10 Big Celebrities Who Got Their Start In Commercials

Leonardo DiCaprio - Bubble Yum

Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio. Getty Images

The huge A-List star has worked with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood, including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, and Clint Eastwood. But way back in 1988, at the tender age of just 14 years old, Leo was getting his break hawking Bubble Yum bubblegum in this commercial. And although he certainly grew into a strapping fella, he looks even younger than 14. 

Jennifer Lawrence - My Super Sweet 16 (MTV)

Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence. Getty Images

A household name, and star of huge hits including The Hunger Games, American Hustle, X-Men: First Class, and Silver Linings Playbook, Jennifer Lawrence wasn't always the biggest star. But in this commercial for My Super Sweet 16, she acts like it. You can see a glimmer of the comic wit that Jennifer exudes in every interview. 

Brad Pitt - Pringles

Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt. Getty Images

"Once you pop, you just can't stop" may be true for Pringles, but it was equally true for the star of this dated commercial, whose career became a freight train. Yes, that's Brad Pitt doing what he did best back then - looking like a male model, smiling a big smile, and fighting off the ladies who all want to date him. He went on to get a part in Ridley Scott's Thelma & Louise before becoming the huge star he is today. 

Steve Carell - Brown's Chicken

Steve Carell
Steve Carell. Getty Images

Many people say Steve's big break was as the anchorman in Jim Carrey's Bruce Almighty, or getting the lead role in NBC's hit TV series "The Office." And, they'd be right. It certainly wasn't this stinker that he starred in, for a fast food joint called Brown's Chicken. It wasn't even a big chicken place like KFC or Popeye's. But Steve being Steve, he brought a great sense of comedy timing to it. 

Ben Affleck - Burger King

Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck. Getty Images

He's about to play one of the greatest superheroes of all time in the upcoming blockbuster Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. And he's had quite an incredible career. But we all have to start somewhere, and for Ben that start was this rather saccharin commercial for Burger King. Still, several years later he'd go on to win an Oscar for writing Good Will Hunting, alongside Matt Damon. 

Britney Spears - Maull's BBQ Sauce

Britney Spears
Britney Spears. Getty Images

This may qualify for the shortest commercial in this list, coming in at under 10 seconds. And that's just as well for its star, Britney Spears, who almost certainly wants to forget this stinker. A bad jingle, a forgettable ad, and a cheesy grin bigger than any cheese on a grilled burger. Still, Britney did quite well a few years later.  

Elijah Wood - Cheese

Elijah Wood
Elijah Wood. Getty Images

Not a specific brand of cheese, mind you. Just plain old cheese. It was a commercial produced by America's Dairy Farmers, encouraging us all to eat more cheese. And what better way to use cheese than as a way to cover the flavor of broccoli. This is a very young Elijah Wood, but if you look carefully in Back To The Future Part 2, you'll see the same young chap in the Cafe 80s.   

Courteney Cox - Tampax

Courteney Cox
Courteney Cox. Getty Images

Before "Friends," and even before Cocoon: The Return, and Masters Of The Universe, Courteney Cox was on TV telling women everywhere about the benefits of Tampax tampons. Of course, the word "period" is only used once, right at the end of the ad. We couldn't take the stark reality of menstruation up front, so "that time" is used. Oh come on, we all know what you're talking about!

Stephen Colbert - First Tier Bank

Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert. Getty Images

It's kinda hard to take anything Stephen does seriously, he's inherently funny. Plus, his biting wit and sarcasm make it even harder to watch this ad with a straight face. You keep expecting him to start pouring scorn all over it, and doing it with style. But, no. It's a very punny commercial (First Tier = First Here) that Stephen would probably like to forget. 

Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Pop Tarts

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Getty Images

To be fair, Joseph hit the big time at a young age anywhere, playing Tommy in "3rd Rock From The Sun" from 1996-2001. And of course, he went on to star in huge hits like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception. But even at this very young age (10), you can see a spark of the smart mouth that made him a household name, in this Pop Tarts commercial.