10+ well-known celebrities now vs when they were in their 20s

November 19th, 2020

What do you mean Morgan Freeman didn’t always have his white hair and signature freckles? And Dr. Phil wasn’t always bald and mustached? Yes, it may seem surreal, but quite a lot of our favorite “old man” celebrities weren’t always so.

Though some of these may not surprise you if you’ve watched any classic 80’s movies. Think of this as both a revelation and a trip down memory lane.

1. Ian Mckellen

Here’s Ian Mckellen now.

And this is him when he was younger.

It’s hard to imagine Sir Mckellen as anything other than our beloved, grey-bearded wizard with a pointy hat. But truth is, there was once a time when Ian Mckellen wasn’t Gandalf or anything close (can you imagine?). It’s familiar and unfamiliar at the same time!

2. Samuel L. Jackson

Look at Samuel L. Jackson now.

And look at him when he was younger on the left.

Hold on to your butts! Before he was known as Colonel Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Sam Jackson was already a recognizable face in the 80s and 90s. His most memorable film moments have got to be losing his arm to a Velociraptor, and denying Anakin the rank of master.

3. James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones now.

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And James Earl Jones when he was younger.

While his voice is definitely the thing you know him for, voice acting isn’t James Earl Jones’ only skill. He can deliver incredibly on the visual side of things too! Seeing him in his youth feels unreal almost. Little did he know as that youngster in the bottom image that’d he become the voice of Darth Vader.

4. Harrison Ford

Check out Harrison Ford now.

Harrison Ford

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And Harrison Ford in his Han Solo and Indiana Jones days :

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I don’t think there’s a single person who hasn’t seen Harrison Ford in his youth, unless they’ve been living under a rock. The face of our favorite smuggler, and pilot of the Millennium Falcon, is unforgettable no matter his age. Still, we love our half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder no matter his age.

5. Morgan Freeman

Here’s Morgan Freeman now.

And here he is when he was younger.

It’s nearly unimaginable to think of Morgan Freeman without his white hair, freckles and smooth, honey and molasses-sounding voice. But the senior actor once joined the air force, and his young pilot’s mugshot made everyone go crazy.

6. Jeff Goldblum

Here’s Jeff Goldblum now.

And now young Jeff Goldblum.

We grew up watching him in Independence Day, The Fly and Jurassic Park, and he aged really well. Now, our favorite mathematician, sorry – chaotician, is sporting silver-white hair that suits him quite a bit.

7. Kevin Bacon

This is Kevin Bacon now.

And here’s young Kevin Bacon.

Footloose and Tremors are some of my favorite movies, and that’s mostly thanks to Kevin Bacon’s star performances. Despite his age now, he’s surprisingly still light on his feet as a dancer.

8. Michael Keaton

Here’s Michael Keaton now.

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And this is young Michael Keaton.

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We might have been spoiled with Christian Bale, Ben Affleck and now Robert Pattison as Batman. But anyone who grew up in the 80s probably still holds Michael Keaton’s Batman in high esteem. Even decades later, he hasn’t lost his touch as an actor, as we saw when he played Vulture in Spider-Man : Far From Home.

9. Hugh Grant

Look at Hugh Grant now :

And here he is when he was younger.

Hugh Grant’s dashing looks and classic, dry British humor probably put him high on the list of male celeb crushes for a lot of women back in the day. The Notting Hill

10. Dr. Phil

Look at Dr. Phil today :

And this is him when he was younger.

Dr. Phil, is that really you? I barely recognized you without the mustache. I can’t imagine taking a therapy session from him when he was younger. I’d be too stricken by disbelief to focus on anything he tells me.

11. Nicolas Cage

Nicolas Cage now :

Nicolas Cage when he was younger :

A man who needs no introduction, nor is his face one you’d ever fail to recognize. He’s been in movies of every kind, and Nick Cage pretty much looks the same, with or without some facial hair and wrinkles.

12. Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks now :

And look at him when he was a lot younger :

Tom Hanks is as wholesome an actor as he is a skilled one. He graced our screens in his youth with Sleepless In Seattle, You’ve Got Mail and Forrest Gump. He also provided Woody’s memorable and unmistakable voice in Toy Story.

Seeing how many of these actors aged is a fun experience, and it’s even more fun to see how little it changes anything with some of them. Some wrinkles and greying hairs do very little to change the charm that they still have. It’s exciting to think about what future projects they’ll be working with too!

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Source: [Buzzfeed]