One thing’s for sure, you’ve heard of names like Tom Hanks, Samuel L. Jackson, or Leonardo DiCaprio at least once, even if you’re not a huge movie fan. These actors continually impress us with incredible films and the latest blockbusters. However, they have gone through quite an evolution in their decades-long careers to gain the success and status they are now.
So, we’ve completed a list of photos to show how 13 Hollywood actors and actresses have changed throughout their acting careers. You can be surprised when seeing the photo of some A-listers in their screen debut, at the peak of their career, and at their latest movie.
Take the famous actor Leonardo DiCaprio as an example. The actor has changed significantly since his first role at the age of 17 in the low-budget horror film “Critters 3”. But his peak period was after starring in the hit movie “Titanic”. It is his romantic style and charming face in the role of Jack that has attracted many fans of all ages. And his most recent film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” has been premiered and received much praise from critics and audiences. The actor once again conquered the audience with amazing acting and masculine beauty at the age of 45.
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#1 Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts’ first leading role was in “Firehouse”.
After starring in the romantic comedy movie “Pretty Woman” in 1990, she established herself as a leading lady in Hollywood.
In 2018, the Homecoming TV series held its world premiere. Critics mentioned it as “an impressive small-screen debut for Julia Roberts.”
#2 Leonardo DiCaprio
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DiCaprio’first movie was the low-budget horror film “Critters 3”.
After the release of the famous film “Titanic” in 1997, DiCaprio became a superstar.
On May 21, 2019, the film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”, starring DiCaprio, premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. The movie received a 6-minute standing ovation after the show.
#3 Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet began her acting career in 1991, with three years of modest appearances in various TV programs. One of these series was the British television sci-fi series “Dark Season.”
Winslet rose to fame in Hollywood in 1997. She was cast in the main role of “Titanic”, which won 11 Academy Awards.
Winslet’s latest project is the crime drama miniseries “Mare of Easttown” that released on HBO in April, 2021.
#4 Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro made his cinematic debut in the comedy “The Wedding Party”, directed by Brian De Palma, in 1963.
De Niro earned an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of young Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” Part II. At the 47th Academy Awards, the film earned 11 nominations, winning six of them.
In November 2020, De Niro starred as a movie producer and a con artist in the crime comedy “The Comeback Trail.”
#5 Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson debuted at the age of nine in the comedy-drama adventure film “North”, featuring Elijah Wood and Bruce Willis.
Scarlett received her fourth Golden Globe nomination for Woody Allen’s drama “Match Point”.
Johansson starred in the comedy-drama film “Jojo Rabbit” (2019). The movie won many awards, including an Academy Award, a BAFTA, and a WGA for Best Adapted Screenplay.
#6 Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey began his acting career with commercials and music videos on television. In 1992, he made his television debut in an episode of “Unsolved Mysteries”.
McConaughey rose to prominence in the early 2000s after starring in hit romantic comedies such as “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” McConaughey’s leading role in “Dallas Buyers Club”, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor — Drama and the Academy Award for Best Actor, was a watershed moment in his career, propelling him to prominence as a dramatic actor.
“The Gentlemen”, starring McConaughey was released at the end of 2019. The film garnered generally good critical reviews and was a commercial success, collecting $115 million worldwide against a budget of $22 million.
#7 Penélope Cruz
Cruz made her feature film début in 1991, playing the main female part in “Jamón” a comedy-drama art house film. The film garnered positive feedback. Cruz was nominated for the Goya Award and the Spanish Actors Union Award for Best Lead Actress barely a year later.
She also featured in “Vanilla Sky”, a feature film that grossed $200 million worldwide in 2001. It was a resounding success.
The drama film “Wasp Network” ( 2019) starring Penélope Cruz, got mixed reviews.
#8 Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks’ first movie was “He Knows You’re Alone” (1980).
With the success of “Forrest Gump” in 1994, he achieved his biggest triumph. The film received six Academy Awards, and Hanks became a national icon.
“Greyhound” a military film starring Tom Hanks, released in July 2020, garnered mostly positive reviews.
#9 Anthony Hopkins
Hopkins’ first big role was in “The Lion in Winter” as Richard the Lionheart (1968).
He gained international notoriety for his role as Hannibal Lecter in “The Silence of the Lambs” in 1991. The film received several accolades, including Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Hopkins then repeated his role in Hannibal (2001) and the prequel Red Dragon (2002).
Anthony Hopkins portrayed a guy suffering from his memory in “The Father” (2020). At the age of 83, he also earned a second Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance.
#10 Sharon Stone
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Sharon Stone’s first film was Woody Allen’s comedy-drama “Stardust Memories”. In the movie, she played a brief role as a girl on the train.
Stone gained international acclaim as Catherine Tramell in the thriller “Basic Instinct” (1992), for which she received her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Motion Picture — Drama.
Stone appeared in the TV series “Ratched” (2020), as the mother of one of the patients.
#11 Matt Damon
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Matt Damon made his cinematic debut at the age of 18 in the romantic comedy “Mystic Pizza”, with a single line of dialogue.
Damon and Affleck wrote “Good Will Hunting” in the early 1990s. Damon became popular because of this film.
Matt Damon’s most recent film is “Ford v Ferrari”, in which he plays Carroll Shelby, a Ford Motor Company automobile designer.
#12 Nicole Kidman
In 1983, when she was 16 years old, Nicole Kidman made her film debut in the movie “Bush Christmas”.
The thriller “Dead Calm” (1989) was Kidman’s first Hollywood production that helped her gain international attention.
In 2020, “The Undoing TV” miniseries, starring Nicole Kidman, became HBO’s most-watched show with weekly increases in viewership throughout the season.
#13 Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt made his acting debut in the 1988 film The Dark Side of the Sun. When he learned that he would play an extremely powerful man with a terrible allergy to the sun, he jumped in the air with joy.
Pitt featured as Achilles in Troy, a film largely based on Homer’s Iliad, in 2004. The film was a commercial success, grossing $497 million worldwide.
Brad Pitt is still acting, and his most recent film is Ad Astra. Critics complimented his performance in this film.