Hugh Jackman, the versatile actor of stage and screen, got his start as Coco the Clown at kids' birthday parties, presumably scarring them for life — not necessarily because he was scary (even though all clowns are), but because he was awful.

“I had no magic tricks and I remember a 6-year-old standing up at a party saying 'Mummy this clown is terrible, he doesn't know any tricks,'” Jackman once recalled, adding, “And he was right.”

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