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It is easy to think that you have to be young to start a career in acting and to be considered one of the greatest. But this is not the case! Not everyone began their careers in their 20's and with a shiny degree in performing arts. This list is only 10 of the countless actors that have made strides in their careers later in their life to secure their
A-List name and fame!
Samuel L. Jackson
Against 1990's screen legends like Bruce Willis and John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson's breaking role came at the Age of 45. In 1994, Jackson made his debut in 'Pulp Fiction'. Now we cannot fathom a world of screen with out the former social worker.
First appearing in "Die Hard" at the age of 42, the late Alan Rickman made generation's of super fans fall in love with Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series.
Queen of Comedy, Melissa McCarthy has only recently made it big when she starred as a supporting role in "Bridesmaids", working with comedy legends Jason Bateman, Sandra Bullock and heartthrobs like Jude Law, McCarthy is a comedy whirlwind we all have fallen in love with.
From making cabinets to capturing the hearts of inter galactic princesses, Harrison Ford made his debut in the phenomenon Star Wars at the age of that led to legendary roles like Indiana Jones and Rick Deckard in Blade Runner.
Committed to her art, Kathy Bates spent most of her life acting small roles on stage and screen without losing faith in that breakthrough role which came to her in the form of Annie Wilkes in Rob Reiner's adaption of Stephen King's "Misery". Her performances now range across acclaimed series like 'American Horror Story' and 'Six Feet Under'.
Probably the most high profile actor on this list, Morgan Freeman, didn't make waves in the industry until the Age of 52 in 'Driving Miss Daisy a role he originated on stage and went on to appear in an endless stream of box office hits. He didn't even win an Oscar until 1994 for "Million Dollar Baby"!
At the age of 38, Renner landed the lead role in Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker" as Sergeant William James. The success of the film catapulted Renner into stardom as he went on to land a recurring role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and starred in another blockbuster hit "The Bourne Legacy".
Everyone has yelled 'ADRIANNNNN' at least once in reminiscing Stallone's leading role of Rocky. But at one point in his career Sylvester Stallone was in fact homeless and struggling to find work. After fighting for the lead in his own screen play, Sylvester's performance skyrocketed him to fame and landed him roles in other successful franchises such as John Rambo in the "Rambo" series.
From the stage to the streets of Jersey, it wasn't until Gandolfini was 38 that he landed his breakout role as mob boss Tony Soprano in HBO's hit show "The Sopranos", a role he reprised for 8 years and won 3 Emmy's, a Screen Actor's Guild Award and a Golden Globe. He went on to appear in several hit films including Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" and opposite Tom Hardy in "The Drop"
43 was Jane Lynch's golden age for her career when she landed her big break in the mockumentary "Best in Show" where she played a butch lesbian, dog handler alongside her trophy wife Jennifer Coolidge. "Best in Show" was then followed by work with Judd Apatow's and acclaimed series like "Glee" which secured her an Emmy Award.
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