These handsome older actors were also dashing when they were young.
Robert Redford was born in California in 1936. He attended college briefly but lost his scholarship, so he attended the Pratt Institute of Art and later the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He got his big break in 1969 in "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid," in which he played the Sundance Kid. The movie still earns him praise.
Christoph Waltz was born in Vienna, Austria. He moved to New York to study and met his wife while in the United States. Waltz worked mostly in the theater and performed often in Germany. It was not until he met Quentin Tarantino that he became a recognized name in Hollywood. Since then, he has won more than 25 awards, including an Academy Award for his role in Tarantino's film "Inglourious Basterds."
James Garner dropped out of high school at 16 to join the marines. During the Korean War, he earned two Purple Hearts for wounds suffered in battle. He began working on Broadway in the play "The Caine Mutiny Court Martial." The play launched his career, and he became a star on the show "Maverick." In fact, producers renamed the show "The Bret Maverick Show" after Garner's character.
Gary Oldman was born in London, England, and attended Britain's Rose Bruford Drama College, where he received his B.A. His first movie was "Remembrance," but the film did not make him a household name. Some of his more popular roles include Sid Vicious in "Sid and Nancy," Lee Harvey Oswald in "JFK," and Sirius Black in the "Harry Potter" series. He often plays the antagonist in movies.
Alan Arkin is a director, actor, singer, producer, author, and composer. Before he became a celebrity, Alan dropped out of college to be the lead singer for the group The Tarriers (Arkin is responsible for co-writing the hit "The Banana Boat Song.") His first big screen appearance was with his band in the movie "Calypso Heat Wave" in 1957.
Before he became James Bond in 1995, Pierce Brosnan appeared in a few televisions movies, but he did not achieve stardom until he landed the title role in the series "Remington Steele." He became an instant heartthrob during the show's peak in 1985. Unsurprisingly, People Magazine has chosen Brosnan as one of its Most Beautiful People more than once.
Before his role as Severus Snape in the "Harry Potter" series, Alan Rickman made his film debut as Tybalt in the 1978 adaptation of "Romeo and Juliet." He gained popularity throughout the 1980s and appeared in "Die Hard" as the evil mastermind Hans Gruber. Rickman is famous for playing the antagonist in many movies, including the blockbuster hit "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves."
Richard Gere is famous for his roles in "Chicago," "Primal Fear," and "Pretty Woman," but he did not begin acting until after majoring in philosophy for two years in college. Gere had bit parts in many movies, but "American Gigolo" in 1980 established him as a star. "An Officer and a Gentleman" bolstered his career, as did "Pretty Woman." People Magazine has named him the Sexiest Man Alive.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. began his acting career at the age of five when he played in a movie written and directed by his dad. Since his childhood debut, he has appeared in numerous films, the most popular being the "Sherlock Holmes" and "Iron Man" franchises. From 1996 to 2001, Downey struggled with a drug problem that resulted in his firing from "Ally McBeal." Clean since 2003, Downey has won multiple awards for his films.