7 Actors  Who Found Fame Later in Life

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Samuel L. Jackson


Even though he didn't get his big break until he was 46 and played Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, Jackson has made more than 100 movies, including parts in the Star Wars and Avengers franchises, and is the highest-grossing actor of all time. He started out on stage, and Together For Days, a drama from 1973, was his first movie role.

Jon Hamm


Jon Hamm, who has won an Emmy Award, worked as a drama teacher before he moved to Hollywood in 1995 to act full time. After a few years of getting small roles in movies and TV shows, Hamm was cast at age 36 as Don Draper in the AMC show Mad Men. The part made him a star, and he has been working steadily ever since, adding voice acting and many comedy roles to his list of skills.


Jessica Chastain

Her first screen role was on ER in 2004, but the actress, who went to Juilliard, mostly worked on stage until her part in The Help in 2011 helped her "rise out of obscurity." She was 33 when she got the part. Since then, she has been in popular movies like Interstellar and Zero Dark Thirty, for which she was nominated for two Oscars.


Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford studied English and philosophy in college, but after taking a drama class, he decided he wanted to be an actor instead. After trying for a long time to make it in Hollywood, he got a small part in George Lucas's 1973 movie American Graffiti. At age 35, Ford became famous because he played Han Solo in the hugely popular movie Star Wars.


Jason Statham

Before he became the hero of The Transporter, Jason Statham played in a family band, dove in the Olympics, and worked as a model. When he was selling fake jewelry on the street, he met the director Guy Ritchie, which changed his life. Statham, who had only been in video shorts before, was cast in Guy Ritchie's popular 1998 movie Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels when he was 31. This was the beginning of his career as a star.


Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais was 40 years old when the first episode of The Office, which he starred in and helped create with Stephen Merchant, aired. The success of the show in the UK and around the world made Gervais a household name, even though he had been writing for comedy series and sketch shows for years before that. Since The Office ended, he has written for, directed, and been in several TV shows and movies. He has also been the host of the Golden Globes five times.


Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy finally started to get noticed when she turned 30. Her role as Sookie on the hit show Gilmore Girls aided her in accomplishing this. She had parts in the movies The Kid, Drowning Mona, and Charlie's Angels that same year. But it was her unforgettable Oscar-nominated role in the movie Bridesmaids 11 years later that made her a real star and made her one of the most loved comedy actresses around.