50 Stars You Didn't Realize Are Actually in Their Fifties
Turning 50 is a major milestone birthday, and as much as they try to hide it, celebrities age just like the rest of us. It’s hard to believe that our favorite Hollywood heartthrobs and beauties are now old enough to be grandparents!
Don’t get us wrong; turning 50 isn’t the death sentence it used to be. In fact, some celebs aged 50-and-up may come as a bit of a shock. Jennifer Aniston, who turned 50 in October 2019, shares her view on aging with Glamour saying, “I don’t think life stops after 50. If anything, it gets more and more exciting. For some reason, we don’t honor or pay respect to aging. It’s something that we look at as a negative, and yet every single person on this planet does it...I don’t understand why it’s not something that's celebrated, why there’s some sort of an expiration date on who you are as a person worth watching, and a story being told about you."
Just like Jen said, the story keeps going, even after the big 5-0. Here are 56 celebrities we couldn’t believe are already 50+ and where their careers have landed.
Tiffani Amber Thiessen: Born on January 23, 1974
Christie Brinkley: Born on February 2, 1954
Christie Brinkley is a supermodel, actress, and entrepreneur who first rose to prominence in the 1970s. While she is best known for her work as a swimsuit model for Sports Illustrated, she has also appeared on the covers of magazines such as Cosmopolitan and Vogue. Christie Brinkley is now 68 years old, but she looks amazing—for any age, but for her age especially. In fact, she was recently featured in a Sports Illustrated photoshoot where she posed alongside her two daughters, who are both models themselves.
Christie attributes her ongoing youthful appearance to a combination of genes and good lifestyle choices. She is careful about what she eats and makes sure to get plenty of exercise. Christie also believes that feeling young at heart is an important part of staying young-looking. "I think it’s really important not to focus on the numbers," she told Long Island Woman magazine about getting older. "I think it’s really great if you can forget how old you are and keep just charging ahead, doing the stuff you love doing. I know people that are focused on the numbers and what that represents. I think it’s really important to just be more aware of how you feel." And it's clear that Christie's love for life is reflected in her timeless beauty.
John Stamos: Born on August 19, 1963
John Stamos, better known as Uncle Jesse from Full House, is clearly aging like a fine wine. Since his days playing the cool uncle in the Tanner family, he's kept busy in Hollywood. He had recurring guest-star roles on ER and Glee, starred in Broadway's Little Mermaid musical, and reprised his role of Jesse Katsopolis for Netflix's Fuller House reboot.
Plus, it doesn't hurt that he looks just as good now at 59 as he did back then—his hair does too! Who knows what other projects John Stamos will take on next? Let's just hope they include more Jesse-and-The-Rippers moments. We sure are missing those!
Salma Hayek: Born on September 2, 1966
Salma Hayek has remained one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and she only seems to be getting more gorgeous with age. Hayek first rose to prominence in the early 1990s with her breakout role in the film Desperado. In fact, she looks better than ever. Salma attributes her success to good genes, but she also works hard to take care of herself. She regularly posts about her fitness routines on social media, and she's frequently photographed looking flawless on the red carpet.
Hayek attributes her youthful appearance to a healthy lifestyle and good genes. She eats a balanced diet and exercises regularly. She also uses sunscreen every day, even when she's not in the sun. In addition, Hayek says that she has never smoked cigarettes or done drugs. With her ageless beauty and undeniable talent, Salma Hayek is truly aging like a fine wine.
Cindy Crawford: Born on February 20, 1966
Supermodel of them all, Cindy Crawford took over the fashion world in the ‘80s and ‘90s. Her iconic beauty caught the eye of the whole world, making her one of the most well-known models in history. Born in 1966, in her mid-fifties, she’s still showing class and glamour even though she stopped modeling full-time in the early 2000s.
She’s just as beautiful now as she was then. Her daughter, Kaia Jordan Gerber, is a near copycat of her mother. We’ll have to keep an eye out and see if modeling is in her cards as well.
