Celebrity Facts 35 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30  

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Not all famous people get their big break as teens or 20-somethings. And not all household names started as child actors. 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 become 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 - 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, who gave Ford 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 35 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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Oprah Winfrey's talk show first went national in 1986 when Winfrey was 32 years old.

Age: 65

Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America

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Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 35 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: 76

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

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Tina Fey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 35 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 30
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30 Rock creator Tina Fey first began performing sketches on Saturday Night Live in 2000, when she was 30 years old.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Colin Farrell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 35 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: 42

Birthplace: Castleknock, Republic of Ireland

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