16 Famous People Who Got Their Big Break Later in Life

BuzzFeed has put together a list of successful stars who didn't get their big break until later in life. Here are 10 that will inspire you to keep going (check out the full list at the link):

  1. After five years of small uncredited roles and four years as a professional carpenter, Harrison Ford was 34 when he finally starred in Star Wars. 
  2. Alan Rickman was 42 years old when he made his cinematic debut as the villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard. 
  3. Julia Child didn't start cooking until she was 36. 
  4. Kristen Wiig was 32 when she was cast on SNL. 
  5. And Leslie Jones wasn't cast on the show until she was 47. 
  6. Bryan Cranston played several odd acting parts until he was 44 years old when he got the role of Hal on Malcolm in the Middle.
  7. Ty Burrell didn't land his role as Phil Dunphy on Modern Family until he was 41. 
  8. Samuel L. Jackson was 46 when he took on his role of Jules Winnifield in Pulp Fiction.
  9. Melissa McCarthy was 30 years old when she starred as Sookie St. James inGilmore Girls.
  10. Kathy Bates was 42 when she portrayed the crazed nurse Annie Wilkes opposite James Caan in Misery.

16 Famous People Who Got Their Big Break Later In Life

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