Tom Cruise: Born on July 3, 1962
Tom Cruise may be one of Hollywood's biggest stars, but he's also getting up there in age. In fact, he celebrated his 60th birthday in 2022! But despite the passage of time, Cruise still looks remarkably good. So what's his secret?
Is it all the Scientology? Or maybe he made a deal with the devil...who knows? But one thing's for sure: Tom Cruise is aging gracefully, and we can all learn a thing or two from him about how to keep ourselves looking young(ish). Thanks, Tom!
Sandra Bullock: Born on July 26, 1964
Sandra Bullock, one of the highest-paid actors in the world, turned 50 in 2014. Sandra started acting in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, starring alongside Keanu Reeves in her role as Annie Porter in blockbuster hit Speed.
It’s hard to believe that Miss Congeniality is already well into her 50s, but that’s not stopping her from anything. In 2018, she delivered an exceptional role in Bird Box, bringing her back to TV screens in homes across the globe.
Robin Wright: Born on April 8, 1966
Robin Wright's youthful beauty and decades-long career in the film industry are nothing short of remarkable. She has graced the screen with her poise and elegance since the '80s, captivating audiences with iconic roles like Jenny in Forrest Gump to Claire Underwood in House of Cards. She continues to surprise us with her versatility and complexity as an actor.
Her unique ability to portray strong female characters, who defy expectations but remain ultimately sympathetic, is a testament to her talent and staying power. In addition to acting, Wright is also a vocal advocate for equal pay in the film industry. With her bold stance and determination, she is making a difference and inspiring others to follow suit. Robin Wright is a true force to be reckoned with. It's clear that the beauty of her career has only just begun!
Matthew McConaughey: Born on November 4, 1969
Alright, alright, alright, It's no secret that we love Matthew McConaughey around here. We swoon over his southern drawl and those piercing blue eyes. And can we talk about that body? The man is 50+ years old and looks better than most 20-somethings. We're not sure how he does it, but we're not complaining.
We'll continue to admire Matthew McConaughey from afar and enjoy his movies (and that dreamy voice) for years to come. Thanks for gracing us with your presence, Matthew. We appreciate you more than you know.
Gabrielle Union: Born on October 29, 1972
Gabrielle Union may be 51 years old, but it certainly doesn't look like it! The actress and activist has been gracing our screens since the early 2000s with her role in the iconic movie, Bring It On, and she hasn't aged a day since—which she showed the world when she donned the iconic cheerleading uniform from the hit movie for Halloween 2019.
Union's timeless beauty and her ageless glow are an inspiration to us all—even after two decades in the spotlight she still looks as vibrant as ever. Her commitment to skincare is likely to thank for her youthful appearance; Union is a true testament to the power of taking care of yourself!
Mario Lopez: Born on October 10, 1973
Elle Macpherson: Born on March 29, 1964
Six-foot-tall blonde bombshell, Elle Macpherson turned 50 in 2014, making her the third supermodel to make this list. Most known for her record five Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover appearances, Elle has been prancing runways since the ‘80s. She’s literally done it all as a businesswoman, model, and even actress.
In recent years, Elle has been promoting her wellness products and making occasional appearances in the media to remind us all that she’s still all that.
Jim Parons: Born on March 24, 1973
Halle Berry: Born on August 14, 1966
Halle Berry has had just about the most successful career in Hollywood anyone could ask for. She was one of the highest-paid actresses during the 2000s and has starred in countless blockbuster movies since she started acting in the late ‘80s. These days, Halle hasn’t been up to much, other than...
She has spent many years battling in court over a divorce that was filed in 2015. We’re certain we haven’t seen the last of Halle!
Matt Damon: Born On October 8, 1970
Pharrell Williams: Born on April 5, 1973
Jennifer Lopez: Born on July 24, 1969
Jennifer Lopez is an icon in the entertainment industry. She first burst onto the scene in the early '90s with her breakout role in the film Selena. Since then, she's established herself as a multi-talented performer, starring in hit movies, releasing chart-topping albums, and performing sold-out concerts around the world. In recent years, Jennifer Lopez has become every bit as well-known for her age-defying beauty as she is for her talent.
