PS: Actors That Became Famous Later in Their Lives

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The old and tired saying still applies: acting is not a sprint, it’s a marathon, and the below list proves this cliche. These currently famous actors received the recognition they deserve a lot later in their lives, and most of them will tell you that there are no regrets.

Which one do you like the most?
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Michael Caine, Stallone, Jason Statham, Sean Connery,  A Rickman
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Statham became famous at 31.
Stallone at the age of 30. 
Ford at 35 
Hackman at 37.
Michael Caine at 33.
Sean Connery at 32. 

Morgan Freeman at the age of 50. Now that's what I call a late bloomer. Anyone who becomes famous in his early 30s (and even late 30s) is hardly a late bloomer. 40 or 45 should be the limit.


Louis de Funès at the age of 50
Raimu at the age of 48
Steve Carrell at the age of 42
Melissa McCarthy at the age of 40
Kathy Bates at the age of 43
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"Later in their lives" makes me think 70s, perhaps 60s. It's not at all unusual for fame to come to screen actors in the 40s (Tilda Swinton, Steve Carrell, Viola Davis, Samuel L. Jackson, Lucille Ball, Ricky Gervais, Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Octavia Spencer, Burt Reynolds years ago, Jean Reno, etc.) and even if you use above 50, I'd change the title from "later in the lives" (that would mean Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino, etc. are now later in their lives) and also note that acting is an industry in which people often start in childhood (including teens) so hitting fame in one's 30s, which is average for the small percentage who ever become famous, is still often a function of time and building credits and recognition. When I think "later bloomers," I think of Helen Mirren, who was about 60.

FYC (actors not well known until over 50)
Helen Mirren
Christoph Waltz
Tom Wilkerson
Richard Jenkins
Mark Rylance
Morgan Freeman
Bryan Cranston
Judi Dench
Leslie Nielson
Margo Martindale
Estelle Getty
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Helen Mirren was Oscar nominated before she was 50. But I agree she’s still a valid option for a poll like this.
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I would count it on the time they had and what level they reached. So Heath Ledger is on my list, too. On the other hand, I totally agree with the option the actors should be older for having achieved more filmography weight.
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no offense young are you?...

many of these actors became famous when they were still young...michael caine (alfie)...connery (bond)...stallone (rocky)...burt reynolds (you name it...he made a million of them)...even harrison ford wasn't exactly drooling in his soup when he did star wars...just to name a few...
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---- has a point :/
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Maybe there should be a poll for actors who became famous late in their acting careers, such as people who had lead roles in tons of obscure movies, or minor supporting roles in tons of hit movies, but who wound up being well-known for their participation in a small body of later works.
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I agree. The list of actors I suggested above (Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston, Morgan Freeman, etc.) fit that description. 
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Yes, excellent examples, and there are some young people who almost nobody even knew were extensive child actors. Paul Walker was one. Thankfully, however, he did live long enough that the high-profile part of his career was spanned longer than the material from before. Pleasantville was kind of like a breakout role for him.