I always thought Lucile Ball was a young 20 something watching I Love Lucy re-reruns as a child. It was today I learned she was nearly 40yrs old when the show premiered.
Actors who were surprisingly old by the time they made it Big
|by Anonymous||reply 105||May 24, 2023 3:43 AM|
She aged out of films, so she took the radio show to tv.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||May 20, 2023 8:07 PM|
Leslie Nielsen. He'd been acting successfully for years but made it big and became a household name relatively late in life.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||May 20, 2023 8:08 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 3||May 20, 2023 9:47 PM|
Olivia de Haviland
|by Anonymous||reply 4||May 20, 2023 9:48 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 5||May 20, 2023 10:43 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 6||May 20, 2023 10:47 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 7||May 20, 2023 10:49 PM|
Why are you shocked? She looked like a Grandma by The Lucy Show
|by Anonymous||reply 8||May 20, 2023 10:49 PM|
OP, haven't you seen "Lucy Tells the Truth"? She says she's 34.
VV's best line ever when Lucy says that by telling the truth they'd all be much better friends. Ethel, drily: Somehow I doubt that.
Also o in this episode: Lucy deals the Bridge hands to five people, not the four playing.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||May 20, 2023 10:53 PM|
R8 No she didn’t. Why hate?
|by Anonymous||reply 10||May 20, 2023 10:57 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 11||May 20, 2023 11:00 PM|
Laurel and Hardy
|by Anonymous||reply 12||May 20, 2023 11:02 PM|
Joan Crawford (if you use her real birthdate).
|by Anonymous||reply 13||May 20, 2023 11:32 PM|
My sister-in-law’s grandfather hit the big time in his late 70s.
He was the “Country Time Lemonade” grandpa
|by Anonymous||reply 14||May 20, 2023 11:41 PM|
[quote]Actors who were surprisingly old by the time they made it Big
Made their own or someone else's Big, OP?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||May 20, 2023 11:52 PM|
R15 their own or just generally entered the American public’s conscious.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||May 20, 2023 11:54 PM|
Oh, dear, OP/R16.
And how's your head?
|by Anonymous||reply 17||May 20, 2023 11:56 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 18||May 20, 2023 11:58 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 19||May 20, 2023 11:59 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 20||May 20, 2023 11:59 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 21||May 21, 2023 12:00 AM|
Lucy was in her 20s when she signed to RKO Pictures, and 27 years old when she landed her first above-the-title billing ("The Affairs of Annabel," 1938). I would say that's hitting it big. Most young starlets fail to ignite and hightail it back to Dubuque.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||May 21, 2023 12:01 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 23||May 21, 2023 12:05 AM|
Gloria Stuart made it big decades earlier.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||May 21, 2023 12:08 AM|
R24 = R19
|by Anonymous||reply 25||May 21, 2023 12:10 AM|
Ellen Corby. She had a long career in film playing small parts. She hit it big when she played Grandma Walton at the age of 61. She won three Emmy awards playing that part.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||May 21, 2023 12:26 AM|
R24, Prior to “Titanic”, she had become a trivia question.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||May 21, 2023 12:31 AM|
R26. Well, she got an Oscar nomination and Golden Globe supporting actress award for I Remember Mama (1948), so it’s not like she came out of nowhere—she also did guest shots on shows like Andy Griffith before The Waltons.
Dyke, ya know.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||May 21, 2023 12:33 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 29||May 21, 2023 12:37 AM|
Judith Lowry played Mother Dexter on Phyllis at the age of 85. I remember people would watch the show only to hear what she had to say. Lowry died when filming the second season.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||May 21, 2023 12:37 AM|
R28, So, Grandpa and Grandma Walton were both queer?
|by Anonymous||reply 31||May 21, 2023 12:39 AM|
R30, Have you met R23?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||May 21, 2023 12:40 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 33||May 21, 2023 12:41 AM|
Angela Bassett didn't become well known until she was in her 30s
|by Anonymous||reply 34||May 21, 2023 12:44 AM|
R14 I just realized that the grandfather in that County Time Lemonade advertisement played crooked Judge Fenton in Foxy Brown. Foxy and Claudia pull his underwear off and humiliate him.
