40 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were Over 50

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Whether they held iconic roles back in the day or have aged flawlessly—maybe even a combination of both—there are some celebrities who we mentally keep filed away in a certain age group forever. From Rob Lowe to Jennifer Aniston, these are the celebrities you probably forgot (or can’t believe) are more than 50 years old.

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Rob Lowe

We’re not sure if it’s his ageless skin or the fact that his career has never really hit a lull, but Rob Lowe seems much younger than he really is. It’s crazy that his first movie, The Outsiders, came out in 1983.

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Jennifer Lopez

It’s been a long time since Jennifer Lopez was Jenny from the Block—even though the A-lister seems to be aging in reverse. Can you believe she’s 51 years old?

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Paul Rudd

Paul Rudd rose to fame in the ’90s (you may remember him from a little movie called Clueless?) and although the actor looks like he could play a college student, he turned 51 in 2020.

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Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek was born in Mexico in 1966 and rose to fame in the mid-’90s for her work in films like Desperado, Frida, and Grown Ups. But despite a long, successful career, the 54-year-old seems like she never ages.

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John Stamos

Most of you remember John Stamos as Uncle Jesse from Full House, even though the sitcom aired decades ago. Maybe that’s why we’re having such a hard time believing he’s in his 50s. He’ll always be Uncle Jesse to us!

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Jennifer Aniston

Since her days on Friends, Jennifer Aniston has not only built a successful film career, but managed to seemingly not age a day, despite turning 52 this year.

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Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey has been rocking salt and pepper hair for awhile now, but even with his silver fox status we don’t think of him as in his 50s. We blame it on his role as McDreamy.

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Halle Berry

Halle Berry was 36 when she became the first Black actress to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in 2002. In her 40s, she started a family and today at 54 she proves you can have it all—and on your own timeline.

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Steve Carell

Maybe it’s because we’re constantly binging The Office, but in our minds Michael Scott Steve Carell will always be in his early 40s. In reality, he’s 58 years old.

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Elle Macpherson

Australian supermodel Elle Macpherson was the “It” girl in the ’90s and in her 50s (she’s 57!) she looks nearly identical to her 20-year-old self.

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Matt Damon

From Good Will Hunting to the Bourne franchise, it’s difficult picturing Matt Damon as anything other than young and in his mid- to late-20s. But he turned 50 in 2020.

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Sarah Jessica Parker

With a Sex and the City reboot on the horizon, Sarah Jessica Parker will soon be reprising her role as everyone’s favorite Manhattanite. But this time, she’ll be stepping into the role in her mid-50s, not her mid-30s.

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Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman has worked in Hollywood for more than 30 years, so how come we still think of her as a 30-something instead of a 50-something? She’s married to fellow fountain of youth drinker, Keith Urban.

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Matthew McConaughey

We were certain Matthew McConaughey was still in his 40s, but it turns out the actor is 51 years old. Whatever aging secrets he has, we’d love for him to fill us in.

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Julia Roberts

Julia Roberts rose to fame through roles like Erin Brockovich and Pretty Woman in the ’90s and early 2000s—and she’s still America’s sweetheart a few decades later in her 50s.

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Jason Statham

These days, action films and Jason Statham go hand-in-hand. Between his stunt work and action-packed career, you may not have guessed that he’s 53 years old.

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Lucy Liu

Charlie’s Angels celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2020—even though Lucy Liu, one of the film’s stars, looks like she hasn’t aged since the premiere. Joke’s on us, as she turned 52 last year.

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Adam Sandler

It wasn’t until we saw Uncut Gems that we stopped looking at Adam Sandler as a mid-20s post-grad and saw him for what he really is: A 50-something who’s been acting for more than 30 years.

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Melissa McCarthy

Even though Melissa McCarthy had been on TV for years, her career reached new heights in 2011 after her role in Bridesmaids. She was 41 at the time and now, with numerous successful films under her belt, she’s 50.

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Tim McGraw

Not only is Tim McGraw a huge country music star, but he still gives it his all during every performance, so excuse us for not realizing he was well into his 50s.

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Gwen Stefani

There’s no doubt that Gwen Stefani is a pillar in the music industry. But it’s easy to forget she made her debut in the ’80s, meaning she’s in her 50s. Crazy, we know.

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Naomi Watts

Naomi Watts probably scared you to death in The Ring. Even scarier? That movie came out almost 20 years ago. The 52-year-old actress seems like she hasn’t aged since it came out though.

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Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt earned his big break in Hollywood in Thelma & Louise in 1991. Now, 30 years later, he’s still a snagging roles on the silver screen—and making 57 look effortless.

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Elizabeth Hurley

Has Elizabeth Hurley found the fountain of youth? Because the English actress looks identical to her younger self, despite being 55 years old.

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Jason Bateman

No matter how old Jason Bateman is, he’ll always have a certain boyish charm, even though he turned 52 in January.

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Sandra Bullock

Even though Sandra Bullock busted onto the scene in the early ’90s, eventually becoming one of Hollywood’s highest paid actresses, it’s easy to forget (or not believe) that she’s 56.

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Jamie Foxx

At 53 years old, Foxx could easily compete for roles with actors half his age. And, honestly, as one of the most lauded actors in Hollywood, he probably does.

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Lisa Bonet

We all know Lisa Bonet from The Cosby Show, but between her flawless complexion and her 41-year-old husband, Jason Momoa, it’s easy to confuse her with actresses half her age.

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Keanu Reeves

The internet has been obsessed with Keanu Reeves, well, since forever. Despite some gray in his beard, we would never know the actor is 56 years old.

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Faith Hill

Despite the fact that we’ve been blasting Faith Hill since the ’90s, it never occurred to us that the country singer was in her 50s. She’s the same age as her husband, Tim McGraw, and turned 53 in 2020.

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