10 actors who made it BIG later in life
Acting is a tough gig. It can be years before you make your mark – if you're worried that things aren't panning out quite as quickly as you'd like, then don't! There are plenty of stars who took their sweet time too. Here's Mandy's rundown of ten actors who made it later in life.
If you haven't already, check out our list of actresses who got their big break later on.
Witha string of bit parts and supporting roles under his belt dating backto 1968, Bryan Cranston has been working consistently most of hisadult life. But he hadn't gained recognition until a little family comedy showcalled Malcolm in The Middle hit screens in early 2000, when he was 44.This launched him into the mainstream, but it wasn't until eight years later, with Breaking Bad, that he became the household name we all knowtoday. In its final season, Cranston took home a cool $1.8 million (£1.29m). Now inhis 60s, Cranston's list of IMDb credits is as long as it is impressive.
Everyone'sfavourite narrator, star of The Shawshank Redemption, Deep Impact,Kiss The Girls, Seven, Million Dollar Baby, The Dark Knight – thelist goes on (and on, and on), Morgan Freeman surprisingly wasn't always in highdemand. Working since 1964 (in The Pawnbroker, he played 'man on thestreet'), it wasn't until Driving Miss Daisy in 1989, where he playedHoke Colburn, for which he was nominated for an Oscar, that heachieved proper recognition. He has gone on to become one of the mostrecognisable voices in the industry and has since won an Oscar for Million Dollar Baby.
Themaster of cringe humour started out doing bit parts on long forgottenChannel 4 comedy The 11 O'clock Show (which also launched the careersof Charlie Brooker and Sacha Baron Cohen) while he attempted to get his ownTV show off the ground. When The Office hit our screens, Ricky Gervais then really hit the big time – aged 43. The Office's deft mix ofalmost unbearably uncomfortable humour and a relatable officeenvironment made it an instant classic. He then went on to start astand up career, was one of the first stars to adopt podcasting, hitgold again with Extras and has now successfully infiltratedHollywood.
Aftera number of smaller comic roles including The Dana Carvey Show andAnchorman, Judd Apatow's The 40 Year Old Virgin was Carrell's first major starringrole. From there the American actor starred in the US adaptation of The Office, won several awards, is lead actor in the Despicable Me franchise and enjoyed an Oscar nomination for Olympicwrestling drama, Foxcatcher. And his career isn't slowing down, with fivefilms already in in pre-production this year.
Selfprofessed 'guy who got killed or fired' in every film or TV show hewas in, it wasn't until Golden Globe-winning series Modern Family came around in 2009 that hiscareer took a major turn – before that he was the friend, thesnarky lawyer, or the leering co-worker. Modern Family began when Burrell was 40 and the sitcom is still running today.
Beforehis untimely death, Alan Rickman was one of the most beloved Britishactors in the world. After years of work at the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC), Rickman gained wider recognition for his first major role asHans Gruber in Die Hard at the age of 42. The villainous role led to a career full of amazinghighlights, including Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, Dogma, LoveActually and perhaps most famously, bringing to life Professor Snapein the Harry Potter series.
Pluckedfrom the obscurity of German stage and television by QuentinTarantino, for a front and centre role in World War II thriller Inglourious Basterds, asColonel Hans Landa in 2009, Waltz had been working solidly since the1970s supporting his family with plays and small TV roles. He hassince returned to work with Tarantino in Django Unchained, workedwith Matt Damon in Downsizing and stars in the up-and-coming RobertRodriguez spectacular Alita: Battle Angel. Waltz, who got his Hollywood break at 52, has wontwo Oscars.
Byage 38, Jeremy Renner had amassed a long list of credits, but nothingtoo substantial. It was Kathryn Bigelow's Oscar-nominated war film The Hurt Locker that launched him into thespotlight proper, earning Renner a nomination for Best Actor. He then went on toplay Hawkeye in the multi-billion dollar franchise The Avengers,which is approaching its last instalment this year.
SamuelL Jackson (69)
Aman who needs no introduction – one of the most iconic actors ofthe last twenty years, famous for his ability to make curse wordsalmost sound lyrical. Samuel L. Jackson was 46 when he was plucked from support roles and putin Quentin Tarantino's groundbreaking classic Pulp Fiction. Since then Jackson has collaborated with Tarantinoregularly, killed a bunch of snakes on a plane, lisped his waythrough Kingsman and even got to wield a lightsaber in the Star Wars prequels.
Everyoneknows the name Don Draper these days. Mad Men was one of the biggestTV shows of the time – making studio AMC a major force to reckon with – and really marked the beginning of Hamm'scareer, aged 36. Pre 2007 his credits are quite sporadic – a serieshere, a guest spot there – but since Mad Men, Hamm has been in numerousfilms, and TV shows, and won several awards for the hit series.Tags: