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30 Famous People You Are Not Used To Seeing Young

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The majority of celebrities in Hollywood are under 30 years, but without some older stars, Hollywood would just fail. Can you imagine Lord of the Rings with anyone else as Gandalf but fantastic Ian McKellen? Yes, neither could we. We are used to seeing Ian and other actors of his age with gray hair and a wrinkle here and there.

However, they were young once, rebellious, and amazing actors even then. You wondered at least once how Betty White looked like in her twenties? We sure did. So, we made a shortlist of most influential celebrities that you haven’t seen as young adults and teenagers before. So, scroll and be ready to be surprised like never before.

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30. Maggie Smith

Maggie Smith is best known to the younger audiences as incredible professor Minerva McGonagal, in Harry Potter movies. Next to that, she is a celebrated English actress who starred opposite Laurence Olivier at a young age.

She also won her first Oscar for the movie ‘The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.’ Maggie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and went through chemo while filming Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.

29. Helen Mirren

Helen often says how Shakespeare is to blame for her love toward the acting. She was only 13 years old when she saw a production of Hamlet. From that moment on, she knew that she only wants to act. She is known for her extraordinary performances and her firm belief that her career comes first, even before children.

That’s why she never had children. During her career, she played a queen six times and won Oscar for her performance as Queen Elizabeth II in 2006 in The Queen.

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28. Morgan Freeman

Freeman was mostly influenced by the actors such as Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win an Oscar for Best Actor. Did you know that when Morgan was a kid, he pulled a chair from underneath a girl he had a crush on, and that move lead him to drama school?

As a punishment, he had to take part in the school’s drama competition, and he loved it. Morgan is not only a great actor, but he also has an above-average voice. Therefore, he is often the first choice when it comes to documentary narration.

27. Ian McKellen

“You shall not pass” is one of the most iconic lines from the Lord of the Rings, and the credits for it will forever go to marvelous Sir Ian McKellen. His career is so rich that he spends years performing Shakespear and acting in popular fantasies.

He was knighted in 1991 for his talent. Ian is also a great philanthropist. He is especially keen on the elderly. Ian is also one of the first actors to talk publicly about his sexuality. He is also an atheist.

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26. Betty White

As of 2019, Betty White is 98 years old, and she shows no signs of slowing down. Next to being an amazing actress, Betty is a huge animal lover and protector of their well-being. She will refuse any role if there is even potential animal abuse. Before she started her professional career as a comedian and an actress, she was a member of the American Women’s Voluntary Services, where she drove a PX truck during World War II.

Betty has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame alongside the actress for her late husband, Allen Ludden. When she was growing up, she wanted to a zookeeper, but that profession was of the limit for the ladies as the time. When she met President Obama back in 2012, she spent half an hour with the presidential dog, Bo, on her lap.

25. Colin Firth

You may know him thanks to Bridget Jones, but the truth is that Colin Firth kicked off his career with the TV adaptation of Pride and Prejudice, back in 1995. Two things are sure with Colin: he is indeed a gentleman, and if he accepts a movie role, it will definitely earn millions.

Colin is very open about his feelings, and he is not ashamed to admit that he cries every time he watches Dambo. He is also a family man. For the last 21 years, he’s been married to the Italian director Livia Giuggioli. The couple has two sons together. He also speaks Italian and holds Italian citizenship.

24. Ralph Fiennes

Before he became Lord Voldemort, Ralph was best known for his role in the English Patient. Fiennes is also a noted Shakespeare interpreter. He has five siblings, and he is the oldest one. His brother, Joseph Fiennes, played in movies, Killing me softly, and Shakespear in love, next to Nicole Kidman.

His nephew plays the young Tom Riddle, young Lord Voldemort, in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Before he decided to pursue his career in acting, he studied painting at Chelsea College of Art.

23. Patrick Stewart

Sir Patrick Stewart is an English actor, and so far, he had many memorable roles, including the part in forever remarkable Star Track and grand X-Men. He was born in 1940 in Mirfield, England. As a young child, he experiences living in a family with domestic violence form his father. This later on affected his ideological and political beliefs.

He worked as a newspaper reporter, obituary writer, and he trained as a boxer. One of his best friends is Ian McKellen, who even performed a wedding ceremony between Patrick and Sunny Ozell in 2013. He is also known for feeling comfortable while kissing men.

22. Judi Dench

You may know this famous UK actress as Judi Dench, but her real name is Dame Judith Olivia Dench. She had memorable roles as Queen Elizabeth I in Shakespeare in Love, and as M in James Bond. Nowayads, she shows no signs of slowing down, and her latest role was in the musical Cats. Did you know that she had a tattoo with Harvey Weinstein’s name on her backside? Luckily, it was temporary. However, she did treat herself with a tattoo for her 81st birthday, saying – Carpe Diem.

For years she has been fighting macular degeneration, a condition that will eventually lead to sight loss and maybe blindness. So, when she gets a script, she asks family members or friends to read it for her. As a real Dame, she is always seen in her best outfits. Dench has more than 100 TV and film credits, and she is exceptionally outspoken about ageism. She is one of the rare actresses who had never undergo plastic surgery.

21. Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is one of the most beloved actresses nowadays. She has a fantastic talent, a great persona, and she is outspoken and fearless. On top of that, she is not scared to show her talent in various genres, from comedy, over drama, to romance. Did you know that Meryl is actually her nickname? Her full name is Mary Louise Streep. Her work in the 1979 film Kramer vs. Kramer brought her first Academy Award win for Best Supporting Actress. Her first Oscar for the Best actress will come with a movie Sophie’s Choice in 1983.

Her work is so influential from day one that she received a letter from legendary Bette Davis, naming Meryl, her successor in film. Her super fans are called ‘Streepers.’ So far, Meryl’s net worth is around $90 million. Not bad, Meryl. On top of that, in 2014, Meryl was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the States.

20. Julie Andrews

Julie Elizabeth Wells, or simply Julie Andres, is best known for her role as legendary Mary Poppins. Even if you are not familiar with her other work, you must know Mary Poppins. Julies started her acting career very young, landing her first role at the age of 12.

Her role as Eliza Doolittle, in My Fair Lady, launched her to the stars. In 1992 a salmon pink rose bred in England was named after her. She also had an unforgettable performance in The Sound of Music. Privately, Julie enjoys regular life with her family. She has two adopted daughters, both from Vietnam.

19. Anthony Hopkins

Sir Anthony Hopkins will forever be known as the actor who made The Silence of the Lambs so popular. Even if you have watched the movie already, you will get goosebumps every time you watch it. He is just that good. No wonder that he is an Oscar-winner. Richard Burton is the actor who influenced young Hopkins the most in his acting career.

Before he joined the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, he served in the Royal Artillery with the British Army. He turned down the role in Batman in 2005, and it’s little known that his performance in The Silence of the Lambs, lasted for only 24.52 minutes. Nowadays, Hopkins is a true Twitter user, and you can read his tweets daily.

18. Christopher Walken

Christopher Walken is probably one of the best character actors ever. He has a specific nervy charm that enables him to transform into weirdos and villains in no time. Originally, he is from Queens. Did you know that he worked as a lion tamer? Or that he starred in one of Madonna’s videos, called Bad Girl?

Many don’t know that the way he talks he not acting, but a real thing. While growing up in Queens, he spends a lot of his time with immigrants from whom English was a second language.

17. Hugh Laurie

Doctor House affected Hugh’s life so much that he even started limping even off the set. He couldn’t wait for the show to end, although at the time he was paid even $700,000 per episode. This famous English actor is a huge music fan, especially jazz.

At one moment, he and Ema Thompson were a couple. Now, they are only good friends. He is also not shy to speak about his experience with severe clinical depression. Hugh is also passionate about rowing.

16. Willem Dafoe

Defoe is one of the most professional actors today. He enjoys enormous respect both from directors and co-stars. After all, he did prove himself with some mind-blowing roles in movies such as To Live and Die in LA, Platton, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, and so on. For some reason, he hates talking about the time he voiced an animated polar bear for a commercial.

William is not afraid to speak his mind, so once he called some people at Canners’ idiots,’ and he is completely fine with his Golden Raspberry Nominations. He and his partner LeCompte split after spending 26 years together.

15. Angela Bassett

The Queen of Wakanda has a long and fruitful movie history. After finishing her college, Angle started acting in a smaller TV role. Then, she landed a role in ‘Search for Tomorrow,’ that opened the door for further roles.

Portraying Rosa Parks, Reva in the ‘Boyz N The Hood,’ and Tina Turner shaped her career. This made her the queen of the biopic. One of her most recent works includes performance in American Horror Story. When not filming, Angela spends her days with her husband and their two children.

14. Samuel L. Jackson

Shaft forever! Could you seriously imagine anyone else, but Samuel, performing any of his roles? Yes, neither could we. He is so genuine. Did you know that when this amazing actor started losing hair, he decided to go bald? He did it so he could end up on one of those ‘bald is beautiful’ lists.

Before he became the Shaft and, Jackosn studied marine biology, and then architecture. He even worked as a social worker. His acting mentor was no other but Morgan Freeman. He is also the only Jedi to own a purple lightsaber. Why? He really wanted to be different.

13. Bill Murray

Bill Murray is one of the actors today who constantly reinvents himself. He can be seen in any genre, but he will be forever famous for hir performance in the famous ‘Groundhog Day.’ However, personally, his favorite movie is ‘Lost in Translation,’ with Scarlett Johansson. The role of Forest Gump was first offered to Murray, but he said no.

He will also say a no to a selfie. If you force it, he may toss your phone. He is also known for crashing parties and washing dishes before he goes home. Murray prefers quality over quantity, even if he is paid only a few thousand for a movie.

12. Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston was so great at portraying Walter White that even legendary Anthony Hopkins called him to share his admiration. However, he almost didn’t get the part because John Cusack and Matthew Broderick were first offered the part of Walter, but luckily they turned it down.

