Have you ever (and at some point, you must have) found yourself on Wikipedia or reading the news and find out someone is much older (or younger) than you thought they were? This seems to be a slightly more-rare offshoot of the old “I thought he was dead” routine when someone you long ago thought kicked the bucket makes the news. So who have you thought was a hell of a lot wrinklier or much more chipper than they turned out to be?
I run into this a lot with race car drivers, which is the only sport/thing on TV I really follow, but my own best example would be Mike Myers, of early-mid 1990s Austin Powers/Wayne’s World fame. My family were big into both of those movie franchises growing up, and therefore I’d always assumed him to be much older than he actually is. Gun to my head I would’ve guessed 57 or 58, but as it turns out he’s not even 50 yet.
Got any stories of your own? I’m thinking more about people famous enough to at least have a Wikipedia page, but if you have an excellent story about someone you know personally, don’t be shy.
Chubby Chaney from “Our Gang” was 14 when he started. His parents passed him of as three years younger.
Kendall McComas, who had a brief stint as “Breezy” in “Our Gang” was 15. He was supposed to have been 11, maybe.
Isn’t Abe Vigoda the poster boy for this phenomenon? I remember watching Barney Miller as a kid and thinking he had to be in his late sixties. A check of his headshot on Wikipedia from that time shows he wasn’t nearly wrinkled enough, but he sure does have an old man’s face even then. Now, of course, he doesn’t look a day past his cited age of 91.
Actually, just a couple days ago I was watching NCIS and I vaguely remembered hearing that Pauley Perrette is older than you’d think. An episode in 2009 said that her character(Abby) was in her late 20s. I would have guessed that she’s in her early to mid-30s. But she’s actually 43!
I also looked up Cote de Pablo (Ziva), and she’s only 33. I wouldn’t have guessed that she’s ten years younger than Pauley.
When I watched Mean Girls I thought Rachel McAdams was a teenager, around Lindsay Lohan’s age. Then I found out she was 11 years older than her character in the movie and close to 30 at the time. I was shocked.
Yes, he is wearing what I would consider “old-people clothes”, which are simply the popular clothes of an earlier generation. But the cane and the way he is supporting himself… he looks frail, like my father did in his seventies. Did he suffer some great trauma or wasting disease? When was the picture taken?
Taken in 1967. I know he took a variety of medications for “chronic ailments.” I never heard what those “ailments” were, but I think he was epileptic. What I do know is that he was constantly driving around stoned on some combination of his stash–and he had a number of crashes as the result. But people who knew him longer than I said that he always looked much older. ETA: He was a veteran, and the VA took GOOD care of his medical needs. Boy howdy!
I was surprised that William Hickey died and was 69 and that in his final film Mouse Hunt he was only 69 when I also thought, as did many that he was already that old in the Godfather. He always looked older. He did act while he had severe lung disease and stuff, however.It can age you, so can the nasty meds. Required to treat it.