15 Actors Who Rose to Fame After 40

Previously we presented you with a list of people who became successful until after the age of 40, and this time we leave you another list but with the name of some actors who achieved fame from the age of 40.

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Success doesn’t happen overnight, and the celebrities on the list below are proof that only with perseverance and perseverance can you achieve fame.


1. Morgan Freeman

Actor: Morgan Freeman

Freeman made his acting debut at the age of 34 and soon after stepped away from the screens for a long time. But it wasn’t until his 50s that he rose to fame, after earning his first Oscar nomination for the film Driving Miss Daisy.

2. Tommy Lee Jones

Actor Tommy Lee Jones

Although he had an impressive talent for soccer, Tommy dedicated his entire life to theater and film. However, it wasn’t until he was 47 years old that he received recognition and was awarded an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the film The Fugitive.

3. Melissa Ann McCarthy

Melissa Ann McCarthy

Throughout her career she has been nominated for several awards, but she achieved great success and fame with the film Maids of Honor in 2011. She is one of the actresses who has shown that 41 is a good age to stand out in your career.

4. Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen

This actor gained worldwide fame when at the age of 54 he starred in the comedy film Airplane, for which he began to be classified as a comedian.

5. Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates

Throughout her career, Kathy has participated in different supporting roles for several films that have received endless awards and accolades, but it was not until her participation at the age of 42 in the lead role of the film Misery.

6. Pierre Richard

Actor Pierre Richard

This actor achieved worldwide fame at the age of 42 when he participated in the performances of the comedy Little Man.

7. Steve Carell

famous comedy actor Steve Carell

Steve Carell worked as a correspondent on several television shows, but his great talent for comedy was discovered at the age of 43, after starring in the famous and funny movie Virgin at 40.

8. Kim Cattrall

 Kim Cattrall, famous for her role in the romantic comedy Sex and the City

After several years of participating and failing in various auditions for some movies, Kim rose to fame for her participation in the romantic comedy Sex and the City.

9. Jean Reno

Jean Reno famous for his participation in the movie "Subway"

It took Jean Reno many years to become famous in the world of cinema, but it was at the age of 46 alongside Luc Besson that he began to gain international fame for his performance in the film Subway.

10. Jane Lynch

actress Jane Lynch

Jane Lynch rose to fame when she was at the age of 43 and participated in the documentary Best in Show alongside Jennifer Coolidge. A role she got thanks to a director remembering her for having starred in a Zucaritas commercial in the 90’s.

11. Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball, famous actress

Ball rose to fame in her 40s with her hit series I Love Lucy, which began long after she had played small roles in B-movies and some productions of the time.

12. Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman

Before he was known as the famous Professor Severus Snape, Alan Rickman worked at a graphic design firm with his friends. His first success was for his participation in the film Dangerous Liaisons, with which he won a nomination for a Tony Award. His career grew further in his 40s, after playing Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

13. George Clooney

photograph of the famous actor George Clooney

His fame and recognition reached him at the age of 40, shortly after starring in the famous series ER, in which he played Dr. Doug Ross.

14. Glenn Close

Actress Glenn Close 2016

This actress has a long career in theater, but it was not until she was 40 years old that she began to be recognized worldwide, thanks to her participation in the films Fatal Attraction and Dangerous Liaisons.

15. Geoffrey Rush

 Geoffrey Rush actor

This Australian actor focused his career on theater, but it wasn’t until 1996, at the age of 45, that he played pianist David Helfgott in the film Shine. Participation with which he won the Oscar for Best Actor and managed to make the great leap to fame.

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