24 Famous People Who Found Success Later In Life.
#6. Jane Lynch
You may have seen Jane Lynch in a number of small roles in various films as well as on television. Lynch earned worldwide recognition after she landed a major role on the hit television show “Glee.” She was only 49 at the time, but she was simply unforgettable. It also made her visible to Hollywood producers!
#7. Billy Bob Thornton
Like most Hollywood actors, Billy Bob Thornton struggled to break into the movie industry quite a bit. The 1980s were not the best years in Thornton’s life. But in 1996, he wrote, directed and starred in the successful film “Sling Blade,” and this got people’s attention. He was 41 and off to a great start later in life.
#8. Colonel Harland Sanders
Colonel Sanders is the founder of that delicious fried chicken from KFC, but he got famous later in life. The Colonel went from being a fireman to a steam engine stoker and then an insurance salesman. He also practiced law. But then he opened his roadside restaurant in the 1930s and then opened his first franchise restaurant in 1952 when he was 62.
#9. Liam Neeson
Liam Neeson used to be a truck driver and a forklift operator before he achieved Hollywood stardom. Neeson had tried a bunch of professions, and even managed to land his first acting gig at 25. But he didn’t get his big break until he was 40 when he starred in the critically-acclaimed film “Schindler’s List.”
#10. James Gandolfini
Judging from his work as Tony Soprano, you’d have sworn James Gandolfini had been acting for years. Gandolfini used to work as a bartender and eventually became a club manager. But he didn’t land the lead role in the hit series “The Sopranos” until he was 38. But in our hearts, he will always be Tony Soprano.
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