21 Famous People Who Didn’t Become Wildly Successful Until After They Turned 30

These famous individuals didn’t become widely successful until they turn 30. 

1. Julia Child – 36

julia childSource: google.comJulia Child didn’t even know how to cook until she was in her 30s, after working for the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) which was formed during World War II. Afterwards, she and her husband moved to Paris, where he introduced her to fine cuisine, where she attended the famous Le Cordon Blue cooking school.

2. Harrusin Ford – 35

Harrison Ford han soloSource: google.comAfter being hired to build cabinets for director George Lucas, years after minor success in film and then carpentry, at age 35 Harrison starred in his breakout role of Han Solo in “Star Wars.”

3. Jeremy Renner – 38

Hurt LockerSource: google.comBefore “The Hurt Locker” and “The Avengers,” Jeremy Renner was just an actor taking small acting roles, while working as a make-up artist to make ends meet.

4. Connie Britton – 39

connie brittonSource: google.comWhile she had minor roles in things like “Sin City” and “24,” Connie’s big success came from portraying matriarch Tami Taylor in the critically acclaimed “Friday Night Lights,” which earned her two Emmy nominations.

5. Jane Lynch – 43

Jane-Lynch-Hairstyles-2013It was not until she was 43 that Lynch got her big break in the mockumentary “Best in Show” starring opposite Jennifer Coolidge. A role she gained based on the director’s memory of her in a 90’s Frosted Flakes commercial.

6. Vera Wang – 40

vera wangBefore she was a fashion designer, Vera Wang was a competitive figure skater. She missed out on making the USA team in 1968. She chose to enter the fashion industry, working her way up at Vogue. But it wasn’t until decided to design her first bridal gown (for herself) that her talents were recognized.

7. Tim Allen – 38

tim allenAfter years a struggling comedian, and a stint in jail, Allen succeded with his hit telelvision show “Home Improvement,” and went onto major success with “The Santa Clause” series, and as the voice of cartoon hero Buzz Lightyear in the “Toy Story” series.

8. Sylvester Stallone – 30

rocky - sylvester stalloneBefore he wrote and starred in “Rocky,” he only had $50 to his name when he moved to New York and slept in a New York Port Authority.

9. Colonel Sanders – 65

Colonel sanders - KFCSource: google.comColonel Sanders had many jobs before he ever considered opening a restaurant. At one point, he ran a service station, and while that was happening he began serving food to customers. However, it wasn’t until he was 65 that his first restaurant went bankrupt, and he decided to cash his first retirement check and open up the first KFC.

10. Oprah Winfrey – 32

oprahSource: google.comOprah started on a small, failing morning show. But only months later, the show’s success was through the roof and renamed “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

11. J.K. Rowling – 32

JK rowlingSource: google.comAfter being rejected by 12 publishers, J.K. was able to publish Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone in 1997.

12. Samuel L. Jackson – 45

samuel l jackson pulp fictionSource: google.comAnother actor who has had such a universally successful career, it’s hard to believe that Jackson was in his 40s by the time he got his big break. Before he was Jules Winnifield in “Pulp Fiction,” he had minor roles in “Goodfellas” and “True Romance.”

13. Dustin Hoffman – 30

dustin hoffman the graduateSource: google.comBefore starring in “The Graduate,” Hoffman began his career at the Pasadena Playhouse, alongside Gene Hackman. He later moved to New York and had some small roles in off-Broadway shows.

14. Melissa McCarthy – 40

melissa mccarthy

Source: google.comEveryone knows McCarthy for her titular role in “Bridesmaids,” but before that she was the super sweet and loveable Sookie St. James for seven seasons on “Gilmore Girls.”

15. Kathy Bates – 40

kathy bates miserySource: google.comShe worked gradually on stage and on screen early in her career, but her success came after she was cast in the thriller “Misery” where her career took off.

16. Alan Rickman – 36

Alan-RickmanSource: google.comBefore he was Professor Severus Snape, Alan Rickman was his won graphic design company ran with his friends. He then chose to pursue acting, where he became success in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, which earned him a Tony Award nomination. His career then sky-rocketed after his role of Hans Gruber in “Die Hard.”

17. James Gandolfini – 38

tony-e1371699923453-1280x960Source: salon.comHe starred alongside Jessica Lange and Alec Baldwin in 1992, it wasn’t until his role as Tony Soprano on the HBO series “The Sopranos,” that he became a household name.

18. Jon Hamm – 36

Jon hammSource: google.comHamm spent his twenties and thirties as a struggling actor in Los Angeles, where he waited tables. He was cast in some smaller roles, but his true success came after he was cast as Don Draper on “Mad Men” in 2007.

19. Gene Hackman – 37

gene hackmanSource: google.comHe landed his breakout role playing real life Buck Barrow in “Bonnie and Clyde.” Up until then, he was field radio operator in the United States Marine Corps.

20. Morgan Freeman – 34

morgan freemanSource: google.comIt may seem impossible to believe that someone as huge as Morgan Freeman ever struggled in the acting world, but it wasn’t until “The Electric Company” when he was 34 than Freeman became a household name. He’s gone on to win

21. Lucille Ball – 40

Lucille_Ball_-_publicitySource: wikipedia.orgWho doesn’t love Lucy? It’s hard to believe that it wasn’t until she was 40, after small B-movie roles and stage productions, did she create her hit series “I Love Lucy.”

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