Limo drivers and cabbies are usually looked down upon. But maybe this list of famous folk who spent time driving taxis will help change the image a little.
1. Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt the famous Oscar willing Hollywood star was once a driver for strippers.
“I drove strippers, which was interesting. It was an odd job. There’s a place called the Job Factory where people listed odd jobs they needed for a little while and you’d go and sign up. It said, ‘Drive strippers.’ I said, ‘I got a car.’ My job was to go to the place and get the assignment, then go to the girl’s apartment, pick her up, and drive her to the party.”
2. Barkhad Abdi
Barkhad Abdi who moved from Somalia to USA when he was 14. He was a limo and taxi driver at the age of 28 and always wanted to be an actor. He was the Oscar nominee for the movie “Captain Philips”. Abdi played the role of “Muse,” the pirate ringleader in the movie.
“I answered a casting call that was on a local TV channel. So I go there to give it a shot, there were a lot of people there the first time,” Abdi of the audition process for “Captain Phillips.” “They asked me simple questions like ‘what’s your name?’ and ‘where were you born?'”
3. Danny Glover
In 1999, the actor best known for playing an over-the-hill cop in the Lethal Weapon movies, used his leverage as a former San Francisco cab driver to raise awareness about African Americans being passed over for white passengers. In response, Rudolph Giuliani launched Operation Refusal, which suspended the licenses of cab drivers who favored white passengers over black ones.
4. Tamir Sapir
He is referred as the American Billionaire cabbie. He moved to USA during the 70s and worked as bus driver in Louisville, Kentucky. Later he moved to New York where he worked as a taxicab driver. He made his fortune by trading electronics, clothing, and footwear for Soviet oil and oil products which he then sold to American companies. He started investing his money in New York real estate in the 90s and became a billionaire in 2002.
5. Philip Glass
Before he penned film scores for The Truman Show and Notes on a Scandal, Philip Glass was just another Julliard-trained composer struggling to make a living in New York City. It was behind the wheel of a cab that Glass worked on Einstein on the Beach, his most recognized opera. Glass loved the independence of being a cab driver, and he kept the job until he was able to earn a living from his music. Of course, financially, he is now the most successful living “˜classical’ composer in the world.