The movie industry is populated by movie stars whose images are so ubiquitous in our culture that it can at times be hard to imagine a world without them. But even the biggest celebrities started small, waiting for that one role that would eventually take them to the next level of success.
For many actors, these breakout roles are among their most defining. Despite his many dramatic roles, Jim Carrey is still remembered by many for his performance as Ace Ventura, pet detective. Others, like “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot — who early in her career appeared in “Fast & Furious” (2009) — find their most iconic role many years later.
24/7 Tempo has identified the movie roles that launched Hollywood’s biggest stars of today. Each of the actors included has starred in one of the top 10 grossing films of the past five years — according to data from Box Office Mojo — yet first discovered fame years prior.
Of course, the careers of many successful actors include as many misses as they do hits. These actors who turned down blockbuster roles and walked away from parts that could have been career defining.