11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years

To succeed in life, as a rule, you have to work hard. And, unfortunately, this takes more than a dozen years. Famous people stories are no different. Many of them became known only after 40, 50, and even 60 years. For example, a writer with the pseudonym E. L. James gained popularity only at 48 years old, after the release of her novel “50 Shades of Gray”.

We at Happy Worthy Life found out which of the other famous people had a long life path to success.

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years
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The American actor is now known throughout the world as the leading actor of chemistry teacher Walter White from the television show “Breaking Bad.” But before becoming popular, Brian had to overcome many difficulties in life. So, he had a difficult childhood, in his youth he unloaded trucks, worked at the cemeteries at night, was a camera operator for a video dating service, and a security guard in a supermarket.

All these years, Cranston did not abandon his dream of becoming an actor. Since the late 1980s, he began to appear in minor roles and commercials. And only in 2000, when the actor was 44 years old, he starred in the television series “Malcolm in the Spotlight”. For the role of Hal Cranston was awarded 3 nominations for the Emmy Award. And in 2008, after the release of the first season of the series “Breaking Bad”, Brian Cranston became a world-famous actor.

Mary kay ash

Mary kay ash 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years

Mary Kay Ash worked as a sales agent for Stanley Home Products. In 1963, immediately after she was promoted not by her, but by the man she trained, Mary quit and retired (she was then 45 years old). Mary decided to write a book that would help other women become successful in business, but in the end the book turned into a business plan for her future ideal company.

Having borrowed $ 5 thousand from her children, she founded the cosmetics company Mary Kay and began her activities in a store in Dallas. In the end, the case of Mary Kay Ash was successful. At the time of Mary’s death, in 2001, there were more than 800 thousand representatives in 37 countries in the world. In 2014, there were already more than 3 million consultants worldwide.

Morgan Freeman

Morgan Freeman 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years
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Morgan Freeman worked as a clerk, dancer in his youth, then played in the theater. In the early 1970s, gained some fame after participating in the popular television series Electric Company. In 1971, Freeman played his first role in the big movie – the film “Who said I can not walk on the rainbow?”. Then there was a 9-year lull, followed by a second role in the prison drama Brubaker.

But the real fame came to the actor in 1987, when he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in the movie Street Boy. Then Morgan Freeman was 50 years old.

Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years
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After graduating from high school, Billy Bob Thornton worked a little asphalt paver, and then studied for 2 semesters at Henderson University, specializing in research in the field of psychology.

In the mid-1980s, Billy Bob moved to Los Angeles and decided to start an acting career. Acting in low-budget films, the actor was barely making ends meet, and therefore between the auditions he was still moonlighting as a waiter, seller of fast food and household chemical goods. At one of the events, the actor was advised to write scripts for films. Success overtook Billy Bob in 1996 after the release of The Honed Blade. To him, the actor himself wrote the script, acted as a director and played the main role. Then, He received an Academy Award (as well as an Academy Award for Best Screenplay), after which Thornton’s career went uphill.

E.L. James

E.L. James 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years
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Erika Leonard, known by the pseudonym E.L. James, after graduating from the university for many years worked as an assistant director of the studio at the National School of Film and Television in Beaconsfield, near London. In 2008, she saw the movie Twilight, and then was absorbed in reading the novel of the same name.

Inspired by Twilight, in 2009 E.L. James began writing her novel “50 Shades of Gray” and after 2 years completed work on it. This book and the next 2 parts became bestsellers, and very unexpectedly for Erika herself. Films came out of the books, and E. L. James, at 48, became one of the best-selling authors.

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson 11 Famous People Who Have Succeeded Only After 40 Years
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After school, Samuel Leroy Jackson played in a local theater, consisting mainly of black actors. He worked there until graduating from college in 1972. After that, he began to appear in episodic roles of various films. Jackson even managed to appear in small episodes in the films “Goodfellas” (1990) and “Jurassic Park” (1993).

But Samuel L. Jackson became a world star only in 1994, after playing one of the main roles in Quentin Tarantino’s film Pulp Fiction. At that time, the actor was 47 years old.

Momofuku Ando

Momofuku Ando Celebrity stories
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In 1932, the Japanese Momofuku Ando, ??at 22, founded his own textile company. 11 years later, he opened sewing production, but a few years after the end of World War II, Ando went bankrupt.

In those years, the population of the Land of the Rising Sun did not have enough food, the noodle companies were too small to meet the supply needs. Therefore, Momofuku decided to independently establish the production of noodles. After several months of trial and error, in August 1958, 48-year-old Momofuku Ando launched the first instant noodles on the market. True, it was not affordable for many Japanese, as it cost about 6 times more than traditional noodles.

And only in 1971, after Ando began to produce noodles packed in waterproof polystyrene containers and reduced the price several times, his invention became incredibly popular both at home and abroad. At that time, Momofuku was 61 years old.

Alan Rickman

Alan Rickman Celebrity stories
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Actor Alan Rickman is known to the wide audience for the movie “Die Hard” (1988), in which the 42-year-old actor played the leader of the gang Hans Gruber. He also played Professor Severus Snape in the film adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.

But the path to fame for the actor was not easy and long. In his youth, Alan was a designer in a newspaper, then with friends he founded his own design studio. Realizing that you won’t make a lot of money, at the age of 26 Rickman was admitted to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Subsequently, he received several awards for performances, as well as a royal scholarship. And during the tour in New York, the producers noticed him and invited him to play in Die Hard, which changed Rickman’s life.

Judi Dench

Judi Dench Celebrity stories
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The English actress first performed in the theater. And for the first time she went on stage back in 1957. Then there were roles on television and in TV shows. But worldwide fame came to Judy in 1995, immediately after the release of the Golden Eye film, another picture about the adventures of agent 007. In it and the subsequent series of Bond, Judy Dench played M – the head of the British secret service MI-6. In 1995, the actress was 61 years old.

Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc Celebrity stories

Ray Kroc worked as a sales agent until the age of 52 (he sold paper cups and mixers to catering establishments), sometimes he played the piano in a jazz ensemble, and worked as a real estate agent. In 1954, he accidentally ended up at the MacDonald Brothers restaurant and was impressed by the modern and mechanized process of making dishes, as well as the professionalism of the staff.

Ray Kroc bought from the MacDonald brothers the right to open restaurants with the same name and location in the United States. In 1955, he opened his first restaurant and began selling franchises to open catering establishments throughout the country. Soon, the McDonald’s brand became widely known and gained popularity among visitors.

Louis de Funes

Louis de Funes Celebrity stories
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In his youth, Louis Germain David de Funes de Galarza was fond of drawing and playing the piano. He also performed various unskilled work, with which he was repeatedly dismissed. De Funes was also a bar jazz pianist. After Louis studied acting for a year at Simon School, he decided to try his hand at the movies.

From 1945 to 1958, he played in more than 100 films, mostly episodic roles. But great fame came to the actor in 1958, after playing the main role in the film “Not Caught – Not a Thief.” Then Louis de Funes was 44 years old. And the worldwide popularity overtook the actor after the release of the first picture of the adventures of the gendarme Kryusho. It was 1964. Then the first film about Fantomas was released. Louis de Funes became popular at age 50.

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