Steve Van Zandt was in the Bruce Springsteen band when it was unknown. He was making $200 a week. He left just before it became famous. He made five albums of his own, but none clicked.
He spoke at the 1997 Rock Hall of Fame induction ceremony. The producer of the Sopranos was watching, and decided to cast him as Tony Soprano's right hand man. Steve had never acted but he fit right in. "I spent my whole life trying to learn about who I am. Being somebody else is a vacation," he said.
Another comeback: Just as "The Sopranos" began filming, Bruce Springsteen called. He was putting the E Street Band back together and wanted Van Zandt to tour with him again.