KEY POINTS

  • Chris Pratt was a waiter for Bubba Gump Shrimp before his stardom
  • He earned $10 million for “Jurassic World"
  • Pratt has been voted as the "Worst Chris" on Twitter

Chris Pratt is one of the highest paid actors today, but no one would have guessed where he started from. 

Prior his stardom, Pratt served as a waiter in Bubba Gump shrimp, a seafood restaurant in Hawaii. But before waiting tables, the actor tried different means to survive including working as a discount ticket salesman and a stripper, per Celebrity Net Worth. Before getting “discovered” he was actually homeless and had it not been for the invite to be part of the movie “Cursed: Part 3” by director Rae Dawn Chong, who knew where Pratt would be now?

He appeared on TV shows such as “Everwood” and “The O.C.” His career took off playing the character of Andy Dwyer on the award-winning series “Parks and Recreation.” The success of his TV career translated to the big screen. Pratt has starred in several worldwide hits such as “Moneyball,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Lego Movie.” He was also part of the franchise films such as the “Jurassic Park” reboot and Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy.” According to Refinery 29, the Virginia, Minnesota native reportedly earned $10 million in 2015 for “Jurassic World.”

pratt - faris Anna Faris and Chris Pratt pose for a photograph upon arrival at the European Gala screening of "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" in London, April 24, 2017. Photo: DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images

With $60 million estimated net worth, Pratt has indeed come a long way. But controversies still hound the Hollywood star. Recently, he made headlines when his spiritual beliefs and political views made fans vote him off as the “Worst Chris” in Hollywood. A Twitter poll suggested that netizens vote for the “Chris” they would like to go. Included in the choices were Pratt, Chris Pine, Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans. Commenters cited Pratt’s affiliation with a church that has anti-LGBT views while some alleged that he is a Trump supporter. The actor denied the rumor about his church, a report from CNN revealed. 

Fellow actors from the “Avengers: Infinity War” movie defended the 41-year-old over the allegations. Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo and Robert Downey Jr. all expressed their support for Pratt. Some have called the controversy a distraction as the election draws near. 

On the personal side, the “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” star was previously married to Anna Faris for eight years. They divorced in 2018. Pratt is now married to Katherine Schwarzenegger, the daughter of Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

For Pratt, who went from homeless to multimillionaire, his career is proof that sometimes one only needs an opportunity to succeed. In his case, luck, hard work and talent have played their part to get him where he is right now.