|by Anonymous||reply 35||May 21, 2023 12:51 AM|
Jessica Chastain. She's lied repeatedly about her age.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||May 21, 2023 1:03 AM|
We discussed him a few weeks back: Clifton Webb. A success on the Broadway stage, Webb came out to Hollywood in 1935 to do a picture with Joan Crawford. But those plans were scrapped and he went back to Broadway. Hollywood came a-calling one more time, and he made his feature film debut at the age of 55 with "Laura" in 1944.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||May 21, 2023 1:12 AM|
[quote] Webb came out
Did he really?
|by Anonymous||reply 38||May 21, 2023 1:14 AM|
Samuel L. Jackson didn’t start getting good roles until he became sober in his early forties.
|by Anonymous||reply 39||May 21, 2023 1:41 AM|
R39: Bradley Cooper said he didn't get great success until he got sober too. Although how he became a movie star instead of villain character actor is beyond me.
|by Anonymous||reply 40||May 21, 2023 1:46 AM|
"Jessica Chastain. She's lied repeatedly about her age."
I remember she used to list her birth year as 1982 (it stood out to be because I was also born in '82). Now it's 1977
|by Anonymous||reply 41||May 21, 2023 2:07 AM|
Discovered in an open casting call by Coppola for the Godfather.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||May 21, 2023 2:11 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 43||May 21, 2023 2:15 AM|
Thelma Ritter made her film debut at age 42.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||May 21, 2023 2:23 AM|
R38, My son was not a fag!
|by Anonymous||reply 45||May 21, 2023 2:25 AM|
F Murray Abraham
|by Anonymous||reply 46||May 21, 2023 2:27 AM|
[quote] I always thought Lucile Ball was a young 20 something watching I Love Lucy re-reruns as a child.
How could she be a child and a 20 something at the same time? And how could she watch reruns as a 20 something?
|by Anonymous||reply 47||May 21, 2023 2:32 AM|
[quote] F Murray Abraham
Oh don’t be that way, I’m sure Murray Abraham didn’t mean it.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||May 21, 2023 2:33 AM|
Faye Dunaway was 26 when she had her breakout role in “Bonnie & Clyde” during her first year of filmmaking.
That’s not old, but it’s not YOUNG (especially back then) for being Hollywood’s latest It Girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||May 21, 2023 2:42 AM|
26 has never actually been considered old for a breakout role in Hollywood, you’re pushing it way too far.
|by Anonymous||reply 50||May 21, 2023 2:47 AM|
Faye was so gorgeous as Bonnie, cheekbones for days.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||May 21, 2023 2:50 AM|
Depends on if they look even younger than they are but 26 is like middle aged in female actor years.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||May 21, 2023 2:53 AM|
OP- Lucille Ball NEVER looked like someone who was in her 20's during l Love Lucy. She looked about ten years younger until the last episodes of the Lucy Desi Comedy Hour when time caught up to her and she looked her age.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||May 21, 2023 3:05 AM|
R41: In acting they say you can add or take three to five years off your age.
|by Anonymous||reply 54||May 21, 2023 3:10 AM|
Marie Dressler made her film debut in 1914 at age 46.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||May 21, 2023 3:11 AM|
R49- That's not the point about Faye Dunaway back then. 26 years old was still quite young. It's the fact that in that movie and especially in the 1968 movie The Thomas Crown Affair she looked 36 not her actually age of only 26. Bonnie and Clyde she was only 25 years old- when it was actually filmed.
|by Anonymous||reply 56||May 21, 2023 3:11 AM|
Sharon Stone worked regularly, but she didn't hit it big until her 30s.
|by Anonymous||reply 57||May 21, 2023 3:27 AM|
Humphrey Bogart was born in 1899 or 1900, depending on the source. He worked on stage and started in movies in 1930, but his big break didn't come until 1936 with [italic]Petrified Forest[/italic]. After that he was in a lot of good movies, a few stinkers. Before that, he was a working actor doing a ton of junk.
|by Anonymous||reply 58||May 21, 2023 3:30 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 59||May 21, 2023 3:33 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 60||May 21, 2023 4:05 AM|
Zara Cully was in her 80’s when she achieved fame as Mother Jefferson.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||May 21, 2023 4:21 AM|
Dylan Cannon. She was married to Grant but wasn’t a movie star until her late 30s.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||May 21, 2023 4:24 AM|
[quote]R50 Twenty-six has never actually been considered old for a breakout role in Hollywood, you’re pushing it way too far.
