What your parents told you was true; everyone has to start somewhere. Leonardo DiCaprio wasn’t born as Romeo or Jack, Samuel L. Jackson wasn’t born as Jules from Pulp Fiction. Even the big guns who can now ask for millions from a movie deal had to start off their careers in cinematic versions of burger flipping.

Edited together by Jason Bailey from Flavorpill, this clip is the second in a series on Famous Faces In Their Film Debuts. The first covered Jack Nicholson, Robert DeNiro, Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer and a whole range of others. Johnny Depp was on hand in his debut A Nightmare on Elm Street which later led him to a spot in the TV show 21 Jump Street and almost 30 years of Total Awesome ever since.

This second covers more than 30 famous faces in their earliest appearances on film. There are more newer actors in this bunch, including Anne Hathaway, James Franco, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zooey Deschanel and Ellen Page. Much respect goes to James Earl Jones who debuted in Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove. We wish we could say the same for ‘chemistry’ teacher Walter White’s real life alter ego Bryan Cranston — he first appeared in the 1987 film Amazon Women On The Moon. Ouch.

[via Flavorwire].