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9 Actors With Surprising Side Jobs

They may have made it in Hollywood, but these actors still find time to pursue other interests in their spare time.

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1. Patrick J. Adams, the photographer

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One of the leads of USA's Suits, Adams is also a very talented photographer who, by the looks of his tumblr, is lucky enough to get to travel a lot. "My mom is not happy about this. She spent a lot of money sending me to school for acting, and then I go with photographer," he said on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon when they discussed photos he'd taken at Burning Man.

2. Wendell Pierce, the grocer

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Famous for his role as Detective Bunk Moreland on The Wire, in 2012 Pierce opened a grocery store called Sterling Farms in New Orleans with the aim of serving neighborhoods with limited access to fresh food, often referred to as food deserts. A New Orleans native who currently stars in Treme, Pierce told The New York Times that “It’s life imitating art, and art imitating life. The shows influence me, and the work I do influences the shows.”


3. Nick Offerman, the woodworker

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"In my day job, performing for folks is a gas, and I am very tickled to make a nice living as a professional jackass, but it is the production of sawdust and shavings that brings me the most profound satisfaction," Offerman wrote on The Huffington Post about his love of woodworking. The Parks and Recreation star, who learned to carve as a kid growing up in Illinois, sells his wares at the Offerman Wood Shop in Los Angeles. His love of carving even inspired the writers to add his talent to the interests of his character Ron Swanson on the show.

4. Patrick Dempsey, the barista

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Grey's Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey and his investment company bid $9.15 million to buy Seattle coffee chain Tully's Coffee in early 2013 – and won. "It was a brand that needed to be preserved. There were 500 jobs at stake and it just felt right," Dempsey told CNN. Perhaps he got the idea from his role in the made-for-tv movie Lucky 7; his character in that film owned a bagel shop (much to the chagrin of his ex-girlfriend, who left him when he quit his job in banking).

5. Daniel Day-Lewis, the cobbler

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During a break from acting in the late '90s, Daniel Day-Lewis learned the art of "cutting, shaping, gluing, nailing and fitting shoes" from a craftsman in Florence. He became so enraptured with carpentry that he built sets on one of his wife's movies and, according to the Daily Mail, his son thought that was his real job.

6. Jeremy Renner, the house flipper

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With his friend Kristoffer Winters (also an actor), The Hurt Locker's Jeremy Renner has flipped more than 15 houses since 2002. "I will never be in the stock market," Renner told Esquire. "It's just gambling. I'm a gambler, but I'll gamble on the practicality of things. If I'm all-in on a structure, at least I can sleep in the damn thing."

7. Tom Selleck, the avocado farmer

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Currently starring in Blue Bloods, Tom Selleck also has an avocado farm that's 20-acres large in Ventura, California. "It's hard to make a living, let alone a profit," Selleck told People magazine. But the weirdest part is that he doesn't even like them! "They make me gag."

8. Steven Seagal, the cop

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Known for his work in movies like Under Siege, martial artist Steven Seagal is also a deputy in sheriff's departments in Texas and Louisiana. Seagal has an A&E show about his work as "a trained peace officer" called Lawman; of his work he says, "I love getting out on the streets and helping people."

9. Roseanne Barr, the macademia nut farmer

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Roseanne Barr is best known for starring in her eponymous sitcom, but she currently lives on a macadamia nut farm in Hawaii, which prompted a TV show about her life there called Roseanne's Nuts. "They're the perfect protein," she's said of the nuts. "They don't have any carbohydrates and the only fat they've got, which is a lot, but it's the good kind (sic). So it's better than beef. No greenhouse gases. Nice nuts."

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