Stars Who Only Became Really Famous After 50

It’s never too late to be successful in Hollywood. While some celebrities make it at an early age, there are countless others who don’t truly become stars until decades into their career.

Here’s a look at some of those late bloomers who didn’t become household names until after 50, including an actress whose best-known role came at age 60 (page 7) and an actress who was nominated for an Oscar at 85 (page 13).

1. Christoph Waltz

Christoph Waltz posing on a red carpet while in a tuxedo.

Christoph Waltz | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Christoph Waltz began acting at the age of 23, but it wasn’t until 53 that he became widely recognized all over the world. The role that really catapulted him to stardom was Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds. 

This performance won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, and he went on to star in films like The Green Hornet, The Three MusketeersDjango Unchained, and Spectre

Next: This actor’s breakthrough role came when he was 50 years old.

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