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Five Famous People You Didn’t Know Drove Cabs

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.

1. Philip 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.

2. Jimmy 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.”

3. Paul 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 City.

4. Larry 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.

5. David 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.

Posted 6/7/2017 4:17:27 PM
 

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