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Top 5 Older than Dirt Celebrities that Popular Culture Can't Get Enough of
Good news, Hollywood veterans: old is making a comeback. It’s a great time to be over the hill in Hollywood, as older celebrities are giving new life to their aging careers and bringing in a whole new generation of fans. Parents and their children have more to bond about than ever while watching their favorite TV shows and movies, because kids are appreciating the stars of yesterday in their latest roles like never before.
Johnny Depp has kept his good looks so intact that most of his younger fans probably don’t know how old he really is; which, by the way, is 48. Thanks to his starring roles in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, kids and teens of all ages have fallen in love with Depp for the first time, making a man old enough to be their fathers worthy of being hung on their walls with the likes of younger stars Zac Efron and Taylor Lautner.
John Stamos may have celebrated his 48th birthday on August 19 (2012), but the new generation of teens who love him haven’t noticed. He had a short run as Dr. Tony Gates on ER, but that’s not where today’s young people made their discovery. While some young people may be old enough to remember him as Uncle Jesse in Full House, he’s made his comeback as the hot, vocally inclined dentist Carl in his guest starring role in Glee.
Parents will know Julie Andrews from her starring roles in legendary musicals that their children also enjoy, like The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins, but kids won’t recognize her from those films. Andrews is best known to the younger generation via her role as Princess Mia’s grandmother in the wildly popular Disney movies The Princess Diaries and The Princess Diaries 2.
Chuck Norris made television history in Walker, Texas Ranger – but that’s not where kids know him from. In fact, most young people today wouldn’t be able to name a single one of his film credits, but they definitely know who he is. To them, Chuck Norris is a man who exists only as the punch line of their favorite jokes based on his tough guy martial arts skills. These jokes were made even more popular due to teen idol Justin Bieber’s fondness of them.
Betty White has been in show business much longer than many of us have been alive, but she is best known to most for her role as Rose in the hit TV show The Golden Girls. More recently she’s been lending her endearing style of comedy to movies and shows aimed at a younger audience, like 2009’s The Proposal starring Sandra Bullock. Young people took their love for Betty White to a new level when their Facebook campaign got her a hosting gig on Saturday Night Live.
Old is officially the new young in Hollywood, and celebrities of yesterday have a bigger shot than ever at making a comeback. Their careers may span generations, but their involvement in newer, younger projects can garner a whole new fan base to go along with it. While kids may not know the original roles that made these stars famous, their newer work is providing the opportunity to look into where they got their start.