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Not all famous people have their big break in the teens or twenties. Several famous actors, musicians, authors, and TV personalities did not become famous until they were older. While these celebs may have gotten a later start than some, many of these celebrities who got famous after age 30 have gone on to win awards and have becomes some of the biggest celebrity names.

Who is the most notable person who became famous after 30? Oprah Winfrey tops this list. Her talk show first went national in 1968 when she was 32-years-old, exposing her to a huge audience. Sylvester Stallone became a household name when he was 30 years old after the release of his 1976 film Rocky.

Harrison Ford was working as a carpenter to support his struggling acting career when he installed cabinets at the home of George Lucas. It ended up being just the first of many times he worked for Lucas and got him his big break in his 30s. Jon Hamm was a struggling actor until he landed the role of Don Draper on "Mad Men" at the age of 36.

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Oprah Winfrey is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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Oprah Winfrey's talk show first went national in 1968 when Winfrey was 32 years old.

Age: 63

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more

Credits: The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Color Purple, Beloved, Oprah: Where Are They Now?

Also Ranked

#80 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#32 on The Greatest Black Actresses of All Time

#7 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#25 on Celebrities Whose Lives You Want

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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Harrison Ford was working as a carpenter to support his struggling acting career when he installed cabinets at the home of George Lucas. Lucas went on to cast Ford in his 1973 film American Graffiti when Ford was 31 years old. Ford and Lucas then went on to collaborate on the Star Wars films.

Age: 74

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Film Producer, Carpenter, Actor

Credits: Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back, Blade Runner

Also Ranked

#23 on The Best Actors Working Today

#37 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#13 on The Best Living American Actors

#9 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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"30 Rock" creator Tina Fey first began performing sketches on "Saturday Night Livein 2000, when she was 30 years old.

Age: 46

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, + more

Credits: Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls, 30 Rock, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Also Ranked

#64 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#34 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#19 on The Funniest People of All Time

#6 on Famous Women You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50+ Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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Colin Farrell made his feature film debut when he was 29 years old in the 1999 film The War Zone  A few years later Farrell began to gain notoriety appearing in films like Phone Booth and Minority Report.

Age: 40

Birthplace: Republic of Ireland, Castleknock

Profession: Film Producer, Actor

Credits: Phone Booth, Total Recall, In Bruges, Miami Vice

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#86 on The Best Actors Working Today

#7 on The Best Irish Actors of All Time

#91 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

#80 on The Coolest Actors Ever

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