Some actors give off the impression of never having been young. They already have wrinkles in every movie you can think of. However, the truth is that perhaps we failed to notice them or we failed to realize their early functions.
17. Willem Dafoe
The 1986 movie Platoon was Willem’s first commercially successful effort. Even an Oscar nomination for Dafoe’s performance. He then vanished for ten years while working on contentious projects. After appearing in various cult movies from the 1990s and 2000s, the actor only became truly famous when he was 40 years old.
16. Kevin Spacey
Kevin spent ten years working on small movies before coming out of the shadows and winning an Oscar for his supporting performance in The Usual Suspects, which came out in 1995. And even if Kevin has recently appeared in court, he will always be known in the world of movies.
15. Kim Cattrall
If you’re not a fan of The Police Academy, Samantha from Sex and the City is probably Kim’s most well-known character. She was 42 years old when the first season of the show was being filmed, and 48 years old when the last season was.
14. Danny Trejo
Danny started working in movies in 1983 when he was 40 years old, and he has since appeared in more than 300 movies. In the middle of the 1990s, we began to identify him. Trejo, for instance, is still remembered by many of us as the vampire bartender from the 1995 movie From Dusk Till Dawn.
13. Dean Norris
In the late 1980s, Dean Norris made his screen debut. Only 20 years later, when the public began to appreciate his Breaking Bad character Hank, did he become well-known.
12. Terry O’Quinn
Although Terry began appearing in movies far earlier than he played John Locke on Lost, we are confident that after this part, the majority of people started paying attention to him. He had previously had bit parts in unpopular movies and TV shows.
11. Stanley Tucci
This actor wasn’t introduced to the audience until he was 40 years old. The Devil Wears Prada, The Lovely Bones, and The Terminal are just a few of the films that made Stanley Tucci a household name.
10. Jamie Lee Curtis
After the debut of the slasher film “Halloween,” Jamie Lee Curtis gained notoriety as a “scream queen,” and in 1994, when she was 36 years old, the movie “True Lies,” she gained it again. She had a lot of success in the 2000s thanks to some excellent comedy. For instance, in the movie Freaky Friday, she played both a severe mother and a mischievous 15-year-old at the age of 45.
9. Jean Reno
Although this French actor began appearing in movies in 1978, it wasn’t until 1993 or possibly 1994 that most people became aware of him because of his part in the film Léon. Jean was older than 45 when these two movies were being made.
8. Donald Sutherland
Although Donald Sutherland began his career in the 1960s with serials, it wasn’t until the early 1990s that he produced his first noteworthy works. Many of us still recognize this performer today but cannot recall his name. Although Donald’s visage is more suited for supporting roles in movies, this did not prevent him from winning an Oscar for his exceptional talent.
7. Viggo Mortensen
Viggo was 43 years old when the masterful “Lord of the Rings” was being filmed. It is customary to categorize his acting career into “before” and “after” Aragorn.
6. Jessica Lange
In the 1976 movie King Kong, Jessica’s first part was as the lead female character. She is well known to us now thanks to her performance in American Horror Story, for which she won two Emmys. She was already older than 60 when the first season’s filming began.
5. Jeff Bridges
Jeff was around 50 years old when he played the guy in The Big Lebowski, which was his first popular role. It was the turning point in Jeff’s career, and no one can today claim not to be familiar with the actor.
4. Mickey Rourke
Although some of us may recall this gorgeous man’s early professional days, the ravages of boxing and poor plastic surgery have permanently altered his appearance. For example, Marv from Sin City and the wrestler from The Wrestler are examples of the actor’s new sort of characters.
3. Ben Kingsley
Ben began his acting career in unpopular shows and little parts. He won an Oscar at the age of 40 for his performance in the 1983 movie Gandhi. In the future, he might appear as a Persian doctor, a Jewish accountant, or another character.
2. Kathy Bates
Kathy had starred in numerous movies before her amazing performance in Misery in 1990, but none of them helped her achieve fame. The actress was 42 years old at the time this movie was released.
1. Mads Mikkelsen
This Danish actor, 30, may be seen in the picture on the left; this is how he appeared when performing in the theater. Mads is 53 years old today. By the way, he was cast in his first movie at age 31 and didn’t become well-known until he was 40.