10 Hollywood Success Stories Against All Odds

Added by Andrew Tyson on Sep 22, 2016
Hollywood Success Stories

Hollywood can eat talent up and spit it right back out. It’s hard to get a break, and even harder to stay relevant. The struggle to get to Hollywood can be difficult, and some have faced greater challenges than others. While these actors, writers, and directors have had to battle great odds to become successes, those battles have given them the strength to stay relevant in a town where fame is extremely fleeting.

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Jim Carrey

Career: Actor

In Dumb and Dumber, Lloyd Christmas spends some quality time in a van with his buddy Harry. This location must have seemed somewhat auspicious for Jim Carrey, who as a child lived out of a van with his parents. After his father lost his job, Carrey had to quit high school to help support his family, taking odd jobs as a janitor. To help his family survive, and to care for his chronically ill mother, Carrey had to give up dreams of ever finishing high school. On top of this, he has had to battle depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder throughout his career. With all of these hurdles, Carrey has still managed to become one of the most recognizable and bankable comedians in the movie business.


Stephen J. Cannell

Career: Television producer, writer and novelist.

For two decades, there were very few hour-long dramas on television that did not bear the mark of Stephen Cannell. Now considered classic American television, shows like The A-Team, Columbo, Baretta, 21 Jump Street, and The Commish helped define the 1980's and early 90's. Not too bad for a man who was diagnosed as dyslexic early in life, and was even forced to dictate his scripts and ideas to a personal secretary, being unable to write them down himself. By the end of his career, the child who couldn't read well and constantly failed English at school had scripted nearly 500 episodes and produced over 1,500 episodes.

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