3 Celebrities Who Used To Be Bike Messengers

Group of bike messengers

Being a bike messenger is a rather impressive job, especially if you are an avid cyclist.

What's better than doing something you love for a job?

While many people feel that it would diminish their love for their hobby to do it as a job, others think it is the best possible work they would be able to find.

Today we will be going over the previous jobs of celebrities before they were famous. More specifically, we will be focusing on celebrities who previously worked as bike messengers.

Some of the names on this list may surprise you; it's not every day that you see the likes of GZA and Jennifer Aniston on the same list.

Malcolm McDowell

Some may be surprised to find the veteran actor on this list of celebrities who were previously bike messengers.

Malcolm McDowell is well known for his roles in many movies, but some of his more famous appearances have been in films such as Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange and the sci-fi classic Star Trek Generations.

He has admitted that the loose hours of his job as a bike messenger allowed him to go to auditions during his work hours.

For anyone who has ever been an aspiring actor, you can understand how great it must have been for him to be paid for working at the same time as he attended auditions, essentially killing two birds with one stone.

Malcolm McDowell


One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, it is rather hard to imagine the outspoken GZA having a job such as this one.

As little as half a year before the Wu-Tang Clan's breakthrough with Entering the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), GZA was riding around New York delivering messages and packages.

He says that he enjoyed his experience as a bike messenger as it allowed him to pick and choose his hours. Having freedom and versatility in your job hours is one of the main reasons that so many people enjoy being contracted bike messengers. Your hours do depend on who you work for, however.

Jennifer Aniston

You may be surprised that the ‘Friends’ star is another celebrity who worked as a bike messenger in New York City. It seems like the gateway to becoming famous in New York City is to work as a bike messenger for a time.

Maybe it’s the character building experience of having to dodge cars on a daily basis.

Jennifer Aniston, however, was not a fan of her time as a bike messenger. In fact, she was doored once, and she decided that the job was not right for her.

Jennifer Aniston riding a bike


We hope that you enjoyed our article about celebrities who used to be bike messengers. Remember that even the most menial job can pave the way to greatness, and stay motivated.

This post was last updated on September 21st, 2018 at 02:36 pm

About the Author Max Shumpert

Over the last few years, I’ve taken my love of the outdoors, hiking, skiing, trekking and exploring to the next level by starting this site. I started a bike shop in Denver, CO, and have seen amazing growth over the last few years. Getting paid to do what I love has been a dream come true for me. That’s also what led me to start BikesReviewed.com. In my shop, I spend a large amount of time helping people find the perfect bike for them and the style of biking they’re going to be doing. It only made sense that I expanded my reach and got online, making it possible for me to help people all over the world. If biking and staying fit is your priority, too, you’ve come to the right place.

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