I acknowledged Dunaway wasn’t OLD… but the fact is her contemporaries Jane Fonda, Julie Christie, and Candice Bergen all made names for themselves in their early 20s. Which Dunaway was not.
Ellen Burstyn was almost 40, however, when she put herself on the map with “The Last Picture Show.”
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|by Anonymous||reply 64||May 21, 2023 5:15 AM|
Billy Ported worked for decades in music and theater (Tony Award for "Kinky Boots") but was unknown to the general public until recent years.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||May 21, 2023 7:04 AM|
Sorry, meant Billy Porter.
|by Anonymous||reply 66||May 21, 2023 7:05 AM|
Jean Stapleton had a successful career in supporting roles on Broadway, including original casts of "Funny Girl," "Damn Yankees" and "Bells Are Ringing." But she was unknown to the general public until "All in the Family."
|by Anonymous||reply 67||May 21, 2023 7:08 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 68||May 21, 2023 7:11 AM|
Marilyn was no spring chicken when she hit it big in Niagara (1953). By Hollywood standards she was a geriatric (27yo)
|by Anonymous||reply 69||May 21, 2023 10:06 AM|
Rodney Dangerfield was in his mid-50s by the time he hit it big in 1980's "Caddyshack".
He was known only in the NYC comedy scene at the time.
|by Anonymous||reply 70||May 21, 2023 2:28 PM|
^ where do get your information? He was cast in Caddyshack because he *was* already famous.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||May 21, 2023 2:30 PM|
Doris Day was well into her thirties when she started playing virginal secretaries who marry Rock Hudson, she'd already had a long career as a big-band singer and B List actress when she finally hit the A List.
She really broke all the Hollyood rules for a woman, especially one who was blonde and attractive. She hit the big time at an age when.most actresses had given up and found a husband or a realtors license, she was headlining sex comedies at the age when Marilyn Monroe's career seemed to be ending.
|by Anonymous||reply 72||May 21, 2023 5:14 PM|
Gabrielle Carteris FTW.
|by Anonymous||reply 73||May 21, 2023 5:30 PM|
[quote] Gabrielle Carteris FTW.
How old is she now? In her 80s?
|by Anonymous||reply 74||May 21, 2023 5:33 PM|
R72, Doris Day was in numerous A list movies long before “Pillow Talk” in 1959.
|by Anonymous||reply 75||May 21, 2023 5:34 PM|
Sydney Greenstreet. He made his stage debut in 1902, but did not appear in films until he signed with Warner Bros. in 1941. His first film was The Maltese Falcon opposite Humphrey Bogart. He was 61.
|by Anonymous||reply 76||May 21, 2023 6:00 PM|
R76 = R60
|by Anonymous||reply 77||May 21, 2023 6:02 PM|
Estelle Getty for the win. She was middle-aged with fully grown kids before she decided to dip her toe into the acting pool. Harvey Fierstein once said in an interview that she was the only one who showed up at the theater driving her own car and having real-life skills like cooking and sewing.
|by Anonymous||reply 78||May 21, 2023 6:40 PM|
Several people said that before Estelle Getty was famous, she used to go to every off-Broadway and hole in the wall theater performance. She was a true supporter of theater.
|by Anonymous||reply 79||May 21, 2023 6:44 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 80||May 21, 2023 6:49 PM|
Danny Aiello was 40 in his first film.
