celebrity facts 25 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 40  

Celebrity Lists
46.5k views 25 items Embed

Not all celebrities found fame and fortune in their twenties or even in their thirties. Several famous actors, authors, and TV personalities became once they were much older. While these celebs may have gotten a late start, many have made the most of their time and gone on to win awards and national or even international fame. These stars all had their big break and became famous after they turned 40.

Who is the most notable person to become famous after age 40? Steve Carell tops this list. Steve Carell was a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1999-2005, but he did not become a household name until he landed the lead role on "The Office" at age 43.

Some actresses had their big breaks after 40 as well, one of them on "Desperate Housewives." Which other famous people found celebrity after they were 40? Read through the list below to find out.

Do you think it is better to experience success after 40? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Steve Carell is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 40
Photo: via Pinterest
Steve Carell was a correspondent on "The Daily Show" from 1999-2005, but he didn't become a household name until he landed the lead role on the American version of "The Officein 2005. He was 43 at the time.

Age: 53

Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, USA

Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more

Credits: The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Despicable Me, Crazy, Stupid, + more

Also Ranked

#66 on The Best Actors Working Today

#9 on The Funniest People of All Time

#5 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

#66 on The Funniest Stand Up Comedians of All Time

see more on Steve Carell

Simon Cowell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 40
Photo: via Imgur
Simon Cowell was known in England for many years, but he became famous worldwide when "American Idol" debuted in the United States in 2002. He was 43 years old at the time.

Age: 57

Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Television producer, A&R executive, Entrepreneur, + more

Credits: American Idol, Scary Movie 3, The X Factor, The X Factor

Also Ranked

#60 on The Celebrities You Most Want To See Play Survivor

#42 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepdad

#5 on New American Idol Judge Picks

#2 on The Best Reality Show Judges

see more on Simon Cowell

Betty White is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 40
Photo: via Reddit
Betty White gained mainstream attention when she first appeared on "The Mary Tyler Moore" show in 1973. She was 51 years old.

Age: 95

Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States of America

Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: Bringing Down the House, The Golden Girls, The Match Game, Hot in Cleveland

Also Ranked

#43 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#4 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#31 on The Funniest People of All Time

#29 on The Best Living American Actresses

see more on Betty White

Samuel L. Jackson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Celebrities Who Became Famous After 40
Photo: via Imgur
Samuel L. Jackson appeared in a few small roles in the 1970s, but he didn't begin to gain attention until he was 41, when he landed a role in Spike Lee's Do the Right Thing.

Age: 68

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hateful Eight

Also Ranked

#24 on The Best Actors Working Today

#21 on The Best Living American Actors

#49 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

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

see more on Samuel L. Jackson