At 53 years old, JLO looks better than ever. She credits her youthful appearance to a strict skincare routine and healthy diet (no alcohol!!), but whatever she's doing, it's working. Jennifer Lopez is living proof that age is just a number.
Jennifer Aniston: Born on February 11, 1969
Jennifer Aniston, at age 51, is a recent member of the 50-and-up club, and she’s settled into her age just fine! She started her career very young and scored her most well-known role in 1994 as Rachel Green in Friends. Since then, Jennifer has made several cameos as a bombshell in movies like Horrible Bosses, showing us that she’s still got it!
She even had a flirtatious reunion with famous ex Brad Pitt in 2020 over a live Zoom call, where the two shared puppy dog eyes and laughed about their friendship throughout the years.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Born on March 1, 1974
Julia Roberts: Born on October 28, 1967
Julia Roberts is the poster girl of Hollywood, both for her timeless beauty and her enduring career. Julia has been gracing us with her presence in films since the late '80s, winning our hearts with her award-winning smile. Julia's charm remains ageless; no matter what age she is, there is something about Julia that keeps us engaged and mesmerized.
Roberts long ago earned the title of America's sweetheart, and she still wears it proudly well into her fifties. We look to Julia for inspiration, whether it's her career accomplishments or her signature red-carpet looks. She's an icon we can all aspire to be like!
Lucy Liu: Born on December 2, 1968
Native New Yorker Lucy Liu was born on December 2nd, 1968. She was a naturally gifted actress and was discovered at the age of 19 on a subway train! In 1999, she was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her role as Pearl in Payback. She carried that same energy into her next role as Alex Munday in Charlie’s Angels in 2000.
She totally embodied the girl power and stunning beauty necessary to be an Angel. As a single parent by choice, Lucy Liu has been an advocate and spokesperson for multidimensional familial structures showing what family is all about.
Keanu Reeves: Born on September 2, 1964
Keanu Reeves has been a Hollywood golden boy since the 1990s and is still going strong. Though he's 58 years old, The Matrix star's chiseled good looks remain nearly untouched by time! His career has spanned multiple genres (from romantic dramas to science fiction), and he continues to act in high-profile films.
He also donates a significant portion of his acting income to charity and works with various organizations on philanthropic endeavors, proving that he truly is a great guy as well as an amazing actor. It's no surprise, then, why people are so passionate about Keanu Reeves, even after all these years; his talent, charm, and generosity make him one of the most beloved actors ever!
Regina Hall: Born on December 12, 1970
Regina Hall is a shining example of beauty that transcends age. The actress, best known for her roles in Girls Trip and the Scary Movie franchise, has won several awards for her work in the film industry, including an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture for Think Like A Man. She has aged gracefully and still looks stunning at 52 years old.
Hall doesn't seem to have aged a day since she first appeared on the big screen almost 20 years ago! Her constant glow just goes to show that age is just a number and beauty can still shine through.
Heidi Klum: Born on June 1, 1973
It's unreal that Heidi Klum is closing in on 50 years old. After all, she rose to fame as one of the world's most recognizable supermodels and has been a fixture on fashion runways for more than three decades. But time seems to have no effect on her incredible beauty and perfect figure; if anything, she looks even better than ever before! It just goes to show you don't need to sacrifice style and poise with age; you can keep getting better every step of the way.
Along the way, Heidi has proved she's more than just a pretty face by branching out into multiple industries. She's become a respected TV producer and a household name as the host of various shows, including Project Runway, America's Got Talent, and Germany’s Next Top Model. All in all, Heidi Klum is an inspiration for women everywhere to pursue their passions without limits—even if it takes them far beyond the runway.
Rob Lowe: Born On March 17, 1964
Uma Thurman: Born on April 29, 1970
The iconic actress Uma Thurman turned 50 in 2020! Uma is a very established actress but started her career as a model at only 15 years old. Her career launched her into the celebrity A-list after her nomination as Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mia Wallace in Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction.
Uma’s career has always had its ups and downs, but she’s always taken it all in stride. Regardless, she will always be iconic for that aloof stare that only she can do. And she has a Fall Out Boy song named after her too!
