming with The Beatles. In an interview dated back to 1966, Harrison was quoted saying, “I had a short go at being an electrician’s apprentice, but I kept blowing things up.”


  1. Albert Einstein



The iconic scientist who is still well-known for his genius mind worked in the electrical field as well. Einstein worked for his father’s electrical engineering company, one of the first electrical companies to bring power to Munich, Germany. 

As an electrician’s assistant, it is said that Einstein ran lines and hung lights for the first ever Oktoberfest!


  1. Liam Cunningham



Game of Thrones fan? Well, you are about to be an electrician fan as well when you hear this. Liam Cunningham was an electrician for many years. He continued his electrical work in the 80’s while living abroad in Zimbabwe, maintaining a safari park’s electrical equipment. When he came back home from Africa, he decided to put down the lineman, and study acting. 


  1. Emanuel Steward



The late Emanuel Steward, trainer of over 30 world boxing champions including Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko, was an electrician in 1964. Before his electrical career, Emanuel was an amateur boxer himself, with a 94-3 record.

Needing to financially support his family, he opted not to go onto the 1964 Olympics, and went on to work for Detroit Edison as an electrician. It wasn’t until 1972 that he then became a full time trainer and manager at Detroit’s Kronk Recreation Center, and in 1977 started training professional boxers. 




5 Famous People Who Started Out as Electricians