You never know who you’ll meet in a taxi: an author, a rocker, and even an American president? Well, maybe not an actual president, but like many tropes, this
one has at least a kernel of truth at its core. A lot of famous people drove
taxis, and here are some of our favorite former drivers.
Glass: Nowadays he’s one of the most famous composers in the world, known
for his film scores and operas, but for a long time Glass was a struggling
artist in New York City. He drove his taxi there for years until he could make
a living entirely by writing music.
Smits: You probably recognize him from “The West Wing,” but Jimmy Smits
spent a few months as a New York cab driver in the early 1980s, a job he only
had for a short while until he auditioned for the TV show, “LA Law.”
Stanley: Yes, the guy from KISS. Rock-n-roll isn’t always profitable, and
until his band hit the big leagues Stanley drove a taxi part time in New York
David: The comedian behind “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” drove a
taxi for a while too, one of many odd jobs he did early on in his career.
Apparently, it was during this time in his life that he met the inspiration for
the character Kramer in “Seinfeld”—his neighbor, Kenny Kramer.
Mamet: Before he won a Pulitzer Prize and wrote Oleanna, he drove a
taxi in Chicago. In fact, Mamet, who holds experience to be much more valuable
than education, credits driving as part of his job training as a writer.
Did we miss anyone? Let us know in Comments if any other
famous people spent some time driving cabs.