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20 Mega Stars Who Struck Gold Only After The Age Of 30!

20 Mega Stars Who Struck Gold Only After The Age Of 30!

Age is just a number, and we're all working against different timelines. And, these celeb stories are proof.

According to our modern society, if you don't succeed before your thirties not much can be done with your life. Such high standards of achievements are bound to leave the underachievers feeling like a lost cause. But, don't be disheartened with what others have to say because everyone has a different pace at which they do things. There are countless celebrities who rose to fame very late in life. So it really doesn't matter when you achieve your goals in life and these celebrities vouch for it.

1. Liam Neeson, 40



 

Believe it or not, Liam Neeson used to be a truck driver. Although he started acting at the age of 25, he rose to prominence at the age of 40 after his movie Schlinder's List was released. 

2. Stan Lee, 39



 

Although Lee started working with comic books at the early age of 17, he achieved success after more than twenty years of hard work. Initially, he worked for Timely Publications and slowly rose to fame. He published his first comic book in 1951 when he was 39 years old.

3. Alan Rickman, 42



 

Not many people know that Alan Rickman used to be a graphic designer before attending the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art to become an actor. The first huge role he got was of Hans Gruber in the movie Die Hard.

4. J.K. Rowling, 32



 

Rowling had to go through a lot (divorce, depression, poverty) before she published her first book in 1997.

5. Kerry Washington, 35



 

Kerry Washington was 35 when she received her first major role in the hit TV series Scandal.

6. Bob Ross, 41



 

Bob Ross is a self-trained painter, who served the US Air Force for 20 years before taking up art.

7. Bryan Cranston, 44



 

After making several appearances in television shows he finally landed his first major role when he was 44. He played Hal in the popular sitcom Malcolm in the Middle.

8. Martha Stewart, 41



 

Did you know that Martha Stewart used to work as a stockbroker in the Wall Street? Well, she quit her job and started her own catering business and was 41 when she published her first cookbook.

9. Morgan Freeman, 50



 

Freeman dreamed of becoming an actor since childhood but joined the Air Force instead, after finishing school. But you know how a dream never dies, right? Freeman gave into his passion and landed his first major role in Street Smart when he was 50.

10. Jessica Chastain, 34



 

Jessica Chastain received very little success in her acting career after completing her graduation. It was after her role in The Help that she (then 34 years old) received international success.

11. Viola Davis, 43



 

Viola Davis had several small roles before receiving her first break in the movie Doubt when she was 43.

12. Jane Lynch, 49



 

Lynch played many small roles in several movies but only rose to prominence when she was cast in the TV series Glee.

13. Samuel L. Jackson, 46



 

Jackson was a hardcore of drama since his early twenties but was only able to achieve success after portraying the role of Jules Winnfield in Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction.

14. Kathryn Joosten, 60



 

Joosten used to be a psychiatric nurse who joined her community theater at the age of 42. When she was 60 she got herself a role in "The West Wing".

15. Ken Jeong, 38



 

Ken Jeong used to be a successful physician before becoming an actor. He was 38 when he got his first break in Knocked Up.

16. Steve Carell, 43



 

The Office was Carell first big break and he was already 43 by then. Things started falling into place for this actor after this series aired.

17. Sylvester Stallone, 30



 

Unlike many actors, Stallone had a hard time bagging a job and was also homeless some point. Things took a 360 degree turn when he landed the main part in the movie Rocky.

18. Danny Trejo, 41



 

Danny fought his way through his drug addiction and rose to fame when he was offered a role in Runaway Train.

19. Harrison Ford, 35



 

Unhappy with the roles Ford received in movies, he became a carpenter. Luckily someone noticed his talent and cast him as Han Solo in the 1977 Star Wars film.

20. Billy Bob Thornton, 41



 

Billy had to struggle a lot as an actor but things changed when he wrote, directed and acted in the movie Sling Blade in 1996.

21. Jonathan Daniel Hamm, 37



 

Jon Hamm waited tables back in the 90s to help with his struggle to become an actor. He was 37 when he received his role as Don Draper in the hit TV series Mad Men.

22. Christopher Waltz, 53



 

After his role of Col. Hans Landa in Inglorious Basterds, the Australian-German actor received international acclaim at the age of 53.

23. Oprah Winfrey, 32



 

Oprah was fired from her job as a news anchor because she was too emotional about the stories she had to read. But this empathy was the virtue that led to the creation the most popular talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.

24. Colonel Sanders, 62



 

Sanders had his fingers dipped in all sorts of pies. He was a fireman, steam engine stoker, and insurance salesman. You'd be surprised to know that he even tried his hand at law but nothing seemed to work out for him. Ultimately, he opened up his restaurant in the 1930s.

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