|by Anonymous||reply 81||May 21, 2023 7:04 PM|
Bea Arthur was 50 when she became a household name with Maude. And she looked like a modern 70. It's amazing how much older people looked back then.
|by Anonymous||reply 82||May 21, 2023 7:06 PM|
Larry Bud Melman
|by Anonymous||reply 83||May 21, 2023 7:08 PM|
R78, Estelle Getty and Thelma Ritter both married and raised children before entering show business.
|by Anonymous||reply 84||May 21, 2023 7:08 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 85||May 21, 2023 7:09 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 86||May 21, 2023 7:10 PM|
R62 Grant who?
|by Anonymous||reply 87||May 21, 2023 7:16 PM|
R87, Ulysses S., Rose.
|by Anonymous||reply 88||May 21, 2023 8:06 PM|
R10 She absolutely did. She was 50 and looked old.
|by Anonymous||reply 89||May 21, 2023 8:08 PM|
R10 You’re telling me she doesn’t look like a Grandma here????
|by Anonymous||reply 90||May 21, 2023 8:09 PM|
Irene Ryan was 50 when she hit it big as "Granny" in The Beverly Hillbillies
|by Anonymous||reply 91||May 21, 2023 11:39 PM|
|by Anonymous||reply 92||May 21, 2023 11:51 PM|
R40 Bradley Cooper can act. I used to fangurl Leo because he picks great roles but he’s charming but not an incredible actor. BC is absolutely spellbinding. The closest thing to Bobby D of the new breed.
|by Anonymous||reply 93||May 22, 2023 12:00 AM|
R47 are you retarded or just a cunt.
|by Anonymous||reply 94||May 22, 2023 12:02 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 95||May 22, 2023 12:06 AM|
Burt Lancaster was 32 when he made his first movie, and had no acting experience except for a supporting role in a Broaday play that he'd taken for the hell of it, when someone mistook him for an actor.
He was lucky to come along during the WWII manpower shortage! Hollywood would put anything in trousers of the screen then, even Sonny Tufts. But unlike Tufts, Lancaster actually learned to act, and play the Hollywood game, while Tufts just got hammered.
|by Anonymous||reply 96||May 22, 2023 2:30 AM|
R96 you mean he drank?
|by Anonymous||reply 97||May 22, 2023 6:57 AM|
Sonny Bono, of Sonny and Cher
|by Anonymous||reply 98||May 22, 2023 7:47 AM|
Although he occasionally looked a child, Rami Malek was actually 36 when Mr Robot brought him to fame.
|by Anonymous||reply 99||May 22, 2023 8:14 AM|
John Mahoney was 47 when cast in Moonstruck, and 53 when Frasier started. Often cast older than his actual age, he was only 15 years older than Kelsey Grammer.
[quote]Long interested in acting, Mahoney didn't make the transition to his craft until he was almost forty years old. Mahoney took acting classes at the St. Nicholas Theater and finally built up the courage to quit his day job and pursue acting full time. John Malkovich, one of the founders of the Second City's distinguished Steppenwolf Theatre, encouraged Mahoney to join Steppenwolf, and in 1986, Mahoney won a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in John Guare's The House of Blue Leaves (1987).
|by Anonymous||reply 100||May 22, 2023 9:01 AM|
Hey! Doris Day was an award winning actress LONG before “Pillow Talk”!
She had 3 Sour Apple Awards from the Hollywood Women's Press Club for being the “Least Cooperative Actor/Actress.”
|by Anonymous||reply 101||May 23, 2023 7:48 AM|
Billy Burke was 53 when she made her greatest mark in cinema as Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz".
|by Anonymous||reply 102||May 24, 2023 2:22 AM|
Not an actor, but Julia Child was fifty when she got her first television cooking show.
|by Anonymous||reply 103||May 24, 2023 2:57 AM|
|by Anonymous||reply 104||May 24, 2023 3:38 AM|
[quote] Billy Burke was 53 when she made her greatest mark in cinema as Glinda in "The Wizard of Oz".
I had no idea. I thought she was in her 40s.
|by Anonymous||reply 105||May 24, 2023 3:43 AM|