Josh Duhamel: Born on November 14, 1972
Josh Duhamel has been a Hollywood staple for decades. With his ageless, dashing good looks and undeniable charm, it's no wonder why he's captivated audiences since the beginning of his career. He's starred in blockbusters such as Transformers, Safe Haven, and Life As We Know It—and at 50 years old, he doesn't show any signs of slowing down.
Duhamel shares one child, Axl, with Fergie, who he split from in 2017. He's since moved on to marry former Miss World America 2016, Audra Mari—so maybe surrounding yourself with beautiful women is his anti-aging secret!
Naomi Campbell: Born on May 22, 1970
Speaking of models, let’s not forget the iconic Naomi Campbell. Naomi celebrated her 50th in 2020, making her a new addition to this list. Discovered at age 15 for her stunning beauty, Naomi’s entire life has been in the public eye. Naomi’s career is still in full swing.
In 2018, she received the Fashion Icon award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and in 2019, Campbell signed her first cosmetics contract with NARS. Even during the pandemic in 2020, she started a YouTube series called No Filter with Naomi.
Demi Moore: Born on November 11, 1962
One of the few legendary actresses to be part of the Brat Pack, Demi Moore, turned 50 in 2012. After a lengthy stint in Hollywood smash hits, Demi broke the bank in 1996 and became the record highest-paid actress in film history for her $12.5 million-dollar role in Striptease.
Sadly, the movie was an utter failure and signaled the slow end to her career. Demi still makes frequent appearances on TV shows and media, showing that beauty doesn’t always fade. She’s still as beautiful today as she was then!
Paul Rudd: Born on April 6, 1969
Paul Rudd was born on April 6th, 1969, making him 50 years old in 2019. Paul has had an amazing career in Hollywood, starting in 1992 in NBC’s Sisters. Since then, he’s starred in fan-favorite films like Clueless and Avengers: Endgame.
As bizarre as it is, at 50+ years old, you can barely tell that he has aged a day. In fact, besides a few gray hairs, he’s still that dreamy boy next door from Clueless! Paul, please tell us your secret!
Gwen Stefani: Born on October 3, 1969
Gwen Stefani is a singer, songwriter, actress, and fashion designer, best known as the frontwoman of the rock band No Doubt. Stefani released her first solo album in 2004 and has since gone on to sell over four million copies worldwide. She's also made a successful career in fashion design, launching her L.A.M.B. clothing line in 2003. In 2016, Stefani began appearing as a judge on the reality TV show The Voice. Stefani's music and fashion career have kept her in the public eye for over two decades, and she shows no signs of slowing down.
Despite being well into her fifties, Gwen Stefani still looks remarkably youthful. Her beauty routine includes regular facials and laser treatments, but she credits her ongoing career and happy marriage to Blake Shelton for helping her to stay young at heart. Thanks to hits like "Hollaback Girl" and "Rich Girl," Gwen Stefani has remained relevant long after most of her peers have faded into obscurity. At this point in her life, she is more successful than ever, both personally and professionally. And judging by her appearance, it seems age is just a number for Gwen Stefani!
Will Smith: Born On September 25, 1968
Angelina Jolie: Born on June 4, 1975
Angelina Jolie is considered one of the most beautiful women in Hollywood, and as she finishes out her forties, both her beauty and her career—in front of and behind the camera—have stood the test of time. She has starred in several hit films, including Maleficent and Salt, and directed the well-received First They Killed My Father.
Jolie's beauty and talent have allowed her to enjoy a long and successful career in Hollywood, and she shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Angelina Jolie is a true Hollywood icon, and her aging gracefully is an inspiration to women all over the world.
Johnny Depp: Born on June 9, 1963
This one will definitely come as a shock! Johnny Depp is not just 50, he’s almost 60! Born June 9th, 1963, this famous Gemini has been entertaining us since 1984. His first starring role was in 1984 as Nancy Thompson’s boyfriend in A Nightmare on Elm Street, making him one of Freddy Kreuger’s more famous victims!
