Whoever thinks that life slows down once you pass the age of 50 could be in for a shock. Many people take advantage of the “third act” of their lives to do amazing things, and after 50 is when many of the greatest things are achieved by certain people.
It’s not just politicians, scientists, and mathematicians that do their best work after 50. Celebrities have a place on this list as well. Here are a few famous cultural icons that are still great even after passing the half-century mark.
American stand-up comedian and actor Bob Newhart has been a fixture in TV and movies since the 1950s, with great shows like The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart. He has made the American public laugh for decades, and is truly a comedian like no other.
Oddly enough, he won his first prime-time Emmy Award just this year, for his appearance on the hit TV show The Big Bang Theory. At the age of 84, he’s still as funny as ever!
The role that defined James Caan as the badass he’s generally been known as was in the 1972 hit movie The Godfather. Since that film, nearly every one of his roles has shown him as the grumpy, hard-hitting character he actually is in real life.
With a black belt in karate and a temper that causes him to storm out even over minor disagreements, the hard-core 70-year old still likes to mix it up with actors younger than he is. Fortunately, son Scott Caan, star of the new Hawaii Five-0, seems to be a much more pleasant person — though still with that touch of cynicism that makes him a compelling actor.
Dennis Quaid has been one of the manliest actors around since well before stars like Tom Cruise and Jason Statham were around. He never flaunted his toughness and ruggedness, but even in roles like Parent Trap, there was always something ultra masculine about him.
At 54, he’s never looked better. Though his TV show Vegas flopped and was cancelled after just one season, the actor looked good in character as a rough-and-tumble cop in the mob-filled city of Vegas in the 60s. Until only a few years ago, Quaid owned his own ranch in Montana, and he’s definitely still one of the manliest guys around.
The star of both the Star Wars and Indiana Jones series has been an icon of masculinity, and his work in film adaptations of Tom Clancy novels cemented that status. Now, at the age of 65, he’s no less manly though considerably more grey.
He owns a number of small aircraft, which he takes out on search-and-rescue missions for lost hikers. Rumors have it that he’s coming back to Star Wars VII next year.
Here’s hoping that Han Solo can be the same ass-kicking and smooth-talking chap we all loved in the original Star Wars movies.
Fitness trainer Tony Horton is probably one of the best-known celebrities in the world of fitness, thanks in large part to his Beach Body, Power 90, and P90X series. At the age of 55, he’s more in shape than most of the world could ever dream of being. His program is one of the bestselling fitness programs in the country.
Not only does he promote his wildly popular program, but he writes motivational fitness articles and spends his time practicing what he preaches. Modeling himself after his hero, Jack LaLanne, he truly takes fitness to the next level … even though he’s well into his “middle ages.”