1. Gene Simmons
The bassist of Kiss taught sixth grade in Harlem before he became the world’s most famous bass-playing demon. Simmons was fired for replacing the works of Shakespeare with Spiderman comics, which he thought the students were more likely to actually read.
Before he became a star with The Police, Sting taught English, music, and soccer at St. Catherine’s Convent School.
3. J.K. Rowling
The Harry Potter author worked as an English teacher in Portugal as she plotted out the early adventures of her young wizards.
4. Mr. T
It was hard for Chicago students to be fools when it came to gym class in the mid-1970s. I don’t pity those kids. That would be AWESOME!
5. Sylvester Stallone
Did you know you were seeing a matchup of tough-guy teachers when you watched Rocky III? When Sly was attending the American College in Switzerland during the 1960s, he worked as a gym teacher to earn extra spending money.
6. Billy Crystal
The comedian worked as a junior high substitute teacher on Long Island while he waited for his career to take off.
7. Stephen King
Although he initially had to work in an industrial laundry after his college graduation, the horror master eventually found a teaching job that paid a cool $6,400 a year at the Hampden Academy in Hampden, Maine. King wrote Salem’s Lot while living in a trailer and working this job during the day.