These actors who started acting later in life all had legitimate careers they gave up in pursuit of the bright lights of Hollywood. The reasons why they needed to change career directions around mid-life are all different. However, every single one of these successful actors took a major gamble so that they could follow their dreams.
Which Emmy Award-winning actress was inspired to pursue her dreams in her 40s following her mother's passing? Which funnyman gave up being a doctor so he could play a doctor on the big screen? Which famous comedienne/actress left her high-clearance job at the National Security Agency so that she could pursue comedy?
Find out those answers and more. Plus, vote up the most impressive late transitions to Hollywood.
- 11,165 VOTESPhoto: Braveheart / Paramount Pictures
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Dennis Farina Was A Chicago Police Officer For Almost 20 Years Before His First Movie Role In 1981 In His Late 30sPhoto: Crime Story / NBC
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