Kathy Bates was a theater actress who had landed just a few small roles in movies before she was selected for the film adaptation of Stephen King’s best-selling horror novel Misery. Here, at the age of forty-two, she created an unforgettable role as Annie Wilkes, the fanatical admirer of books about Misery.
While acting in TV films and shows, the breakthrough came at the age of 39 in the movie Bruce Almighty, which opened up a whole line of opportunities for Steve Carell.
Samuel L. Jackson
Samuel L. Jackson did not start his acting career the usual way, either. Before he started acting, he worked as a concierge at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. Although he had already appeared in many movies, his breakout role was in 1994's Pulp Fiction, when he was 46 years old.
Harrison Ford at the age of 35.
With Harrison Ford, the situation was different. For his university major, he had chosen drama. Since his results were good, the idea of becoming an actor soon became his ambition. In his early twenties he left for Hollywood to persue his dream. Nevertheless, he got very few roles and therefore made his living as a carpenter. His breakthrough came with Star Wars in 1977, catapulting Ford into the ranks of the stars. He was 35 years old at the time.
The story of Morgan Freeman has some similarities with the Harrison Ford story. Similarly, Morgan Freeman had wanted to be an actor since he was in his twenties. He acted in theater plays and musicals and took small roles in movies. Finally, real success came in 1989, when he was 52 years of age, with two movies: Glory and Driving Miss Daisy, the second of which won him an Oscar.