Actors who only achieved success later in life

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Lucille Ball - Ball, at the age of 40, changed the landscape of TV sitcoms with her show 'I Love Lucy.'

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Kathy Bates - Bates consistently pursued her acting career and achieved a breakthrough at the age of 42 with a significant role in the movie 'Misery.' 

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James Gandolfini - The actor started his acting career in the 1980s and gained immense fame at the age of 38 when he secured the role of Tony Soprano.

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Jon Hamm - Hamm was a struggling actor in Los Angeles for many years until he finally achieved fame at age 36 after being cast in 'Mad Men.'

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Bryan Cranston - An actor  who remained relatively unknown during the '80s and '90s,  Cranston gained significant recognition at the age of 44 with ‘Malcolm in the Middle.’ 

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Jane Lynch - The maestro of dry wit started out as a struggling actress and finally achieved mainstream success with 'Glee' when she was 49 years old.

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John Mahoney - Mahoney, who entered the acting field later in life, achieved fame at 53 by portraying the iconic character Martin Crane on 'Frasier.' 

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Amy Poehler - Poehler began her acting career in improv, eventually joining the cast of 'Saturday Night Live' at age of 30. 

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Jessica Chastain - Jessica Chastain, aided by a scholarship from Robin Williams, gained fame at 34 after attending Juilliard.

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Tim Allen - Allen landed the role in the renowned series 'Home Improvement' at 38 years old after pursuing low-paying stand-up performances to support himself.

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Betty White - The actress became widely known at the age of 51, after her appearance on 'The Mary Tyler Moore' show in 1973.

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