Before Breaking Bad, Bryan was mostly known for TV show Malcolm in the Middle. He comes from a Hollywood family. His mom was a radio actress, while his father was a Hollywood producer and actor. They didn’t want to force his son into Hollywood life. However, after college, Bryan decided to follow his parent’s steps. Luckily for us.

11. Ricky Gervais

Ricky worked first in the music industry. Yes, he tried to become a pop singer. Luckily, that was during the 1980s, so he still decided to stay in the entertainment industry. Therefore, today he is a well-known comedian. Ricky is also a multi-talented person.

In 2000, he delivered four different show, directed, writing shows, and even had one of the lead roles in the show ‘The Office.’ He is probably the only celebrity for Britain, who is actually more famous in the States than in the UK.

10. Daniel Day Lewis

If anything, Daniel Day-Lewis is a committed actor. His acting methods are unique and intense. He was officially named the greatest actor alive. Did you know that Daniel got an Irish citizen just in 1993? He wasn’t born in Ireland. He is also the actor who refused Jackson for the role of Aragorn, multiple times.

He comes from a very acclaimed family. His father, who was 20 years older than his mother, was the United Kingdom’s Poet Laureate from 1968 until his untimely death in 1972. His mother, Cecil, wrote a famous mystery under the pseudonym of Nicholas Blake.

9. Idris Elba

Once the sexiest man alive comes with various talents, he can act, he performs, and he is a full-time DJ. Originally from England, Elba started his career in 1995, while parting with the amusing ladies from the Absolutely Fabulous, a famous British TV show although he is active as an actor mostly.

DJing is his first love. He even remixed the newest The Jungle Book soundtrack. He also loves to direct, mostly music videos. Idris is also passionate about helping people when he is not hooked on some adrenaline action. His voice is also featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. Also, it seems that he doesn’t age.

8. Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson is originally from Ireland, and he was named after the local priest. As a kid, he was in love with boxing. He was so good that he was even the champion of the province. However, he decided to switch his boxing gloves for life in front of the camera. He and Helen Mirren used to date, and to cook for her a lot while searching for movies roles.

His major role was in the third season of Miami Vice, and everything took from there. He met his wife, Natasha Richardson, on set. Sadly, after a ski accident, Natasha passed away. He was the one to plug Natasha and donate her organs.

7. Jack Nicholson

To the audience, Jack is one of the greatest actors ever. After all, he did had some memorable roles and scenes. Shinning? A Few Good Men? One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest? It would be impossible to choose the best performance. According to other artists, Jack is extremely difficult to work with.

Maybe it’s linked with his rough childhood. Up to this date, Nicholson has no idea who his father is. He even learned about his mother’s identity when he was 37 years old.

6. Charles Dance

Admit it, how badly did you want for Tyrion to pull that arrow and kill Tywin Lannister? If you really wanted to see Tywin dead, it just means that Dance did an amazing job!

Before acting career, Charles worked as a graphic designer even graduated from Plymouth College of Art. To the older audience, he is best known as the main villain in Last Action Hero. From 2004 to 2005, he dated actress Sophia Myles.

5. Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi Goldberg probably has the best smile in the world. She is always packed with high energy and signature dreadlocks. She is one of the most popular figures in Americal television. From acting, singing, performing, to hosting shows – Whoopi has done it all. Her role in the movie ‘Ghost’ is probably one of her best performances until today.

This born New Yorker was diagnosed with dyslexia, so she wasn’t too crazy about going to school. Nowadays, Whoopy is rocking full grey hair. The reason? She is back to acting. She acts in the show The Stand, an adaptation of a Stephen King novel by the same name.

4. Bette Midler

Bette Midler is probably one of the most multi-talented people ever. She is still an active actress, singer, and comedian. She was named after the famous actress Better Davis. She spent years living in Hawaii, where she worked at a pineapple processing plant! Many times she shared how she was a very shy child.

Moreover, she describes her youth and being an introvert. Luckily, her personality blossomed in high school, and the world got the famous Bette Midler. For her first album, The Divine Miss M, she has won a Grammy.

3. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is the richest woman alive. On top of that, she is the best-known TV host and a role model to millions all over the world. She is also one of the most generous philanthropists today.

She started her career on TV, working as a news anchor, only to take the step of independent TV hour. Now, she is a real mogul and the richest African-American woman in history.

2. Larry David

Larry David is responsible for creating some of the best shows ever, including Seinfeld. David worked for SNL but said goodbye after the first season. However, he shows back to after days, as if nothing happened.

At the moment, David is one of the richest celebrities alive. Larry created Curb Your Enthusiasm, and HBO show where he stars as a semi-fictionalized version of himself. So far, the show received many awards, and it’s considered to be the third-best TV show of all time.

1. Dr Phil

Legendary Dr. Phil, in just 2015, earned around $70 million. That made him the world’s highest-earning celebrity. Phil grew up with three sisters. The family moved a lot, so his father pursues a lifelong goal of becoming a psychologist. Phil toped him in this field.

Is he a real doctor? Yes, he is. However, he earned his Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology in 1979 at the University of North Texas. Not having a degree couldn’t stop him from helping people.

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