Celebrity Plumbers

Celebrity Plumbers: Famous People That Were Plumbers

Ozzy Osbourne

The famous, and some would say infamous, heavy metal rocker Ozzy Osbourne was a plumber’s apprentice and on his way to becoming a plumber himself before turning his attention to Rock & Roll.

Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle

Before becoming a comedic legend, Fatty Arbuckle worked odd jobs and was discovered by film producer Mack Sennett when he came to clean his drains in 1913.

Bob Hoskins

The Oscar nominated actor who starred in such films as Hook and Who Framed Roger Rabbit, was a plumber’s assistant before his movie career took off. He also played a plumber in the movie “Super Mario Bros.”

Michael Caine

That’s right. Batman’s butler and Academy Award winning actor Michael Caine was a plumber’s assistant and was actively looking for an apprenticeship before his movie career blossomed.

John L. Sullivan

John L. Sullivan is often referred to as America’s first sports celebrity. He worked as an assistant plumber. A bio on states that he worked as a plumber to “pursue some of the things he loved best, like drinking, carousing and fighting.”

Ronnie Lane

The guitarist from the band Small Faces (and later Faces when Rod Steward and Ronnie Wood joined), was a plumber who used his income to purchase his first guitar. Shortly after that he started his first band and went on to become one of the UK’s most influential rock and psychedelic guitarists of the late 1960s and early 1970s.

Joe Cocker

Famed singer Joe Cocker, who played at Woodstock and turned the Beatles tune “With a Little Help from My Friends” into a generational anthem, was a working class guy from Sheffield, England. He initially worked in the plumbing trade and was an apprentice gasfitter for British Gas while also pursuing a career in music.

Michael Flatley

The creator and star of Lord of the Dance, Irish-American dancer Michael Flatley owned his own plumbing outfit, Dynasty Plumbing.

Albert Einstein

Okay, the truth is that this famous theoretical physicist and former patent clerk was not a plumber, but not because he didn’t dream of being one. In a quote attributed to him by Forbes magazine, Einstein once said: “If I would be a young man again and had to decide how to make my living, I would not try to become a scientist or scholar or teacher. I would rather choose to be a plumber or a peddler in hope to find that modest degree of independence still available under present circumstances.”