The results of school picture day are always a toss up. You could end up with a beautiful milestone keepsake, or you just might be left with something a little more… unique. No matter what, those pictures capture a moment in time before we are grown-ups, or in the case of these celebs’ yearbook pictures, the time before they were famous.

The Emmys just kicked off the start of awards season, which means we’ll be treated to dazzling photos of stars dressed up in their absolute best. But what about the days before they had designers to dress them and make-up artists to make them shine? Check out the yearbook photos of a few of your favorite celebs before they were stars.

Ellen DeGeneres

Milo Ventimiglia

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Matt Damon

Viola Davis

Patricia Arquette

Jerry Seinfeld

Jane Lynch

Don Cheadle

David Letterman

If you want to catch a glimpse of your own classmates, check out Ancestry.com’s Yearbook Collection here.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

All photos: Courtesy of Ancestry.com

 

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