Depp has had a consistent career delivering iconic roles in hit movies. His eccentric off-beat style has made him a fan favorite not just with people his own age, but he also wins the hearts of all those angsty teens out there. After all, everyone loves a bad boy!
Monica Lewinsky: Born on July 23, 1973
Monica Lewinsky will forever be remembered for her scandalous tryst with Bill Clinton in the mid-'90s. But what often goes overlooked is her lasting beauty. Years later, at 49 years old, she's still as beautiful as ever. It's almost like Monica's youthful beauty is immune to the effects of time—and to the effects of those pesky BJ jokes that follow her everywhere she goes.
Despite all the stale jokes about her past, there’s no denying that she’s still a stunning woman who has managed to remain relevant despite the passing of decades. She truly is an ageless icon!
Leonardo DiCaprio: Born On November 11, 1974
Sandra Oh: Born on July 20, 1971
Sandra Oh, of Grey's Anatomy and Killing Eve fame, has been in the entertainment business for over two decades, and yet she still looks as fresh-faced as she did when she first started out. What's her secret? Sandra attributes her youthful looks to a combination of good genes and a healthy lifestyle. "I come from a long line of women who age gracefully," she said in an interview with Prevention magazine. "My mother and grandmother have always taken care of their skin, so I grew up seeing the importance of using sunscreen and moisturizer."
Sandra also stays active by working out regularly and eating a balanced diet. "I think the key to aging gracefully is to focus on being healthy from the inside out," she said. Thanks to her ageless beauty, Sandra Oh remains one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses—and shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
Jared Leto: Born on December 26, 1971
It's no secret that Jared Leto is a fountain of youth. Despite being in his fifties, he looks as if he hasn't aged a day since first appearing on the scene in the mid-1990s. We like to think that he made some sort of deal with the devil to stay forever young, and it looks like it paid off!
Of course, this magical pact didn't just give him eternal youth; it also helped jumpstart an amazing career. From his iconic performance as Jordan Catalano on My So-Called Life to his Oscar-winning turn as Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club and everything in between, Jared Leto has become one of the most beloved actors and musicians of our time.
Heather Graham: Born on January 29, 1970
Heather Graham looks beautiful in her fifties. This is not surprising, given that she is a Hollywood actress and has access to the best resources for staying young and beautiful. However, Heather Graham is also an inspiring example of how one can age gracefully. She has aged naturally, without resorting to plastic surgery.
Heather Graham's beauty is also more than skin deep. She's an advocate for mental health and has spoken openly about her own struggles with anxiety and depression. Heather Graham is a shining example of how one can grow old gracefully, both externally and internally.
Brad Pitt: Born on December 18, 1963
Ok, this one hurts a little bit. Brad Pitt joined the 50 and up crowd in late 2013, officially making all of us feel old! This playboy’s list of ex’s looks like a star-studded red carpet. He’s had the privilege of dating the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, and even Gwyneth Paltrow!
Brad showed us he’s still got it in his recent role as Cliff Booth in Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood. Like his ex, Jennifer, age is just a number because they still look damn good.
Tyra Banks: Born On December 4, 1973
Leah Remini: Born on June 15, 1970
Leah Remini is an accomplished actor, producer, director, author, and comedian. Her beauty and sparkling personality make her a natural choice for any role she takes on. She 's starred in several iconic roles throughout her career, including Carrie Heffernan on the hit sitcom King of Queens and Vanessa Cellucci on Kevin Can Wait.
Leah's age-defying beauty and charm have earned her a spot as a guest on various TV shows, including The Talk, The View, and occasionally Dancing With the Stars as a fill-in co-host. Leah's wit and sense of humor make her an entertaining presence in any room she enters, and her fans absolutely adore her. Age is just a number for the spunky actress!
Jim Carrey: Born on January 17, 1962
Jim Carrey found his fame in the late ‘90s as the breakout star of In Living Color. He made us all laugh with his absurd characterizations and hilarious faces. His comedy style is all his own and has solidified him as a comedic icon. Jim’s career and personal life have had many peaks and valleys, often disappearing from the limelight and working on obscure projects.
