There’s a feeling that some actors have never been young. No matter which film you see them in, they already have wrinkles. But the thing is, maybe we haven’t seen their early roles or we simply failed to recognize them.
1 Willem Dafoe
The first successful film with Willem is Platoon released in 1986. Dafoe was even nominated for an Oscar for his role. Then he disappeared for 10 years, taking part in unpopular projects. The actor became really famous once he turned 40 after he appeared in some cult movies from the 1990s and 2000s.
2 Kevin Spacey
For 10 years, Kevin worked on little-known movies and then finally came out of the shadows and got an Oscar for his supporting role in The Usual Suspects released in 1995. And though Kevin had appeared in court in recent years, he’ll stay forever in the world of cinema.
3 Kim Cattrall
If you’re not a Police Academy fan, then, the most memorable of Kim’s role is Samantha from Sex and the City. At the time of filming the first season, she was already 42 years old and 48 during the last one.
4 Danny Trejo
Danny entered the film industry at the age of 40 in 1983, but he’s managed to take part in around 300 films already. We started to recognize him in the middle of the 90s. For example, many of us still associate Trejo with the vampire bartender in From Dusk Till Dawn released in 1995.
5 Dean Norris
Dean Norris started appearing on the screen at the end of the 80s. He didn’t become famous until about 20 years later when his character Hank, from Breaking Bad, became an audience favorite.
6 Terry O’Quinn
Terry started taking part in movies way earlier than he became John Locke from Lost, but we bet most people started noticing him after this role. Before that he used to play secondary roles in unpopular films and series.
7 Stanley Tucci
The audience didn’t get acquainted with the actor until he was already 40 years old. Some movies like The Terminal, The Devil Wears Prada, and The Lovely Bones made Stanley Tucci incredibly recognizable.
8 Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis became recognizable after True Lies was released in 1994, when she was 36. In the 2000s, she became really popular thanks to some good comedies. For example, at age 45, she played both a strict mom and a naughty 15-year-old girl in Freaky Friday.
9 Jean Reno
This French actor started taking part in movies in 1978, but most people don’t remember him until 1993 thanks to Les Visiteurs or even until 1994 thanks to his role in Léon. During the filming of these 2 movies, Jean was over the age of 45.
10 Donald Sutherland
Donald Sutherland started his career with series in the 60s, but his first notable projects weren’t released until the beginning of the 90s. Even today, many of us know this actor but can’t remember his name. For filmmakers, his face is suitable for secondary roles, but this didn’t stop Donald from winning an Oscar for his outstanding talent.
11 Viggo Mortensen
At the time of filming the brilliant The Lord of the Rings, Viggo was 43. His acting career is usually divided into “before” and “after” Aragorn.
12 Jessica Lange
Jessica’s first role was the central female character in King Kong from 1976. Today, we mostly know her thanks to her role in American Horror Story, which brought her 2 Emmy Awards. At the time of filming the first season, she was over 60.
13 Jeff Bridges
His first successful role is the dude from The Big Lebowski, and Jeff was almost 50 there. It was the moment Jeff’s career took off, and now, no one can say they don’t know this actor.
14 Mickey Rourke
Some of us probably remember this handsome guy from the beginning of his career, but the consequences of boxing and unsuccessful plastic surgery have changed his appearance forever. Fortunately, the actor has discovered his new type of character: for example, Marv from Sin City and a wrestling star from The Wrestler.
15 Ben Kingsley
Ben started his career with unpopular series and secondary roles. At age 40, he won an Oscar for his role in Gandhi released in 1983. Later, we could see him playing a Jewish accountant, a Persian doctor, and other roles.
16 Kathy Bates
Before her amazing role in Misery was released in 1990, Kathy played in many films, but they didn’t make her famous. At the time this film was released, the actress was already 42.
17 Mads Mikkelsen
In the left photo, you can see this 30-year-old Danish actor: he looked this way when he acted in the theater. Today, Mads is 53. By the way, he got his first cinema role at age 31 and became famous only after he turned 40.