After spending much of her childhood in foster homes, Monroe (born Norma Jeane Mortenson) began a career as a model, which later led to a film contract in 1946 with Twentieth Century-Fox. At age 21, her first credited role was as a waitress in “Dangerous Years”, released in December 1947, in which she had nine short lines.
Aged 23, Sarandon went to a casting call for the motion picture “Joe” in 1969, with her then-husband, Chris Sarandon. Although he did not get a part, she was given a major co-starring role in the film, which was released in 1970.
Willis left New York City and headed to California to audition for several television shows. He made his first screen appearance as an extra (a man entering a diner) in the movie “The First Deadly Sin” (1980) aged 25.
Before attending the Juilliard School in New York City, where he studied drama between 1979 and 1981, Kevin Spacey tried to succeed as a comedian for several years and performed stand-up comedy in bowling alley talent contests. His first appearance in a film was as a subway thug with a brief cameo in “Heartburn” from 1986, (26 years old).
At age 7, Colin Farrell said he was “moved to tears after watching “E.T.” and that It inspired him to try acting. He later attended the Gaiety School of Acting. His first screen appearance came at age 18 as an extra (young man in cinema) in “Frankie Starlight” from 1995. (Colin Farrell on the right).
Jean-Claude Van Damme
In 1982, Van Damme (aged 22) and childhood friend, Michel Qissi, moved to the United States in the hope of becoming action stars. They both were cast as extras in the film “Breakin'” (JCVD dancing in the background)
Kidman took up acting at an early age. During her teens she attended the Australian Theatre for Young People. In 1983, aged 16, Kidman made her film debut in a remake of the Australian holiday season favorite “Bush Christmas”. By the end of 1983, she had a supporting role in the television series “Five Mile Creek.”
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Drawn to theater as a teenager, Hoffman studied acting at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He made his screen debut in 1991, in a Law & Order episode called “The Violence of Summer”, playing a man accused of rape.
Best known for his roles as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films, Hemsworth made his screen debut in 2002 (aged 19) in two episodes of fantasy television series, “Guinevere Jones” as King Arthur. He also made an appearance in soap opera series “Neighbours” and one episode of “Marshall Law”.
When Nicholson first came to Hollywood, he worked as a gofer for animation legends William Hanna and Joseph Barbera at the MGM cartoon studio. Seeing his talent as an artist, they offered Nicholson a starting level position as an animation artist. However, citing his desire to become an actor, he declined. He made his film debut at age 20 in a low-budget teen drama “The Cry Baby Killer”, in 1958, playing the title role.