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Celebrity Sub-Culture

Celebrity photos, links and biographies of famous people who have been on the road: hitchhiking, train hopping, running away. Includes actors, musicians, writers and more.

Musicians, actors, writers and more who have spent time on the road- as hitchhikers, homeless, runaways or train hoppers. Learn a little more about the celebrity history you don't always hear.
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Flea aka Michael Peter Balzary

Flea aka Michael Peter Balzary
Flea, bassist for the band Red Hot Chili Peppers, hitchhiked southern California with bandmate and friend, Anthony Kiedis as a teenager.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Harland 'Colonel' Sanders

Harland 'Colonel' Sanders
Colonel Sanders spent two years driving across the United States looking for restaurants to buy his chicken recipe. He was reportedly turned down 1,009 times! His road determination paid off, and the Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise was born.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Anthony Kiedis

Anthony Kiedis
Kiedis hitchhiked southern California with bandmate and friend, Flea.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin
Joplin, the iconic singer/songwriter of the late 60s, is said to have loved hitchhiking. She thumbed back and forth from Texas to California a few times. One of these trips resulted in her meeting with the band that would get her started- Big Brother and the Holding Company.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Kurt Cobain

Kurt Cobain
Frontman/guitarist for the grunge band, Nirvana.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Steve-O aka Stephen Glover

Steve-O aka Stephen Glover
Steve-O of MTV's Wildboyz and Jackass dropped out of college to follow the Grateful Dead and remained homeless for 3 years. He later hitchhiked to Denver to audition for clown college. It was a few years later that he became known as the amazing idiot who would do anything in front of the camera on one of MTV's most popular shows of all time.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Bjork

Bjork
The musician and actress, known first with the Icelandic band, The Sugarcubes, and then her solo projects, talks about hitchhiking:    » More Celebrity travel bio

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
Dylan hitchhiked extensively during his early years as a folk musician. It was rumored he even hopped a few freight trains like his idol, Woody Guthrie. In his recent autobiography, Chronicles, Volume One, he sets the record straight, saying he in fact never did hop a train.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Lou Costello, aka Louis Cristillo

Lou Costello, aka Louis Cristillo
Louis Francis Cristillo was born March 3, 1906, in Paterson, New Jersey. Lou's father was an Italian immigrant and his mother was Irish-American. Lou's main interests as a child [were] basketball, baseball and the movies. One Halloween Lou won a prize for his costume and impression of Charlie Chaplin. Lou was an excellent basketball player and was a state champion foul shooter. Lou also was an amateur boxer and never lost a fight. However he didn't tell his father about his boxing career, but one night Lou's dad was in the audience and saw that his son was fighting. Lou's boxing career was quickly ended. In the late 20s Lou decided he would become a movie star and him and a buddy of his hitchhiked their way to Hollywood. They arrived pennyless and went without work for months on end. Lou would go to the studios each morning looking for odd jobs and work for him to do. He was hired as a stunt man at MGM and did stunt work on several films.    » More Celebrity travel bio

Michael Gira (Swans)

Michael Gira (Swans)
Gira, songwriter and musician from the band, Swans, ran away while in Europe with his father as a young teenager. At 14, he was on the road, taken under the wing of a few hippies and tramping to Israel. He lived on the street, sold drugs to get by and even spent 3 and a half months in an adult jail. There he gained strange inspiration for later songs.    » More Celebrity travel bio
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· Simon Jones

· Dan Aykroyd

· Howard Dean

· Ross Perot

· Karl Malden

· Mike Leigh

· Oliver Hardy

· Stephen Fry


  

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