Recently, however, he has been making several appearances on shows like Kidding as Mister Pickles!
Lenny Kravitz: Born on May 26, 1964
Lenny Kravitz is living proof that age ain't nothing but a number. At 58 years old, and after more than 30 years in the music industry, the rockstar looks as sexy as ever. He continues to thrill audiences with his electrifying stage performances, proving he still has what it takes to keep up with younger acts. Lenny embodies the saying “you’re only as young as you feel” – inspiring us all to stay young at heart no matter what our age!
It's no surprise that Lenny is still going strong after all these years; he won four consecutive Grammy Awards, earned dozens of gold and platinum certifications worldwide, and released 10 studio albums since his debut album in 1989. His influence on music is undeniable, and he continues to inspire other musicians and fans alike today. All hail Lenny Kravitz: the ageless rock god!
Queen Latifah: Born on March 18, 1970
Queen Latifah is an icon, and her big, blonde, and beautiful career has been going strong for decades. The Queen of Hip Hop Soul continues to produce amazing music and TV shows for us.
Over the years, she hasn't aged a day; it's like she's stopped time entirely. Queen Latifah is a living legend, and her impressive career continues to amaze us all. We can't wait to see what Queen Latifah will come up with next!
Vin Diesel: Born on July 18, 1967
Vin Diesel is an American actor, producer, and director who has made a name for himself in the entertainment industry over the last 20 or so years. At 55 years old, he's still seen as a sex symbol by many.
Vin Diesel continues to act, produce and direct films and recently starred in the sequel to xXx: Return of Xander Cage.
Brendan Fraser: Born on December 3, 1968
If you don’t know Brendan Fraser, he was the Jason Mamoa of the ‘90s. It’s hard to believe that George of the jungle is already 50 years old! Brendan started acting in the late ‘80s and had a successful career starring in box office hits The Mummy and George of the Jungle.
Brendan has been out of the limelight for several years but has made several appearances in TV series in 2018. These sudden appearances may be signaling a comeback.
Laverne Cox: Born on May 29, 1972
Eminem (Marshall Mathers): Born On October 17, 1972
Snoop Dogg (Calvin Cordozar Broadus Jr.): Born On October 20, 1971
Johnny Knoxville: Born on March 11, 1971
Missy Elliott: Born on July 1, 1971
Missy Elliott has been a force in the music industry since she first burst onto the scene in 1997. She's now in her fifties, but her age hasn't slowed her down at all! Her career includes four Grammy Awards and an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, as well as several platinum albums. She's even responsible for bringing some of hip hop's biggest names to the mainstream, like Pharrell Williams, Timbaland, and Ludacris.
Missy is still going strong; her 2019 single "Throw It Back" was one of the year’s most popular songs, and she teamed up with Lizzo for Tempo the same year. Missy Elliott is truly a living legend who continues to demonstrate that age ain't nothing but a number!
Common: Born on March 13, 1972
Reese Witherspoon: Born on March 22, 1976
Although she's been in the film industry for more than two decades, Reese Witherspoon's on-screen presence has only seemed to get better with each passing year. It helps that she always finds ways to stay relevant: from breaking into producing with her own studio Hello Sunshine to making sure that her ageless beauty continues to make us jealous.
Reese has proven her staying power, as she's still making hit after hit and taking on a variety of roles. She stays busy turning bestselling novels like Little Fires Everywhere and Where the Crawdads Sing into box office and Hulu hits. Here's hoping we get to watch her rule the silver screen for many years to come!
Jay-Z: Born on December 4, 1969
Jay-Z, one of the most influential rappers in history, turned 50 in 2019. His music and style continue to evolve since he first started in 1995 with his debut album, Reasonable Doubt. The album hit 23 on the Billboard 200. Later, it would go platinum as it would be included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
To add to his successes, Jay-Z married Queen B, Beyonce, in 2008, after their 2002 hit 03 "Bonnie & Clyde." The two release music together today as The Carters and continue to be the legendary duo they’ve always been.