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8 Famous Late Bloomers

8 Famous Late Bloomers

By Jason Saenz

Oh no! Are you in your final year of high school and still have no idea what you want to do with you life? Have you ALREADY STARTED COLLEGE AND YOU'RE NOT SURE? Don't worry! You still have plenty of time to figure it out. We've done some research down at the SparkLabs, and found these famous people who didn't get their start until wayyy after prom ended.

1. Alan Rickman

That's right, Snape himself couldn't conjure up a lead role until his break out performance as Vicomte De Valmont  in "Les Liaison Dangerouses" at the age of 36. Now he can cast himself in any spell he wants.

2. Sylvester Stallone

Sly was an expendable actor until he wrote the screenplay for Rocky at age 29. Even then, it still took him another year to convince producers that he should star in the movie and give box office sales the knock-out punch.

3. Jon Hamm

After tens years of maddening disappointment in LA, Jon gave himself to the age of 30 to land something or call it quits. Lucky for him, at the age of 29 he was cast in his first  television show, Providence, which led him to the role he became famous for, Don Draper on AMC's Mad Men, at age 36.

4. Ricky Gervais

Are you 'aving a laugh? Ricky Gervais wasn't having many as his career struggled along in the radio industry. He was already well into his thirties when he met Stephen Merchant and the two developed the BBC version of The Office, which premiered when Ricky was 40 years old.

5. Stan Lee

The creator of The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk  and The Fantastic Four may have started writing at age 19, but it wasn't until he created Spiderman at the age of 39 that he finally inked his name in the book of comic legends.

6. Dian Nyad

This past year, Dian became the first person EVER to swim from Cuba to Florida (without the help of a shark cage) and she did it at the age of 64!  Incredible! If I can swim from the diving board to the ladder at age 64, I'll consider that a success.

7. Dr. Seuss

An old cat in the hat himself, Dr. Seuss was 34 when he wrote his first book And to Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. However, no publisher liked it and it got rejected more times than Sam turned down green eggs and ham. It wasn't until Dr. Seuss was in his forties that he started writing the children's books we all now and love.

8. Ray Kroc

Ray was a 54-year-old milkshake machine salesman in California when he came upon a hamburger stand owned by two brothers, the McDonalds. He liked the operation so much that instead of selling them a icecream treat, he bought their whole business. Thirty years and 1 billion hamburgers later, McDonalds was the biggest restaurant chain in the world. Who says you can't teach an old ice cream salesman new tricks? (No one).

Which late bloomers inspire you? IS THERE STILL TIME FOR US?

Topics: Life
Tags: careers, inspiration, heroes, dr. seuss, late bloomers, life advice

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Jason Saenz

Jason Saenz is a writer in New York City. Follow him on Twitter @JasonSaenz!

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